1. On the anniversary of the battle that sparked the Civil War, Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust and eminent Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer explored the enormous human toll of the war on 19th-century America. In her book This Republic of Suffering: Death and the American Civil War, Faust reveals how death on such a scale changed not only individual lives but the life of the nation, redefining the meanings of race, citizenship and nationhood.

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  2. Will members of Congress change their minds about compromise, or do voters need to change the members of Congress? Eminent political thinkers Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompson speak with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell about their forthcoming book The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It, which explores whether government leaders can overcome partisan divides for the benefit of all citizens.

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