Spring Hill College to host annual Portier Lecture on Nov. 6

Tue, 10/23/2007 (All day)

MOBILE – Spring Hill College will host the 27th annual Portier Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Byrne Memorial Hall. Dr. Thomas Schwartz, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, will present “Kissinger, Vietnam and Iraq: The Realities of American Foreign Policy.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Schwartz received his B.A. in history from Columbia University, his M.A. from Oxford University, and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.  He was assistant professor at Harvard University from 1985 to 1990. He has been at Vanderbilt University since 1990. He teaches courses in the history of American foreign relations, with an emphasis on the 20th century. Schwartz’s research interests include the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy, the role of the American presidency in alliance leadership, and the new international history of the Cold War.

Schwartz is the author of “America’s Germany: John J. McCloy and the Federal Republic of Germany” (1991), a study of U.S. policy toward Germany immediately after World War II, and “Lyndon Johnson and Europe: In the Shadow of Vietnam” (2003), an examination of alliance politics during the Vietnam War. He is writing a biography of the former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, tentatively titled “Henry Kissinger and the Dilemmas of American Power.” Additionally, Schwartz is the author of more than 30 articles and has received fellowships at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt University, the Center for European Integration Studies in Bonn, Germany, and the Nobel Institute, Oslo, Norway.  

The Portier Lecture, the annual history lecture, is named in honor of Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830.

For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Harrison, chair of the history department at Spring Hill College, at (251) 380-3061 or harrison@shc.edu.