Ben Wallace to be Second Speaker in Graduate Student Research Series @ Alden

Ohio University Libraries and the Graduate Student Senate (GSS), will be hosting Ben Wallace as the second speaker in the Graduate Student Research Series @ Alden. The series invites outstanding grad students to share their own research process and discoveries and learn from each other. The next upcoming Graduate Research Series @ Alden talk is on May 15th from 3-4 pm on the 4th floor in Alden Library on the 4th floor’s Class of 1954 Lounge.

The next speaker, Ben Wallace, is a Diplomatic History Master’s student. Wallace will be presenting Microfilm and Megabytes: Integrating Digital and Analog Sources– research on the American Committee on East-West Accord (ACEWA), the Committee on the Present Danger and their respective involvements during the Cold War Era U.S.-Soviet Union relationships.

Wallace was born in Reno, NV and raised in Columbus, OH. He attended Shepherd University, and graduated in 2007 with a BA in the History of the American Civil War and 19th Century America.

Wallace will speak on his research process and findings related to the ACEWA, a public education organization that attempted to end the Cold War in the 1970s and 1980s by defending the policy of US-Soviet detente which began under President Richard Nixon. Wallace’s work compares ACEWA with a rival organization, the Committee on the Present Danger, and Wallace uses his findings to advance arguments for why efforts to ameliorate the US-Soviet relationship lost support in the United States in the 1970s and 80s.

The series is designed to be a competitive honor, with the highest consideration given to presentation proposals that address the interrelationship between libraries, archives, or historical or cultural institutions and research. Wallace will speak for 30-35 minutes about the research process used for a particular project, and allow 15 additional minutes to answer questions from the audience.

Photo by Oliver F. Atkins. Made available through Wikimedia Commons by the National Archives and Record Administration.