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  • Museums and the City: A Creative Combination?
    Museums and the City: A Creative Combination?Can cultural institutions help make cities better places to live, work, and learn? Museums around the world, from Bilbao to Milwaukee and London to Beacon, attract tourists and spark economic renewal. But the relationship between museums and their urban settings has become increasingly complex.What benefits do museums offer their cities, and what should we expect of them? Are they mere indulgences of the elite, draining precious public funding, or democratic expressions of time and place? Do they contribute to the sustainability of the city by offering innovative solutions to urban problems? Should cultural institutions become developers?Linda Lees, founder and director of Creative Cities International, moderates a discussion of questions like these with Kinshasha Holman Conwill, deputy director, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; Marc Pachter, Director Emeritus of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Fred Manson, an urban renewal specialist from Britain whose past projects include the Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge; and Frederic Schwartz, an architect and planner whose projects include the new Staten Island Ferry Terminal and the new airport in Chennai, India. Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Ken Cook: Ten Americans
    We all know pollution and toxins are bad for you. But the Environmental Working Group has conducted perhaps the deepest analysis of this issue on the most vulnerable demographic on the planet. Some shocking information in one of the most entertaining presentations of the conference.
  • E.J. Dionne in Conversation
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Andrew Klavan
  • Darwin, Web 2.0 and the Role of the Amateur
  • Gustav Niebuhr: Searching for Interfaith Understanding
  • Antisemitism's Emergence, Development, and Continuation
  • Richard Saul Wurman at EG 2008
    TED Conference founder Richard Saul Wurman talks with Michael Cronan at The Entertainment Gathering 2008.
  • Archaeologist Zahi Hawass Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt
    Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass discusses his work using "science to reconstruct history" in uncovering the mysteries of the pyramids, identifying mummies, and excavating the Valley of the Kings.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Sarah Vowell: The Wordy Shipmates
  • Herschel Walker in Conversation
  • The Battle for Evidence Based Education
    Things in schools certainly are changing. Countless education related inquiries (the Assessment Inquiry, the Primary Review and the Good Childhood Inquiry to mention just a few) ? let alone the Children's Plan - promise major changes in schools and what it will mean to teach in the 21st century.There is similarly a growing array of research programmes competing to try and influence educators and sell their evidence - often contradictory - as the most reliable guide to ?best practice'.The ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme has suggested teachers follow evidence-based commandments (the ten principles of pedagogy).These evidence-based policies now target an ever expanding number of people involved in the educational process. Education is increasingly 'outsourced' to learning guides, support assistants and other 'key workers' who facilitate and mentor children to create their own learning outcomes.Teachers working alongside them face new demands for 'continuing professional development' in childcare and identifying children?s needs, as well as pressures to consider ideas such as 'neuro-linguistic programming' to increase their effectiveness as ?classroom practitioners'.Such a confusing scene begs questions about what teachers are for these days. Is a teacher a distinctive academic professional anymore or just one of an array of caring neo-professionals supporting the welfare of the child?Is making teaching a more research-informed profession the best alternative to much-decried 'here one day, gone the next' policies and initiatives?Or is evidence-informed pedagogy too narrow and prescriptive an approach to allow for teachers? autonomy and creativity? - Institute of Ideasmoreless
  • What's Ahead for Contemporary Art in India?
    Rounding up Asian Contemporary Art Week in New York City, Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu talks to Atul Dodiya, artist; Arani Bose, Bose Pacia Gallery and Hugo Weihe, Christie's to examine current issues, emerging trends, and new directions in India's contemporary art scene - Asia Society
  • Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson: Science Fair
    Authors Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson discuss and read from their new book Science Fair.Barry and Pearson's discussion is aided by exciting scientific demonstrations, namely the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment.
  • David Cohen: Changing the World One Photo at a Time
    Bestselling author and editor David Cohen presents What Matters, a book of photo-essays that aims to "convert outrage into action."EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Women in American Culture: Dana Thomas' Modeling Career
    Conde Nast Portfolio writer Dana Thomas, actress Tyne Daly and the New York Times' Alex Kucynski discuss Thomas' modeling career and its impact on her professional work.
  • Aspen Ideas Festival Opening and Welcome
    Walter Isaacson opens the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival by explaining the innovative power of great ideas.David Bradley follows with a summary of the interesting origins of the Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • Scott Kirsner: Inventing the Movies
    Journalist Scott Kirsner presents an illustrated spin through his new book, Inventing the Movies, which offers a technological history of Hollywood -- and an exploration of why revolutionary new ideas so often face intense resistance in any industry.In Hollywood, even after the debut of "The Jazz Singer," studio chiefs still dragged their heels on adopting sound technology. Technicolor was founded in 1915, and helped bring "a rainbow of colors" to the silver screen in movies like "The Wizard of Oz" and "Gone With the Wind" -- but it wasn't until the 1950s, when TVs started showing up in American living rooms, that Hollywood rushed to convert to color production. In the 1980s, Universal Pictures and Disney sued Sony over the Betamax; within a decade, they were making more money from home video than ticket sales.And even today, most studios don't offer their full catalogs in digital form (hoping to make more money by selling us high-def DVDs) and Hollywood's top cinematographers prefer to shoot on film. Scott's very interactive talk is geared to both movie buffs and techies -- and will be followed by a discussion about why people resist new ideas, and how innovators can overcome that resistance.moreless
  • Book Group Expo: Wedlocked
    Sylvia Brownrigg, Joshua Henkin, and Jennie Shortridge talk with moderator Leah Garchik about their recent novels dealing with the intimacies and intricacies of marriage.They discuss the unique process of writing about such a personal topic, and explore how books about marriage relate to the real thing.
  • Roger Rosenblatt: Beet
    Roger Rosenblatt: Beet
    Episode 0710
    Roger Rosenblatt speaks about his new novel Beet as a part of the 2008 Chautauqua Institution CLSC Roundtable/Lecture series.
