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Noted biographer, journalist Brookhiser to speak at UW-Green Bay

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The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s long-running Historical Perspectives Lecture Series will welcome a renowned author and editor for an address at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3 in Room 250 of Rose Hall on campus, 2420 Nicolet Drive.

Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of conservative magazine The National Review and author of numerous books on America’s founding fathers, will speak about his most recent work, James Madison: Father of the Constitution, Father of Politics, during the event. The latest of Brookhiser’s 11 books, Father explores Madison’s role as founder of the first political party, a precursor to today’s Democrats. The fourth president also pioneered partisan journalism and the study of popular opinion, Brookhiser says, belonged to the first political machine and married the first political wife.

As a noted historian and journalist, Brookhiser has appeared on such nationally televised programs as PBS’ “Bill Moyers Journal”; and in 2009 was featured on Moyers’ show alongside UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey J. Kaye. Brookhiser also has appeared on PBS’ “NewsHour” and Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with John Stewart” and “The Colbert Report,” as well as other programs.

The Brookhiser lecture presents a great opportunity for the University and larger Green Bay communities to hear from a journalist, historian and biographer of national renown, said Kaye, Ben & Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at UW-Green Bay and the director of the University’s Center for History and Social Change. The Historical Perspectives event is free and open to the public.

“Richard Brookhiser is one of America’s foremost conservative intellectuals and one of the nation’s leading writers on the Founding Fathers,” Kaye said. “The 225th anniversary of the Constitution, 2012, is the perfect time to hear him speak on the Father of the Constitution, James Madison.”

The Historical Perspectives Lecture Series, first organized in 1985, is the foremost activity of the Center for History and Social Change at UW-Green Bay. The annual series of talks by a wide variety of historians and social scientists is made possible thanks to funds from the University, the Democracy and Justice Studies Student Organization, the UW-Green Bay University League and the UW-Green Bay Founders Association. Supporters hope to create an endowment for continued support of the lecture series.

The Center for History and Social Change promotes historical thought, study and discourse at UW-Green Bay and in the larger community through lectures, seminars and other campus events. It is associated most directly with the University’s academic program in Democracy and Justice Studies, and pursues its activities in relation to that program’s goals. It also works closely with other academic programs to reinforce and support UW-Green Bay’s interdisciplinary mission. Information about the center and the series, including past lectures, can be found at www.uwgb.edu/centerhsc.

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