Joseph J. Ellis Headlines Weissman Center's Fall Series Concerning the American Democracy on October 25

Thursday, October 5, 2000 - 12:00

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October 5, 2000


JOSEPH J. ELLIS TO SPEAK AT MOUNT HOLYOKE
COLLEGE'S NEXT FORUM ON AMERICAN DEMOCRACY: "WHERE HAVE ALL THE LEADERS GONE?
THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS OF 1800 AND 2000"

SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--With the presidential election looming, the Weissman Center for Leadership will next examine the subject of national leadership in this fall's series on our American democracy. The fall's keynote speech, "Where Have All the Leaders Gone? The Presidential Elections of 1800 and 2000" will be given by noted Mount Holyoke historian Joseph J. Ellis on Wednesday, October 25 at 4:30 PM in Gamble Auditorium at Mount Holyoke College. The event is free and open to the public and coincides with the release date of Ellis's much-anticipated book Founding Brothers, published by Knopf.

Ford Foundation Professor of History at Mount Holyoke College, Joseph Ellis is a nationally recognized scholar on early American history, specializing in the colonial era through the early decades of the Republic. He was recently awarded the National Book Award in Nonfiction in 1997 for American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson. Continuing Ellis's successful books on the American pantheon, his new book Founding Brothers describes the fraternal rivalries among the revolutionary generation.

"In the presidential election of 1800, Americans chose between Jefferson and Adams," Ellis says. "Choosing between them seemed like choosing between the head and the heart of the American Revolution. This year, the choice is ostensibly Bush versus Gore, and it is hard to imagine anyone saying the same about this choice."

Ellis has also published a wide variety of scholarly articles, essays, reviews, and opinion pieces in many national publications, including American Heritage, The New York Times, and U.S. News & World Report. He has also appeared frequently on C-SPAN,The News Hours with Jim Lehrer, and National Public Radio.

The Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership at Mount Holyoke College was established in 1999 to prepare students to engage in the public arena as critical thinkers in all realms of public life, intellectual exchange, and artistic expression.