Visiting professor to speak on Reagan-Thatcher years

Dr. James Cooper will speak on the Reagan-Thatcher years during the 1980s when he delivers the annual Fulbright-Robertson Lecture Tuesday evening at Westminster College in Fulton.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Hermann Lounge of the Hunter Activity Center on the Westminster campus. A reception will follow the address in the Glass Music Room.

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James Cooper

Cooper is a historian specializing in modern and contemporary politics, especially in areas related to Britain and the United States. He received the Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History Award and has agreed to come to Westminster to teach and conduct research during this academic year.

“I am interested,” Cooper said, “in transnational and comparative historical approaches, the transatlantic exchange of ideas for policy and electioneering and the use of oral history.”

Cooper said he has completed detailed research on the Reagan-Thatcher years from 1981 to 1989 and has interviewed many dignitaries from that era.

Cooper’s forthcoming book explores the relationship between former British Prime Minster Margaret Thatcher and the late President Ronald Reagan. Cooper examines tax reform, monetary policy and trade union reform. He also discusses privatization and deregulation.

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