Presidential Ideas Festival: Thursday Live Video

May 23, 2019

The Presidential Ideas Festival: Democracy in Dialogue will convene elected leaders, scholars, policymakers, business and media leaders, and students to drive a thoughtful discussion on the state of democracy in the United States and abroad.

Through the lens of the American presidency, the Presidential Ideas Festival will examine some of the most pressing challenges facing democracy around the world and glean lessons from and for the American context.

Thursday's schedule and livestreams:

9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Keynote conversations

Above the glass ceiling: Women in leadership

Margaret Brennan, moderator, CBS News’ Face the Nation
Jennifer Lawless, Commonwealth Professor of Politics UVA
Anita McBride, former chief of staff, Laura Bush
Barbara Perry, Gerald L. Baliles Professor, Miller Center (moderator)

Why democracy?

Risa Goluboff, Dean of UVA School of Law
Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts
Susan Rice, former national security advisor, Barack Obama
Peter Wehner, former director, White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, George W. Bush
Melody Barnes, co-director of Democracy Initiative, Miller Center; former director, domestic policy council, Barack Obama (moderator)

11:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Is the Constitution really for us, by us? 

Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency
Levar Stoney, mayor, City of Richmond
Kat Imhoff, president and CEO, The Montpelier Foundation (moderator)

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. Keynote conversation

Rethinking the American Presidency

John Dickerson, co-host, CBS This Morning
Max Stier, president, Partnership for Public Service
Mona Sutphen, former White House deputy chief of staff, Barack Obama 
Robert Bruner, senior fellow, Miller Center; distinguished professor of business administration, UVA (moderator)

Closing Keynote: President Bill Clinton