  • Battle of Ideas: The Battle for Truth
    In various ways, science, religion, philosophy and the arts all claim to represent the truth. But what truth means is different in each case, and increasingly controversial.The traditional religious idea of absolute Truth has long been considered dubious. A radical skepticism was at the heart of the scientific revolution and the Enlightenment.By the end of the 20th century, though, many feared healthy skepticism had given way to a destructive hostility to all truth claims in the guise of post modernism and various forms of relativism in politics and culture, as well as notoriously in academia.In recent years there has been a backlash against postmodern ideas and a reassertion of truth claims. From Al Gore's touting of scientific consensus against those who doubt the reality of climate change, to Pope Benedict XVI's railing against relativism in the name of religious Truth, there is a palpable yearning for certainty in a seemingly uncertain world.Politicians increasingly look to ?the science' - data passed off as truth - to legitimize 'evidence-based policies', meaning argument is replaced by conflicting research findings.Others argue religious faith is essential to a fulfilling life, and some scientists have responded by challenging religious truth claims. Disputes around ?Creationism? raise thorny questions about what is true and how to challenge untruths. If all you can rely on is scientific evidence and dry facts, what hope is there for passionate and substantive political debate? Is the search for truth merely about accepting the world as it is, or might it mean understanding the world the better to transform it? - Institute of Ideasmoreless
  • David Whitman: Sweating the Small Stuff
    A new generation of inner-city secondary schools are succeeding in closing the achievement gap between white and minority students.The common, yet rarely discussed ingredient these schools share is the practice of "new paternalism," a benevolent form of paternalism.Whitman will discuss this historic achievement and how other schools can replicate this model.Part of the Koret Foundation's Principles of a Free Society series - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Maggie Brady: History & Culture in Indigenous Alcohol Use
    This public lecture challenges some of the common beliefs that surround Indigenous Australians and the history of 'grog', by discussing the findings of the newly released publication First Taste: How Indigenous Australians Learned About Grog by Maggie Brady (published by the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation).This publication was released the morning before the lecture and is a series of six books.The series is designed to educate and empower Indigenous people on alcohol issues, to illuminate the influence of history and social learning on drinking behaviour, and to contribute to greater understanding and reconciliation between Indigenous and non Indigenous Australians - Australian Broadcasting Corporationmoreless
  • Imperial Hollywood: The Studio's Ascendant
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Mary Roach In Conversation with Beth Lapides
    Bonk: the Curious Coupling of Science and Sex with Mary Roach in conversation with Beth Lapides.Few things are as fundamental to human happiness as satisfying sex. America's funniest science writer (Stiff) offers an ode to a fascinating and vital pursuit and a reminder that there is still much to learn - ALOUD LAThis program is part of the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD speakers and authors program.moreless
  • The Roots and Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism
    At the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC, author Andrew Bostom presented conclusions from his new book, The Legacy of Antisemitism, published by Prometheus Books.In the book, Mr. Bostom drew from scholarly journals and sacred texts to argue that Islamic antisemitism is rooted in Islam's foundational texts.Dr. Andrew Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims. He is an associate professor of medicine at Brown University.He has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the Washington Times, National Review Online, American Thinker, and Revue Politique.moreless
  • Douglas Wilson: Abraham Lincoln's Great Ideas
    Douglas Wilson, professor, author, and co-director of the Lincoln Studies Center at Knox College, discusses several of Abraham Lincoln's great ideas, especially his public letters. While detailing Lincoln's rise from dark horse to national hero, Wilson also explains the importance and impact of these letters.
  • Jim Hightower: Swim Against the Current
    Jim Hightower talks about Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow.America's most irascible curmudgeon turns a benevolent eye toward the hardworking souls who have found ways to break free from corporate tentacles and redefine success in business, politics, and life in general. Hightower is a national radio commentator and the author of Thieves in High Places - Book Passagemoreless
  • Jonathan Miller at the School of Advanced Study, London
    John Coffin Trust Fund Guest Lecture by Jonathan Miller: Subsequent PerformancesProminent neurologist, atheist, theater director, television presenter and humorist - the incomparable Jonathan Miller - addresses this conference on opera and visual culture.Miller addresses both his own career and the world of opera that he has helped shape - School of Advanced Study, University of Londonmoreless
  • You Can't Say That with Dennis Hayes
    You Can't Say That with Dennis Hayes, co-founder of Academics for Academic Freedom.The first of a two part series exploring academic freedom - with Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
  • Demonisation and Witch Hunts in Religion and Politics
    Rodney Barker delivers a lecture on Demonisation and Witch Hunts in Religion and Politics.Barker discusses the origins, character and life of political and religious witch hunts, as well as the relation between what people say, what they believe and what they do.
  • Book Group Expo: Makin' Whoopie
    A discussion on writing about sex and sex in literature with authors Karen Abbott, Douglas Carlton Abrams, Melanie Abrams, Mary Roach, and Ellen Sussman.
  • Mike Farrell: Just Call Me Mike
    Mike Farrell talks about Just Call Me Mike. Gaining stardom for his role on M*A*S*H, Farrell went on to embark on a path as a tireless human rights activist.For this paperback release, Farrell and wife Fabares undertake a grassroots 8,000 mile cross-country journey, sharing stories of social consciousness.A percentage of sales will directly benefit Death Penalty Focus. Please visit - Book Passagemoreless
  • Asian/American/Modern Art Artists and Scholars Panel
    Artists Kay Sekimachi, Carlos Villa, Jay Xu, Valerie Matsumoto, and Wucius Wong are joined by author and professor Margo Machida and curator and author Daniell Cornell.Hosted by guest curator Mark Dean Johnson and the International Center for the Arts at San Francisco State University - de Young Museum
  • Eric Foner: Freedom in America 1776 - 2008
    In this exclusive Sydney lecture, Professor Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, will trace how Americans have thought about the key concept of freedom through the course of history.He argues that freedom has never been a single idea, but has been the source of considerable disagreement and conflict - University of Sydneymoreless
  • Body Building: An Illustrated Lecture with David Macaulay
    Beginning with the cell, the MacArthur Award-winning artist and author of The Way Things Work, takes us on a stunning visual journey through the major systems of the body.
