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The First Presidential Conference


Franklin Delano Roosevelt
The Man, The Myth, The Era 1882-1945

A centennial conference which was held at Hofstra University
March 4-6, 1982

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Man, The Myth, The Era - 1882-1945 was the first conference in the Hofstra Cultural Center's prestigious series of Presidential Conferences. One highlight of the conference was greetings at the opening ceremony by The Honorable Hugh L. Carey, Governor of the State of New York at the time. The opening address was given by Dr. William R. Emerson who was Director of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, National Archives and Records Service, Hyde Park, NY.

Some of the panels included "Roosevelt's Response to Hitler and the Refugee Problem," "The Legacy of FDR," " The New Deal Re-Examined," "FDR and the Modern Presidency," "Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt as a Team," and "Eleanor Roosevelt as Social Activist."

In addition to panels and speakers, there was a film presentation of Eleanor and Franklin, a musical presentation of the New Deal Musicale and three gallery exhibitions featuring items from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Archives.

Conference Director:
Herbert D. Rosenbaum

Political Science Department
Hofstra University

Conference Coordinators:
Natalie Datlof and Alexej Ugrinsky

Hofstra Cultural Center

Proceedings from Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Man, The Myth, The Era were compiled into a book, Franklin D. Roosevelt, The Man, The Myth, The Era, 1882-1945 which was published by Greenwood Press in 1987. The list price for the book is $75.

"...these papers provide a good sense of the complexity of the man, his policies, and some of the people who were personally and politically close to him... It is of value to serious students of twentieth-century American history, as well as those interested in public policy and the presidency." - Perspective


For more information about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, The Man, The Myth, The Era, 1882-1945 or any of the other conferences in the Presidential Conference Series please call the Hofstra Cultural Center at (516) 463-5669.