From the Director

We’re working on some great programs for next year’s Speaker Series.  Please save these dates and note the events.

The Jefferson Highway—Lyell Henry
Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Hubbell Hall, Kent Campus Center

Author Lyell Henry will discuss his book, The Jefferson Highway: Blazing the Way from Winnipeg to New Orleans, which tells the story of the first north-south transcontinental highway crossing the United States through the Mississippi Valley (and running right through the middle of Iowa including Des Moines and Indianola).  Largely the idea of Iowa publisher E. T. Meredith, the highway opened in 1916.

Reconsidering Herbert Hoover—Glen Jeansonne
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:00 p.m., Hubbell Hall, Kent Campus Center

Glen Jeansonne, professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and an award-winning historian, will discuss his new book, Herbert Hoover: A Life.  The book challenges conventional wisdom about Hoover and offers a new portrait of Hoover as a dynamic progressive president who deserves a better reputation.

“The Art of Conservation: A Visit With Ding Darling”—Tom Milligan
Thursday, March 22, 2018, 7:00 p.m., Black Box Theater, Kent Campus Center

Actor Tom Milligan, who brought us one-man shows on both Henry Wallace and Grant Wood, returns to Simpson as J. N. “Ding” Darling, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist at the Des Moines Register and a nationally known conservationist.

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