Fort Hays State University Presents
The Sebelius Lecture Series on Current Issues
The Origins of Presidential Politics featuring Dr. Edward Larson
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center
Ed Larson holds the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law and is University Professor of History at Pepperdine University. Originally from Ohio with a Ph.D. in the history of science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and law degree from Harvard, Larson has lectured on all seven continents and taught at Stanford Law School, University of Melbourne, Leiden University, and the University of Georgia, where he chaired the History Department. Prior to becoming a professor, Larson practiced law in Seattle and served as counsel for the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Any discussion of the origins of presidential politics begins with the Electoral College, so that is where this lecture will begin. But the Framers of the Constitution who created the Electoral College system envisioned a presidential selection system without national political parties. Larson's lecture will explore how the United States moved from such a non-partisan system to the highly partisan system we have now in just 12 short years and three presidential election from 1789 to 1800. For better or for worse, by 1800, presidential politics had become much as we experience it today.
General Admission: $10
VIP (Rows A-F): Donors and Friends of Sebelius (starting at $150)
FHSU Student: Free with valid Tiger ID
*Tickets available at the Student Service Center in the Memorial Union
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