American Podium

Talks by authors, scholars and politicians

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About American Podium

Seattle is a crossroads for information, and a popular stop for the authors, politicians and pundits making news nationally and internationally.  American Podium will take you to the lecture halls and conference rooms where some of today's most fascinating speakers are sharing their thoughts and insights about what's going on in the world today.

American Podium: Clay Jenkinson as Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
American Podium: Clay Jenkinson as Pres. Theodore Roosevelt

Watch history come alive when scholar Clay Jenkinson appears in costume and character as President Theodore Roosevelt. President Roosevelt served seven years, 171 days as the 26th President of the United States. He was an accidental president "kicked upstairs" into the vice presidency in 1900, ascending to the presidency on September 14, 1901, after President William McKinley died of gunshot wounds. Jenkinson is a co-founder of the modern Chautauqua (pronounced "sha-talk-wa") method, where performances are divided into three phases. First, Jenkinson will appear in costume and in the persona of 26th president, speaking on a historical topic; next he opens the floor to any questions the audience may wish to ask, answering them as Roosevelt; and, finally, he'll break character and answer questions as a scholar himself.