Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower Memorial

Guest Speaker, Bruce Cole

Date & Time:

Monday, February 27, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


North Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center

Authorized by Congress 17 years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by Frank Gehry for the National Mall remains unfunded by Congress and the target of a storm of criticism. As a presidentially appointed member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Bruce Cole, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, had a ringside seat to this saga of power, protest and politics. During this talk, he will tell the story of the Eisenhower Memorial from its inception to today and discuss the history of presidential memorialization (including Cleveland’s Garfield Memorial) and the long and convoluted process of building monuments in our nation’s capitol.

Bruce Cole is not speaking on behalf of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission but as a private citizen.

Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Dean Joseph Kreitzer and the College of Education, Leadership & Counseling, The Communication and Journalism Department in memory of the Rev. James Whalen, the History Department, the Philosophy Department, and the Terrence J. Murphy Institute of Catholic Thought, Law and Public Policy, all at the University of St. Thomas, and the Department of Art and Art History at St. Olaf College. This event is also made possible thanks to the support of the University of St. Thomas Faculty Development Distinguished Visitor Grant. 

Free and open to the public.

The Anderson Student Center is handicap accessible. For accessibility requests: (651) 962-6315.

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