Leeman selected for seminar on “20th Century Presidency”
Dr. William Leeman, associate professor in the Department of History, is one of a select group of faculty members nationwide chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History to participate in a special American history seminar on “The 20th Century Presidency.”
The multidisciplinary seminar for faculty members in history, political science and related fields will explore characteristics of 20th century presidential leadership, including several individual presidents and their presidencies. Leeman was among 30 faculty members selected from a pool of highly competitive nominations to participate in the seminar, which will be held July 23–27 at Stanford University’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Center in Washington, D.C.
Seminar participants will consider presidents’ abilities to handle domestic and foreign policy leadership as well as personal qualities including vision, charisma, credibility and communication and consensus-building skills. The seminar will focus on the administrations of three 20th century presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson.
Robert Dallek, professor of history emeritus at UCLA who now teaches at Stanford in Washington, will lead the seminar, which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.