Date(s) - September 10, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Michael j. Devine, former director of the Harry S. Truman Library
“A Korean War Retrospective: A Conflicted Legacy of Misunderstandings, Memories, and Memorials”
Korea is often referred to as the “Forgotten War.” In the pantheon of American wars, it is overshadowed by World War II, which ended just five years earlier, and eclipsed by America’s long and painful involvement in Vietnam. Yet the Korean War of 1950-1953 brought about profound and lasting changes in the United States and East Asia. Recent decades have witnesses an extraordinary reexamination of the war and its legacy, as world leaders struggle to maintain East Asia’s unprecedented peace and prosperity amidst the ever present tension on the Korean peninsula.
Dr. Michael J. Devine served as the Director the Harry S. Truman Library from 2001-2014. During his 40 year career in the administration of public history institutions, he held positions as Director of the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming, Illinois State Historian and Director of the Illinois State Historical Society, and Assistant Director of the Ohio Historical Society. He has served as a Senior Fulbright Lecturer to Argentina (1983) and Korea (1995), and was the Haughton Freeman Professor of American History at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Graduate Center in Nanjing, China (1998-1999). In 2014 he was awarded the Robert Kelley Memorial Prize from the National Council on Public History for life-time achievement. He received his Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic History from Ohio State University in 1974.