Miller Center

Recent Events

Click to View Upcoming Miller Center Events

Oct
17
3:30PM
Gary Johnson

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 30, 2016/Nationally, November 2, 2016

Gary Johnson is an American businessman, author, politician, and the Libertarian Party nominee for president. From 1995-2003, he served as the 29th governor of New Mexico as a member of the Republican Party. He was also the Libertarian Party’s nominee for president in the 2012. Johnson will be the third presidential candidate to appear on American Forum following Governor John Kasich (Feb. 2016) and Senator Bernie Sanders (Sept. 2015).

Oct
12
11:00AM
General Michael V.Hayden

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, Novembe 6, 206/Nationally, November 9, 2016

Michael Hayden is a retired United States Air Force four-star general, former director of the National Security Agency, principal deputy director of the National Intelligence program and director of the CIA. He is currently a principal at the Chertoff Group, a security consultancy founded by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. Hayden's new book, Playing to the Edge, chronicles his time directing American intelligence as it was forced to respond to terrorism, a major war, and the most sweeping technological revolution in the last 500 years. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Oct
10
11:00AM

American Forum - Is There a War on Cops?

Heather Mac Donald

October 10, 2016, 11:00AM

Heather Mac Donald

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, December 4, 2016/Nationally, December 7, 2016

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal where her work has canvassed a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing and racial profiling, homelessness, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her current book, The War on Cops, argues that raced-based attacks on the criminal justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk. 

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
5
11:00AM
Kimberley Strassel

PART OF AMFM's NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, November 27, 2016/Nationally, November 30, 2016

Kimberley Strassel is a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and since 2007 has written the “Potomac Watch” column. In her new book, The Intimidation Game, she argues that the Left is leading a coordinated campaign to limit free speech and opposition in America. A book signing will follow her appearance. Photo credit: Violetta Markelou

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Oct
3
12:30PM

Scientific Consensus, Policy Stalemate: Climate Change, Values, and Politics

Willis Jenkins, Deborah Lawrence

October 3, 2016, 12:30PM

Willis JenkinsDeborah Lawrence

This fall’s Great Issues program will focus on the political challenges of climate change. Our initial event, co-sponsored by the Miller Center’s First Year Program, features UVA faculty members Deborah Lawrence and Willis Jenkins. The panel will focus on the question of why the scientific consensus on the issue of climate change has thus far resulted in only limited policy action in the United States. Lawrence and Jenkins will draw on their essays for the First Year Project’s forthcoming volume on Science, Technology, and Values.

 

Willis Jenkins is an associate professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. His research works along intersections of religious ethics with the environmental humanities. He is the author of The Future of Ethics: Sustainability, Social Justice, and Religious Creativity, which won an American Academy of Religion Award for Excellence, and Ecologies of Grace: Environmental Ethics and Christian Theology, which won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise.

 

Deborah Lawrence is a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Virginia. Her current research addresses the challenge of understanding and minimizing climate impacts from forest use in the tropics and around the globe. She is the recipient of a Sustainability Science Award from the Ecological Society of America, a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Jefferson Science Fellowship from the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fulbright Scholarship. 

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.

Sep
30
12:00PM
Timothy Naftali

Timothy Naftali is a clinical associate professor of history and public service and co-director of New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. He writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history, and presidential history. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles, including Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of An American Adversary, the 2007 winner of the Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism

 

Follow the event live on Twitter @Miller_Center with #NixonsTheOne

This event is part of…

Historical Presidency: The 2017 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).

Sep
30
9:00AM

American Forum - Was 2016 a Rerun of 1968?

Timothy Naftali

September 30, 2016, 9:00AM

Timothy Naftali

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia December 25, 2016/Nationally December 28, 2016

Timothy Naftali is a clinical associate professor of history and public service and co-director of New York University’s Center for the United States and the Cold War. He writes on national security and intelligence policy, international history, and presidential history. He has authored and co-authored many books and articles, including Khrushchev’s Cold War: The Inside Story of An American Adversary, the 2007 winner of the Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and Blind Spot: The Secret History of American Counterterrorism

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Sep
28
11:00AM

American Forum - Trump Revealed?

