Baylor Prof to Study New Findings on 'Cold War' History

May 10, 1999

by Alan Hunt

Dr. Patricia Ward Wallace, professor of history at Baylor University, is one of only 30 teachers nationwide selected to attend a four-week summer study institute supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The program, "New Sources and Findings on Cold War International History," will be directed by James R. Millar at the George Washington University. Participating teachers each will receive a stipend of $2,800 to cover their travel, study, and living expenses.

Wallace said the seminar promises to be "quite significant," providing scholars with their first access to Soviet documents relating to the Cold War. Wallace's field of expertise is U.S. foreign policy and much of her research and writing relates to the Cold War era. She also teaches graduate seminars that deal with the Cold War and is planning a biography on Walt Rostow, national security adviser to LBJ. "This program is handmade for me," she said.

A member of the faculty since 1973, Wallace also directs Baylor's gender studies program. She received a bachelor's degree from Southern Methodist University and her master of arts degree and doctorate from the University of Texas.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is a federal agency that each summer supports seminars and institutes at colleges and universities so that teachers can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Topics for the 23 seminars and institutes offered for college and university teachers this summer include literature from the Renaissance to modern drama, and history from Roman Egypt through the civil rights movement of the 1960s, as well as philosophy, art history and Black Film Studies. It is estimated that the teachers who participate in these studies will teach more than 30,000 American students the following year.

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