The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on The

2017 Bennett Forum on the Presidency

Featuring Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle

More than 1,000 people were enthralled by the 2017 Bennett Forum on the Presidency, which took place on November 4. The Bennett Forum featured presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin in conversation with David Von Drehle of The Washington Post in an unforgettable conversation focused on the American presidency and leadership lessons from the White House.


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.




Past Bennett Forum Programs


The Presidency in the Post-Truth Era

Doris Kearns Goodwin
David Von Drehle


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