Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Executive Reorganization at the FDR Library

[We have the following announcement from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.]

On Sunday, April 28, 2019, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Baruch College Newman Library of the City University of New York will commemorate the 80th anniversary of FDR's 1939 reorganization of the executive branch -- the elusive goal of Presidents since Teddy Roosevelt and a timely topic today. The symposium, "Making Democracy Work: FDR's Bitter Struggle to Modernize the Presidency" -- beginning at 2:00 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home -- is based on Baruch College's historic collection of the papers of one of FDR's administrative geniuses, Luther Halsey Gulick, III. Click here to register.

Discussing the most momentous restructuring of the government since 1787 will be three leading scholars: Susan Dunn, Massachusetts Professor of Humanities at Williams College and author of several histories including Roosevelt's Purge: How FDR Fought to Change the Democratic Party; David Woolner, Senior Fellow and Resident Historian of the Roosevelt Institute, Professor of History at Marist College, and Senior Fellow of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and author of The Last 100 Days: FDR at War and at Peace; and Kenneth Meier, Distinguished Scholar in Residence, Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University, and coauthor, Politics and Bureaucracy.  The discussion will be moderated by Ralph Blumenthal, Distinguished Lecturer at Baruch College and a New York Times reporter from 1964 to 2009