The Rogers Center for the Study of the American Presidency to launch new Book Talk Series Nov. 8

The Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Center for the Study of the American Presidency is launching a book talk series that is open to the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities. The Rogers Center, a new initiative directed by historian Nicole Hemmer, will promote scholarship on the study of the U.S. presidency through research, scholarships and nationally renowned speakers. As part of this mission, the center will invite prominent scholars in the field of presidential studies to engage with the Vanderbilt community through book talks and class visits.  

Award-winning historian Melvyn Leffler, University of Virginia, will kick off the Book Talk Series with a talk on his book, Confronting Saddam Hussein: George Bush and the Invasion of Iraq, on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m. in E. Bronson Ingram College, Room 1003. 

During the discussion, Leffler will offer his insight on the role of the American president in international affairs, the Iraq War’s lasting effects on everyday life in the U.S. and the importance of challenging one’s own views. A Q&A will follow the discussion.  

Register here to attend this in-person event. 

About the Speaker 

Melvyn P. Leffler is Edward Stettinius Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia. His many books include Confronting Saddam Hussein: George W. Bush and the Invasion of Iraq, Safeguarding Democratic Capitalism, For the Soul of Mankind and A Preponderance of Power.  

About the Center 

The Rogers Center for the Study of the American Presidency was founded in 2021 by Vanderbilt alumni Carolyn T. Rogers, BA’75, and Robert M. Rogers, BA’75. Led by Vanderbilt historian Nicole Hemmer, the center is a nationally recognized hub for innovative scholarship on the American presidency.