Registration

Registration

Thanks to the generous support of the University of Virginia and our sponsors, the 2019 Presidential Ideas Festival is free of charge. Most sessions are now full, although there is still availability on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 22. If you are interested in a session that is full, visit our livestream page to find out where to watch online.

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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Keynotes: 9:30 AM–12:00 PM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 21

Newer world order: Internationalism and American security

Welcome: John Dickerson (CBS News), James Ryan (President, UVA)

Madeleine Albright (Secretary of State, Bill Clinton), Stephen Hadley (National Security Advisor, George W. Bush)
Moderated by John Dickerson (CBS News)

In partnership with American Evolution and the College of Arts and Sciences
 

Great powers, the global economy, and America's changing role

The Goode Conference

John Negroponte (Ambassador to the United Nations, George W. Bush; Miller Center), Robert Rubin (Secretary of the Treasury, Bill Clinton)
Moderated by Susan Glasser (The New Yorker)

This event is now full.

Sessions: 12:30–1:45 PM

Check the box below to attend a lunch session. Seating is first-come, first-served on the day of the event. Lunch will be provided.

Executive power and the U.S. Constitution

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 21

Mike Nelson (Rhodes College; Miller Center)
Barbara Perry (Miller Center)
Saikrishna Prakash (UVA Law; Miller Center
Russell Riley (Miller Center)

21st-century challenges: Climate, immigration, and security

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 21

Rosa Brooks (Georgetown Law)
David Leblang (UVA Department of Politics; Miller Center)
Todd Sechser (UVA Department of Politics; Miller Center)

China as a presidential challenge

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 21

Harry Harding (Batten School; Miller Center)
Syaru Shirley Lin (UVA Department of Politics)
Brantly Womack (UVA Department of Politics; Miller Center)

Dialogue and difference: The roots of strain in American public discourse

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 21

Moderated by Thomas Walls (UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership)


In partnership with UVA's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

This event is now full.

Keynotes: 2:30–4:30 PM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 21

The buck stops here: Leadership at the highest level

Andy Card (Chief of Staff, George W. Bush), Denis McDonough (Chief of Staff, Barack Obama), Mack McLarty (Chief of Staff, Bill Clinton)
Moderated by Ann Compton (former White House correspondent, ABC News) and Barbara Perry (Miller Center)
 

Climbing the ladder: Social mobility in the United States

John Bridgeland (White House Domestic Policy Council, George W. Bush), Chris Lu (Deputy Secretary of Labor, Barack Obama; Miller Center), Kathleen Sebelius (Secretary of Health and Human Services, Barack Obama
Moderated by Larry Terry (UVA's Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service)

This event is now full.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Keynotes: 9:30–11:30 AM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 22

Crystal Ball live: Politics, big ideas, and election 2020

Chris Matthews (MSNBC), Karl Rove (Senior Advisor, George W. Bush), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report)
Moderated by Larry Sabato (UVA's Center for Politics)

In partnership with UVA's Center for Politics

The presidency and the press in a digital age

Don Baer (Director of Communications, Bill Clinton), Dan Bartlett (Director of Communications, George W. Bush), Tamara Keith (NPR), Ayesha Rascoe (NPR)
Moderated by Nicole Hemmer (Miller Center)

This event is now full.

Sessions: 12:30–1:45 PM

Check the box below to attend a lunch session. Seating is first-come, first-served on the day of the event. Lunch will be provided.

Echoes of the past: Insights from the secret White House tapes

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 22

Ken Hughes (Miller Center)
Kent Germany (University of South Carolina; Miller Center)
Guian McKee (Miller Center)
Marc Selverstone (Miller Center)

Social media and political warfare

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 22

Eric Edelman (Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, George W. Bush; Miller Center)
Renée DiResta (New Knowledge)
Laura Rosenberger (Alliance for Securing Democracy)
Michael Shure (i24NEWS)

A dialogue on values and social justice*

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 22

*This session will last until 2:00

In partnership with the Global Pathfinders Summit and UVA's Curry School of Education

Religion and democracy

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 22

Jamelle Bouie (The New York Times)
Sylvester Johnson (Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech)
Moderated by Charles Mathewes (UVA Department of of Religious Studies)

In partnership with UVA's Department of Religious Studies and UVA's Democracy Initiative

This event is now full.

Keynotes: 2:30–4:30 PM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 22 | 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Teachable moments: Education and the spread of democracy

Yoni Appelbaum (The Atlantic), Kristina Johnson (SUNY; undersecretary of energy, Barack Obama), Derek Mitchell (National Democratic Institute), Dan Twining (International Republican Institute)
Moderated by Margot Rogers (Department of Education Chief of Staff, Barack Obama; UVA)

In partnership with the Global Pathfinders Summit and the Curry School of Education.

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 22 | 3:30–4:30 p.m.

E pluribus unum? Race, religion, and identity

Jason Johnson (Morgan State University), Ibram Kendi (American University), Maria Teresa Kumar (Voto Latino), David Saperstein (former U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom)

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Keynotes: 9:30–11:30 AM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 23

Above the glass ceiling: Women in leadership

Jennifer Lawless (UVA Department of Politics), Anita McBride (Chief of Staff, Laura Bush), Stephanie Streett (Assistant to the President, Bill Clinton)
Moderated by Barbara Perry (Miller Center)

Why democracy?

The 2019 Battle Symposium

Deval Patrick (former Massachusetts Governor), Susan Rice (National Security Advisor, Barack Obama), Peter Wehner (White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, George W. Bush)
Moderated by Melody Barnes (UVA's Democracy Initiative; Miller Center)

This event is now full.

Sessions: 12:30–1:45 PM

Check the box below to attend a lunch session. Seating is first-come, first-served on the day of the event. Lunch will be provided.

Commerce, security, and the new global (dis)order

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 23

Dale Copeland (UVA Department of Politics; Miller Center)
John Owen (UVA Department of Politics; Miller Center)

Translating presidential ideas into words: Speechwriters in the White House

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 23

John McConnell (Speechwriter, George W. Bush)
Kyle O’Connor (Speechwriter, Barack Obama)
Jeff Shesol (Speechwriter, Bill Clinton)

Is the Constitution really for us, by us?

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 23

Kristen Cavallo (The Martin Agency)
Conor Gaughan (Collective Conscience)
Kat Imhoff (The Montpelier Foundation)
Levar Stoney (Mayor, City of Richmond)

Hosted by James Madison's Montpelier

Defending democracy: Social movements and ‘people power’

Location: Newcomb Hall, room TBD | May 23

Srđa Popović (Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies)
Moderated by Stephen Mull (UVA)

This event is now full.

Keynotes: 2:00–4:00 PM

Location: Old Cabell Hall | May 23

Rethinking the American presidency

John Dickerson, (CBS); Max Stier (Partnership for Public Service); Mona Sutphen (White House deputy chief of staff, Barack Obama); moderated by Robert Bruner (Miller Center; Darden School of Business, UVA)

Closing keynote: President Bill Clinton

This event is now full.