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Feb
10
11:00AM
Peter Bergen

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, February 28, 2016/Nationally, March 2 , 2016

United States of Jihad examines Americans who have embraced militant Islam both in the United States and abroad. Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst, will offer an inside look at the controversial tactics of the agencies tracking potential terrorists—from infiltrating mosques to surveillance; at the bias experienced by Muslims at the hands of law enforcement; at the critics and defenders of U.S. policies on terrorism; and at how social media has revolutionized terrorism. A book signing will follow his appearance.

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Feb
24
11:00AM
Risa Goluboff

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

 In 1950s America, it was remarkably easy for police to arrest almost anyone for almost any reason. The criminal justice system—and especially the age-old law of vagrancy—served not only to maintain safety and order but also to enforce conventional standards of morality and propriety. A person could be arrested for sporting a beard, making a speech, or working too little. Yet by the end of the 1960s, vagrancy laws were discredited and American society was fundamentally transformed. What happened? In Vagrant Nation, Risa Goluboff answers that question by showing how constitutional challenges to vagrancy laws shaped the multiple movements that made "the 1960s." Dr. Goluboff is the John Allan Love Professor of Law, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is also the author of The Lost Promise of Civil Rights. A book signing will follow the taping of American Forum. Photo Credit: Tom Daly

Mar
3
11:00AM

American Forum - Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist

Niall Ferguson

March 3, 2016, 11:00AM

Niall Ferguson

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

Niall Ferguson is the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History at Harvard University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. In Kissinger, Ferguson draws not only on the former secretary of state's closed private papers but also on documents from more than one hundred archives around the world. Ferguson challenges increasingly negative portraits of Kissinger as a ruthless realist of the Vietnam era, involved in dubious international schemes. He argues that those depictions of the controversial Nixon-era figure are based on a profound misunderstanding of the man. A book signing will follow the taping of American Forum. Photo Credit: Dewald Aukema

Mar
15
3:30PM
Gary Gallagher

This event will take place in the Auditorium of the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library on Central Grounds and is open to the public.

 

Gary Gallagher is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War and director of the John L. Nau III Center for Civil War History at the University of Virginia. He has published widely in the field of Civil War-era history, most recently Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty; The Union War; and Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War. In 2010-2012, he held the Cavaliers’ Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University of Virginia.

This discussion will be moderated by Elizabeth R. Varon, the Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at UVA.

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).

Mar
22
11:00AM
Eric S. Edelman

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

Veteran diplomat Eric S. Edelman, an adviser to both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, discusses U.S. foreign policy challenges in a world of constantly shifting terror threats and new geopolitical conflict.  Ambassador Edelman is the recently named 2016 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center. Currently, he is the Hertog Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, after retiring as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009. 

Mar
30
11:00AM

American Forum - The Rise of ISIS—The New Enemy

Joby Warrick

March 30, 2016, 11:00AM

Joby Warrick

PBS  Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, April 17, 2016/Nationally, April 20, 2016

Joby Warrick is a reporter for The Washington Post and a winner of the Pulitzer Prize. In his new book, Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS, he tracks the rise of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the emergence of what is now called ISIS, and the strategic mistakes of Presidents Bush and Obama leading to the banner of ISIS being raised over huge swaths of Syria and Iraq. Drawing on high-level access to CIA and Jordanian sources, Warrick weaves gripping, moment-by-moment operational details with the perspectives of diplomats and spies, generals and heads of state, many of whom foresaw a menace worse than al Qaeda and tried desperately to stop it. A book signing will follow the taping of American Forum.

Apr
5
11:00AM
Jeffrey FrankWill Hitchcock

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, April 24, 2016/Nationally, April 27, 2016

Jeffrey Frank is a journalist and former deputy editor of the Outlook section at The Washington Post, as well as a senior editor at The New Yorker.  His book, Ike and Dick, is a narrative history that explores the complicated political and personal relationship between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon—a sometimes painful association that lasted nearly 20 years. Photo Credit: Jon Reis

Will Hitchcock is professor of history at the University of Virginia and director of academic programs at the Miller Center. His work and teaching focuses on the international, diplomatic and military history of the 20th Century, with a particular focus on the era of the world wars and the cold war. He is currently completing a new book titled “The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s.”  A book signing with Jeffrey Frank will follow the taping of American Forum.

Apr
5
3:30PM
Barbara Perry

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

Barbara Perry is the Ethics and Institutions Professor, director of Presidential Studies, and co-chair of the Presidential Oral History Program at the Miller Center. She directed the Edward M. Kennedy Oral History Project and produced a commemorative volume on Senator Kennedy’s interviews. Her eleven authored or edited books include two Kennedy family biographies: Rose Kennedy: The Life and Times of a Political Matriarch and Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier.

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).

Apr
13
11:00AM
Carla Power

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, May 1, 2016/Nationally, May 4, 2016

A journalist specializing in Muslim societies, global social issues and culture,  Carla Power is the author of If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey to the Heart of the Quran. The book is an account of a year in intense study with the traditional Islamic scholar Sheikh Mohammad Akram Nadwi. She writes for Time and is a former correspondent for Newsweek, where she produced award-winning stories, reporting from Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Her essays have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Vogue and O: The Oprah Magazine to The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian, and Foreign Policy. A book signing will follow the taping of American Forum. Photo Credit: Jamie Smith

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