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  • emWhy Wilson Mattersem
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    Why Wilson Matters

    Professor Tony Smith talked about his book Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today, in which he offers his thoughts on the impact of President Woodrow Wilson on American…

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  • Southern Methodist University 2017 Commencement Address
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    Southern Methodist University 2017 Commencement Address

    National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins delivered the commencement address for 2017 graduates of Southern Methodist University (SMU). After his remarks, Dr. Collins played the guitar and…

    906 views
  • First Lady Florence Harding
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    First Lady Florence Harding

    Katherine Sibley talked about how Florence Harding set new precedents as first lady by advocating for causes such as veterans' assistance and animal rights. She also talked about how President Warren…

    236 views
  • Thomas Jefferson and Election of 1800
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    Thomas Jefferson and Election of 1800

    Andrew O’Shaughnessy talked about the election of 1800 and Thomas Jefferson’s “peaceful revolution.” He argued that the election was one of the most toxic in U.S. history and that it relied…

    727 views
  • Founding Era Music and Politics
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    Founding Era Music and Politics

    Professor Kirsten Wood talked about the political use of music during the founding era of the United States. She explained that patriotic music created in this period was used for many purposes,…

    257 views
  • Reevaluating Mary Lincoln
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    Re-evaluating Mary Lincoln

    Author Catherine Clinton talked about the changing historical narratives about President Lincoln’s wife, Mary. She spoke about how Mary would have been remembered if she had died instead of her husband…

    570 views
  • President George W Bush Commencement Address at SMU
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    Southern Methodist University Commencement Address

    Former President George W. Bush gave the commencement address to the 2015 graduating class of Southern Methodist University in Moody Coliseum on the main campus. In his first commencement…

    412 views
  • Religion and Public Policy
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    Religion and Public Policy

    Four scholars gave presentations on religion and public policy throughout American history. The papers were “Teaching about Religion in Red State America” by Mark Chancey; “The Welfare of Faith” by Allison Collis Greene; “Orchestrating Death…

    250 views
  • Discussion on Politics and Religion
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    Politics and Religion

    Four scholars gave presentations on the relationship between politics and religion throughout American history. The papers were: “The Resurrection of African-American Conservatives” by Anthea Butler; “The Rise of the 'Nones'” by Matthew…

    181 views
  • Discussion on Nuclear Weapons and National Security
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    Nuclear Weapons and National Security

    Professor Francis Gavin and Air Force General Robert Kehler (Retired) talked about nuclear weapons and national security. Joshua Rovner of Southern Methodist University’s Tower Center for…

    206 views
  • Discussion on History and Policy Makers
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    History and Policy Makers

    Professor Fred Logevall talked about how policy makers use and misuse the past. He cited a number of historical analogies and how they’ve been used by contemporary policy makers, including…

    297 views
  • Religious Faith and Politics
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    Religious Faith and Politics

    Four scholars gave presentations on the intersection of religious faith and politics. Professor Kate Carte Engel’s presentation was titled, “The Founding Fathers and Modern America"; Professor Darren Dochuk’s, "Crude Awakenings in…

    379 views
  • Discussion on Religion and Social Issues
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    Religion and Social Issues

    Four scholars gave presentations about religion, politics, and social issues throughout American history. Topics included Christianity and Islam in America, as well as the history of religious groups and immigration policy. The papers were “In the Bowels of a Free &…

    471 views
  • Discussion on the 1968 Presidential Election
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    1968 Presidential Election

    Professor Michael Nelson talked about how and why Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1968 presidential election came at a pivotal time in American politics. 1968 was marked by the…

    638 views
  • Discussion on the Warren Commission
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    Work of the Warren Commission Staff, Part 1

    Former members of the Warren Commission staff talked about their roles on the commission and how the experience affected their professional lives. The spoke about the behind-the-scenes,…

    677 views
  • Work of the Warren Commission Staff Part 2
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    Work of the Warren Commission Staff, Part 2

    Former members of the Warren Commission staff talked about their roles on the commission and how the experience affected their professional lives. The spoke about the behind-the-scenes,…

    330 views
  • Southern Methodist University Commencement Address
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    Southern Methodist University Commencement Address

    Mayor Mike Rawlings gave the commencement address to the 2014 Southern Methodist University graduating class. The Dallas mayor spoke about what he’s learned as mayor, and gave leadership,…

    126 views
  • Presidential Illness
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    Presidential Illness

    Panelists discussed the impact of presidential illness during the administrations of Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon Johnson. This panel was part of the event “When Life…

    517 views
  • Death in the White House
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    Death in the White House

    Panelists talked about Presidents Franklin Pierce, Calvin Coolidge, Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy, who all lost sons during their time in office. This panel was part of the event “When Life Strikes…

    738 views
  • The Presidency Personal Crises and Public Responsibilities
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    Personal Crises and Public Responsibilities

    Panelists discussed the personal crises of Presidents John Tyler, Ronald Reagan, and Bill Clinton, and the impacts of these crises on national politics. This panel was part of the event “When Life…

    434 views
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