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Naval Academy Presents 33rd Bancroft Lecture: “A Historian Looks at the 2012 Election”

Posted on: October 17, 2012 08:00 EDT by Webmaster

The Naval Academy's history department will present "A Historian Looks at the 2012 Election" lecture by Dr. Sean Wilentz Oct. 22 at 7:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The lecture will consider the shape of the 2012 presidential election in larger historical terms. It will pay special attention to whether the political age of Ronald Reagan has come to a close or if we are entering a new phase.

Wilentz of Princeton University will be the keynote speaker. Wilentz is currently the George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979. His books and commentary on music, politics, and the arts have gained a wide reputation for their force, originality, and elegance.

Wilentz's major work to date, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Wilentz's most recent books are The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, a reconsideration of U.S. politics since the Watergate affair, and Bob Dylan in America, a consideration of Dylan's place in American cultural history.

The Bancroft Lecture series was established by the academy's history department to honor the founder of the academy, George Bancroft. Held in early October each year, the Bancroft Lecture series celebrates the anniversary of Bancroft's birth (Oct. 3, 1800) and the anniversary of the founding of the academy (Oct. 10, 1845).

The inaugural Bancroft Lecture was delivered in 1980 and is supported by private gift funds donated through the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation. Since then, the Bancroft Lecture series has brought eminent historians to speak to a mixed audience of midshipmen, faculty, and the Annapolis community about their research and the relevance of the historian's craft to today's world.

Visitors to the Academy for the lecture may enter through Gate 3 (suggested gate at Maryland Avenue) or Gate 1 (at the intersection of King George Street and Randall Street) and will be required to show a picture ID. All bags are subject to search. Vehicles without Department of Defense decals are not permitted on the Naval Academy grounds, however handicapped visitors with proper decals are permitted after a vehicle inspection.

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