Thursday, November 17, 2011

Trustee Josiah Bunting to speak on prosopography

From time to time, a relatively few people accomplish great things that enrich the world culturally and politically.

Josiah Bunting, a trustee of Randolph College, will speak about these groups of people and their contributions in a discussion titled "Where Have the Great Ones Gone?" on Monday, November 21, at 4 p.m., in Legget 537.

Bunting is an expert on prosopography—the historical study of groups allied in a common enterprise or mission. He has written a book on a biography on Ulysses S. Grant for Arthur Schlesinger’s presidential series, and he is currently completing a biography of George C. Marshall, who was Army Chief of Staff during WWII and later served as Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense.

Bunting will lead a discussion on prosopography in America in 1780, 1950, and 2010, highlighting how concentrations of talented people at certain times in the history of the United States have created great changes.

Bunting is president of The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation in New York City. He previously served as superintendent of his alma mater, the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia. He also has been president of Briarcliff College and Hampden-Sydney College.