Daniel Bessner (University of Washington) will give the lecture 'Democracy in Exile: Hans Speier and the Rise of the Defense Intellectual'. The lecture is organised by the Modern History Research Group.
This talk explores how and why a generation of academics left the university to become "defense intellectuals" in the Cold War American national security state. To do so, it examines the career of Hans Speier--the first graduate student of Karl Mannheim, director of the German desk of the Office of War Information, and founding chief of the RAND Corporation's Social Science Division.
Daniel Bessner is the Anne H.H. and Kenneth B. Pyle Associate Professor in American Foreign Policy in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. His writings have appeared in numerous academic and popular journals, including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and n+1.