Provost's Lecture Series

Featuring Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss shared his insights with President’s Circle guests.
Barbara and Bob Bailey ’63
Rich Burgess ’90 and Penelope Burgess ’90
Mary Brauti
Steve Kenney and Betty Miner with Michael Beschloss
Nearly 600 people attended the Provost’s Lecture featuring Michael Beschloss.
Susan ’69 and Bob Poole ’67
Joann ’66 and Wayne Chambers ’63, Fred Brauti ’49
Holly Peterson ’79

"Leadership Under Pressure: A Historian's Close-up Look at Presidential Decision-making"

OSU President's Circle members and university friends came together on November 10 for an engaging evening with Michael Beschloss, presidential historian for NBC News and commentator for PBS' Newshour. More than 120 OSU Foundation guests gathered in the CH2M HILL Alumni Center for a reception with Beschloss prior to his lecture.

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As a distinguished guest speaker in the Provost's Lecture Series, Beschloss spent time with students and faculty during the afternoon and delivered a public lecture in the evening. He discussed his thoughts on the current political climate and shared some of the characteristics he believes would be beneficial in our nation's next president including guts, passion, and the ability to work with others. He shared humorous stories about the many presidents he has studied and expressed his belief in the importance of a liberal arts education as a strong foundation students can draw upon for both their future careers and their life.

Beschloss is the author of eight books, including the bestseller Presidential Courage: Brave Leaders and How They Changed America 1789-1989. His most recent book is Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, a #1 New York Times bestseller. Beschloss writes a sports history column that appears in The New York Times both in print and online every Satruday, called HistorySource.

The Provost's Lecture Series is a partnership between the Office of the Provost and the OSU Foundation. Beschloss' visit was also supported by University Relations and Marketing.

The Provost's Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to the OSU community to engage in thought-provoking discussions on topics of cultural and global significance.

Oregon State University is committed to shaping the world's next generation of leaders.

Political science as a discipline at Oregon State has its roots deep in the history of the university, beginning as a singular class during the 1867-1868 academic year at Corvallis College and becoming a department in 1899-1900 at Oregon Agricultural College.

Students from OSU's School of Public Policy have a variety of opportunities for real world experience through clubs and activities including internships in Salem and Washington, D.C., participating in the Model European Union, being involved in the Transatlantic Students Symposia, and competing in the OSU Forensics (Speech and Debate) Team. A few fortunate students have even had the chance to visit the White House.

Oregon State University's evolution over the past nearly 150 years has been documented through photography in the new book, A School for the People: A Photographic History of Oregon State University, printed by the Oregon State University Press. The book was written by OSU archivist Lawrence A. Landis with a foreword by William G. Robbins, Emeritus Distinguished OSU Professor in History, and an afterword by Ben Mutschler, Director of the School of History, Philosophy, & Religion.