Barack Obama Presidential Conference

In cooperation with the Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives and Records Administration.

April 19-21, 2023

Hofstra University is pleased to announce that its conference on the Barack Obama Presidency will take place April 19-21, 2023. Hofstra has a long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of all the Presidents of the United States who have served during the University's lifetime, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. The Conference on the Obama Presidency, hosted by the Hofstra Cultural Center, the Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, will be the University's 13th presidential conference.

During each conference, Hofstra brings together scholars, policy makers, and journalists for a series of panels and roundtables to discuss a president's campaign, political leadership, policy agenda, and legacy. Often the Hofstra conference is the first opportunity for scholars, journalists, and administration officials to come together to debate the issues of that period in history. The University has published volumes of selected articles and commentary from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and early oral histories of each presidency.

These presidential conferences bring to campus hundreds of national leaders, scholars and historians, as well as college and high school classes. In addition, selected keynote panels and plenary events will be live streamed through the University's website, allowing access to schools across the country. The Hofstra Presidential Conferences provide a unique opportunity to participate in interdisciplinary scholarly analyses, with key insights from former administration officials and journalists, of the American presidency and American politics.

Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 6:30-8 p.m.
Keynote Address by Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar

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Harris-Perry

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair in the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Department of Women and Gender Studies, and the Program in Environment and Sustainability at Wake Forest University.

There she teaches courses on American politics at the intersections of race, place, and gender.

Melissa serves as host and managing editor of The Takeaway, a daily, national public radio program and podcast distributed by WNYC and PRX. Professor Harris-Perry is founder and president of the Anna Julia Cooper Center, whose mission is to advance justice through intersectional scholarship and action. And along with Dorian Warren, Harris-Perry is co-creator and co-host of The Takeaway’s special project Deep Dives with MHP and Dorian and the podcast System Check.

Registration Information

Registration closed on April 19, 2023.

Conference Schedule

8 a.m.-4 p.m.

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
Multipurpose Room
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

9-9:30 a.m.

WELCOME AND OPENING REMARKS

Watch Replay

Susan Poser
President
Hofstra University


Charles G. Riordan
Provost
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Hofstra University


Meena Bose
Conference Director

Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

9:30-10:45 a.m.

PLENARY FORUM:
THE PROMISE OF HOPE AND CHANGE – OBAMA’S ELECTION AND PRESIDENCY

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The Honorable Steven J. Israel
Director, Institute of Politics and Global Affairs, Cornell University
U.S. House of Representatives [D-NY], 2001-2017
Chair, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, 2011-2015

Michael Nelson
Fulmer Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College
Senior Fellow, The Miller Center, University of Virginia
Editor, Landmark Presidential Decisions Book Series, University Press of Kansas

Barbara Perry
Gerald L. Baliles Professor and Director of Presidential Studies
Co-Director, Presidential Oral History Program
University of Virginia’s Miller Center

Moderators:            
Meena Bose

Conference Director
Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Richard Himelfarb
Conference Associate Director
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

PLENARY FORUM:
MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY –
CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES

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Kara Alaimo
Associate Professor of Communication
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Spokesperson for International Affairs, 
United States Department of the Treasury, 2011-2012

Ann Compton 
White House Correspondent, ABC News, 1974-2014
President, White House Correspondents Association, 2007-2008

Karen Finney
CNN Political Commentator and Democratic Strategist
Spokesperson and Director of Communications, 
Democratic National Committee, 2004-2008

John Harwood

CNN White House Correspondent, 2020-2022
CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, 2006-2019

Moderator:                
Mark Lukasiewicz

Dean, The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

12:15-12:45 p.m. LUNCH [on your own]
1-2:15 p.m.

PLENARY FORUM:
FROM WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS TO POLICY MAKING – PLANNING AND STRATEGIES

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Shawn Turner
Professor of Strategic Communication
Michigan State University
Deputy White House Press Secretary for National Security, 2014-2015 
Director of Communication for National Intelligence, 
Office of Director of National Intelligence, 2011-2014
Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs, National Security Council, 2010-2011
Public Affairs Officer, Central Command/Middle East, 
U.S. Department of Defense, 2009-2010

George C. Edwards III
University Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies Emeritus
Texas A&M University

Jennifer Mercieca
Professor of Communication and Journalism
Texas A&M University

Moderator:
Philip Dalton

Associate Professor of Political Communication
Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

2:45 - 4 p.m.

