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Release Date Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New York Times Best-selling Author, Journalist to Speak at Commencement

Amity Shlaes is a best-selling author and journalist and chairs the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.

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 commencement ceremony.

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 college.

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.

Shlaes currently serves as Presidential Scholar at the King’s College, where she teaches about President Coolidge.

She will be awarded an honorary doctorate at commencement.


About SD Mines  

Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,778 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate is 96 percent, with an average starting salary of $62,929. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu and on Facebook and Twitter.


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