Jared Day, PhD, taught American history at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh for 16 years. His areas of specialization are U.S. political, urban and cultural history as well as world history from 1492 to the present. He is the author of several books along with numerous other popular and peer reviewed articles.
Fee: $30 for members, $40 for residents, $45 for non residents for 3 classes
See course descriptions below. Classes will be taught virtually using Zoom.
Flawed Giant: LBJ, the Great Society and the War in Vietnam
This set of lectures examines the extraordinary rise and presidency of Lyndon Johnson. Once referred to as a "tornado in pants", this exceptionally ambitious, energetic Texan reoriented the two political parties and the country itself through his "Great Society" programs and his civil rights reforms. We will explore the role and character of some of Johnson's key contemporaries such as the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., Robert Kennedy and Malcom X.
Troubled Realist: The Presidency of Richard Nixon
This set of lectures explores the presidency of Richard Nixon, an administration that saw both extraordinary highs and unprecedented lows in U.S. presidential history. We will examine his life and career, his years as a vice president, the election of 1960, as well as his time in office with its high points with detente, opening of relations with China and it slow points with the Vietnam War and Watergate. We will also explore American society in the 1970's with special focus on the economic downturn, environmentalism, women's lib and the relative decline of the Black civil rights movement.