FLARE/American University Announcements

Accidental Leaders: Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan Speak Out on Breast Cancer

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, FLARE sponsored a program highlighting the contributions First Ladies Betty Ford and Nancy Reagan made to awareness.

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Western Illinois Man, Pioneering Scholar on First Ladies, Recognized for His Work – The Galesburg Register Mail

Lewis Gould says he was a "typical male historian writing about men" before he developed a new course to teach in the early 1980s at the University of Texas. That course, called "First Ladies of the 20th Century" — not counting Nancy Reagan, who was in the White House at the time — set Gould on a pioneering path of studying the history and legacies of the wives of American presidents.

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FLARE Announces a Virtual Conversation About Lady Bird Johnson

FLARE is pleased to announce our first virtual program--a conversation with Tom Johnson moderated by Nancy Kegan Smith-- on July 29th at 4:00 EDT. Myra Gutin, President of FLARE will welcome and introduce the program.

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Anita McBride Interviewed on Good Morning America

Jill Biden Featured on the August Cover of Vogue Magazine

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Anita McBride: The First Ladies’ ‘stories need to be told’

Former Chief of Staff to Laura Bush and Director of American University’s First Ladies Initiative, Anita McBride joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the launch of the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) at American University. FLARE is the first national academic organization focused on “the evolving roles and lasting legacies of the First Ladies.” McBride also reflects on the past First Ladies and the important issues they championed.

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FLARE and American University's School of Public Affairs Launch Partnership

Washington, D.C. (June 21, 2021) – The nation’s first association dedicated to the study of the evolving roles and history of America’s First Ladies has been announced by American University’s School of Public Affairs. When it officially begins its work this month, the First Ladies Association for Research and Education (FLARE) will bring together scholars, institutions, members of First Ladies’ staff, biographers, archivists, journalists, and public historians to explore the lasting and varied legacies of the spouses of Presidents.

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