Michael Kranish, Marc Fisher

September 28, 2016, 11:00AM

Michael KranishMarc Fisher

PART OF AMFM's NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 9, 2016/Nationally, October 12, 2016

Trump Revealed: An American Journey of Ambition, Ego, Money, and Power offers an examination of Donald Trump’s life, from his upbringing in Queens and formative years at the New York Military Academy, to his careers in real estate and entertainment, and the journey to his Republican presidential nomination. Michael Kranish is an investigative political reporter for the Washington Post. He is the co-author of several political biographies including: John Kerry: The Boston Globe Biography, The Real Romney, and Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War. He was previously deputy chief of the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau. Marc Fisher is a senior editor at the Washington Post, where he has been the enterprise editor, local columnist and Berlin bureau chief, among other positions during his thirty years at the paper. He is the author of Something in the Air and After the Wall, a reporter’s account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the unification of Germany. A book signing will follow their appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Sep
23
12:30PM
Steven Teles

In this Great Issues book talk, Professor Steven Teles will be discussing his new book, Prison Break: Why Conservatives Turned Against Mass Incarceration

American conservatism rose hand-in-hand with the growth of mass incarceration and deployed "tough on crime" rhetoric. Over the last few years, conservatives in Washington, D.C. and in bright-red states like Georgia and Texas, have reversed course, and are now leading the charge to curb prison growth. Prison Break examines how this turn of events occurred, how it will affect mass incarceration, and what it teaches us about achieving policy breakthroughs in our polarized age. Combining insights from law, sociology, and political science, Prison Break offers the first comprehensive account of this major political shift.

Steven Teles is associate professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University, and is the author of The Conservative Legal Movement in America. 

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.

Sep
21
11:00AM

American Forum - Inside the Clinton White House

Russell L. Riley

September 21, 2016, 11:00AM

Russell L. Riley

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, October 2, 2016/Nationally, October 5, 2016

Russell Riley is associate professor and co-chair of the Miller Center's Presidential Oral History Program and one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing and the contemporary American presidency. He has logged more than 1,000 hours of in-depth, confidential interviews with cabinet officers and senior members of White House staff reaching back to the Carter and Reagan administrations. His new book, Inside the Clinton White House, draws from his work on the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project where he interviewed more than 100 former Clinton-era officials. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Sep
16
12:00PM

What Can the Next President Learn from History? Domestic Policymaking in the First Year

Melody Barnes, Dr. Ken Yale, John Bridgeland, Ed Meese, Barbara Perry, Elaine C. Kamarck

September 16, 2016, 12:00PM

Melody BarnesDr. Ken YaleJohn BridgelandEd MeeseBarbara PerryElaine C. Kamarck

On January 20th, the first term of the 45th president will officially begin, and this panel brings together senior White House domestic policy officials from four of the past five administrations to offer their unique perspectives. Featuring MELODY BARNES, DR. KEN YALE, JOHN BRIDGELAND, ED MEESE, BARBARA PERRY, and ELAINE C. KAMARCK, the conversation will begin with a look back at the memorable lessons learned—good and bad—advising past presidents on domestic policymaking. The panel will then move on to consider the ways these lessons can inform the next administration.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
16
11:15AM

American Forum - Can the Next President Break the Gridlock?

Melody Barnes, John Bridgeland

September 16, 2016, 11:15AM

Melody BarnesJohn Bridgeland

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia October 23, 2016/Nationally October 26, 2016

Melody Barnes served as assistant to President Obama and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council from 2009 to January 2012, and recently contributed to the Miller Center’s First Year 2017. Prior to her work in the White House, Barnes served as senior domestic policy advisor to the Obama for America campaign and was executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress. From 1998 until 2003, Barnes served as chief counsel to then Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barnes began her career as an attorney with Shearman & Sterling in New York City.

John M. Bridgeland is president and CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. Previously, Bridgeland served as assistant to the president under George W. Bush, director of the USA Freedom Corps, and director of White House Domestic Policy Council. He also served as a teaching fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and has done extensive research on America’s high school drop-out crisis. 

Sep
15
10:00AM

Views from the White House: How Presidents Use the Humanities to Govern

Edward Ayers, Annette Gordon-Reed, Sidney Milkis, Brian Balogh

September 15, 2016, 10:00AM

Edward AyersAnnette Gordon-ReedSidney MilkisBrian Balogh

“I think nothing equals Macbeth,” Abraham Lincoln once wrote. The humanities — drama, literature, history, philosophy, and the other liberal arts — have long provided wisdom to American presidents as they work to address national and international crises. Featuring EDWARD AYERS, ANNETTE GORDON-REED, SIDNEY MILKIS, and moderated by BRIAN BALOGH, this panel will consider how individual presidents drew upon particular literary, artistic, scriptural, or rhetorical sources for inspiration, guidance, and solace. How did presidents turn to the humanities to help guide the nation, heal its wounds, set new directions, and mobilize people in times of crisis?

