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Sunday, January 20, 2013 10:10 AM

The Shape of a Second Term: President Obama and Presidential Legacy

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Michael Beschloss

Cathedral Dean Gary Hall welcomes Michael Beschloss for a conversation about the presidency on the eve of President Obama’s second inauguration. Beschloss has been called “the nation’s leading Presidential historian” by Newsweek, has written several books on American presidents, and is NBC News Presidential Historian.

Presented in cooperation with the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress.

About Michael Beschloss

Michael Beschloss has authored several books on American presidents. The New York Times Book Review calls him “clearly the most widely recognized presidential historian in the nation.” An alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Beschloss has served as a senior associate member at St. Antony’s College (University of Oxford), a visiting fellow at the Harvard Russian Research Center, and a senior fellow at the Annenberg Foundation.

Among his awards and honorary degrees, Beschloss won an Emmy in 2005 for the Discovery Channel’s Decisions that Shook the World, which he hosted and helped create. He is a trustee of the Maret School, the White House Historical Association, and the National Archives Foundation, as well as a former trustee of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the Urban Institute, and the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

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About the Very Rev. Gary Hall

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The Very Rev. Gary R. Hall assumed his duties as tenth dean of Washington National Cathedral on Oct. 1, 2012. His final Sunday was December 27, 2015. An ordained minister for more than 35 years, Hall is a past dean and president of Seabury–Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Ill. He served as the National Cathedral's chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer, working closely with the bishop of Washington and governing bodies to shape and support ministries to the city of Washington, the nation, and the world.

Hall was born in Los Angeles and holds an A.B. from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. from UCLA in addition to his M.Div from Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Mass. The congregations he has served include All Saints Pasadena, where he was senior clergy associate for education for 11 years. Prior to his work at Seabury–Western, where he served from 2005 to 2010, Hall was for five years the rector of Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, Penn. He most recently was rector of Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

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