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  • Manhattan Project
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    Manhattan Project

    Professor Martin Sherwin talked about the Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and…

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  • Rethinking Americas Founding Narrative
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    Rethinking America's Founding Narrative

    Constitutional law Professor Kermit Roosevelt presented a talk titled: “The Constitution and Declaration of Independence: A Contrary View.” Professor Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of…

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  • Presidents and Their CIA Directors
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    Presidents and Their CIA Directors

    CIA chief historian David Robarge talked about the evolving nature of the relationship between presidents and their CIA directors, and how it is influenced by the president’s needs and…

    855 views
  • Richard Nixons Life and Career
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    Richard Nixon's Life and Career

    John Farrell talked about the influence of Richard Nixon’s early life and career on his presidency, and how the two, he argues, ultimately led to his downfall. Mr. Farrell is the author of…

    441 views
  • 2018 Midterm Election Results Smithsonian Association Discussion
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    2018 Midterm Election Results, Smithsonian Association Discussion

    The Smithsonian Associates hosted a panel discussion on the 2018 midterm elections. U.S. News and World Report's Ken Walsh moderated the event.

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  • British Loyalists in the American Revolution
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    British Loyalists in the American Revolution

    University of Maryland history professor Richard Bell examined why American Revolution loyalists chose to remain on the British side, what the Revolution was like for them, and how their…

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  • World War I Navy
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    World War I Navy

    Professor James Rentfrow talked about how the U.S. Navy evolved in the 20 years between the Spanish-American War and World War I, when the Naval Act of 1916 introduced submarines and…

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  • International Perspectives on the Civil War
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    International Perspectives on the Civil War

    Historian Paul Quigley talked about international perspectives on the U.S. Civil War. He argued that the South’s separatist movement aligned with other European movements for independence…

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  • Smithsonian Associates Hosts Discussion on the 2016 Election
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    2016 Election Review

    Pollsters, reporters, and political scholars anazlyed the 2016 campaign and presidential election results. Other topics discussed included voter turnout and demographics, public polling,…

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  • Civil War Espionage
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    Civil War Espionage

    Clayton Laurie talked about how, during the Civil War, both sides used new intelligence techniques that influenced the outcomes of key battles. This event was hosted by the Smithsonian…

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  • Discussion on the Year Ahead for the Supreme Court
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    Supreme Court 2014 Term Preview

    U.S. Supreme Court observers, including attorneys who had argued before the court, previewed the 2014 term of the high court, which would begin in October, and what cases were likely to be…

    594 views
  • Supreme Court 20132014 Term Preview
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    Supreme Court 2013-2014 Term Preview

    Donald Verrilli and Thomas Goldstein previewed cases on the Supreme Court’s docket for the 2013-2014 term. At the time of this event the court had cases on campaign finance, affirmative action,…

    415 views
  • Presidential Speechwriting
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    Presidential Speechwriting

    Five former presidential speechwriters discussed the role of presidential speechwriters throughout history and their relationships with the presidents they served. Topics included their assessments of…

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