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|Sunday, February 2, 2020
Professor of History, NYU Polytechnic Institute
Associated Faculty, NYU Dept. of History
Jonathan Soffer is Professor of History at NYU's Polytechnic Institute. He is the author of Ed Koch and the Rebuilding of New York, published by Columbia University Press, and currently working on Monetizing the Masses: Tammany Hall and the Business of New York's Infrastructure.
Dolores L. Augustine
St. John's University
Dolores L. Augustine is a full professor of history at St. John’s University, New York. She is a specialist on 20th-century European society, culture and technological development, with particular emphasis on German history. She has written on the German abandonment of nuclear power as a successful popular revolt against technocratic thinking. Her book, Taking on Technocracy: Nuclear Power in Germany, 1945 to the Present (NY: Berghahn, 2018), won a prize for the best book on German history to appear in 2018-19, conferred by the German Studies Association and the German Academic Exchange Service. She also has published a book on the Communist East German quest for technological mastery (Red Prometheus: Engineering and Dictatorship in East Germany, 1945-1990, Cambridge: M.I.T. Press, 2007). In 1994, she published a study on the wealthiest business families in pre-WWI Germany: Patricians and Parvenus: Wealth and High Society in Wilhelmine Germany (Oxford and Providence: Berg Publishers, 1994). She received her doctoral degree from the Free University of Berlin in 1991. She has struck out in a new direction in her current research project, which focuses on the transnational wanderings of exiled Spaniards after the end of the Spanish Civil War.
Sally Parry and Robert McLaughlin
Illinois State University
Sally E. Parry is a Professor of English and Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Student Affairs for the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University. She has written and presented on World War II popular culture, primarily film and theater, and is the co-author, with Robert L. McLaughlin of the forthcoming Broadway Goes to War: American Theater during World War II (Kentucky). She is the co-author, also with Robert L. McLaughlin, of We’ll Always Have the Movies: American Cinema During World War II (Kentucky, 2006). She has written and presented extensively on Sinclair Lewis, editing two collections of his short stories: Go East, Young Man: Sinclair Lewis on Class in America (Signet, 2005) and The Minnesota Stories of Sinclair Lewis (Borealis Books/Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2005), as well as editing the Sinclair Lewis Society Newsletter for over twenty-five years.