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  • University Presidents Discuss the Legacy of Slavery
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    Washington Ideas Forum, Legacy of Slavery

    The presidents of Georgetown and Harvard universities discussed the role slavery played in the history of their institutions and communities. They were interviewed by Ta-Nehisi Coates at…

  • Historians as Leaders
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    Historians as Leaders

    University and nonprofit presidents who were historians by training talked about their transitions into leadership positions and how their history backgrounds helped them in their roles as executives.…

  • Harvard Convocation Ceremony
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    Harvard Convocation Ceremony

    Senator Edward Kennedy received an honorary degree at a special Harvard convocation. Speakers paid tribute to Senator Kennedy’s life in public service and contributions to both American…

  • Coping with Death in the Civil War
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    Coping with Death in the Civil War

    Panelists talked about the effects of over 700,000 Civil War deaths on the United States population in the mid-19th century. The United States lost about 2% of its population as a result of…

  • emThis Republic of Sufferingem
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    This Republic of Suffering

    Drew Gilpin Faust talked about her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War. During the war, approximately 620,000 soldiers lost their lives. In her book Professor…

  • Universities Innovation and the Economy
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    Universities, Innovation, and the Economy

    Drew Faust talked about the ways education and innovation can benefit the U.S. economy. She answered questions from Neera Tanden on investment in primary and secondary education leadership training for…

  • History of Women at Harvard
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    History of Women at Harvard

    Historian Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz talked about the evolution of Harvard University’s relationship with women, from the university’s founding 375 years ago, when Harvard excluded women as students and…

  • 75 Years of the National Archives
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    75 Years of the National Archives

    The National Archives has been the nation’s record keeper for 75 years. A panel of four researchers, a journalist, historian, university president, and filmmaker, each spoke about the value of the…

  • Civil War Authors Panel
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    Civil War Authors Panel

    Three authors with different approaches to the Civil War read selections from their books. They discussed their works with each other, then answered questions from members of the audience. Marie…

  • emMothers of Inventionem
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    Mothers of Invention

    Drew Gilpin Faust talked about her new book, Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, published by University of North Carolina Press. It examines how Southern…

  • emWriting the Civil Warem
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    Writing the Civil War

    The co-editors McPherson and Cooper moderated a panel discussion of their book, Writing the Civil War: The Quest to Understand, published by University of South Carolina Press. The other…

  • The University and Public Behavior
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    The University and Public Behavior

    Dr. Rodin talked about the role colleges and universities play in teaching values and ethics. She talked about issues such as discrimination and whether or not the university administration…