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H.W. Brands, UT Austin History Professor

  • July 11, 2018
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • The University of Texas Club - 2108 Robert Dedman Dr, Austin, TX 78705


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How We Got from George Washington to Donald Trump

The power of the President increased greatly in the twentieth century, when the US emerged as significant world power. But why? 

Dr. Brands believes that the popular focus on the president is excessive. Come hear him speak about his view of how the president is supposed to be one of us, yet, above us, and how we make too much of presidents but can't help it.

About our speaker

Henry William Brands was born in Oregon, went to college in California, sold cutlery across the American West and earned graduate degrees in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. 

He taught at Vanderbilt University and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History. 

He teaches history and writing to graduate students and undergraduates. He writes on American history and politics, with books including The General vs. the President, Reagan, The Man Who Saved the Union, Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, The First American and TR. Several of his books have been bestsellers; two, Traitor to His Class and The First American, were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize.

He lectures frequently on historical and current events and can be seen and heard on national and international television and radio. His writings have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Czech, Dutch, Danish and Ukrainian. ~ For the past five years he has been writing a history of the United States in haiku form and publishing it on Twitter. He's getting close to the present, but the present keeps moving. So he keeps writing.


6:50am - Coffee & Networking 

7:10am - Breakfast Buffet

7:25am - Introductions & Announcements

7:50am - Speaker Introduction

8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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