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September 2021

Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassin, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom

September 9, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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  A Preview Interview with Dr. Spencer McBride The story of Joseph Smith's presidential campaign and how his calls for religious freedom through constitutional reform are essential to understanding how the American political system evolved to what we know today. Join us as author and historian Spencer McBride discusses one of the most important elections in American history and the focus of his latest book, Joseph Smith for President: The Prophet, the Assassin, and the Fight for American Religious Freedom.…

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October 2021

Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts

October 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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   A Preview Interview with Blake Ball   Despite—or because of—its huge popular culture status, Peanuts enabled cartoonist Charles Schulz to offer political commentary on the most controversial topics of postwar American culture through the voices of Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the Peanuts gang. Join us as historian Blake Scott Ball takes on the politics of the age-old Peanuts comics, which are at the center of his latest book, Charlie Brown’s America: The Popular Politics of Peanuts. In postwar America,…

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Asian Americans – Documentary Screening

October 8, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Owen Arts Center, B600,
6101 Bishop Avenue
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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The Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute Asian Studies & Asian American Experiences Research Cluster and the Center for Presidential History present a documentary screening and open discussion of the award-winning documentary Asian Americans featuring guest speaker Dr. Scott Kurashige, Chair of Comparative Race and Ethnic Studies at Texas Christian University and moderated by Dr. Crista J. DeLuzio, associate professor of history at SMU. PARKING You may park in SMU visitor parking for this event, for a nominal fee. Click HERE for…

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November 2021

Paper Trails: The U.S. Post and the Making of the American West

November 11, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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   A Preview Interview with Dr. Cameron Blevins A groundbreaking history of how the U.S. Post made the nineteenth-century American West. Join us as historian Cameron Blevins discusses his latest book, Paper Trails: The U.S. Post and the Making of the American West, on the pivotal role of the U.S. postal service during the country's expansion west. There were five times as many post offices in the United States in 1899 than there are McDonald's restaurants today. During an era of supposedly…

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December 2021

LIVE Finale! – Presidential Crises Podcast

December 9, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Zoom Webinar

With political gridlock in Washington DC at an all time high, government shutdowns--or the threat of them--have become a routine occurrence. National parks close. Federal paychecks stop going out. The National Institute of Health stops admitting new patients. How did we get to the point where it has become normal for the US Government to halt in its tracks? The history, in this case, is quite recent. Join us Dec. 9 for the LIVE FINALE of "Presidential Crises," season 2…

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February 2022

The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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  Join us as historian Sarah Coleman recounts the numerous battles over US immigrants’ rights since 1965―and how these conflicts reshaped access to education, employment, civil liberties, and more. The 1965 Hart-Celler Act transformed the American immigration system by abolishing national quotas in favor of a seemingly egalitarian approach. But subsequent demographic shifts resulted in a backlash over the social contract and the rights of citizens versus noncitizens. In The Walls Within: The Politics of Immigration in Modern America, Sarah…

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March 2022

A Politics For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality

March 7 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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  A Preview Interview with Dr. Dorothy Sue Cobble       Drawing on her acclaimed new book, For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality, Dorothy Sue Cobble will discuss how American women moved the nation and the world toward inclusion and equality.  For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality presents an inspiring look at how U.S. women and their global allies pushed the nation and the world toward justice…

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On Juneteenth

March 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Mack Ballroom (Umphrey Lee Center, SMU),
3300 Dyer St
Dallas, TX 75205
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Join us as the essential, sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history, is told by a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Texas native, Annette Gordon-Reed. Weaving together American history, dramatic family chronicle, and searing episodes of memoir, On Juneteenth provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and beyond. All too aware of…

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April 2022

Japanese American Incarceration: The Camps and Coerced Labor during World War II

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum,
300 N Houston St
Dallas, TX 75202 United States
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A Preview Interview with Dr. Stephanie Hinnershitz Join us as author Stephanie D. Hinnershitz recasts the forced removal and incarceration of approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans during World War II as a history of prison labor and exploitation. Following Franklin Roosevelt's 1942 Executive Order 9066, which called for the exclusion of potentially dangerous groups from military zones along the West Coast, the federal government placed Japanese Americans in makeshift prisons throughout the country. In addition to working on day-to-day operations of…

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Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America’s Soul

April 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX 75205 United States
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  Join us as New York Times best-selling author A. J. BAIME tells the thrilling tale of the 1948 presidential election, one of the greatest election stories of all time, as Truman mounted a history-making comeback and staked a claim for a new course for America. On the eve of the 1948 election, America was a fractured country. Racism was rampant, foreign relations were fraught, and political parties were more divided than ever. Americans were certain that President Harry S.…

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