Special Lecture-The Modern Presidency from Kennedy to Trump: The Intersection of Politics and Personality

Associate Director

By Kami Barrett-Batchelder Osher LLI Associate Director








William H. Chafe, Ph.D. will be a special guest lecturer at Osher LLI on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. This one-time lecture will focus on how personality helped shape the politics of many of our modern presidents. Dr. Chafe will be concentrating on the presidencies of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, dealing with issues as varied as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, Watergate and the Clinton health care bill.

William H. Chafe’s professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issues of race and gender equality. He received his Ph.D. in 1971 and his M.A. in 1966 from Columbia University. In 1962, he received his B.A. from Harvard University. The former dean of the faculty of arts and sciences at Duke University, he is the Alice Mary Baldwin Professor Emeritus of History and a co-founder of the Duke-UNC Center for Research on Women, the Duke Center for the Study of Civil Rights and Race Relations, and the Duke Center for Documentary Studies.

A past president of the OAH and a recipient of the OAH Roy Rosenzweig Distinguished Service Award, he is the author of several books, including “Bill and Hillary: The Politics of the Personal” (2012); “Civilities and Civil Rights” (1979), which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; and “Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism” (1993), which won the Sidney Hillman Book Award. He is also a co-editor of “Remembering Jim Crow” (2001) which won the Lillian Smith Book Award.

As part of his presentation, he will discuss President Kennedy’s time in office and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Click here to watch a short video of Dr. Chafe discussing the Cuban Missile Crisis at the Massachusetts School of Law at Andover.

William H. Chafe, Ph.D.
The Modern Presidency from Kennedy to Trump: The Intersection of Politics and Personality
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.; Book-signing: 11:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Fee: $25/member; $35/non-member
To register, click here.


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