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All upcoming News, Politics, & Media programs

All upcoming News, Politics, & Media programs

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June 4, 2024

Looking at the shared pasts of literature and computer science, former Microsoft engineer and professor of comparative literature Dennis Yi Tenen provides a context for recent developments in artificial intelligence. Rather than a magical genie capable of self-directed thought or action, Yi Tenen draws on labor history, technology, and philosophy to examine why he views AI as a reflection of the long-standing cooperation between authors and engineers.


June 10, 2024

With the 2024 presidential race in full swing, many Americans are troubled by the caustic nature of today's campaigns. The reality is vitriol has been at play from the beginning of the Republic. Drawing on his career as a journalist specializing in presidential coverage, veteran White House correspondent and author Ken Walsh explores the history of poison politics in America and highlights the figures that helped shape the modern landscape.


June 10, 2024

A record 3.1 million robots are now working in factories, doing everything from assembling computers to packing goods and monitoring air quality and performance. A far greater number of smart machines impact our lives in countless other ways—and we’re on the cusp of even more exciting opportunities. Join pioneering roboticist and computer scientist Daniela Rus as she offers a reframed perspective on the way we think about intelligent machines and weighs the moral and ethical consequences of their role in society.


June 13, 2024

In 1932, a significant year in American history, the country was experiencing economic upheaval, natural disaster, bubbling political radicalism, and a rise of dangerous forces ushering in a new era of global conflict. Amid this turmoil loomed a choice in the presidential election between two men with very different visions of America: Republican Herbert Hoover and New York Democratic Governor Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Former Los Angeles Times staff writer Scott Martelle places that presidential campaign in the context of the significant issues of the day.


July 11, 2024

The allure of the sea has always captivated the hearts and minds of Americans, including some of our most notable leaders. Whether aboard naval vessels or  presidential yachts, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, George H.W. Bush, and other residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue have used the ocean as a backdrop for reflection, decision-making, and diplomacy. Veteran White House correspondent and historian Ken Walsh examines their seagoing stories.


July 31, 2024

Thomas Jefferson, primary author of the Declaration of Independence and our third president, has been called the architect of American democracy. Yet his legacy has been questioned in large part because he owned over 600 slaves during his lifetime. John Ragosta, acting Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, examines the question of what a white slave-owning aristocrat has to teach us about the nature of American leadership.


August 6, 2024

The role is unpaid and undefined, yet many women serving as First Lady made pivotal contributions that helped shape the United States. From early trailblazers like Dolley Madison, whose residence on Lafayette Square was nicknamed the “second White House,” to those in the role who are less well-known, like Harriet Lane—the first to use the title—explore how first ladies can personify persistence and perseverance. Join staff from A Tour Of Her Own to hear stories of America’s first ladies, not often recognized with monuments but ingrained in the fabric of history.


August 20, 2024

It has become increasingly common for Western museums to be portrayed not as sites of preservation and education but rather as homes of works stolen by imperialists. Historian Justin M. Jacobs challenges that perspective, providing an overview of the five primary channels through which Western museums acquired their artifacts. Only by better appreciating the historical context that informed the transfer of art and antiquities from the source country to a museum, Jacobs argues, can calls for cultural restitution be properly assessed.


August 20, 2024

In America’s collective consciousness, Pat Nixon has long been perceived as elusive and enigmatic. Her biographer Heath Hardage Lee examines a figure who bore little resemblance to the woman so often described in the press: an empathetic, adventurous, self-made woman who wanted no power or influence but who connected warmly with both ordinary Americans and people from different cultures she encountered worldwide.


September 11, 2024

In 1998, the Good Friday Agreement ended a 30-year period of violence in the north of Ireland known as “the Troubles,” but the difficult legacy of that era still overshadows politics in Ireland north and south to this day. Historian Jennifer Paxton explores the origins of the Troubles as well as the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland and the prospects for Irish unity now that the United Kingdom’s territory has its first-ever nationalist first minister.