The Global Impact of 1956: Race, Neutralism, and National Liberation
Organizers: Carole Fink, Professor of History; Rajiv Khanna, Ph.D. Student in History; Amanda Rothey, Ph.D. Student in History
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 14-15, 2006
Mershon Center for International Security Studies
1501 Neil Ave., Columbus, OH 43201
In 1956, the world witnessed two
upheavals: a major rift in European communism, with
the revolutions in Poland and Hungary; and the onset
of decolonization after the abortive Suez invasion by
France and Great Britain. In this 50th
anniversary of that momentous year, we propose to look
beyond these seminal events and explore their impact
on three significant issues -– race, neutralism, and
national liberation -– which continue to affect the world today.
9:30 a.m. -- Welcoming Remarks Richard Herrmann, Director, Mershon Center for International Security Studies
Carole Fink, The Ohio State University and Mershon Center
10:30 a.m. - Panel 1 -- Race Moderator: Carol Anderson, University of Missouri-Columbia. Panelists:
Alice Conklin, The Ohio State University, "The UNESCO Resolution on Race, 1950"
John Munro, University of California, Santa Barbara, "Anti-Colonialism and Civil Rights: Rethinking Cold War Black Internationalism in the United States"
Ryan Irwin, The Ohio State University, "The International Response to Apartheid in the 1960s"
12:30 p.m. -- Lunch
2 p.m.- Panel 2: Neutralism Moderator:
Robert McMahon, The Ohio State University and Mershon Center Panelists:
Rinna Kullaa, University of Maryland, College Park, "Tito and Non-alignment in the 1950s"
Margaret Manchester, Providence College, "Nasser and Non-Alignment"
Rajiv Khanna, The Ohio State University, "Nehru and the Aftermath of Suez"
Jason Parker, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Mershon Center, "Neutralism and Race in U.S. Foreign Policy"
8:30 p.m. -- Plenary Address
Moderator: Jennifer Siegel, The Ohio State University Speaker: Donna Guy, The Ohio State University, "1956: The Messages of Revolution and Reaction in Latin America"
Sunday, October 15
10 a.m. - Panel 3: National Liberation Movements Moderator:
Ahmad Sikainga, The Ohio State University Panelists:
Daniel Branch, University of Exeter, "The Mai Mau Insurgency"
William Risch, Georgia College and State University, "Dissent Within the Soviet Empire: Ukrainian Student Movements in the 1950s"