Clay Jenkinson is a humanities scholar, author and social commentator who has devoted most of his professional career to public humanities programs and is considered one of the most entertaining public speakers in the United States. His performances are always humorous, educational, thought provoking and enlightening, while maintaining a steady focus on ideas. Jenkinson is widely regarded as one of the most articulate public speakers in the country and he brings a humanities perspective –partly learned as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University– to everything he does.
Clay is one of the nation’s leading interpreters of Thomas Jefferson. He has lectured about and portrayed Jefferson in forty-nine states over a period of fifteen years. Clay also portrays Meriwether Lewis, John Wesley Powell, J. Robert Oppenheimer and Theodore Roosevelt. Clay is also is the host of the nationally syndicated radio program The Thomas Jefferson Hour and the author of such books as, Becoming Jefferson’s People: Re-Inventing the American Republic in the Twenty-First Century and Theodore Roosevelt In The Dakota Badlands. Clay is the Director of Dakota Sky Education, Inc , Distinguished Scholar of the Humanities at Bismarck State College and Chief Consultant for the Theodore Roosevelt Center at Dickinson State University, and a consultant for The Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation