Historian Richard Kendall
Discusses Upcoming Presidential Election
20 Event Sponsored by Friends of the Libraries
Contact: Lisa James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, NY (October 14, 2004) -- Richard H.
Kendall, Department of History, will speak on
“Presidential Elections: Some Reflections and
Preflections” on Wednesday, October 20, 4-6
p.m. in UAlbany’s New Library, Standish Room.
The event, on the uptown campus, is free and
open to the public.
Kendall, who earned his Ph.D. at Yale University,
believes that “for Presidential elections in
our time, one of the best studies-a long reflection,
really-is Theodore White’s 'America
in Search of Itself,' centered on the
1980 election. To fully appreciate this thoughtful
and sad commentary, one should also read White’s
first Presidential narrative, 'The
Making of the President, 1960,' in which
he argued and believed that the system-parties,
primaries, personalities, principles-did in
fact produce the ‘right man.’ The idea merits
discussion.” Kendall notes that we have more
than 40 years of statistical information to
inform this “community conversation.”
Kendall has been “first and last a teacher of
American history-political and Constitutional
history, and also military history.” He has
served as chairman of the Department of History
as well as dean of the College of Social and
The lecture is one of the fall 2004 series
of “Community Conversations” sponsored by the
University at Albany’s Friends of the Libraries.
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