5:30 PM Introduction: Thomas P. Miller, AEI Debate: Taylor Branch, The Atlantic John V. Lombardi, Louisiana State University Moderator: Thomas P. Miller, AEI 6:30 PM Adjournment Wine and Cheese Reception
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Taylor Branch is a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and journalist who currently writes for The Atlantic. Branch’s “America in the King Years,” a three-volume chronicle of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and the broader civil rights movement, is among the most highly regarded works of American history. Branch has also written for many media outlets, served in political campaigns and authored several books. He has received the National Humanities Medal — the nation’s highest honor in the humanities — and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Branch’s most recent book, “The Cartel,” details the corruption within the NCAA and what might be done to remedy it.
John V. Lombardi is a professor of history at Louisiana State University (LSU). Previously, Lombardi served as the president of the LSU system, as chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, as president of the University of Florida and as provost of Johns Hopkins University. Lombardi worked to substantially reform the athletics system at the University of Florida and has widely commented on higher education issues. Lombardi is the author of dozens of books and academic articles, writes the popular blog Inside Higher Ed and has served on many committees to advance and reform collegiate structures. Thomas P. Miller is a resident fellow at AEI, where he focuses on health policy with a particular emphasis on information transparency, health insurance regulation and consumer-driven health care. He was a member of the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality from 2007 to 2009. Before joining AEI, Miller served for three years as a senior health economist for the Joint Economic Committee, where he organized a series of hearings focused on promising reforms in private health care markets. He has also been the director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute and director of economic policy studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. Miller’s writing has appeared in publications such as Health Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Reader’s Digest, National Review and Forbes.com. Before moving to Washington, D.C., to work on public policy, he was a trial attorney, journalist and sports broadcaster.