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    Presidential Medal of Freedom

    President Bush presented the nation’s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, to honor 14 individuals for an especially meritorious contribution to the security or…

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    2000 White House Correspondents' Dinner

    President Bill Clinton and Jay Leno delivered tongue-in-cheek speeches about current political issues and about President Clinton’s future after the presidency. As part of their presentations…

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    Senator John McCain Oral History Interview

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ) talked about his experiences as a Navy pilot during the Vietnam War. Senator McCain was captured by the North Vietnamese in 1967, and was held as a prisoner of war (POW) for…

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    Senate Leader Lecture - Bob Dole

    In often humorous remarks, former Senate Majority Leader Dole spoke about his Senate career, the collegial nature of the Senate, and several colleagues who influenced him. The senator also gives his…

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    Senate Leader Lecture - Howard Baker

    Howard Baker (R-TN), Senate majority leader from 1981 to 1985, offered his thoughts on Senate leadership and what made the chamber work. He also reflected on his first trip to the Senate in…

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    Senate Leader Lecture - Robert Byrd

    Senator Byrd (D-WV) spoke about the history of the Senate and its role in American society. He specifically discussed the powers and responsibilities bestowed on senators by the Constitution,…

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    An Evening with Former First Ladies

    Ms. Mitchell moderated this discussion among three former first ladies. They talked about their activities since leaving the White House, including addiction programs, mental health and…

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    Marriage and the Presidency

    Kati Marton spoke about the impact that a president’s marriage has on his term, and she also spoke at length about the role of first ladies. She focused on specific presidents and how their…

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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

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    Mike and Chris Wallace on Journalism

    Mike and Chris Wallace appeared at the Middlesex Community College Celebrity Forum. The father and son who have spent their lives in journalism talked about their profession, their…

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    The Lincoln Family Album

    Actors Liam Neeson and Holly Hunter portrayed Abraham and Mary Lincoln. The performance included the intimate letters and public speeches of the Lincolns together with photographs of the famous…

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    Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon

    Patrick Creed and Rick Newman talked about the rescue efforts that took place at the Pentagon following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The crashing of American Airlines Flight 77…

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    Watergate and Presidential Accountability

    Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein participated in a panel discussion on “Watergate and Presidential Accountability” which was moderated by Bruce Buchanan. Scholars examined how the…

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    Former First Lady Perspective

    Mrs. Ford spoke about her husband and her years in Washington, D.C. She reminisced about her husband’s career in the House of Representatives and then the White House and shared several…

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    Breaking the Watergate Story

    Ms. Graham talked about her perspective on Watergate during a symposium marking the 25th anniversary of the Watergate burglary which lead to the resignation of President Nixon. She talked about…

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    A Civil Rights Milestone, June 11, 1963

    Callie Crossley moderated a discussion of the historic events of June 11, 1963. On that day two black students, James Hood and Vivian Malone, were barred entry to the University of Alabama by…

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    Master of the Senate

    Mr. Caro talked about his book, Master of the Senate, published by Knopf. In this third volume of his multi-volume biography, The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Mr. Caro covered events and…

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    Life & Times of Benjamin Franklin

    Three of the most prominent recent biographers of Benjamin Franklin participated in a discussion at the National Constitution Center. Jim Lehrer, who wrote The Franklin Affair: A Novel, published by…

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    Remembering 1981 Assassination Attempt

    A compilation was shown of interviews with Reagan administration officials, historians, and Nancy Reagan, remembering the attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan. Interviews included:…

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    150th Anniversary of the Dred Scott Decision

    A discussion was held on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the Dred Scott decision, where Dred Scott had sued for his freedom. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that blacks could never be…

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