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Wednesday, April 11 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
The Presidency at a Crossroads Now Open

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Keynote: Presidency at a Crossroads


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Explore the history and future of the American presidency with preeminent experts from both sides of the aisle. In two panels, influential political leaders, journalists, and scholars will explore the role of the presidency on the global stage—followed by an assessment of how the White House is doing after 15 months. The all-star panels include John Negroponte, director of national intelligence for Bush 43; Bill Kristol, editor at large for the Weekly Standard; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; and William Antholis, Douglas Blackmon, and Nicole Hemmer from UVA’s Miller Center.

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William Antholis

Director & CEO, Miller Center
William J. Antholis serves as Director and CEO of the Miller Center, a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship. Immediately prior, he served as managing director at The Brookings Institution from 2004 to 2014. Antholis is... Read More →
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Douglas Blackmon

Senior Fellow, The Miller Center
Blackmon is the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II, and co-executive producer of the acclaimed PBS documentary of the same name. He recently served as Host and Executive Producer of the... Read More →

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Nicole Hemmer

Assistant Professor of Presidential Studies, The Miller Center
Hemmer is an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, and works in the Center's Presidential Recordings Program. She is also a contributing editor to US News & World Report , co-host of the popular history podcast Past Present, and co-editor of the Washington Post's Made by History. Hemmer’s first book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States... Read More →
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Bill Kristol

Founder and Editor at Large, The Weekly Standard
William (Bill) Kristol is the founder and editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard. He is also a regular on ABC’s This Week and previously led the Project for the Republican Future. 
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John Negroponte

Vice Chairman, McLarty Associates and Former First Director of National Intelligence, George W. Bush Administration
Ambassador Negroponte held government positions abroad and in Washington between 1960 and 1997 and again from 2001 to 2008. He has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington he served twice on the National Security Council staff... Read More →
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Neera Tanden

President & CEO, Center for American Progress
Neera Tanden is the president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, where she focuses on how to expand opportunity for all Americans. Tanden has also served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as on presidential campaigns.

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Miller Center at UVA

The Miller Center is a nonpartisan affiliate of the University of Virginia that specializes in presidential scholarship, public policy, and political history and strives to apply the lessons of history and civil discourse to the nation's most pressing contemporary governance chal... Read More →

Wednesday April 11, 2018 6:00pm - 7:30pm EDT
The Paramount Theater
  Government & Society, Summit