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Fred Barnes

"Reagan in His Own Words"
EXECUTIVE EDITOR, THE WEEKLY STANDARD

Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard, the nation's most influential conservative magazine on politics and public policy. He writes about politics, Congress and the media. He was host, along with Mort Kondracke, of The Beltway Boys on FOX News Channel. From 1988 to 1998 Barnes was a regular panelist on The McLaughlin Group. He also debated Bob Bekel as a regular commentator on CBS This Morning from 1990 to 1999. He moderates Issues in the News on the Voice of America and hosts a syndicated show on the media, What's the Story? He has a reputation for humor and sharply worded exchanges with those on the liberal side of politics. His speeches capture that same spirit as he analyzes Washington politics.

 

George Edwards III

"Ronald Reagan: The Great Facilitator"
PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

George C. Edwards III is a distinguished professor of political science at Texas A&M University and Jordan Chair in Presidential Studies. He has written or edited 25 books on American politics and is also editor of Presidential Studies Quarterly and general editor of the Oxford Handbook of American Politics series. His most recent book, The Strategic President, offers a new formulation for understanding presidential leadership. Edwards has served as president of the Presidency Research Section of the American Political Science Association, which has named its annual Dissertation Prize in his honor and awarded him its Career Service Award.

 

Steven Hayward

"The Making of Modern Statesmen: Lessons from Reagan's Self-Education"
F.K. WEYERHAEUSER FELLOW, AMERICAN ENTERPRISE INSTITUTE

As a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (Washington, D.C.) and a senior fellow at the Pacific Research Institute (San Francisco, Calif.), Steven F. Hayward has written a two-volume political history of Ronald Reagan, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980 and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counterrevolution, 1980-1989. He is the author of Churchill on Leadership: Executive Success in the Face of Adversity and Greatness: Reagan, Churchill, and the Making of Extraordinary Leaders. He is also the author of PRI’s online Almanac of Environmental Trends and AEI’s Energy and Environment Outlook. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, National Review and The Weekly Standard. He earned a B.S. at Lewis and Clark College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Claremont Graduate School.

 

Hugh Heclo

"Ronald Reagan: The Making of a Politician"
CLARENCE J. ROBINSON PROFESSOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS,
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Since 1987, Hugh Heclo has been Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Prior to moving to Virginia he was a tenured professor in the government department at Harvard University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science (1970) from Yale University. For the past ten years, he has served on the 12-member multidisciplinary Scholar's Council advising the Librarian of Congress. In 2002 Heclo was honored by The American Political Science Association with the John Gaus Award for lifetime achievement in the combined scholarly fields of public administration and political science. His most recent books are Christianity and American Democracy and On Thinking Institutionally (2008).

 

Charles Kesler

"Was Reagan a Leader?"
DENGLER-DYKEMA DISTINGUISHED PROFESSOR OF GOVERNMENT, CLAREMONT MCKENNA COLLEGE

Charles Kesler is the Dengler-Dykema distinguished professor of government at Claremont McKenna College (CMC), in Claremont, Calif. He served as director of CMC's Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World from 1989 to 2008. He serves as the editor of Claremont Review of Books and as a senior fellow of the Claremont Institute for the Study of Statesmanship and Political Philosophy. His edition of The Federalist Papers, published as a Signet Classic by Penguin-Putnam, Inc. is the best-selling edition in the country. His articles on contemporary politics have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, Policy Review, National Review, The Weekly Standard and other journals. He received an A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University.

 

Paul Kengor

"Teflon Confidence: The Unshakable Intangible Behind Reagan's Leadership"
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, THE CENTER FOR VISION & VALUES; PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, GROVE CITY COLLEGE

Known for his best-selling books God and Ronald Reagan: a Spiritual Life, God and George W. Bush: a Spiritual Life and The Crusader: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of Communism, Paul G. Kengor frequently appears as a political commentator on national television. His other books include The Judge: William P. Clark, Ronald Reagan's Top Hand, Wreath Layer or Policy Player: The Vice President's Role in Foreign Affairs and God and Hillary Clinton: a Spiritual Life. He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.A. from American University.

 

George H. Nash

"Reagan's Right Turn: How a Hollywood Liberal Became a Stalwart Conservative"
SENIOR FELLOW, THE RUSSELL KIRK CENTER FOR CULTURAL RENEWAL

George H. Nash is the author of The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945 and Reappraising the Right: The Past & Future of American Conservatism. He is also the author of a definitive, three-volume, scholarly biography of Herbert Hoover. He has lectured at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and several presidential libraries and has twice served as president of The Philadelphia Society. His writings have appeared in the National Review, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Book Review. He holds a B.A. from Amherst College (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.