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    Shakespeare: Author or Pseudonym?

    Three U.S. Supreme Court Justices heard a moot court debate over the authorship of Shakespeare’s plays. The mock trial was organized to explore the theory that Edward DeVere, the…

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    Book Discussion on Will War Ever End?

    Paul Chappell talked to students at American University about war and human nature. The class, which focuses on nonviolence, is the creation of Center for Teaching Peace founder and…

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    Constitutional Relevance of Foreign Court Decisions

    Justices Scalia and Breyer talked about the relevance of foreign law for American Constitutional adjudication. Among the topics they addressed were using foreign court precedents in…

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    Federal Control of Executive Pay

    Kenneth Feinberg talked about the role of the federal government in executive pay. He had been appointed as a special administrator to oversee executive compensation of financial firms…

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    Education Reform

    Education Secretary Arne Duncan and mayors and superintendents of Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago talked about their school reform initiatives. Topics included early childhood…

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    JFK and its Depiction of History

    The panel debated Oliver Stone’s controversial film, JFK and its depiction of events surrounding the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

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    Necessary Illusions: Thought Control

    The full title of the speech is "Necessary Illusions: Thought Control in a Democratic Society". Professor Chomsky’s remarks are drawn from his book Manufacturing Consent: The…

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    American University Commencement Address

    President John F. Kennedy made the commencement speech at American University on June 10, 1963. This speech marked the start of detente with the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The…

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    Book Discussion on Always On

    Naomi Baron talked about her book, Always On: Language in an Online and Mobile World, in which she looks at how mobile technologies are influencing the way we write, read, speak, and…

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    Use of the Internet in Advocacy Campaigns

    Alan Rosenblatt and Josh Koster talked about the use of and effects of social media on legislation. Topics included the use of Twitter, Facebook, and online ads. They answered…

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    The Integration of Baseball

    Terumi Rafferty-Osaki, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at American University, specializes in twentieth century U.S. history, immigration and ethnicity, and civil…

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    Malcolm X, The Movie: Cinema as History

    Media figures spoke in a forum on the 1992 Warner Brothers movie Malcolm X, focusing on the role of films based on historical figures and their effect on current political thinking and…

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    Book Discussion on The Thistle and the Drone

    American University professor Akbar Ahmed talked about his book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam. He also talked about the…

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    Justice Scalia on Judicial Review

    Justice Scalia delivered the keynote address at the American University conference entitled, “Is Chevron Out of Gas? The State of Judicial Review 25 Years After Chevron U.S.A.,…

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    Messaging in Lobbying Campaigns

    Patrick Griffin detailed the process of developing and implementing a strategic campaign message. He began the session by asking students questions about strategic messaging. In…

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    Opposition Research in Political Campaigns

    Jeff Berkowitz talked about strategies for researching opponents in political campaigns. Among the topics he addressed were techniques for talking about an opponent, messaging, and…

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    Secret Wars of the CIA

    John Stockwell talked about the inner workings of the CIA. Topics included CIA destabilizing governments in Angola and other countries and setting up drug cartels as part of covert…

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    Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the Modern Presidency, Part 1

    Professor Allan Lichtman teaches a course on the modern American presidency. In this class he used slides as he lectured about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    This is the first of…

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    Reflections of First Ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush

    For the second time in recent months, former first ladies Barbara Bush and Laura Bush sat down for a conversation about their time in the White House as part of a series of conferences on…

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    Biography and the Study of U.S. Foreign Relations

    As part of the society’s annual conference, panelists who have written for the biography series discussed diplomatic biographies in the Biographies in American Foreign Policy series,…

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