The 1835 Lecture. This history-focused lecture sheds light on a historic person or event from the period of the Library’s founding in 1835 to the present.
2010: John Stauffer: Giants: The Parallel Lives of Douglass and Lincoln
2011: Joshua Kendall: The Forgotten Founding Father (Noah Webster)
2012: Peter Cozzens: Cincinnati’s Lawyer Generals: The Civil War Service of Hayes and Lytle
2013: William Freehling & Jennifer Weber: Home front Dissent in the Civil War
2014: Lynn Olson: Citizens of London; Those Angry Days
2015: Gilbert King: The Devil in the Grove
2016: Charles Kaiser: The Cost of Courage
2017: Ken Adelman, author of Reagan at Reykjavik
2018: Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief, Rin Tin Tin, and more. April 19.
April 20, 2016: Charles Kaiser, The Cost of Courage
Journalist and historian Charles Kaiser delivered a lecture on his book, The Cost of Courage, the tragic and triumphant true story of one family in the French Resistance whom Kaiser has known since he was eleven years old. The book is a nonfiction thriller and a mini-history of World War II in Europe. In addition to The Cost of Courage, Kaiser is the author of 1968 in America, one of the most admired popular histories of the music, politics, and culture of the 1960s, and The Gay Metropolis, the landmark history of gay life in America, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a Lambda Literary Award winner.
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