Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  The Center for Presidential History welcomes Gregory Brew (Yale University) to discuss his new book, Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War.   From the 1940s to 1960s, Iran developed into the world's first 'petro-state', where oil represented the bulk of state revenue and supported an industrializing economy, expanding middle class, […]

The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

William Inboden's (University of Texas, Austin) new book The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink gives a masterful account of how Ronald Reagan and his national security team confronted the Soviets, reduced the nuclear threat, won the Cold War, and supported the spread of freedom around the world. With decades of […]

Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture

The Center for Presidential History presents a discussion the new book Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture with speakers Lindsay Chervinsky, Camille Davis, Sharron Conrad, and Matthew Costello.  On November 30, 2018, George H. W. Bush died at age ninety-four. Over the next several weeks, the nation participated in collective mourning. Strident political foes […]

Freedom’s Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

        The SMU Center for Presidential History welcomes Jefferson Cowie (Vanderbilt University) as he speaks on his new book, Freedom's Dominion: A Saga of White Resistance to Federal Power.  A prize-winning historian chronicles a sinister idea of freedom: white Americans’ freedom to oppress others and their fight against the government that got in their way. American freedom is […]

Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq

  The Center for Presidential History hosts Melvyn P. Leffler (University of Virginia) to share about his book Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq. A vivid portrayal of what drove George W. Bush to invade Iraq in 2003--an outcome that was in no way predetermined. America's decision to go to […]

Ours Was the Shining Future: The Rise and Fall of the American Dream

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  Join the Center for Presidential History as we hear from The New York Times writer David Leonhardt winner of the Pulitzer Prize, on his book Ours Was the Shining Future. Two decades into the twenty-first century, the stagnation of living standards has become the defining trend of American life. Life expectancy has declined, economic […]

The Nuclear Club: How America and the World Policed the Atom from Hiroshima to Vietnam

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. The Nuclear Club reveals how a coalition of powerful and developing states embraced global governance in hopes of a bright and peaceful […]

The Army under Fire: The Politics of Antimilitarism in the Civil War Era

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

Full Recording of Event Here   The Center for Presidential History welcomes Former CPH Postdoctoral Fellow Cecily Zander (Texas Woman's University) to speak on her recent book The Army under Fire: The […]