Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
The third Monday in February has come to be known–wrongly–as Presidents’ Day, an annual excuse for a three-day weekend and big-ticket sales. In one of a series of events and conversations about the meaning of the American calendar, Amy A. Kass (Hudson Institute) and Leon R. Kass (AEI) seek to restore America’s fading national memory with a celebration of the holiday by its original and proper name: Washington’s Birthday.
This event will open with a reading of portions of George Washington’s Farewell Address, a selection from the anthology What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song (ISI Books, 2011). A distinguished panel will then discuss Washington’s exemplary founding presidency, its lessons for the modern presidency (as well as for today’s aspiring presidential candidates), and the importance of preserving and perpetuating our political institutions.
11:45 AM: Registration
12:00 PM: Introduction: Amy A. Kass, Hudson Institute
Reading of the Farewell Address: Leon R. Kass, AEI
Leon R. Kass, AEI
1:30 PM: Adjournment