Penny M. Von Eschen

Penny M. Von Eschen

Penny M. Von Eschen is professor of history at Cornell University. She is the author of Satchmo Blows Up the World: Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War (2004) and Race against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957 (1997), winner of the Stuart L. Bernath Prize of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, among others. She is coeditor of Contested Democracy: Freedom, Race, and Power in American History (2007) and American Studies: An Anthology (2008), and is currently working on a transnational history of Cold War nostalgia.

Lectures

  • Cold War Nostalgia: From "Stalin World Theme Park", Lithuania, to the International Spy Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • Duke Ellington Plays Baghdad: Rethinking Power after 1945
  • Jazz Ambassadors Play the Cold War: The U.S. State Department Jazz Tours
  • Post-1989 Shifts in U.S. Foreign Policy, the Rise of the Global Right, and the Election of Donald Trump *
  • Rebooting the Cold War: Nostalgia and Global Disorder Since 1989


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.