CONCURRENT SCHOLARLY PANELS

CAMPAIGNS, ELECTIONS, AND AGENDA SETTING

Moderator:                
Richard Himefarb

Conference Associate Director

 “The Transformation of Presidential Fundraising During the Obama Years”
Brendan J. Doherty, United States Naval Academy

“Domestic Policy Prioritization in the Obama Administration:
An Initial Look at Barack Obama’s Political Project”
Jack B. Greenberg, Yale University

“ ‘Be A Part of Something Great!’: College Activism and the
Campaign to Elect Barack Obama”
James G. Liska, The Brookings Institution

Discussant:
Michael Nelson
Fulmer Professor of Political Science, Rhodes College
Senior Fellow, The Miller Center, University of Virginia
Editor, Landmark Presidential Decisions Book Series,
University Press of Kansas

FOREIGN POLICY LEADERSHIP AND POLICY MAKING

Moderator:
Paul Fritz

Conference Research Director
Associate Professor of Political Science
Interim Chair [Spring 2023], Department of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“The Obama Legacy on Nuclear Weapons, Arms Control and Nonproliferation”
David W. Kearn, Jr., St. John’s University

“Obama, Operation Neptune Spear, and the Specter of Failure”
Adam M. McMahon, The College of New Jersey

Discussant:               
Takashi Kanatsu

Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

THE PUBLIC PRESIDENCY

Moderator:                
Victoria Semple

Associate Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

 “The Obama Public Presidency: Lessons and Legacies”
Lori Cox Han, Chapman University
“Responsiveness vs. Management: Exercising Public Leadership Online”
Diane J. Heith, St. John’s University

“Obama, the Pen, and the Phone”
Donna R. Hoffman, University of Northern Iowa
Alison D. Howard, Dominican University of California

Discussant:               
Shawn Turner

Professor of Strategic Communication
Michigan State University
Deputy White House Press Secretary for National Security, 2014-2015 
Director of Communication for National Intelligence, 
Office of Director of National Intelligence, 2011-2014
Deputy Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs, National Security Council, 2010-2011
Public Affairs Officer, Central Command/Middle East, 
U.S. Department of Defense, 2009-2010

4:15-5:30 p.m.

CONCURRENT SCHOLARLY PANELS

COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP

Moderator:                
Jingsi Christina Wu

Associate Professor of Media Studies
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

“The Genius of America and the Model Immigrant: Barack Obama’s Rhetorical Characterization of DACA Recipients”
Ann E. Burnette, Texas State University
Wayne L. Kraemer, Texas State University

“Actions Speak Louder Than Words: President Barack Obama’s Reaction to the 2016 Trump Win”
Jennifer Hopper, Southern Connecticut State University

“Her Words: An Oratorical Analysis of the First Lady”
Patricia Rossi, Attorney 

Discussant:                
Jennifer Mercieca
Professor of Communication and Journalism
Texas A&M University

DOMESTIC POLICY: ECONOMY, TRADE, AND VETO POWER

Moderator:
Boonghee Yoo

RMI Distinguished Professor in Business
Professor, Department of Marketing, International Business and Legal Studies
Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Hofstra University

“Hoping for Change: The Legislative Record of the Obama Presidency”
Samuel B. Hoff, Delaware State University

“The Failures of the Recovery From the Great Recession”
Michael Meeropol, Western New England University
Jared Ragusett, Central Connecticut State University

“International Trade Policy Under President Barack H. Obama”
Shahruz Mohtadi, Suffolk University

Discussant:
George C. Edwards III

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science
Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies Emeritus
Texas A&M University

JUDICIAL POLITICS

Moderator:                
David M. Green

Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“Developing a Bench: President Obama’s Judicial Appointment Legacy”
Nicholas O. Howard, Auburn University at Montgomery
Mark Owens, The University of Texas at Tyler

“Senate Obstruction of President Obama’s Judicial Nominees”
John Anthony Maltese, University of Georgia

Discussant:               
William P. Schaefer

Adjunct Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University
Assistant United States Attorney, Organized Crime Strike Force,
Northern District of California, 1992-2004
Trial Attorney, Organized Crime & Racketeering Section,
U.S. Department of Justice, 1991-1992
Assistant District Attorney, Suffolk County, New York, 1989-1991
Clerk to United States District Court Judge Raymond Broderick
(Eastern District of Pennsylvania), 1987-1989

5:30-6:45 p.m. DINNER [on your own]
6:30-8 p.m.

