Boondoggle! The Struggle to Build the Eisenhower Memorial

Bruce cole

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
St. Olaf College, Dittmann 305

Authorized by Congress 17 years ago, the Eisenhower Memorial is still on the drawing board. Its design by “starchitect” Frank Gehry for the National Mall remains unfunded by Congress and is the target of a storm of criticism.

As a presidentially appointed member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Bruce Cole, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, had a ringside seat to this saga of power, protest and politics.

He will tell the story of the Eisenhower Memorial from its inception to today and discuss the history of presidential memorialization and the long and convoluted process of building monuments in our nation’s capitol.

Please note: Cole is not speaking on behalf of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, but as a private citizen.

Sponsored by the Department of Art and Art History and The Institute for Freedom & Community.

About the Speaker



Bruce Cole
As a presidentially appointed member of the Eisenhower Memorial Commission, Bruce Cole, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and a former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, had a ringside seat to this saga of power, protest and politics.