Luke Nichter, doctoral alum of the Graduate Program in Policy History, presented a discussion of his research journey as part of the BGSU College of Arts and Sciences’ Dean’s Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 30 in Bowen-Thompson Student Union Room 206. Nichter discussed the process of listening to the tapes of President Richard Nixon’s conversations, most importantly with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as he discussed a variety of issues. Nichter was introduced by Dr. Douglas Forsyth, faculty member in the BGSU Department of History and the chair of Nichter’s dissertation committee, as well as Dr. Gary Hess, professor emeritus.
The Nixon Tapes, co-authored by Douglas Brinkley, “offers a selection of fascinating scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon’s political downfall crept ever closer. The Nixon Tapes provides a never-before-seen glimpse into a flawed president’s hubris, paranoia, and political genius.”
Nichter currently serves as an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. He is a noted expert on the Nixon tapes as a result of his efforts to digitize the nearly 4,000 hours of recordings he makes available online as a public service, and he is the author of an ongoing petition before the District Court for the District of Columbia to open Watergate-related government records still sealed in the National Archives.
For more on Dr. Douglas Forsyth, please visit his faculty page here.
For more on Professor Emeritus Gary Hess, please visit his faculty page here.
For more on Luke Nichter, please see previous posts in our department blog.
The College of Arts and Sciences’ “Dean’s Lecture Series” will highlight BGSU History Ph.D. graduate Luke Nichter and his research journey through grad school in listening to the Nixon tapes. Titled “A Journey with Richard Nixon: A Decade of Listening to the Nixon Tapes from Ohio to Texas,” the event will in the Student Union, Room 206 on Tuesday, September 30 at 2:30 pm with a book-signing afterwards.
Nichter earned his Ph.D. in 2008, with a committee including Dr. Douglas Forsyth and Professor Emeritus Gary Hess. Currently he is an Associate Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He has two recent books on the Nixon Tapes: The Nixon Tapes (co-authored with Douglas Brinkley) and his dissertation, Richard Nixon and Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World.
Alex Sycher, BGSU History, Chloe Kosheva-Scissons, Christian Lengyel, Douglas Forsyth, graduate student awards, Graduate Students, Joe Faykosh, Katie LaPlant, Megan Cross, Michael Brooks, Nate Kuehnl, Nicole Jackson, Rachel Pawlowicz, Ruth Herndon, Scott Martin, Sherri Bolcevic, Walter Grunden
The Graduate Awards for the Department of History at BGSU were given on Friday, May 2nd in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union as part of the Department of History’s Excellence in History celebration.
The Lawrence Friedman Thesis/Dissertation Award was presented to Christian Lengyel for his Outstanding Thesis, “Pictures of a Forgotten Past: The Socio-Historic Significance of Wartime Vignettes on Confederate Currency,” advised by Dr. Scott Martin and Dr. Ruth Herndon.
Honorable Mention for Outstanding Thesis were: Megan Cross for her thesis, titled “Formulas for Cultural Success: Behavioral Prescriptions in Early American Translations of Perrault’s Classic Fairy Tales,” advised by Dr. Ruth Herndon and Dr. Thomas Barden (University of Toledo); Katie LaPlant for her thesis, titled “Katherine Chidley, Damaris Masham, and Mary Wollstonecraft: The Development of a Liberal Feminist Tradition,” advised by Dr. Beth Griech-Polelle, Dr. Douglas Forsyth, and Dr. Susan Shelangoskie (Lourdes University); and Nate Kuenhl for his thesis, titled “Establishing Professional Legitimacy: Black Physicians and the Journal of the National Medical Association,” advised by Dr. Walter Grunden and Dr. Nicole Jackson.
The Outstanding Graduate Research Paper was presented to Chloe Koscheva-Scissons for her paper, titled “‘Puritan Indoctrination’ – The Politics of Publication in Mary Rowlandson’s and John Williamson’s Captivity Narratives,” written for the History 6210 seminar with Dr. Ruth Herndon.
Honorable Mention for Outstanding Graduate Research Paper were: Sherri Quirke Bolcevic for her paper, titled “Walk Lights, Goodnights, and Cardboard Cars: German Unification, the Culture of the GDR, and the Creation of Ostalgie,” written for her History 6540 seminar with Dr. Douglas Forsyth; and Alexander Sycher for his paper, titled “The Origins of the Final Solution in Europe: The Intentionalist vs. Functionalist Historiographical Debate,” for his History 6540 seminar with Dr. Douglas Forsyth.
The Bernard Sternsher and Edward & Xin-Zhu Chen Award for Graduate Teaching was presented to Joe Faykosh. Dr. Michael Brooks highlighted Faykosh’s teaching evaluations and observations, as well as mentoring of fellow graduate students. Faykosh has taught both American History survey sections.
The Outstanding Departmental Citizen Award was presented to Rachel Pawlowicz, with Dr. Michael Brooks highlighting Pawlowicz’s willingness to help out with departmental events, serving as student orientation leader for Graduate Student Orientation, and her service with Phi Alpha Theta.
For more on the Graduate Awards presented by the Department of History at BGSU, please click here.
For a list of previous winners, please click here.
Luke Nichter, Ph.D. recipient from the Graduate Program in Policy History at Bowling Green State University, will have his dissertation published by Cambridge University Press, the first dissertation from BGSU to be accorded such an honor. Nichter, whose dissertation was titled “Richard Nixon and Europe: The Reshaping of the Postwar Atlantic World,” has previously received the University Dissertation prize as well as from the Ohio Academy of History. He was advised by Dr. Douglas Forsyth.
Nichter is currently serving as an associate professor of history at Texas A&M-Central Texas, and will have his book, The Nixon Tapes, published this summer, co-authored with Douglas Brinkley.