1. Lynne Olson on "Those Angry Days: Roosevelt, Lindbergh, and America's Debate Over World War II"


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    In this April 8 McConnell Center talk, New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson discussed the internal debates about whether America should enter WWII. The event, designated the U.S. Army Capt. Daniel H. Utley in memory of a McConnell Scholar graduate killed in military service, was the final event in the McConnell Center's "Debating America" 2014-2015 public lecture series.

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    • Lynne Olson on "Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement"


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      In this April 8 McConnell Center talk, New York Times bestselling author Lynne Olson discussed how the struggle for racial freedom is a multi-layered saga that spanned multiple generations, originating before the Civil War and reaching its climax in the mid-20th century. The event was part of the McConnell Center's "Debating America" 2014-2015 public lecture series.

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      • McConnell Scholarship: China


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        This video details the McConnell Scholarship's benefit of international travel and studies of the People's Republic of China, guaranteed with every scholarship.

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        • Peter Zeihan on "The Coming Global Disorder: What Will America's Role Be In The 21st Century?"


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          Geopolitical strategist and author Peter Zeihan discussed changing geopolitical, demographic, energy and financial factors and how they will affect the U.S. in the coming century to a 100-plus-size audience at the McConnell Center on March 23, 2015. The event was part of the Center's year-long "Debating America" public lecture series.

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          • Alexander Guerrero, PhD, JD, on "Governing By Lottery: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor"


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            In this Feb. 25, 2015, public McConnell Center lecture, Alexander Guerrero, PhD, JD (University of Pennsylvania) asked whether common complaints about American government could be fixed with a move to a system in which decision-makers were chosen by lot rather than election. Would changing the need for campaign fundraising reduce the level of perceived corruption in politics? Would randomly chosen leaders prove more ideologically, demographically and socioeconomically diverse and representative than our current system? The free and public event is part of the McConnell Center’s ‘Debating America’ public lecture series.

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            • David Orentlicher: Are Two Presidents Better Than One?


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              In this McConnell Center public talk, David Orentlicher, MD, JD, argues that the modern "imperial" presidency would be improved by introducing a dual executive. The talk is part of the McConnell Center's 2014-2015 "Debating America" public lecture series. Orentlicher spoke in Ekstrom Library's Chao Auditorium on Jan. 26, 2015.

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              • UN Ambassador Samantha Power addresses UofL audience


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                Samantha Power, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, was the 47th Distinguished Guest Speaker at the University of Louisville's McConnell Center. She delivered remarks to a public audience Monday, Jan. 12, at UofL's Miller Information Technology Center. Her talk considered bipartisan efforts toward foreign policy, including the U.S. government's ability to fight Ebola, confront violent extremism and advance democracy in Burma.

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                • Burns Night 2015


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                  McConnell Scholars celebrate their first Burns Night, a tribute to Scotland's National Poet, Robert Burns. Burns Night was held at the Louisville Country Club, sponsored by Mrs. Rachel and Dr. Shep Schrepferman.

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                  • Debating America: What the War on Poverty Was Supposed To Be - A Look Back at LBJ and the Politics of the Sixties


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                    10/28/14: Fifty years ago in 1964, Lyndon Johnson declared a "War on Poverty." In 1988, Ronald Reagan responded in a famous speech that poverty had won the war. In this free and public McConnell Center talk, Kent Germany, PhD, explored new documents and once-secret White House recordings to see what LBJ intended the "War on Poverty" to be. According to Germany, the "War on Poverty" was hobbled from the start by Johnson’s overly ambitious rhetoric and evolved over the next half century into something that challenges easy labels of success or failure. Germany is a joint professor in the University of South Carolina’s history and African American studies departments. He previous was on the faculty at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs, where he led the LBJ project, co-founded the award-winning website www.whitehousetapes.org and served as a host of For the Record, a nationally distributed PBS interview program on politics and history. Germany is the author of New Orleans After the Promises: Poverty, Citizenship and the Search for the Great Society, a finalist for the Organization of American Historian’s Liberty Legacy Award for best book on civil rights. He is the co-editor of four books on Johnson’s White House tapes, including The Presidential Recordings: Lyndon B. Johnson: Toward the Great Society, which was the winner of the 2011 PROSE Award for Best eProduct in the Humanities.

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                    • US Sen. Mitch McConnell delivers post-election remarks at UofL


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                      Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, who won reelection to a sixth term Tuesday, held his first national post-election news conference at the University of Louisville on Nov. 5, 2014.  Several dozen national and local media outlets were on hand for the 2 p.m. event, which in some cases was aired live. UofL President James Ramsey, Provost Shirley Willihnganz and many of the university’s McConnell Scholars, who are part of an elite four-year leadership program, were among the audience. 

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