Miller Center for Public Affairs

May 312009
 

Joseph White

Joseph White

A senior editor and reporter at the Wall Street Journal since 1987, JOSEPH B. WHITE covers the auto industry from Detroit and writes “Eyes on the Road” for the Journal‘s online edition. In 1993, White and then-Detroit Bureau Chief Paul Ingrassia shared a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of management turmoil at General Motors. They also co-authored Comeback: The Fall and Rise of the American Automobile Industry (Simon & Schuster, 1994) about the American auto industry in the 1980s and 1990s. White also contributes new-car reviews to SmartMoney magazine.

Mr. White spoke at a Miller Center Forum on May 13, 2009.

May 012009
 

Chris Matthews

Chris Matthews

The host of MSNBC’s Hardball and NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show, CHRIS MATTHEWS has covered every American presidential election campaign since the 1980s. Matthews served as Washington bureau chief for the San Francisco Examiner and national columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. He also worked for Senators Frank Moss of Utah and Edmund Muskie of Maine, as a presidential speechwriter for President Carter, and as the top aide to Speaker of the House “Tip” O’Neill. Matthews has received the David Brinkley Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. He is the author of American: Beyond Our Grandest Notions (Free Press, 2002), and Life’s a Campaign: What Politics Has Taught Me About Friendship, Rivalry, Reputation, and Success (Random House, 2007).

Mr. Matthews spoke at a Miller Center Forum on April 27, 2009.

Apr 212009
 

Patrick Tyler

Patrick Tyler

Journalist and author PATRICK TYLER was Chief Correspondent at the New York Times from 2002 to 2004, covering the invasion of Iraq and established the Baghdad Bureau after the fall of Saddam Hussein. He also served as the Times’ Bureau Chief in Moscow and Beijing, as well as Military Correspondent. Prior to that, Tyler was Middle East Bureau Chief for the Washington Post, and covered the State Department, the Pentagon, and the intelligence community. His books include A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China (Public Affairs, 1999) and Running Critical: The Silent War, Rickover, and General Dynamics (Harper & Row, 1986). Mr. Tyler spoke at a Miller Center Forum on April 6, 2009.

Miller Center Forum: Of Knowledge and Power: The Complexities of National Intelligence

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Apr 112009
 

Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy

ROBERT KENNEDY, a Professor at the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs at the Georgia Institute of Technology, served for 35 years in various government postings, including Civilian Deputy Commandant at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Dwight D. Eisenhower Professor of National Security Studies at the U.S. Army War College, and Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. His most recent book examines the labyrinth of complexities that the intelligence community faces in trying to provide quality intelligence to support American foreign policy and national security interests.

Mr. Kennedy spoke at a Miller Center Forum on March 27, 2009.

Apr 032009
 

MARC J. SELVERSTONE moderated this Virginia Festival of the Book event, a discussion with JAMES G. BLIGHT and JANET M. LANG of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies about their new book, Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived: Virtual JFK (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009). Blight and Lang co-direct critical oral history projects on the Cuban Missile Crisis, the collapse of U.S.-Soviet détente in the Carter-Brezhnev period, and the Vietnam War. They served as advisers to Errol Morris’ Academy Award-winning documentary film, The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara. Blight is the author of a dozen books on the recent history of U.S. foreign policy, and Lang is also an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Boston University’s School of Public Health.

The forum took place at the Miller Center of Public Affairs on March 20, 2009.

Mar 272009
 

Marc Selverstone

Marc Selverstone

James Goldgeier

James Goldgeier

This Virginia Festival of the Book event featured MARC J. SELVERSTONE, associate professor with the Presidential Recordings Program at the Miller Center and JAMES GOLDGEIER, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at George Washington University.  Selverstone’s work focuses on the secret Oval Office recordings of Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, with an emphasis on foreign policy; in particular, Vietnam. His most recent book is Constructing the Monolith: The United States, Great Britain, and International Communism, 1945-1950 (Harvard University Press, 2009). Goldgeier has taught at Cornell University and Stanford University, and has served at the State Department and on the National Security Council staff. He is the author of Leadership Style and Soviet Foreign Policy: Stalin, Khrushchev, Brezhnev, Gorbachev (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1994), and co-author of Power and Purpose: U.S. Policy Toward Russia After the Cold War (Brookings Institution Press, 2003). His most recent book is America Between the Wars: From 11/9 to 9/11 (Public Affairs, 2008), with Derek Chollet.

