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2019 History Forum

Since the late 1960s, the Department of History has hosted the History Forum, attracting national and international scholars to address topics of current as well as historical and academic interest. The History Forum welcomes the general public to attend the lectures and interact with the speakers and the Duquesne University community.

"The Race to the Moon: New Perspectives for the 50th Anniversary"

Dr. Bill Barry

Dr. Bill Barry

On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. the Department of History will hold its 53rd Annual History Forum. 

This year, the event will be held in Duquesne University's Charles J. Dougherty Ballroom and The Fides Shepperson Suite. 

Dr. Bill Barry became NASA's sixth Chief Historian in September 2010. He began work at NASA in 2001 after retiring from a 22-year career in the US Air Force. Initially, he worked in NASA's international relations office, and then served as the NASA European Representative at the United States Embassy in Paris from 2007-2010, before being appointed Chief Historian. A graduate, with honors, of the United States Air Force Academy (1979), he also holds a Masters Degree from Stanford University (1987) and a Doctorate from Oxford University (1996). His doctoral dissertation, "The Missile Design Bureaux and Soviet Manned Space Policy 1953-1970" won the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics History Manuscript Award in 2000.