Posted October 14, 2010
"America and the Challenge of Global Issues: Then (the Age of Jefferson) and Now (the Age of the Internet)" will be topic of an Idaho State University history department presentation at noon Oct. 18 in Room 324 of the Liberal Arts Building.
America's first major challenge on the global stage came in 1785 when corsairs from Algiers captured two American ships. This marked the beginning of a debate that continues today: should America pursue pragmatic diplomacy or should it refuse compromise and defend its interests with the sword?
ISU history professors Ron Hatzenbuehler, whose research has focused on Jefferson, and Allan Christelow, whose research has focused on Algeria, will offer their views on this question. They will then invite questions and observations from the audience.
History students and members of the community are invited to attend.