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An Invitation
Michael F. Adams
On behalf of The University of Georgia, the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, I invite you to attend “The Carter Presidency: Lessons for the 21st Century,” a symposium commemorating the 30th anniversary of the inauguration of Jimmy Carter as the 39th president of the United States. The symposium will take place on January 19-21, 2007 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

I want to thank several people for making this conference possible. Hamilton Jordan, President Carter’s chief of staff and now a member of the faculty in the Vinson Institute, and Professor John Maltese of SPIA have played a crucial role in developing this symposium. Steve Wrigley, in his dual roles of Senior Vice President for External Affairs and Director of the Vinson Institute, and Dean Tom Lauth of SPIA were responsible for much of the agenda. Art Dunning, Vice President for Public Service and Outreach, has provided the kind of leadership that makes this event possible at the University of Georgia.

We are deeply honored that President Carter selected UGA as the site of this symposium. Conducting it meshes perfectly with our land-grant mission to serve the people of this state and nation by applying the intellectual capital of the University to the issues of the time. We look forward to examining the Carter presidency and applying what is learned to the most complex global issues of the first decade of the 21st century.


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Michael F. Adams
President of the University of Georgia
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John A. Maltese, a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA), will direct the three-day conference.  

Hamilton Jordan, Carter’s White House chief of staff, is a fellow with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIOG).

The University of Georgia will mark the 30th anniversary of President Carter’s inauguration by hosting a major gathering of Carter administration officials, journalists, academics and other public officials to assess the lessons of the Carter presidency. The three-day event will feature a Town Hall Meeting with President and Mrs. Rosalynn Carter and a banquet dinner with keynote address by the former president.

Much can be learned by studying both the successes and failures of the Carter presidency. It is striking how many issues faced by the Carter administration resonate today—energy, human rights, the Middle East, Islamic fundamentalism, the economy and environmentalism. There are also lessons to be learned from how Carter structured his White House staff, dealt with Congress and interacted with the media.

Any discussion of the Carter presidency must also consider the role of the First Lady. Rosalynn Carter was an active partner in policymaking. As First Lady, Rosalynn Carter also championed her own issues. This was especially true with her work related to mental health—an issue she continues to advocate. The conference at UGA also will highlight Mrs. Carter’s contributions to the role of the First Lady and lessons learned from her example.

More than a mere retrospective, the three-day event at UGA commemorating the 30th anniversary of Carter’s inauguration will illuminate issues of current national and international importance. Join us for this important policy forum.

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John A. Maltese
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Political Science
in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

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