As the effects of climate change, toxic pollution, and over-exploitation of resources increasingly dominate the news, there may be an even larger threat on the horizon. By the end of this century, scientists are warning that nearly 25-50% of all species on earth could be lost, in what they are calling a "sixth extinction." Are humans on the cusp of a global extinction event of our own making? And if so, what will this mean for humanity and what can we do about it?
Investiture lecture by Professor Bruno Cabanes as Donald G. and Mary A. Dunn Chair in Military History in the Department of History at The Ohio State University, February 2015. This video begins with a presentation about Donald G. Dunn and his life with Professor Cabanes' lecture following. In 1945, Donald Dunn was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.
Presented by Stephen Mihm, University of Georgia, at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University on November 7, 2014.
Presented by Bob Jessop, University of Lancaster at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University on October 4, 2013.
Closing Keynote Lecture at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University by Quentin Skinner, Queen Mary University of London on April 17, 2015.
Presented by Yannis Kotsonis, New York University, at the Center for Historical Research, Department of History at The Ohio State University on September 19, 2014. Associate Professor Kotsonis explores the theoretical problem of modern state formations and the duality of the state in one classic situation: late imperial and Soviet Russia. Nicholas Poulantzas called attention to this "Janus-faced" quality of the state: it is both narrow and integral, coercive and inclusive, a separate power and a locus of mass inclusion. Here I suggest how this duality played out in the late Empire and the early Soviet period, using fiscal policy and practice in particular. States could insist that they existed in relation to their societies, and at the same time were coterminous with society. How this ambiguity played out relates to historical settings, and in Russia and the USSR it allowed for states with seemingly unlimited capacities to create and coerce.
Presented by David P. Fields, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the pantheon of authoritarian strongmen of the Cold War, it is tempting to think of Syngman Rhee as the one we know the best. Prior to his return to Korea in 1945—courtesy of a War Department transport plane—Rhee spent nearly forty years in the United States. He earned degrees from Harvard and Princeton, spoke English fluently, and was a dedicated Christian to boot. He seemed tailor-made for the task of assisting the U.S. Army to occupy a country that did not want to be occupied.