  • Kevin Nealon at the Hudson Union Society
    With his unique sense of humor, profound dry wit and likable demeanor, Kevin Nealon has established himself as one of the premiere television, theatrical and stand-up comedians of his generation.As a cast member of Saturday Night Live (1986-1995), Kevin is most recognized for the characters he created, including; 'The Subliminal Man,' 'Hans and Franz,' and anchoring 'Weekend Update.' Kevin's extensive television credits include guest appearances on such award winning shows as, 'The Larry Sander's Show, and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'He is currently starring as Doug Wilson in the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe nominated Showtime series, Weeds. In addition to his acting credits, Kevin is an established and acclaimed writer, garnering him an Emmy nomination for his work on Saturday Night Live - Oxonian Societymoreless
  • Peter Coyote: Emmett Grogan and the Diggers
    Peter Coyote talks about Ringolevio. With an introduction by Coyote, this work by author Emmett Grogan presents the memorable tale of the Diggers, the irreverent urban guerrillas, activists, and masters of street theater who made San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury home during the 1960s.For anyone who thinks those were days only of peace, love, and flower power, this work will be a revelation - Book Passagemoreless
  • Jonah Goldberg on Liberal Fascism
    Author Jonah Goldberg discusses Liberal Fascism. Panelists include Michael Ledeen, Resident Scholar with the American Enterprise Institute; Fred Siegel, Professor of History at Cooper Union; and Ronald Radosh, Adjunct Fellow with Hudson Institute. The discussion is moderated by Yuval Levin, Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.In his controversial new book, Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning (Doubleday) Jonah Goldberg offers a startling new perspective on the theories and practices that define fascist politics. Reaching beyond familiar myths, he reminds us that the original fascists were men of the left, and that liberals from Woodrow Wilson to FDR to Hillary Clinton have advocated some policies and principles remarkably similar to those of European fascism, including an aversion to the free market, and the promise of free health care and a generous pension system. Do these striking parallels mean that today's liberals are genocidal maniacs, intent on conquering the world and imposing a new racial order? Of course not. Yet it is hard to deny, Goldberg argues, that modern progressivism and classical fascism share the same intellectual roots.Of the book former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says: "Jonah Goldberg's Liberal Fascism will enrage many people on the left, but his dire thesis deserves serious attention.... Goldberg will lead you to new understanding and force you to think deeply." Following Goldberg's remarks, a panel of experts will present their commentary on the book - Hudson Institutemoreless
  • Dana Milbank Discusses His Book Homo Politicus
    Dana Milbank discusses his book Homo Politicus: The Strange and Scary Tribes That Run Our Government.Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank adopts the tools of an anthropologist to describe the bizarre tribal culture of Washington politicians. Milbank is naughty, acerbic, and straight on target in this funny and appalling portrait of our politicians performing in a milieu that is "extraordinarily tolerant of behaviors that other cultures would immediately attribute to psychiatric disorders" - Politics and Prosemoreless
  • Alec Baldwin: A Journey Through Fatherhood and Divorce
    Golden Globe winner, Academy and Tony Award nominee, and star of "30 Rock," Baldwin has played a very different role in recent years than the ones we see on screen. His custody battle for his daughter has made headlines and cast him and ex-wife Kim Basinger in a negative light.Now, Baldwin wants to set the record straight. He discusses the stress, pressure and psychological and emotional toll of a bitter divorce and the family court system - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Bill Guttentag: The Reality of Documentary Film
    The Real and The Reality of Documentary Film with filmmaker Bill Guttentag.The popularity of documentary films has exploded in recent years, resulting in a constant flow of narratives based on true events and real people. In a world where many would rather watch than read, the veracity of these films is often unquestioned. Should it be? Do these films manipulate reality? What are the responsibilities of the filmmaker? Guttentag tackles these and many other questions - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • 2008 Baseball Prospectus
    Meet Kevin Goldstein and Christina Kahrl, co-authors of Baseball Prospectus: The Essential Guide to the 2008 Baseball Season, the bestselling guide to Major League Baseball returns, bringing together the top young baseball writers and analysts in the business to provide the definitive look at the season to come - Books Inc.moreless
  • Nassim Nicholas Taleb: A Crazier Future
    The Future Has Always Been Crazier Than We Thought with Nassim Nicholas Taleb.Author Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses his book, The Black Swan in relation to predicting the future, learning from the consequences of the unknown, and the power of randomness.
  • Retooling Schooling: Who Gets to Graduate - Part 2
    Part 2 of Retooling Schooling: Who Gets to Graduate? with panelists Nidya Baez, Laurene Powell Jobs and Russell Rumberger. David Sibbet moderates.Following the presentations from three panelists, Alan Briskin leads a discussion with journalists and educators on how communities can end the drop-out crisis and how best to reshape high school education to prepare students for the rigors of life and work in the 21st century - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Sylvia Gereda - Switch
    Sylvia Gereda - Switch
    Episode 0704
    A founder of the first independent newspaper in Guatemala, elPeriodico, Sylvia Gereda created a special weekly magazine insert called Switch.Edited by teenagers, Switch features cover stories on young community leaders and a forum to express views, and now has more than 125 published issues.
  • Athletes as Role Models in the Steroids Era
  • Ian Morison: God and the Universe
  • The Atheon: A Temple of Science for Rational Belief
  • Building Experiences with Tim Leiweke
    Considered one of the top 100 influential people in Southern California (Los Angels Times), Tim Leiweke is a visionary leader at the forefront of change in downtown Los Angeles, creating a dining and entertainment district with Staples Center and LA Live.The collection of companies owned or operated by AEG are considered to be one of the world's leading presenters of sports and entertainment programming.moreless
  • Demonization and Witch Hunts in Religion and Politics
    Rodney Barker delivers a lecture on Demonisation and Witch Hunts in Religion and Politics.Barker discusses the origins, character and life of political and religious witch hunts, as well as the relation between what people say, what they believe and what they do.
  • Classical South Indian Dance and Western Audiences
    Pioneering classical South Indian dance artists Savitry Nair and her daughter, Shantala Shivalingappa, discuss what can be learned between East and West through experiencing traditional dance and music. Moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholar-in-Residence Suzanne Carbonneau. EXCERPT from PillowTalk: Preserving Dance Traditions recorded August 4, 2008. PillowTalks feature world-renowned choreographers, dancers, authors, filmmakers, historians, and critics in live hour-long moderated discussions of the cultural forces shaping the field of dance. Curated by Jacob's Pillow Director of Preservation Norton Owen and moderated by Jacob's Pillow Scholars-in-Residence, PillowTalks use dance as a prism to explore the world at large.For more info on Jacob's Pillow Dance please visit www.jacobspillow.orgmoreless
  • Steve Guttenburg at the Hudson Union Society
    Star of a dozen films that have grossed a hundred million dollars at the American box-office, Steve Guttenburg is universally recognized.Starring in an amazing 52 films Guttenberg's big screen successes include four successful series of films: Police Academy, Three Men and a Baby, Short Circuit and Ron Howard's Cocoon and their sequels.He has also appeared in such acclaimed dramatic hits as Barry Levinson's Diner and Franklin Schaffner's The Boys from Brazil and Curtis Hanson's Bedroom Window - Hudson Union Societymoreless
  • Arianna Huffington and Cathie Black
    Cathie Black in Conversation with Arianna HuffingtonCathie Black has been one of the leading figures in American publishing for more than twenty years. "The First Lady of American Magazines" maintains a reputation as one of the industry's most solid and successful publishing executives. Black began her career in advertising sales with several magazines, including Holiday and Ms., and she made publishing history when she became the first woman publisher of a weekly with New York Magazine in 1979.Black currently heads Hearst Magazines, a division of the Hearst Corporation and one of the world's largest publishers of monthly magazines. She manages the development of some of America's leading consumer publications, including Cosmopolitan, Town & Country, The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, and Good Housekeeping.Her book Basic Black draws on her four decades in the media business. She explains how she achieved what she calls "a blend of professional accomplishment and personal contentment" and offers advice on how women can seize opportunity in the workplace. For the past eight consecutive years, Black was listed among Fortune magazine's "50 Most Powerful Women."Political commentator, nationally-syndicated columnist, and activist Arianna Huffington is the author of On Becoming Fearless, an empowering guide for women. The non-partisan, ideologically driven critic is also the force behind the popular news blog website "The Huffington Post" - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Frank Deford on Sports: The Hype and the Hypocrisy
    Frank Deford, senior contributing writer at Sports Illustrated and commentator for National Public Radio, delivers a lecture encompassing a wide swath of the world of sports from the Olympic Games to college athletics.
