"World War II and its Global Legacies" Initiative


The “World War II and its Global Legacies” Initiative is a two-year program sponsored by the Melbern G. Glasscock Center for Humanities Research focusing on World War II, its history and consequences, as well as its global impact on international law, national memory and identity, and the humanities. To that end, the Glasscock Center will host lectures, conferences, workshops and film screenings to help students, faculty, and the general public better understand the events and implications of the conflict. World War II and its outcomes continue to shape our lives today, particularly through global efforts aimed at recognizing and supporting human rights. Given its past and military traditions, Texas A&M University is an ideal institution to host this initiative, and in the future, to assume a leading, permanent role nationally and internationally in fostering the study and teaching of World War II and its Global Legacies.

“World War II and its Global Legacies” Initiative events supported in part by the France/Texas A&M University Institute (Centre Pluridisciplinaire).

YEAR TWO EVENTS (2013-14):
Fall 2013
Film Screening of Nostalgia for the Light ● 1 October 2013
A film by Patricio GuzmánIcarus Films
Introduction and Q&A by
NICHOLAS B. SUNTZEFF| Mitchell/Heep/Munnerlyn Professor of Observational Astronomy, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Texas A&M University
Room 410, Evans Library Annex

Roundtable on “Human Rights Abuses and the Politics of Memorial Sites in Latin America” ● 2 October 2013
PAOLA S. HERNÁNDEZ | Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, The University of Wisconsin, Madison
BRENDA WERTH | Associate Professor of World Languages and Cultures, American University
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building

Spring 2014
Film Screening of The Trial of Adolf Eichmann ● 23 January 2014
Introduction and Q&A by director Michaël Prazan
Hagler Auditorium, Annenberg Presidential Conference Center

Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem: 50 Years On ● 24-25 January 2014
A conference commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Hannah Arendt’s Eichmann in Jerusalem.
3rd Floor, Glasscock Building

Lecture by Humanitarian Lieutenant-General Roméo A. Dallaire ● 24 April 2014, 6 p.m.
ROMÉO A. DALLAIRE | Retired Lieutenant-General and Celebrated Humanitarian
Annenberg Presidential Conference Center

YEAR ONE EVENTS (2012-13):
Fall 2012
Keynote Address and Reception ● 26 September 2012
THOMAS M. HATFIELD | Dean Emeritus and Director, Military History Institute, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
“Leadership in War and Peace: Texas A&M in the Life of Earl Rudder”

Buttrill Ethics Lecture ● 3 October 2012
MICHAEL BESS | Chancellor’s Professor of History, Vanderbilt University
“Scientists and their Moral Responsibility for their Inventions: The Cases of Leo Szilard and Bill Joy”

Visiting Scholar Lecture ● 31 October 2012 (In residency for one week 26 October – 1 November 2012)
PASCAL BRUCKNER | Essayist and Novelist
“Memorial Patriotism, Paradoxical Patriotism”

Featured Guest Lecture ● 8 November 2012
HENRY ROUSSO | Institut d’histoire du temps présent (IHTP, Paris) and Visiting Professor at Yale University
“Eichmann in Jerusalem: No Ordinary Defendant” 

Spring 2013
Visiting Scholar Lecture ● Wednesday, 20 February 2013
NICOLAS WERTH | Research Director, Institute of Contemporary History
“Soviet Society at War”

Film Festival: Two Recent Films on the Holocaust ● Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Featured Guest Lecture ● Thursday, 21 March 2013
DEBARATI SANYAL | Associate Professor, Department of French, University of California, Berkeley
“Holocaust Memory and the War on Terror: The Case of Boualem Sansal”

Featured Guest Lecture ● Wednesday, 17 April 2013
REBECCA WITTMANN | Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Toronto
“Nazism, Terrorism, and Criminal Justice in Postwar Germany”