ALAN B. AND CHARNA LARKIN SYMPOSIUM ON THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
Upcoming Lecture with David Gergen, CNN Political Analyst for CNN and White House Advisor to Four Former Presidents, February 17, 2021, 3:30pm. This will be a Zoom lecture.
David Gergen is a professor of public service and founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, positions he has held for over a decade. In addition, he serves as a senior political analyst for CNN and works actively with a rising generation of new leaders. In the past, he has served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best seller, Eye witness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton (Simon & Schuster, 2001.
In the 1980s, he began a career in jounalism. Starting with The MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour in 1984, he has been a regular commenttor on public affairs for some 30 years. jTwice he has been a member of election coverage teams that won Peabody awards, and he has contributed to two Emmy award-wimming political analysis teams. In the late 1980s, he was chief editor of U.S. News & World Report, working with publisher Mort Zuckerman to achieve record gains in circulation and advertising.
Over the years, he has been active on many non-profit boards, serving in the past on the boards of both Yale and Duke Universities. Among his current boards are Teach for America, The Mission Continues, The Trilateral Commission, and Elon University's School of Law.
Gergen's work as co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Kennedy School has enabled him to work closely witha rising generation of younger leaders, especially social entrepreneurs, military veterans amd Young Global Leaders chosen by the World Economic Forum. Through the generosity of outside donors, the Center helps to provide scholarships to over 100 students a year, preparing them to serve as leaders for the common good. The Center also promotes scholarship at the frontiers of leadership studies.
A native of North Carolina, Gergen is a member of the D.C. Bar, a veteran of the U.S, Navy, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the U.S. executive committee for the Trilateral Commission. He is an honors graduate of the Yale and the Harvard Law School. He has been awarded 27 honorary degrees.