Document Type

Grant Application


University of Maine


Organizing Officer:

Virginia Nees-Hatlen


John W. Dower



Project Period


Event Sponsor

Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series

Project Abstract/ Summary

John Dower was the first lecturer for the Schonberger series. He had known and worked with Howard Schonberger, and his research is in the same area vital to U.S. foreign relations: the interconnections between U.S. policy and events in Eastern Asia after World War 11. His reputation and achievements have only grown in the eight years since that first Schonberger lecture. His current book, Embracing Defeat: Japan in the Wake of World War II, is one of the most decorated history books since that war, having won the 1999 National Book Award for Nonfiction, the 2000 Bancroft Prize for a work of history, and the 2000 Pultizer Prize in Letters for General Nonfiction, among many other awards. Prof. Dower will give a one-hour lecture, followed by questions and discussion, based on his most recent book, analyzing the aftermath of the war from American and Japanese perspectives and the consequences that continue to resonate in both cultures to this day. His focus will be particularly on the themes that focused Prof. Schnoberger's life and career, the world-wide search for peaceful and democratic solutions to bewildering modern complexities.