Strickland Scholar Program

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Fall 2018 Strickland Visiting Scholar: Eugene Rogan, Nov. 15 at 6:30pm, TN Room of Jones University Building

Eugene Rogan is Professor of Modern Middle Eastern History at the University of Oxford and Director of the Middle East Centre at St Antony’s College, Oxford.  He took his B.A. in economics from Columbia, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from Harvard.  He taught at Boston College and Sarah Lawrence College before taking up his post in Oxford in 1991.  In 2017 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. 

He is author of The Arabs: A History (Penguin and Basic Books, 2009, 2017), which was named one of the best books of 2009 by The Economist, The Financial Times, and The Atlantic Monthly.  His new book, The Fall of the Ottomans: The Great War in the Middle East (Penguin and Basic Books, 2015), was named one of the best books of 2015 by The Economist and The Wall Street Journal, and the British Army Military Book of the Year 2016.  The Indonesian translation of The Fall of the Ottomans was awarded the Islamic Book Award in the 2017 Jakarta Islamic Book Fair.  His works have been translated into seventeen languages.

His earlier works include Frontiers of the State in the Late Ottoman Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1999), for which he received the Albert Hourani Book Award of the Middle East Studies Association of North America and the Fuad Köprülü Prize of the Turkish Studies Association; The War for Palestine: Rewriting the History of 1948 (Cambridge University Press, 2001, second edition 2007, with Avi Shlaim); and Outside In: On the Margins of the Modern Middle East (I.B. Tauris, 2002). 


About the Strickland Visiting Scholar Program

The Strickland Visiting Scholar Program, created out of the Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. Endowment, gives students the opportunity to meet scholars with diverse historical backgrounds. Distinguished scholars visit MTSU's campus for two weeks. During that time, they instruct classes, give public lectures, and offer brown bag talks. These lectures and discussions are opportunities for the visiting scholars to present their own research and areas of expertise to the MTSU community. 

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland

Roscoe and Lucy Strickland

Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. joined the faculty of Middle Tennessee State University in 1949. He was one of the founding members of the University's History Department in 1963. During the department's first year, Professor Strickland also established the M.A. and M.A.T. degrees in History. In 1966, he was elected as the first President of the Faculty Senate, and was a charter member of the Pi Sigma chapter of Pi Alpha Theta in 1970. Dr. Strickland left MTSU in 1972 to become President of Southern Seminary Junior College in Virginia. It was after his death in 1997 that his wife Lucy Strickland established the Roscoe L. Strickland Jr. Endowment for advancing the study of history.

Mrs. Strickland, a one-time faculty member of MTSU herself, was a great supporter of the program and attended many lectures by the Strickland scholars. She was also the first President of the Murfreesboro League of Women Voters. Mrs. Strickland pursued law at the Law School of Washington & Lee University and graduated in 1976. When she and Dr. Strickland moved back to North Carolina, she opened her own law practice. In 1988, the two moved back to Murfreesboro. Mrs. Strickland continued and finished her law career with South & Beasley and served on the MTSU Foundation from 1996 to 2002 as both a Trustee and Member. She passed away in late 2009, and the family created a scholarship fund for the music department in her honor.

Strickland Visiting Scholars 1999-Present

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