A book signing will follow this panel.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
14
5:30PM

“Doubting Democracy?” featuring BackStory with the American History Guys

Edward Ayers, Peter Onuf, Brian Balogh

September 14, 2016, 5:30PM

Edward AyersPeter OnufBrian Balogh

This event will take place at the Newcomb Hall Theatre (149 Newcomb Rd N, Charlottesville, VA, 22902)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump might have the highest disapproval ratings among presidential candidates in recent history, but Americans have thought the electoral process to be broken since the very beginning. In this live BackStory show, the American History Guys EDWARD AYERS, PETER ONUF, and BRIAN BALOGH look at U.S. elections through the lens of civic engagement, voter apathy and disillusionment over establishment politics. This event will feature engaging conversation, special guests including DAHLIA LITHWICK, and give needed historical context to the issues voters face in the 2016 election.

This event is part of the University's celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Humanities, taking place September 14-17, 2016 at various venues around Charlottesville. Sponsored by the University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this celebration will feature lectures, panel discussions, performances, film screenings, interviews, and art exhibits by scholars, writers, artists, cultural experts, and more. All events are free and open to the public.

Sep
14
11:00AM

American Forum - Thomas Jefferson — Man of Profound Contradictions

Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter Onuf

September 14, 2016, 11:00AM

Annette Gordon-ReedPeter Onuf

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, September 25/Nationally, September 28, 2016

Thomas Jefferson is often portrayed as a hopelessly enigmatic figure and a man of profound contradictions. Lauded as one of the most articulate voices of American freedom and equality, even as he held people in bondage, Jefferson is sometimes described as a hypocrite, an atheist, or a simple-minded proponent of limited government who expected all Americans to be farmers. Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf will present their new book, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs, offering their views on our third president.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize–winning, The Hemingses of Monticello and is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University.

Peter S. Onuf is the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia and the senior research historian at the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.  A book signing will follow their appearance.

Sep
7
11:00AM
Nicole Hemmer

KICKOFF OF AMFM'S NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, September 18, 2016/Nationally, September 21, 2016

Nicole Hemmer is an assistant professor in Presidential Studies at the Miller Center, a contributing editor to U.S. News & World Report where she writes a weekly column about politics and history, and a syndicated columnist forThe Age in Melbourne, Australia. She also co-hosts and produces "Past Present," a history podcast launched in October 2015. In her new book, Messengers of the Right, she writes that media became the institutional and organizational nexus of the conservative movement, transforming audiences into activists and activists into a reliable voting base. She also explores the idea of how liberal media bias emerged, why she believes conservatives have been more successful at media activism than liberals, and how the right remade both the Republican party and American news media. A book signing will follow her appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Aug
30
11:00AM
Jonathan RauchRyan Lizza

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, TBD,/Nationally,TBD 2016

JONATHAN RAUCH, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution is the author of six books and many articles on public policy, culture, and government. He is a contributing editor of The Atlantic and recipient of the 2005 National Magazine Award, the magazine industry’s equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize. His current article in the July/August issue of The Atlantic is titled “How American Politics Went Insane.”

RYAN LIZZA is the Washington correspondent for The New Yorker and an on-air contributor for CNN. Before joining The New Yorker in 2007, he served as political correspondent for The New Republic, correspondent for GQ, and contributing editor for New York. Lizza has also written for the New York TimesWashington Monthly, and The Atlantic. Since 1998, he has covered most of the country’s major political stories, including the last four presidential campaigns, and has written many political profiles for The New Yorker. His awards include the 2012 National Press Club’s Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence and the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Aldo Beckman Memorial Award.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Jun
16
4:00PM
Jim Lehrer

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

Jim Lehrer is an American journalist and the executive editor and former news anchor for PBS NewsHour. He is known for his role as a frequent debate moderator during elections. Lehrer also is an author of many volumes of non-fiction and fiction, drawing from his experiences and interests in history and politics.

May
26
4:15PM

American Forum - American Cauldron: Race and the First Year of the Next Presidency

Michael E. Dyson, Elizabeth Hinton

May 26, 2016, 4:15PM

Michael E. DysonElizabeth Hinton

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, June 26, 2016/Nationally, June 29, 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 current 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

Elizabeth Hinton is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. Her research focus on the persistence of poverty and racial inequality in the 20th century united States. In her current book, From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: the Making of Mass Incarceration in America she examines the implementation of federal law enforcement programs beginning in the mid-1960s that laid the groundwork for the mass incarceration of American citizens.

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.

