The 21st April is an exciting day for Historians at the University of Gloucestershire. On that day, Showcasing History, our series that expands our exploration of the past outside the classroom, is hosting a fascinating public talk by Holocaust survivor John Dobai. We are also lucky to have a guest lecture that same evening by Tim Stanley, a leader writer for the Daily Telegraph and an Associate Fellow of the UCL Institute of the Americas, who will be talking about part of his new book Citizen Hollywood: How the Collaboration Between LA and DC Revolutionized American Politics.
These two events are open to the general public, as well as current students. Those interested in attending can book free tickets by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow us on Twitter @HistoryUoG, and join our Facebook group, History @ University of Gloucestershire.
Showcasing History: John Dobai – Holocaust survivor Tuesday 21st April 1pm
In conjunction with the Holocaust Education Trust
John Dobai was born in 1934, in Budapest, Hungary, into a Jewish family. The Holocaust came to Hungary in March 1944, when deportations to Auschwitz-Birkenau began. Shortly before John’s family were due to be deported they managed to move into one of the safe houses in Budapest run by Raoul Wallenberg. This is not the end of the story, however.
Tim Stanley: “Cowboys, cops and the Terminator: how Hollywood reinvented the Republican Party” Tuesday 21st April, 7pm
When Richard Nixon tried to recast the Republican Party as a populist movement in the early 1970s, he turned to Hollywood. Stars like John Wayne and Clint Eastwood helped invent the myth of the cowboy conservative – an image of rugged individualism that has sustained the Republicans from Watergate to the Iraq War. But while it gave the Right a cultural edge over the Democrats under Ronald Reagan and George W Bush, it has also locked them into a style of politics that increasingly fails to match the complexities of modern, divided government. Just ask the Californians who lived under Arnold Schwarzenegger: aka, the Governator…