Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact Information:
Stacy McCullough, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 913-927-0128
Bill Musgrave, Sprenger McCullough & Co., 816-221-9716, mobile: 816-215-4658
Edeen Martin, Truman Library & Museum, 816-268-8218


Panelists include John P. Burke, John Sununu, Haynes Johnson and Richard V. Allen.

Independence, MO - April 15, 2001 - The Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery presents "Transitions: Launching a Presidency" a symposium on the Presidency hosted by Emmy Award-Winning Television Journalist Roger Mudd. The symposium will examine the role of presidential advisors and the challenges of establishing a new administration. Panel members include political scientist John P. Burke, Bush chief of staff John Sununu, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Haynes Johnson, and Reagan adviser Richard V. Allen. The event is scheduled for Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m. in The Truman Presidential Museum Auditorium. Admission to the Truman Presidential Museum is free after 5:00. Reservations can be made through the Central Ticket Office at 816-235-2700. Viewing of the exhibit "Portraits of the Presidents" from the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery is encouraged before and after the panel discussion.

Emmy Award-winning television journalist Roger Mudd established his national reputation covering presidential campaigns and Congress for CBS. Later, he went on to work for NBC and the "MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour" as Chief Washington Correspondent. Mudd has also won numerous awards for his work on documentaries exploring important political events. Now he serves as host on The History Channel programs and is a commissioner of the National Portrait Gallery.

A Recognized expert on government transitions and author, John P. Burke is a professor of political science at the University of Vermont. He is the author of a number of articles on the American presidency including, Presidential Transitions: From Politics to Practice, The Institutional Presidency: From FDR to Clinton, How Presidents Test Reality: Decisions on Vietnam, Advising Ike: The Memoirs of Attorney General Herbert Brownell, and Bureaucratic Responsibility. Burke received his Ph.D. at Princeton University and his AB from Stanford University.

Former White House Chief of Staff John Sununu became New Hampshire's governor in 1983, serving three consecutive terms prior to joining the White House staff. Sununu was commissioned chief of staff on January 21, 1989, and served in the Bush White House until March 1, 1992. He also served as national co-chairman of the 1988 Bush/Quayle presidential campaign and counselor to President Bush. Sununu was also a professor and Dean at Tufts University and co-host of CNN's "Crossfire." He is currently the president of JHS Associates, Ltd. and a partner in Trinity International Partners.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and television commentator, Haynes Johnson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his distinguished national news reporting of the civil rights struggle in Selma, Alabama. Johnson was later affiliated with The Washington Post for many years as a national correspondent, assistant managing editor and columnist. He has written numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction, including four bestsellers. He currently holds the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Maryland.

National security expert Richard V. Allen is a member of the National Security Advisory Group, which advises the Speaker of the House and the Majority Leader, and is a member of the Congressional Policy Advisory Board. Allen served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) during the first year of the Reagan Administration. From 1977 to 1980, he was President Reagan's Chief Foreign Policy Advisor. He has also served in a number of other high-level positions in The White House during his career. He has published numerous books and articles on national security and currently works as an international business consultant in Washington, D.C.

The symposium is the first in a series of lectures focusing on Presidential Advisors that will take place at the Truman Museum on Thursday nights throughout the summer. Other speakers for the advisor series include: David Gergen, advisor to several recent Presidents, on June 14 and Truman Gibson, on President Truman's commission that recommended the executive order desegregating the armed forces, on July 26. Future advisor series lecturers to be announced. For more information contact Kathy Mason, Public Programs Assistant at 816-268-8219 or kathy.mason@nara.gov.

The Truman Presidential Museum & Library is located at U.S. Highway 24 and Delaware Street in Independence, Missouri, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Admission is $5 for adults, $4.50 for seniors and $3 for children 6-18 years old. For more information call 1-800-833-1225 or visit the web site at www.trumanlibrary.org.

The Harry S. Truman Library is one of ten Presidential Libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.

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