Published: April 19, 2021

KBWatch the recording of our May 19 virtual discussion between CU President Mark Kennedy and Lara M. Brown, Ph.D., Director and Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University. 

A distinguished writer and dedicated scholar, Dr. Brown is the author of Amateur Hour: Presidential Character and the Question of Leadership.

The centerpiece of Dr. Brown's book is the focus on our understanding—from the time of Washington, through Lincoln, to the contemporary period—of the role that character should play, but often has not, of late, in terms of the person elected to the White House and how they conduct themselves in the office and as a leader. Brown’s analysis interrogates the scholarship around the concept of presidential psychology and leadership, while unpacking the connections between leadership in this complicated elected office and how we have, more recently, elected presidents who are often lacking in experience, and why this is problematic.

Presented by the University of Colorado Boulder Conference on World Affairs and co-sponsored by the Center for Leadership.

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