National Archives Celebrates the American Presidency with an Author Lecture
Press Release · Tuesday, January 8, 2008

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Washington, DC…On Wednesday, February 13 at 7 PM, the Center for the National Archives Experience, in partnership with Times Books, presents a panel discussion highlighting the American Presidents book series. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Building, located on the National Mall at Constitution Ave. and 7th Street, NW.

Series editor Sean Wilentz, author of Andrew Jackson, moderates a distinguished panel including Timothy Naftali, director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum and author of the newest addition to the series, George H.W. Bush; Elizabeth Drew, author of Richard M. Nixon and former Washington correspondent for The New Yorker; and David Greenberg, columnist for Slate and author of Calvin Coolidge. Panelists will discuss these Presidents in relation to current events and to each other. A book signing will follow the program.

Tim Naftali is the director of the Federal, nonpartisan Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum. A professor and expert on presidential history, Naftali has written regularly for and is the author of several books. He was most recently the co-author with Aleksander Fursenko of the award-winning Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of an American Adversary.

Elizabeth Drew is the former Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and the award-winning author of 13 books. As a highly-acclaimed observer of the Washington scene, Drew writes a nationally-syndicated column and serves as a commentator for NBC's Meet the Press. She is also frequently seen on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Drew covered both the Clinton and the Nixon impeachment proceedings.

David Greenberg is a historian, teacher, and writer on political and cultural affairs. He is assistant professor of Journalism and Media Studies and History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His first book, Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image, won the Washington Monthly Annual Political Book Award, the American Journalism History Award and Columbia University’s Bancroft Dissertation Award.

Sean Wilentz is the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University, where he has taught since 1979. His historical scholarship has focused mainly on the early years of the American republic. His major study, The Rise of American Democracy: Jefferson to Lincoln, received the Bancroft Prize in 2006 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize A contributing editor to The New Republic, Wilentz writes widely on music and the arts, as well as history and politics.

The National Archives is fully accessible. To request an accommodation (e.g., sign language interpreter) for a public program please e-mail or call 202-357-5000 two weeks prior to the event.

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