  • Slow Food Nation: Edible Education
    "In a nation where far too many people harm their health and the environment by eating poorly, public school lunch presents an enormous opportunity: right there, in the middle of the every child?s school day, driven by his own hunger and his own taste, lies all this time and energy set aside and devoted to food."This panel will discuss the potential and challenges of creating a national policy around Edible Education - a means of educating all children about stewardship, sustainability and the connections between food, health and the environment- Slow Food Nationmoreless
  • Shawn Taylor: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity
    Warning: Program Contains Graphic LanguageBeing black and male is serious business, but its many absurd contradictions are often laugh-out loud.In Big Black Penis: Misadventures in Race and Masculinity, Bay Area writer Shawn Taylor deftly leads us on a no-holds-barred tour of his masculine development, while acknowledging some deep but often hilarious truths about black men.Unapologetic and sharply critical, Taylor brings the subject of black masculinity into the 21st century - The Booksmithmoreless
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Tom Wolfe
    Peter Robinson engages America?s master novelist in a conversation that ranges from the death of the American novel to the "charming aristocracy" that seeks to dictate literary standards to the intersection of culture and the latest findings in neuroscience.Along the way, Tom Wolfe reaffirms his place as the preeminent chronicler of the changing American scene - Hoover Institutionmoreless
  • Don Watson: Journeying Into America
    At the Lowy Lunch in August 2008, Don Watson, one of Australia's most distinguished writers and public speakers, explored themes in his latest book, 'American Journeys', a narrative of the modern USA.He talked about the genius, optimism and freedom of the United States -- and its pervasive fears and failings - The Lowy Institute for International Policymoreless
  • Newark Mayor Cory Booker on the U.S. Education Crisis
    Newark mayor Cory Booker discusses the education crisis in America, which he describes as the nation "selling itself short."Cory Booker was elected mayor of Newark, New Jersey in 2006 after serving on the City Council from 1998 to 2002. Booker is a former Rhodes Scholar with a J.D. from Yale University Law School..moreless
  • The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson
    Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson with author Alan Pell Crawford.Twilight at Monticello is an unprecedented and engrossing personal look at Thomas Jefferson in his final years that will change the way readers think about him. During the years from his return to Monticello in 1809 until his death in 1826, Jefferson dealt with illness and debt, corresponded with the leading figures of the Revolution, and became a radical decentralist and admirer of the New England townships, where, he believed, the real fire of liberty burned bright.Jefferson had witnessed the strength of local governments during his ill-advised, near-dictatorial embargo, which proved to be the great crisis of his political life, not because he placed too much faith in his countrymen's capacity for self-government but because, for once in his life, he placed too little faith in it. During these years, Jefferson also became increasingly aware of the costs to civil harmony exacted by the Founding Fathers' failure to effectively reconcile slaveholding within a republic dedicated to liberty.Right up until his death on the 50th anniversary of America's founding, Thomas Jefferson remained an indispensable man, albeit a supremely human one. Based on new research and documents culled from the Library of Congress, the Virginia Historical Society, and other special collections, including hitherto unexamined letters from family, friends, and Monticello neighbors, Alan Pell Crawford paints an authoritative and deeply moving portrait of Thomas Jefferson as private citizen - the first original depiction of the man in more than a generation - Cato Institutemoreless
  • Danny Goldberg: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business
    Danny Goldberg talks about Bumping Into Geniuses: My Life Inside the Rock and Roll Business.Influential music figure Goldberg shares his stories about performers who have been a major part of the rock and roll business. Included among them, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Kurt Cobain and other legendary figures - Book Passagemoreless
  • Sarah Jones - What Can I Do?
    Playwright and Tony Award-winning performer Sarah Jones shares her big idea through the voices of two unique creations, including a young African girl.
  • Women Artists and Political Expression
    Political Is Personal Panel: Contemporary Women Artists and Political ExpressionA panel of diverse female artists discuss the feminist art movement and present works that exemplify how the political is personal.
  • Bob Carr: Human Impossible Dream?
    Through personal references to great works of literature, the lecture will look at the precarious notion of human decency across a number of themes.These will include an examination of the literature about global warming - the climate change deniers vs the scientific rationalists; 20th Century totalitarianism and the human instinct for warmongering; Primo Levi, Alexander Solzhenitsyn and the ?literature of testimony?; and the question of whether there is cause for hope given the challenges we face in today?s world - University of New South Walesmoreless
  • The Future Has Always Been Crazier Than We Thought
    The Future Has Always Been Crazier Than We Thought with Nassim Nicholas Taleb.Author Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses his book, The Black Swan in relation to predicting the future, learning from the consequences of the unknown, and the power of randomness.
  • Ethics, Doping, and the Future of Cycling
    Ethics, Doping, and the Future of Cycling with cyclist Greg LeMond.Greg LeMond has long been a critic of doping in cycling. During 2007, he played an unexpected role in the international arbitration hearing that eventually decided American cyclist Floyd Landis should forfeit his 2006 Tour de France title due to testing that found abnormally high levels of testosterone. LeMond testified that he had spoken with Landis after his "A" urine sample had tested positive, urging him that if his "B" sample was also positive, he should come clean, help his sport, and "more importantly, help himself." Before his testimony, LeMond had been threatened by Landis' manager.The doping problem has been most public in the Tour de France - two stage winners of the 2007 Tour withdrew from the race amid doping allegations - but its influence is so pervasive that T-Mobile recently withdrew its sponsorship of a professional cycling team, stating that the company did not want to associate its brand with doping.In the face of such problems, how can cycling restore its integrity and have a vital future? LeMond will speak about why cyclists resort to doping and about what cycling should do as it looks to the future - Santa Clara Universitymoreless
  • Paul Theroux at the LA Public Library
    Paul Theroux is considered the writer who virtually invented the modern travel narrative.Now he returns 30 years later to the changed landscape of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, India, China, Japan, and Siberia - ALOUD
  • Veteran Broadway Director Doug Hughes
    Veteran Broadway director Doug Hughes discusses his career and methods with Robert LuPone, the director of the New School for Drama. Hughes is the New School's artist-in-residence for the 2007-8 academic year.
