Williams College to Host Conversation with Joseph Ellis and Richard Brookhiser April 18

Media contact: Noelle Lemoine, communications assistant; tele: (413) 597-4277; email: [email protected]

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 13, 2017—Author Joseph J. Ellis and journalist Richard Brookhiser will discuss the “Founding Fathers in the Age of Trump” at Williams College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event is free and open to the public.

Ellis is a leading scholar of American history and author of nine books, including Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation (Knopf, 2000), for which he won the Pulitzer Prize. He won the National Book Award for American Sphinx, a Biography of Thomas Jefferson (Vintage Books, 1998), and his chronicle of the first president of the United States, His Excellency: George Washington (Vintage Books, 2005), was a New York Times bestseller. His newest book, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789, was released in 2015. His essays and book reviews have been featured in numerous national publications, including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The New Republic and The New Yorker. He has been featured on CBS, CSPAN, CNN, PBS and several documentaries about early America. He has a B.A. from the College of William and Mary, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Richard Brookhiser is an American journalist, biographer, and historian. He is currently senior editor of National Review, and has been writing for the publication in 1970 when he was 15. He was made senior editor of National Review when he was 23, the youngest in the magazine’s history. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, Time, and Vanity Fair. He is the author of 11 books, including James Madison (Basic Books, 2011), Alexander Hamilton, American (Simon & Schuster, 2011), Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (Free Press, 1996) and Founders’ Son: A Life of Abraham Lincoln (Basic Books, 2014). President George W. Bush awarded Brookhiser the National Humanities Medal in a White House ceremony in 2008. He holds an A.B. degree from Yale University.

The departments of American studies, leadership studies and political science are sponsoring this talk.


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