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Jan
14
11:00AM
Edward E. Baptist

EDWARD E. BAPTIST is an associate professor of history at Cornell University.  His new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, explores how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. Baptist is also the author of the award-winning book Creating an Old South: Middle Florida's Plantation Frontier before the Civil War. A book signing will follow his Forum.

Jan
15
3:30PM

Woodrow Wilson in War and Peace: 1917-1920

Margaret MacMillan

January 15, 2015, 3:30PM

Margaret MacMillan

MARGARET MACMILLAN is the Warden of St. Antony’s College and professor of international history at the University of Oxford. Her books include Women of the Raj (1988, 2007); Paris 1919: Six Months that Changed the World (2002); Nixon and Mao: Six Days that Changed the World (2007); Dangerous Games: The Uses and Abuses of History (2009); and The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914 (2013).   

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.

Jan
21
11:00AM

American Forum - Don’t Wait for the Next War

Wesley K. Clark

January 21, 2015, 11:00AM

Wesley K. Clark

Part of a new American Forum special series in Spring 2015: The Aftermath of the Endless War

In his most recent book, Don’t Wait for the Next War: A Strategy for American Growth and Global Leadership, WESLEY K. CLARK, a retired four-star general of the U.S. army and former Democratic candidate for president, presents an argument for continued American global leadership. The platform for American leadership is to use America’s energy resources to spark sustainable economic growth, building new strength to deal with pressing domestic issues like the deficit as well as the longer term challenges to U.S. security. In 38 years of service in the U.S. Army, Clark rose to the rank of four-star general as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. His awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, silver star, bronze star, purple heart, honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments, and the Commander of the Legion of Honor (France). Clark’s other books include Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat, Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire, and A Time to Lead: For Duty, Honor, Country. A book signing will follow his Forum.

Jan
23
12:30PM

Immigration Crisis and Reform

Adam Goodman

January 23, 2015, 12:30PM

Adam Goodman

The history of immigration policy provides the focus of the first GREAT ISSUES event of the spring 2015 semester. Current Miller Center National Fellow ADAM GOODMAN (University of Pennsylvania) will discuss “Operation Wetback,” a 1954 U.S. government effort to encourage – or force – undocumented immigrants to leave the country. Goodman argues that “Operation Wetback” represents the deep roots of modern “self-deportation” policies that rely on massive publicity campaigns and intimidation. Through such mechanisms, the state maintains a strong influence over what is claimed to be a "voluntary" act. The event will provide critical historical context that is often missing from current debates over immigration reform.

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.

Jan
27
11:00AM
Daniel Bolger John Nagl

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
11
11:00AM

American Forum - Mercenaries or Patriots: Privatizing American Security

Ann Hagedorn, Erik Prince

February 11, 2015, 11:00AM

Ann Hagedorn Erik Prince

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

Feb
18
11:00AM
Yochi Dreazen

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

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