Keynotes


Keynotes

Politics, Policy, and Patriotism

Kermit Roosevelt tells gripping stories of triumph and conflict behind pivotal moments in American history. He provides audiences with brilliant inside analysis on the lessons we can take from the past to thrive in today’s fast-changing world. 

Drawing on his deep knowledge of history, politics and law, and his exceptional talent for storytelling, Kermit Roosevelt brings a dynamic voice to the public forum. With striking clarity, he illuminates headline-making events while bringing key political figures to life from an insider’s perspective. “Insightful,” “inspiring,” “entertaining,” and a “brilliant speaker,” as described by audiences across the country, he offers unforgettable tales of heroism, adversity, and progress in America – then and now. His relationship to two of America’s greatest presidents gives him a personal connection to American self-governance. 

A distinguished constitutional scholar at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, an award-winning novelist, Superforecaster, and keynote speaker, Roosevelt is also a member of the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court, a former clerk for Supreme Court Justice David Souter, an advisory board member for the National Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom, and a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center. He contributes to major media outlets including TIME, the New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, and NPR, and is a frequent guest on national and international TV and radio programs.

He is among a small group of Superforecasters who predict political and world events with more accuracy than several of the world’s intelligence services. Their unique skills are invaluable to companies and organizations—from global financial services to manufacturers—in their strategic planning.

Roosevelt customizes his presentation for each audience. He has presented at conferences, conventions, annual meetings, lectures series and special events. A prolific public speaker, he has given keynotes for The Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, The National Constitution Center, The FDR Library and Museum, The Wharton School of Business, The Smithsonian Institution, and other organizations, universities, and private and public venues. Following are selected topics.

Leadership

Inspiring, motivating, and filled with valuable lessons for today’s leaders, Roosevelt’s leadership presentations draw on stories of America’s iconic figures. He reveals the personal and professional conflicts they faced in challenging times and the qualities that drove them to victory on the world stage. Their extraordinary stories provide a roadmap for success in the boardroom and beyond.

The Presidency

As a constitutional scholar and student of American political history, Roosevelt has deep and unique insight into the institution of the presidency. He reveals the traits that defined these towering figures; their greatest successes and epic mistakes; and what they can teach us about ourselves, our country, and our future.

Inspiring Americans to Greatness

Nations need stories to tell them who they are, to bring people together in the name of deep commitments to shared values. In scholarship and novels, Roosevelt explores the most fundamental questions of American identity. What does it mean to be American? What makes us who we are? What must we do to be the heroes of our story? His presentations bring this material to life for listeners in the context of the burning issues of today.


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Roosevelt is the author of the The Nation that Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story (out in April 2022), a groundbreaking and contrary view of the American story which transforms our understanding of our history of origin, sin, and redemption. In this eye-opening reinterpretation, he presents the source of American values and identity, opening the door to a new understanding of ourselves, and ultimately to a new America. Other titles include The Myth of Judicial Activism: Making Sense of Supreme Court Decisions and Conflict of Laws. As a novelist he sheds light on important social, cultural, and political issues in America. His novels include Allegiance, a Harper Lee Prize Finalist, and the National Campus bestseller In the Shadow of the Law, winner of the Philadelphia Athenaeum Award, a Christian Science Monitor Best Book of the Year, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice Selection.

His law review articles have been cited by the Supreme Court. In November 2014 the American Law Institute announced that he had been selected as the Reporter for the Third Restatement of Conflict of Laws. In addition, he is a lecturer for the Kaplan Bar Review and prepares students in all 50 states for the Constitutional Law portion of the bar exam.

Born in Washington, DC, he attended Harvard University and Yale Law School, and is the great-great-grandson of President Theodore Roosevelt.