• “Every President lives, not only with what is, but with what has been and what could be…My term of office has been marked by a series of challenges, both at home and throughout the world.
    “In meeting some of these challenges, the Nation has found a new confidence. In meeting others, it knew turbulence and doubt, and fear and hate…
    “Now, it is time to leave. I hope it may be said, a hundred years from now, that by working together we helped to make our country more just, more just for all of its people, as well as to insure and guarantee the blessings of liberty for all of our posterity. That is what I hope. But I believe that at least it will be said that we tried.”
    –President Lyndon Baines Johnson, State of the Union Address,
    Washington, D.C., January 14, 1969



    About the Presidential Leadership Symposium:

    Revisiting the Great Society: The Role of Government from FDR and LBJ to Today is a two-day symposium that will offer an in-depth examination of the domestic side of the Johnson presidency. Featuring a distinguished roster of scholars and policymakers alike, the Symposium will locate the LBJ presidency in historical perspective, drawing on lessons from FDR’s New Deal, and will provide an ideal forum to discuss implications for our current leadership.

    This two-day Symposium consists of a one-day public program followed by a one-day academic conference. The Day 1 – March 14th Public Program at The Kaye Playhouse is open to the public with advance registration. Please click here to request an invitation. The Day 2 – March 15th Academic Conference at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College is by invitation only. Because seating during Day 2 is extremely limited, we anticipate that all seats will be filled by invited scholars and practitioners, along with members of the Hunter College faculty. Please note that Day 2 invitations are non-transferable.

    For details, please see our schedule.


    About Roosevelt House:

    Roosevelt House, a landmarked double-townhouse on East 65th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, was the historic New York City home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin’s mother, Sara Delano Roosevelt. After Sara’s death in 1942, President Roosevelt was pleased to sell the House to Hunter College for use as a student center. An integral part of the College since 1943, the house has undergone an extensive renovation and re-opened in spring 2010 as the home of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. The transformation of Roosevelt House into a state-of-the-art facility for the College provides the first living memorial to Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt in New York City and an exciting opportunity to build on their far-reaching contributions to the nation and the world.

    The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute is dedicated to innovative approaches to teaching, research, and public programming. Located in the heart of New York City, the institute provides a platform from which high quality scholarship effectively informs and influences public debate and public life.

    The mission of Roosevelt House is three-fold: to educate students in public policy and human rights, to support faculty research, and to foster creative dialogue. The new institute provides opportunities for students to analyze public policy and experience meaningful civic engagement; for faculty to research, teach, and write about important issues of the day; and for scholarly and public audiences to participate in high-profile lectures, seminars and conferences.

    For more information on Roosevelt House, visit http://roosevelthouse.hunter.cuny.edu/.


    Institutional Support for the LBJ Symposium:

    This Presidential Leadership Symposium at Roosevelt House is made possible with generous support from:

    CarnegieLBJ LibraryLBJ Foundation

  • Schedule


    • March 14, 2012
      • 5:00 pm - 7:15 pmKeynote Address: Robert A. Caro

        Presidential Leadership: Making Washington Work Panel
    • March 15, 2012
      • 8:45 am - 9:40 amKeynote Address: Michael Beschloss
      • 9:40 am - 10:55 amPoverty and Economic Opportunity Panel
      • 11:15 am - 12:30 pmHealth Care Panel
      • 1:30 pm - 2:15 pmSpeaker: Randall B. Woods
      • 2:15 pm - 3:30 pmEducation Panel
      • 4:00 pm - 5:15 pmCivil Rights Panel

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