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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 AL-RAHIM is an assistant professor of Islamic studies in U.Va.’s religious studies department. He studies and teaches medieval Islamic intellectual history, particularly the philosophical reception of Avicenna and classical Islamic ethical thought, as well as aspects of the ideological development of political Islam in the modern age. Al-Rahim’s publications include the forthcoming The Creation of Philosophical Tradition: Biography and the Reception of Avicenna’s Philosophy from the 11th to the 14th Centuries C.E.


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.

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

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. 

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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.


Herbert Hoover versus the Great Depression

George H. Nash

March 3, 2015, 3:30PM

George H. Nash

GEORGE H. NASH is an independent historian, lecturer, and authority on the life of Herbert Hoover. His publications include three volumes of a comprehensive, scholarly biography of Hoover and numerous essays about him. He has also edited two previously unseen book manuscripts by Hoover: Freedom Betrayed: Herbert Hoover's Secret History of the Second World War and Its Aftermath and The Crusade Years, 1933-1955: Herbert Hoover's Lost Memoir of the New Deal Era and Its Aftermath

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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.

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.


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

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