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Noted Historian Dr. Olivier Courteaux to Deliver Young Harris College’s Annual Ragsdale Lecture

Friday, March 8, 2013

Author: Ali Hatley
Media Contact: Krystin Dean
(706) 379-5237,

Noted Historian Dr. Olivier Courteaux to Deliver Young Harris College’s Annual Ragsdale Lecture

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – On Thursday, March 21, noted historian Olivier Courteaux, Ph.D., will deliver the annual Ragsdale Lecture at 4 p.m. in Wilson Lecture Hall of Goolsby Center on the YHC campus. Dr. Courteaux is a leading expert on the history of postwar France and the various aspects of diplomatic history. The event is free and open to the public.

During his lecture, Dr. Courteaux will analyze Franco-American international and governmental relations in the post-1945 world and Charles de Gaulle's foreign policy. He will also examine those relations with regards to NATO from the 1940s to the present day.

Dr. Courteaux received his B.A. in history, M.A. in war and conflicts studies and Ph.D. in contemporary international relations from the University of Paris-Sorbonne. He previously taught at York University and Ryerson University, both in Toronto, Canada, and currently serves as assistant professor of history at the Royal Military College of Canada, the equivalent to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He is the author of several scholarly articles, conference papers and book contributions regarding Charles de Gaulle’s foreign policy design in the 1960s, particularly with regard to Canada and the United States. His latest book, Canada Between Vichy and Free France, 1940-1945, is scheduled for release in April 2013.

For more information about this event, call (706) 379-5140.

About the Ragsdale Lecture Series
The Ragsdale Lecture Series brings national speakers to Young Harris College to discuss relevant governmental and political issues. It was established in 1983 by Mr. and Mrs. H.D. Paris to honor Mrs. Paris’ cousin, Warner B. Ragsdale, a 1917 graduate of Young Harris College who achieved a long and distinguished career in journalism.

After leaving YHC, Ragsdale completed his education at Georgia Institute of Technology. He began his journalism career serving on the staff of newspapers in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Fla., Hendersonville, N.C., Charlotte, N.C., Birmingham, New Orleans and Louisville. He joined the Associated Press in 1924 and became associate editor and political editor for the U.S. News and World Report in 1941. He remained in these roles until his retirement in 1970.

During his career in journalism, Ragsdale covered every national political convention held by the Republican and Democratic parties from 1928 to 1968 and traveled during campaigns with Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. One of his career highlights was his coverage of the Scopes Evolution Trial in Dayton, Tenn., in 1925.

In 1937, he was honored by the National Headliners Club for “best feature story of the year” for his story about Al Capone and the Purple Gang. He served as a part chairman of the Executive Committee of the Congressional Periodic Press Gallery. At the time of his death in 1986, Ragsdale was engaged in writing “A Century of Presidential Elections, as seen from over the hill and back of the bus.”

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit