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The Presidency at a Crossroads: Tickets on sale now!

Hosted in partnership with the University of Virginia’s Miller Center

Wed. April 11. 6:00pm. The Paramount Theater.

Individual tickets ($15).

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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 


Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress.

Most recently, Tanden served as Chief Operating Officer for the center. Tanden previously served as senior adviser for health reform at the US Department of Health and Human Services, advising Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and working on President Obama’s health care reform team to develop and pass the Affordable Care Act. Tanden served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign and associate director for domestic policy and senior advisor to the first lady in the Clinton administration.

Bill Kristol, the founder and editor at large of The Weekly Standard

A regular on ABC’s This Week and leading political pundit, Kristol has been a driving force in conservative commentary and political strategy for over three decades. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995 and serving as its editor for 21 years, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. 

John Negroponte, Former Director of National Intelligence

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, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration, as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan and as the first Director of National Intelligence in the George W. Bush Administration.

Miller Center Panelists:

William Antholis, Director and CEO of the Miller Center 

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, Writer, Journalist,& Pulitzer Prize-Winner

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 Miller Center’s American Forum, and is now a senior fellow at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia.

Nicole Hemmer, Assistant Professor of the Miller Center

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.

Learn more about the Summits!

The speakers will be joined by hundreds of other speakers at the Festival, including Dan Rather, John Cleese, James Fallows, International Bureau Chief of The Atlantic; MacArthur Genius Greg Asbed; The New York Times bestseller Elisabeth Rosenthal; Honest Tea Cofounder Seth Goldman; Obama White House Advisor Melody Barnes; two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Amy Goldstein; Aspen Institute Vice President and 8-term Congressman Mickey Edwards; Wired Editor Garrett Graff; IDEO’s Peter Jackson; National League of Cities’ Brooks Rainwater; Buzzfeed Senior Editor Anne Helen Peterson; Ambassador Mark Brzezinski; Weapons of Math Destruction author Cathy O’Neil; Civic Nation Director Jenn Brown; founder and author Renee Diresta; Meow Wolf CEO Vince Kadlubek and many others from MIT, Harper’s Bazaar, CityLab, Governing Magazine, NPR, Slate, The New York Times, and more.Learn more





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