The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on The

The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency

Featuring Sen. Jeff Flake, Doris Kearns Goodwin and David Von Drehle

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6 p.m.
Unity Temple on the Plaza, Kansas City, MO

Now in its 13th year, the Bennett Forum on the Presidency is a signature program of the Truman Library Institute and features high-profile speakers discussing the presidency and America’s form of democracy. The 2019 installment of this beloved program will focus on current events viewed through the lens of our nation’s history, including America’s greatest presidents, their leadership and their decision-making styles.

The 13th Annual Bennett Forum on the Presidency will feature an insightful conversation between former U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, renowned presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and The Washington Post’s David Von Drehle.

Please join us for this special program, which includes stimulating dialogue between our panelists followed by a Q&A-style conversation with the audience. This program has consistently sold out in recent years, so make plans to secure your tickets early.

Truman Library Institute members receive FREE tickets to the Bennett Forum and are able to secure their tickets during an exclusive priority period from October 1 – 18. All others may purchase tickets for $10 each beginning October 19, assuming tickets are still available.


Past Bennett Forum Programs


Presidential Power in Times of Crisis

Michael Beschloss
Jane Mayer
David Von Drehle


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