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John F. and Jeanne A. Marszalek Library Fund & Lecture Series

Speakers: Charles W. Calhoun & Ryan P. Semmes (March 7, 2018)

Charles W. Calhoun

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Charles W. Calhoun is a historian who specializes in the political history of the United States from 1865 to 1900. He holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. In 2014, he retired as Thomas Harriot College Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University. He is the author of six books and the editor of four others. His latest book is The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant (University Press of Kansas, 2017).

Calhoun is the founder and past president of the Society for Historians of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. He has held several research grants, including a Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Ryan P. Semmes

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Ryan P. Semmes is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center at the Mississippi State University Libraries. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Arts in Public History and a Master of Library and Information Science. He has worked as an archivist and librarian since 2001, at McNeese State University, with History Associates Incorporated and with the Washingtoniana Division of the Washington DC Public Library. He has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 2007 and has worked as archivist with the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at MSU since 2009.

Ryan is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Mississippi State University where he is completing his dissertation on the connections between foreign and domestic policy during the Reconstruction era.