“Nixon, Watergate and Presidential Politics”: Historian Douglas Brinkley to Speak to Rowan | rowan today
CNN Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley will discuss the 50and anniversary of Watergate and the presidency of Richard Nixon during a lecture at Rowan University on Monday, March 28.
Brinkley (right), Katherine Tsanoff Brown Professor of Humanities and professor of history at Rice University, will present “Nixon, Watergate and Presidential Politics” during a 5 p.m. lecture in the Eynon Ballroom from the Chamberlain Student Center, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro.
Brinkley’s speech, which is free and open to the public, is part of the President’s Lecture Series, which brings distinguished speakers to campus to address a multitude of topics, from education to science to the history and politics.
Editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, Brinkley is a prolific author. His two annotated volumes “The Nixon Tapes” won the Arthur S. Link-Warren F. Kuehl Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations.
Six of his books have been named “Notable Books of the Year” by The New York Times, while seven others have been New York Times Bestsellers.
His “Notable Books of the Year” include: “Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years”; “Driven Patriot: The Live and Times of James Forrestal” (with Townsend Hoopes); “The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House”; “Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress”; “The Great Flood: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast”; and “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America”.
Brinkley’s New York Times bestsellers include: “The Reagan Diaries”; “The Great Flood”; « The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan, D-Day and the US Army 2n/a Ranger Battalion”; “Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War”; “Voices of Valor: D-Day: June 6, 1944” (with Ronald J. Drez); “Warrior of the Wilderness”; “Cronkite”; and “Legitimate Legacy: Franklin Roosevelt and the Land of America.”
A Los Angeles Times Book Award finalist for “The Great Deluge,” the publication also received the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Book Award.
Brinkley was personally selected by Nancy Reagan to edit Ronald Reagan’s presidential diaries, and in 2017 the New-York Historical Society selected him as its official U.S. presidential historian. Brinkley serves on the board of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library.
He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Century Association, the Society of American Historians, and the James Madison Council at the Library of Congress.
The recipient of seven honorary doctorates in American studies, Brinkley won a Grammy Award (best jazz ensemble) for co-producing “Presidential Suite: Eight Variations on Freedom” and was nominated for another Grammy for “Gonzo,” his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the soundtrack of a documentary on Hunter S. Thompson.
Brinkley’s speech to Rowan is sponsored by the Office of the President, the College of Humanities and Social Sciencesthe Department of Historythe College of Communication and Creative Artsand the Rowan Institute for Public Policy and Citizenship.
Previous speakers in Rowan’s President’s Lecture Series have included Doris Kearns Goodwin, Cornel West, Stephen Jay Gould, Jonathan Kozol, Scott Sagan, Sergei Khrushchev and Dan Rather, among others.