A talk by Visiting Scholar David Milne, Professor of Modern History, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.
Milne will discuss his research on the life of Chicago Tribune journalist Sigrid Schultz. Schultz lived in Berlin from 1911 to 1941, where she reported on the most tumultuous period in modern German history. Overcoming significant obstacles in her rise to the top of her male-dominated profession, Schultz was a remarkably gifted and tenacious journalist who engaged in a near constant struggle with Nazi censors. But she also wrote for a newspaper edited by the staunch isolationist, Robert McCormick, who was reluctant to publish stories that might encourage interventionist sentiment in the United States. In navigating two hostile environments, the Chicago Tribune and Nazi Germany, Schultz demonstrated great skill and practiced necessary deceptions – she cultivated Hermann Göring as a ‘friend’ and often flagrantly lied to McCormick – to report the news as she saw it.
David Milne is Professor of Modern History at the University of East Anglia. His first two books, America’s Rasputin: Walt Rostow and the Vietnam War (NY: Hill and Wang, 2008) and Worldmaking: The Art and Science of American Diplomacy (NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), together constitute an intellectual history of U.S. foreign policy from 1898 to 2016. His biography of the Chicago Tribune journalist Sigrid Schultz is currently in progress and under contract with Oxford University Press.
Monday, October 14, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm
811 SW Jefferson Avenue Corvallis, OR 97333-4506