The General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture on World War II:
The 75th Anniversary of FDR’s Death: His Life and Leadership
Presented by: Robert Dallek, PhD, and Matthew Dallek, PhD
Interviewed by: Keith Huxen, PhD, Senior Director of Research and History of the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Presentation | 7:00 p.m. Book Signing
On April 12, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed away while at his “Little White House” in Warm Springs, Georgia. His death rattled the nation. A hero to many Americans, Roosevelt’s leadership inspired hope during the Great Depression, and though he would not see it, he set America on the course to victory in World War II. As we remember the passing of President Roosevelt, the Institute for the Study of War and Democracy is honored to host The General Raymond E. Mason Jr. Distinguished Lecture on World War II with a father and son who are both leading FDR historians: Robert Dallek, PhD, and Matthew Dallek, PhD.
The Institute invites you to join us as Robert and Matthew Dallek discuss the grand strategies and goals behind Roosevelt’s foreign and domestic policies during World War II with the Institute’s Senior Director of Research and History, Keith Huxen, PhD. Under Roosevelt, the United States rose to become a global power, while at home his policies from the New Deal to the GI Bill forever shaped America.
The reception and presentation are free and open to the public, but please register to attend. Register online or call 504-528-1944 x 412.
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Robert Dallek, PhD, is the author of several best-selling presidential histories, including Franklin D. Roosevelt: A Political Life; Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power; An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy 1917–1963; and the classic two-volume biography of Lyndon Johnson, Lone Star Rising: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1908–1960 and Flawed Giant: Lyndon Johnson and His Times, 1961–1973. He has taught at Columbia University, University of Oxford, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Boston University, and Dartmouth College, and has won the Bancroft Prize, among numerous other awards for scholarship and teaching.
Matthew Dallek, PhD, is a political historian and a professor of The Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. He has authored or coauthored three books including most recently, Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelt Years and the Origins of Homeland Security (Oxford University Press, 2016), which won the Henry Adams Prize from the Society for History in the Federal Government. Dallek is a frequent commentator in the national news media on politics, history, and public affairs, and his articles and reviews have appeared in The Washington Post, Politico, The Atlantic, the Journal of Policy History, and numerous other popular and scholarly publications. He holds a PhD in history from Columbia University.