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Carol Gluck
Carol Gluck
Professor of History and East Asian Language and Cultures, Columbia University
A Very Present Past: World War II, 70 Years Later
A Very Present Past: World War II, 70 Years Later
2015 will mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Yet the war remains a fiercely contested issue in many countries from East Asia to Eastern Europe. What went on then and what’s going on now that explains the turbulent politics of war memory in the world today? And what do – or should -- we know about this very present past? In this talk, Professor Gluck will explain just what it is about World War II that makes it 'stick' in our memory and continue to be relevant today.
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Bio
Carol Gluck is an award-winning historian and the author of several books. She is considered an expert on modern Japan and East Asia and the past year alone she served as elected member of the Council of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, was co-chair of the Trustees Emeriti of the Asia Society, and served on numerous editorial boards and national committees of organizations like the Japan Society and the Weatherhead Foundation. Gluck has also contributed to innovations in undergraduate education and around the country, including a four-year expanision of East Asian Studies. She has been teaching at Columbia for over thirty years.