Gottschalk Lecture: "Culture, Continuity, and U.S. Foreign Policy," by Dr. Walter L. Hixson

The annual Gottschalk Lecture is hosted by the Department of History in the UofL College of Arts and Sciences
When Mar 31, 2010
from 05:30 PM to 07:00 PM
Where Chao Auditorium, Ekstrom Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 502-852-6817
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"Culture, Continuity, and U.S. Foreign Policy" by Dr. Walter Hixson, University of Akron


Historian and author Walter Hixson will lecture March 31 about "Culture, Continuity and U.S. Foreign Policy." The free, public Gottchalk lecture in history will begin at 5:30 p.m. in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium. The UofL history department is co-sponsoring the event with the Filson Historical Society, and there will be a public reception afterward.

Hixson, a University of Akron history professor, is expected to talk about the cultural roots of U.S. foreign relations and explain why the nation's foreign policy has remained remarkably unchanged throughout its history. He contends that Americans always have united behind a powerful nationalism grounded in campaigns against external enemies and that this also affects domestic reform and dissent.

Hixson suggests that people can better understand the relationship between war and society in the past and present by analyzing foreign policy in a cultural context over the span of American history. 

Considered a scholar of U.S. foreign relations during the Cold War, Hixson has gained notice for grounding the study of U.S. diplomacy in new methods of cultural history. His most recent book is "The Myth of American Diplomacy: National Identity and U.S. Foreign Policy."Hixson book cover

His earlier books include "George F. Kennan: Cold War Iconoclast" and "Witness to Disintegration: Provincial Life in the Last Year of the USSR."
Hixson earned his doctorate at University of Colorado, a master's degree at Western Kentucky University and bachelor's degree at University of Kentucky.

The Gottschalk lecture series is named for former UofL professor Louis Gottschalk, who served as president of the American Historical Society.

For more information, contact Tracy K'Meyer, 502-852-6819 or


For more on Professor Hixson, including CV, photos, and book information, see:


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