John Osullivan

The John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture Series

2017 Lecture featuring William H. Chafe

Dr. chafe

The 2017 John O'Sullivan Memorial Lecture will feature William H. Chafe, Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History at Duke University, Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 4 p.m. in the FAU University Theatre on the Boca Raton Campus. 

 William Chafe will examine how personality helped shape the politics of many of our modern presidents.  He will look at the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, dealing with issues as varied as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Clinton health care bill.

Chafe has written 13 books on American history, including a major new overview of 20th century America titled "The Rise and Fall of the American Century"; a history of personality and politics in modern America titled "Private Lives/Public Consequences, Personality and Politics in Modern America"; and a book about the Clinton titled "Bill and Hillary:  The Politics of the Personal."

A book signing will follow the lecture in the University Theatre lobby.

For tickets, directions and other information, call 1.800.564.9539 or visit

Depending on availability, tickets may also be obtained at the University Theatre one hour prior to the lecture.

Admission - $20

Groups of 20 or more - $15

Faculty, Staff and Alumni - $10

FAU students with current student ID - $5

For group tickets, call 561.297.6124.

Free parking is available in Parking Garage II

The mission of the John O'Sullivan Memorial Lectureship has been to provide students, secondary school teachers, faculty, and public guests the opportunity to hear a lecture by a distinguished historian who has published in a field of twentieth-century U.S. History relevant to Dr. O'Sullivan's own interest and specialities.  Over the years, the lectureship has hosted scholars of World War II, the Vietnam War, the nuclear age, the holocaust, modern American culture, and post-1945 political and diplomatic history.  Dr. O'Sullivan was a longtime faculty member and former chair of FAU's History Department before his death in 2000.