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  • emThe Road to Unfreedomem
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    The Road to Unfreedom

    Yale University’s Timothy Snyder talked about the rise of authoritarianism around the world.

  • US and Russia in March 1917
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    U.S. and Russia in March 1917

    Journalist and author Will Englund discussed his book, March 1917: On the Brink of War and Revolution. Mr. Englund details the turmoil and opposition to World War I in Russia that forced Czar Nicholas…

  • emThe Marshall Planem
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    The Marshall Plan

    Benn Steil, director of international economics at the Council on Foreign Relations, chronicled the efforts to rebuild western Europe following World War II.

  • Vicente Fox and Nigel Farage Debate Globalism and Nationalism
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    Nationalism Versus Globalism

    Former Mexican President Vicente Fox and Nigel Farage, the former United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) leader, debated the merits of nationalism and globalism at the University of…

  • emThe Fate of Romeem
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    The Fate of Rome

    In his book, The Fate of Rome: Climate, Disease, and the End of an Empire, author Kyle Harper uses innovative geological and genetic research to show how climate change and disease…

  • emOne Long Nightem
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    One Long Night

    Andrea Pitzer talked about her book One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps, in which she provides a history of concentration camps that covers four continents and two…

  • emGorbachevem and emThe House of Governmentem
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    Gorbachev and The House of Government

    William Taubman talked about his book Gorbachev: His Life and Times, about the life of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. He was joined by Yuri Slezkine, history professor at the University…

  • Walter Isaacson Discusses New Biography emLeonardo da Vinciem
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    Leonardo da Vinci

    Walter Isaacson talked about his book Leonardo da Vinci, in which he examines the life of the Italian renaissance man. He spoke at the 2017 Miami Book Fair.

  • emThe Internationalistsem
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    The Internationalists

    Professors Oona Hathaway and Scott Shapiro talked about their book The Internationalists, in which they recall the 1928 Paris Peace Pact, also known as the Kellogg-Briand Pact, that…

  • emBourgeois Equalityem
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    Bourgeois Equality

    Deirdre McCloskey talked about her Hayek Prize-winning book, Bourgeois Equality: How Ideas, Not Capital or Institutions, Enriched the World. She was interviewed at FreedomFest, one of the…

  • Timothy Snyder Discusses emOn Tyrannyem
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    On Tyranny

    Professor Timothy Snyder talked about his book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, in which he reflects on how many democracies failed throughout Europe during the 20th…

  • Masha Gessen Delivers Arthur Miller Lecture
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    2017 Arthur Miller Lecture

    Author Masha Gessen delivered the Arthur Miller Lecture followed by an interview with Samantha Bee as part of the 2017 PEN World Voices Festival. Ms. Gessen books include The Future is…

  • emEarth in Human Handsem
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    Earth in Human Hands

    David Grinspoon talked about his book Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future, in which he reports on the “anthropocene” phase of Earth’s history and describes the impact humans…

  • emAge of Angerem
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    Age of Anger

    Pankaj Mishra talked about his book Age of Anger: A History of the Present, in which he examines the catalysts in society, past and present, that give rise to nationalist groups and hate…

  • Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics
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    Jesse Owens and the 1936 Berlin Olympics

    Historians talked about about Jesse Owens and his legendary performance in the 1936 Berlin Olympics and how black athletes confronted Nazi white supremacy propaganda during the games.

  • emCuisine and Empireem
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    Cuisine and Empire

    Historians talked about the relationship between food and societies throughout world history. Using Rachel Laudan’s book, Cuisine and Empire: Cooking in World History as a starting point, they…

  • Ella Morton Discusses emAtlas Obscuraem
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    Atlas Obscura

    Ella Morton, co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders, talked about her book. She spoke at the 2016 Wisconsin Book Festival, held at the Central Branch…

  • emHero of the Empireem
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    Hero of the Empire

    Candice Millard talked about her book Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, in which she recalls the actions of future British Prime…

  • Adam Hochschild Discusses emSpain in Our Heartsem
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    Spain in Our Hearts

    Adam Hochschild talked about his book Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939, in which he provides a history of the Spanish Civil War. He spoke at the 28th…

  • emMurder Was Not a Crimeem
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    Murder Was Not a Crime

    Judy Gaughan talked about her book, Murder Was Not a Crime: Homicide and Power in the Roman Republic, about how families were given the power to carry out their own forms of punishment, including murder,…

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