USC Price School of Public Policy

Biography and Legacy

Biography and the Construction of Presidential Legacy

Wednesday, February 2, 2011 — 4:30 to 6 p.m.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Library (40 Presidential Drive, Simi Valley, CA)

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.

Moderators:

Tom Brokaw
Special Correspondent
NBC News

Geoffrey Cowan
University Professor and Director
Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Panelists:

Richard Reeves     Richard Reeves
    Author, President Reagan: The Triumph of Imagination
    Journalism Professor and Senior Fellow, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
    USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Douglas Brinkley
Editor, The Reagan Diaries
Fellow in History, Baker Institute
Professor of History, Rice University

Peggy Noonan
Author
Columnist, The Wall Street Journal
Former special assistant in Reagan White House

Lou Cannon
Author, President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime

Pete Wilson     Governor Pete Wilson
    Former United States Senator
    Former Governor of California