2008 Conference

The 3rd Annual International Conference in American History,

Princeton 2008


Presidency of GW Bush

Book based on conference proceedings now available



Friday, April 11, 2008

11:30am-1:00pm         Lunch, Welcome, and Introductions

Sponsored by Princeton University Press

1:15-3:15pm                Panel I

Chair: Fred I. Greenstein, Princeton University

“Why Iraq? Why Now?”: The Path to War by Fredrik Logevall;

The War on Terrorism by Tim Naftali

Comment: Aaron Friedberg, Princeton University; Andrew Preston, Cambridge University

3:15-3:45pm                Refreshment break

4:00-6:00pm                Panel II

Chair: Kevin Kruse, Princeton University

Wreaking Havoc From Within: George W. Bush Energy Policy in Historical Perspective by Meg Jacobs;

George W. Bush and the Economy by James Patterson;

Social Policy for Big Box America: A Bush Administration Agenda by Nelson Lichtenstein

Comment: Anthony Badger, Cambridge University

6:30-9:00pm            Palmer House Reception (parlor) and Dinner (solarium)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

8:00-9:00am            Breakfast

9:00-11:00am          Panel III

Chair: John Thompson, Cambridge University

How Conservatives Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Presidential Power by Julian Zelizer;

“To the Edges of the Law”:  The Politics of Law in the Bush Administration by Mary Dudziak

Comment: Dan Rodgers, Princeton University

11:30am-1:00pm     Lunch and Keynote Panel

Senator Bill Frist, Congressman Mickey Edwards, and Congressman Jim Leach:

Congressional Perspectives on the Bush Presidency

1:15-3:15pm            Panel IV

Chair: Charles Cameron, Princeton University

The Best and the Worst of Times: George W. Bush and the Conservative Movement by Michael Kazin;

George W. Bush and the War on Expertise by David Greenberg

Comment: Keith Whittington, Princeton University

3:15-3:30pm            Refreshment break

3:30-5:30pm            Panel V

Chair: Margot Canaday, Princeton University

Red and Blue America: Origins and Evolution of a Political and Cultural Divide by Bruce Schulman;

George Bush’s Multicultural Vision of America and Why It Failed by Gary Gerstle; Comment: Larry Bartels, Princeton University; George Edwards, Texas A&M

7:00pm-9:00pm         Dinner and Concluding Comments