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Thomas to speak on French decolonization

Huntington, Ind.-The Huntington University Forester Lecture Series continues Feb. 12 with Dr. Martin Thomas. The event will be held at 9 p.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.

The lecture will focus on the process of French decolonization in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Thomas is professor of colonial history at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He has written extensively on the French colonial empire and decolonization. His most recent book is "Empires of Intelligence: Security Services and Colonial Disorder after 1914," published by the University of California Press in 2007. He was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize for outstanding research in 2002 and a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2008.

Thomas earned his Ph.D. from Oxford University with his dissertation, "France in British Foreign Policy: The Popular Front and the Approach of War." He holds membership in the Society for French Historical Studies, the French Colonial History Society, the American Political Science Association, the British International History Group and the United Kingdom Study Group on Intelligence.

Each semester, Huntington University presents the Forester Lecture Series. The lectures are designed to bring interesting persons and topics to the attention of students and the regional community. The lectures are open to the public free of charge.

The Forester Lecture Series is coordinated by Dr. Jeff Webb, associate professor of history. For further information, contact Webb at (260) 359-4243.