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  • Date and time: Monday 3 June 2024, 3pm to 4pm
  • Location: DG223, De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk (Map)
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

Event details

As we quickly approach the end of the current race for the White House, American politics will increasingly capture attention across the world. Obviously, there is much popular and scholarly focus on the winners of US presidential elections. However, the losers of the presidential contest - including those who failed to win their party's nomination - have had transformative impacts on American political history, and, in turn, its cultural and social development. Join James Cooper and Ian Horwood of York St John University as they share their expertise in American politics and political culture, offering case studies to explore this phenomenon.

Ian will demonstrate how the 1960s marked the rise of conservatism as opposed to establishing liberal dominance US political discourse. Meanwhile, James will explore the primaries of the 1976 election, specifically Reagan vs Ford, which saw the former consolidate the significance of the conservative movement in the Republican Party, therefore completing Goldwater's revolution. The lessons of these case studies will be applied to the emergence of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and will open discussions with the audience for the legacy of Biden vs Trump (part one and - likely - two).

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About the speakers

Dr James Cooper is an Associate Professor York St John University. He was previously a Senior Lecturer in History at Oxford Brookes University, UK and he was the 20th Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor of British History at Westminster College, Missouri, USA. In May 2016, James was a Visiting Fellow at the Norwegian Nobel Institute. His main areas of academic interest are Anglo-American relations and the modern US presidency. 

Dr Ian Horwood is a Senior Lecturer at York St John University where he has taught History, American Studies and War Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1994. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Leeds, an MA in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and a BA in politics and modern history from the University of Manchester. His principal areas of academic interest are in United States military history, airpower history, and the wars in Indochina. Ian is a regular presenter at academic conferences and has made several appearances on national and local radio discussing US politics and military affairs.   


Venue details

  • Wheelchair accessible