Idaho Falls, Friday, April 26
Bestselling historian Douglas Brinkley Speaks
Prolific historian Douglas Brinkley will be the speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council’s 12th Annual Eastern Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture and Dinner on Friday, April 26, 7 p.m., at the Shilo Inn in Idaho Falls. Author of numerous books, Brinkley will speak about his latest, available in early April, American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race.
Brinkley’s lecture is supported in part by the Bank of Idaho, Teton Toyota, Volkswagen, William J. and Shirley A. Maeck Family Foundation,Idaho Public Television, KISU Radio, and the City Club of Idaho Falls.
Tickets for the dinner lecture are availableby clicking HERE or by calling the IHC toll free at 888-345-5346. General tickets are $50, and Benefactor tickets are $75, offering an invitation to a pre-event reception with Brinkley in a private location at 5 p.m. and preferred seating at the dinner and lecture. IHC always recommends reserving tickets early as the event often sells out. The evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. at the Shilo Inn. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with Brinkley’s talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance. Brinkley’s books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite and he’ll be available for signing afterwards.
A distinguished professor of history at Rice University and a fellow at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Douglas Brinkley is one of the most distinguished historians of our time. His writing covers a broad range of topics, including presidents, military campaigns, American leaders, Catholicism and Hurricane Katrina. He thrills audiences with his insights on history’s biggest people and events and how they relate to current events. He is the Presidential Historian for CNN and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair.
As the fiftieth anniversary of the first lunar landing approaches, American Moonshot takes a fresh look at the space program, President John F. Kennedy’s inspiring challenge, and America’s race to the moon.
On May 25, 1961, JFK made an astonishing announcement: his goal of putting a man on the moon by the end of the decade. In his engrossing, fast-paced epic, Brinkley returns to the 1960s to recreate one of the most exciting and ambitious achievements in the history of humankind. American Moonshot brings together the extraordinary political, cultural, and scientific factors that fueled the birth and development of NASA and the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo projects, which shot the United States to victory in the space race against the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.
Since 2008, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, and other prominent writers to Idaho Falls for the annual Distinguished Lecture. Previous speakers include presidential biographer Robert Dallek (2008), Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (2009), Western American historian Elliott West (2010), National Book Award winner Timothy Egan (2011), Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Rick Bragg (2012), best-selling author Alexandra Fuller (2013), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson (2014), Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Diane McWhorter (2015), Pulitzer Prize-winning Vietnam War historian Fredrik Logevall (2016), Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anthony Doerr (2017), and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James B. Stewart in 2018.