The theme “Theodore Roosevelt: The Adventurer,” was chosen to take advantage of the release of Candice Millard’s “River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey,” an account of Roosevelt’s 1914 exploration of the River of Doubt in South America.
Featured during the event were an all-star cast of authors/scholars including Douglas Brinkley, Candice Millard, Patricia O’Toole, Clay Jenkinson and Tweed Roosevelt, great grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. The symposium included author presentations, various panel discussions, Jenkinson’s portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt with a question and answer session with Theodore Roosevelt historians, a field trip to the Theodore Roosevelt National Park, the Maltese Cross Cabin and the Elkhorn Ranch.
Millard is a former writer and editor at National Geographic magazine and author of The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey (2005). The book has been on the New York Times best seller list and has received the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Award.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Baker University and her Master of Arts degree in English literature from Baylor University.
Following her education, she became a staff writer at National Geographic magazine from 1997-99 followed by articles editor from 1999-2001. Her years at National Geographic influenced her writing and she developed a deep interest in and passion for the natural world.
Millard is a long admirer of Theodore Roosevelt and his extraordinary contributions to conservation. In her book, The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt’s Darkest Journey, she wrote about Theodore Roosevelt’s scientific excursion into the dark and dense Amazonian jungles.
O’Toole is currently an associate professor of writing at Columbia University in New York. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan. She recently authored When Trumpets Call: Theodore Roosevelt after the White House (2005), a book examining the last years of the life of Theodore Roosevelt. She has written biography and history and contributed numerous articles, essays, and reviews to a wide range of publications including The New York Times and Smithsonian.
Her books include Money and Morals in America, A History and the Five of Hearts, and An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Roosevelt is the great-grandson of Theodore Roosevelt. He is a lecturer as well as a frequent contributor to articles, books, and projects related to the life and times of Theodore Roosevelt. A member of the Theodore Roosevelt Association (TRA) of Oyster Bay, New York’s Trustee Class of 2006, Roosevelt also serves on that organization’s executive committee.
In 1976, he received an MBA in finance/banking at Columbia University. After obtaining his MBA, Roosevelt was a lecturer of business from 1976-79, a consultant with the MAC Group from 1979-83, and vice-president of Gray-Judson & Howard, Inc., from 1983-87.
Roosevelt was an investment advisor at the Wingate Financial Group from 1987-92 and president of the Roosevelt Investment Group, Inc. from 1992-96. From 1996-98, Roosevelt was a vice president at the Center for Blood Research.
In 1992, Roosevelt spent his 50th birthday following in the footsteps of his famous forebear and rafted down the treacherous 1,000 mile Rio Roosevelt in Brazil. This was the same river, then called the Rio da Duvida-the River of Doubt, that his great-great grandfather explored in 1914.
Dr. Brinkley currently serves as director of the Theodore Roosevelt Center for American Civilization and professor of history at Tulane University. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Ohio State University and received his doctorate in U.S. Diplomatic History from Georgetown University in 1989. While a professor at Hofstra University, Dr. Brinkley spearheaded the American Odyssey course, in which he took students on numerous cross-country treks where they visited historic sites and met seminal figures in politics and literature. Dr. Brinkley’s 1994 book, The Majic Bus: An American Odyssey chronicles his first experience teaching this innovative on-the-road class which became the progenitor of C-SPAN’s Yellow School Bus.
Four of Dr. Brinkley’s biographies have been selected as New York Times “Notable Books of the Year”: Dean Acheson: The Cold War Years (1992), Driven Patriot: The Life and Times of James Forrestal with Townsend Hoopes (1992), The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter’s Journey Beyond the White House (1998), and Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company and a Century of Progress (2003). Three of his most recent publications have become New York Times best-sellers: The Boys of Pointe de Hoc: Ronald Regan, D-Day and the U.S. Army 2nd Ranger Battalion (2005), Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War (2004) and Parish Priest: Father McGivney and American Catholicism (2006).
In May 2006, Dr. Brinkley released The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, a record of the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the Gulf Coast.
Jenkinson is a Rhodes and Danforth scholar, author and first-person historical interpreter. He has recently joined Dickinson State as a Theodore Roosevelt scholar in residence.
Jenkinson is returning to his home state of North Dakota after achieving national prominence as a scholar, author and first-person historical interpreter.
Jenkinson has traveled widely giving lectures on a variety of topics and performing as the characters he has perfected, America’s third president, Thomas Jefferson, Capt. Meriwether Lewis and Theodore Roosevelt. He adopts the persona of Thomas Jefferson weekly during his nationally syndicated radio show, The Thomas Jefferson Hour®, which can be heard on affiliate stations across the nation.
Although Jenkinson is best known for his portrayal of Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt is his newest character and possibly the one most pertinent to North Dakota. He has recently authored Theodore Roosevelt in the Dakota Badlands. His other books include Message on the Wind, A Vast and Open Plain, Becoming Jefferson’s People, The Character of Meriwether Lewis, and A Lewis and Clark Chapbook.
Excerpt from Candice Millard's keynote lecture "Roosevelt and the River of Doubt" delivered during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 12, 2006.
Excerpt from Patricia O'Toole's lecture "A Full-Blooded Picnic: TR on Safari" delivered during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 13, 2006.
Excerpt from Douglas Brinkley's keynote lecture "The World that Shaped Roosevelt" delivered during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 13, 2006.
Excerpt from Clay Jenkinson's portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 13, 2006.
Excerpt from Tweed Roosevelt's lecture "Re-enacting Roosevelt: Insights and Challenges" delivered during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 13, 2006.
Excerpt from Clay Jenkinson's lecture "Roosevelt's Western Adventures: A Re-evaluation" delivered during the 2006 Theodore Roosevelt Symposium at Dickinson State University on October 13, 2006.
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