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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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University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

This website was developed in January 2007 by the UGA Office of Public Affairs for a conference commemorating the 30th anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s presidency. Some links may not work and some information may be outdated. This website is maintained as a historical record of the event.


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