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  • Tom Daschle and Bill Frist Discuss PEPFARs Impact
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    Global Health and Diplomacy

    Former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle (D-SD) and Dr. Bill Frist (R-TN) along with global health and national security experts discussed the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief…

  • Panelists Discuss Role of Religion in Republican Party
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    Role of Religion in the Republican Party

    Religious leaders, academics .and journalists took part in a discussion about religious politics and the Republican Party.

  • Former First Lady Laura Bush Discusses North Koreas Record on Human Rights
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    Former First Lady Laura Bush on Human Rights in North Korea

    Former First Lady Laura Bush delivered remarks on human rights in North Korea, followed by a discussion with North Korean refugees on their experiences adapting to life in the U.S. “The Story of North Korean…

  • Former President George W Bush Discusses North Koreas Record on Human Rights
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    Former President George W. Bush on Human Rights in North Korea

    Former President George W. Bush spoke about the efect of the North Korean Human Rights Act of 2004, followed by a panel discussion on the foreign policy priorities of the incoming Trump administration and the…

  • Discussion on WorkingClass Families
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    Working-Class Families

    Panelists talked about the state of the working class family. They focused on the well-being of children, family structure, and marriage dynamics. The panelists, who included experts from…

  • The Dalai Lama Delivers Remarks on Youth and World Peace
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    Youth and World Peace

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso spoke at a U.S. Institute of Peace event focusing on the role of youth leaders in resolving world conflict. The Buddhist spiritual leader began the…

  • David Brooks on emThe Road to Characterem
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    The Road to Character

    David Brooks talked about his book The Road to Character, in which he looks at where character comes from and how it is shaped. He argues that in our modern culture of achievement, “resume virtues”…

  • Discussion on Religious Liberty
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    Religious Liberty

    Panelists talked about religious liberty and some of the Supreme Court cases that have addressed the issue. Other topics included religious freedom on college campuses and pluralism. “On the Front Lines of…

  • 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival Future of the GOP
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    Future of the Republican Party

    Key Republican Party strategists and thinkers talked about the future of their party. Topics included libertarianism, the tea party movement, and creating new domestic and international…

  • emBad Religion How We Became a Nation of Hereticsem
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    Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

    Ross Douthat contends that Christianity in America has devolved from a once traditional practice to a shadow of its former self, which, according to the author, praises its followers' self-interests and greed. Mr.…

  • Opportunity Nation Summit
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    Opportunity Nation Summit

    Various panelists discussed economic opportunity in the United States at the 2011 Opportunity Nation Summit. Opportunity Nation is a group of businesses, schools, and nonprofits that…

  • Sustainable Growth Outlook
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    Sustainable Growth Outlook

    The Society for International Development, which has chapters in over sixty-five countries, hosted a forum on international, economic and political development. Among the speakers was World…

  • Presidential Speechwriting
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    Presidential Speechwriting

    Five former presidential speechwriters discussed the role of presidential speechwriters throughout history and their relationships with the presidents they served. Topics included their assessments of…

  • Challenges of Poverty
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    Challenges of Poverty

    Activists and analysts participated in a panel discussion on new policies and programs for combating poverty amidst a deepening recession. Among the topics they addressed were the need for bipartisanship,…

  • After Words with Michael Gerson
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    After Words with Michael Gerson

    Michael Gerson talked about his book Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America’s Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don’t), published by HarperOne. Mr. Gerson argues…

  • Religious Conservatives and Politics
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    Religious Conservatives and Politics

    A panel discussion was held on the political power of the religious right. Senator McCain became the presumptive 2008 Republican nominee without the support of most religious conservatives, many…

  • QA with Michael Gerson
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    Q&A with Michael Gerson

    Michael Gerson discussed his job as speechwriter for President George W. Bush and the role his religion played in the speeches he wrote. He then worked as a policy adviser for President Bush. His…