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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:


Abraham Lincoln's Presidency and Civil War America

"Lincoln's Constitutionalism and the Meaning of the Suspension of the Writ of Habeas Corpus"

Mark E. Neely, Jr., Keynote Address

"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


"Economy and Security in the 21st Century"

Madeleine K. Albright, Former Secretary of State

"Consuming Our Way to Recovery"

Lizabeth Cohen, Harvard University


"The Nuclear Promise:  Global Consequences of an American Dream" Jacob Hamblin, Oregon State University

"Daniel Ellsberg Speaks:  The Pentagon Papers Forty Years Later

"Enemies Within:  The Conspiracy Culture of Modern America" Robert Goldberg, University of Utah

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

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

“Hearts and Minds: Counterinsurgency from Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan” Marilyn B. Young, New York University

“The Holocaust: Memories of a Survivor” George Lucius Salton (Lucek Salzman)

“Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of the Republic” Steven D. Engle, Florida Atlantic University

“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


Wilson D. Miscamble:  "Harry S. Truman, the Bomb, and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy" “Harry S. Truman, the Bomb, and the Transformation of U.S. Foreign Policy,” Wilson D. Miscamble, University of Notre Dame

“The First Lady of the Press Speaks on Women, Washington, and the War” Helen Thomas

"Questioning Slavery and Accepting Africa: Dissidence, Tolerance, and Syncretism in the Iberian Atlantic World" Stuart B. Schwartz, Yale University

“The Other Side of the Italian Renaissance: Sin and Social Deviance in the Popular Preaching of Bernardino of Siena.” Franco Mormando, Boston University

“The Confucian Scholar Zhu Xi’s {1130-1200} Cosmology: How Modern is the School of the Dao ( ??)?” John Berthrong, Boston University

“How Racism Became Respectable in Nazi Germany” Claudia Koonz, Duke University

“Transportation and the Creation of an Integrated European Economy” Richard Vahrenkamp, University of Kassel

“Ambassadors in Pinstripes: The Spalding World Baseball Tour and the Birth of the American Empire” Thomas W. Zeiler, University of Colorado at Boulder

“The United States and Iraq: Past and Future” Douglas Little, Clark University

"Insurgency and Counterinsurgency in the Middle East and the Caucasus" Mark Kramer, Harvard University


Nancy Cott: Revisiting the Jazz Age“Revisiting the Jazz Age” Nancy F. Cott, Harvard University

“Selling War in a Media Age” David Halberstam

“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

"Ladakh: The Last Shangri-La or Globalization's Last Victim?"” Kaushik Bagchi, Goucher College

“Material Virtue: Ethics and the Body in Early China" Mark Csikszentmihalyi, University of Wisconsin at Madison


"The Nazis and Dixie:  African Americans, Jewish Americans, and Fascism, 1933-1939" Glenda Gilmore, Yale University

“The Myth That China Has No Creation Myth” Paul Goldin, University of Pennsylvania

“Why Confucius Eschewed Religion”  Moss Roberts, New York University


“Combat Trauma and the Trials of Homecoming: Lessons of Vietnam Applied to the Iraq War” Jonathan Shay

“Racing the Enemy: Stalin, Truman and the Surrender of Japan” Tsuyoshi Hasegawa, University of California at Santa Barbara

David Goldfield: "Religion and Politics:  An American Tradition"“Religion and Politics: An American Tradition” David Goldfield, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Is Iraq Vietnam?” Fredrik Logevall, Cornell University

“This Worldly Immortality in Ancient China” Paul Goldin, University of Pennsylvania

“Cuba, Fernando Ortiz, and Caribbean Studies” Enrico Mario Santi, University of Kentucky

Timothy Naftali: "Blind Spot: Secret History of U.S. Counterterrorisim""Blind Spot: Secret History of U.S. Counterterrorisim" Timothy Naftali, Director of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Library


“Reagan, Gorbachev, and the End of the Cold War” Robert J. McMahon, The Ohio State University



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