April 1, 2016 at 7:15 pm

War and Peace | American Umpire Screening at Athena, April 20

Professor Elizabeth Cobbs comes to Ohio University on April 20 at 7 p.m. to show her short documentary film, American Umpire at Athena Cinema’s Bradley Theater.

The screening is followed by a Q&A with Cobbs, who is also the producer of the documentary. The screening is open to public.

Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs

Dr. Elizabeth Cobbs

Cobbs is the Melbern Glasscock Chair at Texas A&M University History Department. American Umpire is based on her Harvard University Press book with the same name.

“Commentators frequently call the United States an empire: occasionally a benign empire, sometimes an empire in denial, and often a destructive empire. Elizabeth Cobbs asserts instead that, because of its unusual federal structure, America has performed the role of umpire since 1776, compelling adherence to rules that gradually earned collective approval…. American Umpire offers a powerful new framework for reassessing the country’s role over the past 250 years. Amid urgent questions about future choices, this book asks who, if not the United States, might enforce these new rules of world order?” according Harvard University book site.

Cobbs, a producer and writer, earned a Ph.D. in American History at Stanford University. Her books have won multiple prizes in American history. From 1999 to 2005, she served on the Historical Advisory Committee of the U.S. State Department. Cobbs also has appeared in such national broadcast venues as Morning Joe, The Today Show, and NPR. Her op-eds have appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and Reuters among others.

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