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Presidential Conference on Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln at LSUS, October 22-24, 2015

October 14, 2015

The tenth triennial presidential conference will be held at LSUS on October 22-24. Entitled "The Roosevelt Century: Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt" it will feature presentations by two dozen scholars from colleges and universities across the United States and abroad.

It opens at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 22 in the Caddo-Bossier Room in the University Center, with a keynote address on "Lincoln, TR and FDR" by John A. Soubik, University of South Dakota. Panel sessions follow on the Supreme Court, Inaugural Addresses, Party Leadership, the Media, Presidential Administrations, Vice Presidents, Political Campaigns, and ideology. The Thursday sessions conclude at 4:30 p.m.

Friday's events begin with a keynote address at 9:00 a.m. on "Presidential Health and Physical Fitness" delivered by Max J. Skidmore, University of Missouri-Kansas City. A Panel session follows on race, and then at 11:00 a.m. the annual Abraham Lincoln Lecture on "The Age of Lincoln-A Global Legacy" will be delivered by Jack C. Davis, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Friday's only afternoon session is at 1:00 p.m. with a presentation by William Ashbaugh (SUNY Oneonta) on FDR's Relations with China.

Saturday's presentations begin at 9:00 a.m. and focus on Lincoln's legacy. The first is on Indian policy, followed by Ronald Byrd (International Lincoln Center) on "Mexico's Iconic Muralists Honoring Lincoln;" Shahab Ghobadi (International Lincoln Center), on "Lincoln's Impact on Israel's David Ben Gurion." The concluding address of the conference will be delivered at noon by Max J. Skidmore (University of Missouri-Kansas City) on "Lincoln's Lasting Legacy."

William D. Pederson, American Studies Endowed Chair at LSUS, stated that "the community has the opportunity to closely interact with two dozen presidential scholars at the three-day conference. All the sessions are free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

The Deep South Presidential series is the oldest one in the South. It has been the recipient of multiple national, state and local awards. The conference also features a publishers book display.

For more information, contact Dr. Pederson at LSUS (318.797.5138) or .

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