Elizabeth Schmidt, Spring 2023 DeSantis Lecturer
Please join the History Department for the semi-annual DeSantis Lecture. Dr. Elizabeth Schmidt, Professor Emeritus of History at Loyola University Maryland, will deliver a lecture titled "Foreign Intervention in Africa during the Cold War: Laying the Foundations of the Current Crisis." The lecture will take place in Bond Hall room 104 from 4:30-5:30 PM on Friday, March 3rd. A reception will follow on the fourth floor of Decio Hall. The lecture is open to all, and registration is not required.
Professor Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in African history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her books include Foreign Intervention in Africa After the Cold War: Sovereignty, Responsibility, and the War on Terror (2018); Foreign Intervention in Africa: From the Cold War to the War on Terror (2013); Cold War and Decolonization in Guinea, 1946-1958 (2007); Mobilizing the Masses: Gender, Ethnicity, and Class in the Nationalist Movement in Guinea, 1939-1958 (2005); Peasants, Traders, and Wives: Shona Women in the History of Zimbabwe, 1870-1939 (1992); and Decoding Corporate Camouflage: U.S. Business Support for Apartheid (1980). Dr. Schmidt has published in scholarly journals such as the American Historical Review, the Journal of African History, and Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, and in news outlets including the Washington Post.
Professor Schmidt's scholarship, teaching, and service have garnered numerous awards including the African Politics Conference Group’s 2008 Best Book Award; Alpha Sigma Nu’s Book Award for History (2008); Loyola’s Nachbahr Award for outstanding scholarly achievement in the Humanities; and the 2012 Bud Day Scholar-Activist Award of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars.