Obama: Leadership, Legacy, Lessons

Seven years ago, Barack Obama’s historic candidacy and victory was the stuff of political fairy-tales; today, with both allies and rivals already jockeying to replace him, he’s treated mostly as either old news or a punching bag.  Yet the years since Obama’s election have been filled with substantial changes—for good or for ill—in American political life.  Looking back at the numerous legislative fights, years of partisan polarization, and disputes over issues ranging from healthcare to a nuclear Iran, how should we think about Obama—his presidency, his achievements, his shortcomings?  What kind of leadership has Obama exercised?  What type of legacy will he leave?  What sorts of lessons should we take from his presidency?  Come listen as three keen observers of Obama and astute analysts of American politics answer these questions as they discuss race, the economy, the War on Terror, and more.

Annie Lowrey, Contributing Editor, New York Magazine; Andrew Rudalevige, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, Bowdoin College; and Alvin B. Tillery, Jr., Associate Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University will participate in this panel discussion, moderated by Justin Crowe, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Leadership Studies, Williams College. Part of the James MacGregor Burns Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by Leadership Studies.


Monday, November 9, 2015 at 7:00pm

Griffin Hall, Room 3

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American Studies, History, Leadership Studies, Political Science, Africana Studies

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