LSUS history professor Dr. Alex Mikaberdize, a native son of the Eurasian nation of Georgia, will return to his roots in October when he’s the guest of honor at a cocktail reception at the Georgian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Mikaberidze is a professor of history and the Ruth Herring Noel Endowed Chair for the Curatorship of the James Smith Noel Collection at LSU Shreveport. He’s an international expert on Napoleon Bonaparte and the era surrounding the general’s rise to power and fall from grace.
Before Dr. Mikaberize embarked on his academic career, he earned a law degree in Georgia and worked for that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked on human rights issues and relations with the Council of Europe.
Dr. Mikaberidze joined the LSUS faculty in 2007 after holding positions at Florida State University and Mississippi State University. He’s also lectured on policy and strategy at the U.S. Naval War College.
Dr. Mikaberidze has published extensively, with more than two dozen books or textbooks crediting him as an author, translator or contributor. He also enjoys speaking about Napoleon, bringing the general and his associates to life with character studies and anecdotes.
On Oct. 19, he’ll present a day-long seminar on the French Revolution at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. This is the second time this year he’s lectured at the Smithsonian.
Here in Shreveport-Bossier City, Dr. Mikaberidze has organized recent events and exhibits to mark Napoleon’s 250th birthday, drawing on materials in the Noel Collection at LSUS.
The Noel Collection includes more than 1,000 items related to Napoleon. The overall collection contains more than 250,000 rare books and materials spanning hundreds of years.