2,814Feb 20, 2013
Secretary of State John Kerry Remarks on U.S. Foreign Policy
In his first speech as secretary of state, John Kerry spoke about U.S. foreign policy challenges. Saying “we can’t be strong in the world unless we are strong at home,” he ...
1,414Sep 6, 2010
U.S. Containment Strategy After World War II
Professor Hitchcock lectured about the U.S. foreign policy strategy of containment between 1946-1950. After World War II, President Harry Truman initiated policies to prevent the spread of communism ...
1,389Sep 14, 2010
Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Julian Bond lectured to a history class on Rosa Parks and the origins of the 1955 Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. An active participant and leader from the early days of the Civil Rights ...
1,065Sep 25, 2009
Democracy and the Internet
Panelists talked about the role of the internet in democracy. Among the topics they addressed were bringing technology and the humanities together in educational environments, the role of ...
1,044Feb 20, 2011
Remembering the Civil War
During the year the country marked the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, historian Gary Gallagher spoke about the ways in which the war was currently remembered. He focused on ...
988Jul 22, 2011
Understanding Richard Nixon and His Era: Biography
Panelists talked about President Richard Nixon’s life story. Topics ranged from his parents' political views to the writing of his autobiography. After their presentations were made, ...
905Jun 21, 2010
Joseph Ellis Remarks on the Founding Fathers
Historian Joseph Ellis talked about the Founding Fathers in the Rotunda of the University of Virginia. This was the evening keynote address on the opening day of a four-day presidential ...
899Oct 18, 2010
Impact of Citizens United v. FEC
Law professors and political scholars analyzed the impact of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. The 5-4 ruling from January 2010 eliminated ...
897Oct 11, 2010
Role of Central Banks
Charles Goodhart of the London School of Economics and Stanford University Professor John Taylor gave summaries of their respective papers on of the role of central banks. Afterward, former ...
883Jan 18, 2011
The Relationship Between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Lyndon B. Johnson
A discussion was held exploring the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.'s private conversations and public communications, highlighting the relationship he had with President Lyndon B. ...
863Mar 6, 1999
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
The panel discussed the relationship between Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. Topics included the social implications of interracial sex in the 18th century, Jefferson’s family, and ...
810Mar 4, 2011
The Disputed Election of 1876
Michael Holt talked about his book By One Vote: The Disputed Presidential Election of 1876 (University Press of Kansas, 2011). Republican candidate Rutherford B. Hayes won the 1876 ...
791Mar 22, 2012
Book Discussion on The War of 1812
Professor J.C.A. Stagg talked about his book, The War of 1812: Conflict for a Continent. The interview, part of Book TV’s college series, was recorded at the University of Virginia in ...
780Oct 16, 2013
Kennedy Vietnam Tapes
Marc Selverstone talked about President Kennedy’s views on America’s involvement in Vietnam. 260 hours of President Kennedy’s recorded oval office conversations have been ...
737Oct 4, 2010
Fugitive Slave Laws
History professor Elizabeth Varon taught a lecture course in the fall of 2010 on the “Rise and Fall of the Slave South.” In this day’s lecture, she focused on the Fugitive Slave ...
717Sep 26, 2011
Book Discussion on Counterstrike
Thom Shanker and Eric Schmitt examined how the U.S. government has been fighting al-Qaeda since 2005, when the strategy the U.S. had been using the previous four years was changed. The ...
716Oct 16, 2013
James K. Polk and the War with Mexico
Author and Oxford University history professor emeritus Daniel Walker Howe talked about the 11th President James K. Polk and the Mexican-American War. In 1845, the United States annexed Texas ...
690Mar 22, 2012
Book Discussion on Slaves Waiting for Sale
Maurie McInnis discussed her book, Slaves Waiting for Sale: Abolitionist Art and the American Slave Trade, about abolitionist art and the impact it had. The book revolves around a series ...
686Oct 29, 2010
Book Discussion on Jimmy Carter
Julian Zelizer recalls the presidency of Jimmy Carter. Professor Zelizer examines former President Carter’s difficulty in maintaining support from Congress due to what the author contends ...
577Oct 26, 2012
The State of the Presidential Studies Field
Presidential scholars and others talked about the intersection between popular and scholarly history, including the narrative approach of authors David McCullough and Doris Kearns Goodwin, and of ...
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