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First Women: The Grace and Power of America’s Modern First Ladies, published earlier this year by Kate Andersen Brower, was given to me as a gift upon my appointment as APUS president. It tells the story of ten of our country’s first ladies, including Barbara Bush, Laura Bush, Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Betty Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, Jackie Kennedy, Pat Nixon, Michelle Obama and Nancy Reagan. At the time, I thought, well, this is interesting, and why this book? I was quickly captivated by the fascinating stories of their unique and similar challenges living in the White House and being in the public eye as first lady.
As a child, Thanksgiving meant a long weekend and time off from school; a big family dinner and many other extras — the house smelled like nutmeg and cinnamon all week; time to play and be with all of my cousins, aunts, and uncles as our house was “holiday central” (my grandmother lived with us); football games and the Macy’s day parade; and preparing for Christmas by putting up the decorative outdoor lights.
Reflecting on experience and generalizing the meaning of experience are principles and practices foundational to learning and to my experience as a researcher. In this blog I apply these principles and practices to the amazing series of events during APUS Inauguration Week, Nov. 1-4, 2016.
This has truly been a historic year for American Public University System, our 25th anniversary of serving our Armed Forces. In April, we cut the ribbon on our new Veterans Community Center in our hometown of Charles Town, WV.