1,230Oct 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 ...
1,213Nov 8, 2013
Andrew Jackson and Crisis Management
Author H.W. Brands talks about President Andrew Jackson’s personal life, marriage, beliefs, temperament, path to office, and presidential crises. He also spoke about the crises that ...
1,196Feb 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 ...
1,167Nov 13, 2013
Elizabeth Varon talked about her book, Appomattox: Victory, Defeat, and Freedom at the End of the Civil War. In her book, she discusses the surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to ...
1,127Jun 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 ...
1,095Sep 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 ...
1,064Jul 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, ...
1,051Jan 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. ...
959Mar 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 ...
949Oct 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 ...
944Oct 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 ...
937Oct 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 ...
736Sep 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 ...
715Oct 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 ...
648Oct 14, 2011
President George H.W. Bush as Commander in Chief
Melvyn Leffler chaired a discussion of President George H.W. Bush as commander in chief. The panel focused on the president’s emphasis on trust, power, and organization and what those ...
634Oct 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 ...
620Dec 2, 2013
U.S. Trade Policy
Former U.S. trade representatives took part in a roundtable discussion of U.S. trade policy. They analyzed past U.S. free trade agreements, the status of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment ...
602Oct 12, 2011
Conservation Policies of Theodore Roosevelt
Laura Kolar talked about Theodore Roosevelt’s environmental conservation policies. President Roosevelt created the national park system and set restrictions on the use of natural ...
550Jan 28, 2011
Rhetoric and Imagery of President Kennedy
Miller Center scholars examined President Kennedy’s rhetoric, symbols, and images, as well as his collaboration with speechwriter Theodore Sorensen. Barbara Perry explored how Kennedy ...
548Oct 26, 2012
Presidents in World Affairs
Scholars talked about the differences in leadership styles between Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, as well as President Dwight Eisenhower’s ideology, and how it guided his ...
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