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  • French and Scottish Influence on US Capitol
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    French and Scottish Influence on U.S. Capitol

    In 1793, President George Washington selected architect William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol. In this program, historian Michael Brown argued that events from the French and Scottish…

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  • Steven Pinker Keynote Address at 2018 Boston Book Festival
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    Steven Pinker Keynote Address at 2018 Boston Book Festival

    Steven Pinker discussed his book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.

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  • emThe Atlanticem Ideas Festival
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    The Atlantic Ideas Festival, Day 2

    The Atlantic media company held its Ideas Festival in Washington, D.C., featuring Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Kamala Harris (D-CA), former Secretary of State John Kerry, and Federal…

    1,235 views
  • The Concept of Liberty
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    The Concept of Liberty

    McGill University Professor Jacob Levy talked about how the concept of liberty in Western civilization changed during the 18th and 19th centuries. This session is part of a symposium on…

    486 views
  • Author Interviewed by Former CIA Dir on Threats to Democracy
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    War and Democracy

    Author and philosopher A.C. Grayling spoke about the influences on war and democracy. He discussed contemporary threats to democracies relating to populism and authoritarianism, including…

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  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Delivers Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life
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    Justice Ginsburg on a Meaningful Life

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg talked about her life and career during the annual “Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life.” After her speech, she was interviewed by Dean Shaw and…

    2,440 views
  • emAmerican Nietzscheem
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    American Nietzsche

    Professor Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen talked about her book, American Nietzsche: A History of an Icon and His Ideas. This interview, recorded on the campus of the University of Wisconsin, is part…

    3,234 views
  • emWashington Postem Hosts Transformers Summit
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    Washington Post Transformers Summit, Part 1

    Science, business, and technology pioneers gathered at the Washington Post Transformers Summit to discuss advances that were driving dramatic change in fields such as artificial…

    291 views
  • The Importance of Being Liberal
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    The Importance of Being Liberal

    Former Senator Mathias defined the importance of liberalism in America. He argued that liberalism allows for freedom of opinion and democracy. He also stated that liberalism is an important…

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  • Discussion on Science Skeptics
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    Science Denial

    Scientists, authors, and journalists examined the phenomenon known as “science denialism.” Topics included the religious and corporate roots of those beliefs. They talked about how to get “science…

    1,953 views
  • Gary Saul Morson on emThe Fabulous Futureem
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    The Fabulous Future?

    Gary Saul Morson talked about his book, The Fablous Future?, in which he compiles various predictions about the state of the world in 25 years. Professor Morson co-edited the book with Morton…

    930 views
  • Lewis Gordon on emWhat Fanon Saidem
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    What Fanon Said

    Lewis Gordon, co-author of What Fanon Said: A Philosophical Introduction to His Life and Thought, talked about the life and philosophy of Frantz Fanon, author of The Wretched of the Earth…

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  • Discussion on Discovering Life in the Universe
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    Discovering Life in the Universe

    Steven J. Dick talked about the social impact of discovering life in the universe and what history teaches us about this possibility. This interview was part of a series of five interviews…

    761 views
  • emBOBOs in Paradiseem
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    BOBOs in Paradise

    David Brooks discussed his book BOBOs in Paradise: The New Upper Class and How They Got There, published by Simon and Schuster. The book examines what the author terms as the dominant class in today’s…

    2,812 views
  • Dalai Lama on Free Enterprise and Happiness
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    Free Market Economics and Happiness

    His Holiness the Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso participated in a conference on how free enterprise, ethical leadership, human happiness, and a greater understanding of the mind can help make for a better life. He said that individual…

    4,470 views
  • emUnplanned Parenthoodem
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    Unplanned Parenthood

    The author discussed her book Unplanned Parenthood: The Confessions of a Seventysomething Surrogate Mother, published by Random House. The book focuses on Ms. Carpenter’s experiences…

    573 views
  • QA with Jason Brennan
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    Q&A with Jason Brennan

    Jason Brennan talked about his book, Libertarianism: What Everyone Needs to Know. He suggested that his goal for the book was to make libertarianism seem reasonable to people who were not inclined to…

    4,807 views
  • emAmerican Nietzscheem
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    American Nietzsche

    Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen talked about the history of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s impact on both the right and left in the United States and on multitudinous aspects of American thought…

    2,252 views
  • emPeaceful Revolutionem
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    Peaceful Revolution

    Iraq War veteran Paul Chappell lays out a plan to create a more peaceful world. He responded to questions from members of the audience in the University of Rochester Interfaith Chapel. This…

    1,102 views
  • emAmerica the Philosophicalem
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    America the Philosophical

    Carlin Romano, author of “America the Philosophical,” in conversation with Chicago Tribune cultural critic Julia Keller. He responded to questions from members of the audience. This was an event…

    279 views
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