In his latest book, “American Dialogue: The Founders and Us”, historian Joseph Ellis looks back to the American founding for wisdom from Jefferson, Adams, Madison, and Washington. What did the words “the pursuit of happiness” and “we the people” mean then, and what do they mean now? How can the Founders help us frame the arguments we need to have about race, economic inequality, jurisprudence, and foreign policy? As the title suggests, and the Founders knew, argument itself is the answer.
About the speaker:
Joseph J. Ellis is one of the nation’s leading scholars of American history. The author of nine books, Ellis was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for “Founding Brothers: the Revolutionary Generation” and won the National Book Award for “American Sphinx”, a biography of Thomas Jefferson. His in-depth chronicle of the life of our first President, “His Excellency: George Washington”, was a New York Times bestseller.
Ellis has taught in the Leadership Studies program at Williams College, the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Mount Holyoke College, and the United States Military Academy at West Point. He lives in Western Massachusetts with his wife Eillen Wilkins Ellis and two dogs. He is the father of three sons.