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Author And Historian H.W. Brands To Speak At Wittenberg Series Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture

September 7, 2011  
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Springfield, Ohio — The Wittenberg Series continues with the 2011 Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture, featuring a presentation by author and historian H.W. Brands at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in Wittenberg University’s Pam Evans Smith Arena in the HPER Center, 250 Bill Edwards Drive.

Brands’ lecture “From FDR to Obama: The Challenge and Promise of a Crisis Presidency” will examine whether current United States President Barack Obama will be remembered as the next Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who converted the crisis of the Great Depression into the most memorable presidency of the 20th century, or the next Herbert Hoover, who was unable to lead the nation out of the Great Depression in the 1930s.

Immediately following Brands’ presentation, guests are invited to a book signing in Legends Lobby, also in the HPER Center. Like all Wittenberg Series events, the Fred R. Leventhal Family Endowed Lecture is presented free of charge, and the public is welcomed to attend.

Henry William Brands is an acclaimed American historian and best-selling author. A native of Portland, Ore., Brands earned his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University in history and mathematics. He continued his education while working as a traveling salesman and teacher, eventually earning a master’s in mathematics and history and a doctorate in history while studying in both Oregon and Texas.

Brands taught at Texas A&M University for 17 years before moving to the University of Texas at Austin, where he is now the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History.

Brands, who will meet with Wittenberg history students prior to the lecture, has written more than 25 books that focus on American history and politics, including Traitor to his Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. His writings have been published around the world and translated into six languages, and his expertise has made him a frequent speaker and guest on radio and television programs. In June 2009, Brands was among nine of America’s most distinguished historians and scholars invited to dine with President Obama at the White House.

Made possible by a gift to Wittenberg University from the Fred R. Leventhal family of Springfield, this endowed Wittenberg Series lecture has welcomed numerous distinguished guests since 1982, including Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and author David Halberstram; influential financial analyst Malcolm Forbes; Harvard law professor Arthur Miller; Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel; historian Doris Kearns Goodwin; journalist Carl Bernstein; and environmental lawyer and activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

The Wittenberg Series annually brings distinguished lecturers and performing artists of national and international prominence to the Wittenberg campus and Springfield community. All facilities are accessible without climbing stairs. Audio-description services and interpreters for the visually- or hearing-impaired will be provided with 72-hour notice prior to each event. To reserve a Wittenberg Series poster, or to become a friend of the Wittenberg Series, contact Jeannine Fox at 937-327-7465 or via e-mail at

Written by: Sydney Watsek


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