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The Center for Presidential History at SMU exists to research and advance understanding of the history of the American presidency through research, public engagement, and oral history. The Center for Presidential History at SMU is dedicated to exploring the story and legacy of the nation’s chief executives through cutting-edge research, academic and public forums, and production of archival records for future generations through a wide-ranging presidential oral history project.

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05/07/2024

Join us in just two days, on May 9th, as Yale University's Dr. Beverly Gage discusses her Pulitzer Prize winning biography "G-Man: J. Edgar Hoover and the Making of the American Century" and the life, times, and impact of J. Edgar Hoover: one of the most influential Americans of the 20th Century, inaugural FBI Director, and leader in the American intelligence community for nearly fifty years.

For more information, including a link to register, click here: https://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/g-man-j-edgar-hoover-and-the-making-of-the-american-century/

The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era 04/05/2024

Did you miss our event with Dr. Cecily Zander, about the arguments between Congress and the Army in the Civil War? You can watch the whole thing here:

The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era The Center for Presidential History welcomes Former CPH Postdoctoral Fellow Cecily Zander (Texas Woman’s University) to speak on her recent book The Army und...

The Liberty to Take Fish: Atlantic Fisheries and Federal Power in Nineteenth-Century America – The Center for Presidential History 04/02/2024

On April 18, CPH is thrilled to welcome back former CPH postdoc Thomas Blake Earle (Texas A&M at Galveston) to speak on his book "The Liberty to Take Fish: Atlantic Fisheries and Federal Power in Nineteenth-Century America"! In his work, Earle returns fishing to its once-central place in American history and shows that the nation of the nineteenth century was indeed a maritime one.

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The Liberty to Take Fish: Atlantic Fisheries and Federal Power in Nineteenth-Century America – The Center for Presidential History Former CPH Postdoctoral Fellow Thomas Blake Earle (Texas A&M – Galveston) speaks on his recent book The Liberty to Take Fish: Atlantic Fisheries and Federal Power in Nineteenth-Century America.

The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism 04/01/2024

Last month we heard from winner of the inaugural CPH book prize! He spoke on his new book "The Triumph of Broken Promises" and discussed the ways that the 1970s economy were involved in the ending of the Cold War and the rise of neoliberalism.

If you missed the event, no worries! Click here for a recording of the event:

The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism The Center for Presidential is excited to welcome the winner of the 2023 CPH book prize Fritz Bartel (Texas A&M) to share about his recent book The Triumph o...

03/28/2024

Join us in congratulating Dr. Sheyda Jahanbani (History Department - University of Kansas) as the winner of the 2024 CPH Book Prize!!
Her book is "The Poverty of the World: Rediscovering the Poor at Home and Abroad, 1941-1968" is published by Oxford University Press.

For more on the CPH Book Prize, including current & past winners, see https://smu.edu/cph/bookprize . We look forward to hosting Dr. Jahanbani SMU in Dallas next year for the annual CPH Book Prize lecture!

03/20/2024

6pm *today*, we welcome back Cecily Zander, a former CPH postdoc, to speak on her exciting new book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era"! We hope to see you there!

Event registration is still open and can be found at this link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/h7p5t8m

03/19/2024

*Tomorrow at 6pm*, Cecily Zander (Texas Woman's University) will be joining us to share about her exciting new book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era"! Zander provides a new and insightful perspective on the Civil War and the ways in which politicians interacted with regular military men.

For more information about this event, Zander's book, and for event registration, click here:

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03/16/2024

Wednesday, March 20, we are excited to welcome back Cecily Zander! Zander is a former postdoc and one of our current fellows here at CPH. We hope you join us as she speaks on her new, pathbreaking book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism and in the Civil War Era".

For registration and more information about this event, click here: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/ev/reg/h7p5t8m

03/13/2024

*Next Wednesday*, we hear from Cecily Zander (Texas Woman's University), former CPH postdoc and one of our current fellows, about her first book! Join us as she speaks on her pathbreaking study focusing on the fierce political debates over the size and use of military forces in the United States during the Civil War era written about in her book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era".

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03/09/2024

March 20 join us to hear from Cecily Zander (Texas Woman's University) a former postdoc and current fellow at CPH! Join us to learn about her new book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era".

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*This is a free event and begins at 6pm!*

03/04/2024

Join us on March 20 to hear from former CPH postdoctoral and current fellow Cecily Zander (Texas Woman's University) to discuss her new book "The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era"! In her book, Zander explores the ways that political figures interacted and understood (or misunderstood) the power and use of the military.

Click here for more info and event registration: https://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/2156/

02/20/2024

Celebrating the winner of the inaugural Center for Presidential History Book Prize, Fritz Bartel’s “The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism.” From Harvard University Press. Congratulations Dr. Bartel!

02/19/2024

*TONIGHT* winner of the 2023 CPH Book Prize, Fritz Bartel, joins us to share about his winning book, "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism". We hope to see you today to celebrate our book prize winner!

