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  • Race Gender and Class
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    Race, Gender and Class

    Dr. Chomsky and Dr. Cleaver talked about race, gender and class issues that confront the United States today. They recalled their activism in the 1960s and offered advice on what should be…

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    How the Mind Works

    Dr. Pinker talked about his new book How the Mind Works. He examined two different approaches to studying the mind and offered examples from everyday life to illustrate his ideas. Following…

  • Literature and Technology
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    Literature and Technology

    Professor Murray and Mr. Birkerts debated the prospects of reading and creating narratives in the age of electronic communication. They examined how technological changes will change the…

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    Endless Frontier

    Mr. Zachary talked about his book, Endless Frontier: Vannevar Bush, Engineer of the American Century. The book utilizes the writings of Vannevar Bush to construct a portrait of the scientist who…

  • Challenge of Controlling Nuclear Weapons
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    Challenge of Controlling Nuclear Weapons

    Panelists talked about the future of nuclear weapons and discussed the possibility of nuclear weapons technology spreading with the end of the Cold war. Paul Gray moderated the panel and…

  • Book Criticism
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    Book Criticism

    Mr. Eder talked about the art and mechanics of book criticism. He also talked about how his experiences as a foreign correspondent influenced his literary tastes. After his remarks, he took…