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Pulitzer Prize winning authors coming to OU

Two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians and authors will be coming to the OU campus next week for the inaugural "Teach-In, A Day with Some of the Greatest Teachers in America."

Gordon Wood and David McCullough will be joined by four other historians to share their perspectives on America's founding on Monday, February 27, 2012.

McCullough has been titled as a "master of the art of narrative history" and a "matchless writer." He is a two-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and won the National Book Award.

Some of his well-known works include "Truman," "John Adams" and "1776."

Wood is the author of "The Radicalism of the American Revolution," for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize. His other works include "Empire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815," "The Creation of the American Republic, 1776-1787" and "The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin."

OU's Teach-In even will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Paul F. Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett Music Center.

The first program will be given by Peter Onuf entitled "Thomas Jefferson's Founding."

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., visitors can hear from David Hackett Fisher on "George Washington's Gift" in the same area.

The luncheon address is scheduled for 12 p.m. and will be presented by Wood at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on "What Made the Founders Different."

The afternoon sessions will begin at 2 p.m. with Rosemarie Zagarri speaking on "Founding Mothers: How Women Shaped the Founding."

That will be followed at 3 p.m. by Akhil Reed Amar with "Our Jacksonian Constitution."

Finally, a panel discussion featuring all of the speakers is scheduled for 4 p.m., followed by dinner at the Embassy Suites and an address by David McCullough on "Adams and America's Founding."

“No university in America has brought together so many of the nation’s most outstanding historians in a single day to lead a conversation about America’s founding years and Constitutional heritage,” said OU President David L. Boren. “It is a unique opportunity to learn about the roots of our greatness as a nation.”

For reservations, call the OU Office of Special Events at (405) 325-3784.

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