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  • Sister Helen Prejean and Bryan Stevenson on the Death Penalty
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    Death Penalty and Criminal Justice

    Bryan Stevenson talked about the death penalty and the U.S. criminal justice system. Mr. Stevenson, the author of the book Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, spoke with Sister Helen…

  • emOn Historyem
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    On History

    Filmmakers Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali presented their thoughts on the politics of history and what they consider to be hidden aspects of American history in this continuation of the ongoing dialogue which…

  • emThe Time of Our Livesem
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    The Time of Our Lives

    Tom Brokaw, former managing editor and anchor for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” presented his thoughts on the current state of American society and politics in his book The Time of Our Lives: A…

  • emAftermath World Trade Center Archiveem
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    Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive

    Joel Meyerowitz talked about his book, Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive, published by Phaidon. His book contains 450 of the more than 8,000 images in the archive of the destruction and…

  • 2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture
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    2011 PEN Freedom to Write Lecture

    Nigerian author Wole Soyinka talked about censorship and “a writer’s purpose and responsibility in a climate of forced silence and intolerance.” The Sixth Annual Arthur Miller Freedom to…

  • emOnly the SuperRich Can Save Usem
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    Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!

    In his novel Ralph Nader imagines placing seventeen billionaires in one room to solve the country’s problems, from the redevelopment of New Orleans to a reassessment of corporate citizenry and a plan…

  • emA Chance to Make Historyem
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    A Chance to Make History

    Wendy Kopp talked about her book A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (PublicAffairs, 2011). In her book the founder of Teach for America…

  • emNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglassem
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    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

    Angela Davis presented a critical edition of Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass - An American Slave Written by Himself. Ms. Davis explored the abolitionist’s intellectual life…

  • emHuman Smokeem
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    Human Smoke

    Nicholson Baker talked about his book, Human Smoke: The Beginnings of World War II, the End of Civilization, which is a collection of previously published news items from the 1930s and…

  • emAndrew Carnegieem
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    Andrew Carnegie

    David Nasaw talked about his biography, Andrew Carnegie, published by Penguin Press. In his book Professor Nasaw, using new material, explained how Andrew Carnegie rose from poverty to become the…

  • emViolenceem and emLeft in Dark Timesem
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    Violence and Left in Dark Times

    Slavoj Zizek, author of Violence: Six Sideways Reflections (Picador; July 22, 2008), and Bernard-Henri Levy, author of Left In Dark Times: A Stand Against the New Barbarism (Random House; September 16, 2008)…

  • emChasing the Flameem
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    Chasing the Flame

    Samantha Power talked about her book Chasing the Flame: Sergio Vieira de Mello and the Fight to Save the World. In the book she talks about the life and work of United Nations High…

  • Propaganda Around the World
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    Propaganda Around the World

    In the first panel, “Propaganda Then and Now: What Orwell Did and Didn’t Know,” the panelists discussed the history of propaganda and deceptive political speech. Andras Szanto edited What Orwell Didn’t Know. Masha…

  • Future of Journalism
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    Future of Journalism

    In the third panel discussion, “Solutions: The Future Political Landscape” The “There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America” conference invited historians, linguists, cognitive experts, journalists,…

  • Language of Political Candidates
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    Language of Political Candidates

    In the second panel discussion, “Deceiving Images: The Science of Manipulation,” Frank Luntz and others talked about how political candidates use language. “There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America”…

  • Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer Interview
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    Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer Interview

    Nobel Prize-winning novelist Gunter Grass and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer discussed their life and work with novelist Andrew O’Hagan on stage before an audience. Gunter Grass and then Norman…

  • emThe Feminine Mistakeem
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    The Feminine Mistake

    Leslie Bennetts talked about her book The Feminine Mistake: Are We Giving Up Too Much?, published by Voice. Elissa Schappell debated Leslie Bennetts' assertion that women cannot afford to quit…

  • emCultural Amnesiaem
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    Cultural Amnesia

    Clive James was interviewed about his book Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts, published by W.W. Norton. The book contains over 100 essays about many of the…

  • emPoor Peopleem
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    Poor People

    William Vollmann talked about his book Poor People, published by HarperCollins. Mr. Vollman traveled all over the world, asking people why they are poor. In this book he records the…

  • Iranian Culture and Society
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    Iranian Culture and Society

    LIVE from the NYPL hosted a discussion titled “Who’s Afraid of Iran?” about the different conceptions people hold about Iranians and to expose some myths and stereotypes. It featured the…

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