CORVALLIS, Ore. – “LBJ, the Great Society and the 1960s: A conversation with Presidential historian and ABC analyst Mark K. Updegrove” will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Construction & Engineering Hall at The LaSells Stewart Center on the Oregon State University campus in Corvallis.

The talk is free and open to the public.

Updegrove’s appearance is part of the College of Liberal Arts’ new series, “The 60s: The Decade that Changed America.” The series, created by journalist and historian Bob Santelli, celebrates the cultural and artistic impact the 1960s have had on the past five decades of American life. Santelli is OSU’s director of popular music and performing arts.

Updegrove is the president and CEO of the Lyndon B. Johnson Foundation and serves as presidential historian for ABC News, where he appears regularly on “Good Morning America” and “This Week.” He was the director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library from 2009 to 2017 and hosted the 2014 Civil Rights Summit, which included Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter.

Updegrove is the author of four books on the presidency including “The Last Republicans: Inside the Extraordinary Relationship Between George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush” and “Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.” He has written for The New York Times, The Hill, Politico, The Daily Beast, Time, Parade and National Geographic and has conducted exclusive interviews with five U.S. presidents.

Earlier in his career, Updegrove served as the publisher of Newsweek and president of Time magazine's Canadian edition.

The LaSells Stewart Center is located at 875 SW 26th Street, Corvallis. The event is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information about the series, visit:

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Celene Carillo, [email protected], 541-737-2137


Bob Santelli, [email protected], 541-737-1797


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