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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 &…

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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…

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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,…

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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,…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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    Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    Every director of the White House Faith-Based Offices since President Bush created the office in 2001, appeared together. They spoke in order of their service about the work of the White House on faith…

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    George H.W. Bush and German Reunification

    Jeffrey Engel, director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University, talked about President George H.W. Bush’s motivations behind his push for German…

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    Midnight in Mexico

    Alfredo Corchado talked about his book, Midnight in Mexico: A Reporter’s Journey Through a Country’s Descent into Darkness, in which he chronicles how Mexico has changed since he first…

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