10 9, 2021

The French Revolution & The Tennis Court Oath

By |2021-10-09T12:00:37-04:00October 9, 2021|

There’s no love on this tennis court!

Our resident historian, Dr. John Foster, talks about the causes of The French Revolution and what led to the famous Tennis Court Oath. He also explains how the oath changed history – not just for France, but for the western world.

This talk is the third in a series of lectures from Dr. Foster about the history of the French Revolution. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed online (though you don’t have to watch them to understand Dr. Foster’s upcoming talk):

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

09 28, 2021

Revisit the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from MPL

By |2021-09-28T12:00:49-04:00September 28, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discussed the continued fighting in Vietnam from 1954 to 1963 during a special program last week. We recorded it for anyone who could not attend.

He discussed the leadership of Ngo Dinh Diem, the frustration of John Paul Vann, and the catastrophic Battle of Ấp Bắc.

This is the third lecture in Foster’s year-long series on The Vietnam Wars. Both of the previous lectures in Foster’s series can be viewed in their entirety on our website:

As part of his talk, Foster recommended several books on this era in Vietnam, including:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

05 11, 2021

Revisit the French-Indochina War in Vietnam with our Resident Historian

By |2021-05-11T19:00:28-04:00May 11, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster discusses the French war in Indochina from 1945 to 1954 when the French government sought to reimpose colonial rule in Vietnam. However, they met fierce resistance from homegrown anticolonial forces calling themselves the Viet Minh. Foster examines the goals and choices of the many nations involved, including the United States.

This talk is the second program in a year-long lecture series on The Vietnam Wars. The first lecture in Foster’s series – which was on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam – can be watched in its entirety online on our website.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, July 8. It will discuss America’s involvement in Vietnam from 1956 to 1963.

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

03 16, 2021

Revisit the History of the Vietnam Wars with Lecture Series from Mentor Library

By |2021-03-16T19:00:45-04:00March 16, 2021|

Our resident historian Dr. John Foster began his year-long examination of the Vietnam Wars with a lecture last week on the long history of European colonialism in Vietnam. The talk can be viewed here.

Foster describes the story of French involvement in Vietnam from the arrival of the first Catholic missionaries until the defeat of French colonial forces by the Japanese in 1940. This history provides the backdrop for what would follow.

The next talk in his series will be Thursday, May 6. It will examine the war between France and Vietnamese anti-colonial forces.

For those interested in the subject, Foster has compiled a list of recommendations for further reading:

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War IIthe Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library.

02 2, 2021

Discover the history of Ireland’s Bloody Sunday

By |2021-02-02T19:00:39-05:00February 2, 2021|

Dr. John Foster, our resident historian and one of our adult reference librarians, shares a free lecture about one of the most infamous days in Irish history, Bloody Sunday. He describes the events, what led up to them, and their terrible consequences.

If you want, you can view Dr. Foster’s PowerPoint presentation here, as well.

On Sunday, Jan. 30, 1972, British troops opened fire on a civil-rights demonstration, killing 13 people, in Derry, North Ireland. The event accelerated the violence of that era, euphemistically known as “the Troubles.”

In addition to being a reference librarian, Foster has a doctorate degree in history. He has taught history at both high school and college levels. Previously, he has led series on the Battles of World War II, the Cold Warthe American Revolution and US Presidents of the 20th Century at the library. Those who are interested in Irish history will also want to watch Foster’s talk on the Easter Uprising of 1916 on our YouTube channel.

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