The Politics of Hope: Four Historians Take on the Obama Presidency

SUN, NOV 6, 2016 (1:26:35)

Perhaps no president came into office with greater challenges or higher expectations than Barack Obama. Where will future presidential historians rank our first African-American president? For what will he be best remembered?

+ BIO: Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is an American journalist and radio producer. She is the host of NPR’s On Point, the former host of the WBUR news program Radio Boston and the Modern Love podcast.

+ BIO: Ellen Fitzpatrick

Ellen Fitzpatrick, a professor and scholar specializing in modern American political and intellectual history, is the author and editor of six books and has appeared regularly on PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. She has been interviewed as an expert on modern American political history by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, CBS’s Face the Nation, and National Public Radio. She is the Carpenter Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire, where she has been recognized for Excellence in Public Service

+ BIO: Annette Gordon-Reed

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. She lives in New York City.

+ BIO: David Greenberg

David Greenberg is associate professor of History and of Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University. His first book, Nixons Shadow: The History of an Image (W.W. Norton, 2003) won the Washington Monthly Annual Political Book Award, the American Journalism History Award, and Columbia University’s Bancroft Dissertation Award. He recently was awarded the Hiett Prize in the Humanities, awarded annually to someone whose work in the humanities shows extraordinary promise and has a significant public component related to contemporary culture, as well as the Rutgers University Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence. He is currently working on a history of political spin. Prof. Greenberg has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly,and The New Yorker. He is a regular contributor to the online magazine Slate, where he writes the “History Lesson” column and other occasional reviews and essays. Before pursuing his PhD, he served as acting editor and managing editor of The New Republic magazine.

+ BIO: Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of American History at Boston College. She has written two books on Reconstruction and one on Wounded Knee. Her most recent book is called To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

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