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Archive of past Vest Memorial Lectures

Spring Quarter 2018

Dr. Ron Milam

What War Does To Us

Dr. Ron Milam is an Associate Professor of Military History, who specializes in the Vietnam War and is the Executive Director of the Institute for Peace & Conflict, which includes the world renowned Vietnam Center & Archive. After a long career in the Oil & Gas Industry, he earned a Ph.D. at the University of Houston. He is the author of Not a Gentleman's War: An Inside View of Junior Officers in the Vietnam War and The Vietnam War in Popular Culture: The influence of America’s Most Controversial War on Everyday Life. As a Fulbright Scholar, he taught the History of U.S. Foreign Policy in Vietnam and teaches Study Abroad in Southeast Asia most summers. He is one of 8 American scholars writing the history of America's wars for the new Education Center at "The Wall" in Washington D.C. and in 2015 was recognized for his teaching of military history by being inducted into the Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame at the Infantry Museum in Fort Benning, Georgia.


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Spring Quarter 2015

John H. Bodley

Envisioning a Small Nations Global Future: A Scale & Power Perspective. 

Through detailed research and critical analysis, Professor Bodley argues that small nations are capable of reaching a cultural consensus to correct the unsustainable nature of imperial and commercial cultural worlds.

Spring Quarter 2013

Stephanie Coontz

Courting Trouble? The Invention and Transformation of 'Traditional' Marriage and Male-Female Relationships.

Award-winning author Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia and is Director of Research and Public Education for the Council on Contemporary Families. A featured speaker on gender equality on NPR, the Today Show, and before Congress, her message is timely as Americans struggle with questions surrounding equity in the workforce and the 'traditional' definition of marriage. Learn more about Stephanie Coontz.

News Story

Vest Lecture: Author argues marriage isn't in dire straits
The Daily News | May 9, 2013

Spring Quarter 2012

Matthew Avery Sutton

The Antichrist, Evangelical Political Activism, and the 2012 Election.

Matthew Avery Sutton, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Washington State University, presents research exploring the twentieth-century history of Christian apocalyptic thought in the United States. His talk focused on the ways in which international events including the World Wars and the global economic depression of the 1930s fueled American fundamentalists’ fears of Armageddon. These fears in turn shaped fundamentalists' opposition to Franklin Roosevelt and New Deal liberalism, driving them to the political right. Finally, Sutton suggested that the apocalyptic anxieties that fueled fundamentalist hostility to FDR could play a role in the 2012 election and they help to explain contemporary evangelical opposition to Barack Obama. Learn more about Matthew Sutton

News Stories:

Author: End-times theology shapes politics
The Daily News | April 27, 2012

WSU professor to discuss religion, politics during LCC's annual Vest Lecture
The Daily News | April 23, 2012

Spring Quarter 2011

Eric Walther

Honoring the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War.

Dr. Eric Walther discussed the fascinating 'Fire Eater' William Lowndes Yancey: how he pushed for secession; then became a diplomat, trying to win European recognition for the confederacy. Dr. Walther teaches U.S. History at the University of Houston, specializing in the Antebellum South and the coming of the Civil War. He is a highly-rated lecturer.

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