What Makes a Good President?
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Shenandoah University, Oxford University Society of DC, and the John Brademas Center of New York University present one big question, "What Makes a Good President?"
This evening's program at NYU Washington, DC includes a panel discussion featuring Michael Kessler, PhD, JD, Georgetown University; Managing Director of the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Associate Professor of the Practice of Government, Adjunct Professor of Law, Michael K. Fauntroy, PhD, Howard University, College of Arts and Sciences, Associate Professor of Political Science; Acting Director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Suzanne Kianpour, Non-Resident Senior Fellow Atlantic Council, Foreign Affairs and Political Journalist; Public Diplomacy Lecturer at UCLA, and Jeffrey Coker, PhD, Shenandoah University, Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of History. Serving as moderator is Glenn Østen Anderson, MFA, MSt, Shenandoah University, Assistant Professor of Media and Communications, Student Media Advisor; Freelance Journalist and Documentary Producer.
This event is free to the public and students, family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Please note that this program may be filmed and/or photographed.
Glenn Østen Anderson, MFA, MSt, Shenandoah University Assistant Professor, Media and Communications, Student Media Advisor; Freelance Journalist; Documentary Producer
Senior Producer for Social News and Streaming Video at BBC News.
While at the BBC, Glenn partnered with journalist/editor Marko Zoric to launch the BBC News YouTube channel – which now has more than 1 million subscribers.
Before joining the BBC, Glenn spent a decade working as a freelance and staff producer/journalist at broadcasters and publications including Military.com, CBS College Sports (CSTV), Financial Times – Money Media, The Guardian (UK) and Runner’s World – Rodale, to name a few.
Camera and editing work has been featured on HBO Real Sports, CBS College Sports Network, CBS Sportsline, Fox Sports Net (via Competitor Group), YES Network (New York), VS (as Outdoor Life Network), WNBC – TV (New York), the US Department of Energy website, the US Department of State website (& associated social media) and in branded content projects for Motown-Universal, Nike Running and New Balance.
His work has taken him from college football fields in the Deep South of the US, to refugee camps in Haiti and war zones in Afghanistan. His 2009 documentary series about injured FDNY firefighter Matt Long earned him (with Brian Sabin) a Webbys People’s Voice Award for Best Sports Video. His 2014 documentary To Remember (with Ian Connors) was acquired by BBC World News and seen in more than 160 countries, earning the pair a Silver Telly Award for documentary and a selection to Washington DC’s GI Film Festival.
Jeffrey Coker, PhD, Shenandoah University, Dean of The College of Arts and Sciences; Professor of History
Dr. Jeff W. Coker is an accomplished scholar and teacher with extensive leadership experience in higher education. In his role as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, he leads a diverse and talented faculty that includes programs in the natural and behavioral sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.
Dr. Coker holds the rank of professor in the Department of History. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Texas at Austin, holds the Ph.D. from Ohio University and the Contemporary History Institute, and is the author of three books and numerous articles in United States political and intellectual history. He has served as a student mentor throughout his career, acting as a faculty advisor to student organizations, overseeing undergraduate research initiatives, serving on graduate student thesis committees, and traveling abroad with students. He has served as a reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, has consulted for the College Board, and has served on multiple university accreditation teams. The U.S. Department of State has tapped Dr. Coker on numerous occasions to speak internationally on current challenges in higher education, administrative issues, and teaching. In 2007, he was named Distinguished Alumnus in the Department of History at Ohio University.
Prior to arriving at Shenandoah, Coker held appointments at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, and Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Coker is actively engaged in the broader Winchester community, including serving of the Board of Directors of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the Board of the Northern Shenandoah Valley Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. He is an avid baseball and soccer fan. He has a daughter, Kate.
Michael K. Fauntroy, PhD, Howard University, College of Arts and Sciences Associate Professor of Political Science; Acting Director, Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center
Michael K. Fauntroy is associate professor of political science in the political science department at Howard University, where he teaches courses in African American politics, interest groups, the presidency, and political parties. He joined the faculty at Howard in 2013 after 11 years on the faculty of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University. Prior to joining the faculty at GMU, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service (CRS). At CRS, he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. From 1993 to 1996, he was a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on civil rights issues such as voting rights and fair housing.