Registration is still open here:

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02/18/2024

*Tomorrow* at 6pm, we're excited to welcome historian, professor, and CPH book prize winner Fritz Bartel. His recent book, "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism" explores the ways that the economic pressures of the 1970s caused national leaders to break promises helping to bring forth the end of the Cold War.

More info and registeration here:

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02/16/2024

Next Monday, Fritz Bartel, historian and winner of the 2023 CPH book prize, joins us to discuss his recent book. We hope to see you for Bartel's discussion of "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism".

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02/13/2024

*Next Monday* Fritz Bartel will be joining us to speak on his new book! In his new book, Bartel explores the economic pressure of the 70s and the challenging choices leaders made in "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism".

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02/09/2024

February 19 we're excited to host the winner of the 2023 CPH book prize Fritz Bartel! He'll be sharing about is book "The Triumph of Broken Promises: the End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism".

More info and registration can be found here:

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02/05/2024

We're excited to host historian, professor at the Bush School at Texas A&M, and *winner* of the 2023 CPH book prize Frantz Bartel! Bartel's recent book "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism" tells the story of how the pressure to break promises spurred the end of the Cold War.

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02/02/2024

*February 19* join us to hear from the CPH 2023 Book Prize winner! Fritz Bartel (Texas A&M University) will be speaking on his new book "The Triumph of Broken Promises: The End of the Cold War and the Rise of Neoliberalism".

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01/24/2024

*TODAY* join us to hear from our first speaker of the year! Natasha Lance Rogoff is a producer, filmmakers, and journalist and writer of "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame in Russia".

*This is an online only event.* Registration is still open! Click here to register and for more info: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1w2uveRRtSuAaB5zTUKNg #/registration

01/23/2024

*Tomorrow at 6pm* Natasha Lance Rogoff joins us to share about her experience of creating Ulitsa Sezam, the Russian Sesame Street, following the end of the Soviet Union from her book "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Sesame Street in Russia".

Lance Rogoff and a team of filmmakers and artists to bring the Muppets to countries in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s. More than just a story of a children’s show, this book provides a valuable perspective of Russia’s people, their culture, and their complicated relationship with the West that remains relevant even today.

*This is an online only event.* Click here for registration and more information: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1w2uveRRtSuAaB5zTUKNg #/registration

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 01/21/2024

This Wednesday, 1/24, at 6pm award-winning American television producer, filmmaker, and journalist Natasha Lance Rogoff will be sharing about her debut book "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia"!

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Lance Rogoff and other artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and puppeteers worked to bring the beloved television show, Sesame Street, to children across the former Soviet Union. Both challenging and rewarding, "Muppets in Moscow" shares of the story of bringing laughter and learning to children across Russia, Ukraine, and other former Soviet countries.

*This is an online only event.* Click here for registration and more information:

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the timing appeared perfect to bring Sesame Street to millions of children living in the former Soviet Union. With the Muppets envisioned as ideal ambassadors of Western values, no one anticipated just how challenging and dangerous this woul...

01/18/2024

Next week on 1/24 - Join us on Zoom for "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia." Featuring Natasha Lance Rogoff.
Free registration & all info here: https://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/muppets-in-moscow/

01/16/2024

*Next Wednesday*, 1/24, at 6pm join us to hear from Natasha Lance Rogoff, an award-winning American television producer, filmmaker, and journalist! Lance Rogoff will be speaking about her debut book "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia".

"Muppets in Moscow" tells about the challenges of bringing the Muppets children television show to a post-Soviet Union Russia.

This is an online only event! Click here for registration and more information: https://smu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_B1w2uveRRtSuAaB5zTUKNg #/registration

01/09/2024

January 24, join us for our very first speaker of 2024!

We're excited to welcome award-winning television producer, filmmaker, and journalist Natasha Lance Rogoff to speak on her new book "Muppets in Moscow: The Unexpected Crazy True Story of Making Sesame Street in Russia"! Lance Rogoff writes about the experiences of creating Ulitsa Sezam, the Muppets, in post-Soviet Union Russia.

This is an online only event! More info is on our website at this link: https://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/muppets-in-moscow-the-unexpected-crazy-true-story-of-making-sesame-street-in-russia/

The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam – The Center for Presidential History 12/04/2023

TONIGHT! Join us on ZOOM as we welcome to speak about his book, "The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam."
Register and get the Zoom link here:

The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam – The Center for Presidential History The Center for Presidential History welcomes Jonathan R. Hunt (United States Air War College) as he shares about his book The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam.

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. 12/04/2023

*Today* at 6PM join us to hear from historian Jonathan R. Hunt, US Navel War College and US Air War College, about his book "The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam"!

For more info and registration click here:

Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. The Nuclear Club reveals how a coalition of powerful and developing states embraced global governance in hopes of a bright and peaceful tomorrow. While fears of nuclear war were ever-present, it was the perceived threat to their preeminence that drove Washington, Moscow, and London to throw their we...

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