April Book Talk with Mau van Duren
On April 13, 2016, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society will host a book talk with Mau van Duren, author of Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union. The event will be held at 200 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002 from noon to 1 pm and is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is requested.
Van Duren’s work examines foundational ideas contributing to American democracy, specifically the Constitution. “This lively and entertaining book begins a much-needed conversation about the modern history that our Founders knew so well and which our generation has largely forgotten,” says Dr. Lynn Uzzell, Scholar in Residence at Montpelier. Many Heads and Many Hands traces those threads as far back as medieval Europe.
Born in the Netherlands, van Duren grew up in a family of doctors, accountants, artists and musicians; pillars of society and freebooters. He earned his degree in electrical engineering in Utrecht, but found people more interesting. During his many years in international consulting as an information specialist he endeavored to serve the human element in projects as diverse as technical education, institution building, and land reform. Back in the U.S. he engaged in community service, was president of the board of a community theater, and still participates in a number of local, state and national political campaigns. Van Duren and his wife found friends and nature in Accomack, Virginia. To learn more, visit his Website.
Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase the book, and van Duren will sign copies.