  • Pamela Des Barres: A Groupie Grows Up
    In "I'm with the Band," Pamela Des Barres chronicled her lustful liaisons with such rock legends as Mick Jagger, Jimmy Page and Keith Moon. "Take Another Little Piece of My Heart: A Groupie Grows Up" is its candid sequel.Updated to include escapades covering the last 16 years, this rollicking and sometimes heartbreaking follow-up documents Des Barres' struggles with marriage and motherhood and encounters with the likes of Bob Dylan and Sylvester Stallone - Booksmithmoreless
  • Philanthropy Today: Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact
    Milano at The New School hosts the fourth Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact: A Conversation with Today's Philanthropists featuring speakers Andrea Soros Colombel, president of Trace Foundation; Abigail E. Disney, president of the Daphne Foundation; and Peter G. Peterson, senior chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group.
  • Amy Tan and Stewart Wallace: The Bonesetter's Daughter
    Author Amy Tan and composer Stewart Wallace discuss the process of adapting Tan's novel The Bonesetter's Daughter into an opera. The opera premiered in San Francisco in the fall of 2008. Roy Eisenhardt leads the conversation for City Arts & Lectures - City Arts & Lectures
  • The Many Faces of American Muslims
    The Many Faces of American Muslims with Paul Barrett, Reporter at BusinessWeek and former editor at The Wall Street Journal In the wake of 9/11, Muslims in America are often caught in a religious subculture torn between moderation and extremism. Not only are they confronted with the task of reconciling faith with a permissive society, but they also face challenges to overcome stereotyping. The six million Muslims in the United States see themselves as anything but monolithic with significant differences in background and ideology. In American Islam: The Struggle for the Soul of a Religion, Paul Barrett interacts with Muslims in their homes, mosques, and private gatherings to introduce a population of striking variety. As thousands of American Muslims have been investigated and interrogated since 9/11?and as Islam has come under heavy attack worldwide?a better understanding of this segment of the population is essential - World Affairs Council of Northern Californiamoreless
  • Strobe Talbott on The Great Experiment
    The Brookings Institution's president Strobe Talbott discusses his book The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation.
  • Evaluating for Impact and ROI
    Evaluating for Impact and ROI with speakers Beth Sirull, Pacific Community Ventures; Brian Trelstad, Acumen Fund; and Kate Starr, F.B. Heron Foundation. Huilan Yang and Tony Berkley, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, moderate the discussion.Investing with a social mandate has never been easier to do - or more profitable. While the business press plays a lively debate about financial returns, shines a light on the other half of the equation: the social returns. This workshop examines current practices in the field for measuring social returns among a range of leading edge investors.Topics for discussion will include - indicators for social return, rolling up results across a range of asset classes, analytic tools, and reporting processes. The discussion should be valuable to investors interested in current practice as well as those building - and evaluating - a balanced portfolio - PRI Makers Networkmoreless
  • Sudhir Venkatesh: Gang Leader For a Day
    Sudhir Venkatesh became Gang Leader for a Day. First introduced in Freakonomics, here is the full story of Sudhir Venkatesh, the sociology grad student who infiltrated one of Chicago's most notorious gangs, studying a crack-dealing gang from the insider. Subtitled A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets, Venkatesh's book describes how he managed to gain entree into the gang, what he learned, and how his method revolutionized the academic establishment.Initially looking for people within a notorious housing project to take a multiple-choice survey on urban poverty, Venkatesh never imagined that as a result of that graduate assignment he would befriend a gang leader and spend the better part of a decade inside the projects under JT's protection, documenting what he saw there. His report is a brazen, page-turning, and fundamentally honest view into the morally ambiguous, highly intricate, often corrupt struggle to survive in what is tantamount to an urban war zone. And it's also the story of a complicated friendship between Sudhir and JT - two young and ambitious men a universe apart - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Irshad Manji and Dalia Mogahed - Who Speaks for Islam?
    Irshad Manji and Dalia Mogahed discuss issues surrounding contemporary Islam at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival, including the nature of the religion in relation to peace and conflict and the interpretation of the Koran.
  • Herbert London: America's Secular Challenge
    Hudson President Herbert London argues in his timely and wide-ranging new book, America's Secular Challenge (Encounter) that the pervasive culture of secularism in the United States is an inadequate response to radical Islam.In the so-called war of ideas, London explains, our reflexive belief in relativism has handicapped our ability to thwart the inroads of fanaticism, as secular humanism has destroyed the West's only beliefs worth defending - Hudson Institutemoreless
  • The Patrician Moguls: Hearst, Kennedy and Hughes
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Sherry Lansing at the Hudson Union Society
    Sherry Lansing is founder and CEO of The Sherry Lansing Foundation. She was honored at the 2007 Academy Awards with an Oscar in recognition of her tireless work as a philanthropist and advocate for cancer research. During her almost 30 years in the motion picture business, Ms. Lansing was involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films.In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she took the top job at 20th Century Fox. After several years as an independent producer (The Accused and Fatal Attraction), Ms. Lansing was named Chairman of Paramount Pictures in 1992, a position she held until 2005.Under her chairmanship, three of Paramount's pictures won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Forrest Gump, Braveheart and the highest grossing film of all time, Titanic. "I left Paramount at the ripe young age of sixty," notes Lansing. "A generation ago, that would have been retirement age. But my generation has more energy, more drive, and a greater life expectancy than any group of retirees before us. We are going to be here for two decades or more past 'retirement' age and we want to do something relevant in the so-called third act of our lives." For Lansing, that "something" is the dedication to cancer research, education, art and culture.This will be a special event with trailblazing woman who broke Hollywood's glass ceiling to become the first woman head of major studio, and who continues to make her mark on society through her high profiled work and support fighting cancer. - The Hudson Union Societymoreless
  • Rwanda Survivors: Mukagasana and Murekatete
    Survivors of the Rwandan genocide discuss their experience and reflect on the role that Rwanda plays in the global environment.Now more than ever, the survivors claim, genocide prevention is of the utmost importance to guard against the ideological, social, and economic conditions which enabled the tragedies of Rwanda or Nazi Germany.moreless
  • A Selection of Poems by Billy Collins
    Poet Billy Collins is a unique literary figure - a widely read contemporary poet. The former US Poet Laureate and New York State Poet has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation, though his most dramatic honors come from a wide and appreciative readership. Collins's poetry collections, including The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Nine Horses, Sailing Alone Around the Room, and Picnic, Lightening, have broken records for poetry sales. His writing is marked by inventiveness beyond traditional poetry forms with ironic twists and lyrical turns of phrase that resonate powerfully. An advocate for integrating poetry into everyday life, Collins compiled the anthologies Poetry 180 and 180 More with poems for every day of a typical school year. Billy Collins has been a professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York since 1968 - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • George Lakoff on The Political Mind
    UC Berkeley Professor George Lakoff discusses concepts from his new book, The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain.
