HIGH POINT, N.C., March 21, 2013 – High Point University department of history will host Dr. Beth Bailey as part of its “American Discoveries” series. Bailey, professor of history at Temple University, will present “America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force,” at 5 p.m. on April 4 in Room 109 of the Nido R. Qubein School of Communication. A reception will follow the event, where guests can meet Dr. Bailey. The event is free and open to the public.
Bailey will give a lecture that is based on her recent book, “America’s Army: Making the All-Volunteer Force.” Published by Harvard University’s Belknap Press in 2009, the book won the Army Historical Foundation Distinguished Writing Award and has garnered rave reviews. Her lecture will explore the army’s efforts to transition from conscription to an all-volunteer force by rebranding itself as a welcoming and progressive employer, by actively recruiting women and by relaxing much of its regimented culture.
Bailey, a noted historian of the 20th century United States whose research focuses on gender and sexuality, as well as the military and society, is the author of several published books. Her first book, “From Front Porch to Back Seat,” is a history of courtship patterns from the early 20th century through the 1950s. She followed her first book with “Sex in the Heartland” – a look at the ways the late 1960s and 1970s sexual revolution played out in the heartland of Kansas. Bailey also co-authored a book on Hawaii during World War II, edited several collections and co-authored the U.S. history textbook, “A People and a Nation.”
“As the U.S. military winds down the war in Afghanistan, faces possible budget restrictions, opens combat to women and integrates same-sex couples into its social events, Professor Bailey’s lecture will provide important context for profound questions about the meanings of military service in America today,” says Dr. Kara Vuic, associate professor of history at HPU. “Additionally, as her lecture shows, the military does not exist or change in a vacuum; its evolution is connected to important political, social, and cultural events. These are important lessons for all citizens, but particularly for students who are at the age in which military service is traditionally expected. Professor Bailey’s lecture thus provides an opportunity for all to gain a more holistic education, as well as the opportunity for students to learn directly from one of the nation’s leading historians.”