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Legacies of WWII: New Perspectives on Science, Society, and Global Connections
By Drs. Jake Hamblin, Marisa Chappell, and Christopher McNight Nichols

Free and open to the public

Hamblin will address the environmental dimensions of WWII, considering the legacies of the Second World War for science and nature. He will discuss how the experience of war not only changed scientists' roles in society but also altered the questions they asked of the natural world in surprising ways that still affect our environmental worldviews today. Jacob Darwin Hamblin, professor at Oregon State University and Director of the Environmental Arts and Humanities Program, has written several books, including Arming Mother Nature: The Birth of Catastrophic Environmentalism.

Chappell's talk will consider how the Allied struggle against fascism abroad offered a historic opportunity for Americans seeking a more equitable and democratic society at home. Her presentation will focus on how wartime campaigns for racial justice, gender equality, and workers' rights offered a compelling vision of freedom whose profound effects continue to reverberate today. Marisa Chappell, associate professor at Oregon State University, teaches modern American history and is the author of The War on Welfare: Family, Poverty, and Politics in Modern America.

Nichols argues that, from immense devastation and massive human trauma to the redrawing of national boundaries and the construction of a post-war set of international institutions, World War II reshaped international relations in virtually every conceivable manner. His talk will evaluate the numerous ways in which diplomatic and military polices and systems were transformed during and immediately after the war with lasting effects to the present day. Christopher McKnight Nichols, assistant professor of history at Oregon State University and Director of the Citizenship and Crisis Initiative, has written several works, including Promise and Peril: America at the Dawn of a Global Age, and was Senior Editor of the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Military and Diplomatic History.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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