Nixon administration official to deliver Pauley Lecture Sept. 8

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Nixon administration official to deliver Pauley Lecture Sept. 8

John Roy Price is pictured in his home.
John Roy Price was a member of the Richard Nixon presidential administration and will give the 2022 Pauley Lecture.

A former member of the Richard Nixon presidential administration will deliver the 2022 Pauley Lecture presentation, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the Platte River Room of Nebraska Union.

For the presentation, “Reflections on Nixon’s Presidency,” John Roy Price, who worked with Nixon on several social policies, will be have a discussion with Tim Borstelmann, E.N. and Katherine Thompson Professor of Modern World History, about his experiences in the administration and share some of the themes of his memoir, “The Last Liberal Republican: An Insider’s Perspective on Nixon’s Surprising Social Policy.”

Price earned his bachelor’s degree at Grinnell College, Iowa, and went on to earn his master’s in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed a law degree from Harvard Law School and practiced law in New York. Price co-founded the Republican policy group, the Ripon Society, which led to involvement in the presidential campaigns of Gov. Nelson Rockefeller of New York, and then Richard Nixon.

Price served as Special Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs in Nixon’s first term. Price worked with Nixon on the president’s social policies, including welfare reform, hunger and nutrition, and Nixon’s 1971 proposal for a national health insurance program.

Following that work, Price returned to New York and a career in finance, and now lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and in Livingston, Montana.

The Pauley Lecture is organized in memory of University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumnus Carroll R. Pauley (class of 1930). Pauley was a lifelong Nebraskan who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and had a passion for history. He died in Lincoln in 1987.

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