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2019 Jack Paynter Lecture featuring Dr. Forrest Nabors

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 5:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Forrest Nabors

Location: Lincoln Room, Kellogg Center

Link: https://paynter2019.eventbrite.com

As the speaker for the 2019 Jack Paynter, Dr. Forrest Nabors will present "The Missouri Compromise and the Coming of America's Peloponnesian War"

On the eve of the 200th anniversary of the Missouri Compromise, Dr. Nabors will unveil a new interpretation of that momentous event, placing it in the larger context of American political development. The controversy that erupted in 1819 broke the political coalition between northern and southern emancipationists that had held firm since the American Founding. The subsequent line dividing slavery and freedom in America strengthened the division of the country into "Athenian and Lacedemonian confederacies." The establishment of this line ended the possibility that America might develop uniformly towards republicanism and emancipation. Instead, oligarchy and republicanism would each develop in their own domain, setting the stage for inter-regime conflict and finally, inter-regime war, our Peloponnesian War.

Forrest A. Nabors received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon, and he currently serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. His current scholarship focuses on the changing character of American government leading up to the Civil War and Reconstruction, and his first book From Oligarchy to Republicanism: The Great Task of Reconstruction (MU Press) recently received the APSA American Political Thought Award for Best Book of 2017. He has also taught government and political philosophy at University of Oregon and Oregon State University, and prior to returning to academia, he was a high-tech business executive in Portland, OR.

Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 5:30 pm, with the lecture scheduled to begin around 6:00 pm. Parking is available at the Kellogg Center parking ramp (See map HERE). Follow the parking ramp bridge into the Kellogg Center and the Lincoln Room is to the right once you enter.


For more information about the Jack Paynter Endowed Lecture, please click HERE

Questions? Contact Justin Burkett at burket16@msu.edu or 517-353-3381.