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Aug. 22, 2006

Hogan To Discuss His Work As Diplomatic Historian At ICFRC Lecture Aug. 30

University of Iowa Executive Vice President and Provost Michael Hogan will kick off the 2006-07 Iowa City Foreign Relations Council lecture series Wednesday, Aug. 30, with his talk "Clio and me: The story of a diplomatic historian who became Provost." The luncheon and lecture will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Hogan will talk about the relationship between his work as a historian of American foreign relations and his work as provost of the UI. In Greek mythology, Clio is the muse of history.

Hogan is also the F. Wendell Miller Professor of History in the UI's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He came to the UI from The Ohio State University where he served as chair of the department of history from 1993 to 1999, as dean of the College of Humanities from 1999 to 2003, and as executive dean of the Colleges of the Arts and Sciences from July 2001, during which time the position of executive dean evolved into a separate free-standing office with oversight of five colleges and 41 departments.

Prior to joining the faculty at Ohio State in 1986, Hogan was a faculty member at Miami University. His nine years at that institution were preceded by service at Stony Brook University and at the University of Texas, Austin. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he majored in English with minors in history and classics; his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees were conferred by the UI.

A specialist in the history of American diplomacy, Hogan is the author or editor of nine books and a host of scholarly articles and essays. His publications include "Informal Entente: The Private Structure of Cooperation in Anglo-America Economic Diplomacy, 1918-1928" (University of Missouri, 1977) and "The Marshall Plan: America, Britain, and the Reconstruction of Western Europe, 1947-1952" (Cambridge, 1987), which received the Stuart L. Bernath Book Award of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the George Louis Beer Prize of the American Historical Association, and the Quincy Wright Prize of the International Studies Association. His most recent books include "A Cross of Iron: Harry S. Truman and the Origins of the National Security State, 1945-1954" (Cambridge, 1998), and his edited volumes, "Paths to Power: The Historiography of American Foreign Relations to 1941" (Cambridge, 2000) and "Explaining the History of American Foreign Relations" (Cambridge, 2004), which he co-edited with Thomas G. Paterson. He is currently working on a history of his discipline, under contract with the University of Michigan Press.

Hogan served for 15 years as editor of Diplomatic History, an international journal of record for specialists in diplomacy and foreign affairs. He has served on numerous editorial boards and as vice president and president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He has also served on the U. S. Department of State's Advisory Committee on Diplomatic Documentation, which he chaired for three years, and has worked as a consultant for a number of BBC documentaries and for the PBS special "George C. Marshall and the American Century."

This program is made possible with the support of Iowa State Bank & Trust Co. and Hayek, Hayek, Brown, Moreland & Hayek, LLP, and will be catered by The Cottage. For those who cannot attend, UI radio station WSUI, AM 910, will carry this program on Thursday, Aug. 31, following the noon news.

Reservation forms with a check should be sent to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7.50 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Monday, Aug. 28, 2006.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351, marianne-weiss@uiowa.edu; Writer: Lois J. Gray.

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