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Joy-Ann Reid

Television Broadcast:  Virginia, TBA/ Nationally, TBA

Joy-Ann Reid is a national correspondent for MSNBC and previous host of MSNBC's The Reid Report - a daily program that offered distinctive analysis and insight on the day’s news. In her new book, Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide,  Ms. Reid traces the Democratic Party back to the early 1960s in order to demonstrate the role of race in major party decisions and to explain why the issue is so important to understanding American politics today. A book signing will follow her appearance.


American Forum - SPECTACLE: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Pamela Newkirk

October 14, 2015, 11:00AM

Pamela Newkirk

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Nov. 8, 2015/National, Nov. 11, 2015

Award-winning scholar and journalist Pamela Newkirk reveals a little-known and shameful episode in American history, when an African man was displayed as an exhibit in the Museum of Natural History and the Bronx Zoo. SPECTACLE is a shocking story of racial prejudice, science, and tragedy in the early years of the Twentieth century—and also a critical episode for understanding why even in 2015 many Americans still see issues of race in profoundly different ways. Ms. Newkirk is a journalist and a professor of journalism, and a director of undergraduate studies at New York University. She is the author of Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the National Press Club Award for Media Criticism, and the editor of Letters from Black America. A book signing will follow her Forum appearance. Photo credit: Joe Henson


The Moynihan Report after Fifty Years: the Controversy and its Legacy

Daniel Geary, Daryl Scott

October 19, 2015, 12:30PM

Daniel GearyDaryl Scott

On the 50th anniversary of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s controversial study, The Negro Family: A Case for National Action, the Miller Center’s Great Issues program will explore the report and its ongoing legacy for debates about race and economic inequality in the United States. Although conceived by Moynihan as an attempt to probe connections between racial inequality, economic injustice, and family structure, the report touched off a heated debate over its contention that households headed by single mothers constrained African American social and economic progress. The debate over the Moynihan report remains relevant today, as political leaders ranging from Paul Ryan to Barack Obama have recently referred to the report and its conclusions. On October 19, Daniel Geary and Daryl Scott, two leading scholars, will examine this debate, its history, and its implications for discussions of race today.

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.

Cokie Roberts

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia,  Nov. 15, 2015/ Nationally,  Nov. 18, 2015

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.


American Forum - The View from the White House

Peter Baker

October 26, 2015, 11:00AM

Peter Baker

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Nov. 22, 2015/Nationally, Nov. 25, 2015

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.

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).


The Legacy of Charles W. McCurdy

November 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015

This conference will celebrate and explore the legacy of Charles W. McCurdy on a scholarly and personal level. It will also serve to inaugurate the Charles W. McCurdy Fellowship in Legal History at the Miller Center and School of Law. During a 40-year career in the Corcoran Department of History and the School of Law, McCurdy has been the intellectual and pedagogical heart of legal history at the University of Virginia. His scholarship earned him the 2003 Order of the Coif Triennial Book Award for “The Anti-Rent Era in New York Law and Politics, 1839-1865.” His teaching has earned him not only official recognition but, more importantly, claim to having directed or advised more than 200 doctoral dissertations, master’s theses, and undergraduate theses.

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