Upcoming Events

Information about events to be hosted or sponsored by the Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies in 2024.

1st Spring Thurber Dialogues on Democracy with Ted Johnson
Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 6pm ET
McDowell Formal Hall

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at SPA and the Kennedy Political Union will welcome Ted Johnson for the 1st Spring Thurber Dialogues on Democracy on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 6pm, to be moderated by CCPS Director David Barker.
 

Theodore (Ted) R. Johnson is a senior advisor, providing counsel on policy and strategy to the Executive Office, and leading New America’s flagship US@250 initiative. Johnson's research explores the role that race plays in electoral politics and its influence on the national narrative and the American identity. A former New America National Fellow, Johnson is a retired U.S. Navy commander following a two-decade career that included service as a White House Fellow and speechwriter to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Prior to New America, Johnson was a senior fellow and senior director of the Fellows Program at the Brennan Center for Justice as well as a research manager at Deloitte. Johnson’s writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, National Review, and Atlantic, among other publications. Johnson is a writer for The Washington Post and author of When the Stars Begin to Fall: Overcoming Racism and Renewing the Promise of America (Grove Atlantic, 2021). Johnson’s currently working on a book about race and American democracy’s first principles. Johnson is a proud HBCU graduate, holding a BS in mathematics from Hampton University as well as an ALM with a concentration in international relations from Harvard University and a doctorate of law and policy from Northeastern University.

This conversation is part of the Thurber Dialogues on Democracy, an ongoing series of conversations with prominent thought leaders about how to strengthen democracy in the U.S. and abroad, which began in early 2021 with a generous gift from Distinguished University Emeritus Professor Jim Thurber and his wife Claudia Thurber.

Register for this event here. Reception to follow.

2nd Spring Thurber Dialogues on Democracy with Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 6:30pm
SIS Family Founders' Room (SIS T7)

The Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies at SPA and the Kennedy Political Union will welcome Peter Baker (NYT) and Susan Glasser (The New Yorker) for the 2nd SpringThurber Dialogues on Democracy on Wednesday, April 3, 2024 at 6:30pm. 

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for The New York Times covering President Biden and his administration. Baker joined The Times in 2008 after 20 years at The Washington Post and has covered the past five presidents, starting in 1996 with Bill Clinton and continuing through George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald J. Trump and now Joe Biden. He is the author of seven books,  most recently “The Divider: Trump in the White House, 2017-2021,” with his wife, Susan B. Glasser.

Susan B. Glasser is a staff writer at The New Yorker, where she writes a weekly column on life in Washington. Glasser has served as the top editor of several Washington publications, including Politico, where she founded the award-winning Politico Magazine, and Foreign Policy, which won three National Magazine Awards, among other honors, during her tenure as editor in chief. Before that, she worked for a decade at the Washington Post, where she was the editor of Outlook and national news. Her most recent book is “The Divider,” a best-selling history of Donald Trump in the White House, which she co-wrote with her husband, Peter Baker.

AU Professor and Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News Ron Elving will moderate this event. Reception will be held after the event.

This conversation was part of the Thurber Dialogues on Democracy, an ongoing series of conversations with prominent thought leaders about how to strengthen democracy in the U.S. and abroad, which began in early 2021 with a generous gift from Distinguished University Emeritus Professor Jim Thurber and his wife Claudia Thurber.

Registration information to follow.