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Nov
16
11:00AM
Sam Tanenhaus

PART OF AMFM’S NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, January 1, 2017/Nationally, January 4, 2017

Sam Tanenhaus is a contributor to Bloomberg View and writer at large at the British monthly, Prospect. His celebrated 2009 book, The Death of Conservatism (chosen by The New Yorker as one of its editors’ 100 Favorite Books of the year) argued that the future of conservatives is bright if, like Reagan, Eisenhower and others, they understand that the “true role of conservatism is not to advance a narrow ideological agenda but to engage in a serious dialogue with liberalism and join with it in upholding ‘the politics of stability.’” He was previously on staff at The New York Times, where he was editor (in chief) of both the Sunday Book Review (2004-13) and the Week in Review (2008-2010) and was also writer at large (2013-14). Before joining theTimes he was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair (1999-2004) writing feature articles on politics and culture. His books include Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (winner of the 1997 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, finalist for both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; and a national best-seller). His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Esquire, Newsweek, Slate, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. He was a Riggio lecturer at The New School for Social Research from 2009 to 2014 and has also lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, New York University, as well as at the White House and at the Clinton, Kennedy, and Johnson presidential libraries, and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He is currently at work on a biography of William F. Buckley Jr. A book signing will follow his appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Nov
14
3:30PM

Barack Obama and the 2008 Election

Thomas Sugrue

November 14, 2016, 3:30PM

Thomas Sugrue

Thomas J. Sugrue is a professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. Sugrue is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and past president of both the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He is the author of several books, including Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

 

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*Please note that this event was originally scheduled for December 2, 2016. 

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Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Nov
9
11:00AM
Matt Kibbe

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, December 11,2016/Nationally, December 14, 2016

Matt Kibbe, former president and CEO of FreedomWorks, one of the most influential national tea party organizations, will discuss the rise and future of the movement. Kibbe is a political activist, author, and distinguished senior fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna. His current book is Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. He is also the author of Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America. Kibbe is coauthor, with Dick Armey, of the New York Times bestseller, Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. Before joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe served as chief of staff and House Budget Committee associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller, director of federal budget policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and senior economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater's tenure as chairman. A book signing will follow his appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Nov
9
7:30AM

Post-Election Breakfast

Wyatt Andrews, Sid Milkis, Mary Kate Cary

November 9, 2016, 7:30AM

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Please join the Miller Center for a free breakfast and post-election debrief on the most unconventional presidential election in modern history.

WYATT ANDREWS, long-time CBS news correspondent—and current professor of practice in UVA’s Media Studies department—will moderate a discussion with Miller Center presidential scholar SID MILKIS, former presidential speechwriter MARY KATE CARY, and YOU. What does this election mean, and how will the American political landscape change? 

Location: 

The Omni Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Doors open at 7:30 AM
Program and Breakfast: 8:00-9:30 AM 

There is no cost to attend this event.

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Nov
1
6:30PM
Khizr Khan

The Miller Center to host Mr. Khizr Kahn for his first public appearance in Charlottesville in Old Cabell Hall on UVA Central Grounds

Khizr Khan, a Charlottesville resident, became famous for his remarks at the Democratic National Convention this year when he stood with his wife Ghazala and told the story of their son Humayun, a UVA graduate and U.S. Army captain who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004. The Khans moved to Charlottesville after the death of their son and have been very involved with the ROTC program at UVA. Mr. Khan will discuss his experiences and share his perspective with the host of the Miller Center’s American Forum television program, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Douglas Blackmon. He will take questions from the audience following the interview.

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Nov
1
3:30PM

To Be Muslim in America

Khizr Khan

November 1, 2016, 3:30PM

Khizr Khan

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, November 13, 2016/Nationally, November 16, 2016

Khizr Khan a is the father of U.S. Army captain and UVA graduate Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. Mr. Khan received international attention following a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Oct
18
3:30PM

The ‘War Room’ Comes to Washington: Clinton’s First Year

Margaret O'Mara

October 18, 2016, 3:30PM

Margaret O'Mara

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington. She specializes in political, economic, and urban history of the modern United States. She previously taught at Stanford University and has held positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. O'Mara is also a former Miller Center National Fellow. She is the author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley

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This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Oct
18
11:00AM

Was 2016 a Truly Pivotal Election in American History?

Margaret O'Mara

October 18, 2016, 11:00AM

Margaret O'Mara

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, November 20, 2016/Nationally, November 23, 2016

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington. She specializes in political, economic, and urban history of the modern United States. She previously taught at Stanford University and has held positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. O'Mara is also a former Miller Center National Fellow. She is the author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley

Oct
17
4:00PM
Bob Inglis

This event will take place in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library auditorium on UVA Central Grounds.

