Michael Beschloss and Douglas Brinkley will be the featured speakers at the Anita and Truman Arnold Lecture of the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.
Michael Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the best-selling author of nine books. Newsweek has called Beschloss "the nation's leading presidential historian." He serves as NBC News Presidential Historian—the first time any major network has created such a position—and appears regularly on Meet the Press, Today, and all NBC network programs. He also is a regular commentator on PBS NewsHour. 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.
Douglas Brinkley currently is a professor of history at Rice University. Before coming to Rice, Brinkley served as professor of history and director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1994 until 2005, he was Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. He won the Benjamin Franklin Award for The American Heritage History of the United States (1998) and the Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt Naval History Prize for Driven Patriot (1993). He was awarded the BusinessWeek Book of the Year Award for Wheels for the World and was also named 2004 Humanist of the Year by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities.