In January and February, the LBJ Presidential Library will host a six-part virtual lecture series titled "The American Presidency: Pivotal Elections" in partnership with Humanities Texas and The University of Texas at Austin Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. In the weeks leading up to Presidents' Day, the series will sweep across American political history by delving into the elections of 1860, 1896, 1948, 1964, 1968, and 1980. Guest presenters will examine presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan, exploring the races that elevated them to the Oval Office and the implications of the elections they won.

The lectures will take place via Zoom on Thursdays at 4:00 CT from January 11 to February 15. Each session will include a moderated discussion led by LBJ Library Director Mark Lawrence followed by a Q&A with the audience. For additional details and to register online, visit the LBJ Library website.

Teachers are eligible to receive continuing education credits for attending leactures in this series.

January 11

A. J. Baime, author of Dewey Defeats Truman: The 1948 Election and the Battle for America's Soul

January 18

Luke Nichter, author of The Year that Broke Politics: Collusion and Chaos in the Presidential Election of 1968

January 25

Edward Achorn, author of The Lincoln Miracle: Inside the Republican Convention that Changed History

February 1

Nancy Beck Young, author of Two Suns of the Southwest: Lyndon Johnson, Barry Goldwater, and the 1964 Battle between Liberalism and Conservatism

February 8

Karl Rove, author of The Triumph of William McKinley: Why the Election of 1896 Still Matters

February 15

Jon Ward, author of Camelot's End: The Democrats' Last Great
Civil War