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Obama in Office: Assessing the First Two Years

WHO: James A. Thurber, University Distinguished Professor of Government and Founder and Director of the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University

Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University 

Beryl Radin,Scholar in Residence, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor, NPR News

Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

WHAT: A conference on Obama in Office, featuring discussions with Thurber, Lawless, Radin, Elving, and Lilly assessing Obama’s communication strategy and policy and how Obama has changed the way Washington operates.

WHEN: April 6, 2011; 9 am to 12:30 pm

WHERE: Center for American Progress: 1333 H Street NW, 10th Floor

Washington DC, 20005

DETAILS: Interested media contact Maralee Csellar, American University’s Communications Office, at 202-885-5952 or csellar@american.edu 

No doubt, historians will still be arguing about the achievements and failures of the Obama administration well into the next century. But as President Obama has moved into his third year in the White House, the Center for American Progress and the Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at American University are hosting a symposium to review the president's first two years—what was accomplished, what was left undone, and what problems emerged that may influence events in the remainder of this term and the president's prospect for a second term.

Much of the discussion will focus on analysis provided by a recently published book, Obama in Office, edited by Professor James Thurber of American University and contributed to by Senior Fellow Scott Lilly of the Center for American Progress.

9:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. Welcoming remarks

- Sarah Rosen Wartell, Executive Vice President, Center for American Progress

- Cornelius M. Kerwin, President, American University

9:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Assessing Obama's Foreign and Defense Policy

- Rudy deLeon, Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress

- Jonathan Wilkenfeld, Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland

10:35 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. Assessing Obama's Communication Strategy and Domestic Policy

- Ron Elving, Senior Washington Editor, NPR News

- Scott Lilly, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

11:25 a.m. - 12:20 p.m. Has President Obama Changed the Way Washington Works? Obama, Lobbyists, Women, and Managing the Executive Branch

- James A. Thurber, University Distinguished Professor of Government; Founder and Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies, American University

- Jennifer Lawless, Director of the Women and Politics Institute, American University

- Beryl Radin, Scholar in Residence, Department of Public Administration and Policy, American University

12:20 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks


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