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October 14, 1993

First Joanna Jackson Goldman Lecture at Library of Congress

The first Joanna Jackson Goldman Memorial Lecture on American Civilization and Government will be presented at the Library of Congress by Ronald Steel, professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. The lecture, "Victory Without Peace," will be given in the Library's Montpelier Room, sixth floor, Madison Building, beginning at 8 p.m.

The Goldman Memorial Lecture series is made possible by a gift from the estate of the late Eric F. Goldman, who taught at Princeton University. Established last year, the series fulfills Mr. Goldman's desire to honor the memory of his wife. Each year an individual will be selected on the basis of his or her high achievement and literary skill to deliver a lecture at the Library on a significant issue facing American democracy. Lecturers receive an honorarium of $10,000.

The series is intended to foster consideration of American culture and customs, economic and social issues, international relations, government and public policy. The lecture series will allow "a long-term assessment of some aspect of the American experience here in the nation's capital by stimulating provocative and thoughtful commentary and debate on issues of importance to public policy," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

Professor Ronald Steel teaches at the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California. He is the author of several widely respected books, including The End of Alliance: America and the Future of Europe (1964), Pax Americana (1967), and Walter Lippmann and the American Century (1980), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bancroft Prize in history. Born in Morris, Illinois, in 1931, Professor Steel received a B.A. degree from Northwestern University in 1953 and an M.A. from Harvard in 1955. He has taught at Yale, Wellesley College, the University of Texas, Rutgers, Dartmouth, Princeton, and UCLA.

The selection of the annual Goldman lecturer is made by the Librarian of Congress from a group of nominees suggested by members of the Library's Council of Scholars and representatives from the Goldman estate, who include Allen D. Porter, Daniel J. Kevles, and Dr. Aida D. Donald. Professor Kevles will speak about the origins of the Goldman series during the evening's program, following welcoming remarks by Dr. Billington.

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PR 93-132
ISSN 0731-3527

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