Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts a variety of special events, exhibits, lectures and concerts throughout the year.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities

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Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities

Opening Ceremony – Tuesday, January 23 at 11 AM

Free event admission 

Join us to celebrate the opening of Building A New Bridge: President Nixon’s Legacy in Three Chinese Cities, a new special exhibit on the lasting impact of President Nixon’s historic trip to China in the modern cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The celebratory reception will feature keynote remarks by the newly-appointed Consul General of the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles, Ambassador Zhang Ping, during his first visit to Orange County.

The exhibition is presented with Xinhua News Agency and the China National Tourism Council.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

William F. Buckley and the Presidents – Lecture with Alvin Felzenberg

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Alvin Felzenberg

Author of, “A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.”

Free Event Admission

William F. Buckley Jr. is widely regarded as the most influential American conservative writer, activist, and organizer in the postwar era. In this nuanced biography, Alvin Felzenberg sheds light on little-known aspects of Buckley’s career, including his role as back-channel adviser to policy makers, his intimate friendships and influence with Presidents, his changing views on civil rights, and his break with George W. Bush over the Iraq War.

Felzenberg demonstrates how Buckley conveyed his message across multiple platforms and drew upon his vast network of contacts, his personal charm, his extraordinary wit, and his celebrity status to move the center of political gravity in the United States closer to his point of view. Including many rarely seen photographs, this account of one of the most compelling personalities of American politics will appeal to conservatives, liberals, and even the apolitical.

Alvin S. Felzenberg served in two presidential administrations and was principal spokesman for the 9/11 Commission. He teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and is the author of The Leaders We Deserved (and a Few We Didn’t). He lives in Washington, DC.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Meet Lt. Col. Robert Friend, Tuskegee Airmen Pilot

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Meet Lt. Col. Robert Friend of the Tuskegee Airmen

Oldest surviving Red Tail Pilot of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots

Lt. Col. Friend will make a special appearance at the Nixon Library in honor of Black History Month. He will talk about his heroic experiences fighting for our country alongside the legendary Tuskegee Airmen during WWII.

Lt. Col. Friend will be in conversation with Fred Bell, Director of the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The program is free to attend.

Special Members Only VIP Reception!

Meet Lt. Col. Friend and get a signed lithograph of his Red Tail P-51 Mustang “Bunny” at the exclusive reception. The VIP package is $75 and includes two VIP tickets, sponsorship of Air Force JROTC cadets to attend the event, and the signed lithograph. Not a member but want to attend this unique opportunity? Click here.


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Forum: The U.S., China and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

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The U.S., China, and the Geopolitics of the South China Sea

Free Event Admission

The South China Sea is among the world’s epicenters of geopolitical competition. 30 percent of all global trade ($5.3 trillion) passes through the waterway each year. China and its East Asian neighbors, including Indonesia, Japan, The Philippines, and Vietnam all have territorial claims, and established maritime defenses. Meanwhile in its pivot to Asia, the United States has been conducting freedom of navigation tours of its vessels in waters claimed by China.

How can the U.S and China reduce the risk of conflict, and work on a peaceful and equitable resolution in this pivotal international waterway?


Cortez A. Cooper III is a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. At RAND he provides assessments of security challenges across political, military, economic, cultural, and informational arenas for a broad range of U.S. government clients. He has served in the U.S. Navy Executive Service as the senior analyst for the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, U.S. Pacific Command. As the senior intelligence analyst and Asia regional specialist in the Pacific Theater, he advised Pacific Command leadership on trends and developments in the Command’s area of responsibility. His 20 years of military service included assignments as both an Army Signal Corps Officer and a China Foreign Area Officer. In addition to numerous military decorations, the Secretary of Defense awarded Cooper with the Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2001.

Gregory B. Poling is director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative and a fellow with the Southeast Asia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He oversees research on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on the maritime domain and the countries of Southeast Asia. His research interests include the South China Sea disputes, democratization in Southeast Asia, and Asian multilateralism. He is the author of The South China Sea in Focus: Clarifying the Limits of Maritime Dispute (CSIS, July 2013) and coauthor of multiple works including Building a More Robust U.S.-Philippines Alliance (CSIS, August 2015), A New Era in U.S.-Vietnam Relations: Deepening Ties Two Decades after Normalization (CSIS, June 2014), and A U.S.-Indonesia Partnership for 2020: Recommendations for Forging a 21st Century Relationship (CSIS, September 2013).