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Dr. Russ Coil Presents Annual Vogel Lecture


January 23, 2006

DELAWARE - Dr. Russ Coil, of The Ohio State University, will present the 22nd annual Vogel Lecture on "The Mysterious Disappearance of Pottersburg, OH: The Case of James Rhodes, Honda, and Globalization" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2 in the Benes Room of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The lecture will be free and open to the public. 

Dr. Coil earned his BA in history and political science from Ball State University, and his MA and PhD in history at the Ohio State University. His doctoral dissertation, "New Deal Republican: James Allen Rhodes and the Transformation of the Republican Party, 1933-1983," is the first biography written of Rhodes, Ohio's longest serving and most powerful governor. Dr. Coil has published a chapter on Rhodes in Builders of Ohio: A Biographical History of Ohio, edited by Warren Van Tine and Michael Pierce (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2003), and has co-edited a book of essays with Geoffrey Parker and Richard Sisson, Ohio and the World: Essays Toward a New History of Ohio (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2005).

The Joseph and Edith Vogel Lecture Series was made possible by a generous gift from Professor Ezra F. Vogel, a distinguished alumnus of Ohio Wesleyan University ('50), native of Delaware, Ohio, and Professor Emeritus of East Asian Studies at Harvard University. Honoring Dr. Vogel's parents, for whom it is named, the lecture series was created "to promote among Ohio Wesleyan faculty, staff and students a better understanding of Delaware and the surrounding area." Past speakers have included Dr. Richard Smith ("Delaware County Politics During the Civil War Era"), Dr. Vogel ("Growing Up in Delaware in the 1930s and 1940s"), Judge Henry Shaw, Jr. ("If the Court Please!").