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Wednesday, October 22: From Monroe to McAuliffe: The Evolution of the Office of Governor of Virginia

This public forum on the evolution of the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from the era of James Monroe to the present includes the Honorable Gerald Baliles, 65th Governor of Virginia; Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, Professor of Political Sceince and International Affairs and Director of the UMW Center for Leadership and Media Studies; and Dr. Daniel Preston, Editor of the Papers of James Monroe. A reception follows. 7 p.m., Lee Hall, Room 411, University of Mary Washington. Free and open to the public.

Monday, November 10: 27th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “The Evil Necessity: British Naval Impressment in the Eighteenth-Century Atlantic World”

A fundamental component of Britain’s early success, naval impressment not only kept the Royal Navy afloat—it helped to make an empire. In total numbers, impressed seamen were second only to enslaved Africans as the largest group of forced laborers in the 18th century. Dr. Denver Brunsman, associate professor of history at George Washington University, will discuss how the controversy over impressment ultimately contributed to the American Revolution and served as a leading cause of the War of 1812. Followed by a reception and book signing.  7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck Hall, University of Mary Washington Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public. Campus map.