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Apr
18
11:00AM

American Forum - Richard Nixon: The Life

John A. Farrell

April 18, 2017, 11:00AM

John A. Farrell

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, April 30, 2017/Nationally, May 3, 2017

John A. Farrell is currently a contributing editor to Politico Magazine. He held previous positions at The Denver Post and The Boston Globe, where he worked as White House correspondent and served on the vaunted Spotlight team. Farrell is also the author of, Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for biography, and Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century, which won the D. B. Hardeman Prize for the best book on Congress. A book signing will follow his appearance.

Apr
11
3:30PM
Russell Riley

RUSSELL RILEY is an associate professor and cochair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing and on the contemporary American presidency. Since 2003, he has led the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project, interviewing more than 100 former Clinton-era officials, including leading members of Congress and foreign heads of state. He is the author of The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831 to 1965, coeditor of Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking, and coeditor of 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Riley’s most-recent book release is Inside the Clinton White House.

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).

Apr
3
4:00PM

American Forum - Donald Trump and the Future of the GOP

William Kristol

April 3, 2017, 4:00PM

William Kristol

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, April 16, 2017/Nationally, April 19, 2017

William Kristol is the editor at large of the Weekly Standard, and a regular guest on ABC’s This Week and on ABC’s special events and election coverage. Before starting the Weekly Standard in 1995, Mr. Kristol led the Project for the Republican Future, where he helped shape the strategy that produced the 1994 Republican congressional victory. 

Mar
30
3:30PM
Joanne Freeman

Joanne Freeman is a professor of history and American studies at Yale. She specializes in the politics and political culture of the revolutionary and early national periods of American History. She earned her PhD at the University of Virginia. Her most recent book, Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, won the Best Book award from the Society of Historians of the Early American Republic, and her edited volume, Alexander Hamilton: Writings (Library of America), was one of the Atlantic Monthly’s “best books” of 2001.  Her current project, The Field of Blood: Congressional Violence in Antebellum America, explores physical violence in the U.S. Congress between 1830 and the Civil War, and what it suggests about the institution of Congress, the nature of American sectionalism, the challenges of a young nation’s developing democracy, and the longstanding roots of the Civil War. 

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).

Feb
21
11:00AM
Douglas BlackmonRussell Riley

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, March 5, 2017/Nationally, March 8, 2017

Douglas Blackmon is executive producer and host of the Miller Center's American Forum, and the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. For many years, Blackmon was the Wall Street Journal's Atlanta Bureau Chief and then senior national correspondent. Blackmon and a team of Wall Street Journal reporters and editors were finalists for another Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for their investigation into the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that year.

Russell Riley is an associate professor and cochair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing, the contemporary American presidency and the politics of race. Since 2003, he has led the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project, interviewing more than 100 former Clinton-era officials, including leading members of Congress and foreign heads of state. He is the author of The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831 to 1965, coeditor of Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking, and coeditor of 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Riley’s most-recent book is Inside the Clinton White House.

Feb
1
3:30PM

The Executive Power to Amend the Constitution

Saikrishna Prakash

February 1, 2017, 3:30PM

Saikrishna Prakash

Saikrishna Prakash is the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. His scholarship focuses on separation of powers, particularly executive powers. Among Prakash’s articles are “50 States, 50 Attorneys General and 50 Approaches to the Duty to Defend,” published in the Yale Law Journal; “The Imbecilic Executive,” published in the Virginia Law Review; and “The Sweeping Domestic War Powers of Congress,” published in the Michigan Law Review. He is the author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive.

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).

Jan
31
1:00PM
Gary FreemanTamar Jacoby

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, February 19, 2017/Nationally, February 22, 2017

Gary Freeman is professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin where he specializes in the politics of immigration, comparative social policy, and politics in western democracies. He is currently editing a Handbook on Migration and Social Policy (Elgar, 2016). He has published four books, Immigrant Labor and Racial Conflict in Industrial Societies (1979), Nations of Immigrants: Australia, the United States, and International Migration (1992)(edited with James Jupp), Immigration and Security (2009)(edited with Terri Givens, and David Leal), Immigration and Public Opinion (2013, edited with Randall Hansen and David Leal). Prof. Freeman has also held Fellowships from the German Marshall Fund and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Tamar Jacoby is president and CEO of ImmigrationWorks USA, a national federation of small business owners working to advance better immigration law. A former journalist and author, Jacoby was a senior writer and justice editor at Newsweek and, before that, the deputy editor of The New York Times op-ed page. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard and Foreign Affairs, among other publications. She is the author of Someone Else’s House: America’s Unfinished Struggle for Integration, and editor of Reinventing the Melting Pot: The New Immigrants and What It Means To Be American.

