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Historical Perspectives lecture to focus on foreign aid, relations in history

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An assistant professor from the University of South Florida will present “Foreign Relief as Foreign Relations: The place of Humanitarianism in U.S. International History,” at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in the Christie Theatre of the UW-Green Bay University Union.

Julia Irwin’s talk is the latest installment in UW-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at the University. Irwin’s lecture will focus on her new book, “Making the World Safe: The American Red Cross and a Nation’s Humanitarian Awakening.” The book examines the history of the Red Cross from its 1881 founding, and also shows that with the organization’s evolution, Americans began to see foreign aid as a critical element in global relations. More information about Irwin’s book is available on Amazon.

First organized in 1985, the Historical Perspectives Lecture Series brings in a wide variety of historians and social scientists who speak on relevant issues. It is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.

The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission.

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