Lowell Lecture

Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era

Date & Time

Sept. 18, 2013


First Parish Church in Cambridge
3 Church Street Cambridge, MA 02138
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Joseph Nye, Harvard Kennedy School

Presenting Organization

Cambridge Forum


Current Affairs

Joseph Nye of the Harvard Kennedy School examines the foreign policies of 20th century American presidents and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices. He identifies two main types of presidential temperaments - transformational and transactional- and argues that both types were important in the development of the nation's international power. What lessons from the American Century can we take into the unstable international arena of the early 21st century?