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Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 4 PM (EDT) Victory At Sea: An in-depth exploration of the unique role of U.S-led naval power during World War II

Join us to hear Yale Professor and eminent historian Paul Kennedy discuss his latest book, Victory At Sea. Through his engrossing narrative, illustrated by maritime artist Paul Marshall's panoramic, full-color paintings, Professor Kennedy chronicles the rise and fall of the great powers during World War II.  Tracking the movements of the six major navies of the war---the allied navies of Britain, France, and the United States and the Axis navies of Germany, Italy, and Japan--- Professor Kennedy tells a story of navel battles, maritime campaigns, and amphibious landings from the sea. By doing so, he shows how changes in naval supremacy during the decade between 1936 and 1946 decisively altered the course of both World War II and the geopolitical balance of powers.

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Born in June 1945 in the northern English town of Wallsend, Northumberland, Paul Kennedy currently serves as the J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Director of International Security Studies at Yale, and Distinguished Fellow of the Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy. He is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic, and strategic issues. 

  Professor Kennedy obtained his BA at Newcastle University and his DPhil at the University of Oxford. He was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 2000 for services to History and elected a Fellow of the British Academy in June 2003.

Prof. Kennedy's monthly column on current global issues is distributed worldwide by the Los Angeles Times Syndicate/Tribune Media Services. He is the author or editor of nineteen books, including The Rise of the Anglo-German Antagonism, The War Plans of the Great Powers, The Realities Behind Diplomacy, and Preparing for the Twenty-First Century. His best-known work is The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers, which provoked an intense debate on its publication in 1988 and has been translated into over twenty languages. Prof. Kennedy's most recent book, Victory At Sea was published in 2022.


This Program's Signature Cocktail is the Navy Grog.

  • 1 ounce dark Jamaican rum

  • 1 ounce gold demerara rum

  • 1 ounce white Cuban or Puerto Rican rum

  • 1 ounce honey syrup*

  • 3/4 ounce club soda, chilled

  • 3/4 ounce grapefruit juice, freshly squeezed

  • 3/4 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed

  • Garnish: mint sprig

  • Garnish: lime wheel