Institute of the Americas
- UCL-IA Postgraduate Taught Open Day to be held on Wednesday 18th March 2015
- Call for papers: Chile and the Inter-american Human Rights Sytem
- Santander Universities Scholarship Awards Announced
- UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Manuel Olle Sese at international human rights seminar
- Wolfson Scholarships for Post-graduate studies in Humanities
- UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS)
- UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS)
- London Arts and Humanities AHRC doctoral training programme - applications to open on December 1 2015
- UCL Postgraduate admissions are now open for 2015/16 entry
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Starts: Jan 26, 2015 6:00:00 PM
IHR Latin American History Seminar: Convict Labour in Late Colonial- and Post-Colonial Latin America (ca. 1765-1898)
Starts: Jan 27, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Starts: Jan 28, 2015 5:30:00 PM
The Eleanor Roosevelt Annual Lecture: Prof Jeanne Theoharis on 'The Rebellious Life of Mrs Rosa Parks'
Starts: Jan 29, 2015 6:00:00 PM
IHR American History Seminar Series: The Underground Slave Trade? Understanding the Phenomenon of Slave Stealing
Starts: Feb 5, 2015 5:30:00 PM
Seminar: 'The Changing Presidential Politics of Disaster: from Calvin Coolidge to Barack Obama'
Disasters have played an important role in the growth of the federal government in general and presidential power in particular over the course of the twentieth century and beyond. This presentation portrays the changing presidential response to disaster from Calvin Coolidge and the Louisiana floods of 1927 (satirized in the Randy Newman song), through New Deal disaster relief, on to George W. Bush and both 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, and finally to Barack Obama and Hurricane Sandy. It examines why and how disasters provide opportunity for presidential crisis management, public displays of empathy with victims, and enhancement of the president's role as national leader.
About the speaker
Gareth Davies is fellow and tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford. He is a specialist in twentieth century American political history, particularly institutional change in American government since the 1960s. He is the author of From Opportunity to Entitlement: The Transformation and Decline of Great Society Liberalism, winner of the Organization of American History's Ellis Hawley book prize for public policy history, and See Government Grow: Educational Poliitcs from Johnson to Reagan, winner of the American Politics Groups Richard Neustadt prize. He is also coeditor of Ronald Reagan and the 1980s: Policies, Perceptions, Legacies and his articles have appeared in numerous journals, including the Journal of American History, the Journal of Policy History and the Journal of American Studies. He is presently working on a book examining federal government response to disasters from the nineteenth century to the present.