AN ETHICAL PRESIDENT IN THE 21st CENTURY – REAL OR PIPE DREAM?

Mar 18, 2008 — WITH SUPER TUESDAY LOOMING, LEADING SCHOLARS TO EXAMINE ETHICS AND CHARACTER IN THE U.S. PRESIDENCY AT JANUARY 30 EVENT SPONSORED BY THE CENTER FOR ETHICS AT YESHIVA UNIVERSITY

Prominent American Historian Robert Dallek Is Featured Speaker at Center for Jewish History

With the race for the presidency heating up and with the Super Tuesday primaries as a backdrop, scholars from across the country will convene under the auspices of Yeshiva University on Wednesday, January 30 to explore the fundamental theme that has been superimposed on every national election since the Watergate era: ethical leadership.

Among the questions that the historians, ethicists, political scientists, and others will examine at the day-long conference sponsored by the Center for Ethics at YU are: What qualities are required for ethical presidential leadership? Is private conduct relevant to public leadership? What institutional and social factors promote or undermine ethical presidential leadership? What criteria should be applied in evaluating presidents and candidates? Is an ethical president possible—or even desirable—in the 21st Century?

The conference, open to the public at no cost, will be held at the Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th St. (between 5th and 6th Aves.), beginning at 9:45 a.m.

Robert Dallek, considered one of the foremost historians of the American presidency, will give the featured address at 7:45 p.m. A professor who has taught at Stanford University, Boston University, UCLA, Columbia University, Oxford University, and other higher education institutions, Dallek is the author of numerous books, including widely-acclaimed studies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Ronald Reagan, and, most recently, the internationally praised Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, published in April 2007. His address is being co-sponsored by the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence Program at YU’s Stern College for Women.

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Other scholars participating in panels throughout the day will be: Joanne Ciulla, professor of leadership studies at the University of Richmond; J. Patrick Dobel, professor of public affairs at the University of Washington; Rabbi Norman Lamm, chancellor of Yeshiva University; Dennis Thompson, professor of political philosophy at Harvard University; Eric Alterman, professor of English at Brooklyn College, and “The Liberal Media” columnist for The Nation; Fred Greenstein, professor emeritus of politics at Princeton University; Nicholas Lemann, dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism; James Pfiffner, professor of public policy at George Mason University; Shalom Carmy, assistant professor of Jewish Studies and Jewish philosophy at Yeshiva University; John Patrick Diggins, Distinguished Professor of History at the City University of New York Graduate Center; Bruce Fein, former associate deputy attorney general in Reagan Administration and founder of American Freedom Agenda; Barbara Kellerman, James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government; and Sean Wilentz, the Dayton-Stockton Professor of History at Princeton University.

William Galston, the Saul Stern Professor at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, David Rudenstine, Dean and Sheldon H. Solow Professor of Law at YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and Ellen Schrecker, professor of history at YU, will serve as moderators.

Registration is available online at https://www.yu.edu/ethics/reg.asp or call (212) 960-0826.

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