Preserving presidential records

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Preserving presidential records

Colleen Shogan, Russell Riley, Marc Selverstone, Barbara Perry (moderator)

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)
Event Details

The archivist of the United States, Colleen Shogan, joins Miller Center experts to discuss the importance of preserving presidential records and making them accessible to the public, highlighting the fundamental role that transparency plays in a healthy democracy. 

Shogan joins Russell Riley, co-chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program and White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions, in a conversation moderated by Barbara Perry, co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program and Gerald L. Baliles Professor in Presidential Studies.

Wednesday, February 21, 2024
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EST)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Colleen Shogan

Colleen Shogan is the 11th archivist of the United States. Before this role, she was senior vice president and director of the David M. Rubenstein Center at the White House Historical Association and also worked in the United States Senate and at the Library of Congress. Shogan was the vice chair of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission and the chair of the board of directors at the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation. She also taught in the government department at Georgetown University and is the previous president of the National Capital Area Political Science Association and served on the American Political Science Association Council. Her research focuses on the American presidency, presidential rhetoric, women in politics, and Congress. Shogan holds a BA in political science from Boston College and a PhD in American politics from Yale University.

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Russell Riley

Russell Riley, co-chair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program, is the White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing and the contemporary presidency. He has logged more than 1,500 hours of confidential interviews with senior members of the White House staff, cabinet officers, and foreign leaders back to the days of the Carter and Reagan Administrations.

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Marc Selverstone

Marc Selverstone is the Miller Center's director of presidential studies, co-chair of the Center’s Presidential Recordings Program, and a professor of presidential studies. He earned a BA in philosophy from Trinity College (CT), an MA in international affairs from Columbia University, and a PhD in history from Ohio University. A historian of the Cold War, he is the author of The Kennedy Withdrawal: Camelot and the American Commitment to Vietnam (Harvard) and Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. As chair of the Recordings Program, Selverstone edits the Secret White House Tapes of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. He is the general editor of The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, the primary online portal for transcripts of the tapes, published by the University of Virginia Press.

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Barbara Perry (moderator)

Barbara A. Perry is the Gerald L. Baliles Professor in Presidential Studies at the Miller Center, where she co-directs the Presidential Oral History Program. She has authored or edited 17 books on presidents, First Ladies, the Kennedy family, the Supreme Court, and civil rights and civil liberties. Perry has conducted more than 150 interviews for the George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama Presidential Oral History Projects; interviewed President Bill Clinton; and directed the Edward Kennedy Oral History Project's conclusion. She served as a U.S. Supreme Court fellow and has worked for both Republican and Democratic members of the Senate. Perry earned a BA in political science from the University of Louisville, an MA in politics, philosophy, and economics from Oxford University, and a PhD in government from the University of Virginia.