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Watch Replay
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Harris-Perry

“How Did the Obama Presidency Transform American Politics?
Leadership, Policy Making, and Legacy

Joseph G. Astman Distinguished Conference Scholar
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry
Maya Angelou Presidential Chair
Department of Politics and International Affairs, and
Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Wake Forest University
Host and Managing Editor, The Takeaway, National Public Radio

Moderator:                
Meena Bose

Conference Director
Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

8-8:45 p.m.
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Love as Activism Art

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
EXHIBITION VIEWING AND RECEPTION

WHEN WE ALL STAND

The exhibition focuses on the collective power of the arts to address complex issues in society and demonstrates the ability of art and artists to chart a path for social change.

Credit: Michele Pred (Swedish-American, born 1966) Love as Activism, 2021, neon on plexi, 26 x 26 x 5 in., courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery.

8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
Multipurpose Room
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

9:30-10:45 a.m.

PLENARY FORUM:
FOREIGN POLICY CHOICES AND PRIORITIES IN THE
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION  

Benjamin J. Rhodes
Contributor, NBC News and MSNBC
Co-Host, Pod Save the World
Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, 2009-2017

Peter Baker
Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Author, Obama: The Call of History (2017; updated with expanded text, 2019)

Elizabeth Saunders
Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
Director, Mortara Center for International Studies
Georgetown University

Moderator:
Paul Fritz

Conference Research Director
Associate Professor of Political Science
Interim Chair [Spring 2023], Department of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

CONCURRENT SCHOLARLY PANELS

FOREIGN POLICY: GREAT POWER POLITICS AND
MILITARY INTERVENTION

Moderator:                
Bernard J. Firestone

Professor of Political Science
Hofstra University

“Losing the ‘Good War’: Obama and Afghanistan”
Sarah Burns and Michael Vanderlune, Rochester Institute of Technology

“The Return of Great Power Politics? The United States and
Russia During the Obama Administration”
Paul Fritz, Hofstra University
Conference Research Director

“Why Ask? Presidential Leverage and Obama’s Decision to Seek
Congressional Authorization for the Use of Force Against Syria”
Daniel Ponder and Jeffrey VanDenBerg, Drury University

Discussant:               
Elizabeth Saunders

Associate Professor, School of Foreign Service
Director, Mortara Center for International Studies
Georgetown University

HEALTH CARE POLICY

Moderator:
Katrina Sims

Assistant Professor of History
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“ ‘If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep Your Health Care Plan.’
An Analysis of President Barack Obama’s Most Infamous Statement”
Richard Himelfarb, Hofstra University
Conference Associate Director

“Evolution of Health Reform: The Affordable Care Act”
Walter L. Markowitz, Hofstra University

Discussants:              
Renee McLeod-Sordijan

Vice Dean and Professor
Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies
Associate Professor of Medicine and Science Education
Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine @Hofstra/Northwell

Philip M. Schiliro
Co-Founder, Co-Equal Project
Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the
Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and
International Affairs,
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University
President’s Advisor for the Affordable Care Act and Health Policy, 2013-2014
Special Advisor to the President, 2011
White House Director of Legislative Affairs, 2009-2010

U.S.-TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

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Moderator:                
Carolyn Dudek

Professor of Political Science
Chair, Department of Political Science
Director of European Studies
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Benjamin J. Rhodes
Contributor, NBC News and MSNBC
Co-Host, Pod Save the World
Senior Advisor to Former President Barack Obama
Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications, 2009-2017

Peter Baker
Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Author, Obama: The Call of History (2017; updated with expanded text, 2019)

“The Future of Europe”
Laurie Buonanno, State University of New York at Buffalo

“Economic Integration and the Transatlantic Marketplace”
Michelle Egan, American University

Panel co-sponsored with ERASMUS+ JEAN MONNET MODULE GRANT

12:15-12:45 p.m.

LUNCH [on your own]

1-2:15 p.m.

