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Rockford University Forum Series: ‘American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant’

02/18/2019 2:49 pm

Rockford University’s Spring 2019 Forum Series continues with a free lecture from American historian and author Ronald C. White, Ph.D. on Sunday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in Maddox Theatre. Dr. White will speak about his latest presidential biography American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, which has won the William Henry Seward Award for Excellence in Civil War Biography awarded by the Civil War Forum of Metropolitan New York. The biography was a finalist for the Gilder-Lehrman Military History Book Prize. General David H. Petraeus (Ret.) wrote, “Certain to be recognized as the classic work on Ulysses S. Grant”.

Ronald C. White is one of today’s most astute biographers of Abraham Lincoln. He has written three award-winning and bestselling books on the 16th U.S. president, offering new insights into this fascinating historical figure. In his latest presidential biography, American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant, White offers a surprising portrait that reshapes our understanding of an American hero. Dr. White’s lectures are noted as riveting and thoroughly researched historical journeys, with lessons that still speak to us today.

A frequent and popular speaker, White brings history alive to give context to today’s issues. As one of the foremost biographers of Abraham Lincoln, White draws audiences in with new insights into Lincoln’s life and legacy as a lawyer, politician, and president. In his lectures on Ulysses S. Grant, Dr. White refocuses the life of self-effacing American Ulysses who points beyond himself to a panoply of enduring values. He has lectured at the White House and been interviewed on PBS News Hour.

There is no charge to attend, but tickets are required. Dr. White’s presentation will take place in Maddox Theatre, in the Clark Arts Center, 5050 East State Street, Rockford. Clark Arts is accessible. Tickets can be obtained by contacting the Box Office at 815-226-4100 or

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