The Ohio State University at Marion


Warren G. Harding Symposium

THE UNITED STATES PRESIDENCY AND THE PRESS

July 20-21, 2018


The Warren G. Harding Symposium is an academic, social, and cultural exploration of the life and times of America's 29th president. The Symposium presents in-depth analysis and research by authors, historians, researchers and experts on the Harding Era and related areas of interest.

In the United States, we have long valued the freedom of the press. Presidents have routinely communicated directly with the public, relying on traditional outlets like the news conference and the White House press corps to share policy and answer questions from the media.

Join us this summer for an in-depth look into the often complicated history of presidential press relations and today’s “war on the media” as seen through the eyes of a working member of the White House press corp.

The symposium will feature an opening reception, the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Harding Memorial, three workshop sessions with outstanding scholars, historians and journalists, and a concluding dinner program. For more information, please contact us at 740/725-6340, or visit us at go.osu.edu/harding

The Warren G. Harding Symposium is a collaboration between The Ohio State University at Marion, the Harding Home Presidential Site, the Ohio History Connection, Marion Technical College, the Marion Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Marion Public Library.


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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Schedule of Events 2018

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Tours of the Harding Home, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

The Harding Home
380 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302

The Harding Home is closed until spring 2019 for a complete restoration, but tours of the restoration in progress will be offered to Warren G. Harding Symposium attendees on Friday, July 19th. Tours will be given on the hour at 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. Reservations are not required. Tours will begin on the front porch of the Harding Home located at 380 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302. Admission is free but freewill donations will be accepted.


Opening Reception, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Marion Country Club
2415 Crissinger Road
Marion, OH 43302

The opening reception of the 2018 Warren G. Harding Symposium will be held in the ballroom of the Marion Country Club, opened in 1921 to honor and entertain newly elected President Warren G. Harding and his many distinguished guests. As part of the Harding 2020 Project, the Harding Home is undergoing a major restoration and is closed until May 2019. Restoration project coordinator, Chris Buchanan of the Ohio History Connection will discuss the exciting finds the restoration team has made and will share some of his favorite discoveries. Following the reception, there will also be an optional book study using the 1974 best-seller All the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. It will be conducted by Gary Branson, executive director of the Marion Public Library and a symposium advisory committee member.


Saturday, July 21, 2018

Presidential Wreath-Laying Ceremony, 10:30 a.m.

The Harding Memorial
Delaware Avenue & Vernon Heights Blvd.
Marion, OH 43302

The Harding Memorial is the final resting place of President and Mrs. Warren G. Harding. It is widely regarded as the most impressive presidential monument outside of Washington, D.C. Dedicated by President Herbert Hoover in 1931, the massive white marble structure is 103 feet in diameter and 53 feet high. On behalf of the White House, the United State Army will conduct the annual wreath-laying ceremony honoring President Harding.

Workshop Sessions Begin, 1:00 p.m.

The Marion Campus Health Technologies Building
1467 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302

Workshop Session 1

Warren G. Harding and the Press, 1:00-2:15 p.m.

Sheryl (Sherry) Smart Hall is a native of Marion, Ohio and graduated from Heidelberg University with majors in both English and American Studies. She began her career in journalism as a reporter for The Marion Star, serving as city hall and police reporter, as well as the Sunday edition editor. She later served as copy editor and bureau chief at The Repository, Canton Ohio. In 2009, she was named manager of the Harding Presidential Site after eight years as coordinator of the site's education programs. Ms. Hall is the author of Warren G. Harding and the Marion Daily Star: How Newspapering Shaped a President.

Workshop Session 2
A History of Presidential Press Relations with Dr. Nicole Hemmer, 2:30-3:45 p.m.

Dr. Nicole Hemmer is professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia Miller Center. An expert on the history of American politics and media, Dr. Hemmer works on a wide-ranging set of projects, both scholarly and public. She works in the Presidential Recordings program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations, and her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media. Dr. Hemmer is also an active public intellectual, appearing frequently in print and on air. She is a contributing editor to US News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column on politics and history.

