Professor Gets Rockefeller Fellowship

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George Herring

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Herring is the Alumni Professor of History at UK. His field of specialization is the history of the United States’ foreign relations. He served as chair of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1973 to 1976 and from 1988 to 1996.

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Nov. 11, 2004) -- George Herring, who has taught history at the University of Kentucky since 1969 and is a widely cited expert on the Vietnam War, recently received a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship to work on a new book at the Rockefeller Study Center in Bellagio, Italy, for a month.

Herring, whose current books include “America’s Longest War: The United States and Vietnam, 1950-1975,” is working on a new volume about U.S. foreign policy from the American Revolution to the present that will be published by Oxford University Press as a part of its History of the United States series.

The Rockefeller Bellagio experience offers fellowships to scholars, artists and musicians from all over the world for four-week residencies. “At Bellagio,” Herring said, “the residents are provided studies or studios where, in an incredibly beautiful setting and untroubled by the distractions of the world, they are free to do their thing.”

“While we were there,” Herring continued, “our colleagues included a person writing an opera, an artist who illustrated children’s books based on her experiences growing up in an Hispanic family in south Texas, two botanists, historians, philosophers, and a former English professor who was developing a program in South Africa to use radio to promote public spiritedness and address urgent national problems at the local level.”

In addition to the United States, Herring said his Bellagio colleagues came from Switzerland, Israel, Mexico, Rumania, Denmark, England and South Africa.

Herring is the Alumni Professor of History at UK. His field of specialization is the history of the United States’ foreign relations. He served as chair of the Department of History in the College of Arts and Sciences from 1973 to 1976 and from 1988 to 1996.

He will be acting director of the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce during the spring semester of 2005.

Herring has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Roanoke College and a doctorate in history from the University of Virginia.

In addition to his book about the Vietnam War, Herring’s other published works include “Aid to Russia, 1941-1946: Strategy, Diplomacy, the Origins of the Cold War,” “The Diaries of Edward R. Stettinius (1975)," “The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: The ‘Negotiating Volumes’ of the Pentagon Papers (1983),” and “LBJ and Vietnam: A Different Kind of War (1884).”

Herring has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.


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