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Brinkley keynotes UMFK Commencement, May 7
Brinkley keynotes UMFK Commencement, May 7
Noted historian, writer, and editor, Dr. Douglas Brinkley, will be the keynote speaker at UMFK’s 129th Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2011 in Sports Center. Dr. Brinkley also will receive an honorary doctorate degree conferred by the trustees of the University of Maine System.

Douglas Brinkley currently is Professor of History at Rice University. His most recent book, The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, was published in July 2009 and became an instant New York Times bestseller and the 2009 recipient of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Brinkley earned a bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University and received a doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University. He spent a year teaching history at the U.S. Naval Academy and at Princeton University. While a professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, which took students on numerous cross-country treks where they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature. Dr. Brinkley’s 1994 book, The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey chronicled his first experience teaching this innovative on-the-road class, which became the progenitor to C-SPAN’s Yellow School Bus.

Before assuming his professorship at Rice, Dr. Brinkley served as Professor of History and Director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University in New Orleans. From 1994 until 2005 he was the Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and Director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. During his tenure he wrote two books with the late Professor Ambrose: Rise to Globalism: American Foreign Policy Since 1938 (1997), and The Mississippi and the Making of a Nation: From the Louisiana Purchase to Today (2002).

On the literary front, Dr. Brinkley has edited Jack Kerouac’s diaries, Hunter S. Thompson’s letters, and Theodore Dreiser’s travelogue. His work on civil rights includes Rosa Parks (2000) and the forthcoming Portable Civil Rights Reader.

Dr. Brinkley is contributing editor for Vanity Fair, Los Angeles Times Book Review and American Heritage. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic Monthly, he also is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Century Club.

His forthcoming publications include The Quiet World: Saving Alaska’s Wilderness Kingdom 1879 to 1960, and a biography of Walter Cronkite.

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2011 (Archive on Monday, May 30, 2011)
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