FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 12, 2007
Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss to Headline
MUW’s Welty Gala
COLUMBUS, Miss. – You may know him from his
frequent television appearances, but he will be
speaking in Columbus at MUW later this month.
On Thursday, Sept. 27, presidential historian
Michael Beschloss will speak during the 2007 Welty
Gala sponsored by Mississippi University for Women's
Foundation. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the
Pope Banquet Room.
"We are delighted that Michael Beschloss will be
presenting his perspective on one of the most
challenging leadership roles in the world," said Dr.
Gary Bouse, vice president for institutional
advancement and president of the MUW Foundation. "We
hope our alumni and friends will join us for a great
evening at MUW."
Beschloss is an award-winning historian and the
author of eight books including the acclaimed New
York Times best-seller The Conquerors: Roosevelt,
Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany,
1941-1945. The New York Times Book Review said in a
front-page review that the “vigorously written" book
was "history as it was spoken at the time, and there
is not a dull page.”
His latest book published in May is Presidential
Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America,
1789-1989. Kirkus Reviews writes, “Engrossing. .
.marvelous. . .and judicious. . .History written
with subtlety, verve and an almost novelistic
appreciation for the complexities of human nature
and Presidential politics.”
Newsweek has called Beschloss “the nation's leading
Presidential historian.” He serves as NBC News
Presidential Historian, the first time any major
network has created such a position, and appears
regularly on Meet the Press, Today, and all NBC
network programs. He is a regular on PBS’s The
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. In 2005, he won an Emmy
for his role in creating the Discovery Channel
series Decisions that Shook the World, of which he
was the host.
Beschloss was born in Chicago in 1955. An alumnus of
Williams College, he also has an advanced degree
from the Harvard Business School. He has been an
historian on the staff of the Smithsonian
Institution (1982-1986), a Senior Associate Member
at Oxford University in England (1986-1987), and a
Senior Fellow of the Annenberg Foundation in
Washington, D.C. (1988-1996).
Taking Charge was Beschloss's first volume on
President Lyndon Johnson’s newly released secret
tapes. The Wall Street Journal called it “sheer
marvelous history,” the New York Times editorial
page “an important event.” The sequel, Reaching for
Glory, was called “an incomparable portrait of a
President at work” by the New York Times Book
Review. Both books were national best sellers.
Beschloss’s first book, Kennedy and Roosevelt: The
Uneasy Alliance, started as his senior honors thesis
at Williams College. Mayday: Eisenhower, Khrushchev
and the U-2 Affair, was called “a grand narrative. .
.crowded with well-drawn portraits” by the New
Yorker. The Crisis Years: Kennedy and Khrushchev,
1960-1963, won the Ambassador Book Prize and was
called by the New Yorker the "definitive" history of
John Kennedy and the Cold War.
Beschloss has also received the State of Illinois’s
Order of Lincoln and the Harry S. Truman Public
Service Award from Independence, Missouri. He is a
trustee of the White House Historical Association,
the National Archives Foundation and the University
of Virginia's Miller Center of Public Affairs. He
lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and their
The Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation is the major
sponsor of the Welty Series of events this fall and
is providing funding for students and faculty in the
Ina E. Gordy Honors College to attend the Welty
Tickets begin at $75 per person. Patron tickets are
$500 per person and include a private reception with
Beschloss. Benefactor tables are available at $5,000
each and include premium seating for eight along
with admission to the private reception with
Beschloss. Proceeds benefit the endowment for the
Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities.
For more information, contact Mary Margaret Roberts
at (662) 329-7151 or email