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Vera Micheles Dean, research director of the Foreign Policy Association.

University of Rochester Archives

Seminar - Open to the Public

Women and the Making of the U.S. Foreign Policy Community

Thu., Dec. 10, 2020 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm


Speaker: David Allen, Grand Strategy, Security, and Statecraft Fellow, International Security Program

Who made the foreign policy community in the United States, and why does the answer matter? Scholars have traditionally looked to the men clustered around the Council on Foreign Relations, the Rockefeller and Carnegie philanthropies, and the Ivy League faculties to find the roots of the foreign policy "elite" or "establishment" in the years after World War I.  But this seminar will show that this focus has obscured the absolute centrality of progressive white women in the making of the U.S. foreign policy community, particularly those former suffragists, trained scholars, and expert activists who helped to build what was then the most prominent internationalist institution in the country, the Foreign Policy Association. 

Everyone is welcome to join us via Zoom! Register in advance for this meeting:

A street-level view of Cleveland, Ohio in 1930.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

"Every Citizen a Statesman": Democracy and Foreign Policy in the American Century

Thu., Dec. 14, 2017 | 12:15pm - 2:00pm

One Brattle Square - Room 350

Speaker:  David Allen, Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy, International Security Program

In the middle of the twentieth century, foreign policy elites led a national movement to create democratic, foreign policy publics in communities across America, building what we now know as World Affairs Councils. This seminar will take Cleveland as its case study, explaining the rise and fall of the movement for "citizen education in world affairs" through the city where had seemed to have most success, in the 1930s and 1940s, and yet went through the steepest decline even before the Vietnam War. Americans, in other words, tried to build a democratic foreign policy, but they failed. This seminar demonstrates how and why.

Please join us! Coffee and tea provided. Everyone is welcome, but admittance will be on a first come–first served basis.