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Public Talk: The End of Greatness

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
11:00am – 12:15pm

Storrs Campus
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President

Aaron David Miller Vice President for New Initiatives and Distinguished Scholar The Wilson Center Washington, DC

Tuesday, September 29 11:00AM-12:15PM Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium

Free and Open to the Public

ABOUT THE EVENT: Miller will speak on his book The End of Greatness: Why America Can’t Have (and Doesn’t Want) Another Great President (Macmillan/Palgrave 2014). The book explores the concept of greatness in the presidency and the ways in which it has become both essential and detrimental to America and the nation's politics. Miller argues that greatness in presidents is a much overrated virtue. Indeed, greatness is too rare to be relevant in our current politics, and driven as it is by nation-encumbering crisis, too dangerous to be desirable.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: For two decades, AARON DAVID MILLER served as an adviser to Republican and Democratic secretaries of state. His latest book, The End of Greatness, takes a journey through presidential history, helping us understand how greatness in the presidency was achieved, why it’s gone, and how we can better come to appreciate the presidents we have rather than be consumed with the ones we want. Miller is both vice president for new initiatives and a distinguished scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His pieces on the presidency have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Politico, and Foreign Policy.

Sponsored by the Leadership Legacy Program (Student Affairs) as part of the Legacy Speaker Series (


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Political Science (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, UConn Master Calendar

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