How Should a President Be? A Movie-Clip Driven Conversation

Starr Cinema Tickets


Wednesday, February 21

A lively conversation about the presidency at the start of this election cycle with NY Times bestselling authors Alexis Coe and Alyssa Mastromonaco (who also served as a deputy chief of staff). They will screen short clips of  fictional depictions of presidents in crisis mode, revealing how the electorate views national security and the highest office in the land. This discussion will draw on history and first-hand experience.

About the Speakers:

Alexis Coe is a presidential historian and a fellow at New America, where she is thinking about the presidency in anticipation of America’s 250th. She is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George of Washington and Alice+Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis. She frequently appears on CNN, MSNBC, CBS, History, BBC, and PBS, and has been featured in and published by most major publications, including the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. She is a frequent guest on NPR and hosted the podcasts No Man’s Land and Presidents Are People Too!

Alexis lives outside of New York City with her young daughter.

Alyssa Mende Mastromonaco is an American author, podcaster, spokeswoman, and former government official. She served as White House Deputy Chief of Staff for operations in the administration of President Barack Obama from 2011 to 2014. She was the youngest woman to hold that position.She was later President of Global Communications Strategy & Talent at A&E Networks and the chief operating officer of Vice Media. She has also been a contributing editor at Marie Claire magazine. Since 2017, Mastromonaco has been a podcaster with Crooked Media.

Co-presented by Starr Library.