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FAU Lecture to Address Wartime America

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 19, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of history presents “The Greatest Generation in a Good War?: A New Look at Wartime America,” a lecture by Thomas W. Zeiler of the University of Colorado, Boulder. The lecture will take place on Wednesday, November 4 at 3:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion of the Student Union Building on the Boca Raton campus. The lecture is free with donations accepted at the door.

Zeiler will explore the American experience during World War II, paying particular to the home front.  “World War II fundamentally changed American society in ways we are just beginning to understand,” says Kenneth Osgood, history professor at FAU and organizer of the O’Sullivan Lecture Series at FAU.  “Zeiler is a thrilling speaker, and he has some very provocative ideas about the war meant for the so-called Greatest Generation.  I think people in the community who lived through that war will especially respond to what he has to say.”

A prolific author and distinguished historian of U.S. foreign policy, Zeiler has written six books, including Unconditional Defeat: Japan, America, and the End of World War II, Globalization and the American Century, and Ambassadors in Pinstripes: The Spalding World Baseball Tour and the Birth of the American Empire. His most recent book is Annihilation: A Global Military History of World War II.   Zeiler also serves as the executive editor of the journal Diplomatic History, the editor-in-chief of American Foreign Relations Since 1600 , and as a member of the State Department Historical Advisory Committee.  As a professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Zeiler has received numerous awards for his teaching and research, including two Senior Fulbright Scholar awards.

             The lecture, presented by the department of history in FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, is the fifth lecture in the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series. The series was initiated as a tribute to the late John O'Sullivan, a former chair of FAU's history department, who devoted his entire academic career to FAU. Inspired by O'Sullivan's dynamic teaching, several of his former students donated money to initiate a lecture series in his honor.

For further information about the lecture or the series, call 561-297-2816 or visit

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