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Faculty Research Forum presents Benjamin Hufbauer

Art historian Ben Hufbauer will present "America's Pyramids: Presidential Libraries in the 20th & 21st Centuries”. He will talk about how presidents, starting with Franklin Delano Roosevelt, took on a role similar to the Pharaohs of Egypt by building increasingly grandiose temples to themselves. The architecture of these presidential temples reflects the personalities of the presidents they commemorate, from the aggressively stark Lyndon Johnson Library in Austin, Texas, to the traditional values projected by the George W. Bush Library in Dallas. Almost all of these libraries have exact full-scale replicas of the Oval Office in their museums, helping to enshrine this as an almost sacred room in American culture in a way that elevates the Imperial Presidency. Ben Hufbauer earned his doctorate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He is the author of the book Presidential Temples: How Memorials and Libraries Shape Public Memory. Faculty Research Forum, an ongoing project of the Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society (CCHS), offers research-based talks for an interdisciplinary audience by UofL faculty and occasional guests. Each presentation is followed by a lively Q&A, fueled by various sorts of refreshments.

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When Oct 25, 2013
from 03:30 pm to 04:30 pm
Where Bingham Humanities RM 300
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Contact Phone 502-852-6794
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