PLENARY FORUM:
EXECUTIVE BRANCH POLICY MAKING IN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

The Honorable Jacob J. Lew
Managing Partner, Lindsay Goldberg
Visiting Professor, School of International and Public Affairs,
Columbia University
United States Secretary of the Treasury, 2013-2017
White House Chief of Staff, 2012-2013
Director, Office of Management and Budget, 2010-2012
United States Deputy Secretary of State for Management
and Resources, 2009-2010

Peter Baker
Chief White House Correspondent, The New York Times
Author, Obama: The Call of History (2017; updated with expanded text, 2019)

Chris Whipple
Author and Documentary Filmmaker
The Fight of His Life: Inside Joe Biden’s White House (2023)
The Spymasters: How the CIA Directors Shape History and the Future (2020)
The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every
Presidency (2017)

Discussants:              
Meena Bose

Conference Director
Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Richard Hayes
Associate Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship
Frank G. Zarb School of Business
Hofstra University

James Sample
Professor of Law
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University

2:45-4 p.m.

CONCURRENT SCHOLARLY PANELS

EDUCATION POLICY

Moderator                 
Andrea Libresco

Professor and Graduate Co-Director, Early Childhood Education and
Dual Early Childhood and Childhood Education Programs
School of Education
Hofstra University

“College Access Discourse & Policy in the Obama Administration”
Pamela M. Donnelly, Educational Consulting

“President Barack Obama and the School Choice Divide in Education”
Brian L. Fife, Lehigh University

“Grading the Obama-Duncan Education Record”
Alan Singer, Hofstra University

Discussant:               
Dr. Anael Alston
(Hofstra Sociology and English ’94)
Assistant Commissioner, Office of Access, Equity, and Community Engagement
New York State Education Department
Mainstage Speaker, Inaugural Democracy Forum, Obama Foundation  

EXECUTIVE POWER

Moderator:                
Corinne Kyriacou

Associate Professor of Population Health
Interim Vice Dean
School of Health Professions and Human Services
Hofstra University

“Rethinking Executive Privilege Functionality in the Obama Administration”
Kevin M. Baron, Austin Peay State University,

“Competing Conceptions of Obama’s Unilateralism: Too Much,
Too Little, or Just Right?
Graham G. Dodds, Concordia University

“Obama’s Domestic Policymaking and the Administrative Presidency”
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College

Discussants:              
Rebecca S.
Natow
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy
School of Education
Hofstra University  

Philip M. Schiliro
Co-Founder, Co-Equal Project
Senior Presidential Fellow
Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University
President’s Advisor for the Affordable Care Act and Health Policy, 2013-2014
Special Advisor to the President, 2011
White House Director of Legislative Affairs, 2009-2010

THE WHITE HOUSE/EXECUTIVE BRANCH/VICE PRESIDENCY 

Moderator:                
Scott A. Brinton

Assistant Professor of Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations
The Lawrence Herbert School of Communication
Hofstra University

“The Office of the Chief of Staff in the Obama White House”
David B. Cohen, University of Akron
Karen M. Hult and Charles E. Walcott,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

“The Biden Vice Presidency: Lessons About Obama, Biden
and the Second Office”
Joel K. Goldstein, Saint Louis University School of Law

“Obama’s White House Counsels: Serving the President
With No Margin for Error”
Nancy Kassop, State University of New York at New Paltz

Discussant:               
Nancy-Ann DeParle

Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, 2011-2013
Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of Health Reform, 2009-2011

4:15-5:30 p.m.

HOFSTRA ALUMNI ROUNDTABLE:
POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT IN THE OBAMA YEARS AND BEYOND

Moderator:                
Rosanna Perotti

Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

6-6:45 p.m.

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY MUSEUM OF ART
EXHIBITION VIEWING

THE BARACK OBAMA PRESIDENCY:
HOPE AND CHANGE

The exhibition focuses on issues and topics from the Obama administration: 2008 and 2012 elections, Great Recession, Health Care, Immigration, Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Combating Terrorism, Climate Change and the Environment, and Race Relations. 

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The Barack Obama Presidency: Hope and Change

Pete Souza, Visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC., October 14, 2011,
Digital print, Courtesy of Barack Obama Presidential Library, National Archives & Records Administration.

5:30-6:45 p.m. DINNER [on your own]
7-8:15 p.m.

