Professor Andrea Hatcher has been selected to participate in the seminar on The 20th Century Presidency that will be led by Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus, University of California, Los Angeles, at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C., in July 2017. The multi-disciplinary seminar is co-sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Selection was competitive nationwide, and there are only 30 program participants.
The seminar will focus on the presidencies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and Lyndon B. Johnson to explore characteristics of 20th century presidential leadership and several individual presidents and their presidencies. Sessions will examine effective leadership and what made some presidents more effective than others. Participants will consider qualities of vision and the ability to communicate it to the mass of Americans; pragmatism or political flexibility to deal with changing economic, political, and social conditions; charisma or the power of personal persuasion; trust, credibility, or the conviction that the president is honest and reliable; and consensus or the ability to knit together broad coalitions that support a president’s policies.