The First Hundred Days: Priorities for a New US President

Plenary Session: The First Hundred Days: Priorities for a New US President
Thursday, January 5, 2017: 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Sheraton Downtown Denver, Plaza Ballroom A
Free and open to the public

Everything has a history, which makes historical perspectives and historical thinking vital for policy makers. The value of history is never more apparent than at the beginning of a new presidential administration, when agendas are established and interpretations are solidified. On the eve of the presidential inauguration, the American Historical Association presents "The First Hundred Days: Priorities for a New President."

This plenary session will explore how histories and historical thinking offer important insights into the policy landscape for the "first hundred days" of the new administration. What are the important issues on the table, and what do we as historians bring to that table? A panel of distinguished historians with expertise on issues that cross the globe will speak to some of the most pressing concerns that a new administration must be prepared to address.

The plenary will conclude with questions from the audience.

This event is part of the 131st annual meeting of the American Historical Association, the largest gathering of historians with sessions on research and professional activity in every area of historical study. For access to the full conference, including over 300 sessions, 14 tours, and an exhibit hall with new books from over 70 publishers, please register.


Anand Yang

Anand Yang, moderator (Univ. of Washington), co-editor of Interactions: Transregional Perspectives on World History and author of Bazaar India: Markets, Society, and the Colonial State Bihar, 1765-1947

Nathan Citino

Nathan Citino (Rice Univ.), associate professor, Middle East expert, and author of forthcoming book Envisioning the Arab Future: Modernization in U.S.-Arab Relations, 1945-1967

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Harvard Univ.), author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Modern America

Margaret O'Mara

Margaret O'Mara (Univ. of Washington), American historian and author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that shaped the Twentieth Century

Kenneth Pomerantz

Kenneth Pomeranz (Univ. of Chicago), China expert, former AHA president, and author of the much acclaimed book The Great Divergence: China, Europe and the Making of the Modern World Economy

Sean Wilentz

Sean Wilentz (Princeton Univ.), contributing editor to the New Republic and frequent contributor to the New York Times, LA Times, New York Review of Books, and other publications