Historians will discuss presidential leadership at library May 16

The Friends of the Lincoln Collection of Indiana will host its annual Rolland Lecture on Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library’s Theater. This year’s event, sponsored by Lupke Insurance, will feature two award-winning scholars leading a conversation on presidential leadership. Harold Holzer and Craig Symonds will present “Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt: A Conversation on Presidential Leadership.”

Both Lincoln and Roosevelt overcame nation-threatening crises during their presidencies. But the two men approached their leadership challenges from completely different life and educational experiences. Roosevelt had the opportunity to study and learn from Lincoln. Lincoln used George Washington as his model. How did these two presidents each deal with Congress; the military; the media; a restless electorate; as well as mortal threats to the very survival of the United States?

Holzer, an award-winning Lincoln scholar now heads the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute in New York. His latest book, Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French is about the life of the artist who created the statue for the Lincoln Memorial, John Harvard in Harvard Yard, and The Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts.

Symonds, an award-winning Civil War historian, now specializes in World War II military history. His latest work, World War II at Sea: A Global History, is a comprehensive look at the naval war, on all of the world’s oceans and seas, between 1939 and 1945.

Presenting together, the two are uniquely qualified to share their combined perspectives on the most defining historical question of all: What is leadership? And what makes – or breaks – a leader?

Following the lecture, Holzer and Symonds will be signing copies of their latest books. Attendees can purchase books at the event, with proceeds benefiting the Friends of ACPL. The Rolland Lecture is open to the public. Free parking is available with an Allen County Public Library card. For more information, call (260) 421-1200 or visit www.lincolncollection.org.


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