Jeffrey Engel

SMU’s Center for Presidential History to host panel on Trump’s first 100 days Thursday, April 27, 2017

White House, line drawingSMU’s Center for Presidential History will look back at the victories, defeats and head-scratchers from President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office during a panel discussion at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2017 in the Mack Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center.

The panel will feature perspectives from SMU faculty members specializing in history and communications, as well as from the CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center and the deputy editorial page editor of The Dallas Morning News.

A light coffee will precede the event at 6:30 p.m. The event is free; RSVPs are required. Free passes will be emailed to registered guests before the event. Seating is limited, and not guaranteed.

> RSVP for “Assessing Trump’s First 100 Days” at Eventbrite

“The first 100 days is crucial for setting the tone of a presidency,” said Center for Presidential History Director Jeffrey Engel. “You shouldn’t look so much to measure accomplishments, but rather style and efficiency, which is all the more intriguing when we have an administration with historically limited levels of experience.”

> See video from the SMU CPH’s March 2017 event, “Hope or Alarm in the Age of Trump”

The panelists include:

 — Kenny Ryan

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SMU & Sixth Floor Museum explore role of politics in history

President John F. Kennedy

President John F. Kennedy

Three preeminent scholars of American history, including an SMU professor, will use Presidents Day and the upcoming 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination as a springboard for examining the changing nature of memory.

Presidential historian Jeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History, will moderate a discussion of “JFK, History and the Politics of Memory.” The event takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in The Sixth Floor Museum at 411 Elm Street in Dallas’ West End District. It is presented by The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and SMU’s John G. Tower Center for Political Studies and The Center for Presidential History.

The program features Edward T. Linenthal, professor of history at Indiana University Bloomington, and Timothy Naftali, senior research fellow with the New America Foundation’s National Security Studies program, both of whom have written extensively on the topic.

The 50th anniversary of the assassination presents a unique opportunity to reflect upon the changing nature of history and how it affects our own recollections and understanding of milestones. How has politics shaped our collective memory about this crucial 20th century event?  How has our thinking about the tragedy been shaped by the media, ongoing investigations and the passage of time?  What does this process tell us about what we choose to remember, what we forget and what we ultimately memorialize? Together the historians will explore the role that the politics of memory play in understanding the past.

“JFK, History and the Politics of Memory” is the first in a yearlong series of collaborative programs between The Sixth Floor Museum and SMU commemorating the assassination’s anniversary. This is the third consecutive year both have partnered to present a panel discussion surrounding Presidents Day.

Tickets are $25 per person. A combination ticket that provides access to The Sixth Floor Museum on the day of the event is $35. Tickets may be purchased online at www.jfk.org through Sunday, Feb. 17.

Seating is limited. For more information, visit www.jfk.org or call 214-747-6660.

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Tune In: Jeffrey Engel discusses the Gulf War on C-SPAN2 Feb. 9-10

Book cover for 'Into the Desert,' edited by Jeffrey EngelJeffrey Engel, director of SMU’s Center for Presidential History in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, visited Texas A&M University to talk about his latest book, Into the Desert: Reflections on the Gulf War. Now C-SPAN2 will air Engel’s discussion at 11:30 p.m. CT Saturday, Feb. 9 and 4 p.m. CT Sunday, Feb. 10, 2013 as part of its Book TV series.

Engel edited the collection of essays by journalists, government officials and scholars that looks back on the events and impact of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War. The book was published by Oxford University Press in December 2012.

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SMU event: What memoirs reveal about the Bush Administration

Melvin Leffler

Historian Melvin Leffler will discuss the evolving story of the George W. Bush administration at SMU Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

One of the nation’s foremost diplomatic historians will use the memoirs produced by members of George W. Bush’s administration to analyze foreign policy shaped by the 43rd president in the post-9/11 world.

Melvin Leffler, the Edward R. Stettinius Chair of Modern American History at the University of Virginia, will speak from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in Jones Great Hall, Meadows Museum. The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Add your name to the waiting list.

Leffler’s lecture will focus on what the memoirs reveal about the motives, goals, and decision-making processes of the Bush administration. The event is the second produced by SMU’s new Center for Presidential History.

“As for disagreements, I shall highlight the discord in the memoirs over the basic questions of whether officials felt that Iraq was contained and whether they thought that military action made sense,” Leffler said. “Some officials felt that Saddam was contained; others felt he was a looming threat. Some felt that war against Iraq made sense; others felt that the dangers of war might exceed the benefits.”

Written by Kimberly Cobb

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Good reading, good giving: SMU books for 2012

From art, history and religion to sweet Texas cuisine and fiction, SMU’s 2012 book roundup offers a wide selection to satisfy the readers in your life. Treat yourself or those on your gift list to one of the current titles listed below the link.

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