John M. Cooper, Ph.D., professor of history emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will examine “1919: A Look Back in Anguish,” during Hanover College's Cornelius and Anna Cook O’Brien Lecture. The address, open to the public, free of charge, will be held at 12:45 p.m., Saturday, Feb 23, in the Science Center.

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Cooper’s career in higher education spans nearly 50 years, including more than 40 years at the University of Wisconsin. He specializes in late-19th and early-20th century history, as well as political and diplomatic history and the South. His current research focuses on presidential reputations in 20th-century America, while his interests also include American foreign policy, Civil War and Reconstruction, 20th-century American war, and race and reform.

An acclaimed author, Cooper's 2009 book, “Woodrow Wilson: A Biography,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for biography or autobiography.

The O’Brien Lecture is being held as part of the 39th annual meeting of the Indiana Association of Historians (IAH). The day-long event will be held from 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. in Classic Hall.

The IAH’s annual gathering explores a diverse collection of topics during a series of 80-minute sessions. A sampling of featured topics includes race, ethnicity and international relations in mid-20th-century America; class, culture and the media in U.S. politics; and women and their many "hats" in early 20th-century America. Regional topics will also be included, such as new perspectives on Indiana and Kentucky during the American Civil War and perceptions of Purdue University’s sesquicentennial and Indiana University’s bicentennial.

Non-members are welcome to attend the conference. A $70 registration fee includes all sessions as well as a continental breakfast and luncheon.

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