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UD’s Academy of Lifelong Learning spring lecture series set

9:27 a.m., Feb. 24, 2004--What happens to the losers of presidential elections and how do writers write?

These are just two of the topics to be explored at the University of Delaware’s Academy of Lifelong Learning’s spring lecture series, scheduled from 1-2:30 p.m., Fridays, through May 7, at Arsht Hall, 2700 Pennsylvania Ave., Wilmington.

"Presidential Elections: They Also Ran" runs through April 9. Speakers will focus on the forgotten men of presidential politics and the untold stories of unsuccessful electoral ventures. Scheduled talks include:

  • The disputed Tilden-Hayes election of 1876, by Joseph T. Walsh, retired Delaware Supreme Court justice, on Feb. 27;
  • The life and times of W. S. Hancock, the election of 1880 and the rise of the solid South as a political entity, by William D. Bailey, practicing lawyer and former counsel to the Public Service Commission, March 5;
  • The career and narrow defeat in 1884 of presidential hopeful James Blaine, by great-great-grandson and namesake James Blaine, March 12;
  • “Public Health, American Imperialism and the Jingo Media: The Medical, Military And Political Careers of Gen. Leonard Wood,” by Vincent J. DelDuca, retired physician and lecturer at the academy, March 19;
  • Richard Nixon's loss in 1960, by Gary May, professor of history at UD, April 2; and
  • Ronald Reagan and the election of 1980, by Raymond Wolters, Thomas Muncy Keith Professor of History at UD, who is departing from the series theme to talk about a successful presidential bid, April 9.

"Meet The Author: The Art of Fiction and Nonfiction," Fridays, from April 16-May 7, will feature four major contemporary authors discussing their work:

  • Julianna Baggott, poet and author of national bestseller “Girl Talk,” “The Miss America Family” and “The Madam”;
  • Ed Dee, former New York City police detective turned novelist, author of “The Conman's Daughter”;
  • Laura Wexler, author of the nonfiction book “Fire in a Canebrake: The Last Mass Lynching in America”; and
  • Gerald Posner, author of The New York Times bestseller “Why America Slept: the Failure to Prevent 9/11” and other acclaimed bestsellers on subjects ranging from Nazi war criminals to assassinations and the careers of politicians.

For more information, visit [www.continuingstudies.udel.edu/academy/home/lecture.shtml], or call 573-4417.

The free public series is sponsored by the Academy of Lifelong Learning, the University of Delaware Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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