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Alan Brinkley Gives A Congressional Briefing on the Great Depression

Professor Alan Brinkley, Nevins Professor of History at Columbia University, gave a briefing to Members of Congress and their staff in May, 2009.  He spoke on the relevance of the Great Depression to today’s current economic situation, Roosevelt’s actions to stimulate the economy in the 1930s, and the recovery that took place.

This is part of the Congressional Briefings program, where historians provide historical context to current issues.

Watch the Congressional Briefing with Alan Brinkley (which begins 1:05 in).

Great Depression with Alan Brinkley from Miriam Cunningham on Vimeo.

(Please note that this video is approximately 56 minutes long)

A History of Radical Islam Before and After 9/11

On Friday, May 9, 2008, Professor John O. Voll, professor of Islamic history and associate director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, addressed the history of the radicalization of Islam and discussed how it changed after September 11, 2001.

Voll graduated from Dartmouth College and received his Ph.D. degree from Harvard University. He is the author of Islam: Continuity and Change in the Modern World and co-author, with John L. Esposito, of Islam and Democracy and Makers of Contemporary Islam.

The briefing was held in room 2150 Rayburn Congressional Office Building, from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

Questions & Answers followed the presentation.

Professor Voll’s recommended further readings on Radical Islam