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2016 Bennett Forum on the Presidency

Featuring Jane Mayer, Douglas Brinkley and David Von Drehle

Presidential Politics and the Future of America’s Democracy


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JANE MAYER – Staff writer for The New Yorker and author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. For more information on this speaker, please visit


DOUGLAS BRINKLEY – American historian, best-selling author and CNN presidential historian. Brinkley is a sought-after commentator on U.S. presidential history and has written books on Theodore Roosevelt, JFK, Ford, Carter and Reagan. CNN has described him as “a man who knows more about the presidency than any human being alive.”


DAVID VON DREHLE – Editor-at-large for TIME, where he covers politics, breaking news and the Supreme Court, and author of four books, including Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year

Past Bennett Forum Programs


Presidential Politics and the Future of America’s Democracy

Jane Mayer
Douglas Brinkley
David Von Drehle


Leadership Lessons from The White House

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Bill Moyers


An Evening with Bill Moyers

With Special Guest Bob Kerrey


American Presidents and their cabinets

Bob Kerrey
Donald Rumsfeld
William S. Cohen
David Von Drehle


Presidents, Congress and The Conflict of Power

Marvin Kalb
Margaret Hoover
Timothy Naftali
Jim Slattery


Presidential Power abroad: Truman to Obama

Madeleine Albright
Bob Kerrey
Leslie Gelb
Chuck Hagel


Presidents at War: Korea to Afghanistan

Bob Kerrey
Andrew Bacevich
Senator Evan Bayh
Douglas Brinkley


Presidential Leadership in Transformational Times

Arianna Huffington
Joseph S. Nye, Jr.
Robert Kuttner
Timothy Naftali


The Media and The Presidency: Playing Politics

Ted Sorensen
Scott Simon
Timothy Naftali
Costas Panagopoulos


Presidential Power: How much is too much?

Bill Moyers
Michael Beschloss
Timothy Naftali
Elizabeth Spaulding