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Registration Open for VMI Reagan Conference

FullTextImage/img/@altRetired U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis

LEXINGTON, Va., June 17, 2014 – Registration opens today for “The Enduring Legacy: Leadership and National Security Affairs during the Ronald Reagan Era.” To be held Nov. 2-4, the conference is sponsored by VMI’s John A. Adams ’71 Center for Military History & Strategic Analysis and Center for Leadership and Ethics. It will bring together students, scholars and national security professionals to discuss strategy, policy, and leadership during the Reagan administration.

“The Adams Center works to preserve, promote, and perpetuate the history of the Cold War in ways that help us understand the challenges and opportunities we face today,” Adams Center director Lt. Col. Bradley Coleman said. “The Reagan event is a fantastic opportunity for future national security professionals, including VMI cadets and students at other colleges, to develop a deeper understanding of the importance of the Reagan period.”

The conference will feature a keynote address by retired U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis, former NATO commander, and a dinner presentation by former U.S. ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack F. Matlock Jr. In addition, five panels of historians and former Reagan administration officials will examine aspects of the Reagan presidency and connections between the Cold War and contemporary national security affairs.

Panelists will include Lou Cannon, author of President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime; Beth Fischer, lecturer at the University of Toronto’s Woodsworth College; and Archie Brown, emeritus professor of politics at Oxford University.

Early registration, which will end Aug. 15, is $185. Regular registration, from Aug. 16 to Oct. 17, is $245. Registration for full-time students is $65.

To register and learn more about “The Enduring Legacy,” visit