Johns Hopkins Gazette: April 17, 1995

U.S. Historian Ambrose Will Give 1995 Pouder Lecture

By Chris Rowett

     Author Stephen E. Ambrose will deliver the 17th annual G.
Harry Pouder Lecture at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 21, in Shriver
Hall of the Homewood campus.

     Dr. Ambrose, a former associate professor in the History
Department at Hopkins, is the author of more than 20 books on
U.S. politics, the military and Dwight D. Eisenhower. His most
recent book, D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Climactic Battle of World
War II, is based on hundreds of interviews with soldiers and
civilians who participated in D-Day, which Dr. Ambrose calls the
most important day of the 20th century.

     His lecture, "The War on the Homefront," will focus on how
the end of the war and the defeat of the Nazis impacted the
United States and the rest of the world. He will also discuss the
future of democracy at home and abroad.

     "We are at the end of the American Century," Dr. Ambrose
said. "We're going on to something better: the Democratic Century
and the spreading of American ideals." 

     Later this year, Dr. Ambrose will retire from the University
of New Orleans, where he is the Boyd Professor of History and
director of the Eisenhower Center.

     The Pouder Lecture is named in honor of G. Harry Pouder, a
longtime executive vice president of the Baltimore Association of
Commerce and a graduate of Hopkins Evening College, now the
School of Continuing Studies. An ardent patron of the theater, he
wrote several plays and was a founder of the Homewood Play Shop,
which became Theatre Hopkins.

     Pouder, who died in 1971, left a gift to the university for
the purpose of providing an annual lecture on drama or
literature. Past Pouder lecturers have included James Michener,
Edward Albee and Joyce Carol Oates.

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