Events at the Nixon Library

The Nixon Library hosts many special events and lectures throughout the year.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

U.S.-China Workshop: Prudent or Protectionist? Analyzing Trump’s Trade Policy with China

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U.S.-China Workshop: Prudent or Protectionist? Analyzing Trump’s Trade Policy with China

7PM Discussion and Audience Q&A

In December 2017, the Trump administration — echoing the President’s public statements — issued its National Security Strategy, taking a strong stance on America’s trade deficit. “Unfair trade practices had weakened our economy and exported our jobs overseas,” the 55 page document reads.

In 2017, the U.S. trade deficit with China hit a record level of $375 billion. President Trump has placed tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, and another $34 billion on other Chinese goods. China has responded by imposing the equivalent on U.S. goods.

Are the United States and China headed toward a trade war? Do the Trump administration’s actions help or hurt the economy and national security of the United States?

Hal Brands is the Henry A. Kissinger Distinguished Professor of Global Affairs at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). He is the author and editor of several books, including “Making the Unipolar Moment: U.S. Foreign Policy and the Rise of the Post-Cold War Order”, “What Good is Grand Strategy?” “Power and Purpose in American Statecraft from Harry S. Truman to George W. Bush”, “Latin America’s Cold War,” “From Berlin to Baghdad: America’s Search for Purpose in the Post-Cold War World”, and “The Power of the Past: History and Statecraft”.

In 2016, Brands served as special assistant to the secretary of defense for strategic planning, and has been a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow. He has also consulted with a range of government offices and agencies in the intelligence and national security communities. He blogs for Shadow Government at and is a frequent contributor to Bloomberg View.

Brands received his B.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Yale University. He previously worked as an assistant and associate professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and as a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses. He lives in Maryland with his wife and two children.

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, a U.S. firm that operates e-commerce stores in China for international brands. Established in 2010, Export Now is the largest off-shore operator of China e-commerce stores, helping brands from around the world in strategy and operations. In government, Lavin served as under secretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005-2007. In that capacity, Lavin served as lead trade negotiator for both China and India and was the senior policy official in the department responsible for commercial policy, export promotion, and trade negotiations across the globe. Lavin was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore from 2001-05, where his duties included helping negotiate the U.S.-Singapore Free Trade Agreement. Previously, Lavin served in the George H.W. Bush and Reagan administrations, working in the Department of Commerce, Department of State, National Security Council, and White House. Lavin served as director of the White House Office of Political Affairs from 1987-89. In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Edelman, Bank of America and Citibank.

He is a columnist for and has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and other periodicals. Lavin is the co-author of “Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets.” He also authored a World War II history book, “Home Front to Battlefront.”

Lavin earned a B.S. from the Georgetown School of Foreign Service; an M.S. in Chinese Language and History from Georgetown; an M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies; and an M.B.A. in Finance at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.

Noel Murray (moderator) is director of the Walter Schmid Center for International Business and associate professor of marketing at Chapman University. His areas of expertise include international marketing, cross-cultural issues in marketing communications and advertising strategy.

His research has been widely published in leading academic journals including, Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Advertising and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. His research on advertising disclosure has been profiled in The Los Angeles Times and in Media Life Magazine.

Murray plays an active role in the Academy of Marketing Science and has recently served as congress co-chair at the World Marketing Congress in Malta. His business affiliation experience includes Digital Computer, Inc., Irish State Merchant Bank, Apple Computer and Bank of Ireland.

Murray earned is B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Limerick,  M.B.A. from the University of Bridgeport, and Ph.D from Pennsylvania State University.


Photo: Donald Trump and wife Melania, and Xi Xinping and wife Peng Liyuan at the Forbidden City in Beijing, China on November 8, 2017 (AP).

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Meet Frank Lavin

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Author of “Home Front to Battlefront: An Ohio Teenage in World War II”

7PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

“Home Front to Battlefront” is a World War II history told through the story of combat infantryman Carl Lavin, based on official military histories, conventional history sources, personal letters of the time and taped recollections.

Carl’s story begins as a high school senior on Pearl Harbor Day. It is a world of a small city in the Midwest, where life is still in the middle of the Great Depression, and filled with weekend pickup football games, community dances, and the occasional date. Carl signs up when he turns 18 and has assignments across the U.S. and the U.K. The core of the book is combat in the Battle of the Bulge, the Battle of the Roer, and the Battle of the Rhine. The final chapters are about the occupation in Germany and the return home to the United States.

