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  • Hillary Clinton Gives Commencement Speech at Yale University
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    Yale College Commencement Address

    Hillary Clinton spoke at Yale University’s 2018 Senior Class Day ceremony, part of the university’s annual commencement weekend celebration. The speech included remarks about the 2016…

  • Fugitive Slave Laws Before the Civil War
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    Fugitive Slave Laws Before the Civil War

    Historian James Oakes talked about runaway slaves and the consequences of fugitive slave laws. Professor Oakes argued that tensions between slave and free states over fugitive slaves was one of…

  • Impact of PreCivil War Events
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    Impact of Pre-Civil War Events

    Historians talked about the social and political impact of several events leading up to the Civil War, including the Fugitive Slave Act and abolitionist John Brown’s raid of a federal armory at…

  • Citizenship and Race in the Mid19th Century
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    Citizenship and Race in the Mid-19th Century

    A panel discussed race and the role it played in determining citizenship in the mid-19th century. They explored the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision and Fugitive Slave Law, as well as Abraham…

  • Civil WarEra Politics
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    Civil War-Era Politics

    Historians discussed Civil War-era politics. They looked at the realignment of political parties, populism, and anti-slavery politics in the 1840s and 1850s leading up to the Civil War.

  • People Germs and Food in the Colonial Americas
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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

  • Life and Political Thought of James Burnham
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    Life and Political Thought of James Burnham

    Donald Kagan made opening remarks at the fourth annual conference of the William F. Buckley, Jr. Program, giving a biographical sketch of James Burnham before a panel discussion. “The Life and Political…

  • Discussion on the Interpretation of US Presidents
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    Interpretation of U.S. Presidents

    Political cartoonist Patrick Oliphant and historian David McCullough talked about interpretations of U.S. presidents from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama.

  • Disucssion on US Foreign Policy
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    U.S. Foreign Policy

    Panelists talked about U.S. foreign policy challenges for a liberal administration. “The Drift of U.S. Foreign Policy and the Challenges to Western Survival” was the final panel at a conference on…

  • Discussion on Liberalism and the West
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    Liberalism at Home

    Panelist talked about “Liberalism at Home and the Challenges to Western Survival,” as part of a conference at Yale on the 50th anniversary of the publication of James Burnham’s Suicide of the West: An Essay on the…

  • Ceremony to Honor Supreme Court Justices
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    Yale Honors Supreme Court Justices

    Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas returned to their alma mater to receive the Alumni Award of Merit. They talked about Court traditions, technology,…

  • emThe Hot Zoneem
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    The Hot Zone

    Richard Preston talked about the latest Ebola outbreak in several West African countries and the spread of the virus to the United States. Mr. Preston’s 1994 book, The Hot Zone: The…

  • Conference on James Burnhams emSuicide of the Westem
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    Conference on James Burnham's Suicide of the West

    Panelists spoke at a conference on James Burnham’s Suicide of the West: An Essay on the Meaning and Destiny of Liberalism. The conference was hosted by Yale University in recognition of the 50th…

  • Yale University Class Day Address
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    Yale University Class Day Address

    Secretary of State John Kerry delivered the annual Class Day lecture to the 2014 graduating class of Yale University at their Class Day ceremonies. He spoke about the struggles of the 1960's…

  • Politics of Public Space
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    Politics of Public Space

    Michael Kimmelman talked about urbanism, architecture, and architectural criticism, including issues of public space, housing for the poor, parks and infrastructure, social equality, and…

  • emThe American Health Care Paradoxem
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    The American Health Care Paradox

    Elizabeth Bradley and Lauren Taylor talked about their book, The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less, in which they question why it is that, compared to all…

  • Religious Leaders Speculate on Race Relations in the Future
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    Future of Race in America

    A panel of religious leaders and academics talked about the increasingly diverse and multi-cultural society of the United States. The focus was what racial consciousness might be like in the year 2050 and how…

  • Lincolns Tragic Pragmatism
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    Lincoln's Tragic Pragmatism

    Brandeis University Professor John Burt talked about his book, Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism: Lincoln, Douglas, and Moral Conflict, about the Lincoln Douglas Debates. He was joined by other…

  • Lincolns Gettysburg Address
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    Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    Brandeis University Professor John Burt talked about how Abraham Lincoln’s precise use of language in the Gettysburg Address conveyed his ideas of what was at stake in the civil war. He…

  • Emancipation and the Laws of War
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    Emancipation and the Laws of War

    James Oakes and John Witt talked about their books on the process of Emancipation during the Civil War. James Oakes argued that contrary to conventional narratives, the destruction of slavery was a Republican goal from…

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