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Larry Berman, a nationally renowned expert on the American presidency, will speak on “The Clinton Legacy” at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 7, in the auditorium of Kirby Hall of Civil Rights, Lafayette College.

Sponsored by the departments of government and law and history, Berman’s talk is free and open to the public. It is the second of two major Lafayette lectures this year on the effect of the impeachment crisis on the American presidency and the nation, complementing a December talk by Michael Gerhardt of the School of Law of the College of William and Mary.

Berman is professor of political science at the University of California, Davis, and is director of the UC Davis SunTREC, an advanced governmental technology center that focuses on development of Internet-based solutions for research, education, and demonstration purposes.

He is author of highly influential books on the American presidency, including Planning a Tragedy: The Americanization of the War in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson’s War, The New American Presidency, and Approaching Democracy, which he co-authored with Bruce Allen Murphy, Lafayette’s Fred Morgan Kirby Professor of Civil Rights.

A high-profile commentator on the presidency, Berman has been featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series The Public Mind: The Truth About Lies, and Marvin Kalb’s CBS documentary Vietnam, in addition to serving as a consultant to several PBS series on the presidency.

Berman is currently a resident fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., where is working on the third and final volume of his trilogy on the political effects of the Vietnam War on the presidency.

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