Transcript Staff

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss will lead an informal discussion with University of Oklahoma students 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 in the Sandy Bell Gallery of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. Additionally, a President’s Associates dinner and keynote address featuring Beschloss is scheduled that evening.

“As we approach a presidential election year, the visit of Michael Beschloss will give the OU community the opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s leading authors on the presidency as an institution and the qualities which have been important to successful presidencies,” said OU President David L. Boren.

Beschloss is the author of eight books, including his most recent, the New York Times best seller “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945,” and this year’s “Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989.”

Kirkus Reviews wrote of it: “Engrossing … marvelous … and judicious. … History written with subtlety, verve and an almost novelistic appreciation for the complexities of human nature and presidential politics.” The first printing of “Presidential Courage” was 250,000, with an excerpt in Newsweek.

Called by Newsweek “the nation’s leading Presidential historian,” Beschloss serves as NBC News presidential historian, the first such position created by a major network, and appears regularly on “Meet the Press,” “Today” and other NBC network programs. He also is a regular on Public Broadcasting System’s “The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.” In 2005, he won an Emmy for his role in creating the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World,” of which he was the host.

Beschloss is an alumnus of Williams College and also holds an advanced degree from the Harvard Business School. He has been a historian on the Smithsonian Institution staff; a senior associate member at Oxford University, England; and a senior Fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in Washington, D.C. He holds honorary doctorates from Williams College, St. Mary’s College in Maryland, and Lafayette College.

He was awarded the State of Illinois’s Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award from Independence, Mo.

Beschloss is a trustee of the White House Historical Association, National Archives Foundation and University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

The informal discussion with Beschloss is open to OU faculty, staff and students, with overflow seating available to the public. For more information and accommodations on the basis of disability, call the Office of Special Events at 325-3784.

Trending Video