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  • Politics and the Press
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    Politics and the Press

    Leonard Downie, who was executive editor of the Washington Post for seventeen years, talked about the future of newspapers in an event called “Politics and Press: Navigating the Waters.” He…

  • Future of the Internet
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    Future of the Internet

    Jimbo Wales was interviewed on stage about developing collaborative authorship software, called wiki, and opening an Internet web site with encyclopedic information called Wikipedia. He described the ways…

  • World AIDS Day
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    World AIDS Day

    To commemorate World AIDS Day, Jeannie White-Ginder talked about her personal and family struggle with accepting and standing behind her son, Ryan White. In 1984, 13-year-old hemophiliac…

  • American Taliban
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    American Taliban

    Frank Lindh talked about his son, John Walker Lindh, who is known as the “American Taliban.” He was captured with Taliban forces on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2001, and is now serving a 20-year…

  • Deleting the Virtual Life
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    Deleting the Virtual Life

    Journalist Tom Brokaw paid tribute to his friends, the late nature photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell, at the annual Rowell Award and Lecture series. His talk was titled “Deleting the Virtual…

  • Reflections of Iraq War Veterans
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    Reflections of Iraq War Veterans

    Veterans of the Iraq War, two Marines and two California Army National Guardsmen, discussed their experiences. The forum called “Stories from the Frontlines: Young Men and Women Back from…

  • Political Issues
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    Political Issues

    Former Senator Alan Simpson (R-WY) spoke on “Politics as a Contact Sport” at the Commonwealth Club of California. He discussed the current state of political discourse in America, and…

  • Future of the Internet
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    Future of the Internet

    Ms. Swisher moderated a discussion on the future of the Internet. Among the topics they addressed were their business models for various search engines, strategies for profitable business…

  • Perspectives on the Religious Right
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    Perspectives on the Religious Right

    Mr. Lynn talked about the separation of church and state. Among the topics he addressed were the recent 10 Commandments case in Alabama, President Bush’s judicial nominees, faith-based…

  • emJourneys with Georgeem
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    Journeys with George

    Ms. Pelosi talked about the documentary film she made of her year and an half following George W. Bush on the campaign trail for the 2000 presidential election. Besides showing a more…

  • Whats Missing from Your News
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    What's Missing from Your News?

    Mr. Harris spoke about how the news was reported by mainstream news organizations. He talked about the influence of corporate advertising, the role of the entertainment industry in creating…

  • Life Inside the Beltway
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    Life Inside the Beltway

    Participants talked about Washington society and about the intersection between public and private lives of politicians in the city.

  • Evening with Elmore Leonard
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    Evening with Elmore Leonard

    Mr. Leonard talked about his novels and the process of making films from novels. Jackie Brown and Get Shorty were both made into films. He also talked about his latest book, Cuba Libre.…

  • President Clinton Legacy
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    President Clinton Legacy

    Mr. Schneider spoke about the accomplishments of President Clinton and his administration, which he characterized as closer to Republican ideas. He said the Republican Congress has helped…

  • An Evening with Oliver Stone
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    An Evening with Oliver Stone

    Mr. Stone read portions of his recent autobiographical novel A Child’s Night Dream. The book details his childhood and the influences that have made an impact on his life. Mr. Stone also…

  • Corporate and Personal Innovation
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    Corporate and Personal Innovation

    Mr. Peters, the author of In Search of Excellence, spoke about innovative ideas which are simple, easy to apply and require few resources. He cited examples of companies that have applied positive…

  • Risks and Reporting
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    Risks and Reporting

    Mr. Bergman talked about investigating tobacco companies during his work at the CBS news magazine “60 Minutes.” He spent fourteen years as a producer for CBS and now works for the CBS “Evening…

  • Folklore and the Modern World
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    Folklore and the Modern World

    Professor Alan Dundes spoke about the study of folklore as an academic discipline. He emphasized that popular culture is as important, if not more important, than the elite culture of great…

  • Second Thoughts on the Information Highway
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    Second Thoughts on the Information Highway

    Clifford Stoll spoke about the societal impact of instant computerized communications technology. After his remarks, he took questions from the audience. He argued against three statements about the…

  • US and World Financial Markets
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    U.S. and World Financial Markets

    Mr. Grasso spoke about trends in U.S. and world financial markets as the economy becomes more global. He examined how changes in demography, geography and technology the markets over the…

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