-George A.V. Dunning Lecture
Michael Schumacher, “A Time to Be Born, A Time to Die: Robert F. Kennedy in California”
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 7:30 pm- 9:00 pm
Co-sponsored by Institute for the Study of Los Angeles
Occidental College, Morrison Lounge in Johnson Student Center (directions available here)
1968—rife with riots, assassinations, anti–Vietnam War protests, and realpolitik—was one of the most tumultuous years in the twentieth century, culminating in one of the most consequential presidential elections in American history. The Contest tells the story of that contentious election and that remarkable year. Bringing a fresh perspective to events that still resonate half a century later, this book is especially timely, giving us the long view of a turning point in American culture and politics.
1968 marked a profound shift in the nation’s culture and sense of itself. Thorough in its research and spellbinding in the telling, Schumacher’s book brings sharp focus to that year and its lessons for our current critical moment in American politics.