RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec.
6, 2016) – Amity Shlaes, best-selling author and journalist who has written for
Bloomberg, Forbes, The Wall Street
Journal and National Review will
deliver the address at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology 174th
The ceremony will
be at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theatre. An
expected 169 Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Science, Bachelor of Science and
Associate of Arts degrees will be awarded.
Shlaes is a
biographer of the 30th United States president, Calvin Coolidge, who
had a strong connection to the Black Hills. Among Shlaes’ four
New York Times best-selling
books is Coolidge, a
full-length biography, which details the summer of 1927 when
President Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge spent three months in the
Black Hills. President Coolidge dedicated Mount Rushmore on Aug. 10, 1927.
She chairs the
board of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation, a national foundation
based in his birthplace of Plymouth Notch, Vt. The Coolidge
Foundation gives the Coolidge, a full-ride merit scholarship to any American
Shlaes graduated magna cum laude from Yale University
with a bachelor’s degree in English. She is the author of three other New York Times bestsellers, The Forgotten Man: A New History of the
Great Depression; The Forgotten Man:
Graphic, a full-length illustrated version of the same book drawn by Paul
Rivoche; and The Greedy Hand: How Taxes
Drive Americans Crazy. National
Review called the Forgotten Man “the
finest history of the Great Depression ever written.”
She is winner of
the Hayek Prize and currently chairs the jury for the prize. She has twice been
a finalist for the Loeb Prize in commentary. In 2002, she was co-winner of the
Frederic Bastiat Prize, an international prize for writing on political
economy, and later chaired the jury for that prize. In 2003, she was the JP
Morgan Fellow for finance and economy at the American Academy in Berlin. Over
the years she has served at the Council on Foreign Relations as a senior fellow
in economic history and the George W. Bush Presidential Center, where she was
one of four directors working on an economic program.
serves as Presidential Scholar at the King’s College, where she teaches about President
She will be awarded
an honorary doctorate at commencement.