When Life Strikes the White House - Final Ad Image

Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Featured Speakers
Richard Reeves, Mark Updegrove, Daniel Feller, Kiron Skinner, William Chafe, Michael Holt, Michael Burlingame, Amity Shlaes, David Nasaw, Thomas Knock, Frank Costigliola, Randall Woods, and Jeremi Suri

Lecture Series

Americans demand much from their presidents. They practically require them to be superhuman no matter the circumstance. Yet they are also human, and sometimes, life strikes even the White House. At crucial points in the annals of the presidency, personal crises have affected a president’s ability to lead, and even altered the nation’s course.

This 2-day event on February 18-19, 2014, features 14 guest-speakers from all over the nation, including some of our nation’s foremost historians, writers, and leaders.

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Panel 1–Personal Crises and Public Responsibility

  • John Tyler (Mark Updegrove, Author)
  • Andrew Jackson (Daniel Feller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville)
  • Ronald Reagan (Kiron Skinner, Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Bill Clinton (William Chafe, Duke University)
  • Moderator: Rita Kirk, Cary M. Maguire Center Director

Panel 2– A Death in the Family

  • Franklin Pierce (Michael Holt, University of Virginia)
  • Abraham Lincoln (Michael Burlingame, University of Illinois, Springfield)
  • Calvin Coolidge (Amity Shlaes, George W. Bush Institute)
  • John F. Kennedy (David Nasaw, City University of New York)
  • Moderator: Talmage Boston, Tower Center Board

Panel 3– Presidential Illness

  • Woodrow Wilson (Thomas Knock, Southern Methodist University)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt (Frank Costigliola, University of Connecticut)
  • Richard Nixon (Jeremi Suri, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Lyndon B. Johnson (Randall Woods, University of Arkansas)
  • Moderator: Dennis Simon, Tower Center Senior Fellow

Capstone Presentation by Karen Hughes

  • Karen Hughes is a trusted counselor to corporate, nonprofit and political leaders providing strategic communications, corporate positioning and messaging advice. Since joining Burson-Marsteller in 2008, she has brought to the business world her unique expertise honed over more than 30 years of public policy, communications and political experience, from helping lead winning presidential campaigns to serving at the highest levels of government.

In conjunction with Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies, and The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza.