Personality and POlitics in 20th century california history
Second in the Carnegie Lecture series – local scholars, historians, and authors presenting their work on topics of California or regional history
Jim Worthen prepared biographical studies of foreign leaders during a 30-year career at the Central Intelligence Agency. Since retiring to SLO County, Worthen has turned his skills to American studies and written three books on the relationship between personality and political behavior. His first subject was James Rolph, Depression-era governor of California, and an early example of how to market an expansive personality in the service of winning elections. Though loved by his constituents, Rolph struggled in his attempts to lead the state through turbulent economic times. In exploring Rolph's career in politics, Worthen will raise the question of how much influence a candidate's likeability should have in the nomination process."
This lecture is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 5:30 p.m.
At the History Center, 696 Monterey Street