PrezFest 2019 / Schedule

Schedule

Three days of panels, speakers, and lunch sessions to explore our most important institution

The Presidential Ideas Festival: Democracy in Dialogue will convene elected leaders, scholars, policymakers, business and media leaders, and students to drive a thoughtful discussion on the state of democracy in the United States and abroad. Through the lens of the American presidency, the Presidential Ideas Festival will examine some of the most pressing challenges facing democracy around the world and glean lessons from and for the American context. Each day will be anchored by a series of morning and afternoon keynote conversations on our main stage in Old Cabell Hall on the Lawn at the University of Virginia. Over lunch, we will offer a series of working lunch sessions, designed to dig more deeply into a problem or questions raised in the keynotes.

When you register you can select as many—or as few—of these events as you would like.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

9:30 a.m.— 12:00 p.m. Keynote conversations
Location: Old Cabell Hall

Kickoff and Welcome

John Dickerson, co-host of CBS This Morning, 
Jim Ryan, president, UVA

Newer world order: Internationalism and American security

Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state, Bill Clinton
Stephen Hadley, former national security advisor, George W. Bush
John Dickerson, co-host of CBS This Morning (moderator)

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

John Negroponte, former ambassador to the United Nations, George W. Bush
Bob Rubin, former secretary of the treasury, Bill Clinton
Susan Glasser, staff writer, The New Yorker (moderator)

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Sessions
Location: Newcomb Hall

Participants choose one session.

A. Executive power and the U.S. Constitution

Mike Nelson, professor of political science, Rhodes College
Saikrishna Prakash, senior fellow, Miller Center, James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Paul G. Mahoney Research Professor of Law, UVA
Russell Riley, White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions, Miller Center
Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Chair, Miller Center (moderator)

B. 21st century challenges: climate, immigration, and terror

David Leblang, senior fellow, Miller Center; Ambassador Henry J. Taylor and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Endowed Professor of Politics, UVA
Rosa Brooks, professor of law, Georgetown Law
Todd Sechser, senior fellow, Miller Center; Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics, UVA

C. China as a presidential challenge

Harry Harding, university professor and professor of public policy, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; senior fellow, Miller Center
Syaru Shirley Lin, adjunct professor or politics, UVA
Brantly Womack, C.K. Yen Chair and Professor, Miller Center

D. Dialogue and Difference: The roots of strain in American public discourse

Thomas Walls, executive director, Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership (moderator)

In partnership with the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership

 

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Keynote conversations
Location: Old Cabell Hall

The buck stops here: Leadership at the highest level

Andy Card, former chief of staff, George W. Bush
Denis McDonough, former chief of staff, Barack Obama
Mack McLarty, former chief of staff, Bill Clinton
Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor, Miller Center (moderator)
Ann Compton, former White House correspondent, ABC News (moderator)

Climbing the ladder: Social mobility in the United States

Kathleen Sebelius, former secretary of health and human services, Barack Obama
John Bridgeland, former director, White House Domestic Policy Council, George W. Bush
Chris Lu, former deputy secretary of labor, Barack Obama; senior fellow, Miller Center
Larry Terry, director, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at UVA (moderator)

 

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Keynote conversations
Location: Old Cabell Hall

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

In partnership with the Center for Politics

Chris Matthews, host, Hardball with Chris Matthews
Karl Rove, senior advisor, George W. Bush
Amy Walter, national editor, The Cook Political Report
Larry Sabato, director, Center for Politics, UVA (moderator)

Media, truth, and democracy

Don Baer, former White House director of communications, Bill Clinton
Dan Bartlett, former White House director of communications, George W. Bush
Nicole Hemmer, assistant professor presidential studies, Miller Center (moderator)

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Sessions
Location: Newcomb Hall

Participants choose one session.

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

Ken Hughes, research specialist, Miller Center
Kent Germany, associate professor of history, University of South Carolina and nonresident research fellow, Miller Center
Guian McKee, associate professor, Miller Center
Marc Selverstone, associate professor, chair, Presidential Recordings Program, Miller Center

B. Social media and political warfare

Eric Edelman, senior fellow, Miller Center
Renée DiResta, director of research at New Knowledge
Laura Rosenberger, director of Alliance for Securing Democracy
Michael Shure, senior national correspondent and anchor, i24NEWS

C. Common knowledge: Civic education and democracy*

Jamelle Bouie, opinion columnist, New York Times
Sylvester Johnson, professor and director of the Center for Humanities, Virginia Tech 
Charles Mathewes, senior fellow, Miller Center; Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies, UVA (moderator)

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

*Runs until 2:00 p.m.

D. Religion and democracy

In partnership with the Department of Religious Studies and the Democracy Initiative

 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Keynote conversation
Location: Old Cabell Hall

Teachable moments: Education and the spread of democracy

Yoni Appelbaum, senior editor for politics at The Atlantic
Kristina Johnson, chancellor, SUNY; undersecretary of energy, Barack Obama
Derek Mitchell, president, National Democratic Institute
Dan Twining, president, International Republican Institute
Margot Rogers, special advisor to the president for strategic initiatives, UVA; former chief of staff, Secretary Arne Duncan (moderator)

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

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Keynote conversation
Location: Old Cabell Hall

E pluribus unum? Race, religion, and American identity

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

 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Keynote conversations
Location: Old Cabell Hall

Above the glass ceiling: Women in leadership

Jennifer Lawless, Commonwealth Professor of Politics UVA
Anita McBride, former chief of staff, Laura Bush
Stephanie Streett, former assistant to the president, Bill Clinton
Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor, Miller Center (moderator)

Why democracy?

Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts
Susan Rice, former national security advisor, Barack Obama
Peter Wehner, former director, White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, George W. Bush
Melody Barnes, co-director of Democracy Initiative, Miller Center; former director, domestic policy council, Barack Obama (moderator)

 

12:30 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch Sessions
Location: Newcomb Hall

Participants choose one session.

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

Dale Copeland, senior fellow, Miller Center, professor of politics, UVA
John Owen, senior fellow, Miller Center; Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, UVA

B. Translating presidential ideas into words: Speechwriters in the White House

John McConnell, former speechwriter, George W. Bush
Kyle O’Connor, former speechwriter, Barack Obama
Jeff Shesol, former speechwriter, Bill Clinton
 

C. Is the Constitution really for us, by us?

Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency
Conor Gaughan, managing partner, Collective Conscience
Kat Imhoff, president and CEO, The Montpelier Foundation (moderator)

Hosted by James Madison’s Montpelier

D. Defending democracy: Social movements and ‘people power’

Srđa Popović, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies
Stephen Mull, vice provost for global affairs, UVA (moderator)

2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Keynote conversations
Location: Old Cabell Hall

Rethinking the American Presidency

John Dickerson, co-host, CBS This Morning
Mona Sutphen, former White House deputy chief of staff, Barack Obama 
Robert Bruner, senior fellow, Miller Center; distinguished professor of business administration, UVA (moderator)

Emerging threats and national security

William Antholis, director and CEO, Miller Center (moderator)