Presidency at a Crossroads: Miller Center and Tom Tom Founders Festival to host top political leaders, journalists, and scholars.
Wednesday, April 11, 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. Presidency at a Crossroads. Two all-star panels will assess today’s American presidency through the lens of history—as part of Charlottesville’s 2018 Tom Tom Founders Festival.
Powerhouse pundit William Kristol of the conservative Weekly Standard, Neera Tanden of the progressive Center for American Progress, former Bush 43 Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte, and the Miller Center’s William Antholis, Douglas Blackmon, and Nicole Hemmer will answer such questions as, How does a president navigate a partisan political landscape? How does he negotiate with a divided Congress? And how can he unify a nation segmented by region, class, race, religion, and party affiliation?
John Negroponte
Negroponte has had a distinguished career in diplomacy and national security, having been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington, he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He has also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush.
William (Bill) Kristol
Kristol is the editor at large of The Weekly Standard, is a regular on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage, and appears frequently on other leading political commentary shows. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory.
Neera Tanden
Tanden is President and CEO of the Center for American Progress, the largest progressive think-tank in our nation. Before joining CAP, she was a key member of the health reform team of President Barack Obama, where she helped to develop the Affordable Care Act. She also managed domestic policy initiatives during Obama’s first presidential campaign, and has served in several leadership roles for Hillary Clinton.
William Antholis
Antholis serves as director and CEO of the Miller Center. Immediately prior, he was managing director at the Brookings Institution. Antholis also was director of international economic affairs for the National Security Council in the Clinton administration. He has published articles, book chapters, and opinion pieces on U.S. politics, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, the G8, climate change, and trade.
Douglas Blackmon
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 is also a senior fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.
Nicole Hemmer
As an assistant professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center, Nicole Hemmer works in the Presidential Recordings Program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations. Her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media. Hemmer’s first book, Messengers of the Right, charts the history of conservative media activism in the United States.