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Cambridge historian to discuss Obama and 'Lessons of the New Deal'

January 21, 2011

6 p.m., Feb. 3, Coor Hall

Cambridge Professor A.J. “Tony” Badger will bring his expertise on the New Deal to Arizona State University Feb. 3 for the inaugural Historical Studies Lecture. He will deliver his talk, “Lessons of the New Deal: Did Obama Learn the Right Ones?” at 6 p.m. in Coor Hall L1-20 on ASU’s Tempe campus.

The inaugural Historical Studies Lecture, presented by the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies in ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is free and open to the public.

As an American historian, Badger has worked to make Cambridge the leading center outside the United States for the study of American history. Among his books are “FDR: The First Hundred Days,” “The New Deal: The Depression Years 1933-1940,” “North Carolina and the New Deal,” and “Prosperity Road: The New Deal, Tobacco, and North Carolina.” He has also written extensively on southern liberal politicians, in particular how they handled the issue of race after 1945. A collection of his essays on this theme was published in the 2007 “New Deal/New South: The Anthony J Badger Reader.” He currently is working on a biography of Albert Gore Sr.

The inaugural Historical Studies Lecture in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies is made possible through the generosity of Alex Barbanell and Gloria Feldt. Barbanell earned his bachelor’s degree in history from ASU in 1982 and was recognized by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the Distinguished Achievement Award in 1987 for his contributions to the advancement and development of the college. Feldt is a nationally-known activist and author devoted to social justice. She is the past president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and is a professor of practice in women and gender studies at ASU.

Seating for the lecture is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information is available at 480-965-0454. Online maps of ASU’s Tempe campus and parking structures are at

Roxane Barwick,
School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences