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Conference: God and the Enlightenment

Thursday-Saturday, October 4–6, 2012

TBA | Baker Center 240/242

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David Ruderman (University of Pennsylvania)

This conference will examine the origins, character and consequences of the Enlightenment, especially regarding religion. David Ruderman (Penn) will deliver the keynote, while Justin Champion (London), Jonathan Clark (Kansas), Sarah Ellenzweig (Rice), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame), Paul Lim (Vanderbilt), Joan Pau Rubies (LSE), Jonathan Sheehan (University of California, Berkeley), and Dale Van Kley (Ohio State) will deliver plenary addresses.

The World Order after the Financial Crisis

Thursday, 14 October 2012

7:30 PM | Baker Center 240/242

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Harold James (Princeton University)

Harold James, Professor of History at Princeton University, studies economic and financial history and modern German history. He was educated at Cambridge University (Ph.D. in 1982) and was a Fellow of Peterhouse for eight years before coming to Princeton University in 1986. He has written books on the interwar depression in Gemrany, German national identity, Deutsche Bank, and globalization. His latest book is The Creation and Destruction of Value: The Globalization Cycle (2009).

FOX News: Past, Present, Future

Monday, May 21, 2012

7:15 PM | Baker Center Ballroom B

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Roger Ailes

Roger Ailes is the Chairman and CEO of FOX News. A native of Warren, Ohio, and a 1962 OHIO alumnus, Ailes served as WOUB Radio’s student manager for two years before embarking on an accomplished career as a television producer and executive. In 1996, he oversaw the creation and launch of FOX News Channel, the top-rated news channel in America. Prior to FOX, Ailes was president of CNBC, making it the fastest growing major cable network in America and a leading source for business news, tripling ratings and increasing profits from $9 million to well over $100 million. In 2003, he was named Broadcasting and Cable’s first Television Journalist of the Year. In addition to his media work, Ailes served as an advisor to the campaigns of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush and as a trustee for the National Trust for Historic Gettysburg.

A World on Fire: Britain’s Crucial Role in the American Civil War

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

7:30 PM | Walter Hall Rotunda

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Amanda Foreman

Amanda Foreman is the author of the award-winning best seller Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire and A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided. Born in London, brought up in Los Angeles and educated in England, she did her undergraduate work at Sarah Lawrence College and Columbia University before taking her doctorate in history from Oxford University in 1998. In addition to extensive commentary in newspapers, magazines, and radio, she has served on the juries for the Orange Prize, the Guardian First Book Prize and the National Book Awards.

Tocqueville’s Moment…and Ours

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

7:30 PM | Baker Center Theater

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Wilfred McClay (University of Tennessee-Chattanooga)

Wilfred McClay is the SunTrust Bank Chair of Excellence in Humanities at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and, in addition, serves as a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and as a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. A current member of the National Council on the Humanities, he also serves on the editorial boards of First Things, The Public Interest, National Affairs, and Wilson Quarterly. He has written or edited a number of books including The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America (1994). He is currently completing an intellectual biography of the American sociologist David Riesman.