Previous Events at the Ford Library and Museum

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Carla Hills
Why Trade Matters

May 14, 2019
ANN ARBOR --Ambassador Carla A. Hills discussed today’s trade issues, changing partnerships, and the elevation of trade tensions. Hills explained that the political rhetoric in the U.S has turned increasingly oppositional towards the notion of trade, but noted that it is a crucial factor in the prosperity of the economy.
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David Priess
How to Get Rid of a President

April 29 and 30, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS AND ANN ARBOR --Speaking about his book, “How to Get Rid of a President: History’s Guide to Removing Unpopular, Unable, or Unfit Chief Executives,” David Priess presented a lively narrative describing all the ways throughout history – from impeachment to death – that presidents have either left office prematurely or just barely avoided doing so.
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James D. Hornfischer
Total War in the Pacific, 1944-1945, The Decision to Drop the Bomb

April 17, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS --Author and Naval historian James D. Hornfischer discussed the crescendo of U.S. operations in the Central Pacific, covering the air, land and sea operations that seized the Mariana Islands of Saipan, Tinian and Guam, the strategic air operations conducted from the Marianas that ended the war, and the reckoning of the occupation that foreshadowed 42 years of the Cold War.
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David Kennerly
Extraordinary Circumstances

March 25, 2019
GRAND RAPIDS --Photographer David Hume Kennerly and special guest Susan Ford Bales discussed various photographs taken by Kennerly during his time as President Ford's personal White House Photographer. The talk was held in conjunction with the opening of the Museum’s newest exhibit, Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford.
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Peter Hart
The 2020 Election: The Challenges and Changes Facing Political Polling

March 20, 2019
ANN ARBOR --Peter Hart, a leading public opinion expert and pollster, presented an entertaining and interactive look at the ways polling, politics, and public opinion intersect during a campaign season. The event was a joint program with Albion College's Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service.
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