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- Success of Graduate Open Day on November 19
- UCL-IA Visiting Fellow Manuel Olle Sese at international human rights seminar
- Job advertisement: US Politics or US Political History Lectureship
- Wolfson Scholarships for Post-graduate studies in Humanities
- UCL Graduate Research Scholarships (GRS)
- UCL Overseas Research Scholarships (ORS)
- UCL-IA Research Fellow Richard Follett and his White Fright US Tour
- 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 15, 2015 6:00:00 PM
Seminar: Reparations, Recognition, Reconciliation: Competing Scenarios for Slavery Remembrance in the Caribbean
Starts: Jan 21, 2015 5:30:00 PM
IHR American History Seminar Series: Problems of Modern Democracy: Henry James and the Genteel Tradition
Starts: Jan 22, 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
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.