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Aug
28
12:00PM

Inside the Iran Nuclear Deal with the Lead U.S. Negotiator

Wendy Sherman

August 28, 2015, 12:00PM

Wendy Sherman

Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Sept. 13, 2015 / Nationally, Sept. 16, 2015

PLEASE NOTE TIME OF PROGRAM 12:00 NOON

Wendy Sherman, former undersecretary for political affairs and lead U.S. negotiator with Iran as the Obama administration has pursued a nuclear agreement. A former social worker, she also served as the director for EMILY's List, a political fundraising group aimed at getting pro-choice Democratic women elected. She first served in the State Department under the Clinton administration. She was appointed to her current position in 2011 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Sep
2
11:00AM
Brian Balogh

Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Sept. 27, 2015 / Nationally, Sept. 30, 2015

Brian Balogh serves as Compton Professor and chair of the National Fellowship Program at the Miller Center, and as professor of history at the University of Virginia. The author of A Government Out of Sight: The Mystery of National Authority in Nineteenth-Century America, Balogh cohosts the public radio show Backstory with the American History Guys. His new book, The Associational State: American Governance in the Twentieth Century, provides a fresh perspective on the role that the private sector, trade associations, and professional organizations have played in implementing public policies from the late-19th through 21st centuries. Balogh examines key historical periods through the lens of political development, paying particular attention to the ways government, social movements, and intermediary institutions have organized support and resources to achieve public ends. The Associational State contends that a wide gap exists between the ideological rhetoric that both parties deploy today and their far less ideologically driven behavior over the past century and a half, and offers one solution to the partisan gridlock that currently grips the nation. A book signing will follow his Forum appearance.

Sep
3
5:00PM

Greece and the Eurozone: Crisis Averted or Crash Test Dummies?

William Antholis, Yiorgos Allayannis, David Leblang

September 3, 2015, 5:00PM

William AntholisYiorgos AllayannisDavid Leblang

Seven years after Lehman Brothers, and six years after the ripple effects crossed the Atlantic and hit European shores, Greece and the Eurozone appear to have weathered yet another crisis. Greece’s Radical Left “SYRIZA” government took power in January, promising a new approach to Greece's near-depression that would emphasize debt relief and growth. Yet eight months later — after a near default and exit from the Eurozone — Greece seems to have returned to EU-designed austerity measures in exchange for nearly $90 billion of additional emergency loans. Rather than having averted a crisis, however, many observers believe that the latest bailout will only return Greece and Europe to economic hardship. In the first Great Issues event of the 2015-16 academic year, three University of Virginia experts will discuss the background to the crisis, its implications, and the future prospects for both Greece and the European Union.

This event is open to the public. No RSVP is required.

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
16
11:00AM
Kevin M. Kruse

Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Oct. 11, 2015 / Nationally, Oct. 14, 2015

Kevin M. Kruse studies the political, social, and urban-suburban history of 20th-century America, with particular interest in the making of modern conservatism. Focused on conflicts over race, rights, and religion, he also studies the postwar South and modern suburbia.  Professor Kruse is the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism (2005), as well as co-editor of three collections: The New Suburban History (2006), with Thomas Sugrue; Spaces of the Modern City (2008), with Gyan Prakash; and Fog of War: The Second World War and the Civil Rights Movement (2012) with Stephen Tuck.  His newest work is One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America (2015), a study of the rise of American religious nationalism in the mid-twentieth century. His first book, White Flight, won prizes including the 2007 Francis B. Simkins Award from the Southern Historical Association (for the best first book in Southern history, 2005-2006) and the 2007 Best Book Award in Urban Politics from the American Political Science Association.  In addition, Professor Kruse has been honored as one of America's top young "Innovators in the Arts and Sciences" by the Smithsonian Magazine, selected as  one of the top young historians in the country by the History News Network, and named a Distinguished Lecturer by the Organization of American Historians. A book signing will follow his Forum appearance.

Sep
18
12:00PM
David M. Kennedy

This event is open to the public.   

David M. Kennedy is Professor of History Emeritus at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than forty years. Graduating seniors have four times elected him Class Day speaker and he has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Hoagland Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. His book Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 2000. He has been a visiting professor at Oxford University and the University of Florence, Italy, and has lectured on American history in more than a dozen countries. His most recent book is The Modern American Military (Oxford University Press, 2013). 

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).

Sep
30
11:00AM

Where Does the U.S.-Iran Nuclear Deal Go Now?

Karim Sadjadpour, Michael Singh

September 30, 2015, 11:00AM

Karim SadjadpourMichael Singh

Television Broadcast:  TBA

Karim Sadjadpour, an associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, has served as the chief Iran analyst at the International Crisis Group based in Tehran and Washington, D.C. Sadjadpour has conducted interviews with Iranians from all walks of life, and frequently appears on television, radio, and in print. He has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and has received numerous academic awards, including a Fulbright scholarship. He participated in a 2009 debate on Iran by the Miller Center.

Michael Singh is senior fellow and managing director at The Washington Institute, and a former senior director for Middle East affairs at the National Security Council. During his tenure at the White House from 2005 to 2008, Mr. Singh was responsible for devising and coordinating U.S. national security policy toward the region stretching from Morocco to Iran, with a particular emphasis on Iran’s nuclear and regional activities, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Syria, and security cooperation in the broader Middle East. Previously, Mr. Singh served as special assistant to secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell and at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. Mr. Singh served as a Middle East advisor to the Romney presidential campaign from 2011-2012, and cochaired Mr. Romney’s State Department transition team in 2012. He served as an adjunct fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Security at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and as an economics instructor at Harvard College. Mr. Singh serves on the advisory boards of United Against Nuclear Iran and the Harvard International Review, and is a former term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Oct
21
11:00AM
Cokie Roberts

Television Broadcast:  TBA

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards and in 2008 was named a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the New York Times bestsellers We are Our Mothers’ Daughters; Founding Mothers: Ladies of Liberty; and, with her husband, the journalist Steven V. Roberts, From This Day Forward and Our Haggadah. A book signing will follow her Forum appearance. Photo Credit: Randy Sager, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Oct
26
11:00AM

The View from the White House

Peter Baker

October 26, 2015, 11:00AM

Peter Baker

Television Broadcast:  TBA

Peter Baker is the chief White House correspondent for the New York Times. He has covered three presidents for the Times and the Washington Post, winning the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for White House coverage. Baker has covered some of the most dramatic political issues and scandals in American history, including the Clinton administration’s Monica Lewinsky scandal, as well as the Iraq War, Hurricane Katrina, Supreme Court nominations, and the American economy. He has also covered decades of major international stories, including the rise of Vladimir Putin and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A best-selling author, Baker’s books include Days of Fire: Bush and Cheney in the White House, The Breach: Inside the Impeachment and Trial of William Jefferson Clinton, and Kremlin Rising: Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the End of Revolution.

Oct
27
3:30PM
Fredrik Logevall

This event is open to the public. 

Fredrik Logevall is the Laurence D. Belfer Professor of International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School and Professor of History at Harvard University. A specialist on U.S. foreign relations history and modern international history, he was previously the Anbinder Professor of History at Cornell University, where he also served as vice provost and as the director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. He is the author or editor of nine books, most recently Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America’s Vietnam (Random House, 2012), which won four prizes, including the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for History and the 2013 Francis Parkman Prize from the Society of American Historians.  

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).

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