William E. Watson, Ph.D.

William E. Watson, Ph.D., chair of IU’s History, Political Science, and International Relations Department, quotes the Roman historian Tacitus to describe his philosophy for teaching history: “This I regard as history’s highest function, to let no worthy action be uncommemorated, and to hold out reprobation of posterity as a terror to evil words and deeds.” It is a noble principle and one that has guided Watson’s work both inside and...

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Colonel John C. Church, Jr.
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Colonel John C. Church, Jr.

In his 2010 “This I Believe” essay, Colonel John C. Church, Jr., writes that “understanding is a learned gift.” With straightforward eloquence, he bears witness to suffering, solidarity and sacrifice, faithfully recording the indelible marks they leave. Describing the ravages of war in Somalia, brokering peace in Kosovo, losing beloved friends in Iraq, Church’s vision is as unflinching as it is compassionate, as courageous as it is...

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