It is the story of ordinary Americans, thrust into a harsh and dangerous world, where G.I.’s grapple with the horrors of combat, the idiocies of bureaucracy, and the oddities of life back home – all in the same day. It displays the best and the lowest of the human experience, including examples of heroism, compassion, and sacrifice along with cowardice, pettiness, and plain foolishness. It is the war-time juxtaposition of the trite and horrific; the banal and bizarre that gives this narrative emotional impact.

Frank Lavin is the CEO and founder of Export Now, a U.S. firm that operates e-commerce stores in China for international brands. He served as under secretary for international trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore, director of White House Political Affairs, and in positions at the Department of Commerce, Department of State, and the National Security Council. In the private sector, Lavin served in senior finance and management positions in Hong Kong and Singapore with Edelman, Bank of America and Citibank. He is a columnist for, and co-author of “Export Now: Five Keys to Entering New Markets.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

Nixon Legacy Forum: The Greatest Comeback: Richard Nixon and the 1968 Election

Greatest Comeback Forum
Nixon Legacy Forum: The Greatest Comeback: Richard Nixon and the 1968 Election

Friday, September 21, 2018
5:00 pm EST
Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC

President Dwight Eisenhower’s Vice President, Richard Nixon, lost the 1960 Presidential election to John Kennedy and then the California Governorship to Edmund “Pat” Brown in 1962. At a dramatic post-election press conference, he announced his complete withdrawal from politics, but he couldn’t stay away.

He campaigned tirelessly for the 1964 GOP nominee, Barry Goldwater, as well as for dozens of Republican candidates in the 1966 mid-term elections. His subsequent winning of the Republican nomination in 1968 is the stuff of legends.

This Nixon Legacy Forum will re-tell the story of Richard Nixon’s comeback and his historic 1968 election victory. Panelists will include Pat Buchanan, Dwight Chapin, Annelise Anderson, and Ken Khachigian. Moderated by Geoff Shepard.

Presented in partnership with the National Archives and Records Administration.


Monday, September 24, 2018

Meet Bud McFarlane

President Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor Comments on the State of the World

12PM Lecture and Audience Q&A

Join Robert “Bud” McFarlane, former National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan for a geopolitical tour d’horizon, as he offers commentary on the several challenges to our national security. Topics include a resurgent Russia, the economic and military challenges of an Imperial China, nuclear North Korea and Iran, and the immigration challenges posed for Europe by the Syrian civil war.

Mr. McFarlane has a distinguished record of public service including ten years in the White House and State Department serving variously as counselor to the Department of State, national security advisor to President Reagan, and military advisor to Henry Kissinger and Brent Scowcroft.

In the Reagan years, he was the architect of U.S. policies which so stressed the Soviet economy as to bring it down, and in the process accelerated the collapse of Marxism in the former Soviet Union and the first reduction of nuclear weapons in history. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served for 20 years as a Marine officer, was selected as an Olmsted Scholar, holds a Master of Science (License) from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and was selected as a White House Fellow.

In recent years, Mr. McFarlane has focused on organizing investment in developing countries, brokering reconciliation between rival Sunni and Shia sects in Iraq, coaching the tribal leaders of Darfur, and leading the United States Energy Security Council, a bipartisan panel of former cabinet officers, senior retired military officers, and senior corporate executives devoted to forging a more coherent national energy policy. Currently he is focused, again with retired four-star military officers and distinguished American diplomats, on the prevention of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East.


Thursday, September 27, 2018

Meet Gen. H.R. McMaster

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Featuring Gen. H.R. McMaster in his first public appearance since leaving the Trump administration

President Nixon sought to create a Generation of Peace.

Nearly 50 years after his presidency, has America made progress in advancing President Nixon’s great vision?

This distinguished panel brings together some of the nation’s top policymakers and scholars to discuss American foreign policy and national security in the post-9/11 era.

Former National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, H.R. McMaster, will speak on policy development and implementation.

Richard Kohn, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will focus on civil-military relations, while Beth Bailey, of the University of Kansas, will discuss the impact of “endless war” on our nation’s all-volunteer armed forces – another Nixon legacy.

