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Presidential historian, author Michael Beschloss to speak to University community

February 12, 2021

Noted observer of American political leadership to discuss ‘what makes a great US president’ as part of Difficult Conversations series.

Michael Beschloss.Presidential historian and best-selling author Michael Beschloss will deliver a virtual talk at a University of Rochester event in March.

Beschloss is the fifth speaker in the Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change series, presented by Donald Hall, the University’s Robert L. and Mary Sproull Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Sciences & Engineering. Beschloss will discuss “What Makes a Great US President,” starting at 6 p.m. EST on Monday, March 8. The event is expected to run until 7:30 p.m.

The talk is open to the public, and those interested must register online to receive a Zoom link. Questions for Beschloss can be submitted during registration.

Beschloss is the author of 10 books, most recently the New York Times and Wall Street Journal best-seller Presidents of War. He is a frequent guest on television, serves as NBC News’ presidential historian, and is a regular contributor to the PBS NewsHour and the New York Times. “Michael Beschloss knows more about America’s presidents than perhaps anyone on earth,” the Charlotte Observer says. Newsweek calls him “the nation’s leading presidential historian.”

His popular Twitter account, @beschlossDC, has more than 673,000 followers and includes rare photos from American history. It’s listed among Time magazine’s list of the world’s top Twitter feeds.

Difficult Conversations strives to broaden the perspectives of the University community. Previous speakers have included Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Angela Davis, and Madeleine Albright.

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