Topics Discussed in Lex Fridman Podcast #320 – Lex Fridman & Christopher Capozzola: How World War I started, US and World War I, US Military, War in Ukraine, American Civil War, World War II, Nationalism, US elections, Donald Trump, Philippine–American War, Greatest US president, Advice for young people, Meaning of life and much more.
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Christopher Capozzola graduated from Harvard College and completed his Ph.D. at Columbia University in 2002. At MIT, he teaches courses in political and legal history, war and the military, and the history of international migration. From 2015-17 he served as the Secretary of the Faculty, and as Head of MIT History from 2020-22. In 2018, he was named a MacVicar Faculty Fellow, MIT’s highest honor for undergraduate teaching. He currently serves as Senior Associate Dean for Open Learning, where he oversees MIT’s open education offerings including OpenCourseWare, MITx, and MicroMasters, as well as the Digital Learning Lab, Digital Learning in Residential Education, and MIT Video Productions. His research interests are in the history of citizenship, war, and the military in modern American history. His first book, Uncle Sam Wants You: World War I and the Making of the Modern American Citizen (Oxford University Press, 2008), examines the relationship between citizens, voluntary associations, and the federal government during World War I. Uncle Sam Wants You won the Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize of the New England American Studies Association.