Presidential historian, New York Times columnist to speak at FAU symposium

Michael Beschloss will present a talk about the history of the United States presidency.


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Stacia Korman, Contributing Writer

On Wednesday, Michael Beschloss will be speaking at the Alan B. and Charna Larkin Symposium on Florida Atlantic’s Boca Raton campus.

The presidential historian is also a commentator on NBC and PBS, a New York Times columnist and a best-selling author.

According to an FAU release on the event, Beschloss will present “Critical Moments of the American Presidency: Past, Present and Future.” The talk will be held in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium.

“He will trace the critical moments and presidential qualities of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, as well as the most recent presidents,” the release said.

Beschloss will hold a Q&A as well as a book signing in front of the auditorium following the event.

Stephen Engle, a history professor and director of the symposium, said he encourages FAU students to come out to the event so they may have an opportunity to learn something new about the executive branch.

We chose Michael Beschloss early last year, long before the election, because we wanted to have some historical perspective on the election itself, as well as gain insight into the transition of power from one presidency to the next,” Engle wrote. “Considering he was among the nation’s premier presidential scholars, we thought he would be a good fit.”

Starting in 2007, the symposium has hosted former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright.

To purchase tickets, call 1-800-564-9539, visit or stop by the FAU Box Office located in the Student Union. Tickets cost $35.

Stacia Korman is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected].