Conference Presenters

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Allan J. Lichtman

Dr. Lichtman is Distinguished Professor of History and formerly chair of the Department of History at American University in Washington, D.C.   He is the author of seven books.  He has provided commentary for all major U.S. television and radio networks and many foreign broadcast companies including BBC.  He has published op-ed articles in major newspapers such as the New York Times and Washington Post.

His latest book  The Keys to the White House explains 13 historical patterns in presidential elections that Dr. Lichtman has used to correctly predict the popular vote outcome in every presidential election from 1984 to 2008.  His keynote address will explain the model and apply it to the 2012 election.  For his lunch address Dr. Lichtman will speak about the 1928 election when the chief issues were liquor, religion, and geography.  The 1928 election pitted Herbert Hoover of Iowa against the governor of New York, Al Smith, whose running mate was Senator Joe T. Robinson of Arkansas.  Dr. Lichtman has written a book about the 1928 election entitled Prejudice and the Old Politics.


Conference Presenters:

Dr. Lorien Foote (Ph.D. University of Oklahoma) is Professor of History at UCA where she teaches courses on 19th-century U.S. history and the Civil War.  She is the winner of UCA’s Teaching Excellence Award and the College of Liberal Arts’ Outstanding Faculty Award.  She is the author of Seeking the One Great Remedy: Francis George Shaw and Nineteenth-Century Reform, and The Gentlemen and the Roughs: Manhood, Honor, and Violence in the Union Army, which was a finalist in 2011 for the Lincoln Prize.


Dr. Wendy Castro (Ph.D. University of California-Riverside) is an Associate Professor of History and currently Director of Assessment for UCA. For the last six years she was coordinator of UCA’s graduate program in history. She teaches courses in early American history and women’s history.  She has published articles in journals such as Quaker History and Early American Studies, and is now completing a book manuscript on cross-cultural encounters on the colonial American frontier.


Skip Rutherford is William J. Clinton Professor and Dean of the Clinton School of Public Service. He has formerly chaired the William J. Clinton Foundation and supervised the planning of the Clinton Presidential Library.  He had served as an assistant to U.S. Senator David Pryor, and is a past president of the Little Rock School Board.  He has served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Arkansas, Lyon College, University of the Ozarks, and UCA. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, and received the first Distinguished Alumnus Award given by the university’s Department of Journalism.