FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Ronald Feinman, Ph.D.
 
 

History

Ronald Feinman, Ph.D., has been a Professor of American History, Government and Politics for the past four decades, including 22 years as Senior Professor at Broward College and an Adjunct Professor of History and Political Science at Florida Atlantic University (FAU). He holds a Ph.D. from City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and is the author of “Twilight of Progressivism: The Western Republican Senators and the New Deal” (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1981) and book reviews for various scholarly journals.

Dr. Feinman will be publishing a book entitled “Assassinations, Threats, and the American Presidency: From Andrew Jackson to Barack Obama” (Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group) in the summer of 2015, after being commissioned by that publisher to write on that subject.

He blogs about politics and history at: www.theprogressiveprofessor.com. He is also a listed member of the FAU Speaker’s Bureau and has given lectures to many diverse groups over the past 10 years.


The Life and Presidency of Theodore Roosevelt
1901–1909

The years of Theodore Roosevelt in the Presidency saw America move toward engagement in world affairs, promote government intervention in the economy in the public interest and make the concept of progressivism a widespread idea which would influence future Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson in significant ways. We will examine TR's life story, the domestic and foreign policy of his Presidency and also his third party candidacy in the Presidential Election of 1912.

Lecture # F1W3
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  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesday, November 12, 2014
  Time:11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25 / member; $35 / non-member
The Life and Presidency of Woodrow Wilson
1913–1921

The years of Woodrow Wilson in the Presidency saw great advancements in domestic reform, the most until FDR in the 1930s, as well as America becoming engaged in the First World War. We will examine Wilson's life and record as President, the long-term impact he has had on American life and international affairs and see that he was a person in the tradition of Theodore Roosevelt, despite party and personal differences.

Lecture # F1W6
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  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Wednesday, December 10, 2014
  Time:11:00 a.m.– 12:30 p.m.
  Fee:$25 / member; $35 / non-member
Turning Point Presidential Elections in America

This course will describe and analyze the significance of eight presidential elections in the past century, all regarded as turning point elections which changed the course of American history. The battle for the nominations of the two major parties, the colorful personalities involved, the ensuing campaigns of the rivals and the role of third parties and independent candidacies in some of these elections will be evaluated, as well as the long-term effects of the election results. Discussion is invited at the end of each lecture.

Eight Lectures
  1. The Presidential Election of 1912
  2. The Presidential Election of 1932
  3. The Presidential Election of 1948
  4. The Presidential Election of 1960
  5. The Presidential Election of 1968
  6. The Presidential Election of 1980
  7. The Presidential Election of 2000
  8. The Presidential Election of 2008
CANCELLED
The Life and Presidency of Bill Clinton
1993-2001

Bill Clinton remains one of the most popular Presidents of all time, with his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton the odds on favorite to be the Democratic Presidential nominee in 2016, possibly heralding a new Clinton Presidency, with Bill Clinton being the “First Man” under his wife’s potential presidency. But Bill Clinton also remains one of the most controversial presidents, facing impeachment due to the sex scandals which erupted in his presidency, and which undermined his second term agenda. The accomplishments and shortcomings of the man and his presidency will be examined, both in domestic and foreign policy, and his post presidency will be analyzed as to its effect on the historical image of the 42nd president. The impact of Clinton on the Democratic Party, and the changing political atmosphere in America will be assessed. Questions will be welcomed at the end of the lecture.

Lecture #W1T6
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  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesday, March 10, 2015
  Time:3:45—5:15 p.m.
  Fee:$25/member; $35/non-member
Four Unappreciated Presidents

This course will trace the lives and careers of four Presidents who have often been unappreciated for their contributions: James K. Polk (1845-1849); William Howard Taft (1909-1913); Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); and George H. W. Bush (1989-1993). We will determine what their virtues, accomplishments, faults and shortcomings were, and their impact on American history.

Four Lectures
  1. James K. Polk (1845-1849)  
  2. William Howard Taft (1909-1913)  
  3. Jimmy Carter (1977-1981)  
  4. George H. W. Bush (1989-1993)  
Course # W4T1 — Four Weeks
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Tuesdays, January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 2015
  Time:9 - 10:30 a.m.
  Fee:$34/member; $54/non-member