Mercyhurst welcomes Walter McDougall

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, Walter A. McDougall, Ph.D., will visit Mercyhurst College as the first of the national speakers participating in the Teaching American History Program funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant secured by Michael Federici, Ph.D., professor of political science at Mercyhurst, in collaboration with the Corry Area School District.

McDougall, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, will address “Freedom Just Around the Corner,” which is drawn in part from a new three-volume American history he is writing. His presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Taylor Little Theatre.

Walter A. McDougall is professor of history and the Alloy-Ansin professor of international relations at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of Amherst College and a Vietnam veteran, he received his doctoral degree from the University of Chicago in 1974 and taught at University of California at Berkeley for 13 years before coming to Penn to direct its International Relations Program.

McDougall has authored several books, most recently Freedom Just Around the Corner: A New American History, 1585-1828. His other recent books include the Pulitzer Prize selection The Heavens and the Earth: A Political History of the Space Age; as well Let the Sea Make a Noise: A History of the North Pacific from Magellan to MacArthur; andPromised Land, Crusader State: The American Encounter with the World Since 1776.

McDougall will participate in a book signing after his presentation.

McDougall is senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia, Pa., and co-chair of FPRI's Center for the Study of America and the West.

Mercyhurst and the Corry Area School District received the $984,920 Teaching American History grant in August 2004, which has as its goal professional development for teachers and heightened awareness of the United States Constitution to improve student understanding of American history. 

Federici directs this project, which is a cooperative effort by Mercyhurst, the Corry Area School District, Erie Maritime Museum, National Association of Scholars, Intercollegiate Studies Institute and National Humanities Institute.

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