Pulitzer finalist, historian Herman speaks Thursday


Arthur Herman

Pulitzer Prize finalist and historian Arthur Herman is the next speaker in Mississippi State's Institute for the Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series.

His Thursday, April 12 presentation in the McCool Hall atrium will be titled "Arsenal of Democracy: How American Business Created Victory in World War II." Open to all, the program begins at 4 p.m., with a book signing and reception to follow.

Currently an American Enterprise Institute visiting scholar, Herman's newest book traces the mobilization of American industry, technology and material production over the course of WWII. Published by Random House, it will be available in May.

His Pulitzer Prize nomination came for "Gandhi and Churchill: The Epic Rivalry that Destroyed an Empire and Forged Our Age" (Bantam, 2008). He also is author of the Mountbatten Prize-nominated "To Rule the Waves: How the British Navy Shaped the Modern World" (Harper, 2004) and "How the Scots Invented the Modern World" (Broadway, 2002), a New York Times bestseller.

In addition to writing numerous articles on foreign and military policy, he is a regular columnist for the New York Post.

Since 1990, Herman has lectured at the Smithsonian Institution's Campus on the Mall. Earlier, he was associate professor of history at George Mason University, a visiting professor at Georgetown University and coordinator of the Smithsonian's Western Heritage Program.

Herman is a University of Minnesota graduate who received master's and doctoral degrees from Johns Hopkins University.

MSU's Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the offices of Research and Economic Development and the Provost. The program regularly features scholars, writers and artists from around the world.

For more information about the event, contact Joy Smith at 662-325-7094 or go to http://www.msstate.edu/dept/IH/Humanities.html.

Margaret Kovar | University Relations

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