||“The 2012 Elections and the Ghost of the American Century”
||Nov 8, 2012
||America’s emerging strength as a global leader prompted Time Magazine editor Henry Luce to characterize the second half of the twentieth century as “The American Century.” Now, seventy years later, the presidential contest is being shaped by specific notions of America’s foreign policy. Distinguished historian Walter LeFeber will speak about the outcomes of the presidential race as it has been shaped by these ideas. Dr. LeFeber’s talk is part of the Lewis P. Jones Visiting Professorship in History and is sponsored by the History Department.
Dr. Walter LeFeber is professor emeritus at Cornell University where he was the Marie Underhill Noll Professor of History and a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow in the Department of History. He is one of the country’s most distinguished historians of American foreign policy. His publications include three award-winning works: The New Empire: An Interpretation of American Expansion, 1860-1898 (1963, 1998); Inevitable Revolutions: The United States in Central America (1984, 1992); and The Clash: U.S.-Japanese Relations Throughout History (1997). He is also the author of Michael Jordan and the New Global Capitalism (1999, 2002).