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O’Sullivan Lecture to Address ‘The Role of Diplomacy in 20th Century American Foreign Policy’

BOCA RATON, Fla. (October 15, 2013) – The 2013 Florida Atlantic University John O’Sullivan Memorial Lecture will address “The Role of Diplomacy in 20th Century American Foreign Policy.” The lecture, presented by Jeffrey Morton, Ph.D., professor of political science within the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU, will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the University Theatre, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at or by calling 800-564-9539.

Morton specializes in international law and diplomacy. He received his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina with a specialization in international law. Morton also has published three books, numerous journal entries, organized two major conferences at FAU, and founded the FAU Diplomacy Program, which has received many top awards. In October 2012, Morton was awarded the prestigious Foreign Policy Association Medal at the World Leadership Forum Dinner in New York City. Past recipients of this award include U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.S. Secretaries of State Colin Powell and Madeleine Albright, and U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the John O’Sullivan Lectureship, the only named lectureship at FAU. The lecture honors the late professor John O’Sullivan, a beloved teacher, scholar, colleague, mentor and department chair. Following O’Sullivan’s untimely death in 2000, a group of seniors who faithfully audited his courses over the years established a memorial fund, which has supported the annual lecture for the past 10 years.

“This group of seniors who gained so much from John’s scholarship is continuing his legacy of giving back to the community,” said Steve Engle, professor of history and director of history symposia at FAU. “They are providing the means to bring top scholars to FAU, while bringing attention to the inspiring work that John started.”

O’Sullivan received his Ph.D. in 1970 from Columbia University and came to FAU in 1971. In addition to teaching awards, he also received prestigious research fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the American Historical Association, and the Sloan Foundation.

The mission of the John O’Sullivan Memorial Lectureship ( has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty, and public guests with exposure to a distinguished historian whose lecture/presentation broadens and deepens understanding of the major thematic and conceptual aspects of 20th century American history relevant to O’Sullivan’s specialties. Over the years, FAU has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the Nuclear Age, the Holocaust, modern American culture, and 20th century political and diplomatic affairs. For more information, visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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