Monfort Professor-in-Residence, Best-Selling Author Douglas Brinkley to Speak at Colorado State April 3

An examination of the protection of America’s natural resources, from Theodore Roosevelt through today, will be discussed when Monfort Professor-in-Residence Douglas Brinkley comes to Colorado State University on April 3.

Award-winning historian and best-selling author Brinkley will deliver his lecture, “Saving Wild America,” at 5:30 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Main Ballroom. A pre-lecture reception will begin at 4:30 p.m. and the event will be followed by a book signing at 6:30 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

Brinkley’s most recent publication, “The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America,” looks at the life and achievements of Theodore Roosevelt and his crusade for the American wilderness. “The Wilderness Warrior” was a New York Times best-seller and won a National Outdoor Book Award in the History-Biography category.

Brinkley’s publications have been recognized by the New York Times, including “The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast,” which provides an eye-opening account of the natural and human disaster that was Hurricane Katrina. Four of Brinkley’s biographies have also been selected as New York Times “Notable Books of the Year.”

Brinkley is a professor of history and Baker Institute Fellow at Rice University. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University in 1989. He then spent a year at both the U.S. Naval Academy and Princeton University teaching history. While a professor at Hofstra University, Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on several cross-country treks to visit historic sites and meet seminal figures in politics and literature.

Before coming to Rice, he was the Clark Professor of History and director of the Roosevelt Center at Tulane University. Prior to that, he served as Stephen E. Ambrose Professor of History and director of the Eisenhower Center for American Studies at the University of New Orleans. He is contributing editor for Vanity Fair and American Heritage. A frequent contributor to the New York Times, Boston Globe, Rolling Stone and The Atlantic Monthly, he is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and Century Club.

Monfort Professors-in-Residence are distinguished leaders who are nationally and internationally renowned for contributions to the fields of business, government, the sciences and the arts. The MPIR program brings accomplished speakers to campus to interact with students and enrich their learning experiences. A full list of Monfort Professors-in-Residence is available at

For more information on the Monfort Professor-in-Residence event, contact the Office of CSU Events at or (970) 491-4601.