The presentation was made at a Miller Center Forum on March 20, 2009.

Mar 052009
 

Lee Edwards

Lee Edwards

LEE EDWARDS, widely regarded as the leading historian of the American conservative movement, is the Heritage Foundation’s Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought and serves as an Adjunct Professor of Politics at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. The founding Director of the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University, he is a frequent commentator on FOX News, PBS, C-SPAN, and NPR. The author of the first biography of Ronald Reagan, his other books include To Preserve and Protect: The Life of Edwin Meese III (The Heritage Foundation, 2005) and The Essential Ronald Reagan: A Profile in Courage, Justice and Wisdom (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005).

Mr Edwards spoke at a Miller Center Forum on February 27, 2009.

Miller Center Forum: Abraham Lincoln and William Shakespeare

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Feb 272009
 

William Lee Miller

William Lee Miller

WILLIAM LEE MILLER is Scholar in Ethics and Institutions at the Miller Center. From 1992 until his 1999 retirement, he was Thomas C. Sorensen Professor of Political and Social Thought and Director of the Program in Political and Social Thought at U.Va. A speechwriter for Adlai Stevenson’s 1956 presidential campaign and a contributing editor and writer for The Reporter magazine, he was the founding director of the Poynter Center on American Institutions at Indiana University. He is the author of eight books, including Lincoln’s Virtues: An Ethical Biography.

Mr. Miller spoke at a Miller Center Forum on February 23, 2009.

Sep 052007
 

NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, Meet the Press, and other programs. He is responsible for all aspects of NBC News’ political coverage and is the editor of First Read, NBC’s daily online guide to political news and trends. Before joining NBC News, Todd was editor-in-chief of National Journal’s “The Hotline.”

Jun 252007
 

 

Gregory B. Saathoff, M.D., a University of Virginia psychiatrist and director of the Critical Incident Analysis Group (CIAG), is a principal author of the 1999 study for the FBI, “The School Shooter: A Threat Assessment Perspective,” which can be downloaded from the FBI web site. Richard J. Bonnie, director of the Institute of Law, Psychiatry and Public Policy at the University of Virginia, is the chair of the Commission on Mental Health Law Reform, which is addressing how the mental health and criminal justice systems intersect. Alison Malmon is executive director of Active Minds, Inc., the nation’s only nonprofit organization dedicated to engaging young adults in mental health awareness, and is working to combat the stigma of mental illness. They spoke at a Miller Center of Public Affairs forum on June 25, 2007.

This lecture concludes this season’s Miller Center forums.

After the Bush Doctrine: National Security Strategy for a New Administration, Panel III

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Jun 212007
 

GAGE invited eleven of the nation’s most prominent intellectuals to think boldly and imaginatively about America’s future role in the world, and how the Bush Doctrine’s strategy of preemption, unilateralism, and assertive democratization is suited to U.S. foreign policy going forward. This is part three of three of that discussion held at the Miller Center of Public Affairs on June 7 and 8, 2007.

After the Bush Doctrine: National Security Strategy for a New Administration, Panel II

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Jun 202007
 

GAGE invited eleven of the nation’s most prominent intellectuals to think boldly and imaginatively about America’s future role in the world, and how the Bush Doctrine’s strategy of preemption, unilateralism, and assertive democratization is suited to U.S. foreign policy going forward. This is part two of three of that discussion held at the Miller Center of Public Affairs on June 7 and 8, 2007.