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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

The Roosevelt Legacy:  How FDR Shaped the Modern Presidency

Patrick Maney, Boston College
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Location: Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road

Patrick Maney, a nationally recognized scholar on Franklin Delano Roosevelt, will discuss FDR's legacy. He will explore how FDR has been appropriated and misappropriated by the modern presidency.

headshot of Patrick Maney

Patrick Maney earned a B.S. degree from Wisconsin State University-Stevens Point in 1969 and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1976. During the late 1970s, he worked in the Wisconsin State Senate managing the Office of the Senate Majority Leader. He joined the history department of Tulane University in 1980 as an assistant professor, rising to the rank of full professor and chair. In 1998, he was named professor and chair of the history department at the University of South Carolina. Maney currently serves as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of history at Boston College.

Maney has served as a commentator on historical subjects for National Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television, and is the author of numerous publications, including the books Young Bob La Follette: A Biography of Robert M. La Follette, Jr. 1895-1953 (University of Wisconsin Press, 2002), and The Roosevelt Presence: The Life and Legacy of FDR (University of California Press, 1998). He also has written a number of articles and book chapters and is currently researching a book on the Clinton presidency.

He has received a number of awards for his teaching and leadership, among them the Affirmative Action Administrative Award presented by the Black Faculty and Staff Association at the University of South Carolina, and Tulane University's top award for undergraduate instruction, the Sheldon Hackney Prize.