Join the creators of BackStory with the American History Guys for a live taping of the radio show at the Miller Center. BackStory is the American history-themed public radio show hosted by University of Virginia History Professor Peter Onuf, University of Richmond President Edward Ayers, and Miller Center GAGE Chair Brian Balogh.
The show's theme is "Looking for Work: A History of Unemployment," and explores themes such as joblessness, immigration, and internal migration through three centuries of American life.
In July 2007, Edward Ayers assumed the presidency of the University of Richmond. Previously Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, where he began teaching in 1980, Ayers was named the National Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2003.
A historian of the American South, Ayers has written and edited ten books. The Promise of the New South: Life After Reconstruction was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the Presence of Mine Enemies: Civil War in the Heart of America won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American history and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492. A pioneer in digital history, Ayers created The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, a Web site that has attracted millions of users and won major prizes in the teaching of history.
Ayers has received a presidential appointment to the National Council on the Humanities, served as a Fulbright professor in the Netherlands, and been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Brian Balogh is a Professor in the Department of History at the University of Virginia and Director of the GAGE National Fellowship Program.
Before coming to U.Va., Brian Balogh taught history at Harvard University. Trained as a historian at The Johns Hopkins University, his specialties are 20th century American history, political history, history of science and technology, and environmental history. Professor Balogh is co-host of BackStory with the American History Guys, a call-in radio show produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and supported by the Miller Center: http://www.backstoryradio.org.
Peter S. Onuf is Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and author of Jefferson's Empire: The Language of American Nationhood (Virginia) and co-author (with Nicholas G. Onuf) of Nations, Markets, and War: Modern History and the American Civil War.