The Great Society Half a Century Later
Department:WWS Office of Public Affairs and Communications
Audience:Open to the Public
Julian Zelizer, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 professor of history and public affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School, will discuss his new book, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society,” at 4:30 p.m. in Dodds Auditorium, on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Robertson Hall. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.
Zelizer is among the pioneers in the revival of American political history. His most recent book, “The Fierce Urgency of Now,” provides a big-picture account of the Great Society and the forces that shaped it, from Lyndon Johnson and members of Congress to the civil rights movement and the media.
He is the author of numerous other books including “Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975,” “On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000,” “Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism,” “Jimmy Carter” and “Conservatives in Power: The Reagan Years, 1981-1989.” Zelizer is also a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics.
Zelizer has published over five hundred op-eds, including his weekly column on CNN.Com. The History News Network named Professor Zelizer as one of the top young historians in the country. He has received fellowships from the Brookings Institution, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation.
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