Handel Chair

Handel Foundation Endowed Faculty Chair to Perpetuate the Legacy of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

The Handel Chair honors the memory of President and Mrs. Roosevelt by annually supporting a speaker at the College who will address local or national public policy issues or by supporting research or other scholarly activities related to matters affecting the community or nation.

Speaker:  Dr. Matthew Dallek, George Washington University professor and author
Defenseless Under the Night: The Roosevelts, LaGuardia and the Origins of Homeland Security
November 17, 2022
Facilitated by Shalon Hallager, instructor, history 

Speaker:  Michael D. Cooper, The Ploughshare Group
Eleanor Roosevelt and the Arc of the Moral Universe
November 13, 2018
Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Rieser, professor, history 

Speaker:  Dr. Allida Black, George Washington University Professor and author
Staying Aloof is Not a Solution: Eleanor Roosevelt’s Call to Action
October 12, 2017
Facilitated by Susan Conrad, professor, physical science and geology and Tina Iraca, assistant professor, English

Keynote Speaker:  Kayla Altland, FDR National Historic Site
Symposium: Our Native Soil: The Dish on Dutchess County’s Dirt
April 8, 2017
Facilitated by Dr. Mark Condon, professor, biology

Speaker: Dr. Dorian Warren, MSNBC contributor and Roosevelt Institute fellow
Rewriting the Rules of the 21st Century Economy: From Structural Exclusion to Structural Inclusion
April 2016
Facilitated by Seemi Ahmad, professor, economics 

Speaker:  Dr. Landon Storrs, associate professor of history at the University of Iowa
Hidden Convictions: The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left
April 2015
Facilitated by Laura Murphy, professor, history 

Speaker:  Dr. Ira Katznelson, Columbia University’s Ruggles Professor of Political Science and History
Reflections on Fear and Democracy: The New Deal and Its Legacies
March 2014
Facilitated by Todd Wilmot, assistant professor, history 

Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Phillips-Fein, New York University History Professor
The Long Reaction: The Transformation of American Politics and the Backlash Against the New Deal
April 2013
Facilitated by Dr. Mikko Manner, associate professor, economics

Speaker: Jeff Shesol, historian, communications strategist and former speechwriter for President Bill Clinton
Supreme Power: FDR’s Court Fight – and Barack Obama’s
April 2012
Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Rieser, professor, history 

Speaker: Jonathan Alter, author and former senior editor, Newsweek
The similar challenges faced by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and President Barack Obama
March 30, 2011
Facilitated by Seemi Ahmad, professor, economics

Speaker: Kirstin Downey, journalist formerly with The Washington Post, shared 2008 Pulitzer Prize
Achievements of Frances Perkins, the Secretary of Labor under President Franklin D. Roosevelt
April 2010
Facilitated by Laura Murphy, professor, history 

Speaker: Eric Foner, renowned historian and DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University
FDR and the Evolution of American Freedom in Depression and War
April 1, 2009
Facilitated by George Stevens, professor emeritus, History, Government & Economics Department

Speaker: Dr. Robert Dallek, retired Boston University historian of U.S. foreign policy & American presidents
March 2008
Facilitated by Dr. Andrew Rieser, professor, history

Speaker: Lizabeth Cohen; Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize winner
Facilitated by Seemi Ahmad, professor, economics

Speaker: Blanch Wiesen Cook
Facilitated by Dr. Werner Steger, professor, history

Speaker: Dr. Lawrence Levine, MacArthur Fellow
Facilitated by George Stevens, professor emeritus, History, Government & Economics Department

Speaker: David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize winner
Facilitated by Richard Reitano

Matthew Dallek

Dr. Matthew Dallek

Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

Allida Black

Dr. Allida Black

Dorian Warren

Dr. Dorian Warren

Jonathan Alter

Jonathan Alter

David Kennedy

Dr. David Kennedy