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  • Authors Discuss Race and Power in the US
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    Race and Power in America

    Tommie Shelby, author of Dark Ghettos, Elizabeth Hinton, author of The War on Poverty, and Khalil Gibran Muhammad, author of The Condemnation of Blackness, participated in a discussion on…

  • 20th Century Presidential Leadership
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    20th Century Presidential Leadership

    Harvard Kennedy School Professor Joseph Nye talks about the foreign policies of 20th century American presidents and assesses the effectiveness and ethics of their choices. Professor Nye…

  • emDeng Xiaoping and the Transformation of Chinaem
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    Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

    Ezra Vogel talked about his biography of transformational Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping. He responded to questions from members of the audience at the Cambridge Forum held at the First…

  • emThe Missing Class Portraits of the Near Poor in Americaem
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    The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America

    Kathrine Newman and Victor Chen talked about their co-authored book, The Missing Class: Portraits of the Near Poor in America, published by Beacon Press. In their book Katherine Newman and Victor Chen researched America’s…

  • emThe Trouble with Diversityem
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    The Trouble with Diversity

    Walter Benn Michaels talked about his book, The Trouble with Diversity: How We Learned to Love Identity and Ignore Inequality, published by Metropolitan Books. He said that America’s love of…

  • emThe Narnian  The Life and Imagination of C S Lewisem
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    The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis

    Professor Jacobs talked about his biography The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis, published by HarperSanFrancisco. He outlined Oxford scholar and religious writer Lewis’s life,…

  • emDivided Mindsem
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    Divided Minds

    Ms. Polsgrove discussed her book Divided Minds: Intellectuals and the Civil Rights Movement, published by W.W. Norton & Company. Ms. Polsgrove examines some of the writings of intellectuals…

  • emSleeping With Extraterrestrialsem
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    Sleeping With Extraterrestrials

    Ms. Kaminer talks about her book Sleeping With Extra-Terrestrials: The Rise of Irrationalism and the Perils of Piety, published by Pantheon Books. The author examines faith-based beliefs,…

  • emDatabase Nationem
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    Database Nation

    Mr. Garfinkel talked about his book Database Nation: The Death of Privacy in the 21st Century, published by O’Reilly and Associates. The book marks the advances in technology that the author…

  • Reflections of a Public Man
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    Reflections of a Public Man

    Senator Simpson, who retired last year after representing Wyoming for 18 years, talked about his career in politics with many humorous turns of phrase. He also talked about his conflicts…

  • emEverything for Saleem
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    Everything for Sale

    Mr. Kuttner, the co-founder of The American Prospect, talked about his new book, Everything for Sale: The Virtues and Limits of Markets. He analyzed the three separate notions that market…

  • Defining Feminism
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    Defining Feminism

    Ms. Kaminer spoke on the topic, “Will Class Trump Gender,” the subject of her article in the November-December issue of The American Prospect. The article focuses on how conservative women’s groups,…

  • emDemocracys Discontentem
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    Democracy's Discontent

    Mr. Sandel talked about his book, Democracy’s Discontent: America in Search of a Public Philosophy in which he says that community is the starting point for revitalizing democracy. He…

  • Racial Justice
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    Racial Justice

    Professors hooks and West talked about their perspectives on the notion of “beloved community,” which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. used to describe a world free of racism. They focused on…

  • emLost Gospel of the Earthem
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    Lost Gospel of the Earth

    Mr. Hayden spoke about his new book, The Lost Gospel of the Earth: A Call for Renewing Nature, Spirit, and Politics. It focuses on the relationship between religion, the environment and…

  • emThe Good Societyem
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    The Good Society

    Dr. Galbraith talked about his recent book, The Good Society: The Humane Agenda, published by Houghton Mifflin. He discussed the standards for judging a “good” society, especially one which…

  • emNot Out of Africaem
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    Not Out of Africa

    Professor Lefkowitz spoke about multiculturalism in the ancient world. Her recent book, Not Out of Africa: How Afrocentrism Became an Excuse to Teach Myth as History, deals with the…

  • Cyberidentity
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    Sherry Turkle talked about the identities people create for themselves on the Internet and its impact on our culture. She is the author of Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the…

  • Morality and War
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    Morality and War

    Professor Hehir discussed morality and war, including issues such as the justifiability of the use of force. He emphasized the moral questions of the nuclear age.

  • Politics of Economic Distress in 1996
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    Politics of Economic Distress in 1996

    Panelists discussed how economic distress will affect the 1996 congressional and presidential campaign. They also examined how the media and corporate interests de-emphasize this factor…

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