Revisiting 1914 - 1945
WWI Centennial and D-Day Anniversary
June 14 - 20, 2015
"... and a knell rang in the ear of the victors, even in their hour of triumph."
- Winston Churchill, 1927, as quoted in Kennedy, "Freedom from Fear"
Introducing our faculty
Jay M. Winter, Yale's Charles J. Stille Professor of History, is a specialist on World War I and its impact on the 20th century.
His other interests include remembrance of war in the 20th century, such as memorial and mourning sites, European population decline, the causes and institutions of war, British popular culture in the era of the Great War and the Armenian genocide of 1915.
Winter is the author or co-author of a dozen books, including Rene Cassin et les droits de l’homme (Paris: Fayard), co-authored with Antoine Prost, won the prize for best book of the year at the Blois History festival in 2011; Socialism and the Challenge of War, Ideas and Politics in Britain, 1912-18, The Great War and the British People, The Fear of Population Decline, The Experience of World War I, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, 1914-1918: The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, Remembering War: The Great War between History and Memory in the 20th Century, and Dreams of Peace and Freedom: Utopian Moments in the 20th Century.
He has edited or co-edited 13 books and contributed more than 40 book chapters to edited volumes. He is co-director of the project on Capital Cities at War: Paris, London, Berlin 1914-1919, which has produced two volumes, the first on social and economic history, published by Cambridge University in 1997, and the second published by Cambridge in 2007. A Cultural History (with Jean-Louis Robert). Work in preparation includes ‘The Degeneration of War,’ ‘The Social Construction of Silence,’ and ‘Anxious futures: population politics in the 21st century.’
Jay Winter was co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series “The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century,” which won an Emmy Award, a Peabody Award and a Producers Guild of America Award for best television documentary in 1997.
Winter earned BA from Columbia University and his PhD and DLitt degrees from Cambridge University. He taught at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Warwick and the University of Cambridge before joining the faculty of Columbia University in 2000 and then the Yale faculty one year later. At Yale, his courses include lectures on Europe in the age of total war, and on modern British history, as well as seminars on history and memory and European identities.
Winter has presented named lectures at Dartmouth College, Union University, Indiana University and the Leo Baeck Institute in New York. He is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and received an honorary doctorate from the University of Graz in 2010.
Beverly Gage is Yale's Professor of 20th century American History, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of History. She teaches courses on politics and government, liberalism and conservatism, communism and anticommunism, and the craft of historical writing.
Her first book, The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror, examined the history of terrorism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, focusing on the 1920 Wall Street bombing. Her next book, G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the American Century, will be a biography of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
In addition to her teaching and research, Professor Gage has written for numerous journals and magazines, including the Journal of American History, the Journal of Policy History, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate, and The Nation. She appears regularly on the PBS NewsHour, among other programs. In 2009, Professor Gage received the Sarai Ribicoff Award for teaching excellence in Yale College.
Alan Mikhail is a Yale Professor of History. A historian of the early modern Muslim world, the Ottoman Empire, and Egypt whose research and teaching focus mostly on the nature of early modern imperial rule, peasant histories environmental, resource management, and science and medicine. He received his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship of Scholars in the Humanities at Stanford University before coming to Yale in 2010. Professor Mikhail is the author of Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt: An Environmental History (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and The Animal in Ottoman Egypt (Oxford University Press, October 2013) and editor of Water on Sand: Environmental Histories of the Middle East and North Africa (Oxford University Press, 2013).
His articles have appeared in the American Historical Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, the Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient, History Compass, the Bulletin of the History of Medicine; and, in Arabic, in al-Ruznama, Akhbar al-Adab, and Wijhat Nazar.
Professor Mikhail serves on the editorial boards of Environmental History and the International Journal of Middle East Studies.
His book Nature and Empire in Ottoman Egypt won the Roger Owen Book Award from the Middle East Studies Association, the Gustav Ranis International Book Prize from Yale's MacMillan Center, and Yale's Samuel and Ronnie Heyman Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Publication. It was also named a book of the year by Ahram Online. His article in the International Journal of Middle East Studies won the Ömer Lütfi Barkan Article Prize from the Turkish Studies Association. His dissertation won the Malcolm H. Kerr Award from the Middle East Studies Association and the James H. Kettner Award from the University of California, Berkeley.
His research has been supported by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright-Hays Commission, the American Research Center in Egypt, the Institute of Turkish Studies, and Yale's MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies.
Professor Mikhail teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the history of the early modern Muslim world and Mediterranean, the Ottoman Empire, and environmental history.
