November 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Costa Lecture | From George Washington to Donald Trump: The Four Ages of the Presidency, Nov. 30

The 40th Annual Endowed Costa Lecture features Dr. H.W. Brands on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Walter Hall Rotunda. His topic is “From George Washington to Donald Trump: The Four Ages of the Presidency.”

H.W. Brands, posing in front of a bookshelf

H.W. Brands

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception with refreshments prior to the lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Brands is Professor and Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas Austin. He is an acclaimed historian who has written 25 books during the past 30 years, including biographies of Presidents Andrew Jackson, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Ronald Reagan. Two of his books, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin and Traitor to His Class: The Privileged Life and Radical Presidency of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. His articles have appeared in such prominent publications as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Atlantic.

Brands will explain how the presidency has evolved since the days of George Washington and the implications of those changes for America’s future. With numerous documentary-television appearances to his credit, he is an engaging speaker who uses memorable stories to illustrate important historical developments.

“The presidency today is the focus of high expectations, growing concern, and intense controversy,” said Prof. Patrick Barr-Melej, the chair of the History Department’s Costa Lecture Committee. “As one of America’s most distinguished historians, Brands will be able to provide valuable perspective on the presidency in the age of Trump.”

The Costa Lectureship was established through the generosity of Ohio University alumna Helen Coast Hayes (class of 1926). Previous lecturers include Pulitzer Prize winning authors Doris Kearns Goodwin and Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and noted presidential historian Michael Beschloss. This event is sponsored by the History Department at Ohio University.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *