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Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius

Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius is the Director of the Center for the Study of War and Society. He is a Professor of History at the University of Tennessee and Lindsay Young Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences. He specializes in modern European history, with a focus on modern Germany and diplomatic history.  A native of Chicago, Illinois, he earned his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at UT since 1995. He is the author of War Land on the Eastern Front: Culture, National Identity and German Occupation in World War I (Cambridge University Press, 2000), which also appeared in German translation, and The German Myth of the East: 1800 to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2009). He has published articles which have also appeared in translation (in Italian, French, and German, including in Germany’s main news magazine, Der Spiegel). He is vice-president of the Association for the Study of Nationalities and past president of the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies. He has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship and twice won UT’s teaching award. The Great Courses company of Chantilly, Virginia has produced five taped lecture courses by Dr. Liulevicius in its “Great Courses Series”: “Turning Points of Modern History”; “Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History”;  “War, Peace, and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe, 1500-2000”; “World War I: The Great War”; and “Utopia and Terror in the Twentieth Century.” For more information, see

Cynthia Tinker

Cynthia L. Tinker has served as the Project Coordinator for the Center for the Study of War and Society for the past eight years. Tinker manages the day-to-day operations of the Center, including the Veterans Oral History Project, the World War II archival collection, and communications with the Center’s network of veterans, historians, teachers, and the public. She is responsible for organizing all Center events and programming. After serving four years (1988-1992) as a MC-130H and MH-53J Pave Low III aircraft electrician in U.S. Air Force Special Operations, Tinker enrolled at the University of Tennessee on the G.I. Bill in 1996. She graduated from UT in December 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and minor in Biology. She is a proud member of the American Legion and the Air Commando Association.