The Forum: Williams College to host panel talk on Obama's leadership and legacy


WILLIAMSTOWN >> "Obama: Leadership, Legacy, Lessons," a free, public panel talk about President Barack Obama, will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 9, in room 3 of Griffin Hall at Williams College. This event is part of the James MacGregor Burns Distinguished Speaker Series.

Panelists will include: Annie Lowrey, contributing editor for "New York Magazine;" Andrew Rudalevige, Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government for Bowdoin College; and Alvin B. Tillery Jr., associate professor of political science at Northwestern University. The panel discussion will be moderated by Justin Crowe ('03), associate professor of political science and chair of leadership studies at Williams.

"Seven years ago, Barack Obama's candidacy and victory was historic and a political fairy tale," said Crowe. "Today, with both allies and rivals already jockeying to replace him, he's treated mostly as either old news or a punching bag. Yet the years since Obama's election have been filled with substantial changes — for good or for ill — in American political life."

Looking back at the numerous legislative fights, years of partisan polarization, and disputes over issues ranging from healthcare to a nuclear Iran, Crowe expects the panel to discuss Obama's presidency, achievements, and shortcomings. They will also delve into his legacy and leadership, and what lessons we should take from his presidency.

The panel is organized in memory of the late James MacGregor Burns, a graduate of the Williams Class of 1939 who earned his doctorate degree at Harvard University, then served as Williams faculty from 1947 to 1986. He is credited for founding the field of leadership studies and served as president of the American Political Science Association and the International Society of Political Psychology.



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