Tuesday, May 6, 2014
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
SMU, Dallas Hall, McCord Auditorium
1968 was marked by war, riots, assassinations, and in many accounts, a nation coming apart at the seams. The presidential election that year featured some of the leading figures of 20th-century American politics: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy, Ronald Reagan, Nelson Rockefeller, George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy and three candidates who would emerge and appear on the November ballot: Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey, and George Wallace.
The campaign was dramatic and narrowly fought. More important, it set in motion developments in the political process that took a severely divided nation and brought it back together in a rare demonstration of American resilience.
Our featured speaker is Dr. Michael Nelson. Nelson is Fulmer Professor of Political Science at Rhodes College, Senior Fellow at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, and a Fellow with the SMU Center for Presidential History, where he is the lead researcher and interviewer for the Collective Memory Project on the Election of 2004. He is author of Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government. You can find more about Nelson by reading here and here.