In 2012, former Congressman Bob Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (now known as RepublicEN) at George Mason University to promote free-market solutions to climate change. In this Great Issues event, Congressman Inglis will reflect on his time in government and his efforts to raise awareness among conservatives about the challenges posed by, and potential solutions to, climate change. In September, Congressman Inglis was named to Politico’s list of the “Politico 50,” a “guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” In 2015, the John F. Kennedy Museum and Library awarded him the Profile in Courage Award for his work on climate change.

Congressman Inglis represented South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1993-1998, and again from 2005-2011. He was a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a visiting energy fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

This event is part of…

Great Issues: Our Great Issues programming provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.

Oct
17
3:30PM
Gary Johnson

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 30, 2016/Nationally, November 2, 2016

Gary Johnson is an American businessman, author, politician, and the Libertarian Party nominee for president. From 1995-2003, he served as the 29th governor of New Mexico as a member of the Republican Party. He was also the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president in the 2012. Johnson will be the third presidential candidate to appear on American Forum following Governor John Kasich (Feb. 2016) and Senator Bernie Sanders (Sept. 2015).

Oct
12
11:00AM
General Michael V.Hayden

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, Novembe 6, 206/Nationally, November 9, 2016

Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general, former director of the National Security Agency, principal deputy director of the National Intelligence program and director of the CIA. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden's new book, Playing to the Edge, chronicles his time directing American intelligence as it was forced to respond to terrorism, a major war, and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Oct
10
11:00AM

American Forum - Is There a War on Cops?

Heather Mac Donald

October 10, 2016, 11:00AM

Heather Mac Donald

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, December 4, 2016/Nationally, December 7, 2016

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal where her work has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and racial profiling, homelessness, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her current book, The War on Cops, argues that raced-based attacks on the criminal justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. 

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

Oct
5
11:00AM
Kimberley Strassel

PART OF AMFM's NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, November 27, 2016/Nationally, November 30, 2016

Kimberley Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and since 2007 has written the “Potomac Watch” column. In her new book, The Intimidation Game, she argues that the Left is leading a coordinated campaign to limit free speech and opposition in America. A book signing will follow her appearance. Photo credit: Violetta Markelou

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Oct
3
12:30PM

Scientific Consensus, Policy Stalemate: Climate Change, Values, and Politics

Willis Jenkins, Deborah Lawrence

October 3, 2016, 12:30PM

Willis JenkinsDeborah Lawrence

This fall’s Great Issues program will focus on the political challenges of climate change. Our initial event, co-sponsored by the Miller Center’s First Year Program, features UVA faculty members Deborah Lawrence and Willis Jenkins. The panel will focus on the question of why the scientific consensus on the issue of climate change has thus far resulted in only limited policy action in the United States. Lawrence and Jenkins will draw on their essays for the First Year Project’s forthcoming volume on Science, Technology, and Values.

 

Willis Jenkins is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. His research works along intersections of religious ethics with the environmental humanities. He is the author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity, which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence, and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, which won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

 

Deborah Lawrence is a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. Her current research addresses the challenge of understanding and minimizing climate impacts from forest use in the tropics and around the globe. She is the recipient of a Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholarship. 

This event is part of…

Great Issues: Our Great Issues programming provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.

Sep
30
12:00PM
Timothy Naftali

Timothy Naftali is a clinical associate professor of history and public service and co-director of New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. He writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history, and presidential history. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles, including Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of An American Adversary, the 2007 winner of the Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism

 

Follow the event live on Twitter @Miller_Center with #NixonsTheOne

This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Sep
28
11:00AM

American Forum - Trump Revealed?

Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher

September 28, 2016, 11:00AM

Michael KranishMarc Fisher

PART OF AMFM's NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 9, 2016/Nationally, October 12, 2016

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power offers an examination of Donald Trump’s life, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy, to his careers in real estate and entertainment, and the journey to his Republican presidential nomination. Michael Kranish is an investigative political reporter for the Washington Post. He is the co-author of several political biographies including: John Kerry: The Boston Globe Biography, The Real Romney, and Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War. He was previously deputy chief of the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau. Marc Fisher is a senior editor at the Washington Post, where he has been the enterprise editor, local columnist and Berlin bureau chief, among other positions during his thirty years at the paper. He is the author of Something in the Air and After the Wall, a reporter’s account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany. A book signing will follow their appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Sep
23
12:30PM
Steven Teles

In this Great Issues book talk, Professor Steven Teles will be discussing his new book, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration

American conservatism rose hand-in-hand with the growth of mass incarceration and deployed "tough on crime" rhetoric. Over the last few years, conservatives in Washington, D.C. and in bright-red states like Georgia and Texas, have reversed course, and are now leading the charge to curb prison growth. Prison Break examines how this turn of events occurred, how it will affect mass incarceration, and what it teaches us about achieving policy breakthroughs in our polarized age. Combining insights from law, sociology, and political science, Prison Break offers the first comprehensive account of this major political shift.

