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FAU Jupiter Presents Dr. Sheldon Hackney to Discuss '1968, Turning Point or Detour'

1st Donald and Judith Smith Visiting Scholar to Lecture to Lifelong Learning Society and MacArthur Campus Students

            JUPITER, FL ( March 4, 2008) - Florida Atlantic University’s John D. MacArthur campus will present a lecture by Dr. Sheldon Hackney on Thursday, March 13 at 4 p.m. The lecture will take place in the Lifelong Learning Society complex at FAU, 5353 Parkside Drive, Jupiter.

Hackney, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is currently a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania.   His lecture, “1968, Turning Point or Detour,” will focus on various events of that year in the United States. Hackney’s topics will include the public shift from support of the war in Vietnam to opposition, Lyndon Johnson’s decision not to run for reelection, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, disruptions in Chicago at the Democratic convention and Hubert Humphrey’s loss to Richard Nixon in the presidential election.

Hackney has written and spoken widely on the American South, the Sixties and the American national identity. He has served as the provost of Princeton University, and president of Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania. Hackney is currently writing a biography on historian C. Vann Woodward.

Through the generosity of two Lifelong Learning Society members, the Donald and Judith Smith Visiting Scholar program was established.   This year, a committee comprised of faculty from the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters and the Wilkes Honors College selected Hackney to be the first speaker for the program.

In addition to his presentation on March 13, Hackney will also present a lecture on “American Exceptionalism” to a European history class, and he will speak at the Honors College weekly forum.

For more information or to reserve a free ticket to the March 13 lecture, contact the Lifelong Learning Society at 561-799-8667 or 561-799-8547.  


FAU’s MacArthur Campus in Jupiter offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs.   The campus is home to the Wilkes Honors College, the Lifelong Learning Society, and Scripps Florida research facilities.

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