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SOF Digital Discussion: Framing the 2020 Election: Major Inflection Points in US History

Join us for an SOF Digital Discussion featuringĀ Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University andĀ Meg Jacobs, Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University. Guided by Jelani Cobb, this timely program will offer a comprehensive exploration of notably contentious elections and significant moments of political conflict in United States history in order to provide context for, and comparison to, the current national discord with one week to go until the presidential election.

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Jelani Cobb is the Ira A. Lipman Professor at Columbia Journalism School and a Staff Writer at the New Yorker. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.

Meg Jacobs teaches American history and public affairs at Princeton University and is author, most recently, of Panic at the Pump about the 1970s energy crisis. She is currently writing a book about the New Deal and World War II for Eric Foner’s Penguin History of the Unites States.

Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor Emeritus of History at Columbia University, is one of this country’s most prominent historians. He received his doctoral degree at Columbia under the supervision of Richard Hofstadter. He is one of only two persons to serve as president of the three major professional organizations: the Organization of American Historians, American Historical Association, and Society of American Historians, and one of a handful to have won the Bancroft and Pulitzer Prizes in the same year.

Event information
Tue Oct 27, 2020
3:30pm - 4:30pm EDT
Digital Discussion