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Looking at the past of America and the future of Europe

Dr. Hans Arnold
"Europe and the U.S.: Where Do we Go Now?"
Monday, October 17, at 5:15 pm
Breed Hall (MM103)

Gary B. Nash
"Could Slavery Have Been Abolished by the Revolutionary Generation?"
Thursday, October 20, at 7:30 pm
University of Pittsburgh - Frick Fine Arts Auditorium

Today in Breed Hall, Hans Arnold will be delivering his speech titled ?Europe and the U.S.: Where Do We Go from Here?? An expert on Euro-American relations, he focuses on future relations between America, Germany, and ?Old Europe? in lectures, books, and periodical contributions.

In addition to being a former ambassador to the U.S., Arnold was the West German Ambassador to Holland and Italy, headed the German Foreign Ministry, and worked for the German Foreign Service as Directorate-General, as Chief Inspector, and as part of the Department for European Culture and East-West Security Policy. His foreign posts included Paris and Washington, D.C., and he has also had ambassadorships in The Hague and Rome. During 1982 to 1986 he served as Permanent Representative of Germany to the United Nations.

Arnold lectures in Munich at the Academy for Political Science (Hochschule f?r Politik). He has written several books about German security and European unification including Foreign Cultural Policy, Germany?s Power, and How Much Unification Does Europe Need?

Gary Nash is a professor emeritus at UCLA and one of the leading historians of early America. He is a founding member and serves on the board of trustees of the National Council for History Education. Nash has also been guest historian for the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and president of the Organization of American Historians.

Nash?s research concerns the role of everyday citizens in history. He was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer as saying, ?There?s such a thing as managing memory ? manipulating memory ? and there?s also such a thing as murdering memory. And I wouldn?t want to see memory murdered.?

Along with fellow UCLA educator Charlotte Crabtree, he created the National Center for History in the Schools, whose 1994 publication National Standards for World History: Exploring Paths to the Present was dubbed by Newt Gingrich ?a bible of radical revisionism? and ?a calculated effort to discredit the [American] civilization.?

Nash received his Ph.D. from Princeton University and has played a major role in the public debate about history standards for schools. Additionally, he has written several works including History on Trial: Culture Wars and the Teaching of the Past; The Urban Crucible; and most recently, The Unknown American Revolution: The Unruly Birth of Democracy and the Struggle to Create America.