Bryan biographer Kazin headlines Heritage Week
February 28, 2009
Michael Kazin, author of the recent biography of William Jennings Bryan, A Godly Hero, will be the featured speaker for Bryan’s annual Heritage Week celebration that will begin Monday, March 23, 11 a.m., in Rudd Auditorium.
This year’s Heritage Week will focus on Mr. Bryan, with Dr. Kazin addressing the topic “The Great Commoner,” followed on March 25 by student presentations of a biographical sketch of the man for whom Bryan College is named and by an examination of his Christian testimony.
“Far too many people think they know something about William Jennings Bryan because of the parody of the man they have seen in the play or movie ‘Inherit the Wind,’” said Tom Davis, Heritage Week committee chairman. “We want to make sure our students have the opportunity to learn what a remarkable man he really was and to understand the influence he had on American life and the Democratic Party a century ago.”
Heritage Week annually is set near Mr. Bryan’s birthday, March 19, and features programs about some aspect of his life or the history of the college.
Dr. Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University and a student of politics and social movements. Reviewer Jay Freeman said of A Godly Hero, “This superbly written biography greatly enhances our knowledge of the man and a recurring movement in American politics.”