May
19
11:00AM
Jacob HackerPaul Pierson

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:  Virginia, June 29, 2016/Nationally, June 22, 2016

Jacob S. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University. A Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., he is the author of The Great Risk Shift: The New Economic Insecurity and the Decline of the American Dream, The Divided Welfare State, and, with Paul Pierson, of American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led us To Forget What Made America Prosper, Prosperity; Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. He has appeared recently on The NewsHour, MSNBC, All Things Considered, and Marketplace. Photo Credit: Harold Shapiro

Paul Pierson is the John Gross Professor of Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of Politics in Time, Dismantling the Welfare State?, and (with Jacob S. Hacker), American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led us To Forget What Made America Prosper; Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer—and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class; Off Center: The Republican Revolution and the Erosion of American Democracy. His commentary has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, and The New Republic. A book signing will follow their appearance. Photo Credit: Jennifer Graham

May
13
1:30PM

Taming Technologies – 1:30 pm
Fellow: Jonathon Free, History, Duke University
“Redistributing Risk: The Political Ecology of Coal in Late-Twentieth Century Appalachia”
(Free is the Miller Center/Hagley Library Dissertation Fellow in Business and Politics)
Mentor: Richard White, Professor of American History, Stanford University

Fellow: Sarah Robey, History, Temple University
“Atomic America: The Expert Public and the Cold War, 1958-1963”
(Robey is the Ambrose Monell Foundation Fellow in Technology and Democracy)
Mentor: Brian Balogh, Professor of History, University of Virginia

Moderator: Bernard Carlson, Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia

 

Conference Concludes – 3:00 pm

May
13
11:45AM

Policing Mobility– 11:45 am (Lunch Panel)

Fellow: Nora Krinitsky, History, University of Michigan
“Lawlessness in Law Enforcement: Police Violence and the Chicago NAACP Campaign Against Brutality”
Mentor: Kelly Lytle Hernandez, Associate Professor of History, University of California Los Angeles

Fellow: Sarah Seo, History, Princeton University
“Rule of Law and the Culture of Due Process”
(Seo is the Charles McCurdy Fellow in Legal History)
Mentor: David Sklansky, Professor of Law, Stanford Law School

Moderator: Sarah Milov, Assistant Professor of History, University of Virginia

May
13
10:00AM

Branding Parties and Cities – 10:00 am
Fellow: Boris Heersink, Politics, University of Virginia
“Beyond Service: National Party Organizations and Party Brands in American Politics”
Mentor: Richard Valelly, Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College

Fellow: Benjamin Holtzman, History, Brown University
“Promoting Development during Crisis: Tax Incentives and New Markets in 1970s New York”
Mentor: Suleiman Osman, Associate Professor of American Studies, The George Washington University

Moderator: Sidney Milkis, Professor of Politics and Faculty Associate at the Miller Center, University of Virginia

May
12
3:49PM

2016 National Fellowship Conference

May 12, 2016 - May 13, 2016

Begun in 2000, the Miller Center Fellowship program funds scholars completing dissertations that employ history to shed light on American politics and public policy, foreign relations, and the impact of global affairs on the United States, media and politics, and the role of the presidency in shaping American political development.  A fundamental objective of the fellowship program is to nurture cutting edge scholarship, and the Miller Center pairs each fellow with a “dream” mentor, a leading scholar in the fellow’s field, with whom they collaborate during the fellowship year.  The National Fellowship has become one of the most prestigious awards a young scholar working in the fields of modern American history and political science can attain, with now over 100 alumni of the program currently holding tenure track positions at the leading universities in the United States.

The annual spring conference brings the fellows together with their mentors to present the fruits of their fellowship year.  You can read more about the fellows and their projects here, or click here to read the conference agenda

The final class of Miller Center National Fellowship graduates will present at the spring fellowship conference on May 11-12, 2017. Beginning in the 2017-2018 academic year, the National Fellowship Program, a longstanding initiative of the Miller Center, will fall under the leadership of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation at U.Va.. The Jefferson Scholars Foundation, created in 1980, currently offers the premier graduate fellowship and undergraduate scholarship at the University. To learn more about the National Fellows Program, including how to apply, click here.

May
12
2:30PM
Conference - “2016 Spring Fellows Conference”

Michael Flamm Manuscript Review: “In the Heat of the Summer”

Michael Flamm, Garnette Cadogan, Michael Fortner, Claudrena Harold

May 12, 2016, 2:30PM

Michael FlammGarnette CadoganMichael FortnerClaudrena Harold

Michael Flamm: Chair, Department of History, Ohio Wesleyan University

Garnette Cadogan: Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia and Visiting Scholar, Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University

Michael Fortner: Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies, City University of New York

Claudrena Harold: Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia

Moderator: Andrew Kahrl, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of Virginia

Page 2 of 109 pages  < 1 2 3 4 >  Last ›

View the full event archive >>