Workshop Session 3
Madness at the White House with Maggie Haberman, 4:00-5:15 p.m.

Maggie Haberman is an American journalist who is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked for Politico and the New York Daily News, where she was a political reporter. Haberman’s professional career began in 1996 when she was hired by the New York Post. In 1999, the Post assigned her to cover City Hall, where she became “hooked” on political reporting. She worked for the Post’s rival newspaper, the New York Daily News, for three and a half years, where she covered City Hall. Haberman returned to the Post to cover the 2008 presidential campaign and other political races. In 2014, she became a political analyst for CNN and was hired by The New York Times in early 2015 to be a political correspondent for their presidential campaign coverage during 2016.

Dinner and Keynote, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

The Ohio State University at Marion
Maynard Hall, Guthery Community Room
1461 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302

At the concluding banquet on Saturday evening, Maggie Haberman will discuss her fascinating career in political reporting.


HARDING PRESIDENTIAL SITE OPTIONAL EVENT!

Sunday, July 22nd

Friends of the Harding Home Day, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Ohio State University at Marion
Maynard Hall, Guthery Community Room
1461 Mount Vernon Avenue
Marion, OH 43302

Symposium attendees will have the option to attend the annual Friends of the Harding Home Day event. Following a brunch buffet and brief update about the Harding Home site, the Harding Home staff will offer attendees a sneak peek at documents and photos which are part of an exciting donation to the Harding Presidential Papers. Included are never-before-seen photos of the Hardings, original medical records and illuminating correspondence.

Advance reservations are required. This event is free for Friends of Harding Home members and $20 for non-members. Registration (whether Friends member or guest) is required. To register, please call the Harding Presidential Site at 800-600-6894, or email through the www. hardinghome.org website. Non-members can join the Friends or purchase the $20 brunch tickets in our on-line store on the website.


Featured Presenters

Maggie Haberman

Maggie Haberman is an American journalist who is a White House correspondent for The New York Times and a political analyst for CNN. She previously worked for Politico and the New York Daily News, where she was a political reporter. Haberman’s professional career began in 1996 when she was hired by the New York Post. In 1999, the Post assigned her to cover City Hall, where she became “hooked” on political reporting. She worked for the Post’s rival newspaper, the New York Daily News, for three and a half years, where she covered City Hall. Haberman returned to the Post to cover the 2008 presidential campaign and other political races. In 2014, she became a political analyst for CNN and was hired by The New York Times in early 2015 to be a political correspondent for their presidential campaign coverage during 2016.

Sheryl (Sherry) Smart Hall

Sheryl (Sherry) Smart Hall is a native of Marion, Ohio and graduated from Heidelberg University with majors in both English and American Studies. She began her career in journalism as a reporter for The Marion Star, serving as city hall and police reporter, as well as the Sunday edition editor. She later served as copy editor and bureau chief at the Canton (Ohio) Repository. In 2009, she was named manager of the Harding Presidential Site after eight years as coordinator of the site's education programs. Ms. Hall is the author of Warren G. Harding and the Marion Daily Star: How Newspapering Shaped a President.

Dr. Nicole Hemmer

Dr. Nicole Hemmer is professor in presidential studies at the University of Virginia Miller Center. An expert on the history of American politics and media, Dr. Hemmer works on a wide-ranging set of projects, both scholarly and public. She works in the Presidential Recordings program, focusing on the Nixon administration and its media relations, and her broader scholarship focuses on the history of conservatism and media. Dr. Hemmer is also an active public intellectual, appearing frequently in print and on air. She is a contributing editor to US News & World Report, where she writes a weekly column on politics and history.


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2017 - "The Great War: How America Came of Age"

In 2017, the symposium was titled, The Great War: How America Came of Age. Sessions highlighted the events leading up to our entry into the conflict, the domestic impact of the war, and the “return to normalcy” following the war. Presenters were Dr. Michael Kazin, Dr. David Steigerwald, Sherry Hall, and Dr. Andrew Huebner.