Jan
31
11:00AM
E. J. Dionne

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, February 12, 2017/Nationally, February 15, 2015

E.J. Dionne writes about politics in a twice-weekly column for the Washington Post and on the PostPartisan blog. He is also a senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, a government professor at Georgetown University and a frequent commentator on politics for National Public Radio, ABC’s This Week and MSNBC. Before joining the Washington Post in 1990 as a political reporter, Dionne spent 14 years at the New York Times. He is the author of six books: Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism-From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond (2016), Our Divided Political Heart: The Battle for the American Idea in an Age of Discontent (2012), Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith & Politics After the Religious Right (2008), Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge (2004), They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate The Next Political Era (1996), and Why Americans Hate Politics (1991), which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was a National Book Award nominee.  A book signing will follow his appearance.

Jan
31
8:30AM
Saikrishna Prakash

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, February 26, 2017/Nationally, March 1, 2017 

Saikrishna Prakash is the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Virginia. His scholarship focuses on separation of powers, particularly executive powers. Among Prakash’s articles are “50 States, 50 Attorneys General and 50 Approaches to the Duty to Defend,” published in the Yale Law Journal; “The Imbecilic Executive,” published in the Virginia Law Review; and “The Sweeping Domestic War Powers of Congress,” published in the Michigan Law Review. He is the author of Imperial from the Beginning: The Constitution of the Original Executive.

Jan
17
6:00PM

American Forum - First Year 2017: Donald Trump and the American Dream

Melody Barnes, Peter Wehner

January 17, 2017, 6:00PM

Melody BarnesPeter Wehner

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, January 29, 2017/Nationally, February 1, 2017

Melody Barnes is a cofounder and principal of MBSquared Solutions LLC, a domestic strategy firm, and vice provost for global student leadership initiatives at New York University. From January 2009 until January 2012, she served as assistant to the president and director of the White House Domestic Policy Council, a position in which she provided strategic advice to President Obama and worked closely with members of the cabinet coordinating the domestic policy agenda across the administration. Until 2008, Barnes was the executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, and previously worked for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Peter Wehner, former deputy assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives, is Senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. Wehner served in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations prior to becoming deputy director of speech writing for President George W. Bush in 2001. In 2002, he was asked to head the Office of Strategic Initiatives, where he generated provided counsel on a range of domestic and international issues. Prior to joining the Bush administration, Wehner was executive director for policy for Empower America, a conservative public-policy organization. Mr. Wehner writes widely on political, cultural, religious, and national-security issues. Since leaving the White House in 2007 he has written for Commentary, The Weekly Standard, National Review, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, the Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere.

Jan
17
4:00PM
Gary W. GallagherBrian Balogh

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, February 5, 2017 /Nationally, February 8, 2017

Gary W. Gallagher, faculty associate at the Miller Center, is the John L. Nau III Professor in the History of the American Civil War at the University of Virginia. Gallagher is one of the leading historians of the Civil War. His books include Becoming Confederates: Paths to a New National LoyaltyThe Union War; Causes Won, Lost, and Forgotten: How Hollywood and Popular Art Shape What We Know about the Civil War; and Lee and His Army in Confederate History. He has received many awards for his research and writing, including the Tom Watson Brown Book Prize for the best book in Civil War studies, the Lincoln Prize, and the Laney Prize for the best book on the Civil War.

Brian Balogh is the Dorothy Danforth Compton Professor at the Miller Center and Professor of History at the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He is founder and current chair of theNaional Fellowship Program which has funded 150 dissertation completion fellowships for scholars studying American politics and public policy from an historical perspective. Balogh focuses his interest on 20th Century U.S. Politics, American Political Development, Environmental History, the history of Science and Technology and the history of Media and Politics. He shares his enthusiasm for American history as co-host ofBackstory with the American History Guys, a nationally syndicated radio show that appears on Public Broadcasting Stations across the country and via podcast on ITunes and SoundCloud.

Jan
11
11:00AM

American Forum - First Year 2017: National Security in a Trump Presidency

Eliot A. Cohen, Jeremi Suri

January 11, 2017, 11:00AM

Eliot A. CohenJeremi Suri

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, January 22, 2017/Nationally, January 25, 2017

Eliot Cohen is Robert E. Osgood Professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the author of the forthcoming book, The Big Stick: The Limits of Soft Power and the Necessity of Military Force. Professor Cohen served as counselor of the State Department from 2007 to 2009, and currently directs SAIS's strategic studies program and the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies, which he founded. For ten years he led a Johns Hopkins SAIS partnership with the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in providing executive education to general officers and senior Defense Department officials.

