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Feb
24
11:00AM
Risa Goluboff

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, March 13, 2016/Nationally, March 16, 2016

 In 1950s America, it was remarkably easy for police to arrest almost anyone for almost any reason. The criminal justice system—and especially the age-old law of vagrancy—served not only to maintain safety and order but also to enforce conventional standards of morality and propriety. A person could be arrested for sporting a beard, making a speech, or working too little. Yet by the end of the 1960s, vagrancy laws were discredited and American society was fundamentally transformed. What happened? In Vagrant Nation, Risa Goluboff answers that question by showing how constitutional challenges to vagrancy laws shaped the multiple movements that made "the 1960s." Dr. Goluboff is the John Allan Love Professor of Law, Justice Thurgood Marshall Distinguished Professor of Law, and Professor of History at the University of Virginia School of Law. She is also the author of The Lost Promise of Civil RightsPhoto Credit: Tom Daly

Feb
22
2:30PM

American Forum - A Conversation with John Kasich

Governor John Kasich

February 22, 2016, 2:30PM

Governor John Kasich

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, February 28, 2016/Nationally, March 2, 2016

John Kasich is the 69th and current Governor of Ohio, first elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. On July 21, 2015, he announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2016 election. Kasich served nine terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Ohio's 12th congressional district from 1983 to 2001. His tenure in the House included service on the House Armed Services Committee and as chairman of the House Budget Committee. He was a key figure in the passage of both welfare reform and the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. Prior to his political career, Kasich worked as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers' in Columbus, Ohio.

Feb
17
4:30PM

American Forum - The Digital Revolution and American Opportunity

Senator Mark Warner, Philip Zelikow

February 17, 2016, 4:30PM

Senator Mark WarnerPhilip Zelikow

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, May 22, 2016/Nationally, May 25, 2016

Senator Mark Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate in November 2008 and reelected to a second term in November 2014. He serves on the Senate Finance, Banking, Budget, and Intelligence committees, and from 2002 to 2006, he served as Governor of Virginia. The first in his family to graduate from college, Mark Warner spent 20 years in business, was an early investor in the cellular telephone industry, and co-founded the company that became Nextel.
Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History at the University of Virginia and a faculty associate at the Miller Center. Previously, he was a career diplomat, posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the National Security Council staff for President George H.W. Bush. Since leaving government service in 1991, he has taught and directed research programs at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia, including directing the Miller Center from 1998 to 2005. His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft; The Kennedy Tapes: Inside the White House during the Cuban Missile Crisis; and Essence of Decision. His participation in the group Rework America led to the publication of America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age in June 2015. This book discusses the transformation of America as it enters the ‘digital age’ and how technology can become a tool that can open opportunity to everyone.

Feb
10
11:00AM
Peter Bergen

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, March 6, 2016/Nationally, March 9 , 2016

United States of Jihad examines Americans who have embraced militant Islam both in the United States and abroad. Peter Bergen, CNN national security analyst, will offer an inside look at the controversial tactics of the agencies tracking potential terrorists—from infiltrating mosques to surveillance; at the bias experienced by Muslims at the hands of law enforcement; at the critics and defenders of U.S. policies on terrorism; and at how social media has revolutionized terrorism.

This event is part of…

Aftermath of the Endless War: This series of American Forum episodes examined the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and features conversations with several military, political, and diplomatic experts.

Feb
3
11:00AM
Charlie Savage

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, February 21, 2016/Nationally, February 24, 2016

Charlie Savage is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Washington correspondent for the New York Times. His new book, Power Wars, is an acclaimed journalist’s behind-the-scenes account of a momentous post-9/11 presidency. Savage’s book is one of the first comprehensive histories both of how secret American surveillance developed over the past 35 years, and an inside account of the Obama era, including his own reporting from the U.S. terrorist detention center at Guantanamo Bay, detailed accounts of closed-door meetings at the highest levels of power, previously undisclosed secret memos, and vivid portraits of powerful officials whose names have rarely appeared in the press but who exercised great influence over the nation and the world.

Jan
27
11:00AM

American Forum - Is Public Education Doomed?

Dale Russakoff, Robert Pianta

January 27, 2016, 11:00AM

Dale RussakoffRobert Pianta

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-February 14 , 2016/Nationally-February 17, 2016

The Prize: Who's in Charge of America's Schools?  by Dale Russakoff first serialized in The New Yorker, is the story of how New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and now-U.S. Corey Booker joined together in a public-private partnership to transform the failing urban public schools of Newark, N.J.—and utterly failed.