Steven Teles is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, and is the author of The Conservative Legal Movement in America. 

This event is part of…

Great Issues: Our Great Issues programming provides scholarly expertise on a wide range of policy issues for the public, the media, and the policy community, with an aim towards increasing public discourse about national and global challenges.

Sep
21
11:00AM

American Forum - Inside the Clinton White House

Russell L. Riley

September 21, 2016, 11:00AM

Russell L. Riley

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 2, 2016/Nationally, October 5, 2016

Russell Riley is associate professor and co-chair of the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing and the contemporary American presidency. He has logged more than 1,000 hours of in-depth, confidential interviews with cabinet officers and senior members of White House staff reaching back to the Carter and Reagan administrations. His new book, Inside the Clinton White House, draws from his work on the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project where he interviewed more than 100 former Clinton-era officials. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Sep
16
12:00PM

What Can the Next President Learn from History? Domestic Policymaking in the First Year

Melody Barnes, Dr. Ken Yale, John Bridgeland, Ed Meese, Barbara Perry, Elaine C. Kamarck

September 16, 2016, 12:00PM

Melody BarnesDr. Ken YaleJohn BridgelandEd MeeseBarbara PerryElaine C. Kamarck

On January 20th, the first term of the 45th president will officially begin, and this panel brings together senior White House domestic policy officials from four of the past five administrations to offer their unique perspectives. Featuring MELODY BARNES, DR. KEN YALE, JOHN BRIDGELAND, ED MEESE, BARBARA PERRY, and ELAINE C. KAMARCK, the conversation will begin with a look back at the memorable lessons learned—good and bad—advising past presidents on domestic policymaking. The panel will then move on to consider the ways these lessons can inform the next administration.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
16
11:15AM

American Forum - Can the Next President Break the Gridlock?

Melody Barnes, John Bridgeland

September 16, 2016, 11:15AM

Melody BarnesJohn Bridgeland

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia October 23, 2016/Nationally October 26, 2016

Melody Barnes served as assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012, and recently contributed to the Miller Center’s First Year 2017. Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served as senior domestic policy advisor to the Obama for America campaign and was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress. From 1998 until 2003, Barnes served as chief counsel to then Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

John M. Bridgeland is president and CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. Previously, Bridgeland served as assistant to the president under George W. Bush, director of the USA Freedom Corps, and director of White House Domestic Policy Council. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has done extensive research on America’s high school drop-out crisis. 

Sep
15
10:00AM

Views from the White House: How Presidents Use the Humanities to Govern

Edward Ayers, Annette Gordon-Reed, Sidney Milkis, Brian Balogh

September 15, 2016, 10:00AM

Edward AyersAnnette Gordon-ReedSidney MilkisBrian Balogh

“I think nothing equals Macbeth,” Abraham Lincoln once wrote. The humanities — drama, literature, history, philosophy, and the other liberal arts — have long provided wisdom to American presidents as they work to address national and international crises. Featuring EDWARD AYERS, ANNETTE GORDON-REED, SIDNEY MILKIS, and moderated by BRIAN BALOGH, this panel will consider how individual presidents drew upon particular literary, artistic, scriptural, or rhetorical sources for inspiration, guidance, and solace. How did presidents turn to the humanities to help guide the nation, heal its wounds, set new directions, and mobilize people in times of crisis?

A book signing will follow this panel.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
14
5:30PM

“Doubting Democracy?” featuring BackStory with the American History Guys

Edward Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh

September 14, 2016, 5:30PM

Edward AyersPeter OnufBrian Balogh

This event will take place at the Newcomb Hall Theatre (149 Newcomb Rd N, Charlottesville, VA, 22902)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might have the highest disapproval ratings among presidential candidates in recent history, but Americans have thought the electoral process to be broken since the very beginning. In this live BackStory show, the American History Guys EDWARD AYERS, PETER ONUF, and BRIAN BALOGH look at U.S. elections through the lens of civic engagement, voter apathy and disillusionment over establishment politics. This event will feature engaging conversation, special guests including DAHLIA LITHWICK, and give needed historical context to the issues voters face in the 2016 election.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
14
11:00AM

American Forum - Thomas Jefferson — Man of Profound Contradictions

Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Onuf

September 14, 2016, 11:00AM

Annette Gordon-ReedPeter Onuf

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, September 25/Nationally, September 28, 2016

Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure and a man of profound contradictions. Lauded as one of the most articulate voices of American freedom and equality, even as he held people in bondage, Jefferson is sometimes described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers. Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf will present their new book, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs, offering their views on our third president.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning, The Hemingses of Monticello and is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and the senior research historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.  A book signing will follow their appearance.

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