First Ladies. A Conversation with Curtis Sittenfeld.

Presidents of the United States are the most powerful figures in America and, arguably, the world. The First Lady receives far less attention but exerts influence within the White House and stars in Washington’s shrouded political theatre.  

Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld joins us for an evening conversation about the public visibility and private dramas of the First Lady – from Laura Bush to Michelle Obama and Melania Trump. She will also read from her novel American Wife – a fictional account of Laura Bush. Copies of American Wife will be available for sale at the event. 

5:00pm - Reception
6:00pm - Program
Carlson School's Private Dining Room (lower level)

Registration is encouraged to gauge interest but may not guarantee a seat. Seats may be given on a first-come, first-served basis to ensure a full event. 

Curtis Sittenfeld is the bestselling author of five novels: Prep, The Man of My Dreams, American Wife, Sisterland, and Eligible. Her first story collection, You Think It, I’ll Say It, was published in 2018 and picked for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club. Her books have been selected by The New York Times, Time, Entertainment Weekly, and People for their “Ten Best Books of the Year” lists, optioned for television and film, and translated into thirty languages. Ms. Sittenfeld has interviewed Michelle Obama for Time; appeared as a guest on NPR’s “Fresh Air,” CBS’s “Early Show,” and PBS’s Newshour. She is a graduate of Stanford University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

The Center for the Study of Politics and Governance events are free and open to the public. If you are having trouble registering or to request disability accommodationscontact 

June 19, 2019
5:00 PM to 7:15 PM
Carlson School of Management
321 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455