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Jan
27
11:00AM
Daniel Bolger John Nagl

Television Broadcast: February 15, 2015
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
23
12:30PM

Immigration Crisis and Reform

Adam Goodman

January 23, 2015, 12:30PM

Adam Goodman

Because of technical difficulties, we will not be able to live stream this program online. Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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
21
11:00AM
Wesley K. Clark

Television Broadcast: February 8, 2015

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.

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
14
11:00AM
Edward E. Baptist

Television Broadcast: February 1, 2015
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.

Dec
12
11:00AM
Doris Kearns Goodwin

Doug Blackmon interviews Pulitzer Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin. Doris is the author of six best-selling books, including her most recent, The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism

Dec
3
11:00AM
Mitchell Zuckoff

Television Broadcast: December 21, 2014

New York Times bestselling author MITCHELL ZUCKOFF’s new book, 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the U.S. State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A journalism professor at Boston University, Zuckoff was also a reporter for the Boston Globe, where he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting.   Photo Credit for Mitchell Zuckoff: Suzanne Kreiter

Dec
2
3:30PM

Thomas Jefferson and the Problem of Union

Gary W. Gallagher, Peter Onuf

December 2, 2014, 3:30PM

Gary W. Gallagher Peter Onuf

A Conversation with Peter Onuf and Gary Gallagher 

GARY W. GALLAGHER is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. He earned his graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published widely in the field of Civil War-era history, most recently Causes Won, Lost and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War, The Union War, and Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National Loyalty. In 2010-2012, he held the Cavaliers' Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the highest teaching award conveyed by the University.

PETER ONUF is senior fellow at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History, Emeritus at the University of Virginia. He is author/editor of eleven books, including most recently, Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War. In 2008-09, he was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Professor of American History at the University of Oxford. He is also the “18th Century Guy” on the public radio program BackStory with the American History Guys.

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.

Nov
30
11:00AM
Mike Nelson

Television Broadcast: November 30, 2014

Resilient America: Electing Nixon in 1968, Channeling Dissent, and Dividing Government

Nov
24
11:00AM

American Forum - Ambassador to the World

Thomas Pickering

November 24, 2014, 11:00AM

Thomas Pickering

THOMAS PICKERING has had a career spanning five decades as a U.S. diplomat, serving as under secretary of state for political affairs, and U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel, Nigeria, Jordan, and El Salvador. He holds the personal rank of career ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. Pickering has held numerous other positions at the State Department, including executive secretary and special assistant to Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger. Pickering is currently vice chairman of Hills & Company, an international consulting firm providing advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment issues abroad. Limited Public Seating; please RSVP mc-reservations@eservices.virginia.edu or Kate Huber at 434-924-7756.

Nov
18
5:00PM
Ann Compton

ANN COMPTON joined ABC News in 1973 and was the first woman assigned to cover the White House by a television network. From her front seat at the White House for ABC News, Compton covered seven presidents as well as innumerable life-changing and globe-altering events, including the end of the Cold War. During the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Compton was aboard Air Force One after President George W. Bush was advised not to return to Washington, DC. She began her broadcasting career as the first female reporter for the CBS affiliate in Roanoke, Virginia. Limited Public Seating; please RSVP mc-reservations@eservices.virginia.edu  or Kate Huber at 434-924-7756.

Nov
17
12:30PM

The Grand Strategy of Ronald Reagan

Hal Brands, Malcolm Byrne, James Graham Wilson

November 17, 2014, 12:30PM

Hal Brands Malcolm Byrne James Graham Wilson

Ronald Reagan has been hailed as one of the nation’s most successful presidents in the realm of foreign affairs. Though he came into office with harsh views of the Soviet Union, he found a way to reach out to the Russians and build a relationship with Mikhail Gorbachev that began to unwind the Cold War. But scholars continue to debate whether Reagan was following a carefully mapped out strategy. Were his foreign policy moves improvised or part of a grand plan? And how did the crises he faced during his time in office, especially Iran-Contra, impact his ability to conduct foreign policy? The Miller Center’s GREAT ISSUES series will kick off a lively debate with three experts on the Reagan years, including HAL BRANDS, assistant professor of History and Public Policy at Duke University; MALCOLM BYRNE, deputy director and director of research at the nongovernmental National Security Archive at George Washington University; and JAMES GRAHAM WILSON from the Office of the Historian at the U.S. Department of State.