  • Eric Lane: The Genius of America
    Eric Lane talks about The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved our Country - and Why it Can Again.This is an inspiring look at the document that has made our country the longest surviving democracy in the history of civilization. But Lane warns us our system is at risk - Book Passagemoreless
  • The Brian Lehrer Show at Aspen: Teddy, Barack, and John
    Brian Lehrer hosts a live taping of The Brian Lehrer Show entitled Teddy, Barack, and John: Advice to the Next President at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival with panelists Joshua Hawley, Rep. Jane Harman, David Kennedy, and John Podesta.
  • Battle of Ideas: Your Culture or Mine?
  • Craig Barrett: Technology the Human Impact (2 of 2)
    In an interview with Aspen Institute Trustee and venture capitalist John Doerr, Craig Barrett, chairman of Intel, discusses the intersection of technology and society.
  • Feel Like the Incredible Hulk with Tim Ferriss
    Ferriss embraced the principle that "fear is your friend" while overcoming his trepidation of swimming, dancing and learning new languages.Learn his methods to rethink "false constructs and untested assumptions."EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • ServiceNation: The Wisdom of Experience
    A panel of philanthropists and non-profit community leaders discuss the untapped potential of people over 50 to do volunteer work.They explain that while many people look for volunteer work after they retire, very few organizations reach out to this highly skilled and motivated demographic. The panel explores ways in which these groups can better connect with the over-50 crowd, and how their skills and experiences can be put to use - ServiceNationmoreless
  • Author Augusten Burroughs in Conversation
    Improbable, hilarious and true, Running with Scissors was a confessional stand-up routine enlivened by painful slaps of candor.When it appeared in 2002, it made its author, Augusten Burroughs, a literary celebrity, a status he has built upon with his subsequent works: a memoir about his addictions Dry, two collections of essays Magical Thinking and Possible Side Effects and a novel Sellivision. Each stings with his characteristic caustic humour.In his latest, A Wolf at the Table, however, the tone darkens. Contemplating his fearful yearning for the love of his father the laughs dried up.In this major Writers Festival address, Burroughs explains to Jennifer Byrne why he abandoned the deflecting techniques of humour and opened himself up to the emotional hits - Melbourne Writers Festivalmoreless
  • Sport: As Important for Our Daughters as Our Sons
    Donna Lopiano is the immediate past chief executive officer of the Women's Sports Foundation, an organization she served for 15 years.Recently named one of "The 10 Most Powerful Women in Sports" by Fox Sports, Dr. Lopiano was also listed as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Sports" by The Sporting News.Prior to joining the Women's Sports Foundation, Dr. Lopiano served at the University of Texas-Austin for 18 years where she initiated and built the women's athletic program.She has been a college coach of men's and women's volleyball, women's basketball and softball. As an athlete, she participated in 26 national championships in four sports and was a nine-time All-American at four different positions in softball, a sport in which she played on six national championship teams.She is a member of the National Sports Hall of Fame, the National Softball Hall of Fame and the Texas Women's Hall of Fame, among others - Chautauqua Institutionmoreless
  • Stephen Murdoch Discusses IQ
    Stephen Murdoch, author of IQ: A Smart History of a Failed Idea, discusses the invention and history of the IQ test and its applications from the past to the present.
  • Stephin Merritt in Conversation with Daniel Handler
    In conversation and song hosted by Daniel HandlerSinger and songwriter Stephin Merritt currently plays principal roles in four bands, including The Gothic Archies, Future Bible Heroes and The 6ths, but is best known as the sardonic front man of the Magnetic Fields. The 1999 album, 69 Love Songs, is just that - 3 hours of songs that encompass a wide range of genres, from country to jazz, but all of which feature the biting, emotional lyrics that have become Merritt's trademark. In 2002, Merritt performed all 69 songs over two nights at the Lincoln Center to a sold-out, multi-generational audience. He has also composed operas for the Lincoln Center, written musical scores for films and regularly DJs at the Beauty Bar in New York City. Though Merritt's melancholy bass evokes Johnny Cash, he cites influences as varied as Stephen Sondheim, Bob Mould and the Swedish pop group, ABBA. Merrit rarely performs live and cultivates an anti-rock star persona. In the words of his Gothic Archies bandmate, Daniel Handler, "He doesn't want to stay up all night drinking beer with other bands. But he's always the first to bring cognac and discuss Henry James." - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Susan Jacoby on The Age of American Unreason
    Writer and scholar Susan Jacoby is sure to raise some hackles with The Age of American Unreason - an unsparing jeremiad that attacks the dumbing-down of the American public. Jacoby's area of study is US intellectual history, though she worries that the field is becoming a moot point in the face of our country's pervasive "infotainment" complex.As politics get folded into entertainment, she argues, so too does morality become indistinguishable from consumerism. Though hardly the first to bemoan the pitfalls of mass culture, Jacoby's portrait of American anti-intellectualism is especially germane in the middle of an election year - Booksmithmoreless
  • Mike Rowe on Discovery, Realization and Lamb Castration
    Drawing on his experiences picking up roadkill, feeding swine, and castrating a lamb with his teeth, Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel's Dirty Jobs, discusses how modern American culture belittles necessary labor.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Violence & the Left in Dark Times: A Debate
    Bernard-Henri Levy, France's "rock-star philosopher," and Slavoj Zizek, the Slovanian "Elvis of cultural theory," will scrutinize the totalitarianisms of the past as well as those of the future, as they argue for a new political and moral vision for our times and investigate the limits of tolerance.Does the advent of capitalism cause more violence than it prevents? Is there violence in the simple idea of the neighbor? asks Zizek in Violence: Six Sideways Reflections.Are human rights Western or Universal? How is it that progressives themselves-those who in the past defended individual rights and fought fascism-have now become the breeding ground for new kinds of dangerous attitudes? asks L?vy in Left in Dark Times: A Stand Against New Barbarism - New York Public Librarymoreless
  • Big Ideas Forum: Protecting the Legacy of Freedom
    Big Ideas Forum: Protecting the Legacy of Freedom: The Ideas of The Enlightenment in the 21st CenturyCIS has often been instrumental in gathering key intellectuals, policymakers and authors together in Australia. Such occasions are an ideal opportunity to present to the public a discussion on a topic of importance for our society, and the international community.The CIS Big Ideas Forums began in 2002 with the idea of presenting to the public a discussion on a specific topic, led by the foremost thinkers. It is an opportunity for the Australian public not only to listen to leading international experts and prominent authors, but also ask questions and participate in the discussion - Sydney Writers' Festivalmoreless
  • How Can Aphorisms Change Your Life?
