Past Events

History Symposium Series

  Spring 2019

Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium: "Origins of the American Presidency"

Keynote Address:  "The American Presidency and the Age of Enlightenment" Caroline Winterer

Conference Presentations:

"The English Antecedents of American Constitutionalism", Blair Worden, University of Oxford

"Natural Rights, Ordinary People, and the Constsruction of Political Philosophy", Eric Slauter, University of Chicago

"The Eighteenth-Century Debate about Party: Montesquieu to Madison", Max Skjonsberg, University of St. Andrews

"The Original  Lost Consitution:  Drafing the Expansion of Power at the Constitutional Convention", Jonathan  Gienapp, Stanford University

"The Federalist Papers in Theory and Practice", Claire Arcenas, University of Montana

"The Bill of Rights and Contours of Citizenship in the Republican Experiment", Daniel Hulsebosch, New York University Law School

"Theory and Practice: The Politics of the First Presidents, Lindsay Chervinsky, Southern Methodist University

"The Constitutional Compromise and the Problem of New States:  A Case of Political Thoughtlessness", Francois Furstenberg, Johns Hopkins University

"Power and Liberty:  Women and the World the Constitution Made", Rosemarie Zagarri, George Mason University


Spring 2018

Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium:  "Covering the Presidency in the Modern Media Age", Eugene Robinson, Washington Post Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

Spring 2017

Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium: "Critical Moments of the American Presidency: Past, Present, and Future", Michael Beschloss, Presidential Historian

Spring 2016

Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium: "The President and American Capitalism Since 1945"

Keynote Address: "Shopper in Chief: Presidential Leadership in America's Consumer Republic" Brian Balogh

Conference Presentations:

"Presidents, the Military-Industrial Complex, and the Ascendant Politics of 'Free Enterprise', Mark Wilson, University of North Carolina

"Fiscal Bounty: Presidents, the Federal Budget and Economic Good, Iwan Morgan, University College, London, England

"The Antigovernment Impulse: The Presidency and the Splintering of the Public Good", Brent Cebul, University of Richmond

"American Presidents and the American University" Elizabeth Tandy Shermer, Loyola University of Chicago

"Parallel Ladders to the Glass Ceiling: Presidential and Corporate Executive Appointments", Pamela Walker Laird, University of Colorado, Denver

"9 to 5" Affirmative Action, and the Legality of Occupational Segregation", Alison Elias, Cornell University

"Standing Athwart Financialization and Yelling Stop: Jimmy Carter and the Failure of the Credit Control Act", Sean Vanatta, Princeton University

"Computerizing America: Presidents, Business and Politics in a Digital Age", Andrew Meade McGee, University of Virginia

"The President, Financial Planning and American Retirement Planning", Paula Gajewski, Vanderbilt University

"The Post-Industrial City", Tracy Neumann, Wayne State University

"Turning the Bull Loose" The Reagan Administration, Financial Deregulation, and the Reconstruction of New York City, Joe Arena, The Ohio State University

"Public Service Employment, the 1970s, and the Last Gasps of the War on Poverty", Daniel Amsterdam, Georgia Institute of Technology

"'Dear Mr. President: I Apologize for Writing You So Often' - Enron and Energy at the End of the 20th Century", Gavin Benke, Boston University

"Government GMO: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and the Political Brokering of a Biotech Revolution, 1986-2000", Bartow Elmore, University of Alabama

Fall 2018

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Toward a New History of the Tet Offensive:  Spies, Allies, and Murder in Hanoi", Lien-Hang Nguyen, Columbia University

Fall 2017

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Modern Presidency from Kennedy to Trump: Intersections of Politics and Personality", William H. Chafe, Duke University

Fall 2016

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "The Evolution of a U.S. Ambassador: Policy and Perspective in a Global Age", Ambassador Robert (Skipp) Orr, Retired

Fall 2015

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Eleanor Roosevelt and the Battle for Human Rights: 1945 to the Present", Allida Black, George Washington University

Spring 2015

Alan B. Larkin Symposium: "Truman's Presidency and World War II at 70", Remarks by David McCullough, moderated by historian Wilson D. Miscamble.

Lecture with Wilson D. Miscamble: "The Most Controversial Decision: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan"

Fall 2014

O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture: "Hitler and the Decisions for the Final Solution", Chrisopher R. Browning, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

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


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