The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789

Speaker: 
Edward J. Larson
Tue, April 28th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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After successfully leading the Revolutionary War, George Washington came out of retirement to lead the country once again—this time through the Constitutional Convention. Historian and author Edward J. Larson explores how the man of duty reluctantly came to preside over the convention, mediate the fractious states, and, as a result, help secure our republic’s future.

An American Soldier

Speaker: 
Huang Ruo
David Henry Hwang
Agnes Hsu-Tang (moderator)
Special Guests
Wed, April 15th, 2015 | 7:00 pm

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In October 2011, 19-year-old Chinese-American Army Pvt. Danny Chen was found dead in a guard tower at his base in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. In an intimate conversation highlighted by musical performances by special guests, composer Huang Ruo and librettist David Henry Hwang explore their opera, An American Soldier, which reveals the dangerous and tragic consequences of prejudice through the story of Pvt. Chen’s death.

Lincoln's Last Speech: Wartime Reconstruction and the Crisis of Reunion

Speaker: 
Louis P. Masur
Tue, April 14th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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On April 11, 1865, only two days after Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox, Abraham Lincoln gave his final public address. Using this speech, author and Civil War historian Louis P. Masur traces the evolution of Lincoln’s ideas and debate over reconstruction policies during the war, allowing us to walk the path that brought him and the nation to reunion.

A Century of Conflict: War, 1914-2014

Speaker: 
Jeremy Black
Sat, April 11th, 2015 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

Toward Appomattox: The Last Gasp

Speaker: 
William C. Davis
James M. McPherson
Harold Holzer (moderator)
Wed, April 8th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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How do wars end? A century-and-a-half ago, Robert E. Lee surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox and set the standard for the “gentlemanly” stacking of arms. But did Grant actually give up too much in return for peace on April 9, 1865? Were too many Confederate leaders spared and the plight of African-American refugees ignored? Or, conversely, did Grant’s relentless and bloody fighting that month destroy a generation of Southern white men?

The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914

Speaker: 
Margaret MacMillan
Tue, April 7th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 was the pivotal catalyst for World War I, but it was preceded by decades of rising tensions and crises. Award-winning historian Margaret MacMillan provides a thoughtful retrospective on how the actions of numerous nations and leaders as well as ideas and values contributed to the outbreak of the First World War.

Winston Churchill and American Presidents: From Roosevelt to Roosevelt

Speaker: 
John H. Maurer
Sat, March 28th, 2015 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

Presidential Leaders: Woodrow Wilson

Speaker: 
A. Scott Berg
Wed, March 25th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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In addition to reforming American economic and foreign policy, President Woodrow Wilson inaugurated an astounding number of practices and programs that still survive—from the Federal Reserve System to the legacies of World War I.

An Evening with Amy Tan

Speaker: 
Amy Tan
Ken Smith (moderator)
Tue, March 24th, 2015 | 6:30 pm

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Bestselling author Amy Tan—internationally recognized for her books exploring themes of family and self-identity within the Chinese-American experience—discusses her accomplished career and how her own personal stories as the daughter of Chinese immigrants influence her novels.

The Untold Story of Joseph Stalin and Reflections on Russia Today

Speaker: 
Stephen Kotkin
Sat, March 14th, 2015 | 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Presented in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Research Institute

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9–9:30 am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30–11 am: Program

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