The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on The
Presidency

The Howard & Virginia Bennett Forum on the Presidency

November 14, 2020 | 6PM CST | Online Event

Just days after what is proving to be a truly unprecedented presidential election, renowned historian and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham will join us as the featured guest at the Bennett Forum on the Presidency. Along with the Washington Post’s David Von Drehle, Meacham will help decipher the pivotal 2020 election results, analyze the current moment from a historical perspective, and look back at other critical times in American politics and life, including Truman’s 1948 election. A virtual Q&A will follow the conversation.

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Jon Meacham is the author of New York Times bestsellers The Soul of America: The Battle for our Better Angels, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House, Franklin and Winston, and Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush. He is a distinguished visiting professor at Vanderbilt University, a contributing writer for The New York Times Book Review, and a fellow of the Society of American Historians.

 

 

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 four books, including the award-winning bestseller Rise to Greatness: Abraham Lincoln and America’s Most Perilous Year. Von Drehle serves on the Board of Directors of the Truman Library Institute.

 

 

Past Bennett Forum Programs

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