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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 The History News Network named him one of the top young historians in the country. A book signing will follow his Forum.


Vietnam: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting Back

Marc Selverstone, Ken Hughes, Brantly Womack

April 3, 2015, 12:30PM

Marc Selverstone Ken Hughes Brantly Womack

As the 40th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the 20th anniversary of U.S. diplomatic recognition of Vietnam approach, MARC SELVERSTONE, KEN HUGHES, and BRANTLY WOMACK, three Miller Center experts, will examine the evolution of the U.S.-Vietnam relationship from the 1950s to the present. The panel will consider three questions: how did the U.S. become embroiled in the conflict, how did it extricate itself, and how did it reengage – economically, politically, and culturally – with Vietnam, particularly in the context of the rise of China? Panelists will also consider lessons that the Vietnam experience may offer for ongoing American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as for potential involvement in other hotspots. 

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.


American Forum - Mercenaries or Patriots: Privatizing American Security

Ann Hagedorn, Erik Prince

April 15, 2015, 11:00AM

Ann Hagedorn Erik Prince

Television Broadcast: May 3, 2015

ANN HAGEDORN, author of The Invisible Soldiers: How America Outsourced Our Security, and ERIK PRINCE, founder of the famously controversial Blackwater private-security company, discuss and debate whether the U.S. has made a mistake in its growing reliance on private para-military operators. Prince is the author of the new book, Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror. Hagedorn is a former reporter at the Wall Street Journal and instructor at Northwestern University and Columbia University. Her book examines private military and security companies that have profited from the trend, and profiles members of Congress who see dangers in the practice but have been unable to limit it.  A book signing will follow their Forum. Photo Credit for Ann Hagedorn, Jeanie Wulfkuhiefor; for Erik Prince, Bingo Rimér

Mark Stoler

MARK STOLER is Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Vermont, a distinguished visiting professor of American foreign policy at Williams College (2007-9), and Griffith ’52 visiting professor at Washington and Lee University (2010-14). His publications include Allies and Adversaries: the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Grand Alliance, and U.S. Strategy in World War II; The Politics of the Second Front: American Military Planning and Diplomacy in Coalition Warfare, 1941-1943; George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century; and Allies in War: Britain and America against the Axis Powers, 1940-1945. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Book Award of the Society for Military History for Allies and Adversaries; inclusion in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; the University of Vermont Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award, University Scholar Award, Dean's Lecture Award, and the Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award. 

This event is part of…

The Historical Presidency Series: 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).

William H. Frey

Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015 What Now? Dialogues on Race and Turmoil in America

Television Broadcast: May 10, 2014

In his most recent book, Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America, demographer WILLIAM H. FREY interprets and expounds on the dramatic growth of minority populations in the United States. He finds that without these expanding groups, America could face a bleak future: this new generation of young minorities, who are having children at a faster rate than whites, is infusing our aging labor force with vitality and innovation. Frey, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, is known for his research on urban populations, migration, immigration, race, aging, political demographics, and his expertise on the U.S. Census. He was the first to predict that 2011 would be the first year in which more minority babies than white babies were born. A book signing will follow his Forum.

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