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Salisbury House & Gardens Welcomes Acclaimed Authors to Fall 2012 History Series

Posted September 11, 2012 in Des Moines West, Community Web Exclusives

Des Moines, IA (September 10, 2012) — Salisbury House & Gardens (SH&G) is pleased to announce an impressive roster of authors for the fall History Series at Salisbury House. Established as a thought provoking and innovative lecture series, the History Series at Salisbury House will feature three highly-regarded historians this fall.

On September 27th, Dava Sobel, an internationally acclaimed author and journalist, will present a lecture on her latest work, A More Perfect Heaven. A former New York Times science reporter, Ms. Sobel is the author of Longitude, Galileo’s Daughter, and The Planets. She is a frequent writer for magazines including Audubon, Discover, Life and The New Yorker, as well as a contributing editor to Harvard Magazine.

Fr. Augustine Thompson of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) in Berkeley, California will speak about his latest work, Francis of Assisi, on October 25th. Fr. Thompson has been a professor of religion and history for over 25 years at the University of California Berkley, the University of Oregon, and the University of Virginia and DSPT.

On December 13th, historian Joan Hoff will talk about the evolution of the modern American presidency’s role in foreign policy, referencing her latest work, A Faustian Foreign Policy: From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush. A commentator on the presidency for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” and a professor of history at Montana State, she is the former president for the Center for the Study of the Presidency. Dr. Hoff is the author of The Cooper’s Wife is Missing: The Trials of Bridget Cleary, Nixon Reconsidered, and Law, Gender, and Injustice: A Legal History of U.S. Women.

The History Series at Salisbury House lectures start at 7:30 pm and are made possible through the generous support of Harry Bookey, Pamela Bass-Bookey and Fred and Charlotte Hubbell. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $11.25 for members and $5 for students. Advance registration is encouraged, as seating is limited. For more information about the History Series at Salisbury House visit historyseries.net or to purchase tickets, visit salisburyhouse.org or call (515) 274-1777.

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