Lecture: Andrew Carnegie (1835 - 1919)
Professor Olivier Zunz gave the lecture celebrating Andrew Carnegie's life and times. Prof Zunz, Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia, has degrees from the Universite de Paris. His books include: Making America Corporate, 1870-1920 and Why the American Century? He is editor of a new edition of Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America and The Tocqueville Reader: a Life in Letters and Politics and is the author of numerous scholarly articles. He is a past president of the Tocqueville Society.
Andrew Carnegie was a poor immigrant to the U.S., and became an enormously successfil businessman, author, peace activisit, political activist, world-wide influential philanthropist, and at the same time, was a man of apparent contradictions and a figure of great controversy.
The celebratory dinner and lecture was held at the Arts Club of Washington's President James Monroe's House on March 31st, 2007.