A historian and L.B.J. scholar will present a lecture on the education of
former U.S. President Lyndon Johnson on the UMR campus this month. The lecture
is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
The lecture, titled “What I want to know is what a man did as a boy: Second
Thoughts on the Schooling of Lyndon Johnson," will be presented from 4-5:30
p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Havener Center. The lecture is sponsored by the
UMR History Club and the UMR history and political science department.
The lecture will be presented by Dr. John L. Bullion, professor of history
at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Bullion’s interest in Johnson began
during his own childhood. In 1965, Bullion’s father, who had been Johnson’s tax
attorney, took his 21-year-old son on a two-day hunting trip with L.B.J. The
experience led Bullion on a life-long exploration of the former president.
Through his writing, Bullion explores ways Johnson is at war with himself,
divided by his responsibilities as a Christian and the impious demands of
politics, as well as by deep-seated psychological demons and self-doubts and an
often irrepressible lust for power.
For more information about the lecture, contact the UMR history and
political science department at 573-341-4801.