    How can aphorisms change your life? Find out when James Geary brings his Juggling Aphorisms show - yes real live juggling of words and balls. Geary presents a mix of memoir, literary history, audience participation - and live juggling, with words and balls. Audience members are invited to randomly pick an aphorism from a globe and read it aloud; Geary then tells about that aphorism and the person who wrote it, weaving in personal and historical anecdote. There are also several blank strips of paper in the globe. If an audience member draws one of these, they can name any theme and Geary must cite a related aphorism on the spot. If he fails, they get a free copy of the book! -James Gearymoreless
  • Annie Lennox at the Global Philanthropy Forum
    Annie Lennox, Singer, Songwriter, Activist, and founder of the SING Campaign, speaks and performs at the 2008 Global Philanthropy Forum.
  • Aphorisms: Personal Perspectives
    The World in a Phrase: Philosophy and the Aphorism featuring panelists James Geary, A.C. Grayling, and John Lloyd.The aphorism - a world of thought compacted into a single phrase - is the oldest written form of literature on the planet. The aphorism is also the oldest form of philosophical writing, dating back to the earliest moral and cosmological musings of the ancient Egyptians and Chinese. Yet there remains no manner of thinking better suited to contemporary times - and this one-day symposium will explore why.Poets, professors, artists, philosophers, psychologists and comedians (and aphorists!) from Europe and the U.S. will gather to discuss and celebrate the aphorism as a privileged vehicle for grappling with the deepest questions facing our world - and will show how the aphorism is just the ticket if you are tired of ideologies but haven't given up on truth - Institute of Philosophymoreless
  • Jeffrey Archer in Conversation
    International bestseller Lord Archer addresses the Oxonian Society upon the release of his newest novel A Prisoner of Birth.A former Member of Parliament who recently served two years in prison, Archer's bestselling novels include Kane and Abel, Sons of Fortune, and False Impression.
  • Helen Garner on Writing and 'The Spare Room'
    Helen Garner was best known as a fiction writer and freelance journalist until 1994, when The First Stone, her account of a university sexual harassment case, provoked a national controversy. Since then she has become one of Australia?s most respected writers of essays and nonfiction.The Spare Room, her first novel in fifteen years, tells a story of compassion and rage as two friends - one sceptical, one stubbornly serene ? negotiate their way through the trials of terminal illness - Sydney Writers' Festivalmoreless
  • Jane Smiley on Ten Days in The Hills
    Author Jane Smiley discusses her book Ten Days in The Hills.The Pulitzer Prize winner for A Thousand Acres is back with an amazing new novel about relationships, and the many joys, pains and complications they can bring. Smiley has written for the world's top magazines, including Vogue, The New Yorker, Harpers, The Nation, The New York Times Magazine, Slate, The Huffington Post, and others.Come hear what she has to say about the current presidential campaign, the state of the US, and many other topics - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Peter J. Gomes: The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus
    "What did Jesus preach?" asks Harvard pastor Peter J. Gomes, who believes that excessive focus on the Bible and doctrines about Jesus have led the Christian church astray.To recover the transformative power of the gospel - "the good news" - Gomes says we must go beyond the Bible and rediscover how to live out Jesus's original revolutionary message of hope.With eloquence and insight, using examples from ancient times as well as modern pop culture, Gomes shows us why the good news is every bit as relevant today as it was when first preached - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Bringing Attention to Humanitarian Emergencies
    As one of the closet advisors to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Jan Egeland was at the center of coordinating the United Nation's response and massive international relief efforts during one of the more challenging periods in its recent history.He traveled extensively to the front lines of conflict zones and regions ravaged by natural disasters, consistently acting as an aggressive international spokesman for civilians caught in the crossfire of strife, victims of catastrophes, and displaced people. Sometimes controversial, he has made a point of eschewing diplomatic niceties and using direct language to get his points across to national governments and heads of state.Jan Egeland joins the Council to discuss his new book, A Billion Lives, where he offers a very personal and up-front account about his travels to the most desperate and violent places in the world to negotiate relief efforts and cease fires, as well as to deal with the perpetrators and their victims - World Affairs Council of Northern Californiamoreless
  • Abkhazia: Untold War Story
    Abkhazia: Untold War Story with Dodge Billingsley.Dodge Billingsley, documentary film producer and director, discusses the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict and the implications for the future.
  • Theodore Hamm: The New Blue Media
    The New Blue Media, a new book by Theodore Hamm, discusses how progressive ideals have taken over the media with comedic satire using shows like The Colbert Report and websites like The Onion.
  • Condoleezza Rice and Australian Foreign Minister
    While U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice usually discusses and determines world affairs with international diplomats and politicians, but, in Perth recently, she engaged in a relaxed conversation with the students of Mercedes College for girls.Rice discuesses the importance of education, the role of democracy, her passion for Academia and answers questions from what she thinks of George W. Bush, to whether she likes shopping - Australian Broadcasting Corporationmoreless
  • Fifty Years on the Frontier in Asia
    Fifty Years on the Frontier in Asia with Malan Jackson.Malan Jackson, emeritus director of international studies, Utah Valley State College, discusses the history of the Mormon mission in Asia and the current state of cultural exchange.
  • Battle of Ideas: Is Abuse Ruining Football?
    British football crowds have always been known for their banter towards players, managers and opposing fans. Football terraces have traditionally been places to let off steam and behave in a way that would not be acceptable in other public spaces. Creating a hostile atmosphere often helps give your team the edge in a close encounter.Recently, though, some worry things have gone too far. They say the level and personal nature of the abuse is worse than in previous times, and that something needs to be done.The unpleasant invective directed by some Colchester United fans towards Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder, who had suffered a brain tumour, is a case in point. And while racist chanting is largely a thing of the past, the continued sectarian chanting between Rangers and Celtic fans in Scotland is seen by many as typical of the backwardness of football fans.Is the problem of abuse in football getting out of hand, or are the recipients just becoming thin-skinned? Was the traditional terrace culture somehow more civilised, with banter infused with a dose of humour, however cruel? Or is this a nostalgic view, overlooking the menace of hooliganism and racism?Some argue all-seater stadiums and 'family-friendly' policies have turned the atmospheric stadiums of old into sanitised theatres with intensive surveillance and stewarding. At the same time, some fans have become so obsessed with football, even living their lives through it, that they no longer know where to draw the line. Do we take football, and ourselves, too seriously? - Battle of Ideasmoreless
  • Alan Cumming
    Alan Cumming
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    Tony Award winning actor Alan Cumming addresses the Oxonian Society.
  • Brian Greene's Big Idea
    Brian Greene, string theory evangelist, introduces his big idea to help open the Ideas Festival.He tells the story of a soldier in Iraq who found solace in the grand concepts in a book by Greene. Greene connects this to a need for better understanding and education of science in the American education system.moreless
  • Hollywood at the DNC
    Hollywood at the DNC
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    The Creative Coalition kicks off it's activities at the DNC with a screening of "Gospel Hill". Artists come together to talk about this important movie, thoughtfully advocate on behalf of important issues, and to exercise their responsibilities as US citizens to speak up and participate in the country's political process.
