2013 Harding Symposium - Afternoon Workshops

Event Date: 

Afternoon workshop sessions will be held at: 

The Ohio State University at Marion
Morrill Hall Auditorium
1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion

1:00-2:15 p.m. ● Tempest Over the Teapot Dome

Dr. David Stratton is Emeritus Professor and past chairman of the Department of History at Washington State University in Pullham, Washington.  His 1998 book, Tempest Over Teapot Dome: The Story of Albert B. Fall, is considered the definitive study of the events leading up to the scandal which continues to tarnish the administration of Warren G. Harding.  Dr. Stratton will focus on the relationship between Fall and Harding which concluded with the infamous Teapot Dome scandal.

2:30-3:45 p.m. ● Scandals and the United State Presidency

All presidential scandals follow a pattern.  Presidents are people who do not like to lose and at times they react in irrational ways when confronted with taking a certain loss.  Think of Bill Clinton and Richard Nixon as two recent examples.  Rather than take the loss, they covered-up their mistakes and made things worse. Both brought on impeachment proceedings, not for the underlying conduct, but because they obstructed the investigation, lied and covered-up.  Former Nixon White House Counsel John Dean and  author James Robenalt will share their amazing insights.

4:00-5:15 p.m. ● Cancer Growing on the Presidency 

Dean and Robenalt present a national seminar that addresses what psychologists refer to as “lose frame” acting—making matters worse by failing to take the public relations hit.  They use Dean’s experience as Counsel to the President to tell his story and to show that this sort of behavior is in our DNA and bound to re-occur given similar circumstances.  In the process, the audience gets to see historic video and listen to critical portions of the Nixon Tapes, where Dean warns the President of the “cancer growing on his presidency.” 

Visit - http://osumarion.osu.edu/harding for more information and registration.