Monmouth College history professors Lew Gould and Stacy Cordery are scheduled to appear on the C-SPAN series “First Ladies: Influence & Image,” on consecutive weeks this month.
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Two Monmouth College history professors will appear on C-SPAN in back-to-back weeks this month as part of the network’s feature series “First Ladies: Influence & Image.”
It’s actually a case of the pupil preceding her mentor, as Stacy Cordery will be interviewed Sept. 9 and her former professor Lew Gould will speak Sept. 16. Both interviews will be aired live from 8 to 10 p.m., Central time.
Cordery, the web bibliographer for the National First Ladies Library, will be interviewed about Edith Kermit Roosevelt, the second wife of President Theodore Roosevelt. Cordery is the author of a critically-acclaimed 2007 biography of Edith Roosevelt’s stepdaughter, Alice Roosevelt Longworth.
Gould, who Cordery calls THE authority on President William Howard Taft and an invaluable resource to her history classes, will speak about his 2010 book “Helen Taft: Our Musical First Lady.” Published by the University Press of Kansas, the biography offers an in-depth study of the wife of President Taft.
Now a distinguished visiting professor of history at Monmouth, Gould taught at the University of Texas from 1967 to 1998. Cordery, who was his student at Texas, credits Gould for influencing her to become a professional historian and biographer. Gould retired as the Eugene C. Barker Centennial Professor Emeritus in American History.
“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 has authored numerous books on the United States in the Gilded Age and the Progressive Era.
He will return to Washington in November to speak at the National Archives on his most recent book, “Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Creating the Modern First Lady,” published in June by the University Press of Kansas.
Gould will also be on the road prior to his C-SPAN appearance, speaking at the Kansas City Public Library on Sept. 10. The title of his talk is “’I Am With You Tooth and Nail’: William Rockhill Nelson, Theodore Roosevelt and American Progressivism, 1907-1914.” Nelson was the publisher of the Kansas City Star and a major figure in American newspapers at the turn of the 20th century.