Lectures at University of Puget Sound:  “Who Will Win the White House?” is a series of nine free community lectures to be held at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, offering contemporary analysis of the 2016 campaign and historical insights of previous presidential elections.

  • Video: Did you miss a lecture?  Click here to watch the video

Lectures at Pacific Lutheran University:  Dr. Michael Artime and I will present two free community lectures at Pacific Lutheran University (Rieke Science Center 103) in Tacoma, Washington on the 2016 presidential campaign, offering contemporary analysis and historical insights of previous presidential elections. These two lectures will be substantively the same as those in September and October given at the University of Puget Sound.

  • Schedule:
    • September 14, 2016 – The Current State of the Presidential Race
    • October 25, 2016 – The Final Sprint to the White House
  • Time and Location: All lectures will be held from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm at Pacific Lutheran University.  Come early to get a seat.  Space is limited.

Lectures at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church:  I will be presenting four free community lectures from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (reservations required for optional dinner – for a cost – that starts at 5:30 pm) at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Washington (10630 Gravelly Lake Dr SW) on the following dates on the 2016 presidential campaign and historical insights from previous campaigns.  The following are tentative titles and subject matter to be addressed, but this may change.

  • October 5, 2016 – The Role of Money in Campaigning
  • October 12, 2016 – The Importance of the Media
  • October 26, 2016 – Voting and the Electoral College
  • November 2, 2016 – The Candidates
  • Newspaper Interview:  Click here to read my interview with the Tacoma News Tribune about the campaign
  • News Release:  Click here for a news release with additional information



Primaries and Caucuses:


  • Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July 18 to 21, 2016
  • Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from July 25 to 28, 2016




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  • Following the Presidents by David Cross (author of book “Chasing History:  One Man’s Road Trip Through The Presidential Libraries”)
  • All the Way, Play about LBJ at ZACH Theatre in Austin, Texas from April 8, 2015 to May 10, 2015.  Click here for more details.
  • 2015 Warren G. Harding Symposium, July 17-18, 2015, at the Harding Home in Marion Ohio.  The theme for this 6th annual symposium will be “The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast.”  Click here for more details.
  • Seminar: Barely Avoiding Disaster:  Lessons Learned from the White House Reconstruction During Harry Truman’s Presidency.  Speaker:  Mike Purdy.  April 21, 2015, 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm, Seattle, Washington (Bell Harbor International Conference Center).  Sponsored by Puget Sound Chapter of CSI.
  • The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson.  Discussion with author Joseph A. Califano, Jr. of the new edition of his book.  Moderated by CBS News journalist and anchor Bob Schieffer. March 26, 2015 at 6:00 pm in the LBJ Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas.  Click here for more information.
  • On the Relativity of Being Remembered as a US President, by Bruno Van de Casteele, December 7, 2014.  An interesting study conducted over time shows that people remember the more recent presidents, George Washington, and Abraham Lincoln, but that in between, there are large gaps in the knowledge people have of the presidents and their order.
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