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 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.
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
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Role of Diplomacy in 20th Century American Foreign Policy," Jeffrey Morton, Florida Atlantic University
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.
--"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
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : "Consuming our Way to Economic Recovery" Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University
Alan B. Larkin Symposium : "Economy and Security in the 21st Century" Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Nuclear Promise: Global Consequences of an American Dream" Jacob Hamblin, Oregon State University
Alan B. Larkin Symposium: “The Pentagon Papers Forty Years Later" Daniel Ellsberg
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : "Enemies Within: The Conspiracy Culture of Modern America" Robert Goldberg, University of Utah
Alan B. Larkin Symposium: "America's Future in the Middle East: What is Obama to Do?" Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture : The Greatest Generation in A Good War? "A New Look at Wartime America" Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado, Boulder
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
--“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
Alan B. Larkin Symposium : “The First Lady of the Press Speaks on Women, Washington, and the War” Helen Thomas
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
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Nazis and Dixie: African Americans, Jewish Americans, and Fascism, 1933-1939" Glenda Gilmore, Yale University
O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Religion and Politics: An American Tradition" David Goldfield
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