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The annual Presidents Forum, held in the fall, brings together national knows speakers for a panel discussion on current topics of interest. Past panelist include President William Jefferson Clinton, Secretary of States Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger, National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, journalists Paul Krugman and Paul Gigot, and former White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer and Joe Lockhart. The funds raised support the Foundation’s Scholarship and Program Fund.

Intervention… American Dilemma

There were searing divisions within the country. While facing critical challenges, we were deeply divided politically…….Sound familiar? No, not today, but rather the tumultuous years between 1939 and 1941 when America was a divided nation trying to determine whether to intervene in the war between Germany and Britain. Called by Historian Arthur Schlesinger “the most savage political debate in his lifetime, they eclipsed debates over McCarthyism and Vietnam in intensity”.

Join us at the Presidents Forum, as we take a look back at the forces in play that led to the decision to join the battle to stop Adolf Hitler. In addition to the look back, we want to hear from our guests, what lessons can be applied to today’s challenges for the United States in confronting the issue of intervention in world crises.

Sunday, November 24, 2013
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Forum AAB Theatre
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Wine and Cheese Reception Art Gallery


ROBERT DALLEK: Acclaimed historian of the American Presidency. Winner of the prestigious Bancroft Prize and Pulitzer Prize finalist. Frequent commentator on NPR, CNN, and NBC. A recurring theme in Dallek history: the nature of leadership in a world beset by problems of perilous urgency.

DAVID NASAW: Celebrated U.S. historian who specializes in the cultural and social history of early 20th Century America.  His biography, The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy was a 2013 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012.

LYNNE OLSON: Former Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. Author of six books of history including Citizens of London and Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America’s Fight Over World War II.

LESTER CRYSTAL: Long time Executive Producer of the PBS News Hour and former President of MacNeil/Lehrer Productions will be the moderator.

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Please call Heather Shank at 914-606-6558 for further information