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Scholars to discuss past U.S. presidents in Daemen forum

Daemen College will host a forum from 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 on the American presidency, featuring a variety of scholars discussing the historical legacies of past presidents.

“The People’s Forum on the American Presidency” will include experts on the presidential eras of Thomas Jefferson, Grover Cleveland, Warren Harding and Woodrow Wilson offering insight on how those eras connect with today’s political landscape. The forum also will include an exhibit of presidential memorabilia from several campaigns and presidencies and am opportunity for attendees to participate in direct discussion with historians during a break-out phase of the event.

The featured historians include Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson scholar and emeritus professor of history the University of Virginia; Charles Lachman, author of two books on American presidents, “The Last Lincolns: The Rise and Fall of a Great American Family” and “A Secret Life: The Lies and Scandals of Grover Cleveland”; Phillip Payne, professor of history at St. Bonaventure University and author of “Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy”; and John Milton Cooper professor emeritus of history at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and author of “Woodrow Wilson: A Biography,” a Pulitzer Prize finalist.

James Campbell, political science professor at the University at Buffalo and author of “Polarized: Making Sense of a Divided America,” will kick off the free event inside Wick Campus Center with an overview on presidential reputations.

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