More than 150 scholars, senior policymakers and journalists spent three days exploring the administration of George W. Bush during Hofstra University’s 12th presidential conference, March 24-26, 2015.
The conference on the 43rd president, presented by the Hofstra Cultural Center and the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency in conjunction with the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, was the most comprehensive examination of the Bush presidency since he left office in 2008.
The event continued Hofstra’s long and distinguished tradition of hosting conferences on the administrations of every U.S. president since the University’s founding in 1935, from Franklin Delano Roosevelt forward. The University has published articles and commentary from every conference, which have become standard scholarly volumes and early oral histories of each presidency.
During the conference, more than 50 scholarly papers from several disciplines, including political science, communication and history, were presented at dozens of panels and forums examining topics such as education, economic policy, homeland security, interrogation policies and White House communication strategies.
The George W. Bush conference was the first presidential conference since Hofstra established the Peter S. Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency and the Kalikow Chair in Presidential Studies, and hosted consecutive presidential debates in 2008 and 2012. The University is seeking the honor of hosting a third presidential debate in 2016; the Commission on Presidential Debates is expected to announce its decision on debate hosts later this fall.