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.

Nov
12
11:00AM
James Risen

Television Broadcast: December 14, 2014

Ever since 9/11, America has fought an endless war on terror, seeking enemies everywhere and never promising peace. In his new book, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, JAMES RISEN reveals a litany of the hidden costs of that war: from squandered and stolen dollars, to abuses of power, to wars on normalcy, decency, and truth. Risen is an investigative journalist with the New York Times and author of the New York Times bestseller State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration. In 2006, he won a Pulitzer Prize for his stories about warrantless wiretapping by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Nov
5
11:00AM
Ken Hughes

Television Broadcast: December 7, 2014

The break-in at the Watergate complex and the cover-up that followed brought about the resignation of President Richard Nixon, creating a political shockwave that reverberates to this day. KEN HUGHES' new book, Chasing Shadows: The Nixon Tapes, the Chennault Affair, and the Origins of Watergate, uses the Nixon and Johnson tapes to explore Nixon’s secret interference in Vietnam peace talks during the 1968 election. As a key player in the Miller Center’s Presidential Recordings Program, Hughes has spent more than a decade developing and mining the largest extant collection of transcribed tapes from the Johnson and Nixon White Houses. Hughes served as a senior consultant on Nixon by Nixon: In His Own Words, an HBO documentary, and is currently consulting on the forthcoming Ken Burns documentary on Vietnam.

Oct
29
11:00AM
Michael Wolraich

Journalist and historian MICHAEL WOLRAICH writes about historical events in order to illuminate modern politics. He founded the political blog, Dagblog, and has written for the Atlantic, the Daily Beast, CNN, Reuters, and Talking Points Memo. His most recent book, Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics, takes us into the heart of the epic power struggle that created the progressive movement and defined modern American politics. Recounting the fateful clash between the pragmatic Theodore Roosevelt and the radical “Fighting Bob” La Follette of Wisconsin, Wolraich’s narrative reveals how a few Republican insurgents broke the conservative chokehold on Congress and initiated the greatest period of political change in America’s history. A book signing will follow his Forum.

Oct
28
3:30PM

Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment and the Legacy of the Civil War

Elizabeth R. Varon

October 28, 2014, 3:30PM

Elizabeth R. Varon

ELIZABETH VARON is Langbourne M. Williams Professor of American History at the University of Virginia. A noted Civil War historian, she is the author of Disunion!: The Coming of the American Civil War, 1789–1859; We Mean to be Counted: White Women and Politics in Antebellum Virginia; and Southern Lady, Yankee Spy: The True Story of Elizabeth Van Lew, A Union Agent in the Heart of the Confederacy, which was deemed one of the "Five best books about the Civil War away from the battlefield" by the Wall Street Journal.

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.

Oct
24
11:30AM

Politics of Disaster

Andrew Morris, Scott Knowles

October 24, 2014, 11:30AM

Andrew Morris Scott Knowles

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated areas of New York City and the New Jersey Shore. The hurricane marked the latest in a series of natural and human-caused disasters – Hurricane Katrina, the BP oil spill, Fukushima – that rocked the public’s confidence in the response capacities of both government and the private sector. As the two-year anniversary of Sandy approaches, the Miller Center’s GREAT ISSUES program will explore the history of disasters and disaster response policy. Featuring two leading historians in the emerging field of disaster history -- SCOTT KNOWLES, Associate Professor of History and Politics at Drexel University and ANDREW MORRIS, Associate Professor of History at Union College -- the event will probe how experts and policymakers have understood disasters through history and how public policy has changed in response. From this historical perspective, it will explore how future disaster response and recovery efforts might be improved. 

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.

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