'Mourning the Presidents'

Ronald reagan's funeral procession in DC

Ronald Reagan's funeral procession in 2004 in Washington, DC

'Mourning the Presidents'

Lindsay M. Chervinsky, Matthew R. Costello, Andrew M. Davenport, Marc Selverstone (moderator)

Friday, March 24, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
Event Details

The death of a chief executive—sudden or expected, while still in office or decades later—is always a moment of national reckoning and reflection. Marc Selverstone, chair of the Miller Center's Presidential Recordings Program, moderates an expert discussion of Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture, a new book published by the Miller Center’s Studies on the Presidency Series with UVA Press.

Different generations and communities of Americans have eulogized and remembered U.S. presidents since George Washington's death in 1799. What do our collective outpourings of grief tell us about the relationship between "we the people" and the American presidency? What kinds of societal fissures do presidential deaths reveal at critical points in the nation’s history, right up to the present moment?

This program is presented in partnership with UVA Press.


Friday, March 24, 2023
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)
The Miller Center
2201 Old Ivy Rd
Charlottesville, VA
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Lindsay M. Chervinsky

Dr. Lindsay M. Chervinsky is a senior fellow at the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Chervinsky is the author of the award-winning book, The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution, co-editor of Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture, and is working on a forthcoming book on John Adams. She regularly writes for public audiences in the Wall Street Journal, Ms. Magazine, The Daily Beast, The Bulwark, Time Magazine, USA Today, CNN, NBC Think, and the Washington Post.

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Matthew R. Costello

Matthew R. Costello is vice president of the David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History and senior historian for the White House Historical Association. His first book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President, was published by University Press of Kansas and was a finalist for the George Washington Book Prize. He is co-editor of Mourning the Presidents: Loss and Legacy in American Culture and is currently working on a book project that explores how Theodore and Edith Roosevelt, as well as their children and staff, shaped the presidency and White House.

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Andrew M. Davenport

Andrew M. Davenport is the public historian at the Thomas Jefferson Foundation and director of the Getting Word African American Oral History Project. He is a Ph.D. candidate at Georgetown University, where he served as a research assistant with the Georgetown Slavery Archive. Davenport has published in Lapham’s QuarterlyLos Angeles Review of Books, and Smithsonian Magazine. He serves on the board of directors of the American Agora Foundation (Lapham’s Quarterly) and is a member of the inaugural cohort of the White House Historical Association Next-Gen Leadership Ambassadors.

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Marc Selverstone (moderator)

Marc Selverstone is an associate professor in presidential studies at the Miller Center and chair of the Center’s Presidential Recordings Program. He earned a B.A. in philosophy from Trinity College (CT), a Master’s in international affairs from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in history from Ohio University. A historian of the Cold War, he is the author of Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard), which won the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. As chair of the Recordings Program, Selverstone edits the Secret White House Tapes of Presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon. He is the general editor of The Presidential Recordings Digital Edition, the primary online portal for transcripts of the tapes, published by the University of Virginia Press. His latest book is The Kennedy Withdrawal (Harvard University Press).