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Noted Historian Dr. Peter Kuznick to Visit Peru State on Monday


(Peru, Neb.) Dr. Peter Kuznick, associate professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University in Washington, D.C., will speak to Peru State College (PSC) students at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 in the Academic Resource Center Conference Room. The public is invited to attend the free event.


Kuznick, who is serving his second three-year term as distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, will speak about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and how it impacted the future of the United States.


Kuznick has lectured and written extensively on the 1960s. He has recently taught honors courses titled Blowin’ in the Wind: Society, Culture, and Politics in 1960s America and America’s Vietnam: History, Film, and Fiction. He is currently writing two books that discuss varying aspects of the 1960s – one about scientists and the Vietnam War, the other about public and policymakers’ responses to the prospects of nuclear annihilation. Kuznick has also written two documentary films on the 1960s that will soon be released. One of the films focuses on the early Cold War. The other film, in which he collaborated with Hollywood producer Oliver Stone, focuses on the Kennedy years.


Kuznick has been widely interviewed by U.S. and international media on a variety of topics, including nuclear war, Woodstock, the Kennedy administration and legacy, same-sex public schools, the origins of the Star Spangled Banner, the dropping rate of history courses taught at American universities and U.S. presidential elections.


His visit is being sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the Durham Museum in Omaha.