Woodrow Wilson at 150 National Symposium

May 11, 2006

Woodrow Wilson is counted among a small group of American Presidents who have cast an enduring legacy in both domestic and foreign policy. A one day symposium in fall 2006 will gather speakers to focus on the important issues addressed by Woodrow Wilson which still affect our daily lives.

John Milton Cooper, Jr., chairman of the History Department and William Francis Allen Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin will give the morning keynote address. Cooper is author of the book The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt.

The morning sessions will concentrate on Wilson's domestic legacy, starting with the growth of professionalization and an institutionalized progressivism including the Federal Reserve and the Federal Trade Commission.

The second session will focus on the challenges that were pushing at the boundaries of the Progressive movement, including woman's suffrage, labor reform, and a nascent civil rights movement.

Following lunch, a keynote speaker will address the continuing legacy and changing meanings of what we call "Wilsonianism."

The afternoon will focus on Wilson's foreign policy. Presidents as diverse as Franklin Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter and George W. Bush have been called "Wilsonian" in their approach to the rest of the world. The initial afternoon session will discuss intervention and define elements of Wilsonianism; spreading a liberal capitalist order through both military and non-military means. The final session will feature speakers discussing the enduring legacy of Woodrow Wilson in American foreign policy in the decades since Wilson left office, and what it means to be a "Wilsonian." Is it the desire to spread democracy through the world, a reliance on international organizations to maintain the peace, or something else entirely?

This symposium is co-sponsored with the Woodrow Wilson House.

If you are interested in attending, you may RSVP here.

For more information, contact Sharon McCarter, Director of Outreach and Communications, sharon.mccarter@wilsoncenter.org.