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Join us for the 2012 Living History Series. Humanities scholar and Chautauquan Clay Jenkinson presents a debate between Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and Theodore Roosevelt, 26th president of the United States. Description:
This program will feature a three-part Chautauqua performance. First, Jenkinson will appear in costume in the persona of his characters, speaking as Presidents Jefferson and Roosevelt. Next he will open the floor to questions from the audience. Finally, he will break character and answer questions as a scholar, based on his research.
Jenkinson, a former Rhodes Scholar, is one of the nation's most popular humanities scholars and the host of the syndicated radio program, "The Thomas Jefferson Hour." In "The National Parks," a film by Ken Burns, he speaks about Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt.
He is one of founders of the modern Chautauqua movement. Jenkinson has portrayed Thomas Jefferson, Meriwether Lewis, Theodore Roosevelt, Robert Oppenheimer and other historical characters in first-person interpretations.
Jenkinson lives in his native North Dakota. He is director of the Dakota Institute of the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation, a columnist for the Bismarck Tribune, and Theodore Roosevelt scholar-in-residence at Dickinson State University.