Dr. Rich Filipink Awarded Faculty Summer Research Stipend

Oct 23, 2008

Dr. Richard Filipink, Assistant Professor of History at WIU, has been awarded a Faculty Summer Research Stipend by the WIU Foundation to help fund the completion of his research on the influence that former President Dwight D. Eisenhower had on the foreign policies of Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson in the 1960s. The book Prof. Filipink is completing, An American Lion in Winter: The Post-Presidential Influence of Dwight Eisenhower on American Foreign Policy, will break new ground in the historiography of American foreign policy and the history of the U.S. presidency. Dr. Filipink's research has the potential to substantially revise existing historical scholarship in this area.

With the aid of the WIU Summer Stipend, Dr. Filipink will travel to Massachusetts and Texas to consult archival sources housed at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston and the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin. His Summer Research Stipend will allow him to complete his research on his book manuscript, by helping to cover some of the travel-related expenses necessarily incurred by all historians, who must visit the archival collections necessary to their research.

Dr. Filipink's new research on former Pres. Eisenhower's influence on foreign policy in the 1960s supports the University's commitment to greater educational opportunity as well as its commitment to academic excellence, as insights from his research will enrich his undergraduate and graduate course offerings on American Diplomatic History, the History of the Vietnam War, and on the History of the Modern Presidency.

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