Fauntroy’s second book, Republicans and the Black Vote, analyzes the historical relationship between African Americans and the GOP. It was a 2007 Foreword magazine book of the year finalist. He is also the author of Home Rule or House Rule? Congress and the Erosion of Local Governance in the District of Columbia. A third book, More Than Just Partisanship: Conservatism and Black Voter Suppression is forthcoming
Fauntroy is a continuing media presence commenting and analyzing national issues. He has been heard or seen on national radio and television networks such as ABC (World News Tonight), CBS (Evening News and The Early Show), CNN (American Morning), MSNBC (Hardball), Fox News (Hannity and Colmes), NBC (Nightly News and Today), PBS (The NewsHour and Tavis Smiley), CBC Radio – Canada, CTV-Toronto, Comcast (Your Morning), National Public Radio (Tell Me More, Talk of the Nation, and News and Notes), Public Radio International (The Tavis Smiley Show), Radio One, the British Broadcasting Corporation, Pacifica Radio, and XM Satellite Radio. He has been published in numerous news outlets and quoted in print publications such as The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Newsday, Black Enterprise, The Washington Times, the New York Daily News, BET.com, and the Boston Globe. He is currently serves as a political analyst for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio. Professor Fauntroy earned a B.A. degree in political science from Hampton University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Howard University.
Michael Kessler, PhD, JD Georgetown University; Managing Director, Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs; Associate Professor of the Practice of Government; Adjunct Professor of Law
Michael Kessler is Managing Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, an Associate Professor of the practice of moral and political theory in the Department of Government, and an Adjunct Professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He works in ethics (theological, philosophical, and political approaches), political theory, and the nexus of law, politics, and religion. He also works on ethics, political theory, and political theology. Professor Kessler received his Ph.D. in Religion and Moral and Political Theory from the University of Chicago, where he was a William Rainey Harper Fellow. Professor Kessler received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He graduated with a BA with honors in Theology, a second major in Philosophy, and a Classics minor, from Valparaiso University.
Suzanne Kianpour, Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council ; Foreign Affairs and Political Journalist; Public Diplomacy Lecturer, UCLA
Suzanne Kianpour is a Nonresident Senior Fellow with Middle East Programs and the Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab). She is also a foreign affairs and political journalist for the BBC.
An Emmy nominated news reporter and producer, she’s currently covering foreign policy and national security issues, leading the Washington side of the BBC’s investigation into Russia’s role in US politics and other foreign influence. She also teaches Public Diplomacy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
You can find her work on the BBC’s multiple television, radio, online and digital outlets.
With previous postings in Beirut, London and Los Angeles, her reporting has taken her around the world: from various conflict zones in the Middle East, to Europe traveling with then-Secretary of State John Kerry in a front row seat to the Iran nuclear negotiations, to Latin America and the US detente with Cuba.
In 2016, she criss-crossed America – covering presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and ultimately returned to Washington, the Trump White House and the corridors of Capitol Hill.
Over the course of her career, she has landed multiple high profile exclusive interviews including Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif – the BBC’s first interview with an Iranian official since being banned from the country in 2009 and Khaled Meshaal – Hamas leader in exile in Doha – during the Gaza War of 2014. Suzanne also played a leading role in securing the first sit down TV interview with President Obama post the Iran Nuclear Deal being agreed.
With a specialty and expertise in Iran and the broader Middle East, Suzanne contributes analysis to Atlantic Council’s Iran Source blog, moderates foreign policy panel discussions at think tanks and guest lectures at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service.
She is listed in Washington Life magazine as one of DC’s most influential leaders under 40 and was also profiled as a person to watch in the magazine’s May 2015 “Power Issue.”
Prior to the BBC, she worked at Fox News and NBC News, where she began her journalism career.
Suzanne actively encourages students to pursue careers in journalism to keep the fourth estate alive and thriving.
As an alumnus of The Fund for American Studies Institute of Political Journalism – the program through which she first studied at Georgetown – she regularly speaks to classes of aspiring reporters.
She’s also studied at Emory University and Oxford University – University College in the UK.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia with a Persian and Sicilian background, she’s fluent in written and verbal Farsi, conversational in Spanish, basic Italian and French and began learning Arabic while living in Lebanon.
Suzanne is a member of the Junior League of Washington and serves as a strategic adviser to the non-partisan Women Influencers Network – as part of her passion and pursuit to get more women involved in public service and national security.
She’s also involved with the American University in Afghanistan and the effort to maintain continued access to education, especially for girls previously denied the right to attend school.
Her other interests in addition to politics and foreign policy include fashion, food and football – of the American AND British variety.