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  • Race Religion and Immigration
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    Race, Religion, and Immigration

    Panelists talked about the effects of race, ethnicity, and religion on policies such as affirmative action and immigration. This forum was part of a series of discussions on the state of…

  • Hillary Clinton Remarks on Criminal Justice Reform
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    Hillary Clinton Remarks at Columbia University

    Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered a keynote address at Columbia University about the criminal justice system and incidents of police violence against unarmed black…

  • Journalism After Edward Snowden
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    Journalism After Edward Snowden

    Panelists talked about how journalism has changed since the Guardian newspaper’s decision to publish leaked U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance files submitted by former government contractor Edward Snowden.…

  • Journalism and Digital Media
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    Journalism and Digital Media

    Panelists spoke about the impact of digital media on journalism. Among the topics they addressed were the use of increasingly available technology by “citizen journalists,” the use of…

  • Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery
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    Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery

    Scholars participated in a panel discussion on the crisis of slavery leading up to and during President Lincoln’s administration and its impact on his presidency. Sean Wilentz spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy,” Manisha…

  • Training Women Leaders in Foreign Policy
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    Training Women Leaders in Foreign Policy

    Participants spoke about higher education and its role in global affairs, as well as its responsibility in educating women for careers in foreign service. Following their remarks they…

  • Iranian President Speech
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    Iranian President Speech

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University. Mr. Bollinger introduced President Ahmadinejad as a man who exhibited “all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator” and appeared to lack “intellectual…

  • Affirmative Action Debate
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    Affirmative Action Debate

    In an Affirmative Action Debate, Lee Bollinger, the former president of Michigan University and the named defendant in the two most recent Supreme Court affirmative action cases, argued “for”…

  • Affirmative Action and Journalism Education
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    Affirmative Action and Journalism Education

    Mr. Bollinger talked about a number of issues including affirmative action programs and college admissions, educating journalists, and a professor’s anti-war comments at Columbia…

  • Supreme Court Affirmative Action News Conference
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    Supreme Court Affirmative Action News Conference

    Following oral arguments in two University of Michigan admissions policy cases, several parties involved and others made comments on the plaza in front of the Supreme Court.

  • University of Michigan Affirmative Action
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    University of Michigan Affirmative Action

    Mr. Bollinger, former president of the University of Michigan, talked about affirmative action programs, the university’s program being challenged in the Supreme Court, and the value of…

  • Education Opportunity and Equality
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    Education, Opportunity and Equality

    Democratic leaders and others talked about civil rights issues as they related to education. Among the topics they addressed were women and minority participation in athletics, affirmative…

  • CIA Future
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    CIA Future

    Panelists discussed the future of the CIA. President Ford and Mr. Tenet talked about the role of the CIA and its relationship with the White House, Congress and the public. Following his…

  • Arts Funding
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    Arts Funding

    The panelists discussed the relationship between public attitudes toward the arts and government funding of the arts, especially controversial forms of art, as many debate the meaning of…

  • Philosophy and History of First Amendment
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    Philosophy and History of First Amendment

    The Federal Communications Bar Association, a group of attorneys specializing in communications law, sponsored a forum investigating the role and applications of the First Amendment…

  • National Endowment for the Arts Funding
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    National Endowment for the Arts Funding

    The committee heard from a number of people in the art world and from representatives of consumer groups. At issue was whether federal funds should be used to support art work that may be…

  • Bork Nomination Day 7 Part 3
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    Bork Nomination Day 7, Part 3

    Witnesses testified against the United States Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork. Several senators criticized Judge Bork’s views on freedom of speech and freedom of literary expression.