Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley speaks at SMU May 6

Douglas BrinkleyDouglas Brinkley, presidential historian and best-selling editor of The Reagan Diaries, visits the Hilltop May 6. His appearance closes the 2007-08 season of SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series.

A fellow at Baker Institute and professor of history at Rice University, Brinkley specializes in presidential and 20th century history, with more than 30 books to his credit. The Reagan Diaries, published in 2007, was ranked No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list for nonfiction. He expects to complete the editing of additional volumes of President Ronald Reagan’s diaries in 2008.

Brinkley is the official historian for CBS News and a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, The Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage. His 2006 work, The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, received the 2007 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

The author will answer questions from SMU community members and local high school students in the Turner Construction Student Forum at 4:30 p.m. May 6 in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom. Learn more at

The Tate Series’ 2008-09 season will be announced at Brinkley’s lecture. Watch SMU Forum for more information after the announcement.