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Hennebach Program presents Trump’s Impossible Presidency by Jeremi Suri
November 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday, November 17, 2017
2-4 p.m. SC Ballrooms D & E — Refreshments Provided
The long history of the U.S. presidency tells us a lot about what makes leaders succeed and fail. Donald Trump’s
presidency may be doomed to fail for reasons beyond his ideology or his personality. The presidency itself has become, in a word, impossible. Beginning as a small and uncertain position within a large and sprawling democracy, the
presidency has grown over two centuries into a towering central command for global decisions about war, economy
and justice. The president can bomb more places, spend more money and influence more people than any other figure in history. But this tremendous power is a problem. It exceeds the capabilities of leaders. It inspires resistance. It leads to exaggerated promises and widening distractions. These may be the hallmarks of the Trump era, but they’re not as new as they may seem. How might a historical perspective help us understand the current difficulties of American leadership and the possibilities for the future?
Jeremi Suri has been named one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” by Smithsonian Magazine (2007) and “1 of the 300 Best Professors” by the Princeton Review in 2012. He has published nine books on U.S. politics and diplomacy. His most recent, The Impossible Presidency, has generated enormous debate, with reviews and commentaries appearing on major media outlets left and right. Suri also is the author of Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy (2016), Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama (2011), Henry Kissinger and the American Century (2007), The Global Revolutions of 1968 (2007) and Power and Protest (2003). His writings and commentaries have also appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country and he is a frequent guest on radio and television programs.
- Ben H. Parker Student Center
1200 16th St.
Golden, CO 80401 United States
- Room Number
- Ballroom D & E