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  • emSontagem
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    Biographer Benjamin Moser talked about his book, Sontag: Her Life and Work, in which he recounted the life of the late public intellectual Susan Sontag.

  • emThe Spy and the Traitorem
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    The Spy and the Traitor

    Ben Macintyre reported on a high-ranking KGB spy, Oleg Gordievsky, who worked for British Intelligence during the height of the Cold War. According to the author, it was Gordievsky’s…

  • Discussion on President Lincolns Assassination and Hidden History
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    President Lincoln's Assassination

    David Reynolds, editor of Lincoln’s Selected Writings, talked about actor John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated President Lincoln as the Civil War came to an end in April 1865.

  • emDorothea Langeem
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    Dorothea Lange

    Linda Gordon talked about her book Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits (W.W. Norton & Company; October 19, 2009). In her book she recalls the life of documentary photographer Dorothea Lange…

  • Media Coverage of National Security
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    Media Coverage of National Security

    Panelists discussed the difficulties reporters face covering national aecurity issues because of the impact of government actions on confidential sources and reporting techniques. Bob Woodward moderated.…

  • The Press the Government and National Security
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    The Press, the Government, and National Security

    After welcoming remarks by John Darnton, New York Times reporter James Risen talked about the issue of the relationship between the press, the government, and national security. He talked about his case, in which…

  • Press Freedom Versus National Security
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    Press Freedom Versus National Security

    News editors talked about achieving a balance between press freedom and the public’s right to know versus and national security. Some of the specific topics they discussed were National Security Agency (NSA)…

  • Edward Snowden Revelations Panel
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    Edward Snowden Revelations Panel

    The three journalists who were chosen by Edward Snowden to receive top-secret National Security Agency (NSA) files were interviewed. They all appeared via Skype from foreign countries for fear of prosecution. They also…

  • Media Shield Laws
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    Media Shield Laws

    Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), co-sponsor of the Free Flow of Information Act, talked about the proposed national shield law that would protect journalists from prosecution for protecting their sources. He was…

  • Scholarship of Historian and Author David Reynolds
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    Scholarship of Historian and Author David Reynolds

    A panel examines the historical scholarship of David Reynolds, author of biographies of John Brown and Walt Whitman and histories of the mid-19th century. The panelists include Pulitzer…

  • emThe Art of Controversyem
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    The Art of Controversy

    Victor Navasky spoke about his book, The Art of Controversy, in which he presents his thoughts on the power of political cartoons. In his book, the author examines the works of several…

  • emThe Madame Curie Complexem
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    The Madame Curie Complex

    Julie Des Jardins talked about the many contributions that women have made to science. She talked about the work of Jane Goodall, Rosalind Franklin, Rosalyn Yalow, Barbara McClintock, and…

  • Robert Caro on Writing Biographies
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    Robert Caro on Writing Biographies

    Robert Caro delivered the 2009 Leon Levy Biography Lecture. He presented his thoughts on giving the reader a sense of the setting of the action in a biography. He talked about how he does…

  • emSecrecy The American Experienceem
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    Secrecy: The American Experience

    Senator Moynihan and other panelists spoke about his book Secrecy: The American Experience, published by Yale University Press. The book addresses secrecy as a mode of regulation in…

  • emPeacemongerem
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    Mr. Goulding talked about his book, Peacemonger, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. In the book, the author gives an insider’s account of the peacekeeping efforts of the United Nations from…

  • Womens Forum on Iraq War
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    Women's Forum on Iraq War

    Panelists spoke about women’s issues and the military operations in Iraq. Topics included loss of civil liberties, mistreatment of prisoners, and the effect of war on families. Participants…

  • Conflict in Iraq
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    Conflict in Iraq

    Panelists spoke about various issues relating to the military operations in Iraq. Topics included quality of life in Iraq, prisoner treatment, counter-recruitment efforts, minorities in the…

  • Costs of Iraq Conflict
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    Costs of Iraq Conflict

    Following welcoming comments to a conference titled “The War in Iraq: Four Years Later - Where did we come from? Where are we going? Where should we be? - A Teach-In,” a panel talked about…

  • Remembering Anna Politkovskaya
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    Remembering Anna Politkovskaya

    A tribute was held for Russian journalist and author Anna Politkovskaya who was murdered on October 7, 2006 in the elevator of her apartment building. A special correspondent for Russia’s Novaya…

  • emReport from Ground Zeroem
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    Report from Ground Zero

    New York City firefighter Dennis Smith talked about his experience after the attacks on the World Trade Center. He spoke about the stories of the struggle to find survivors, then remains,…

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