The University Press of Kansas has partnered with Lawrence bookstore The Raven to present four virtual prescient political book discussions. The series will focus on four recently released books that tackle a timely election issue. All events are free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, October 14 (3:00 pm) Nathaniel Green will discuss his book The Man of the People: Political Dissent and the Making of the American Presidency, which traces the origins of our conception of the president as the ultimate American: the exemplar of our collective national values, morals, and character. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/manofthepeople
On Wednesday, October 21 (6:30 pm) Christopher J. Devine and Kyle C. Kopko will discuss Do Running Mates Matter? The Influence of Vice Presidential Candidates in Presidential Elections, which draws upon an unprecedented range of empirical data to reveal how, and how much, running mates influence voting in presidential elections. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/dorunningmatesmatter/register
On Wednesday, October 28 (7:00 pm) Stephen F. Knott will present The Lost Soul of the American Presidency: The Decline into Demagoguery and the Prospects for Renewal, which documents the devolution of the American presidency from the neutral, unifying office envisioned by the framers of the Constitution into the demagogic, partisan entity of our day. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/lostsouloftheamericanpres/register
Finally, on Thursday, November 19 (7:00 pm) Jon K. Lauck will discuss the edited collection The Conservative Heartland: A Political History of the Postwar American Midwest, which reveals how conservative victories in state houses, legislatures, and national elections in the early twenty-first century, far from coming out of nowhere, in fact had extensive roots across decades of political organization in the region. Register here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/conservativeheartland/register