EUREKA, Ill. — Author, lecturer, historian and public affairs consultant Craig Shirley will be the keynote speaker at a dinner in honor of the 107th anniversary of the birthday of President Ronald W. Reagan, a graduate of the class of 1932, on Friday, Feb. 2 at the Donald B. Cerf Center on the campus of Eureka College. A cocktail hour is scheduled for 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.
Mr. Shirley has written four bestsellers on Ronald Reagan: Rendezvous with Destiny: Ronald Reagan and the Campaign that Changed America (2014), Reagan’s Revolution: The Untold Story of the Campaign That Started It All (2005), Last Act: The Final Years and Emerging Legacy of Ronald Reagan (2015), and Reagan Rising: The Decisive Years, 1976-1980 (2017). He is also the author of Citizen Newt: The Making of a Reagan Conservative (2017), the only authorized biography of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s early career. Shirley was the first Reagan Scholar at EC where he taught a coursed titled “Reagan 101.” He is a regular commentator on many network and cable shows and a contributor to national publications.
The Ronald W. Reagan Society of Eureka College is dedicated to helping President Reagan’s alma mater study, teach and share the same lessons and values President Reagan learned from Eureka College and used in his lifetime of leadership roles. Founded in 1855 by abolitionists from the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Eureka College is the smallest presidential alma mater in American history and an internationally known leadership and liberal arts college serving 700 students.