B.F. Stone Lyceum: "Donald Trump's Fayetteville"


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PA Auditorium
Medical Lecture Hall


Dr. Cameron Dodworth
(910) 480-8571


Donald J. Trump's presidential campaign was unlike any other in American history, and will be remembered alongside Andrew Jackson's tumultuous election, the Populist revolt at the turn of the last century, and George Wallace's white supremacist moment.  Fayetteville will feature in this history: one of Trump's two rallies here broke out into violence, as supporters clashed with protesters inside the arena.  The presenters here, all members of Methodist’s History Department, were at both rallies, interviewing Trump partisans and exploring how members of our community responded, and contributed, to the Trump phenomenon.  In considering Trump, they will look back to how his supporters align with other historical moments, and forward to how they imagine Fayetteville, and America, will look under a Trump presidency.


Carl Dyke (B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., University of California at San Diego) teaches modern European history, world history, and sociological theory at Methodist University. His research interests include identity formation and the history and theory of societies as complex adaptive systems. He also owns a farm with his wife and a bank, and spends a lot of time around pigs, goats, guinea fowl, other country folks, and heritage breed chickens.

Peter Murray is a native of South Carolina and graduated from Wofford College before going to Indiana University-Bloomington where he received his Ph.D. in 1985.  After teaching at Indiana State University, he began teaching at Methodist College in 1988.  The University of Missouri Press published his monograph, Methodists and the Crucible of Race in 2004.  He is married to Mary Cathryn Murray and they have two grown sons.

Patrick W. O'Neil (B.A., Grinnell College; Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) studies gender, culture, and politics in antebellum America.  His research focuses on how Americans' ideas about rituals and cultural artifacts unite and divide them; his current book project is entitled Inventing the American Wedding.  He co-coordinates the Women’s Studies minor at MU, and runs the Methodist University Community Oral History Project. 


Christopher Cronin is an Associate Professor of Political Science.  His Ph.D. is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.  At Methodist University, he is the Americanist and teaches most of the courses in American politics (Congress and the Presidency, State and Local Politics, Parties and Interest Groups, etc.).  His research focuses on religion and American politics.  His published works are on the Social Gospel Movement, Party Politics, and Mormons in American Politics.  His most recent research deals with religious leaders as political leaders.

Karen Kletter is a professor in the History Department at Methodist University. She received bachelor's degree in History and German Literature from Hunter College, City University of New York, her master’s degree in Medieval History from Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Medieval History, with a minor in History of Science, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Her published works treat the use of the first-century Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, within the tradition of medieval Christian chronicle and historical writing, the intellectual and cultural contexts of Jewish-Christian relations, and historiography and the construction of identity in Medieval Europe.

Drs. Carl Dyke, Patrick O'Neil, and Peter Murray

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