Jeremi Suri is the Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, History, and Public Policy at the University of Texas at Austin and an author or co-editor of books on contemporary politics and foreign policy including, Sustainable Security: Rethinking American National Security Strategy and Liberty's Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama, and forthcoming in Fall 2017 The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office. Professor Suri's research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America's "Top Young Innovators" in the Arts and Sciences. He also contributed an essay for the Miller Center’s First Year 2017 project about President Clinton's first year. A book signing will follow their appearance.

Dec
8
12:00PM
Mark Landler

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, January 8, 2017/Nationally, January 11, 2017

Mark Landler has covered American foreign policy for The New York Times  since the inauguration of Barack Obama, first as diplomatic correspondent and since 2011 as White House correspondent. In 24 years at The Times, Landler has been the newspaper’s bureau chief in Hong Kong and Frankfurt, a European economic correspondent, and a business reporter in New York. In Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power Landler takes readers inside the relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—a relationship that has framed the nation’s great debates over war and peace for the past eight years.  A book signing will follow his appearance.

Dec
8
11:00AM
Eric S. Edelman

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, January 15, 2017/Nationally, January 18, 2017

Veteran diplomat Eric S. Edelman, an adviser to both the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and former top aide to Vice President Dick Cheney and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Ambassador Edelman is the recently named 2016 James R. Schlesinger Distinguished Professor at the Miller Center. Currently, he is the Hertog Distinguished Practitioner in Residence at the Philip Merrill Center for Strategic Studies at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, after retiring as a career minister from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2009. 

Dec
7
4:00PM

Climate Change Policy: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Bill Antholis, Todd Stern

December 7, 2016, 4:00PM

Bill AntholisTodd Stern

Bill Antholis, Director of the Miller Center, will lead a conversation with Todd Stern, the former US Special Envoy for Climate Change, on the challenges of crafting effective policies to combat climate change.

Todd D. Stern served as the United States Special Envoy for Climate Change from 2009–2016. In this role, he represented the United States at United Nations climate change conferences and served as the chief negotiator at the Paris Climate Agreement talks. From 1995–1998, Stern served as White House Staff Secretary, during which time he was the senior White House negotiator at the Kyoto Protocol and Buenos Aires negotiations.

Watch the Facebook live archived video here. 

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.

Nov
16
11:00AM
Sam Tanenhaus

PART OF AMFM’S NEW SPECIAL SERIES: The Future of American Conservatism

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, January 1, 2017/Nationally, January 4, 2017

Sam Tanenhaus is a contributor to Bloomberg View and writer at large at the British monthly, Prospect. His celebrated 2009 book, The Death of Conservatism (chosen by The New Yorker as one of its editors’ 100 Favorite Books of the year) argued that the future of conservatives is bright if, like Reagan, Eisenhower and others, they understand that the “true role of conservatism is not to advance a narrow ideological agenda but to engage in a serious dialogue with liberalism and join with it in upholding ‘the politics of stability.’” He was previously on staff at The New York Times, where he was editor (in chief) of both the Sunday Book Review (2004-13) and the Week in Review (2008-2010) and was also writer at large (2013-14). Before joining theTimes he was a contributing editor at Vanity Fair (1999-2004) writing feature articles on politics and culture. His books include Whittaker Chambers: A Biography (winner of the 1997 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, finalist for both the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize; and a national best-seller). His articles and essays have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Atlantic, Esquire, Newsweek, Slate, Time, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and many other publications. He was a Riggio lecturer at The New School for Social Research from 2009 to 2014 and has also lectured at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, New York University, as well as at the White House and at the Clinton, Kennedy, and Johnson presidential libraries, and at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He is currently at work on a biography of William F. Buckley Jr. A book signing will follow his appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Nov
14
3:30PM

Barack Obama and the 2008 Election

Thomas Sugrue

November 14, 2016, 3:30PM

Thomas Sugrue

Thomas J. Sugrue is a professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. Sugrue is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and past president of both the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He is the author of several books, including Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

 

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*Please note that this event was originally scheduled for December 2, 2016. 

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).

