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Distinguished Speaker Series

Seventh Annual
CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series


Distinguished Historian Award-winning Author
History Commentator for CBS News




Thursday,March 27, 2014 • 7:30pm

Carpenter Performing Arts Center

6200 Atherton Street • CSULB Campus

Douglas Brinkley

Douglas Brinkley is a distinguished professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy. In his presentation, Brinkley will share his insights based on voluminous research on the history of the American presidency, and frame the current challenges facing President Obama and how his election changed the course of American history.

He is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan.

Brinkley completed his bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University in 1989. He then spent a year at the U.S. Naval Academy and Princeton University teaching history. While a professor at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on numerous cross-country treks where they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature. Brinkley’s 1994 book, The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey chronicled his first experience teaching this innovative on-the-road class which became the progenitor to C-SPAN’s Yellow School Bus.

Called “America’s new past master” and “the best of the new generation of American historians,” Brinkley’s writings cover a broad range of topics, from presidents to military campaigns to Katrina. The New York Times selected five of Brinkley’s award-winning books as Notable Books of the Year and The Reagan Diaries was a New York Times best seller. In his most recent book, Cronkite (2012), Brinkley brings this American icon into focus as never before. Brinkley is also the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage.

Monumental in his contribution to American culture, Douglas Brinkley takes the historical lessons of the past and applies them to the present and our future.

Brinkley lives in Austin and Houston, Texas with his wife and three children.

Title Sponsor

Southern California Edison


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
6200 Atherton Street

  • 6:00 pm: Outdoor BBQ Buffet Dinner (no-host)
  • 6:30 pm: University Brass Ensemble Musical Salute
  • 7:30 pm: Featured Address by Douglas Brinkley
  • 8:30 pm: Panel Discussion
  • 9:00 pm: Book Signing / Audio Recording Sales


Reserved Seat Tickets: $40

Senior Citizens/Veterans: $30
CSULB Faculty/Staff : $30
CSULB Students (with ID): $20

Preferred Seating: $60

Sponsor Ticket: $100
Includes Sponsor Reception and
Dinner at The Pointe

Group Discount Available:
Call (562) 985-5673

All Profits Benefit CSULB
Student Scholarships

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Parking is $5 payable on-site at the Carpenter Center

Dinner Option

Outdoor BBQ Buffet Dinner: $15
Carpenter Center Patio
from 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Catered by Naples Rib Co.


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