The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on The
Presidency

ON DEMOCRACY

A Conversation with Heather Cox Richardson and David Von Drehle

November 18, 2021 | 6PM CT | Virtual Event

At a critical time in our nation’s social and political history, the 15th Annual Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency provided extraordinary historical insights on today’s headlines. The 2021 Forum was offered exclusively to Truman Library Institute members and VIP guests. If you are a member and wish to watch the recording, please contact Kim Rausch at Kim.Rausch@TrumanLibraryInstitute.org.

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Heather Cox Richardson calls herself “a political historian who uses facts and history to make observations about contemporary American politics.” A professor of history at Boston College with degrees from the Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University, she is an accomplished academic and acclaimed author. Most recently, she launched “Letters from an American,” a nightly newsletter that chronicles current events in the larger context of American history. The insightful e-newsletter has accrued tens of thousands of subscribers, while her Facebook page has more than a half-million followers.

 

David Von Drehle is a columnist for The Washington Post, where he writes about national affairs and politics from his home base in Kansas City. He joined The Post in 2017 after a decade at TIME Magazine, where he wrote more than 60 cover stories as editor-at-large, including feature stories on the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision and the death of Osama bin Laden. Von Drehle is the author of numerous best-sellers, including the award-winning Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year.

 

The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency was established in 2006 by Mary and Michael Johnston to fulfill President Truman’s vision for his presidential library as a “classroom for democracy.”

Past Bennett Forum Programs

2020

PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

Jon Meacham
David Von Drehle

2019

AMERICA’S GREATEST PRESIDENTS

Sen. Jeff Flake
Doris Kearns Goodwin
David Von Drehle

2018

PRESIDENTIAL POWER IN TIMES OF CRISIS

Michael Beschloss
Jane Mayer
David Von Drehle

2017

THE PRESIDENCY IN THE POST-TRUTH ERA

Doris Kearns Goodwin
David Von Drehle

2016

PRESIDENTIAL POLITICS AND THE FUTURE OF AMERICA’S DEMOCRACY

Jane Mayer
Douglas Brinkley
David Von Drehle

2015

LEADERSHIP LESSONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE

Doris Kearns Goodwin
Bill Moyers

2014

AN EVENING WITH BILL MOYERS

With Special Guest Bob Kerrey

2013

AMERICAN PRESIDENTS AND THEIR CABINETS

Bob Kerrey
Donald Rumsfeld
William S. Cohen
David Von Drehle

2012

PRESIDENTS, CONGRESS AND THE CONFLICT OF POWER

Marvin Kalb
Margaret Hoover
Timothy Naftali
Jim Slattery

2011

PRESIDENTIAL POWER ABROAD: TRUMAN TO OBAMA

Madeleine Albright
Bob Kerrey
Leslie Gelb
Chuck Hagel

2010

PRESIDENTS AT WAR: KOREA TO AFGHANISTAN

Bob Kerrey
Andrew Bacevich
Senator Evan Bayh
Douglas Brinkley

2009

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP IN TRANSFORMATIONAL TIMES

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

2008

THE MEDIA AND THE PRESIDENCY: PLAYING POLITICS

Ted Sorensen
Scott Simon
Timothy Naftali
Costas Panagopoulos

2007

PRESIDENTIAL POWER: HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?

Bill Moyers
Michael Beschloss
Timothy Naftali
Elizabeth Spaulding