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Marc Solomon

PBS World Channel Broadcast:  Virginia-January 3, 2016/Nationally-January 6, 2016

In Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality and national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign that led to the historic Supreme Court Ruling. He reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has won legislative, court, and electoral battles over the 12 years since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time. He is a graduate of Yale and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. A book signing will follow his appearance. Photo credit: Zachary Tyler Newton.

Thomas Blanton

This event is open to the public, no RSVP is required.

Thomas S. Blanton is director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he oversees the archive’s more than 32,000 Freedom of Information Act requests. He is the author of White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy. He co-authored The Chronology on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU’s authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study, Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940


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This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: Organized by U.Va. historians Melvyn Leffler and William Hitchcock, the 2015 Historical Presidency series will examine executive leadership during a century of war, economic crisis, and American global expansion. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).


American Forum - The Dysfunction of American Justice

Brandon L. Garrett

December 10, 2015, 11:00AM

Brandon L. Garrett

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-TBA, 2015/Nationally-TBA 2015 

Brandon Garrett, is the Roy L. and Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Virginia where he teaches criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, habeas corpus, corporate crime, civil rights, and constitutional law. Garrett is also the author of Too Big to Jail (2014) and Convicting the innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (2011). Together they explore the many ways our justice system is broken and what we can do to fix it. A book singing will follow his appearance. Photo Credit: Ian Bradshaw

Charles Murray

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-January 17, 2016/Nationally-January 20, 2016

In Charles Murray’s newest book, By the People, the sometimes controversial author gives a spirited rebuke to government overreach, and proposes a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience in which citizens would simply refuse to follow many federal and state regulations. He argues that Americans are wrongfully and routinely obstructed by government as they run businesses, practice a vocation, raise families, or follow their religious beliefs.  Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He came to national attention in 1984 with Losing Ground, and in 1994, with The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, written with Richard Herrnstein. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Kathleen Newland

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, TBA, 2016/Nationally, TBA , 2016

Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute where she focuses on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection. Prior to this appointment, Newland worked for the Carnegie Endowment for international Peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Bank, and the office of the Secretary-General of the United States.


American Forum - Is Public Education Doomed?

Dale Russakoff, Robert Pianta

January 27, 2016, 11:00AM

Dale RussakoffRobert Pianta

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-TBA , 2016/Nationally-TBA, 2016

The Prize: WhoWho's in charge of America's Schools? by Dale Russakoff first serialized in The New Yorker, is the story of how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and now-U.S. Corey Booker joined together in a public-private partnership to transform the failing urban public schools of Newark, N.J.—and utterly failed. 

Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, which included covering the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, N.J. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and credits her parents with encouraging her to question the politics of the world around her, particularly the racial segregation and inequity in her own hometown. A book signing will follow her appearance.

Dr. Robert Pianta, is the Dean of the Curry School of Education, Novartis US Foundation Professor of Education, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  He is also founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.  Pianta's research and policy interests focus on the measurement and production of effective teaching in classrooms from preschool to high school.  Pianta has authored more than 200 scholarly papers and several influential books related to teaching and the intersection of education and human development.  He is past Editor of The Journal of School Psychology and incoming associate editor for the new journal AERA Open. Pianta consults regularly with foundations as well as state and Federal agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

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