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History Lecturer to Speak on Vietnam War

Dr. George Herring - Photo by Matt Goins

Dr. George Herring, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kentucky, will speak about “Vietnam: The War that Never Seems to Go Away” on Monday, October 3, as the 2005 Carls-Schwerdfeger History Lecturer.  In his talk, Professor Herring will focus on why the Vietnam War’s influence has remained persistent and pervasive, even after the events of 9/11.  His lecture will take place in Union’s G.M. Savage Memorial Chapel at 7:15 in the evening, and it is free and open to the public.  Dr. will also deliver a daytime lecture on “The Reluctant Warrior: LBJ as Commander in Chief.”

Born and raised in Virginia, Dr. Herring earned a B.A. at Roanoke College in 1957 and a Ph.D. in history at the University of Virginia in 1965.  He began his college teaching career in 1965 at Ohio University and moved in 1969 to the University of Kentucky, where he remained until his retirement in 2005.  Along the way, he was a Fulbright Scholar in New Zealand (1990) and a Visiting Professor at the United States Military Academy (1993-1994) and the University of Richmond (2001).

A specialist of American foreign relations, Professor Herring was the editor of the journal Diplomatic History from 1982 to 1986, and he later served as president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.  In 2002 the society gave him its prestigious Norman A. Graebner Prize for outstanding work in the field.  

Other honors that Professor Herring has received include: fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities; the University of Kentucky’s Distinguished Professor Award (1988), which is based on a combination of outstanding research, excellent teaching, and exceptional professional contributions; and the William B. Sturgill Award (1996) for distinguished work in graduate education at the University of Kentucky.     

Dr. Herring is the author or editor of many books and articles.  His books include:  Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War (1973); with Thomas M. Campbell (eds.), The Diaries of Edward R. Stettinius (1975); America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975 (1st edition, 1979; 4th edition, 2001); The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983); and, LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1994). In early 2006, Oxford University Press will publish Professor Herring’s next book, which is entitled From Colony to Superpower: America and the World, 1776-1996.

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