When The Skies Looked Dark

This week Iran sat down with representatives from the United States, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany—as part of the P5+1 meeting—to discuss plans to scale back its nuclear program. It is hoped that the talks result not only in a plan acceptable to all parties but a new openness in communication between Iran and the world. So far the signs have been positive. R. K. Ramazani, renowned Iran scholar and author of Independence without Freedom: Iran’s Foreign Policy, already contributed some thoughts on new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, and now he looks more closely at Iran’s relations with the United States.

Chaffin on Douglass

Historian Tom Chaffin has contributed a piece to the New York Times‘ “Disunion” Blog on the Confederate raider, Shenandoah. Readers interested in further writing by Chaffin will want to check out his previous “Disunion” post, on abolitionist Frederick Douglass, which may be read here. They will also be happy to hear that next year we will be publishing Chaffin’s latest book, Giant’s Causeway: Frederick Douglass’s Irish Odyssey and the Making of an American Visionary. The book chronicles Douglass’s historic lecture tour of Ireland, England, and Scotland. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when this book is released.

Bowman and Santos in D.C.

Rex Bowman and Carlos Santos, authors of Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson’s Struggle to Save the University that Changed America, will be appearing at the Octagon House in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 3, at 7:00. Complete details may be found here. The authors will be signing and reading from their book, which describes the early days of the University of Virginia and how its founder, Thomas Jefferson, nearly failed in transforming an often unruly campus into one of the nation’s finest universities.