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Jan
27
11:00AM
Daniel Bolger John Nagl

Television Broadcast: February 15, 2015
Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015: The Aftermath of the Endless War

Over a 35-year career, DANIEL BOLGER rose through the army infantry to become a three-star general, commanding in both theaters of the U.S. campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan. His military awards include five Bronze Star medals and the Combat Action Badge. In his new book, Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Bolger offers a unique assessment of these wars, from 9/11 to the final withdrawal from the region. His book makes the case that in Iraq and in Afghanistan, we lost—but we didn’t have to. JOHN NAGL is a retired lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Army. When he was an army tank commander in the first Gulf War of 1991, he was an early convert to the view that America’s greatest future threats would come from asymmetric warfare—guerrillas, terrorists, and insurgents. The result would become the bible of the counterinsurgency movement: his book called Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife. Nagl’s new memoir, Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, is an education in modern war—in theory, in practice, and in the often tortured relationship between the two. A book signing will follow their Forum.

Jan
30
12:30PM

The History of Capitalism

Julia Ott, Louis Hyman

January 30, 2015, 12:30PM

Julia Ott Louis Hyman

After decades of neglect, the history of capitalism has recently become a central focus of scholarly attention. Prompted in part by the economic crisis, a new generation of historians has explored the role of capitalism in society, probing relationships between financial instruments and institutions and actors ranging from business owners and financiers to workers. The field as a whole emphasizes that no understanding of U.S. history can be complete without rigorous attention to the role of capitalism. On January 30, 2015, the Miller Center’s GREAT ISSUES program will feature two leading historians of capitalism: JULIA OTT, associate professor of history at the New School, and LOUIS HYMAN, assistant professor of history at Cornell University. Ott and Hyman will present a “state of the field” assessment of the history of capitalism, highlighting current and future developments in this emerging area of innovative historical scholarship.

This event is part of…

The Great Issues Series: 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.

Feb
4
11:00AM

American Forum - Confronting Political Islam

John Owen, Ahmed H. Al-Rahim

February 4, 2015, 11:00AM

John Owen

Television Broadcast: February 22, 2015
Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015 The Aftermath of the Endless War

JOHN OWEN is Ambassador Henry J. and Mrs. Marion R. Taylor Professor of Politics, and a Faculty Fellow at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.  His newest book is Confronting Political Islam: Six Lessons from the West’s Past (Princeton, 2014).  He is author of The Clash of Ideas in World Politics: Transnational Networks, States, and Regime Change, 1510-2010. AHMED H. AL-RAHIM is an assistant professor of religious studies at U.Va., where he studies and teaches medieval intellectual traditions of Islamic civilization.  His work centers on the development and genres of medieval Arabic literary biography, the history of medieval Muslim institutions of learning, and the development of political Islam after the 13th century.  A book signing will follow this Forum. 

Feb
11
11:00AM

American Forum - Black Leaders on Leadership

Julian Bond, Phyllis Leffler

February 11, 2015, 11:00AM

Julian Bond Phyllis Leffler

Television Broadcast: March 1, 2015
Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015

What Now? Dialogues on Race and Turmoil in America

Drawing on a wealth of oral interviews collected by activist and politician JULIAN BOND and historian PHYLLIS LEFFLER, the new book Black Leaders on Leadership uses the lives of prominent African Americans from all sectors of society to trace the contours of black leadership in America. The interviews include accounts from a wide variety of figures such as John Lewis, Clarence Thomas, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vernon Jordan, Angela Davis, Amiri Baraka, and many more. These individual and collective memories form a genealogy of social and cultural identity, demonstrating how leadership emerges from historical struggle rooted in the promise of a brighter future and providing valuable insights into the intractable disparities of race in America. A book signing will follow their Forum.

Feb
18
11:00AM
Yochi Dreazen

Television Broadcast: March 8, 2015
Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015: The Aftermath of the Endless War

The managing editor of Foreign Policy, YOCHI DREAZEN is one of the most respected military journalists in the country, and has covered the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the Wall Street Journal and reported from more than 30 countries. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, the Washington Post, and many others. His most recent book, The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War, tells the story of a military family that lost two sons—one to suicide and one in combat—and channeled their grief into fighting the armed forces’ suicide epidemic. A book signing will follow his Forum. Photo Credit: Christopher Leaman

Feb
20
12:30PM
Richard Immerman Benjamin Wittes

With the release by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence of a major study of the CIA’s detention and interrogation practices, Americans have been forced to confront some disturbing facts. It is clear that practices most Americans would condemn have been used in secret by our intelligence agencies to pursue information in America’s on-going conflict with radical Islam. To debate the significance of the Senate’s findings and to place them into broad historical context, the GREAT ISSUES Series will host a public conversation with RICHARD IMMERMAN and BENJAMIN WITTES, two experts on the matter. 

This event is part of…

The Great Issues Series: 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.

Mar
4
11:00AM
Julian Zelizer

Television Broadcast: March 22, 2015

In his new book, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Lyndon Johnson, Congress, and the Battle for the Great Society, JULIAN ZELIZER offers a big-picture account of the Great Society and the forces that shaped it, from President Lyndon Johnson and members of Congress to the civil rights movement and the media. Zelizer is a professor of history and public affairs at Princeton. His books include Taxing America: Wilbur D. Mills, Congress, and the State, 1945-1975; On Capitol Hill: The Struggle to Reform Congress and its Consequences, 1948-2000; and Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security—From World War II to the War on Terrorism. Zelizer is a frequent commentator in the international and national media on political history and contemporary politics, and writes a weekly column on CNN.com. The History News Network named him one of the top young historians in the country. A book signing will follow his Forum.

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