As a professor of history, Hubert van Tuyll shares his knowledge and passion for Russian history with his students. But, until now, he’s never had the opportunity to see the country whose history he teaches.
Recently, the United States Embassy in Moscow and Pomor State University in Arkhangelsk, Russia, invited Dr. van Tuyll to deliver a series of lectures in Russia during April. Given under the auspices of the State Department, the lectures will focus on Russian-American cooperation during World War II, specifically the Lend-Lease program.
“The United States consulates will pay for people to speak in foreign countries,” Dr. van Tuyll says. “This program is actually funded through the U.S. consulate in St. Petersburg.”
While in Russia, he will travel across the country, trekking through 11 time zones and speaking in the cities of Vladivostok, Ekaterinburg, Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Archangel.
“I’ll actually give five lectures and most likely will speak to the press,” Dr. van Tuyll says about his three-week trip. “It certainly is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
“This invitation brings great honor to Dr. van Tuyll, the department, and the entire university,” says Dr. Wayne Mixon, chair of the Department of History, Anthropology, and Philosophy.
Dr. van Tuyll, a well-known historian, has dedicated much of his work to studies of American military and diplomatic affairs. He speaks or reads in five languages including Dutch, French, Russian, Spanish, and English, and he has published two books, Feeding the Bear: American Aid to the Soviet Union and America’s Strategic Future: A Blueprint for National Survival in the New Millennium. Dr. van Tuyll has been a faculty member at ASU since 1991. He received the university’s Louis K. Bell Research Award in 1998 for outstanding contributions in research, scholarship, and creativity.
He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo, a law degree from Duke University, and a doctoral degree from Texas A&M, where he also served as acting director of the Military Studies Institute.
Dr. van Tuyll is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, the Historical Society, the American Association for Netherlandic Studies, the Society for Netherlandic History Inter-University, the Seminar for Armed Forces and Society, the Society for History of American Foreign Relations, and the Society for Military History.
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