Dale Russakoff spent twenty-eight years as a reporter for the Washington Post, covering politics, education, social policy, and other topics. From 1994 to 2008, she served in the Post’s New York Bureau, which included covering the NYC metropolitan area, including Newark, N.J. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama and credits her parents with encouraging her to question the politics of the world around her, particularly the racial segregation and inequity in her own hometown. Photo Credit: Sarah Weiser

Dr. Robert Pianta, is the Dean of the Curry School of Education, Novartis US Foundation Professor of Education, and Professor of Psychology at the University of Virginia.  He is also founding director of the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning.  Pianta's research and policy interests focus on the measurement and production of effective teaching in classrooms from preschool to high school.  Pianta has authored more than 200 scholarly papers and several influential books related to teaching and the intersection of education and human development.  He is past Editor of The Journal of School Psychology and incoming associate editor for the new journal AERA Open. Pianta consults regularly with foundations as well as state and Federal agencies including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services.

Jan
21
3:30PM

Thomas Jefferson’s Electoral Revolution of 1800

Alan Taylor

January 21, 2016, 3:30PM

Alan Taylor

Alan Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor at the University of Virginia. His books include The Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832; William Cooper's Town: Power and Persuasion on the Frontier of the Early American Republic; and The Civil War of 1812: American Citizens, British Subjects, Irish Rebels, & Indian AlliesWilliam Cooper’s Town won the 1996 Pulitzer Prize, in addition to the Bancroft and Beveridge prizes. His most recent book, The Internal Enemy, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2014.

This event will be moderated by Edward Ayers, former president of the University of Richmond and co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys.  

 

This event will be live tweeted by @POTUStudies. Use #Election1800 to join the conversation. 

This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Jan
20
11:00AM
Michael Eric Dyson

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, February 7, 2016/Nationally, February 10, 2016

Michael Dyson is a New York Times op-ed contributor, MSNBC political analyst, and a professor in the Sociology Department at Georgetown University He has been named by Ebony as one of the most influential black Americans and is the author of 17 books. His upcoming book, The Black Presidency, is a provocative look—sharply critical at times, affirming at others—into the legacy and meaning of America's first black presidency. Photo Credit: Nina Subin

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

Jan
13
11:00AM

American Forum - The International Migrant Crisis and How the World Can Respond

Kathleen Newland, David Leblang

January 13, 2016, 11:00AM

Kathleen NewlandDavid Leblang

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, January 31, 2016/Nationally, February 3 , 2016

Kathleen Newland is a Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of the Migration Policy Institute where she focuses on the relationship between migration and development, the governance of international migration, and refugee protection. Prior to this appointment, Newland worked for the Carnegie Endowment for international Peace, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, World Bank, and the office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

David Leblang, a political economis,  is a Chair of the Department of Politics at the University of Virginia and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance at the Miller Center. Leblang has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, the Directorate of Finance and Economics of the European Commission, and the Department of Defense. He is co-author of Democratic Politics and Financial Markets: Pricing Politics (2006) and is currently working on two projects – the first focuses on how sending countries "harness" the human and material resources of their diasporas while the second is a study of the politics and policies that constrain the mobility of labor across states and nations.

Dec
16
11:00AM
Charles Murray

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-January 17, 2016/Nationally-January 20, 2016

In Charles Murray’s newest book, By the People, the sometimes controversial author gives a spirited rebuke to government overreach, and proposes a campaign of non-violent civil disobedience in which citizens would simply refuse to follow many federal and state regulations. He argues that Americans are wrongfully and routinely obstructed by government as they run businesses, practice a vocation, raise families, or follow their religious beliefs.  Murray is the W. H. Brady Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He came to national attention in 1984 with Losing Ground, and in 1994, with The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, written with Richard Herrnstein.

Dec
10
11:00AM

American Forum - The Dysfunction of American Justice

Brandon L. Garrett

December 10, 2015, 11:00AM

Brandon L. Garrett

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia-January 24, 2016/Nationally-January 27, 2016

Brandon Garrett, is the Roy L. and Rosamond Woodruff Morgan Professor of Law at the University of Virginia where he teaches criminal procedure, wrongful convictions, habeas corpus, corporate crime, civil rights, and constitutional law. Garrett is also the author of Too Big to Jail (2014) and Convicting the innocent: Where Criminal Prosecutions Go Wrong (2011). Together they explore the many ways our justice system is broken and what we can do to fix it.  Photo Credit: Ian Bradshaw

Dec
2
3:30PM
Thomas Blanton

This event is open to the public, no RSVP is required.

Thomas S. Blanton is director of the National Security Archive at The George Washington University in Washington D.C., where he oversees the archive’s more than 32,000 Freedom of Information Act requests. He is the author of White House E-Mail: The Top Secret Computer Messages the Reagan-Bush White House Tried to Destroy. He co-authored The Chronology on the Iran-contra affair, and served as a contributing author to three editions of the ACLU’s authoritative guide, Litigation Under the Federal Open Government Laws, and to the Brookings Institution study, Atomic Audit: The Costs and Consequences of U.S. Nuclear Weapons Since 1940

 

This event will be live tweeted. Please follow Niki Hemmer @pastpunditry and @POTUStudies for a live tweetchat.