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY

PLENARY SESSION:
THE LEADERSHIP AND LEGACY OF FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA

Tina Tchen
Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Impact Officer
The Obama Foundation
Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama, 2011-2017
Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls, 2011-2017
Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, 2009-2011

Panelists:         
Lisa Merrill

Professor of Writing Studies and Rhetoric
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

Tomeka Robinson
Senior Associate Dean
Stuart and Nancy Rabinowitz Honors College
Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy
Hofstra University
Conference Student Guides Coordinator

Holly J. Seirup
Professor of Counseling and Educational Leadership
School of Health Professions and Human Services
Hofstra University

Moderator:                
Susan Poser

President
Hofstra University

8 a.m.-4 p.m. 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
Multipurpose Room
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus

8:45-9:30 a.m.

PLENARY EVENT:
HOFSTRA SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM, “EVALUATING
THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT”

Watch Replay
9:45-11 a.m.

CONCURRENT SCHOLARLY PANELS

DOMESTIC POLICY: POLITICAL OPPORTUNITY AND POLICY MAKING

Moderator:
Jase Bernhardt

Associate Professor of Geology, Environment and Sustainability
Director of Sustainability Studies
School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“President Obama’s Domestic Policy: Success in a Savage Arena”
Michael A. Genovese, Loyola Marymount University
Todd L. Belt, George Washington University

“A Green Presidency? Barack Obama and the Environment”
Mark Kelso, Queens University of Charlotte

“The Obama Presidency and Gun Policy”
Robert J. Spitzer, State University of New York at Cortland

Discussant:               
Kate Leone

Staff Director, U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach
Committee, 2021-2023
Chief Health Counsel, Office of U.S. Senate Democratic Leader
Harry Reid, 2014-2016
Senior Health Counsel, Office of U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, 2005-2013

PARTY POLITICS, PUBLIC SUPPORT, AND POLICY MAKING

Moderator:
Craig Burnett

Associate Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“The Obama Coalition’s Kryptonite: Ralph Stanley, Bruce Springsteen,
and the White Working Class”
Jeff Bloodworth, Gannon University

“A Reawakening: Barack Obama and The Resurgence of
Mainstream Extremism”
Daryl A. Carter, East Tennessee State University

“American Race Relations During the Obama Years and Beyond: Irony of Fate”
Jonathan Lightfoot and Aisha Wilson-Carter, Hofstra University

Discussant: Wendell Primus
Senior Policy Advisor on Budget and Health Issues to Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, 2005-2023

PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP: GOALS AND STRATEGIES

Moderator:
Julie Byrne

Monsignor Thomas J. Hartman Chair in Catholic Studies
Chair and Professor, Department of Religion
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

“A Family Matter: The Obamas in the Era of the Contemporary Presidency”
Peter Kastor, Washington University in St. Louis

“Women and the Obama Administration: Gender Policy at Home and Abroad”
Barbara A. Perry, University of Virginia’s Miller Center
Sheila M. Blackford, University of Virginia’s Miller Center

“Obama’s Presidency: Redemption and the Misdirected Search for Greatness”
Stanley A. Renshon, City University of New York 

Discussant:               
Douglas Brinkley

Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities
Professor of History
Rice University
Advisory Board, Obama Presidency Oral History Project, Columbia University and Obama Foundation

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY

PLENARY SESSION: ENACTING THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT

Watch Replay

Nancy-Ann DeParle
Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Consonance Capital Partners
Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, 2011-2013
Counselor to the President and Director of the White House Office of
Health Reform, 2009-2011

Kate Leone
Staff Director, U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and
Outreach Committee, 2021-2023
Chief Health Counsel, Office of U.S. Senate Democratic
Leader Harry Reid, 2014-2016
Senior Health Counsel, Office of U.S. Senate Democratic
Leader Harry Reid, 2005-2013

Wendell Primus
Senior Policy Advisor on Budget and Health Issues to Speaker of the
U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, 2005-2023

Philip M. Schiliro, Co-Founder, Co-Equal Project
Senior Presidential Fellow, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University
President’s Advisor for the Affordable Care Act and Health Policy, 2013-2014
Special Advisor to the President, 2011
White House Director of Legislative Affairs, 2009-2010

Moderator:
Rosanna Perotti

Professor of Political Science
Director, Legal Education Accelerated Program
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

12:30-1:15 p.m. LUNCH [on your own]
1:30-2:45 p.m.

