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Symposium Series

Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency

The Alan B. Larkin Endowed Fund supports an annual symposium and creates supporting graduate fellowships and undergraduate scholarships for students who demonstrate interest in the American presidency. The annual Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency has a thematic focus, providing distinguished scholars each year with the opportunity to present papers that may be contributed to books, scholarly journals, essays and other publications. The Symposium is held each spring semester with the first held in 2007.

The John O' Sullivan Memorial Lectureship

The mission of the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lectureship is to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty and public guests with exposure to a distinguished historian of 20th-century American History whose lectureship/presentation broadens and deepens our understanding of the major thematic and conceptual aspects of America's modern history.

Each year the department will print the lecture and make it available on our website at: www.fau.edu/history, as well as in our department for public distribution.

Past Lectures:

 

Spring 2014

Alan B. Larkin Symposium : "Inside the White House from Nixon to Obama”  A Conversation with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein moderated by historian Dr. Timothy Naftali

 

Fall 2013

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Role of Diplomacy in 20th Century American Foreign Policy," Jeffrey Morton, Florida Atlantic University

 

Spring 2013

Alan B. Larkin Symposium: "Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America"

 

Keynote Address: "Lincoln's Constitutionalism and the Meaning of the Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus" Mark E. Neely, Jr.

Conference Presentations:   

--"The Age of Lincoln" Vernon Burton, Clemson University

-- "The Union Home Front"  Matthew Gallman, University of Florida

-- "Lincoln the Leader" Richard Carwardine, Oxford University

--"War-time Emancipation" Kate Masur, Northwestern University

--"Presidential Reconstruction" Brooks D. Simpson, Arizona State University

 

Fall 2012

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : "Consuming our Way to Economic Recovery" Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University

 

Spring 2012

Alan B. Larkin Symposium : "Economy and Security in the 21st Century"  Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State

 

Fall 2011

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Nuclear Promise:  Global Consequences of an American Dream" Jacob Hamblin, Oregon State University

 

Spring 2011

Alan B. Larkin Symposium:   “The Pentagon Papers Forty Years Later" Daniel Ellsberg

 

Fall 2010

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : "Enemies Within:  The Conspiracy Culture of Modern America" Robert Goldberg, University of Utah

 

Spring 2010

Alan B. Larkin Symposium: "America's Future in the Middle East:  What is Obama to Do?" Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

 

Fall 2009

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : The Greatest Generation in A Good War?  "A New Look at Wartime America" Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado, Boulder

 

Spring 2009

Alan B. Larkin Symposium: "Civil Rights From Nixon to Obama"

Keynote Address: “Winning While Losing?: The Conservative Movement and Civil Rights during the Reagan Years” Mary Frances Berry, University of Pennsylvania

Conference Presentations:  

--“The Great Divide?: Race and Partisanship after the Civil Rights Movement” John D. Skrentny, University of California at San Diego

--"A Peculiar Partnership: Egalitarianism and Free-Market Conservatism in the United States and the World since the 1970s" Thomas Borstelmann, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

--“Barack Obama: ‘Turning the Page’ on the Conservative Era in American Politics” Ronald W. Walters, University of Maryland

--“Rebuilding Institutions and Redefining Issues: The Reagan Justice Department and Civil Rights” Richard L. Pacelle, Jr., Georgia Southern University

-- “In the Shadow of Ronald Reagan: Civil Rights Policy Making in the Clinton Administration” Robert C. Smith, San Francisco State University

--“Old Vinegar in a New Bottle: Vote Denial in the 2000 Presidential Election and Beyond” Charles L. Zelden, Nova Southeastern University.

 

Fall 2008: O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Harry S. Truman, the Bomb, and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy" Wilson D. Miscamble, University of Notre Dame

 

Spring 2008

Alan B. Larkin Symposium : “The First Lady of the Press Speaks on Women, Washington, and the War”  Helen Thomas

 

Fall 2007

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: “Revisiting the Jazz Age” Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

 

Spring 2007 Inaugural Alan B. Larkin Symposium “Selling War in a Media Age”

Keynote Address: "Selling War in the Media Age" David Halberstam

Conference Presentations :

--“Selling the New Empire: The War of 1898 and the Dawn of the American Century” George C. Herring, University of Kentucky

--“War and the Health of the State: The U.S. Government and the Communications Revolution during World War I” Emily S. Rosenberg, University of California at Irvine

-- “Franklin Roosevelt and American Public Opinion During World War II” Mark A. Stoler, University of Vermont

--“The Hard Sell: Korea” Marilyn B. Young, New York University “Cementing Consensus in the Cold War” Robert D. Schulzinger, University of Colorado at Boulder

-- “Eisenhower’s Dilemma: Talking Peace and Waging Cold War after Stalin’s Death” Kenneth Osgood, Florida Atlantic University

"‘We Need to Get a Better Story to the American People’: Johnson, Nixon, and the Vietnam War on Television” Chester Pach , Ohio University

-- “Selling Star Wars: Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative” Paul S. Boyer, University of Wisconsin at Madison

--“The Ministry of Fear: Selling the Iraq Wars” Lloyd C. Gardner, Rutgers University

 

Fall 2006

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Nazis and Dixie:  African Americans, Jewish Americans, and Fascism, 1933-1939" Glenda Gilmore, Yale University

 

2005

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Religion and Politics: An American Tradition"  David Goldfield

 

2004

Inaugural O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : "Blind Spot: A Secret History of U.S. Counter-terrorism": Timothy J. Naftali, Director of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library

 

 

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