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The Reagan Legacy

HWS professors lead discussion on the legacy of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan

(Sept. 8, 2004) GENEVA, N.Y.–Shortly after former President Ronald Reagan died in June, Craig Rimmerman, professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and an author on Reagan's presidency, began planning a discussion for the HWS community.

Rimmerman hopes the five-member faculty panel, with President Mark Gearan serving as moderator, will not only reflect on Reagan's legacy but also make connections to contemporary issues.

“I want to give the audience an opportunity to reflect on Reagan's presidency and legacy from a number of different perspectives and to make possible connections between his presidency and the 2004 presidential campaign,” says Rimmerman, author of “Presidency by Plebiscite: The Reagan-Bush Era in Institutional Perspective.”

The upcoming discussion titled “The Reagan Legacy” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus. The public is invited. Admission is free.

Rimmerman will be joined by fellow professors from a wide range of disciplines who study the issues from various perspectives and are likely to draw broad insights on the current presidential situation. They are Steven Lee, professor of philosophy; Jo Beth Mertens, assistant professor of economics; David Ost, professor of political science; and Daniel Singal, professor of history.

Questions will be invited from the audience.

As research for his book, during the Reagan-Bush era, Rimmerman documented how U.S. presidential power dangerously expanded through skillful use of the media and appeals to citizens' hopes beyond the intentions of the Constitutional framers.

Since penning his book, Rimmerman has become a sought-after commentator on presidential issues and for offering insightful reflections.

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