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Apr
23
11:00AM
Jonathan Allen Amie Parnes

Airs on Public Television: May 11, 2014
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In their new book, HRC, veteran journalists JONATHAN ALLEN and AMIE PARNES tell the mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton's political rebirth, based on eyewitness accounts from deep inside her inner circle. Hillary Clinton’s surprising defeat in the 2008 Democratic primary brought her to the nadir of her political career, vanquished by a much younger opponent whose message of change and cutting-edge tech team ran circles around her stodgy campaign. And yet, six years later, she has reemerged as an even more powerful and influential figure, a formidable stateswoman, and the presumed front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, marking one of the great political comebacks in history.  HRC offers a rare look inside the Clinton political machine and shows how Hillary fundamentally transformed the State Department with her unparalleled knowledge of how power works in Washington. A book signing will follow this Forum. Photo Credit for Allen: Stuart Hovell, Photo Credit for Parnes: Chip Somodevilla

Apr
25
12:30PM

Colloquium - Polarization in Historical Perspective

William A. Galston, William Kristol

April 25, 2014, 12:30PM

William A. Galston William Kristol

WILLIAM A. GALSTON holds the Ezra K. Zilkha Chair in the Brookings Institution’s Governance Studies Program, where he serves as a senior fellow. A former policy advisor to President Clinton and presidential candidates, Galston is an expert on domestic policy, political campaigns, and elections. His current research focuses on designing a new social contract and the implications of political polarization.

WILLIAM KRISTOL is editor of The Weekly Standard, which, together with Fred Barnes and John Podhoretz, he founded in 1995. Kristol regularly appears on Fox News Sunday and on the Fox News Channel.  Prior to starting The Weekly Standard, Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future and served as chief of staff to Vice President Dan Quayle during the Bush administration and to Secretary of Education William Bennett under President Reagan. Before coming to Washington in 1985, Kristol taught politics at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Lunch will be served. RSVP required by noon on Wednesday, April 23 to mc-reservations@eservices.virginia.edu.

This event is part of…

The Polarization in Historical Perspective Series: There is a growing sense today that the American political system is inadequate to the task of addressing the major challenges facing the nation, both foreign and domestic. A growing ideological gap between the political parties – partisan polarization, abetted by the rise of highly ideological interest groups and a balkanized mass media – is routinely cited as a primary cause of the nation’s ills.

Yet, despite considerable interest in the causes and consequences of partisan polarization, we know very little about how these developments relate to previous episodes of partisan rancor in American history; how they resonate beyond the Washington beltway; and how they are likely to affect important constituencies, such as Hispanic voters, who are likely to have a profound influence on future party alignments.

This themed colloquia series, organized by the Miller Center's SIDNEY MILKIS, will probe these questions and shed important light on the difficult yet indispensible connection between partisanship and American democracy.

Apr
30
11:00AM
Todd Purdum

Airs on Public Television: May 18, 2014
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Washington journalist TODD PURDUM recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the 50th anniversary of its passage. In his latest book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, Purdum recreates the legislative maneuvering and the all-too-human figures who managed, in just over a year, to create a bill that prompted the longest filibuster in the history of the U.S. Senate yet was ultimately adopted with overwhelming bipartisan support. Purdum evokes the high purpose and low dealings that marked the creation of this monumental law, drawing on extensive archival research and dozens of new interviews that bring to life this signal achievement in American history. A book signing will follow his Forum. Photo Credit: Gasper Tringale

May
2
9:00AM

Co-sponsored by the Miller Center; Center for the Study of Race and the Law; and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity, UVa

On July 2, 1964, Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, widely celebrated as the crowning achievement of a revolution in U.S. race relations that ramified into many spheres of domestic and international relations. One year earlier, John Kennedy had proposed a more moderate civil rights bill, which was nevertheless the most far-reaching piece of civil rights legislation proposed in 88 years.

This symposium will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with an exploration of the Act’s origins, impact, and significance within several broad contexts, including the social movements and public policy transformations that the Act symbolized, promoted, and institutionalized. 

May
7
11:00AM
Peniel E. Joseph

Airs on Public Television: May 25, 2014
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PENIEL E. JOSEPH, history professor at Tufts University, joins us to discuss his new biography, Stokely: A Life, about the charismatic and controversial black activist Stokely Carmichael, who stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966. In Stokely, Joseph presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African-American freedom struggles of the 20th century.  Joseph is also the author of the award-winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America and Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. He is the founder of a growing subfield in American history and Africana studies that he has characterized as "Black Power Studies," which is actively rewriting postwar American and African-American history. A book signing will follow his Forum.

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