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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “The Rise and Fall of Political Parties: A Hypothesis” by Dr. Don Hickey, Wayne State College Professor of History, at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Hickey’s presentation will seek to explain why political parties succeed and fail. Taking in the full sweep of American history, he will offer a hypothesis that suggests why a party becomes dominant for a time but then later is relegated to minority status.

An award-winning author, Dr. Hickey has written 11 books and more than 100 articles. Called “the dean of 1812 scholarship” by The New Yorker magazine, Hickey appeared in the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) film “War of 1812.”

Hickey is a specialist in early American history and American military history. He is best known for his books, “The War of 1812: A Forgotten Conflict” (University of Illinois Press) and “Nebraska Moments: Glimpses of Nebraska’s Past” (University of Nebraska Press). Hickey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.