Press Release: John Lewis Gaddis presents, “On Grand Strategy”

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Paul Nugent, Executive Director
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council
860-388-9241, info@secwac.org

 

John Lewis Gaddis presents, “On Grand Strategy”

Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council meeting takes place on June 4 at Connecticut College in New London, CT

$20 for the General Public; Free for SECWAC members and students

Waterford, CT (May 28, 2018) – The Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) announced today that Jon Lewis Gaddis is to speak at 6:00 p.m. on June 4, 2018, at Crozier Student Center, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Yale University historian John Lewis Gaddis will speak on the subject of grand strategy in international affairs, the subject of his new book, “On Grand Strategy,” copies of which he will be signing at the end of the presentation.

Professor Gaddis, a distinguished historian of the Cold War, has for almost two decades co-taught grand strategy at Yale University with his colleagues Charles Hill and Paul Kennedy. Now, in On Grand Strategy, Gaddis reflects on what he has learned. In chapters extending from the ancient world through World War II, Gaddis assesses grand strategic theory and practice in Herodotus, Thucydides, Sun Tzu, Octavian/Augustus, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Elizabeth I, Philip II, the American Founding Fathers, Clausewitz, Tolstoy, Lincoln, Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Isaiah Berlin. On Grand Strategy offers a master class for anyone interested in the art of leadership in international affairs — on June 4, Professor Gaddis will bring his insights to SECWAC.

A reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the main event will begin at 6:00 p.m. SECWAC meetings are free to members (June 2018 event free with new 2018-19 membership; September 2018-June 2019 is $75/year; $25/year for young professionals under 35). Walk-ins are $20 for the general public (non-members; the $20 cost can subsequently be applied towards a SECWAC membership if purchased within one month). SECWAC membership is free for area college and high school students.

Immediately following the presentation, SECWAC meeting attendees have the option for $35 to attend a dinner with the speaker at Connecticut College. Reservations are required by May 31 at 860-912-5718.

Reporters are welcome to attend as guests of the SECWAC Board. Interested reporters should contact Paul Nugent at info@secwac.org or 860-388-9241. 

ABOUT JOHN LEWIS GADDIS

John Lewis Gaddis is the Robert A. Lovett Professor of History at Yale University and was the Founding Director of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. His previous books include The United States and the Origins of the Cold WarStrategies of ContainmentThe Long PeaceWe Now KnowThe Landscape of HistorySurprise, Security, and the American Experience; and The Cold War: A New History. Professor Gaddis teaches courses on Cold War history, grand strategy, biography, and historical methodology. He has won two undergraduate teaching awards at Yale and was a 2005 recipient of the National Humanities Medal. He won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for George F. Kennan: An American Life.

ABOUT SOUTHEAST CONNECTICUT WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (SECWAC)

SECWAC is a regional, nonprofit, membership organization affiliated with the World Affairs Councils of America (WACA). The organization dates back to 1999, and has continued to arrange 8-10 Speaker Series meetings annually, between September and June. The meetings range in foreign affairs topics, and are hosted at venues along the I-95 corridor, welcoming members and guests from Stonington to Old Saybrook, and beyond.

SECWAC’s mission is “to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs through study, debate, and educational programming.” It provides a forum for nonpartisan, non-advocacy dialogue between members and speakers, who can be U.S. policymakers, educators, authors, and other experts on foreign relations. Learn more at http://secwac.org.

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CALENDAR LISTING: Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council presents “On Grand Strategy” with John Lewis Gaddis, on June 4, 2018, 6:00 p.m. at Connecticut College, New London. Free for members. Membership is $75; $25 for young professionals under 35, and free for area students. More information at http://secwac.org.

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The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.