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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Rethinking Appomattox

    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…

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    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…

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    Thomas Jefferson and Republicanism

    Donald Livingston talked about Thomas Jefferson and the practice of republican government. He spoke about the changes in the American application of republicanism and the modern status…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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.…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Jefferson the Theist

    University of Virginia Religious Studies Professor William Wilson outlined the religious beliefs of Thomas Jefferson. Professor Wilson stated that the teachings of Jesus were important…

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    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…

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