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October 2019

The Last Card in the Deck: Inside George W. Bush’s Decision to Surge in Iraq

October 22 @ 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Mack Ballroom (Umphrey Lee Center, SMU),
3300 Dyer St
Dallas, TX 75205
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This is the real story of how George W. Bush came to double-down on Iraq in the highest stakes gamble of his entire presidency. Drawing on extensive interviews with nearly thirty senior officials, including President Bush himself. The Last Card offers an unprecedented look into the process by which President Bush overruled much of the military leadership and many of his trusted advisors, and authorized the deployment of roughly 30,000 additional troops to the warzone in a bid to save Iraq…

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Doing History Amidst History: An Army Historian’s Work to Document the War on Terror

October 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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Click here to register A trained historian and career officer, in 2009-10, Lt. Col and Dr. Brian DeToy served as the Command Historian for the main coalition warfighting element in Iraq, overseeing the collection, preservation and dissemination of historical documents and senior command interviews to “tell” the story of America’s military in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Adding historical perspective to command planning meetings, he also frequently served on the “Red Team” tasked with thinking like the enemy. Traveling the country, “doing”…

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November 2019

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

November 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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By 1979, we knew all that we know now about the science of climate change – what was happening, why it was happening, and how to stop it. Over the next ten years, we had the very real opportunity to stop it. Obviously, we failed. Nathaniel Rich’s groundbreaking account of that failure – and how tantalizingly close we came to signing binding treaties that would have saved us all before the fossil fuels industry and politicians committed to anti-scientific denialism…

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