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  • Originally published 06/25/2013

    Gary Gallagher joins UVa Miller Center, will lead lecture series on presidency

    Leading Civil War historian and University of Virginia professor Gary W. Gallagher has joined U.Va.’s Miller Center as a senior faculty associate. Gallagher has written and edited more than 30 books on the Civil War.Gallagher will supervise the Center’s Historical Presidency lecture series, a new initiative that will offer perspective on how presidential leadership has evolved over time. The theme for the 2013-14 academic year will be “The American Presidency and the Crises of the Nineteenth Century.” Speakers will focus on moments of national crisis that provide good vantage points from which to perceive the strength and weaknesses of leaders and political institutions.“Gary Gallagher is one of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars of the Civil War and the nineteenth century,” said William I. Hitchcock, the Miller Center’s director of research and scholarship. “In fact he is a national treasure, and known to thousands of U.Va. students for his thrilling lectures on the Civil War era. We are extremely fortunate to have him join our ranks, and to take up the leadership of this exciting presidential lecture series.”

  • Originally published 03/18/2013

    Lenard R. Berlanstein, U-Va. history professor, dies at 65

    Lenard R. Berlanstein, 65, a professor of history at the University of Virginia, died Feb. 24 at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.He had lung cancer, said a brother, Bruce Berlanstein.Dr. Berlanstein joined U-Va.’s history faculty in 1973 and taught courses on modern European cultural history until his retirement in 2011. He wrote six books, most recently “Daughters of Eve: A Cultural History of French Theater Women From the Old Regime to the Fin-de-Siecle” (2001).Lenard Russell Berlanstein was born in Brooklyn and was a 1969 graduate of the University of Michigan. He received a master’s degree in 1971 and a doctorate in 1973, both in history from Johns Hopkins University....

  • Originally published 02/13/2013

    Kenneth W. Thompson, director of University of Virginia’s Miller Center, dies

    Kenneth W. Thompson, 91, a scholar of foreign relations and U.S. government who directed the University of Virginia’s Miller Center for two decades, died Feb. 2 at an assisted living facility in Charlottesville.He had double pneumonia, said his daughter-in-law Pamela Thompson.Dr. Thompson led the Miller Center, a nonpartisan institute for the study of the presidency, public policy and governance, from 1978 until his retirement in 1998.In a statement announcing his death, U-Va. credited him with helping create and expand the institute’s speaker series known as the Forum program, the Presidential Oral History Program and bipartisan commissions on national issues. He continued to lead the Forum program until 2004....

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