FY 2010 -2011
Cultural Affairs and Distinguished Lecture Series
Project Abstract/ Summary
We are organizing a one-day conference titled The Promise and Problems of Transparency to be held at Wells Conference Center on Friday November 12 2010. The theme of transparency emerged from the William S. Cohen collection in a number of ways. Following Watergate, Cohen said repeatedly that openness in government would be the only way to regain the trust of the American people. Each year, he prepared and submitted his finances to be included in the Congressional Record, stating that the public deserved to know the financial holdings of individuals in whom they had placed their trust. He advocated for open hearings during the Iran- Contra Affair, and even the fact that Fogler Library received such detailed records from his administration spoke to the idea of transparency. Drawing from this, we gained confidence that could develop a day of programming to connect the archive to current events in a way that would invite balanced, academic debate incorporating a wide variety of perspectives regarding political affiliation, gender, age, and background.
Raymond H. Fogler Library, "Special Collections Dept, Fogler Library" (2010). Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series. 224.