Archived webcasts & webchats

  • June 16, 2014

    Becoming an American is a part of the path for many immigrants each year. On June 16, 2014, approximately 100 new American citizens took the oath of citizenship on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

    The keynote speaker was Michael Beschloss, presidential historian and contributor on NBC and PBS television. His comments focused on the American tradition of engaged and active citizenship and civic courage.

  • March 18, 2014

    In Support of: His Excellency Jörg Asmussen, Deputy Minister of Labor, Germany, and Former Member of the Executive Board of the the European Central Bank
    Against: Dr. Liam Fox

    Moderator: Mr. Roger Cohen, Columnist, New York Times

    View participant biographies

  • March 17, 2014

    As a fragile America emerged from the Revolutionary War in the late 18th century, a newly formed government had to address the varying degrees of indebtedness among the 13 states and balance the extent to which economic and financial authority should rest with the states or with federal institutions. Europe is struggling with similar issues in a 21st century context. Will Europe follow the Hamiltonian model and move toward more federal forms of banking and fiscal governance, or will European member states resist this federalization? Are there alternative visions that have yet to be explored?

    Speakers:
    Ambassador Robert Hormats, Former Under-Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, U.S. Department of State
    Mr. David Marsh, Chairman and Co-Founder, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum
    Mr. Wolfgang Münchau, Associate Editor and European Economic Columnist, Financial Times.

    Moderator: Ms. Heather A. Conley, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Europe Program

    View participant biographies

    Read article Europe forum draws inspiration in Williamsburg.

  • October 17, 2013

    Should the American brand of democracy serve as a model for the rest of the world? What should be driving our economic policies? What is the role of political parties? And what exactly is the role of a national government?
    In this archived webcast, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton provide historical context around these questions through their discussion of the battle between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Joining them are Colonial Williamsburg historian Bill Sullivan and Jennifer L. Thompson, a political analyst from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. The host is Cathy Lewis of WHRV’s “Hearsay.”
    For more, watch earlier webcasts on the Arab spring, Yorktown and a naturalization ceremony; and read Connect posts on American foreign policy, political campaigns, diversity and more.
    View part 1 of this webcast.

  • October 17, 2013

    Should the American brand of democracy serve as a model for the rest of the world? What should be driving our economic policies? What is the role of political parties? And what exactly is the role of a national government?
    In this archived webcast, Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton provide historical context around these questions through their discussion of the battle between the Federalists and the Democratic-Republicans. Joining them are Colonial Williamsburg historian Bill Sullivan and Jennifer L. Thompson, a political analyst from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. The host is Cathy Lewis of WHRV’s “Hearsay.”
    For more, watch earlier webcasts on the Arab spring, Yorktown and a naturalization ceremony; and read Connect posts on American foreign policy, political campaigns, diversity and more.
    View part 2 of this webcast.

  • June 14, 2013

    Becoming an American is a part of the path for many immigrants each year. On June 14, 2013, approximately 100 new American citizens took the oath of citizenship on the grounds of the Colonial Capitol in the Revolutionary City.

    The keynote speaker was Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group. Huffington, herself a naturalized U.S. citizen, is originally from Greece. She spoke about her personal journey to become an American.

  • June 27, 2013

    The Revolutionary War was not perceived as a successful campaign by most Williamsburg residents in 1781. As the confidence of the revolution was waning, Patriots were questioning the abilities of Washington to provide a great victory in the midst of an economy in shambles, slaves running away and a smallpox epidemic that now stretched across North America. Fear was a present danger. It was also a future danger. With the townspeople of Williamsburg wary about their future, Looking to Yorktown, a Connect webcast hosted by WHRV’s Cathy Lewis, discusses the preparations, possible outcomes and implications of the upcoming battle at Yorktown with General Washington, Marquis de Lafayette, General Cornwallis and Colonial Williamsburg historian Taylor Stoermer.

  • April 24, 2013

    This is Part III of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part I
    Click here to view Part II

    Moderated by Joshua Slacher, the panel, Amr Darrag, Manar El-Shorbagy, Amr Hamzawy and Samy Atya voice their opinions about the current disenchantment of the Egyptian people over the political polarization and a lack of a national concensus for the new democracy.

    The panelists are:
    · Amr Darrag, chairman and executive board member of the Freedom and Justice Party,
    · Manar El-Shorbagy, American University in Cairo,
    · Amr Hamzawy, president of the Egypt Freedom Party and
    · Samy Atya, member of the Freedom and Justice Party

    This discussion was moderated by Dr. Joshua Stacher, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Stacher has researched and written extensively on Middle Eastern politics.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 24, 2013

    This is Part II of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part I
    Click here to view Part III

    Moderated by Joshua Slacher, the panel, Amr Darrag, Manar El-Shorbagy, Amr Hamzawy and Samy Atya voice their opinions about the current disenchantment of the Egyptian people over the political polarization and a lack of a national concensus for the new democracy.

