The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on The

2017 Bennett Forum on the Presidency

Featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle

The Bennett Forum on the Presidency has grown to become Kansas City’s most anticipated politically-themed program. This year’s event will feature presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with David Von Drehle of the Washington Post. Join us for an unforgettable conversation focused on the American presidency and leadership lessons from the White House.

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Doris Kearns GoodwinDORIS KEARNS GOODWIN – Presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of six critically-acclaimed and New York Times bestselling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. Goodwin is currently writing a new book focused on presidential leadership.



DAVID VON DREHLE – Columnist for the Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics, and award-winning author of four books, the award-winning bestseller Triangle: The Fire That Changed America and Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.




Member Tickets

Free Bennett Forum tickets and priority seating are available to Truman Library Institute members. Tickets are now available for Truman Library Institute members. Claim your member ticket here.

General Admission Tickets

General admission tickets are $10 and available here or by calling 816.235.6222 (box office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

Membership to the Truman Library Institute starts at just $25 a year and includes access to free Bennett Forum tickets, free museum admission at the Truman Library and all Presidential Libraries of the National Archives and more. Join today.

The last time Doris Kearns Goodwin spoke at the Bennett Forum, tickets sold out with more than a week before the event. Please plan to buy your ticket well in advance or become a member today for the best access to tickets.

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