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  • 1968 Election and Richard Nixons First Term
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    1968 Election and Richard Nixon's First Term

    University of Chicago Professor Jane Dailey taught a class about the 1968 presidential election as well as protests over the Vietnam War and other issues during Richard Nixon’s first term.…

  • Nuclear Weapons
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    Nuclear Weapons

    To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the December 1942 production of the first controlled nuclear chain reaction beneath the University of Chicago football stadium. The university hosted…

  • Former President Obama Makes First Public Remarks Since Leaving Office
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    Former President Obama at the University of Chicago

    in his first public appearance since leaving the White House, former President Obama spoke about community organizing and civic engagement. Before moderating a panel of six young Chicago-area civic…

  • Great Recession of 200709
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    "Great Recession" of 2007-09

    Professor Jonathan Levy talked about the so-called “Great Recession” of 2007 to 2009, the worst financial crisis in the U.S. since the Great Depression in the 1930s. He traced the origins…

  • Academic Freedom and Diversity
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    Academic Freedom and Diversity

    Panelists talked about academic freedom and diversity on college campuses. Speakers included a documentary filmmaker, authors, and professors from Yale University and the Universities of…

  • emLeo Straussem
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    Leo Strauss

    Robert Howse talked about his book, Leo Strauss: Man of Peace, about the life and career of the late University of Chicago professor Leo Strauss and discusses the influence that Strauss has…

  • emDollarocracyem
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    John Nichols and Robert McChesney talked about their book, Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, in which they argue that the large increase in…

  • Presidential Politics
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    Presidential Politics

    David Axelrod, an adviser to both of President Obama presidential campaigns, talked about his life and career in journalism and politics. Topics included campaign finance and ads, Mitt…

  • emThe New Religious Intoleranceem
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    The New Religious Intolerance

    Martha Nussbaum talked about her book, The New Religious Intolerance: Overcoming the Politics of Fear in an Anxious Age, in which she examined anti-Muslim bigotry in the West since the…

  • emGood Derivativesem
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    Good Derivatives

    Richard Sandor argued that while exotic financial products played a large role in the 2008 economic collapse, there are ways to harness the power of the financial products industry to…

  • Nobel Peace Laureates on Investing in Peace
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    Nobel Peace Laureates on Investing in Peace

    Panelists spoke about issues like poverty, climate change, human rights violations, and war as some of the challenges facing global societies. They also responded to questions from the…

  • Nobel Peace Laureates Summit
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    Nobel Peace Laureates Summit

    Former presidents and Nobel Peace Prize winners spoke about the challenges to world peace and prosperity. Among the topics they addressed were terrorism, nuclear weapons, the world economy, faith,…

  • Mitt Romney on the Economy
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    Mitt Romney on the Economy

    Mitt Romney talked about the economy at the University of Chicago on the day before the Illinois primary. In his speech he declared that President Obama was “attacking economic freedom in America.” He…

  • 2012 Presidential Election
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    2012 Presidential Election

    Panelists spoke about the 2012 presidential election campaign. Among the topics they addressed were the Republican primary election in South Carolina the following Saturday, President…

  • Tim Pawlenty Remarks on the Economy and Jobs
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    Tim Pawlenty Remarks on the Economy and Jobs

    Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty outlined his plan for growing the economy, creating jobs, and reducing the national debt. In his speech he accused President Obama of practicing…

  • emThe Devil in the White Cityem
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    The Devil in the White City

    Erik Larson talked about his book, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, published by Crown Publishers. In the book Mr. Larson juxtaposes the…

  • Zalmay Khalilzad on Terrorism
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    Zalmay Khalilzad on Terrorism

    Former Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad spoke about terrorism and efforts to combat terrorist groups in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In his remarks he said he wanted the U.S. to remain the pre-eminent power in the world, because he…

  • Terrorism and Future of US Foreign Policy
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    Terrorism and Future of U.S. Foreign Policy

    Three panels at a day-long forum on terrorism focused on the future of terrorism and U.S. responses to the threat of terrorism. Among the topics addressed were terrorist tactics and goals, counterterrorism…

  • Thomas Kean on Terrorism
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    Thomas Kean on Terrorism

    Former Governor Thomas Kean spoke about the investigation into the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the U.S. and the pace of implementing recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission. Among the issues he…

  • Robert Pape on Terrorism
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    Robert Pape on Terrorism

    Robert Pape talked about a sub-project of the University of Chicago’s Project on Security and Terrorism on “suicide terrorism,” which compiles statistics and keeps a database of all the suicide terrorism attacks in the…

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