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August/September FLARE Member of the Month ... Nichola D. Gutgold

Nichola D. Gutgold Nichola D. Gutgold is a professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State – Lehigh Valley campus and former associate dean of the Schreyer Honors College at Penn State. She is author or co-author of a number of books and articles including: Electing Madam Vice President: When Women Run, Women Win (Lexington, 2021) as well as Gender and The American Presidency (co-authors Diana Carlin and Theodore Sheckels). (Lexington, 2012).
August/September FLARE Member of the Month ... Nichola D. Gutgold
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FLARE founders--Diana Carlin, Anita McBride, and Nancy Kegan Smith--formally release their new textbook!

Catherine Allgor named as 2023 Gould Award Recipient

Call for Nominations to FLARE Board of Directors

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden Is At Her Full Strength: ‘You Never Know Where This Life Is Going To Take You’
Michelle Obama’s Post-White House Entrepreneurial Era is “Unprecedented”
New program aimed at women passionate about literacy, advocacy
Barbara Bush Foundation to Host 2023 National Celebration of Reading in Washington, D.C.
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FLARE Focus on When The First Lady is an Educator, A Lesson Comes Dressed in Inaugural Clothing

Nichola D. Gutgold

One of the most popular exhibits at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History is the First Ladies Exhibit. With over 1,000 items in the collection, the Smithsonian documents the lives and legacies of the women who have served in this invaluable role.[i] It was an honor to attend the ceremony of the presentation of the inaugural clothing of First Lady, Dr. Jill Biden, which she wore in January 2021 to President Biden’s swearing-in and other celebratory events to mark the occasion..

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 September 2023 
September 25 - 27, 2023

WHHA Presidential Sites Summit

Presentation by Diana Carlin, Anita McBride, Nancy Kegan Smith, and Barbara Perry

Washington, DC.

October 16, 2023

FLARE 2023 Call for Nominations for Board Members Deadline

The 2023 FLARE Nominating Committee solicits from any member of the Association names of possible nominees for FLARE Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and two At-Large Board Members. The Nominating Committee will review and narrow the slate of nominees who will be listed on the general election ballot. The Nominating Committee will not be limited in its deliberations to the list of nominees. All nominees must be a member of FLARE at the time of nomination and must agree to maintain membership during the term of office.

October 19, 2023
4:00PM - 5:00PM EDT

Dole Institute

Myra Gutin at the Dole Institute

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September 4, 2023

Sarah Childress Polk

September 4, 1803

September 21, 2023

Margaret “Peggy” Smith Taylor

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Kristin Ahlberg

Mary R. Anderson

Thomas J. Balcerski

Maurine Beasley

Allida Black

Pamela G. Bourland-Davis

Mary C. Brennan

Paulette Brinka

Mary Balfour Calvert

Stacy Cordery

Erika N. Cornelius Smith

Susan Donius

East Wing Magazine

Sharon Fawcett

Lewis L. Gould

Nichola Gutgold

Laura Gutin

Linda B. Hobgood

Edwina and Tom Johnson (Atlanta)

Kay Sebring-Roberts Kuhlmann

Christopher J. Leahy

Heath Hardage Lee

Anne F. Mattina

Lisa Hill McCubbin

Nick Natalle

Valerie Palmer-Mehta

Barbara Perry

G. Joseph Pierron

Lindsay B. Reynolds

Rebecca Boggs Roberts

Mary Stockwell

Larry and Louann Temple

Elizabeth Lorelei Thacker-Estrada

Courtney C. Travers

Tammy R. Vigil

Sharon Williams Leahy

Jeanne Ryan Wolfson

Nancy Beck Young

Kay Zerwick