Gregory Daddis of Chapman University’s War and Society program will moderate the discussion.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nixon Foundation Members Party and Picnic


Join us for a special evening of live music, food and fun in the beautiful Pat Nixon Gardens at this exclusive members-only event!

You will be joined by former aide to President Nixon, Frank Gannon, who will explore and discuss the 50th anniversary of Richard Nixon’s historic 1968 campaign and victory in the presidential election.

The 1968 election is the focus of a new special exhibit at the Nixon Library titled, “Vote Like Your Whole World Depended On It: The Story of the 1968 Election.”

Saturday, September 29th

5:30 pm — Doors open

5:30-6:30 pm — Museum Tours

6:00 pm — Live Jazz Music by Saxophonist Rob Verdi

6:30 pm — Dinner served

7:00 pm — Remarks and Q&A with former Nixon aide, Frank Gannon

7:30-8:30 pm — Museum Tours

Tickets: $30 per person

Includes buffet dinner provided by Blue Agave and two drink tickets per person.

Additional drinks available at cash bar.

Members may bring guests. Seating will be provided.

Please register for this event here. 

To become a Member or for more information, please contact Anne Brown at or 714-364-1161.

You must pre-register for tour times. There is a tour capacity of 20 guests per tour.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Meet Hendrik Meijer

Author of “Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century”

7PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

The idea that a Senator—Republican or Democrat—would put the greater good of the country ahead of party seems nearly impossible to imagine in our current climate of gridlock and divisiveness. But this hasn’t always been the case. Arthur H. Vandenberg (1884–1951), Republican from Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the model of a consensus builder, and the coalitions he spearheaded continue to form the foundation of American foreign and domestic policy today. Edward R. Murrow called him “the central pivot of the entire era,” yet, despite his significance, Vandenberg has never received the full public attention he is due—until now. With this authoritative biography, Hendrik Meijer reveals how Vandenberg built and nurtured the bipartisan consensus that created the American Century.

Hendrik Meijer worked as a reporter and editor before joining Meijer, Inc., where he is executive chairman. He is the author of a biography of his grandfather, “Thrifty Years: The Life of Hendrik Meijer” and is the executive producer of the documentary, “America’s Senator: The Unexpected Odyssey of Arthur Vandenberg.”


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Ask the Candidates with AM870 The Answer

Monday, October 15, 2018

Meet Todd Purdum

Author of “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution”

7PM Lecture, Audience Q&A and Book Signing

A revelatory portrait of the creative partnership that transformed musical theater and provided the soundtrack to the American Century.

They stand at the apex of the great age of songwriting, the creators of the classic Broadway musicals “Oklahoma!”, “Carousel”, “South Pacific”, “The King and I”, and “The Sound of Music”, whose songs have never lost their popularity or emotional power. Even before they joined forces, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II had written dozens of Broadway shows, but together they pioneered a new art form: the serious musical play. Their songs and dance numbers served to advance the drama and reveal character, a sharp break from the past and the template on which all future musicals would be built.

Though different in personality and often emotionally distant from each other, Rodgers and Hammerstein presented an unbroken front to the world and forged much more than a songwriting team; their partnership was also one of the most profitable and powerful entertainment businesses of their era. They were cultural powerhouses whose work came to define postwar America on stage, screen, television, and radio. But they also had their failures and flops, and more than once they feared they had lost their touch.

Todd S. Purdum is the author of “An Idea Whose Time Has Come” and “A Time of Our Choosing.” He is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and a senior writer at Politico, having previously worked at The New York Times for more than twenty years, where he served as White House correspondent, diplomatic correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, and their two children, Kate and Stephen.


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Tucker Carlson at the Nixon Library

Tucker Carlson at the nixon Library

Host of Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Author of Ship of Fools: How a Selfish Ruling Class Is Bringing America to the Brink of Revolution

Join one of cable television’s most prominent voices as Tucker offers his signature fearless and funny commentary in the Nixon Library’s East Room.

Tucker has hosted primetime programs on CNN, PBS, and MSNBC and co-founded The Daily Caller.


Special VIP Offer:

Join as a President’s Society member and receive two tickets to the exclusive VIP reception with Tucker Carlson, priority reserved parking and seating at the event, two copies of Ship of Fools, and membership benefits for one year. Contact Nicole Parsons for details at