2018-2019 Events – Center for Presidential History

The CPH is pleased to announce its schedule of events for the 2018 – 2019 year!

We are proud to welcome the SMU and Dallas-area communities to a fantastic lineup of events for 2018-19, featuring historians and scholars from all over the United States. Our events will explore a wide variety of subjects, from the history of impeachment, to the roles of religion and sex in politics, to the influence of military experience on political leaders. These presentations will explore the full range of U.S. and presidential history, from George Washington to Donald Trump.

Many of these events will be presented in partnership with other institutions at SMU and around the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex, including the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, the William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, the Clements Department of History, the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth.

Highlights include:

The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War (November 2, 2018)
Long lost stories of physical altercations, weapons being drawn, and duels on the floors of congress and how they contributed to the impending civil war.Impeachment: An American History (December 5, 2018)
Only three times has a president’s conduct led to such political disarray as to warrant his potential removal from office, transforming a political crisis into a constitutional one.

Never Caught: The Washingtons’ Relentless Pursuit of Their Runaway Slave, Ona Judge (February 18, 2019)
A startling and eye-opening look into America’s First Family, Never Caught is the powerful narrative of Ona Judge, George and Martha Washington’s runaway slave who risked everything to escape the nation’s capital and reach freedom.

When they Come Home: Soldiers and American Society From the Revolution to the War on Terror (May 2, 2019)
This event will explore how each generation of soldiers left a unique imprint on American society and the parallels between the post-war experiences over several centuries of conflict.


For a full list of our event, click here.

Our events are free and open to the public. Registration for each event opens about three weeks before the event date.

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