Happy Fourth of July!

Celebrate by spending some time discovering speakers whose work highlights our country’s history and the people and events that have ultimately shaped the fascinating place it is today. From our founding fathers to Vietnam, the American historians on our roster illuminate our nation’s past and help audiences to better understand the present-day.

Ron Chernow
Since winning the Pulitzer Prize for his New York Times-bestselling historical biography, Washington: A Life, Ron Chernow remains a distinguished commentator on politics, business, and finance. The recipient of the George Washington Book Prize, Chernow illuminates the life and times of some of America’s most significant historical figures and discusses the art of biography writing.

Joseph J. Ellis
A leading scholar of American history, Joseph J. Ellis is a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner for his biographies of our nation’s earliest presidents. Ellis is a distinguished professor and seasoned speaker who regales audiences with stories of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and other U.S. presidents.

Jill Lepore
Historian Jill Lepore is the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History at Harvard University and a staff writer at The New Yorker. Lepore is a gifted speaker who captivates audiences with skilled storytelling and fascinating research.

Fredrik Logevall
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in History for his groundbreaking look at Vietnam, Embers of War, Fredrik Logevall is a renowned historian and leading expert on international relations and foreign policy.

Lynne Olson
Renowned journalist Lynne Olson’s lectures brim with absorbing anecdotes and compelling detail. Her fascination with history inspires her writing and has informed her scholarship about World War II, and the political figures and ordinary citizens who worked together to preserve democracy.