Aaron David Miller argues that the Arab-Israeli conflict is one of the issues where national interest, moral interest, and the capacity of America to make a difference are so closely aligned. He says that all sides in the process must abandon illusions of what can and cannot be achieved. Miller says that his book is a look in the mirror about bad advice given to the secretary of state and failed American policies, but also polices where America succeeded. He then discusses the many challenges facing all sides in the situation in 2008. He then looks forward to potential opportunities for progress in the future.
NYU Professor of the Humanities Thomas Bender argues that the idea of American exceptionalism has hobbled the study of American history. Bender traces the study of history from the "men of letters" historians of the nineteenth century up to the present, and explains why a more worldly history curriculum would help students to better understand events throughout American history.
In this lecture, historian Philip D. Morgan compares the Lowcountry and Chesapeake slave cultures and reveals much about the way of life of some of the earliest African Americans. Although South Carolina in the eighteenth century was built by slave labor, Virginia only began to "recruit" slaves in large numbers at the beginning of that century. Consequently, there were substantial differences in the black cultures that emerged in the two regions.