USC Price School of Public Policy

Ronald Reagan Centennial Symposium

The Ronald Reagan Centennial –
An Academic Symposium

Ronald Reagan Centennial Academic Symposium To learn more about President Reagan’s close ties with USC, please click here.

Presented by the University of Southern California in partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

The Ronald Reagan Centennial is a historic, year-long celebration to commemorate the 100th birthday of the 40th president of the United States of America and 33rd governor of the State of California. Through a series of substantive programs and celebratory events around the world, the life and legacy of a global leader will be remembered. The University of Southern California is one of four universities chosen to participate in the Reagan Centennial. USC will be the first university in the series, which includes the University of Virginia, University of Notre Dame, University of Georgia and the U.S. Naval Academy.

Please join us as for a two-day symposium where we present panels and discussions by policy and communication experts of the Reagan legacy.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

DAY ONE – Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Location: University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center (Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd.)
Parking: Enter Parking Garage Gate 4 on Jefferson, $8 parking fee

3:30 p.m.
Executive Leadership from the Inside Out: Presidential Perspectives on Reagan

Presidents must lead a large staff of internal advisors, appointees, and high-ranking civil servants. Join the discussion about the ways that Ronald Reagan approached these difficult leadership challenges and how his managerial leadership compares to other presidents. To learn more about the moderators and panelists, please click here.

5:30 p.m.
Reagan’s California (Keynote Address)

Join Kevin Starr, American historian, best-known for his multi-volume series on the history of California, collectively called “America and the California Dream” as he discusses the impact of Ronald Reagan as governor of California and President of the United States. Reception to follow.

6:15 p.m.
Day 1 Reception

Business attire

DAY TWO – Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Location: Please note that the panels are hosted at two different locations. See panel descriptions for more detail.

9:00 a.m.
Communicating Leadership: Reagan, Rhetoric, and the “Great Communicator” Revisited

Communication is one of the most studied dimensions of presidential leadership, and rhetorical skills and media presence are oft-cited as keys to Reagan’s leadership record. Discuss how Reagan’s time (political and historical) and Reagan’s talents contribute to his designation as the “Great Communicator.” Find out when, where, and why the communication influenced policy, politics, and public opinion during the Reagan years. To learn more about the moderators and panelists, please click here.
LOCATION: University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center (Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd.)
PARKING: Enter Parking Garage Gate 4 on Jefferson, $8 parking fee

11:00 a.m.
Branching Out: Policy Leadership and Legislative Relations under Reagan

Ronald Reagan once remarked, “I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the U.S. Congress” (qtd. In Beckmann, 2010, pg1). Ronald Reagan’s time in office highlights critical and enduring questions about the limits of presidential agency, the challenges of agenda setting, and the nature and function of legislative engagement. To learn more about the moderators and panelists, please click here.
LOCATION: University of Southern California, Davidson Conference Center (Figueroa St. and Jefferson Blvd.)
PARKING: Enter Parking Garage Gate 4 on Jefferson, $8 parking fee

4:00 p.m.
Keynote Address by Tom Brokaw

Welcome by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
Introduction by Geoffrey Cowan, University Professor and Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership, USC.
LOCATION: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA)

4:30 p.m.
Biography and the Construction of Presidential Legacy

Ronald Reagan is credited with transforming political institutions and policy agendas, securing and supporting traditional elements of American life, and reawakening trust in government and a general sense of positivity and hopefulness. Join us as we discuss the role biography has played in shaping the Reagan legacy and how this role in the construction of presidential legacy changed over time and varied across presidents. To learn more about the moderators and panelists, please click here.
LOCATION: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA)

6:00 p.m.
Academic Symposia Day 2 Reception

Hors d’ouevres and refreshments will be provided to symposia guests. Business attire.
LOCATION: The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA)

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