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Award-winning author and historian Jeff Appelquist ’80 to present compelling lecture on the Battle of Gettysburg

October 13, 2013

The Carleton College Department of History, along with the Northfield Historical Society, will present “Moment of Truth: The Battle of Gettysburg” on Thursday, Oct. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Weitz Center for Creativity Room 230. This compelling lecture will be presented by Jeff Appelquist, Carleton Class of 1980, author of three award-winning books including Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & the Little Bighorn. This event is free and open to the public.

One of the many critical events in the American Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg took place the first three days in July in 1863, fought in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The battle had the largest number of casualties in the war and is often described as the war’s turning point.

Appelquist is the recipient of dozens of literary awards including multiple first-place prizes in the Writer’s Digest International, National Indie Excellence, and Midwest Book Awards. In addition to Sacred Ground: Leadership Lessons from Gettysburg & the Little Bighorn (2010), Appelquist is the author of Wisdom Is Not Enough: Reflections on Leadership and Teams (2011) and The Great Wild West: An American Journey (2013). Appelquist is renowned as a “first-rate storyteller,” who makes history “come alive.”

In addition to being an award-winning author and expert in American military history, Jeff Appelquist is also the founder and president of Blue Knight Leadership, LLC. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer, practicing attorney, and corporate executive. He has more than twenty years experience both as an entrepreneur and small business owner, and as a leader in Fortune 100 companies. 

Appelquist draws from his many years of widely varied professional experiences to create a unique and powerful individual leadership and team development program. He is a nationally recognized consultant, speaker, and teacher whose expertise, energy, humor, and passion help organizations forge great leaders and teams. More information at www.blueknightleadership.com

Appelquist earned a BA in political science from Carleton College and a combined law degree and MA in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

This event is sponsored by the Carleton College Department of History and the Northfield Historical Society. For more information, including disability accommodations, call (507) 222-4217. The Weitz Center for Creativity is located at Third and College Streets in Northfield.