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FAU Lecture to Address Harry Truman and the End of World War II

            BOCA RATON, FL (October 13, 2008) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of history presents Wilson D. Miscamble from the University of Notre Dame with the lecture “Harry S. Truman, the Bomb and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy.” The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Live Oak Pavilion on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   The event is free and open to the public.

            Miscamble takes a new look at the end of World War II and the emergence of the Cold War. He offers a compelling new interpretation of Harry Truman’s foreign policy, including the use of the atomic bomb in 1945.

            A prize-winning author and a leading authority on American diplomatic history, Miscamble is known for his fairness, wisdom and wit. His most recent book is From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War.

The lecture, presented by the department of history in FAU's Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, is the fourth lecture in the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series. The series was initiated as a tribute to the late John O'Sullivan, a former chair of FAU's history department , who devoted his entire academic career to FAU. Inspired by O'Sullivan's dynamic teaching, several of his former students donated money to initiate a lecture series in his honor.

For further information about the lecture or the series, call 561-297-2816 or visit

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