Like the main character in the iconic film, Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, Jami Floyd went to the nation’s capital full of idealism in 1993. But when she got there, her experience was more in line with House of Cards. Now, strained relations between partisan forces in Congress are amplified like never before. As a former White House insider turned journalist, with expertise in constitutional law, Floyd is armed with a unique trifecta of experience. This interactive multimedia talk grows out of that experience.
Floyd makes an unsparing examination of the interplay between the U.S. Constitution, Congress, and the American media. Heading into the 2016 Presidential Cycle, leadership will be front-and-center and this highly collaborative presentation will examine leadership through the prism of history, politics, and popular culture, as well as leaders Floyd has personally known through her journalism and policy work in Washington, DC, including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, George W. Bush, Colin Powell, John Lewis, Gen. David Petreaus, Michael Bloomberg, and current presidential contender Hillary Clinton.
Floyd will engage the audience to reconsider traditional notions of leadership from ancient Rome to the present, and including consideration of figures such as Augustus, John Lennon, Shakespeare, and Jesus. The purpose is to have the audience truly question the nature of leadership, what defines a leader, and who gives legitimacy to our leaders, and why. We will also consider the role of imagery throughout time and social media in the modern technological age.
Together we will assess the essential nature of leadership — whether it changes over time, or whether leadership is a constant, essentially unchanged, from the beginning of humanity to the present.