Donald Kagan is Sterling Professor of Classics and History at Yale University. A former dean of Yale College, he received his Ph.D. in 1958 from The Ohio State University. His publications include The Archidamian War, The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition, Pericles and the Birth of the Athenian Empire, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace, and The Peloponnesian War. In 2002 he was the recipient of the National Humanities Medal and in 2005 was named the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecturer.
Of particular note for Yale for Life students is Professor Kagan's book, noted above, On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace. In this seminal work he finds powerful analogies between wars of antiquity and the 20th century's World Wars. Known to his students as a "one-man university," Kagan has illuminated the history of the ancient Greeks for thousands of students and readers.
Paul Bracken is a Yale Professor of Management &Yale Professor of Political Science
Professor Bracken is a leading expert in global competition and the strategic application of technology in business and defense. His research and teaching focus on helping senior management deal with changing business environments and intense uncertainty.
Bracken is consistently rated as one of the top executive education teachers in the world, bringing together practical as well as academic perspectives. He is a consultant to private equity funds, accounting, and insurance companies as well as several arms of the U.S. Government.
Professor Bracken designed the new Yale MBA core course on Problem Framing, which has received global recognition and has been copied at other universities. The course focuses on the higher thinking skills used by leading multinational corporations, government departments, the military, consulting, and finance companies. Unique features of Problem Framing include the scenario design studio, red teaming, and alternative futures techniques.
Bracken also teaches Managing Global Organizations, which examines the multinational corporation's strategy; and Strategy, Technology, and War, a signature Yale course drawing nearly 300 students from Yale College, the professional schools, and virtually all parts of the university.
Professor Bracken often leads business war games for companies facing complex new problems. He has led games on the future of European asset management, U.S. financial services re-regulation, and strategies of technological competition with China. He also leads one-day in-house corporate think tanks for in-depth analysis of particular challenges.
A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he serves on the Chief of Naval Operations Executive Panel, and co-chairs the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Naval War College and the Naval Postgraduate School.
Katie Trumpener is Yale's Emily Sanford Professor of Comparative Literature & English
Professor Trumpener works across the modern period (late 18th C. to present), with particular interests in the history of the British and European novel; anglophone fiction (especially Scotland, Ireland, Canada); European film; literature's relationship to social and cultural history, visual culture and music; nationalism, regionalism and traditionalism; literature/culture of WWI, WWII and the Cold War; history of children's literature 18th C-present; women novelists. She is currently researching the institutionalization of Marxist aesthetics in postwar Central Europe.
Her forthcoming book, The Divided Screen: The Cinemas of Postwar Germany (Princeton University Press) offers the first full-length comparison of the East and West German cinemas. It focuses particularly on genres and counter-genres, audience and spectatorship, Cold War sectarianism and cosmopolitanism.
Dudley Andrew is Yale's R. Selden Rose Professor of Film and Comparative Literature.
He began his career with three books commenting on film theory, including the biography of André Bazin, whose thought he continues to explore in What Cinema Is!, and the edited volumes Opening Bazin, and A Companion to Francois Truffaut. Soon his translation of Bazin’s writings on the New Media of the 1950s will appear.
Andrew’s interest in aesthetics and hermeneutics led to Film in the Aura of Art (1984), and his fascination with French film and culture resulted in Mists of Regret (1995) and Popular Front Paris (2005), co-authored with Steven Ungar.
Before moving to Yale in 2000, he taught for thirty years at the University of Iowa, directing the dissertations of many illustrious film scholars. Currently completing Encountering World Cinema, his teaching and research take up 1) questions of World Cinema/literature, such as translation and adaptation, 2) issues in 20th century French intellectual life, especially theories of the image, and 3) French cinema and its literacy and philosophical relations.
Maurice Samuels is Yale's Betty Jane Anlyan Professor of French
Professor Samuels specializes in the literature and culture of nineteenth-century France and in Jewish Studies. He is also the director of the Yale Program for the Study of Antisemitism. His first book, The Spectacular Past: Popular History and the Novel in Nineteenth-Century France (Cornell UP, 2004), examines new forms of historical representation—including panoramas, boulevard theater, and the novel—in post-Revolutionary France. It won the Gaddis Smith International Book Prize given by Yale’s MacMillan Center. His second book, Inventing the Israelite: Jewish Fiction in Nineteenth-Century France (Stanford UP, 2010), brings to light the first Jewish fiction writers in French. It won the Scaglione Prize, given by the Modern Language Association for the best book in French studies.
He coedited a Nineteenth-Century Jewish Literature Reader (Stanford UP, 2013), which includes his original translations of nineteenth-century French Jewish fiction, and he has published articles on diverse topics, including romanticism and realism, aesthetic theory, representations of the Crimean War, and boulevard culture.
He is currently working on a new book on French universalism and the Jews, from the French Revolution to the present.
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