Great Society: A New History

The Annual Elizabeth M. Whelan Lecture

Monday, March 22, 2021, 4:30 pm

Amity Shlaes, New York Times Bestselling Author; Presidential Scholar, The King’s College

Amity Shlaes is a New York Times Bestselling Author and a Presidential Scholar at The King’s College. She is the author of The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (2008); The Forgotten Man: Graphic Edition (2014), a full length illustrated version of the same book drawn by Paul Rivoche; Coolidge (2013), a full-length biography of the thirtieth president; and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes Drive Americans Crazy (1999). Her most recent book is Great Society: A New History (2019), a sequel to The Forgotten Man. Ms. Shlaes chairs the board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a national foundation based in the birthplace of President Coolidge. She is winner of the Manhattan Institute’s Hayek Book Prize, which honors the book that best reflects Friedrich Hayek’s vision of economic and individual liberty, and she currently chairs the jury for the prize. She was a co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for writing on political economy, and a JP Morgan Fellow for finance and economy at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2004, she delivered the Bradley lecture at the American Enterprise Institute. Her lecture, titled "The Chicken versus the Eagle," looked at the effect of the National Recovery Administration on the entrepreneur in the New Deal. She has served as Senior Fellow in Economic History at the Council on Foreign Relations and as a director at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Her syndicated column has been carried by the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and the Wall Street Journal, where served on the editorial board. She currently appears in print Forbes and in National Review. Ms. Shlaes is a magna cum laude graduate of Yale College.

Allen C. Guelzo is Senior Research Scholar in the Council of the Humanities and the Director of the Initiative on Politics and Statesmanship in the James Madison Program at Princeton University. His award-winning books include Abraham Lincoln: Redeemer President (1999), Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation: The End of Slavery in America (2004), and Gettysburg: The Last Invasion (2013). He is currently at work on a biography of Robert E. Lee. He has been awarded the Bradley Prize, the Lincoln Medal of the Union League Club of New York City, and the James Q. Wilson Award for Distinguished Scholarship on the Nature of a Free Society. Together with Patrick Allitt and Gary W. Gallagher, he team-taught the Teaching Company’s American History series, as well as courses on Abraham Lincoln (Mr. Lincoln, 2005) on American intellectual history (The American Mind, 2006), the American Revolution (2007), and the Founders (America’s Founding Fathers, 2017). From 2006 to 2013, he served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.


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