FREE TO THE COMMUNITY

PLENARY FORUM:
EVALUATING THE LEGACY OF THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY

Watch Replay

Valerie Jarrett
Chief Executive Officer, The Obama Foundation
Senior Advisor to the President and Director of the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, 2009-2017

Douglas Brinkley
Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities
Professor of History
Rice University
Advisory Board, Obama Presidency Oral History Project, Columbia University and Obama Foundation

Moderator:                
Meena Bose

Conference Director
Executive Dean for Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Hofstra University

3-4 p.m. CLOSING CONFERENCE RECEPTION

Conference Photos

 

Conference Details

Conference participants will be expected to make their own travel, lodging, and meal arrangements for the conference.

The Barack Obama Conference will be coordinated by the Hofstra Cultural Center.
Phone: 516-463-5669

Lodging

The Long Island Marriott has been designated as the official conference hotel for the The Barack Obama Presidency scheduled for April 19-21, 2023. We have made arrangements for those wanting to arrive a day early and stay a day later at the same rate. The following is the special discounted rate for room reservation. All reservations at the discounted rate are subject to availability. When making your reservations, please identify yourself as a participant in the Hofstra Obama Conference.

LONG ISLAND MARRIOTT
101 James Doolittle Blvd
Uniondale, NY 11553

Start Date: Tuesday, April 18, 2023
End Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023
Last Day to Book: Friday, March 17, 2023

Special group rate: $169 USD per night

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Please refer to the following website for additional local hotel information -- https://www.hofstra.edu/visitors/hotels.html.

Location of Hofstra University

HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY is located in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, about 25 miles east of New York City, less than an hour away by train or automobile. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) has frequent trains to the Hempstead Station and the Mineola Station from Pennsylvania Station, located at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, New York City, as well as from the Flatbush Avenue Station in Brooklyn, New York. Use local taxi service to the Hofstra campus.

Local Taxi Service:

All Island Taxi Service: 516-481‑1111
All Island Taxi Service (Mineola): 516-742-2222
All Island Taxi Service (Garden City) : 516-746-2500
Hempstead Taxi: 516-489‑4460
Pub Taxi Service: 516-483‑4433
Ollie’s Airport Service: 516-437‑0505; 516-352‑6633; 718-229‑5454

By Car: Travel on the Long Island Expressway to exit 38, Northern State Parkway to Meadowbrook Parkway South (exit 31A), or Southern State Parkway to Meadowbrook Parkway North (exit 22N). Take Meadowbrook Parkway to exit M4 (Hempstead Turnpike). Proceed west on Hempstead Turnpike (Route 24W) to the Hofstra campus (approximately one mile).

Transportation from Airports: The Hofstra campus is located approximately 30 minutes by car from John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia Airports. JFK runs an AirTrain to the Long Island Rail Road. Please consult the MTA website, (www.mta.info) for schedules and information.

Call in Advance for Reservations:
Long Island Airport Limousine Service (LIALS) LIALS can be called upon arrival at either JFK or LaGuardia International Airport at a public telephone: 656‑7000 (no area code required). The phones are monitored from 4 a.m. through midnight, seven days a week.
Online reservations: http://www.longislandairportshuttleservice.com

Tran-Star Executive Worldwide Chauffeured Services
Advanced reservation recommended
800-894-7827
Email : CustomerService@TranStarLimo.com
www.TranStarLimo.com

Limos Long Island/BDJ Cars
Personalized Transportation Service. Advanced reservation recommended
(833) 545-4667 or 516-400-3364 ext. 3
Email: reservations@limoslongisland.com
https://limoslongisland.com

Super Shuttle
(800) BLUE-VAN (800-258-3826)
Online reservation: http://www.supershuttle.com

Dial 777. Dial 7 offers affordable, competitive rates from New York airports
(212) 777-7777 or (800) 777-8888
Online reservations: http://www.dial7.com

NOTE: Please be advised that there are no set fares charged by New York City yellow cabs between the airports and the Hofstra campus. Please confirm fee with the driver before starting your trip.


About the Conference

For information on prior presidential conferences, please see www.hofstra.edu/presidential-conferences

Associate Conference Director

Himmelfarb

Richard Himelfarb
Professor of Political Science

Conference Director

Bose

Meena Bose
Executive Dean, Public Policy and Public Service Programs
Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs
Director, Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency
Peter S. Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies
Professor of Political Science

Photos courtesy of the Barack Obama Presidential Library, https://www.obamalibrary.gov/