Lectures

Pulitzer Prize-winning war historian Rick Atkinson to speak at Drury Nov. 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 24, 2017 — Renowned World War II historian and three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Atkinson will speak at Drury University on Nov. 8. Atkinson’s talk, titled “Bringing Back the Dead: History, Memory and Writing About War,” will be held at 7 p.m. at Clara Thompson Hall.

Rick Atkinson

Atkinson’s career in reporting has taken him around the world. He has served as chief of the Berlin bureau for the Washington Post, covering not only Germany and NATO, but also spending considerable time in Somalia and Bosnia. His more recent assignments have included covering the 101st Airborne during the invasion of Iraq, and writing about roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2007.

Atkinson is the author of several books, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning “An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942 – 1943,” the first volume in a three-part narrative history of World War II. His numerous other awards include the 1982 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting and the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for public service.

The lecture will be the first in a series of annual lectures sponsored by Drury University’s Olin Library, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month. The new Morrison Lecture series is named in honor of Drury’s first president, Nathan Morrison, a staunch supporter of the library.

Atkinson’s visit is also the next in a series of Drury events honoring the stories of U.S. veterans, which began this summer with the opening of the Veterans Views exhibit in partnership with the Springfield Art Museum (the exhibit runs through Nov. 26). It continued with a film screening and panel discussion at the Moxie theater last month. Also as a part of the series, Drury commercial photography students will be offering free family portraits to community veterans and active service members later this month and early next month to mark Veterans Day.

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Political science lecturer will explore “The Angry Electorate” on Nov. 15

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 28, 2016 — Ever get the sense that voters are angry – about the issues, about the state of politics, and even about their choices amongst candidates? The 2016 elections are nearly over, but the emotions surrounding them will live on regardless of the outcomes.

The next lecture in this year’s L.E. Meador Center for Citizenship & Politics speaker series will explore this topic. Dr. Lilly Goren, professor of political science at Carroll University will speak about “The Angry Electorate” at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 15 in the Lay Hall Auditorium at Drury. This year’s series theme is “45: Conversations on the Presidential Election and the New Administration.”

Lilly Goren

“Anger has manifested itself in American civic life to varying degrees since before our country was even founded,” said Dr. Dan Ponder, L.E. Meador Professor of Political Science and Director of the Meador Center. “This election cycle is the latest manifestation of it, but the tenor and character are more intense than we’ve seen in some time. Lilly Goren is one of the leading experts on anger in American politics, she will be able to provide us with a look at the ‘big picture’ as we move forward as a nation.”

Goren has written extensively on anger in politics and has recently completed a book manuscript about the topic. She will share insights gained from her research and focus specifically on the 2016 presidential election and how anger might play out after the ballots have been cast and the race is over.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Visit www.drury.edu/meadorcenter for more information.

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Media Contact: Dr. Dan Ponder, Professor of Political Science: (417) 873-7394 or deponder@drury.edu.