    The panelists are:
    · Amr Darrag, chairman and executive board member of the Freedom and Justice Party,
    · Manar El-Shorbagy, American University in Cairo,
    · Amr Hamzawy, president of the Egypt Freedom Party and
    · Samy Atya, member of the Freedom and Justice Party

    This discussion was moderated by Dr. Joshua Stacher, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Stacher has researched and written extensively on Middle Eastern politics.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 23, 2013

    This is Part III of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part I
    Click here to view Part II

    Ret. Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of the U.S. Central Command, Ret. Sameh General Seif Elyazal, director of the Al-Gomhoria Center for Securities Studies, and Freedom and Justice Party member, Amr Darrag discuss the changing role of the Egyptian military in the new democratic government. Gen. Zinni stresses the local, regional and international importance of one of the Mid-East’s most stabilizing armies. Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies moderates.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 23, 2013

    This is Part II of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part I
    Click here to view Part III

    Ret. Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of the U.S. Central Command, Ret. Sameh General Seif Elyazal, director of the Al-Gomhoria Center for Securities Studies, and Freedom and Justice Party member, Amr Darrag discuss the changing role of the Egyptian military in the new democratic government. Gen. Zinni stresses the local, regional and international importance of one of the Mid-East’s most stabilizing armies. Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies moderates.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 25, 2013

    Welcoming remarks by Dr. John Hamre, President & CEO and Pritzker Chair, CSIS

    Panel One - The New Egypt and the West

    Panelists
    · Mr. Naguib Sawiris, Executive Chairman, the Orascom Group
    · Dr. Manar El-Shorbagy, Former Deputy Secretary General of the Constitutional Assembly
    · Dr. Khaled Ismail, Chairman, Endeavor Egypt
    · Mr. Mostafa Al Hassan, Chairman & CEO of GCC Global Consolidated Contractors

    Panel Two - The New Egypt in the Middle East

    Panelists
    · Dr. Amr Darrag, Member of Freedom and Justice Party Executive Board
    · Gen. (ret.) Sameh Seif Elyazal, Chairman, Algomhoria Center for Political and Security Studies
    · Dr. Amr Hamzawy, President, Egypt Freedom Party

    Panels moderated by: Dr. Jon B. Alterman, Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy and Director, Middle East Program, CSIS

    (Live stream from CSIS)


    This webcast is part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explores the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, will be attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series' live events


  • April 24, 2013

    This is Part I of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part II
    Click here to view Part III

    Moderated by Joshua Slacher, the panel, Amr Darrag, Manar El-Shorbagy, Amr Hamzawy and Samy Atya voice their opinions about the current disenchantment of the Egyptian people over the political polarization and a lack of a national concensus for the new democracy.

    The panelists are:
    · Amr Darrag, chairman and executive board member of the Freedom and Justice Party,
    · Manar El-Shorbagy, American University in Cairo,
    · Amr Hamzawy, president of the Egypt Freedom Party and
    · Samy Atya, member of the Freedom and Justice Party

    This discussion was moderated by Dr. Joshua Stacher, a Fellow of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Stacher has researched and written extensively on Middle Eastern politics.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 24, 2013

    Kahled Ismael, Chairman, Endeavor Egypt, parallels their revolution to entrepreneurship. Both require good ideas that need to be nurtured toward growth.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 23, 2013

    This is Part I of a three-part webcast.
    Click here to view Part II
    Click here to view Part III

    Ret. Gen. Anthony Zinni, former chief of the U.S. Central Command, Ret. Sameh General Seif Elyazal, director of the Al-Gomhoria Center for Securities Studies, and Freedom and Justice Party member, Amr Darrag discuss the changing role of the Egyptian military in the new democratic government. Gen. Zinni stresses the local, regional and international importance of one of the Mid-East’s most stabilizing armies. Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East Program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies moderates.


    This webcast was part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.


  • April 23, 2013

    Sherif Kamel from the American University of Cairo states that Egypt’s economy can be systematically repaired in the short and long terms, but it requires parallel paths, dialogs, and a plan.

    This webcast is part of “The New Egypt: Challenges of a Post-Revolutionary Era,” the first Williamsburg–CSIS Forum, which explored the dramatic events of the Arab Spring and the future course of Egypt’s difficult transition to democracy. The Forum, held at Colonial Williamsburg, was attended by Egyptian politicians, diplomats, business leaders, academics, military experts, economists, and media representatives, as well as U.S. authorities on the Middle East. Learn more about this series.

  • March 1, 2013

    How do the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution affect African American women through the Revolution, Reconstruction, and the Civil Rights era?


    WHRV host Barbara Hamm Lee joins interpreter Katrinah Lewis who portrays free black citizen Lydia Broadnax. Colonial Williamsburg historians Tricia Brooks and Harvey Bakari provide context and insight for this discussion of the advancing rights of African American women throughout history, and the progress yet to make.

  • October 18, 2012

    Can compromise and cooperative solutions exist in a climate of extreme partisanship? See how leaders can set examples for clean campaigns as well as mud-slinging ones.

    The webcast is hosted by Julie Silverbrook, from the non-profit Constitutional Sources Project www.ConSource.org. Her guests include President George Washington, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Ron Carnegie; President Thomas Jefferson, portrayed by Colonial Williamsburg’s Bill Barker; Emily Sydnor, Ph.D. candidate in American politics at the University of Virginia; and Quentin Kidd, professor of political science and director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

  • September 20, 2012

    Host Cathy Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and professors Rebecca Green and Henry Chambers discuss voting rights, voter ID laws, and how voting has changed since the founding of our nation.

  • June 21, 2012

    Independence Day makes us think of patriotism and loyalty. Host Cathy Lewis, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and Mercy Otis Warren discuss the ideals and issues that lead us to independence.

  • May 19, 2012

    How does a community decide to rebel against its government? Watch how Williamsburg chose independence in this webcast, hosted and moderated by public radio personality Cathy Lewis. See reenactments from our Revolutionary City program alongside interviews and discussion from historians and interpreters.

  • April 14, 2012

    Watch the first scene of Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City program and a discussion with host Cathy Lewis, historians, and “Peyton Randolph” and “Mann Page.” We examine the choices colonists faced on the eve of the Revolution.

  • October 18, 2011

    Patriot Patrick Henry and law professor Henry Chambers discuss the role of protest in America.

  • September 22, 2011

    George Washington and James Madison discuss creation of the Constitution and intent of the founders.

  • October 5, 2011

    Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry discuss freedom of religion and its role in government.

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