Bureaucracies vitally impact our security, freedoms, and everyday life, but for many Americans the institutions on which we depend often fall short of delivering on their promises. Reflecting upon his years at the helm of three monumental organizations, including the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense, Robert M. Gates presents an informed assessment of how smart, committed leadership can effectively transform how civic and private institutions serve the public.
Experts discuss how the First Family has played a role in defining the legacy of 20th-century presidencies since Theodore Roosevelt. In our form of government we do not, as the British do, separate out the ceremonial functions assigned to the “royal family” from those given the “prime minister and Cabinet.” In our own peculiar way, we have evolved a system in which we have a president who “rules” and a First Family in the White House that “reigns.”
Four decades after emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War, the dawn of the 20th century was an era marked by a rising tide of political disenfranchisement and social scorn for African Americans. Against the backdrop of the exhibition of Ota Benga, a young Congolese man displayed in the Bronx Zoo Monkey House, authors Pamela Newkirk and James McBride explore New York’s difficult struggles with race, prejudice, and discrimination.
How have Americans over the centuries thought about issues such as corporate rights, campaign finance, religious and racial equality, gun control, government surveillance, and affirmative social rights? Two renowned constitutional scholars discuss four American Bills of Rights: The Founders’ Bill of Rights enacted in the late 18th century; the “Second Bill of Rights” generated by the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment; the Bill of Rights the Supreme Court generally enforces today; and a possible fourth Bill of Rights that future Americans deserve.
Bryan Stevenson, one of the nation's foremost lawyers, has dedicated his career to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of the criminal justice system. In an intimate conversation, Stevenson charts his remarkable journey to combat injustice and racial discrimination and explores how compassion can transform our courts.
Almost a quarter-century since the end of the Cold War, the United States is once again engaged in an arms race—only this time the battle is being waged on the information superhighway. As governments and individuals across the globe store more of their highly sensitive information on computer servers, cyber infiltration originating in China, Russia, North Korea, and beyond has the potential to compromise national security and the privacy of millions. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David E.
After making Georgia “howl” by marching his army from Atlanta to the sea, Union General William T. Sherman led an even more destructive march—through the Carolinas. Join three eminent historians as they explore Sherman’s devastating follow-up campaign to break Confederate resistance and end the Civil War.
9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast 9:30–11 am: Program
From the assassination of William McKinley in 1901 to Bill Clinton’s last night in office in January 2001, the American presidency—and the nation, as a whole—experienced a tremendous growth in power and influence. Celebrated presidential historian William E. Leuchtenburg chronicles the presidents of the past century, highlighting their moments of high drama and triumph.