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Oct. 15 Talk to Explore "Presidential Choices in a Divided America"

The next event in the Burack President's Distinguished Lecture Series takes on a timely topic: "Presidential Choices in a Divided America."

Presented by Lloyd E. Ambrosius, the Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations and a professor of history at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the lecture takes place Monday, Oct. 15 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building,  

Ambrosius specializes in the history of U.S. foreign relations and the history of the American presidency. He is widely recognized as one of the preeminent authorities on Woodrow Wilson.

In this lecture, he will focus on the competing ideas and cultural divisions in America that have increasingly separated the Democratic and Republican parties in recent decades. He will analyze their different visions of the role of the federal government and their policy alternatives in domestic and foreign affairs, which in turn have expressed their contrasting perspectives on America’s national identity. He will note how these differences have manifested themselves in American presidencies from Ronald Reagan to Barack Obama, and how they define the choice between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney.

Co-sponsored by the Departments of History, Women's and Gender Studies, and ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies, the lecture is free and open to the public.

Information: (802) 656-9842,