Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss

award-winning presidential historian

“The Ethics of Presidents at War”

Thursday, March 11, 2010
7:30 p.m.

Launer Auditorium • 1001 Rogers St.
Columbia College Campus

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.  • Limited seating •  Tickets not required

About Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss is an award-winning presidential historian and the author of nine books, including “Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America, 1789-1989” (Simon and Schuster, 2007), “The Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1941-1945” (Simon and Schuster, 2002), “Taking Charge” (Simon and Schuster, 1997) and “Reaching for Glory” (Simon and Schuster, 2001).

He is a regular commentator on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS and is the NBC News Presidential Historian. He received an Emmy in 2005 for his role in the Discovery Channel series “Decisions That Shook the World.”

Beschloss is an alumnus of Williams College, studied leadership at Harvard Business School and has served as an historian at the Smithsonian Institution, a Senior Associate Member at the University of Oxford and a Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Foundation.

He holds three honorary doctorates and is the recipient of the State of Illinois’s Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public Service Award. He is a trustee of the White House Historical Association, the Foundation for the National Archives and the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs.

Michael Beschloss lives in Washington, DC with his wife and their two sons.


Time Event Location
3 p.m. Q & A session for students, faculty and staff Dorsey Gymnasium
7:30 p.m. Lecture: “The Ethics of Presidents at War” Launer Auditorium
150 reserved student tickets for the lecture will be available at the Campus Life office in Atkins-Holman Student Commons after 8 a.m. on March 4th. Tickets are free and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
You must be in your seat by 7 p.m. for reserved seating.

Previous Ethics in Society lectures

2009 Edward James Olmos, actor, producer, director, Hollywood activist
2008 Mike Huckabee, former governer of Arkansas
2007 David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
2006 Soledad O’Brien, television journalist and CNN co-anchor
2005 Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Harvard Law School graduate and environmental ethics advocate
2004 Arun Gandhi, founder of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence and grandson of the late Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
2003 John Kasich, former U.S. congressman


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