The International Graduate Historical Studies Conference (IGHSC) at Central Michigan University discussed this very topic on April 13-14, 2012. 

Keynote Speaker: Erez Manela

Erez Manela is Professor of History at Harvard University, where he teaches international history and the history of the United States in the world. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University.

He is the author of The Wilsonian Moment: Self-Determination and the International Origins of Anticolonial Nationalism (Oxford, 2007), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR) and the Akira Iriye International History Book Award. He is also co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Harvard, 2010), and has published numerous articles, chapters, and reviews.

His research has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, among others. He is a member of the editorial board of the e-journal New Global Studies. His recent research has focused on the history of the World Health Organization’s global smallpox eradication program in the 1960s and ‘70s, aiming to situate that campaign within the broader international history of the postwar era. His article, “A Pox on Your Narrative: Writing Disease Control into Cold War History,” appeared in the April 2010 issue of Diplomatic History.

Conference Program