Zoe Gibson

Location: Sheffield, South Yorkshire
About me...

May I briefly introduce myself, Zoe Gibson from South Yorkshire.  In 2007 I enrolled at Sheffield University as a mature student, time well spent I consider, studying American history. The talks are based on research undertaken during this period; I have also travelled extensively in the US. I take care to give an interesting and varied talk, always being aware that speakers need to be topical and light hearted as well as being informative. The talks are not ‘academic’ in any way. Zoe has given more than 50 talks over the past three years, and they have always been well received. Often to U3A’s, historical societies and library groups / institutions.

About my Talks...

Each talk is approximately 50 mins (definitely no longer than one hour), allowing time to answer questions afterwards. I use PowerPoint, so you just need to supply a screen, table and power extension. I bring a projector with the slides pre-loaded. If however you already have these set up (via overhead projector) inform me so I can bring a memory stick instead.


My fee is £45 with a small contribution for fuel if the journey is beyond 1 hour travelling. I am fairly central so happy to travel a fair distance and happy to take short notice if required.

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Andrew Carnegie: His Philanthropy and Libraries, a Vision for the Future

Public Speaker from Sheffield Zoe Gibson talks about Andrew Carnegie.

An illustrated talk of the life and times of Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie became the richest man in the world in March 1901 when he sold his steel empire for $440 million to J P Morgan. He was celebrated for building over 2600 Carnegie Libraries, unquestionably becoming one of the world’s greatest philanthropists. Yet little is known of Carnegie’s remarkable life story, he was a true visionary figure, a prolific writer, an arch anti-imperialist in the turbulent politics of late 19th century America and for 30 years a leading advocate of peace through arbitration. The talk examines his life in the context of America in the period 1870 to 1910

The Gilded Age

Public Speaker from Sheffield, Zoe Gibson talks about The Golden Age.

An illustrated talk covering American Political & Social History 1865-1900
The period of reconstruction after the devastation of the American Civil War saw great changes and the emergence of a country that that was to rise to be the greatest trading nation by 1902. The Gilded age saw the rise and dominance of the corporate trusts and with it a growth in greed, avarice and corruption. It also saw the emergence of a nation that had previously been somewhat isolated in the global world of colonialism, but under President McKinley America began to spread its wings, this talk examines the context of America in this period.

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