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  • Panelists Discuss Politics Race Relations and Civil Dialogue
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    Politics and Race Relations

    Washington, D.C., community members participated in a forum about politics and race relations. Political science and sociology professors as well as representatives from advocacy…

  • Lawyers Discuss Privacy Concerns in Modern Era
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    Modern Surveillance and Privacy

    Lawyers and former security officials talked about how consumers, corporations, and governments approach surveillance, privacy, and national security. Towards the end of the discussion, the…

  • US Policy on North Korea
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    U.S. Policy on North Korea

    George Washington University hosted a panel discussion on U.S. policy toward North Korea and its recent nuclear threats. Speakers included several George Washington international affairs…

  • Panel Discussion on Privacy Rights
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    Panel Discussion on Privacy Rights

    Jim Dwyer, author of More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys, Three Years, and a Chronicle of Ideals and Ambition in Silicon Valley; Amitai Etzioni, author of The New Normal: Finding a Balance between…

  • Growing Cynicism Affecting American Politics
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    Growing Cynicism Affecting American Politics

    Panelists discussed the public cynicism about Congress and the U.S. political process. Topics included the causes of and solutions to public dissatisfaction, as well as the effects of…

  • emThe Moral Consequences of Economic Growthem
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    The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth

    Benjamin Friedman talked about his book The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, published by Knopf. In his book he argues that rather than being bad for our “moral character” economic…

  • emHow Patriotic is the Patriot Actem
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    How Patriotic is the Patriot Act?

    Mr. Etzioni moderated a discussion on the pros and cons of the Patriot Act. Joining Professor Etzioni for the discussion is former U.S. assistant attorney general Dinh who is currently a…

  • Social Security Reform
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    Social Security Reform

    Mr. Etzioni talk about the Social Security reform debate from the viewpoint of the communitarian movement. He disputed President Bush’s notion that the Social Security system is in crisis.…

  • National Identification Cards
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    National Identification Cards

    Participants talked about the benefits and liabilities of instating a national identification card system. Among the issues they addressed were civil liberties and privacy concerns, ways in…

  • Reporting War and International Politics
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    Reporting War and International Politics

    Scholars talked about media coverage of foreign affairs events and differences in U.S. and European coverage. Among the topics they addressed were the quality of news coverage of foreign…

  • emMy Brothers Keeper  A Memoir and a Messageem
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    My Brother's Keeper: A Memoir and a Message

    Amitai Etzioni discussed his memoir My Brother’s Keeper: A Memoir and a Message, published by Rowman and Littlefield. He talked about his life as an activist, an Israeli soldier, and as a…

  • emThe Monochrome Societyem
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    The Monochrome Society

    Professor Etzioni talked about his book The Monochrome Society, published by New Forum Books, that describes ethnic commonalities and differences in the United States. He argued that American ethnic…

  • Future of Volunteerism
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    Future of Volunteerism

    Professor Etzioni talked about volunteerism in light of President Bush’s State of the Union Address insistence that all Americans spend two years in community service. He responded to…

  • Future of US Immigration
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    Future of U.S. Immigration

    Panelists talked about U.S. immigration policy and the potential impact of anti-terrorism efforts. Among the issues they addressed were the degree of the threat from immigrants, levels of…

  • Terrorism and Privacy Issues
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    Terrorism and Privacy Issues

    Participants talked about legal issues raised by governmental responses to terrorist attacks on the U.S., privacy rights, the powers of law enforcement officials, and Constitutional issues.…

  • Communitarianism
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    Professor Etzioni talked about communitarianism and about his new book Next: The Road to the Good Society, published by Basic Books. He responded to audience telephone calls, faxes and…

  • Perspectives on the First Amendment  Communitarianism
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    Perspectives on the First Amendment: Communitarianism

    Mr. Etzioni spoke to students about the communitarian movement and how individual rights should be weighed against the rights of larger communities in order to preserve civility and order.…

  • Privacy in American Society
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    Privacy in American Society

    Participants debated the resolution, “there should be less privacy in American society, not more,” focusing on the competing interests between civil rights and public safety. After their…

  • emThe Limits of Privacyem
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    The Limits of Privacy

    Professor Etzioni talked about his book, The Limits of Privacy, published by Basic Books. The book continues Etzioni’s explanation of “communitarianism,” especially the balance between…

  • Rights Responsibilities and First Amendment
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    Rights, Responsibilities, and First Amendment

    The panelists talked about rights, responsibilities, and the First Amendment. They also discussed recent news stories that have been under-reported. The trip Mrs. Gore made to the Honduras was…

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