Temple’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy, based in Temple’s Department of History, fosters interdisciplinary faculty and student research on the historic and contemporary use of force and diplomacy in a global context. CENFAD draws history faculty and graduate students from all geographic foci and from specialties ranging from military and international history to U.S. and the World and Global U.S. Studies.
With Richard Immerman, the Marvin Wachman Director of CENFAD, on leave (spending part of the year as the Miegunyah Distinguished Fellow at the University of Melbourne, Australia), Beth Bailey is serving as acting director in 2012-13. DJ Guba, the Thomas J. Davis fellow for 2012-2013, is CENFAD’s graduate assistant.
CENFAD’s major event this year will be a two-day conference on the US military and society. The year began with a huge turnout for a CENFAD faculty and graduate student reception. On September 22, 2012, CENFAD hosted a one-day symposium on Cold War film, which was jointly sponsored by CENFAD, the U.S. Army War College, and the Hertog Foundation. Faculty from Temple’s history department and the AWC led participants in discussing Dr. Strangelove and Fail-safe.
CENFAD will offer four talks during fall semester: Temple alumnus, Osamah Khalil (Syracuse University): on National Security Establishment, Academic Institutions, and the Origins of Middle East Studies; Temple PhD David Ulbrich (U.S. Army Engineer School) on his new book, Preparing for Victory: Thomas Holcomb and the Making of the Modern Marine Corps, 1936—1943; Meredith Lair (George Mason University), on consumerism and soldiering in the Vietnam War; and Aaron O’Connell (United States Naval Academy) on the United States Marine Corps and the militarization of America. Spring speakers will include Fred Logevall (Cornell University) and Georg Schild (University of Tübingen).
CENFAD also sponsors the graduate student publication Strategic Visions (Gregory J.W. Urwin, advisor). Bryant Simon is currently leading an initiative to build an international consortium for U.S. Studies that will create opportunities for faculty and graduate student exchanges and collaborations.