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Brinkley To Speak On Presidency

Published: March 17, 2014

Noted historian and best-selling author Douglas Brinkley will speak about “The Evolution of the American Presidency” at the Seventh Annual CSULB Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Brinkley will include a special focus on President Obama and how his election changed the course of American history.

Brinkley is an American author, professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James Baker Institute for Public Policy. In addition, he is the history commentator for CBS News and a contributing editor to the magazines Vanity Fair and American Heritage. The New York Times has selected five of Brinkley’s award-winning books as Notable Books of the Year.

Brinkley’s book, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, is a record of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast. The book won the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award and was a Los Angeles Times book prize finalist. Brinkley’s biography of Walter Cronkite was published in 2012 and selected as a Washington Post Book of the Year.

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.

Brinkley Speaks On American Presidency
Douglas Brinkley

Reserved seat tickets are $40 for the general public, $30 for seniors, veterans, faculty and staff, and $20 for students. For an additional $15, a BBQ dinner by Naples Rib Co. is available starting at 6 p.m. on the outdoor patio of the Carpenter Center. Guests will also be entertained by the University Brass Ensemble with an outdoor musical salute. For tickets, BBQ dinner or further information visit the Distinguished Speakers Series website.

All proceeds from the Distinguished Speaker Series benefit CSULB Student Scholarships.