Alan B. Larkin

Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency



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The 2015 Alan B. Larkin Symposium on the American Presidency will host Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian David McCullough with "Truman's Presidency and World War II at 70" on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 3:30 p.m.   Wilson D. Miscamble, prize-winning author and historian will serve as moderator. The event will take place in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium on Florida Atlantic University's Boca Raton campus. 

David McCullough has been widely acclaimed as a "master of the art of narrative" and "a matchless writer."  He won the Pulitzer Prize twice, the National Book Award twice and the Francis Parkman Prize twice.  He also received the National Book Foundation Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Award, the National Humanities Medal, the Gold Medal for Biography given by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

As the host of PBS's "American Experience" for more than a decade, he told the stories of history in a riveting, accessible fashion for viewers of all ages and backgrounds.  He has lent his voice to several Ken Burns documentaries and narrated the 2003 film "Seabiscuit."

McCullough received his first Pulitzer in 1993 for "Truman," a biography of the 33rd president.  His second Pulitzer was awarded for "John Adams," published in 2001 and one of the most praised and widely read American biographies of all time.  McCullough's most recent book is the New York Times best-seller"The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris."  His work has been published in 10 languages and, in all, over nine million copies are in print.  None of his books have ever been out of print--a rare feat in publishing. His current biography  "The Wright Brothers" will be released on May 5, 2015.

McCullough graduated with honors in English literature from Yale and has received 52 honorary degrees.

Wilson D. Miscamble, professor of history, Notre Dame and leading authority on American diplomatic history, won the Harry S. Truman Book Award twice, once in 1992 and again in 2008 for his publication "From Roosevelt to Truman: Potsdam, Hiroshima and the Cold War."  His most recent book is "The Most Controversial Decison: Truman, the Atomic Bombs and the Defeat of Japan." Miscamble takes a new look at the end of World War II and the emergence of the Cold War, and offers a new interpretation of Harry Truman's foreign policy, including the use of the atomic bombs in 1945.

Miscamble is known for his fairness, wisdom and wit.

A book signing will follow the event.


McCullough and Miscamble VIP Event 2/17/15-2/18/15: $50

McCullough Lecture 2/18/15: $35

Miscamble Lecture 2/17/15: $25

Groups of 20 or more: $30 for McCullough lecture only

FAU faculty, staff and alumni: $10 for McCullough lecture only

FAU students with current student ID: $5 for McCullough lecture only

For tickets, call 1.800.564.9539, visit www.fauevents.com or drop by the FAU Box Office located in FAU's Student Union.  Tickets available August 1, 2014.

Free parking available in parking Garage 1, Lots 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 and 17.


If you are coming from I-95, exit Glades Road East.

Head east approximately 1/4 miles to NW 10 Avenue.

Make a left turn on to NW 10 Avenue.

After you go over one speed bump, turn right into the first parking lot.

(Parking Lot #16) on the right hand side of the road.

The auditorium is located inside The Student Union Building just north of the parking lot.




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