10/26-Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970′s – Yanek Mieczkowski

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October 26-27, 2005

In Gerald Ford and the Challenges of the 1970′s, historian Yanek Mieczkowski examined Ford’s two and a half years in office, illustrating how his administration confronted he important foreign and domestic issues facing the nation.

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10/7-War and Empire – The Conference with H.W. Brands

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October 7, 2005

10/6-7 The Conference
Featuring H.W. Brands, Michael Scheuer, Richard Brookhiser, and others

Is the U.S. imperial or internationalist? A recent raft of books asserts that we are imperial. But if that is true, are we an empire of good inentions… or and empire of reckless might? Argument roils over the degree to which the projection of our military, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural powers constitutes a new kind of empire. Or in the end, are we like the others? These are among the questions were explored.

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The Conference with H.W. Brands




Teddy Roosevelt: A Singular Life
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10/6-War and Empire – The Conference

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October 6, 2005

10/6-7 The Conference
Featuring H.W. Brands, Michael Scheuer, Richard Brookhiser, and others

Is the U.S. imperial or internationalist? A recent raft of books asserts that we are imperial. But if that is true, are we an empire of good inentions… or and empire of reckless might? Argument roils over the degree to which the projection of our military, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural powers constitutes a new kind of empire. Or in the end, are we like the others? These are among the questions were explored.

9/14-War and Empire – The Debate

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September 14, 2005

9/14 The Debate
Victor Davis Hanson v. Arianna Huffington

Is the U.S. imperial or internationalist? A recent raft of books asserts that we are imperial. But if that is true, are we an empire of good inentions… or and empire of reckless might? Argument roils over the degree to which the projection of our military, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural powers constitutes a new kind of empire. Or in the end, are we like the others? These are among the questions were explored.

9/14-War and Empire

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September 14, 2005

Is the U.S. imperial or internationalist? A recent raft of books asserts that we are imperial. But if that is true, are we an empire of good inentions… or and empire of reckless might? Argument roils over the degree to which the projection of our military, diplomatic, commercial, and cultural powers constitutes a new kind of empire. Or in the end, are we like the others? These are among the questions were explored.

9/14 The Debate
Victor Davis Hanson v. Arianna Huffington

10/6-7 The Conference
Featuring H.W. Brands, Michael Scheuer, Richard Brookhiser, and others

11/17 The Lessons
Featuring Robert Caro

4/28-60 Years Later: Arthur Vandenberg and the Birth of the United Nations – Gillian Martin Sorensen

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April 28, 2005

Following the Senator Arthur Vandenberg Statue Dedication, Gillian Martin Sorensen spoke on Senator Vandenberg and the United Nations.

Gillian Martin Sorensen is a Grand Rapids native and senior adviser at the United Nations Foundation. She is a national advocate for the United Nations and U.S.-U.N. relations. She served as assistant secretary-general for external relations to U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and special adviser for public policy to former U.N. Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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4/28-Honoring Senator Arthur Vandenberg: Statue Dedication

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April 28, 2005

Arthur Vandenberg, born in 1884 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, studied law at the University of Michigan. After working 22 years as editor and publisher of the Grand Rapids Herald, Vandenberg was appointed to fill the vacancy left by deceased Republican Woodbridge N. Ferris in the United States Senate – a seat Senator Vandenberg would hold until his death in 1951.

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4/12-Reagan’s Path to Victory: Kiron Skinner

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April 12, 2005

Dr. Kiron Skinner is an assistant professor of political science at Carnegie Mellon University and a Hoover Institute research fellow. Skinner, who earned a Ph.D. from Harvard, serves on the Defense Policy Board of U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. She has co-edited several books on President Reagan and specializes in American foreign policy and security.

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4/11-Churchill and the Great Republic – James Billington

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April 11, 2005

Librarian of Congress James Billington and Congressman Vernon Ehlers spoke about Churchill and the Great Republic — an exhibit by the Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress exhibit drew upon its extensive collections, as well as those of the Churchill Archives Centre of Cambridge, England, to tell the story of one of the 20th century’s most influential leaders. Using original letters, documents, prints, and artifacts, this remarkable exhibit examined the life and career of an extraordinary man. The exhibition emphasized Churchill’s lifelong links with the United States – the nation he called “the great Republic.” The Gerald R. Ford Museum was one of only three venues in the United States to host this traveling exhibition.

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3/8-The Honorable Henry A. Kissinger

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March 8, 2005

Dr. Henry Kissinger was the 56th secretary of state of the United States, serving from 1973 to 1977. Born in Fuerth Germany, Dr. Kissinger came to the U.S. in 1938. After earning his BA, MA, and PhD at Harvard University, he served on the Harvard faculty for seventeen years in the Department of Government and the Center for International Affairs. Dr. Kissinger joined President Richard Nixon’s administration as national security advisor in 1969, and in 1973, he became secretary of state – a position he held through the end of President Gerald R. Ford’s administration.

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