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Treaty of Versailles is Topic of USD History Department's Schell Lecture

VERMILLION, S.D. – David A. Andelman, a veteran foreign correspondent, author and commentator, will present “Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today” at the University of South Dakota’s Department of History’s Schell Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Muenster University Center Ballroom.

One hundred years ago, the Treaty of Versailles officially ended World War I. Andelman, author of "A Shattered Peace: Versailles 1919 and the Price We Pay Today," argues that the treaty brought peace in the short run, but also paved the way for problems to emerge that the world faces today.

David A. Andelman headshot

Andelman contributes frequently to CNN Opinion and a variety of other outlets on global affairs from his dual bases in New York and Paris. He began his career at The New York Times, where he served as chief of the Southeast Asian and East European bureaus, and then moved to CBS News where he served for seven years as Paris correspondent. There followed service as a Washington correspondent for CNBC, news editor of Bloomberg News and business editor of the New York Daily News, and as an executive editor at Forbes. He served for seven years as editor and publisher of World Policy Journal. Andelman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he served as the president of the Overseas Press Club.

The Schell Lecture is sponsored by the USD Department of History and named after Dean Herbert S. Schell (1899-1994), who served the University of South Dakota and the State of South Dakota for more than 40 years. The lecture honors his service by spreading knowledge of history throughout the campus and community to which he was devoted. History department faculty are responsible for choosing a speaker whose research holds interest and importance to the department as well as the public.


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