This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Dec
2
11:00AM
Marc Solomon

PBS World Channel Broadcast:  Virginia-January 3, 2016/Nationally-January 6, 2016

In Winning Marriage, Marc Solomon, a veteran leader in the movement for marriage equality and national campaign director for Freedom to Marry, gives the reader a seat at the strategy-setting and decision-making table in the campaign that led to the historic Supreme Court Ruling. He reveals the inner workings of the advocacy movement that has won legislative, court, and electoral battles over the 12 years since the landmark Massachusetts ruling guaranteeing marriage for same-sex couples for the first time. He is a graduate of Yale and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.  Photo credit: Zachary Tyler Newton.

Nov
10
11:00AM

American Forum - Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice

Adam Benforado

November 10, 2015, 11:00AM

Adam Benforado

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia-December 13, 2015/Nationally-December 16, 2015

Weaving together historical examples, scientific studies, and compelling court cases—from the border collie put on trial in Kentucky to the five teenagers who falsely confessed in the Central Park Jogger case, Adam Benforado, an associate professor of law at Drexel University, argues that our judicial processes fail to uphold our values and protect society’s weakest members. He  lays out the scope of the legal system’s dysfunction and proposes a wealth of practical reforms that could prevent injustice and help us achieve true fairness and equality before the law.  Photo credit: Joe Craig.

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

Nov
7
7:00PM
Oliver Stone

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia-December 6, 2015/Nationally-December 9, 2015

A conversation with Academy Award-winning director, producer, and writer Oliver Stone.

Nov
2
10:45AM

Panel 2:  McCurdy Fellow Panel

 

  • Sarah Seo, Princeton University Department of History, “The Automobile and the Cold War Fourth Amendment”
  • Nora Krinitsky, University of Michigan Department of History, “Beer Wars and Black Votes: Policing the Color Line in Interwar Chicago”
  • Risa Goluboff, University of Virginia School of Law, Comment
  • David Sklansky, Stanford Law School, Comment
  • Moderator: Sarah Barringer Gordon, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Nov
1
9:00AM

Panel 1: Federalism and Ideas of Sovereignty

 

  • Kate Brown, Huntington University Department of History and Political Science, “Founding Federalism:  Alexander Hamilton’s Concurrent Constitutionalism”
  • Lindsay Robertson, University of Oklahoma College of Law, “Restoring Relations with Five Nations after the Civil War: The Fort Smith Conference and the Legal Complexities of Post-Civil War Indian Treaty Rights” 
  • Cynthia L. Nicoletti, University of Virginia School of Law, "Reimagining the Union: The Contours of Federalism after the Civil War”
  • J. Gordon Hylton, University of Virginia School of Law, “The Fuller Court and the State Police Power: A Quantitation Study in the History of Federalism”
  • Bernie D. Jones, Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts, “The ‘New Federalism’ and Current Challenges to Legal Historiography” 
  • Moderator: Hendrik Hartog, Princeton University History Department
Nov
1
9:00AM

The Legacy of Charles W. McCurdy

November 1, 2015 - November 2, 2015

This conference celebrates and explores the legacy of Charles W. McCurdy on a scholarly and personal level. It also serves 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.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Oct
28
8:00AM

American Forum - Will Syria Be Barack Obama’s Vietnam?

Frederik Logevall

October 28, 2015, 8:00AM

Frederik Logevall

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia-November 29, 2015/Nationally-December 2, 2015

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.

Oct
27
3:30PM
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 will be live tweeted. You can join the conversation by following @POTUStudies and Ken Hughes @FatalPolitics with #AgonyofVietnam.  

This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2016 Historical Presidency series will examine the transition from the campaign trail to the Oval Office and executive leadership during a president’s crucial first year. Learn more in the Historical Presidency brochure (PDF).

Oct
26
11:00AM

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.

Oct
21
11:00AM
Cokie Roberts

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia,  November 8, 2015/ Nationally,  Nov. 11, 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. Photo Credit: Randy Sager, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.

Oct
19
12:30PM

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.

Oct
14
11:00AM

American Forum - SPECTACLE: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga

Pamela Newkirk

October 14, 2015, 11:00AM

Pamela Newkirk

PBS Television Broadcast:  Virginia, Nov. 15, 2015/National, Nov. 18, 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 AmericaPhoto credit: Joe Henson

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

Oct
7
11:00AM
Joy-Ann Reid

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, Nov. 1, 2015/ Nationally, Nov. 4, 2015

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.

This event is part of…

What Now? Dialogues on Race in America: This series of American Forum episodes explores both historical and current race-related issues that have troubled the nation.

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