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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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    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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    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 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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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,…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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