Annual Lectures

2021 Eastern Idaho Distinguished humanities lecture

Idaho Falls, Thursday, October 17

Two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, TJ Stiles, to speak in Idaho Falls in October

T.J. Stiles, two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Book Award will deliver the 13thAnnual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture on Thursday, October 14th, 7 p.m., at the Snake River Event Center at Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls.

The event is supported in part by the William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation, the Bank of Idaho, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho Public Television, and KISU Radio.

TICKETS are available by clicking HERE or by calling 208-345-5346. General tickets are $50 and Benefactor tickets are $75. Tables of 8 are available. Benefactors receive admission to a private pre-event reception with Stiles (offsite) at 5 p.m. and close-in seating at the dinner. The main event evening will begin with a no-host reception and book sales at 6 p.m. at the Snake River Event Center. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m., with Stiles’s talk to follow. Stiles will sign books after his talk.

T.J. Stiles’s latest book, Custer’s Trials, paints a portrait of Gen. George Armstrong Custer both deeply personal and sweeping in scope, proving how much of Custer’s legacy has been ignored. The book was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for History.

Stiles previously won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Biography and the 2009 National Book Award for Nonfiction for his critically acclaimed book The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Stiles became interested in Vanderbilt while researching and writing his historical account of another legendary figure, Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War. James and Vanderbilt, he finds, led more significant and more dramatic lives than we have realized. With both subjects, Stiles combines compelling storytelling and personal detail with thoughtful explorations of their role in the making of modern America, and the lasting impact of their lives and legends.

Stiles served as historical adviser and on-screen expert for Jesse James and Grand Central, two films in the PBS documentary series American Experience. He has written for The New York Times Book ReviewSmithsonianSalon, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications. A native of Benton County, Minnesota, Stiles studied history at Carleton College and Columbia University.

Stiles Author Photo (Lionstar)

William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation

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