Originally Posted Online: Oct. 29, 2013, 3:23 pm
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Expert on Vietnam era to lecture at St. Ambrose

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Press release submitted by St. Ambrose


EXPERT ON VIETNAM ERA CHEMICAL WARFARE TO LECTURE AT ST. AMBROSE

DAVENPORT, Iowa—This year's St. Ambrose University Geiger lecturer is an expert in the history and legacies of American warfare, the Vietnam War and the use of Agent Orange and napalm. On Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m., Western Michigan Associate Professor of History Dean Ed Martini will present "Agent Orange and the Environmental Imaginary." Part of St. Ambrose's yearlong "Sustainability" project series, the lecture will take place in the Rogalski Center, and is free and open to the public.

Martini has conducted research on the short- and long-term environmental and personal impact of herbicides and chemicals employed in the cause of war. His research into the use of napalm and Agent Orange by United States military during the Vietnam War is documented in his book, "Agent Orange: History, Science, and the Politics of Uncertainty." Martini co-edited "Postwar Interventions: Transnational Legacies of the Second Indochina War," and is currently working on a book about the global history of napalm.

In addition to teaching, Martini is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo. He served on the faculty of Georgetown University and George Washington University, both of Washington, D.C., and Deep Spring College, Big Pine, Calif. Martini earned his doctorate from the University of Maryland, College Park.

The Richard E. Geiger Lecture is an endowed lectureship established in honor of Professor Emeritus Richard Geiger, who retired from teaching at St. Ambrose in May 2001.

The SAU "Sustainability" project series is focusing attention on ethical practices relative to the earth, its resources and to humans. Events include lectures, films, concerts, artistic performances and exhibits. For more information, go to www.sau.edu/sustainability.