Rogalski Center Ballroom
Western Michigan's Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History, Ed Martini, PhD, is the 2013 Richard E. Geiger History lecture speaker.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Larry Skillin, 563/333-6034
Ed Martini, PhD, is a recognized expert on the environmental and personal impact, both short and long term, of herbicides and chemicals employed in the cause of war.
Martini's research into the use of napalm and Agent Orange by United States military during the Vietnam War is documented in the book Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty. Another book, Playing with Fire, examines the use of napalm during World War II, as well as in Vietnam.
An additional project was as editor of a collection of essays written by an interdisciplinary group of scholars with expertise in environmental, diplomatic and military history.
Martini is the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, where he also is an associate professor of history. He previously taught at Georgetown University, George Washington University and Deep Spring College.
He earned his doctoral degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland in 2004 and a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Pitzer College in 1998.
From Dr. Martini's website:
"Coming out of an interdisciplinary background, my work focuses on the intersection of political, cultural, environmental, and diplomatic history, with an emphasis on the history and legacies of American warfare. My work seeks to contribute to a fundamental rethinking of the ways in which wars are written about, remembered, and represented in American culture."
This event is part of St. Ambrose University's Sustainability Project, a year-long series examining our ability to sustain ecological systems through the arts, sciences and humanities.