We are excited to announce our second unique fundraiser event of the year, featuring a discussion with Jim Leach. These events will be limited to a small group of participants in order to create a virtual environment that invites dialogue directly with the speaker.
Tickets for this fundraising event will cost $100.
When: Thursday, April 29th @ 7pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Please register to receive a link to join the online program live.
Join us online for an evening discussion with former congressman and previous NEH Director, Jim Leach, who will explore the following question: "Can a Biden agenda at home and abroad succeed without developing a constructive relationship with a splintered Republican party?"
Just a few months into his Presidency, Biden and his administration have signaled their plans to shift foreign policy significantly away from the priorities of the previous administration. Adapting to this relatively quick but drastic change in the foreign policy of the U.S. poses many challenges to international policy on the global stage. However, it also points to a bigger problem. That is, the damaging effects of wither domestic politics on our greater foreign policy. In this talk, Leach will discuss his thoughts on why, as a society, we are obligated to re-think the imperative need for pulling the country together at home in order to re-establish a more stable and diplomatic foreign policy abroad.
Jim Leach began a public career as a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State and ended it as the 9th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities and thence as the inaugural University of Iowa Chair in Public Affairs and Visiting Professor of Law in the university’s College of Law.
Prior to heading the NEH, Leach was John L. Weinberg Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton and Interim Director of the Institute of Politics and Lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School. Leach’s stint in academia was preceded by 30 years of service as a Member of Congress where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs of the Foreign Affairs Committee, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the bi-cameral Arms Control and Foreign Policy Caucus, and the Humanities Caucus.
Leach graduated with honors from Princeton, received an M.A. from the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins, and did additional graduate studies at the London School of Economics. He holds fifteen honorary degrees and has received decorations from two foreign governments. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Council on Foreign Relations, and formerly served as a trustee of Princeton and president of the largest international association of legislators (Parliamentarians for Global Action). A three sport athlete in college, he was inducted in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.