2016 - "The American Presidential Candidate: Reality vs. Illusion"

The 2016 Warren G. Harding Symposium will present “The American Presidential Candidate: Reality vs. Illusion”. Warren Harding’s Front Porch Campaign in 1920 was considered the first “modern” media campaign. Some might argue it’s been downhill ever since! Professor Alan Schroeder of Northeastern University’s School of Journalism, Dr. Daniel Shea of Colby College’s Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and Civic Engagement, and Mo Elleithee, who heads the Institute of Politics and Public Service at Georgetown University will each bring their insight into today’s “modern” presidential campaigns. Where have we come and where are we going in the selection process for the leader of the free world? This year’s Symposium promises to be as relevant as today’s headlines.

2015 - "The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast"

In 2015, the Warren G. Harding Symposium partnered with the National First Ladies’ Library to present The Modern First Ladies: Portraits in Contrast. The event examined the dramatic variety of styles and approaches brought to the role of First lady beginning with Florence Harding. Featured presenters included Cynthia Bittinger, Annette Dunlap, Sherry Hall, Patricia Krider, and former White House Chief Usher Gary Walters. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Capricia Marshall, former Chief of Protocol of the United States. The event was broadcast live on C-SPAN.

2014 - Prelude to the 1960s: The United States Presidency and Civil Rights

2014 marked the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Topeka Board of Education which declared that state laws establishing separate schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. It is also the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil rights Act of 1964 by President Johnson. Join us for the 2014 Warren G. Harding Symposium which will explore the influence the Oval Office had on the modern Civil Rights Movement from President Harding to President Johnson.

Keynote Address: Andrew Young

Ambassador Young brings a unique perspective, honed by his wealth of experience in national and global leadership, to his focus on this era’s challenges. He confronted segregation with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and galvanized a movement that transformed a nation through nonviolence. Young was a key strategist and negotiator during the Civil Rights Campaigns in Birmingham and Selma that resulted in the passage Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

2013 - Scandals and the United States Presidency

Presidential scandals are not a recent phenomenon in the history of the United States. Though the headlines that swirled around President Bill Clinton touched off a storm of controversy, United States presidents from Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush have wrestled with scandal for two hundred years. During the Scandals and the United States Presidency distinguished presenters explored why some scandals went unpunished and others tarnished entire administrations.

2012 - American at a Crossroads: The 1920 Presidential Campaign

This event explored Harding's famous Front Porch Campaign, Democrat challenger James Cox, and the impact of millions of American women exercising their right to vote for the first time.

2011 - The Western Trip:Discovery, Understanding, and the Death of a President

President Warren Harding’s journey to the western states, Canada and Alaska has become a hazy backdrop to his unexpected death in August 1923. The 2011 Harding Symposium explored what Harding said to the American people in more than 80 speeches, the lasting effects of President Harding’s visit to Alaska, the first by an American president and the controversy surrounding the mysterious decline and eventual death of President Harding.

2010 - The Man, the Myth, and the Legacy

The Man, the Myth, and the Legacy will be the first presentation of the Warren G. Harding Symposium. The two-day event featured an open House at the Harding Home, guided tours of the Harding Home and Museum, the Harding Memorial, and the Marion County Historical Society. The workshop sessions featured noted authors and Harding researchers gala dinner featuring extensive exhibits of Harding memorabilia, period antique automobiles, and a panel discussion.


Registration

Program Costs

The complete package registration includes: admission to the Friday evening program, all Saturday study sessions, access to exhibits, and the evening reception, dinner and program. Complete package registrations are limited to 120. The deadline for registering is July 8.

Program Costs
Complete Package - Adult$100
Complete Package - Student $75
Friday - Opening Reception (limited availability) $25
Saturday - Study Sessions $50
Saturday - Keynote address and Dinner$35

Information on Past Symposiums