"Reimagining Reagan: Conservatives and the End of the Cold War"
In this Hayek Lecture, Marcus Witcher will address modern day conservatives' veneration of Reagan as a conservative purist. Professor Witcher challenges the idea that Reagan won the Cold War by sticking to his conservative principles and by not compromising with the Soviet Union. In reality, many conservatives opposed Reagan's policies during the 1980s--including the signing of the INF Treaty that brought about more peaceful relations between the Soviet Union and the United States. Professor Witcher's lecture invites us to reevaluate Reagan's role in ending the Cold War and forces us to grapple with the ways in which myth and memory influence our understanding of the past.
Marcus Witcher is an assistant professor of history at Huntingdon College. He earned his PhD from the University of Alabama in 2017. His first book, Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016, was published in 2019 by the University Press of Kansas.