Essential Pittsburgh
9:00 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Watergate: Promoting a Legacy With a Fair-Minded Approach

President Nixon with edited transcripts of White House tape conversations during a broadcast of his address to the Nation in 1974.
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The word Watergate carries so many powerful connotations in American culture. It describes a place, a crime, a cover-up, legal and congressional investigations...So when dedicating a place of honor to a dignitary like Richard Nixon, how do you provide a balanced representation? Tim Naftali, former director of the Richard M. Nixon Library and Museum talks about being tasked with producing a fair-minded representation of Nixon and the Watergate scandal. And Alexander Butterfield, is the deputy assistant to President Nixon, who told investigators that the president had been taping conversations. He talks about what it was like to provide the revelation that changed the trajectory of the Watergate affair. Both gentlemen are panelists for a University of Pittsburgh lecture titled Watergate: Third-Rate Burglary or Historical Turning Point? Catch a live stream of the talk on March 28th at 7:30pm