American Conversations: Coolidge with Amity Shlaes

Event Date: 
November 21, 2013 - 7:00pm

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum
303 Pearl St. NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Amity Shlaes delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of Calvin Coolidge and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and left office with a federal budget small than the one he inherited. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern—an advocate of women’s suffrage and a radio pioneer. Our 30th president gestures to the country we once were, and reminds us of the qualities we had forgotten and can use today.

Amity Shlaes, a sought-after keynote speaker who places the current economy in the context of the past has given speeches and lectures covering a wide range of topics to financial institutions, corporations, colleges, universities, and historical societies. She writes a syndicated column for Forbes, is Chairman of the Board of the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, directs the 4% Growth project at the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and teaches at New York University’s Stern School of Business in the MBA program. Shlaes is the author of three New York Times best-sellers, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression (named by The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books to read during a financial crisis), The Greedy Hand, and Coolidge, which debuted at number three on the Times nonfiction list and was a Times “Editor’s Choice”. Coolidge is a comprehensive biography and reassessment of President Calvin Coolidge (president from 1923 to 1929) whose style of management discipline can be applied to today’s fiscal crisis.

This event is in partnership with The Hauenstein Center at Grand Valley State University and the Gerald R. Ford Foundation and Museum.

For more information please contact Nick Porter at or call 616.454.3080.