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May 2019

When They Come Home: Soldiers and American Society from the Revolution to the War on Terror

May 2, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall

Lindsay Chervinsky, SMU Center for Presidential History (Revolutionary War) Lesley Gordon, University of Alabama (Civil War)Chad Williams, Brandeis University (World War I - World War II) Nate Packard, Marine Corps University (Vietnam War - Gulf War) Kori Schake, International Institute for Strategic Studies (War on Terror)

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January 2020

Lady First: The World of First Lady Sarah Polk

January 22 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium)

Center for Presidential History Lecture, By Amy Greenberg, Penn State University: While the Woman’s Rights convention was taking place at Seneca Falls in 1848, First Lady Sarah Childress Polk was wielding influence unprecedented for a woman in Washington, D.C. Yet, while history remembers the women of the convention, it has all but forgotten Sarah Polk. Now, in her riveting biography, Amy S. Greenberg brings Sarah’s story into vivid focus. Registration required: https://blog.smu.edu/cph/event/sarah-polk/  

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February 2020

Graduate Student Lunch Seminar

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With Paul H. Santa Cruz, Archivist at the George W. Bush Presidential Library

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The Colorado: A Documentary Screening and Commentary

February 4 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Vester Hughes Audtiorium, Caruth Hall #147,
3145 Dyer Street
Dallas,

For five million years the Colorado has carved some of the most majestic landscapes on the planet. It has also become the lifeline of a vast portion of North America, providing the water that sustains nearly forty million people, half a dozen major cities, and an immense agricultural empire. Because of these demands, the river is so overused and overpromised that it no longer flows to the sea or nourishes its delta. Registration required.

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Anointed with Oil: How Christianity and Crude Made Modern America

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium),
3225 University Blvd
Dallas, TX

Anointed with Oil places religion and oil at the center of American history. As prize-winning historian Darren Dochuk reveals, from the earliest discovery of oil in America during the Civil War, citizens saw oil as the nation’s special blessing and its peculiar burden, the source of its prophetic mission in the world. Over the century that followed and down to the present day, the oil industry’s leaders and its ordinary workers together fundamentally transformed American religion, business, and politics —…

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Good Neighbor in the American Historical Imagination: Mexican American Intellectual Thought in the Fight for Civil Rights

February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Texana Room, Fondren Library Center,
6404 Hyer Lane, SMU
Dallas, TX

This talk, by Professor Natalie Mendoza, will examine the writings of Carlos E. Castañeda and George I. Sánchez to show that historical narrative was (and continues to be) a distinct characteristic of Mexican American intellectual thought, one that provided leaders with a compelling way of arguing for full citizenship and treatment as Americans.

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The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution

February 24 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom,
300 Dyer Street
Dallas, TX

Join the SMU History Department and the Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute as we welcome Professor Eric Foner of Columbia University for a lecture on his book: The Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. To register: https://eventbrite.com/e/the-second-founding-a-lecture-by-eric-foner-phd-tickets-92825065269

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THIRD RAIL: Two States 101 – Examining the Past, Present and Future of a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Temple Shalom,
6930 Alpha Road Dallas, TX United States

Two States 101: Examining the Past, Present and Future of a Two-State Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict aims to help the audience better understand the complexities around a viable two-state outcome, the impact of potential annexation of all or parts of the West Bank, the current situation in Gaza, and what will happen to Israel’s future as a Jewish, secure, democratic if the two-state solution collapses. The CPH is a co-sponsor of this event, organized by the Israel Policy Forum. The event will…

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March 2020

Graduate Student Lunch Talk

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
History Department Lounge

Enjoy a hot meal and listen to Jim Dudlo, Chair of the History Department at Brookhaven College, discuss how his SMU doctorate led to his career.

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The Godbey Lecture Series: The White Lion and The Mayflower

March 5 @ 5:15 pm
Meadows Museum,
5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas, TX 75205

Listen to SMU History Professor Ed Countryman discuss colonial America.

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