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Two-day foreign relations symposium
a tribute to Paterson's scholarship
October 13, 1998
A two-day symposium on "Revisionism in U.S. Foreign Relations" will take place October 23 and 24 at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center. The symposium is a tribute to the scholarship of Thomas G. Paterson, a professor emeritus of history, who retired last year.
Paterson joined the UConn faculty in 1967. For 30 years, he helped set the standard for scholarly work in the history of American foreign relations, says Frank Costigliola, professor of history. "Without exaggeration, he is one of the foremost diplomatic historians in the country."
Paterson co-authored American Foreign Relations: A History, a popular diplomatic history textbook, and A People and A Nation: A History of the United States, the most widely used American history survey textbook..
His other books include On Every Front: The Making and Unmaking of the Cold War; Cold War Critics: Alternatives to American Foreign Policy in the Truman Years; and Contesting Castro: The United States and the Triumph of the Cuban Revolution.
Paterson, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley , is a former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He trained dozens of graduate students, many of whom went on to tenure-track positions at universities around the country.
The symposium will feature presentations by many of Paterson's former students, and by other distinguished historians.
J. Garry Clifford, professor of political science, says the conference "Is a tribute to him, not just as a scholar, but as a person. For him, scholarship was never competition, it was always a cooperative enterprise. A lot of us have benefitted from his generosity."
A graduate student fellowship fund is being established in Paterson's name.
Faculty, students and the public are invited to the conference, at no charge. Registration is required, however, for meals and the evening reception. Contact Lisa Ferriere at (860) 486-3722 for registration information.
The program is supported by the Research Foundation, Office of the Chancellor, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of History, Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.