Date: Sunday, September 22, 2013
Speaker: Rick Alvarez, Ph.D.
Rick Alvarez has a BS in Operations Research from the US Naval Academy, an MA in History and a PhD in Middle East History from the University of Utah. He served as a US Navy fighter pilot flying the F-4 and F-14 in the early 1970s and as an instructor for the Imperial Iranian Air Force in Isfahan, Iran until the overthrow of the Shah in 1979. Rick worked with Delta Air Lines for over 25 years, retiring as a Captain in 2004. He subsequently taught World History and Latin American History at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. He was recently employed by L-3 Communications as a program manager for an extensive USAID project in Egypt since 2008.
“History studies often focus on infamous personalities and well-known events that are immortalized by multiple retellings over long periods; histories often supported by evidence well-removed from the actual events and lives of the participants and witnesses. Many small, and seemingly, unimportant events as well as anonymous, or long forgotten characters have significantly affected world history. Other overlooked or little-reported episodes simply provide interesting stories that influence a desire for deeper investigation. If nothing else, exploring little known facts in history leads one to question what else is hidden behind the curtain of historiography. This presentation will introduce a few little known facts and the historical figures associated with events that have generally escaped significant historical reporting. In the vernacular of our Internet world of the 21st century, they never went viral!”
Speaker Suggested References and Resources:
Huntford, Roland, Nansen, The Explorer as Hero, Barnes & Noble Books, 1998.
Cookman, Scott, Iceblink, The Tragic Fate of Sir John Franklin’s Lost Expedition, John Wiley and Sons, 2000.
Beattie, Owen and Geiger, John, Frozen in Time, The Fate of the Franklin Expedition, Greystone Books, 1998.
Headrick, Daniel R., The Tentacles of Progress, Technological Transfer in the Age of Imperialism, 1850-1940, Oxford University Press, 1988.
Bickel, Lennard, Shackleton’s Forgotten Men, The Untold Tragedy of the Endurance Epic, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 2000.
Smith, Anthony, Blind White Fish in Persia, Dutton, 1953.
Fleming, Fergus, Barrow’s Boys, The Original Extreme Adventurers, Grove/Atlantic, 1998.
Loewen, James W., Lies My Teacher Told Me, Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, Touchtone, 1995.