When the World Seemed New: The End of the Cold War and the Origins of Our Times

Black and white photo of the Berlin Wall at the end of the Cold War.

Speaker Jeffrey A. Engel, Ph.D., is an award-winning American history scholar and director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM



Early bird registration by Sept. 30: $20/ticket; General admission after Sept. 30: $25/ticket; Free for students with valid St. Thomas ID


Anderson Student Center

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall
3rd floor Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Directions and Parking

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Heavy hors d'oeuvres and beverages (wine/beer/soft drinks) will be served prior to the lecture at 6 p.m.

Jeffrey A. Engel

Jeffrey A. Engel, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. A Senior Fellow of the Norwegian Nobel Institute and the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies and graduate of Cornell University, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, before serving as a John M. Olin Postdoctoral Fellow in International Security Studies at Yale University.

Engel has authored or edited ten books on American foreign policy, including Cold War at 30, Feet: The Anglo-American Fight for Aviation SupremacyLocal Consequences of the Global ColdWar; The Fall of the Berlin Wall: The Revolutionary Legacy of 1989When the World Seemed New: George H.W. Bush and the End of the Cold War. A frequent media contributor on international and political affairs, his scholarly and popular articles have appeared in such journals as Diplomatic HistoryDiplomacy & StatecraftPerspectives on HistoryThe Los Angeles Times; The International Journal. In 2012, he received the Stuart L. Bernath Lecture Prize from the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations.

During the 7 p.m. lecture, Dr. Engel will speak to the end of the cold war and how this period of history is crucial for understanding today's international relations.

This event is part of the 2017 “Germany Making Choices” campus campaign, generously sponsored by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Washington, D.C. The University of St. Thomas German program is a recipient of a 2017 campus campaign grant. 

Additional Event Sponsors

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Bruce Larson


German-American Heritage Foundation
St. Paul, MN 


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Susanne M. Wagner
Assistant Professor of German & German Program Director
(651) 962-5174




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