The George Washington Forum

GWF Events: 2010 - 2011

Defining Empires: How Spain vs. Portugal Shaped the Modern West

Tuesday, May 24
7:30 PM | Baker Center Threater

Tamar Herzog (Stanford University)

Tamar Herzog is Professor of Latin American and Spanish history at Stanford University, before which she taught at the University of Chicago and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. She has written or edited seven books, including Defining Nations: Immigrants and Citizens in Early Modern Spain and Spanish America (2003) and Upholding Justice: State, Law and the Penal System in Quito (2004). Her current work examines the relationship between Spain and Spanish America.

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Learning to Die in Miami: Confessions of a Wayward Historian

Thursday, April 21
7:30 PM | Walter Hall 135

Carlos Eire (Yale University)

Carlos Eire is T. Lawrason Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He has written widely on late medieval and early modern Europe, includingWar against the Idols (1986), From Madrid to Purgatory (1995), andA Very Brief History of Eternity (2009). He won the 2003 National Book Award for his memoir of the Cuban Revolution, Waiting for Snow in Havana. His latest book is Learning to Die in Miami (2010), an account of his early life once arriving in the United States as an exile from Castro's Cuba.

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'Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions: The Forgotten Agents of Change'

Monday, January 31
7:30 PM | Baker Center Theater

Jane Landers (Vanderbilt University)

Jane Landers is Associate Professor of History at Vanderbilt University. She has written or edited over half a dozen books, includingThe Atlantic World (2007) and Black Society in Spanish Florida (1999).A member of the Executive Committee of the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples, York University and past president of the Forum on European Expansion and Global Interaction, she also serves on the editorial boards of several historical journals. Her latest book is Atlantic Creoles in the Age of Revolutions (2010).

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The Kingdom of Whatever: The Premodern Roots of the Postmodern Condition

Wednesday, January 12
7:30 PM | Baker Center Theater

Brad Gregory (University of Notre Dame)

Brad Gregory is the Dorothy G. Griffin Associate Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Notre Dame. He holds advanced degrees in history and philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain and Princeton University. His first book, Salvation at Stake: Christian Martyrdom in Early Modern Europe (1999) won numerous awards. He has written more recently on secularism and the 'new atheism'. His forthcoming book, Genealogies of the West: The Reformation Era and the Makings of Modernity, shows how the problems of the early twenty-first century have their origins in the sixteenth-century religious reformations.

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Crisis and Command: A History of Executive Power from Washington to Obama

Thursday, October 28
7:30 PM | Baker Center Theater

John Yoo (University of California Berkeley School of Law)

John Yoo is Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers. His latest book is Crisis and Command: The History of Executive Power from George Washington to George W. Bush (2010).

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