Weidner Center hosts presidential historians in ‘A Conversation with Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin’

(Update: Michael Beschloss was unable to attend the event because of travel issues).


Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership sponsors free event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (Green Bay, Wis.)  Award-winning presidential historians will be featured in “A Conversation with Michael Beschloss and Doris Kearns Goodwin” at UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts. This event will take place on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 6 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, is a free event and open to the public. Registration for the event is required and is available at thompsoncenter.wisc.edu and WeidnerCenter.com.

Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss

The New York Times has called Michael Beschloss “easily the most widely recognized Presidential historian in the United States.” The Charlotte Observer has said, “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s Presidents than perhaps anyone on earth.” Michael is an award-winning historian, bestselling author of nine books and has been a New York Times contributing columnist. He is the NBC News Presidential Historian and a contributor to the PBS NewsHour.

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doris Kearns Goodwin is a Pulitzer-prize winning author, biographer, presidential historian and former assistant to Lyndon Johnson. Her seventh and New York Times bestselling book, Leadership in Turbulent Times, was published in September 2018 to critical acclaim and became an instant New York Times bestseller. It is a culmination of Goodwin’s five-decade career of studying the American presidents focusing on Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt and Lyndon Baines Johnson.

Ryan Owens, the Director of the Thompson Center, made clear his excitement to host the speakers. “One of the Thompson Center’s main charges is to bring in high caliber speakers,” he said. “We hit a home run with these award-winning authors and are thrilled to partner with the excellent people at UW-Green Bay and the Weidner Center.”

“The visit is a great opportunity for our students to debate the meaning of presidential leadership in this contested election year,” said UW-Green Bay Associate Professor Alison Staudinger. “It’s also an opportunity for UW-Green Bay to embody the “Wisconsin Idea” and host thoughtful and in-depth conversations about politics and history in public.” Dr. Staudinger is chair for Democracy & Justice Studies, and co-chair of Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies.

About The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership The Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership was established to provide a multi-disciplinary, non-partisan environment to study, discuss, and improve leadership. Students, faculty members, policymakers, and other relevant stakeholders come together to share knowledge and learn about successful public leadership. We pledge to pursue leadership, to foster collegiality, and to be problem-solvers. For more information visit thompsoncenter.wisc.edu.

About the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
UW-Green Bay’s Weidner Center for the Performing Arts opened on January 15, 1993 and is known for its elegant design and the acoustic excellence of its 2,000-plus seat main hall, Cofrin Family Hall. It also houses two smaller performance spaces, the Fort Howard recital hall and the Jean Weidner Theatre, along with a dance studio and Grand Foyer. The Weidner Center has a distinct benefit in being part of a leading institution of higher learning. The Center is a home for UW-Green Bay Music and Theatre and Dance programs, community events and productions and performances by visiting artists and touring companies. For more information on the Weidner Center, visit www.WeidnerCenter.com, call 920-465-2726 or 800-895-0071, or follow ‘Weidner Center for the Performing Arts’ on Facebook, Twitter (@WeidnerCenter) and Instagram (@weidnercenter).

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,700 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, D-I athletics, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

Media Contact: Diane Nagy
Weidner Center for the Performing Arts
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

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