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Noted biographer Richard Aldous speaks about Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, November 5, 2009.


POUGHKEEPSIE, NY-Richard Aldous, an acclaimed biographer and professor of history at University College Dublin, will speak about "Reagan and Thatcher: The Difficult Relationship" on Thursday, November 5. The presentation, this year's C. Mildred Thompson Lecture, will begin at 5:30pm in Sanders Classroom's Spitzer Auditorium (room 212) and is free and open to the public.

Aldous is currently working on a study of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, to be published by Hutchinson in 2011. His lecture at Vassar College will provide analytical insight by examining the relationship between the two politicians.

The head of the University College Dublin School of History and Archives, a major center for the study of history in Ireland, Aldous's areas of research encompass a wide spectrum, including the history of international relations, modern British political and cultural history, and contemporary international affairs.

"Professor Aldous has just finished working with former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern on his memoir," noted Robert K. Brigham, the Shirley Ecker Boskey Professor of History and International Relations at Vassar. "Ahern was at the helm of the Republic of Ireland during the Good Friday Agreements and Ireland's economic boom."

In 2007, Aldous wrote the bestseller Great Irish Speeches. His other books of British political history, include Tunes of Glory: The Life of Malcolm Sergeant, Harold MacMillan and Britain's World Role, and We Declare: Landmark Documents in Ireland's History,

A distinguished biographer, Aldous's The Lion and the Unicorn examines the great political rivalry between William Gladstone and Benjamin Disraeli in Victorian Britain. This work has been described "a hugely enjoyable joint biography" by The Independent (UK) and, according to William Grimes of the New York Times, this book recaptured the enmity between Gladstone and Disraeli "with great zest."

Hailed as "one of UCD's brightest stars" by Irish daily newspaper Irish Times, Aldous has also provided various broadcast media programs with a commentary of international relations and politics. He has contributed to Newstalk programs, RTE's Questions and Answers RTE television news, RTE Radio 1, BBC Radio 4 and 5 as a regular political analyst with his extensive knowledge of US and UK politics. He also writes a weekly column for the Sunday Tribune and Irish Times.

The C. Mildred Thompson Lecture, sponsored by the Department of History, honors the former Vassar graduate, professor of history, and dean of the college.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations or information on accessibility should contact Campus Activities Office at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available online.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, October 12, 2009