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November 11: The Founding Fathers and the American Monarchy

Frank Prochaska
Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar
Department of History, Yale University

Tuesday, November 11, 4:00 p.m.
Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall, 128 Wall Street
Free and open to the public | Reception to follow

Having witnessed a watershed moment in America's history, join us on November 11 for a look back at the early history of the presidency. Frank Prochaska, author of The Eagle and the Crown: Americans and the British Monarchy (Yale University Press, 2008) will discuss his new book and will argue that America’s Founding Fathers created what Teddy Roosevelt later called an “elective king” in the office of the president, conferring quasi-regal status on the occupant of the Oval Office and his successors.

Frank Prochaska has taught, researched, and published British history for more than thirty years. He received his PhD from Northwestern University in 1972 and has taught in various American and British Universities, including Northwestern; the University of Wisconsin, Madison; St. Hugh's College, Oxford; University College London; Royal Holloway College, London University; and Yale in London. He has been a Research Fellow at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine and a Visiting Fellow at All Soul's College, Oxford. He is currently an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Historical Research in London, an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway College, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The lecture is free and open to the public and will be followed by a reception.