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2012 Presidential Lecture Series – Why Presidents Succeed. Why They Fail.

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2012 Presidential Lecture Series:
“Why Presidents Succeed. Why They Fail.”

Richard Norton Smith
Sunday, January 29, 2012
3:00 p.m. at the Dole Institute
With the 2012 presidential contest already underway, the Dole Institute looks at what separates successful presidents from those deemed failures. Presidential historian and first Dole Institute permanent director, Richard Norton Smith, kicks off the series with his take on this timely topic. Richard is interviewed by Dole Institute Director, Billy Lacy, on the leadership traits that create great presidents, and the mistakes that make them weak.

2012 Presidential Lecture Series CONTINUES….
Thursday, April 19 & Monday, April 23, 2012

With the 2012 presidential contest already underway, the Dole Institute’s signature series looks at what separates successful presidents from those deemed failures.
Both Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon had significant accomplishments during their presidencies that were overshadowed by Vietnam and Watergate respectively. What if these men had been able to avoid these stains? Join us as we look at each man in this light.

Thursday, April 19, 7:30 p.m.
John Andrews & Lee Huebner on Nixon

What if there never was a Watergate? This program will explore Nixon’s presidency with two speechwriters from the Nixon White House who saw these presidency-ending events from the inside.

Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Mark Updegrove on LBJ

Without Vietnam would the public and historians have seen LBJ differently? Lyndon B. Johnson Library and Museum director and author, Mark Updegrove, will discuss this question and his new book, Indomitable Will: LBJ in the Presidency.

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