Presidential Campaigns: An Election-Year History
Fall 2020 Thursday evenings in October
October 8, October 15, October 22, October 29 6:30 - 7:30 PM
These will be hybrid virtual/in-person conversations, with limited seating available in the Club.
Attend one or all four - whatever your schedule allows!
The University Club of Albany Foundation, with the support of Humanities New York, is pleased to present a series of talks on Presidential Campaigns: An Election-Year History with author and historian Giacomo Calabria beginning Thursday, October 8. The talks will take place every Thursday evening until October 29. Each evening is planned as a hybrid virtual/in-person event, running from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 per session. Those attending in person will be given a complimentary drink.
This series invites participants to examine, discuss, and enjoy the history of the United States through its presidential elections just in time for the 2020 elections. We will read about every presidential campaign from 1789 to 2016, track changes within the nation from the presidency down to the voter, study some of the most famous speeches, political ads, and political cartoons ever devised, delight over misadventures and anecdotes, listen to recordings from the phonograph to the digital era, and ultimately transform the last two and a half centuries of US history into a lens to better understand the nation we live in today.
Audience participation is both welcome and encouraged. Please feel free to bring questions for open discussion.
Session 1: 1789 – 1844: George Washington to James K. Polk
Chapters 1 – 15
Session 2: 1848 – 1904: Zachary Taylor to Theodore Roosevelt
Chapters 16 – 30
Session 3: 1908 – 1964: From Taft to Lyndon Johnson
Chapters 31 – 45
Session 4: 1968 – 2020: From Richard Nixon to Donald Trump
Chapters 46 – 54
SELECT TEXT: (for in-class readings)
Presidential Campaigns: From George Washington to George W. Bush, by Paul F. Boller, Jr. (Oxford, 2004)
RECOMMENDED TEXTS: (for supplemental/further reading)