We recently shared information about one upcoming event at the Eccles Centre for American Studies (at the British Library in London), but they have quite a diverse programme that is worth highlighting in full:
- Friday 11 May 2012, 18.45 – 20.00
Lecture: The Civil War of 1812: Citizens and Subjects. Distinguished historian Professor Alan S Taylor will deliver the 2012 Sulgrave Manor Watson Chair Lecture. Professor Taylor’s recent book, The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels & Indian Allies has been described by reviewers as ‘the riveting story of a war that redefined North America’ and ‘an assiduously researched, brilliantly composed explication of the war’s true nature.’ In his lecture, Professor Taylor will consider how and why Britons and Americans renewed their struggle over the legacy of the American Revolution. In this second confrontation, soldiers, immigrants, settlers and Indians fought to determine the fate of a continent. Would revolutionary republicanism sweep the British from Canada? Or would the British contain, divide, and ruin the shaky republic? Moving beyond national histories to examine the lives of common men and women, The Civil War of 1812 reveals an often brutal (sometimes comic) war and illuminates the tangled origins of the United States and Canada. This event is free, but booking is essential. Click here for details.
- Monday 21 May 2012, 18.30 – 20.00
Lecture: Some Thoughts on the Diplomacy of a Great Democracy by an Outside Observer. Distinguished diplomat Lord Hannay of Chiswick, former Minister at the British Embassy in Washington and former British Ambassador to the United Nations, will deliver the Second Annual Benjamin Franklin House Robert H Smith Lecture in American Democracy. The lecture honours American business leader and philanthropist Robert H Smith, a key supporter of Benjamin Franklin House, who was passionate about the roots and reach of American democracy. There is a fee for this event. Click here for details
- Monday 11 June 2012, 09.30 – 17.00
Conference: American Presidential Elections: Model of Democracy or Flawed System? This day-long event brings together top-flight political consultants, scholars and others who follow American presidential elections to discuss the dynamics and eccentricities of the current presidential elections, and the impact of US electoral politics and campaigning styles around the world. On the agenda will be: SuperPACs and their role; are the national political parties becoming obsolete; is the campaign cycle too long; should the US electoral system be reformed; what lessons should other countries take from US election campaigns; has the media revolution made campaigns borderless? Speakers will include leading US consultants Celinda Lake, Ed Goeas and Tom Edmonds, with others to be confirmed. There is a fee for this event. Click here for details