Early-Vreeland Lecture Looks at Harry Truman's Decision to Order The Use of Atomic Bombs on Japan

The Truman Department of History will host the Rev. Wilson Miscamble, CSC from Notre Dame University, at 7:30 p.m. March 15 in the Student Union Building Activities Room. Miscamble will deliver the 2012 Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture.

Miscamble, professor of history at the University of Notre Dame, will speak on his recently published book “The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs, and the Defeat of Japan.”

At Notre Dame, Miscamble teaches U.S. diplomatic and political history. His research focus is post-World War II U.S. foreign policy. The author of numerous books, two of his titles have received the Harry S. Truman Book Award: “George F. Kennan and the Making of American Foreign Policy, 1947-1950” and “From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima, and the Cold War.”

A native of Australia, Miscamble earned both a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of Queensland. He then earned three degrees at Notre Dame: a Master of Divinity, an M.A. in history and his Ph.D. in history. He was ordained as a priest in 1988.

The Barbara Early-Vreeland Lecture, established by Joseph Vreeland in memory of his wife who graduated from Truman in 1973, gives the Truman community the opportunity to hear public lectures by scholars of international reputation.
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