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Why study History?

An essay written by Peter Stearns, Professor of History and Provost at George Mason University.  Prof. Stearns is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Social History, which he founded in 1967.  The JSH is one of the most often-cited historical journals in the United States.


How much is a bachelor’s degree in History worth?

A recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce finds that U.S. History majors are the highest earners in the humanities.


Upcoming Conferences & Events:  


Thursday, September 4, Oregon Historical Society (Portland): “The Echoes of the Vietnam War,” featuring Christian Appy, Daniel Ellsberg, and Lt. Colonel Thuy Tran.  This lecture will take place at the historic First Congregational Church in downtown Portland. 

Christian Appy is the author of Patriots: The Vietnam War Remembered From All Sides (Viking, 2003), an award-winning oral history of the war. His current book project examines the war’s impact on American national identity, particularly the idea of American exceptionalism, from the 1950s to the present. Daniel Ellsberg was a consultant at RAND when he released the Pentagon study of U.S. decision making in the Vietnam War which came to be known as The Pentagon Papers. He is also the author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and The Pentagon Papers. Thuy Tran is on the board of advisers for the Vietnamese community of Oregon, where she previously served as vice president. She is a Lieutenant Colonel in the 142 Medical Group, Portland Air National Guard.

This event is part of the Wayne Morse Legacy Series presented by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Wayne Morse was known for many policies that he championed – labor rights, civil rights, aid to education and conservation. But his most enduring legacy is his consistent and courageous dissent against the Vietnam War. These programs highlight Morse’s prescient opposition to the war on constitutional and moral grounds and the continuing issues of war powers and military policy.  All events are free and opened to the public and are cosponsored by The UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, Oregon Historical Society, World Affairs Council of Oregon, and The Constitution Project.


Tuesday, September 16, Portland State University:  “Ancient Egypt’s Gods, Tombs, and Temples,” featuring a lecture by Dr. Andrew Bednarski. This event is presented by the Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt with support from the Portland State University Middle East Studies Center. The Oregon Chapter of the American Research Center in Egypt is a private, nonprofit organization that supports research on all aspects of Egyptian history and culture, fosters broader knowledge among the general public, and strengthens American-Egyptian cultural ties.  Lecture is free and open to the public.


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