Does It Matter Who’s President: Success and Failure in the White House

Barbara Perry, PhD will deliver the McConnell Center’s President’s Day lecture. Her talk will examine definitions of presidential greatness and effective leadership to determine why some presidents are more consequential than others. She will conclude with multi-media illustrations of presidential success and failures from the Miller Center’s renowned archives.

This event is part of the McConnell Center’s “Promises & Perils of the American Presidency” public lecture series. Events are free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

Perry is the White Burkett Miller Center Professor of Ethics and Institutions at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center, where she is Director of Presidential Studies and Co-Chao of the Presidential Oral History Program. She is also the Project Director of the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project.

A native of Louisville, Perry earned a PhD in government from the University of Virginia, a MA in politics, philosophy and economics from Oxford University, and a BA in political science, with highest honors, from the University of Louisville. She was the Senior Fellow for Civic Education the McConnell Center from 2006 to 2007, where she is currently a Non-Resident Fellow.

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