The 2016 Presidential Election: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead


Event Details

Thursday, January 26, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
Credit Suisse
One Madison Avenue
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  
2124818100 ext 251 
Admission Types
Guest of Member/OTR Patron: $15.00
Non-Member: $25.00
Student : $5.00
Member: Free

Event Description

Please join the Foreign Policy Association in welcoming a distinguished panel of historians as they seek to place the 2016 Presidential Race within a historical context.

This discussion is an Arthur Schlesinger Jr. Distinguished Panel, named for historian, advisor, intellectual, and Foreign Policy Association Fellow, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. 

Event Speakers

    • Stephen Schlesinger - Moderator
      Fellow, The Century Foundation

      Stephen Schlesinger is a Fellow at the Century Foundation in New York City. He is the former Director of the World Policy Institute at the New School (1997-2006) and former publisher of the quarterly magazine, The World Policy Journal. Mr. Schlesinger received his BA from Harvard University and his JD from Harvard Law School. He spent four years as a staff writer at Time Magazine. For twelve years, he served as a speechwriter and foreign policy advisor to New York State Governor Mario Cuomo. In the mid 1990s, he worked at the United Nations at Habitat, the agency dealing with global cities. He is the author of Act of Creation: The Founding of The United Nations (Westview Press 2003), for which he won the 2004 Harry S. Truman Book Award; Bitter Fruit: The Story of the U.S. Coup in Guatemala (Doubleday 1982, with Stephen Kinzer) cited as one of the New York Times’ “notable books” for 1982 which has sold over 100,000 copies; and The New Reformers (Houghton Mifflen 1975). He is co-editor (with Andrew Schlesinger) of the best-selling Journals 1952-2000 Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., (Penguin Press 2007), and of The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (Random House 2013). In 2016, he wrote the new introduction to President John Kennedy’s first book, Why England Slept, reissued by Praeger. He is a specialist on the United Nations and on the foreign policies of the Clinton, Bush and Obama Administrations. His website is:

    • Stephen Schlesinger
    • Ellen Fitzpatrick
      Professor, University of New Hampshire

      Ellen Fitzpatrick, a professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of eight books. She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, CBS’s Face the Nation, National Public Radio and has appeared on the PBS News Hour. The New York Times bestseller Letters to Jackie became the basis of a highly regarded documentary film by Bill Couturie entitled Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy, and The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women’s Quest for the American Presidency, published by Harvard University Press in February 2016.

    • Ellen Fitzpatrick
    • Robert Sean Wilentz
      George Henry Davis 1886 Professor of American History, Princeton University

      Sean Wilentz studies U.S. social and political history. He received his Ph.D. in history from Yale University (1980) after earning bachelor’s degrees from Columbia University (1972) and Balliol College, Oxford University (1974).  His major work to date, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln (2005), was awarded the Bancroft Prize and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. His most recent books are The Age of Reagan: A History, 1974-2008, a reconsideration of U.S. politics since the Watergate affair, and Bob Dylan in America, a consideration of Dylan's place in American cultural history. A contributing editor to The New Republic, and a member of the editorial boards of Dissent and Democracy, Professor Wilentz lectures frequently and has written some three hundred articles, reviews, and op-ed pieces. His writings on music have earned him a Grammy nomination and a Deems Taylor-ASCAP award. In his spare writing time, he is historian-in-residence at Bob Dylan’s official website.

    • Robert Sean Wilentz
    • Julian Zelizer
      Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton University

      Julian Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University and a fellow at New America. He is a contributor to CNN where he writes a weekly column and appears on television. He is the author and editor of 18 books on American political history and over 600 op-eds, including in the New York Times and Washington Post. He appears regularly on television, radio, and in print to comment on politics in historical perspective. Zelizer's most recent book is The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress and the Battle for the Great Society (Penguin Press).  

    • Julian Zelizer

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