David McCollough

The History You Don't Know: Lessons from the American Founders

October 7, 2015

Hailed as a “master of the art of narrative history,” David McCullough is a two-time winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award. Included among the many bestselling titles that he has authored over the course of his crowded, productive career are: The Johnstown Flood, The Great Bridge, The Path between the Seas, Truman, 1776, Mornings on Horseback and, most recently, The Wright Brothers, published by Simon & Schuster in May 2015. Mr. McCullough has twice won the Francis Parkman Prize, and has received the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal and the Gold Medal for Biography given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also served as narrator of numerous documentaries, including Ken Burns’s highly acclaimed The Civil War, and his biography John Adams, for which he received the 2002 Pulitzer Prize, provided the source material for HBO’s Emmy Award-winning miniseries on the United States’ second president. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, and educated there and at Yale University, Mr. McCullough is the recipient of fifty-two honorary degrees and, in September 2014, was named an Officer of the Legion of Honor by decree of the President of the Republic of France.

In partnership with the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program, The Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri will host two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David McCullough in Columbia on October 7, 2015, to deliver the Institute’s inaugural Distinguished Lecture. Drawing on his work in the critically acclaimed 1776 and John Adams, Mr. McCullough will give a talk on the architects of American democracy entitled, “The History You Don’t Know: Lessons from the American Founders.” Free and open to the public, the event will be held at the Missouri Theatre, and begins at 7:00 PM.


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