Forums to explore FDR's 'team'

HYDE PARK — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum and the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute will present "FDR's Inner Circle," two free public forums, this fall. 

While much scholarship and attention has focused on the role FDR played as the leading actor in the drama of the Great Depression and World War II, there is growing interest in the supporting players around FDR — a circle of close advisers, secretaries, friends, and, of course, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. These panel discussions will explore in depth the many important behind-the-scenes figures in the Roosevelt story.

WAMC President and CEO Alan Chartock and Poughkeepsie Journal Executive Editor Stuart Shinske will each moderate a session. In addition to house seating, these programs will be webcast live with online viewer participation and C-SPAN will film all three programs. Each forum will take place at 2 p.m. in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum. To register call Cliff Laube at 845-486-7745.

Sept. 25: FDR's Inner Circle: Domestic Policy

Moderator: Alan Chartock, president and CEO, WAMC, Northeast Public Radio; Adam Cohen, author of "Nothing to Fear: FDR's Inner Circle and the Hundred Days that Created Modern America;" Linda Lotridge Levin, author of "The Making of FDR: The Story of Stephen T. Early, America's First Modern Press Secretary;" Joseph E. Persico, historian and Franklin D. Roosevelt biographer; Allida Black, executive editor, fdr4freedoms Digital Initiative and Board of Governors, Roosevelt Institute; and Ellen Chesler, senior fellow, Roosevelt Institute and former director, Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy, Hunter College.

Oct. 23: FDR's Inner Circle: Foreign Policy

Moderator: Stuart Shinske, executive editor/director of content and audience development, Poughkeepsie Journal; Lynne Olson, author of "Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in Its Darkest, Finest Hour;" Douglas Waller, author of "Wild Bill Donovan: The Spymaster Who Created the OSS and Modern American Espionage;" Thomas Parrish, author of "Roosevelt and Marshall: Partners in Politics and War;" Allida Black, executive editor, fdr4freedoms Digital Initiative and Board of Governors, Roosevelt Institute; and David Woolner, senior fellow and resident Hyde Park historian, Roosevelt Institute.