Nov
14
12:00PM

American Forum - The First Days of a Great Presidency

Thomas J. Sugrue

November 14, 2016, 12:00PM

Thomas J. Sugrue

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

Thomas J. Sugrue is a professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University. He is a specialist in twentieth-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. Sugrue is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected member of the Society of American Historians, and past president of both the Urban History Association and the Social Science History Association. He is the author of several books, including Not Even Past: Barack Obama and the Burden of Race and Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North, a Main Selection of the History Book Club and a finalist for the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Nov
9
11:00AM
Matt Kibbe

PBS World Channel National Broadcast:Virginia, December 11,2016/Nationally, December 14, 2016

Matt Kibbe, former president and CEO of FreedomWorks, one of the most influential national tea party organizations, will discuss the rise and future of the movement. Kibbe is a political activist, author, and distinguished senior fellow at the Austrian Economic Center in Vienna. His current book is Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto. He is also the author of Hostile Takeover: Resisting Centralized Government's Stranglehold on America. Kibbe is coauthor, with Dick Armey, of the New York Times bestseller, Give Us Liberty: A Tea Party Manifesto. Before joining FreedomWorks, Kibbe served as chief of staff and House Budget Committee associate for U.S. Representative Dan Miller, director of federal budget policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and senior economist for the Republican National Committee during Lee Atwater's tenure as chairman. A book signing will follow his appearance.

This event is part of…

The Future of American Conservatism

Nov
9
7:30AM

Post-Election Breakfast

Wyatt Andrews, Sid Milkis, Mary Kate Cary

November 9, 2016, 7:30AM

This event is full. Click here for information about joining the waiting list.

Please join the Miller Center for a free breakfast and post-election debrief on the most unconventional presidential election in modern history.

WYATT ANDREWS, long-time CBS news correspondent—and current professor of practice in UVA’s Media Studies department—will moderate a discussion with Miller Center presidential scholar SID MILKIS, former presidential speechwriter MARY KATE CARY, and YOU. What does this election mean, and how will the American political landscape change? 

Location: 

The Omni Hotel
212 Ridge McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903

Doors open at 7:30 AM
Program and Breakfast: 8:00-9:30 AM 

There is no cost to attend this event.

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Nov
1
6:30PM
Khizr Khan

The Miller Center to host Mr. Khizr Kahn for his first public appearance in Charlottesville in Old Cabell Hall on UVA Central Grounds

Khizr Khan, a Charlottesville resident, became famous for his remarks at the Democratic National Convention this year when he stood with his wife Ghazala and told the story of their son Humayun, a UVA graduate and U.S. Army captain who was killed in the line of duty in Iraq in 2004. The Khans moved to Charlottesville after the death of their son and have been very involved with the ROTC program at UVA. Mr. Khan will discuss his experiences and share his perspective with the host of the Miller Center’s American Forum television program, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Douglas Blackmon. He will take questions from the audience following the interview.

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Nov
1
3:30PM

To Be Muslim in America

Khizr Khan

November 1, 2016, 3:30PM

Khizr Khan

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

Khizr Khan a is the father of U.S. Army captain and UVA graduate Humayun Khan who was killed in 2004 during the Iraq War. Mr. Khan received international attention following a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, PA.

Oct
18
3:30PM

The ‘War Room’ Comes to Washington: Clinton’s First Year

Margaret O'Mara

October 18, 2016, 3:30PM

Margaret O'Mara

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington. She specializes in political, economic, and urban history of the modern United States. She previously taught at Stanford University and has held positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. O'Mara is also a former Miller Center National Fellow. She is the author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley

Follow the event live on Twitter @Miller_Center with #2016HPS

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).

Oct
18
11:00AM

Was 2016 a Truly Pivotal Election in American History?

Margaret O'Mara

October 18, 2016, 11:00AM

Margaret O'Mara

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, November 20, 2016/Nationally, November 23, 2016

Margaret O’Mara is an associate professor of history at the University of Washington. She specializes in political, economic, and urban history of the modern United States. She previously taught at Stanford University and has held positions in the US Department of Health and Human Services and the White House. O'Mara is also a former Miller Center National Fellow. She is the author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley

Oct
17
4:00PM
Bob Inglis

This event will take place in the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library auditorium on UVA Central Grounds.

In 2012, former Congressman Bob Inglis launched the Energy and Enterprise Initiative (now known as RepublicEN) at George Mason University to promote free-market solutions to climate change. In this Great Issues event, Congressman Inglis will reflect on his time in government and his efforts to raise awareness among conservatives about the challenges posed by, and potential solutions to, climate change. In September, Congressman Inglis was named to Politico’s list of the “Politico 50,” a “guide to the thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics in 2016.” In 2015, the John F. Kennedy Museum and Library awarded him the Profile in Courage Award for his work on climate change.

Congressman Inglis represented South Carolina’s 4th congressional district from 1993-1998, and again from 2005-2011. He was a resident fellow at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics in 2011, a visiting energy fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment in 2012, and a resident fellow at the University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics in 2014. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.

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.

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