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Parker History Lecture

Julian Zelizer The 2024 Election in Historical Context
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.
Centennial Hall
An Evening with Dr. Julian Zelizer

The 2024 Davis R. Parker Memorial History Lecture features Princeton University's Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs Dr. Julian Zelizer. Counted among the country's leading experts on presidential politics, Dr. Zelizer joins us just six days before Super Tuesday. He will present "What Makes the 2024 Presidential Election So Historic?"

This event is free and open to the public. We hope you can join us!

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About Dr. Julian Zelizer

New York Times best-selling author Julian E. Zelizer has been among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. He is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a CNN Political Analyst and a regular guest on NPR’s "Here and Now." He is the author and editor of over 25 books, including The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, the winner of the D.B. Hardeman Prize for the Best Book on Congress; Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974, co-authored with Kevin Kruse; and Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, The Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican PartyThe New York Times named this book as an Editor's Choice and one of the 100 Notable Books in 2020. His most recent books are Abraham Joshua Heschel: A Life of Radical Amazement, The Presidency of Donald J. Trump: A First Historical Assessment, which he edited, and Myth America: Historians Take on the Biggest Lies and Legends About Our Past which he co-edited with Kevin Kruse. He is currently working on two new books: ‘Is this America?’Reckoning With Racism at the 1964 Atlantic City Democratic Convention (Norton) and In Defense of Partisanship: Why Polarization Can Be A Good Thing For American Democracy (Columbia Global Reports). In addition, he is co-editing A Nation At Risk: Election Integrity as a National Security Issue with Karen Greenberg (NYU Press). Zelizer, who has published over 1300 op-eds, has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, the New York Historical Society, and New America. 

About the Lecture Series

After Headmaster Davis R. Parker’s death in 1989, his predecessor, Leslie R. Severinghaus, proposed the establishment of an annual lecture dedicated to Mr. Parker’s memory and recognizing his passion for American history.

The initial funding for this endowed lecture series was provided by Dr. Severinghaus and by a bequest directed from Mr. Parker’s estate established by his wife, Jane. The Parker Memorial Fund supports the lecture program and has been sustained by gifts from alumni, faculty, and friends of Mr. Parker.

Upcoming Lectures

Speaker highlights

Dr. Elizabeth Hinton
Professor of History, African American Studies, and Law
Yale University

Dr. Timothy Snyder
Richard C. Levin Professor of History, Yale University

Dr. Maya Jasanoff
Coolidge Professor of History, Harvard University

Dr. Alan Brinkley
Professor of History, Columbia University

Dr. Drew Gilpin Faust
Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania 

David Halberstam
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, & historian

Philip Caputo
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist & foreign correspondent
 
Dr. Paul Kennedy
J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History, Yale University  

Dr. Joanne B. Freeman
Professor of History & American Studies, Yale University

Dr. Daniel Ellsberg Political activist responsible for releasing The Pentagon Papers

Dr. Eric Foner
Dewitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University