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Gould's C-SPAN interview airs live Sept. 16; Cordery on tape


One week after Monmouth College professor Stacy Cordery appeared live on a C-SPAN series about America’s First Ladies, her colleague in the history department Lewis L. Gould will follow suit.

A visiting distinguished professor of history, Gould will discuss former First Lady Helen Taft, who was the subject of his 2010 biography “Helen Taft: Our Musical First Lady,” published by the University Press of Kansas. The program will air Monday from 8 to 10 p.m., Central time, on C-SPAN 1, as part of the network’s feature series “First Ladies: Influence & Image.”

A video of Cordery’s Sept. 9 appearance, in which she spoke about Edith Roosevelt, wife of President Theodore Roosevelt, can be viewed online at

Cordery is the protégé of Gould, who was her professor and adviser at the University of Texas-Austin, where he taught from 1967 until his retirement in 1998. She is the author of a bestselling biography of Theodore Roosevelt’s daughter Alice and a recent biography of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low.

Gould is the author of more than 20 critically-acclaimed books on politics, politicians and First Ladies. The Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History at UT-Austin, he also serves as editor of the University Press of Kansas’ Modern First Ladies series.

“I am looking forward to the chance to acquaint a larger audience with the special contribution of Helen Taft to musical culture at the turn of the 20 the century,” said Gould, who will return to Washington in November to speak at the National Archives about his most recent book, “Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady,” published in June by the University Press of Kansas.