  • Karen Armstrong in Conversation with Alan Jones
    Karen Armstrong is among the world's foremost commentators on religion. A former nun in the Roman Catholic Society of the Holy Child Jesus, Armstrong now defines herself as a "freelance monotheist," drawing from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.The theologian writes about multiple faiths in her bestselling books, including Muhammad, A History of God, Buddha, The Battle for God, and The Great Transformation. In her critical studies and the memoirs Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase, Armstrong's perspective is based on compassion instead of reduction."It doesn't really matter what you believe as long as it leads you to practical compassion," Armstrong has said.Her most recent book is The Bible: A Biography, a brief study of the sacred text and the centuries of biblical interpretation - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • China's Olympic Human Rights Challenges
    As human rights emerge as a central concern around the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China's Great Leap: The Beijing Games and Olympian Human Rights Challenges examines China in transition today.When Beijing first sought to host the Olympics, China was still recovering from the upheavals of Maoist rule and adapting to a market revolution. How are China?s leaders managing the Olympic process and the internal and external pressures for reform the Games are creating?China's Great Leap illuminates China's recent history through voices of leading China experts, and points to key areas for future reform. Join the book's editor, Minky Worden, and contributing writers Scott Greathead and Emily Parker for an evening of discussion, moderated by Jamie Metzl, Executive Vice President of the Asia Society - Asia Societymoreless
  • Ideas Festival: Wallis, Gerson on What Evangelicals Want
    Sojourners' Jim Wallis and former White House speechwriter and counselor Michael Gerson analyze the importance of the abortion issue to evangelical Christians.
  • Nick Heil on Dark Summit and Everest's Deadliest Season
    Nick Heil talks about Dark Summit. Heil recounts the harrowing story of the deadly and controversial 2006 climbing season on Everest.He tells the full story of the deadliest year on Everest since the infamous season of 1996, while also presenting a troubling investigation into whether the pursuit of the ultimate mountaineering prize has spiraled out of control - Book Passagemoreless
  • Energy 92.7's Fernando and Greg in Conversation
    The "Fernando and Greg in the Morning" show has been entertaining audiences since 2005.Energy 92.7FM, San Francisco's only independently owned radio station, airs the program, which is the first commercially broadcast gay morning radio show in the United States. The duo was recently honored as one of OUT magazine's top 100 LGBT community members to make an impact in 2007.Ventura and Sherrell will share their experiences and will discuss the impact they have had on the industry and San Francisco - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Adi Nes: Photographing Israeli Identity
    Photographer Adi Nes is one of Israel's most widely recognized artists, known for his provocative staged portraits and tableaux.Nes's work focuses particularly on identity, on what it means to be a citizen of Israel, and how masculinity is defined within that context. He frequently works in series and draws on past works of art or historical scenes as backdrops for his images.His work is in the collections of the Israel Museum, the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, the Jewish Museum (New York), the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - The Judah L. Magnes Museummoreless
  • Park Avenue Gone West: Hollywood Builds and Collects
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Design Preis Schweiz Panel
    swissnex San Francisco plays host to the Design Preis Schweiz (Swiss Design Award) exhibit on its premiere stop in North America.Join us for the opening of an exceptional event showcasing the best of Swiss design and for a high-caliber talk, moderated by IDEO co-founder Bill Moggridge and featuring prominent figures of design both Swiss and global.Held every two years, Design Preis Schweiz is a product of the Design Center Langenthal. It is a prestigious happening in the Swiss design industry, encouraging innovation, serving as a stimulator for market-oriented design ventures, and presenting design as a factor of market success.Innovation-fueled design and design-fueled innovation are emphasized through 5 award categories: Market, Newcomer, Research, Swiss Textile Design and Swiss Product Design.As shown in San Francisco, the exhibit features groundbreaking works by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Nose Design, COMA Amsterdam/New York, Beth Kottonau, Martin Woodtli, and many more. It focuses on industrial design, with potent asides in fashion textile and graphic design, and shows a keen bent on supporting innovation and sound direct-to-market approaches - swissnex San Franciscomoreless
  • John Garamendi's 21st-Century Agenda
    Garamendi will discuss his commission's 21st-century agenda and how the development of green technologies, renewable energy and alternative fuels is needed to help stimulate our state's manufacturing, agriculture and international trade industries and create new jobs.Garamendi will also address how workforce education and training play vital roles in the global market. Garamendi is the first Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for the 2010 California governor's race - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Sheila Weller on Carole King, Joni Mitchell & Carly Simon
    Sheila Weller talks about Girls Like Us: Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon - And the Journey of a Generation, a groundbreaking and irresistible biography of three of America's most important musical artists, who remain among the most enduring and important women in popular music.Their epic stories trace the arc of the now mythic sixties generation. Girls Like Us is an epic look at three women who dared to break tradition and become what none had been before them - confessors in song, rock superstars, and determined adventurers - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Jerome Robbins: American Dance Genius
    At the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival, New York City Ballet dancer Damian Woetzel discusses the man who taught him, Jerome Robbins.
  • Jordan as Feminist Icon or Sex Symbol
    Jordan - AKA Katie Price - is best known for posing in lingerie and lifestyle magazines. But she also ran for Parliament in 2001 on a platform promising free breast implants under the slogan "For a Bigger and Betta Future."She has since been a regular on television and in the tabloids. Can a Playboy model also be a feminist icon?A distinguished panel debates the issue - The Cambridge Union Societymoreless
  • Ellen Sussman - A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex
    Ellen Sussman returns with Dirty Words: A Literary Encyclopedia of Sex, a playful take on bedroom talk -- a smart, funny encyclopedia with entries written by notable contemporary writers.This witty reference steps in where time-honored discussions of the birds and the bees typically fall short.Everything from celibacy to promiscuity, hand jobs to sex toys is tackled by everyone's favorite writers including Steve Almond, Patricia Marx, Phillip Lopate, and Antonya Nelson.From sexual relationships (monogamy, one-night stand, m?nage a trois) to sexual positions, from age-old practices to contemporary twists, this alphabetical encyclopedia includes everything you need to know about the language of love and more - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Ideas Festival: Craig Barrett on Human Capital
    Intel CEO Craig Barrett, in conversation with venture capitalist and Aspen Institute Trustee John Doerr, talks about the recruitment and training his corporation undertakes to get the talent it needs to continue innovating.
  • Keith Ward on Kant's Triumph of Idealism
    There are some misunderstandings which are unthinkingly accepted by most who study Immanuel Kant, the great Idealist and towering figure of Western Philosophy.This lecture focuses on the three main ideas, including that Kant demonstrated the impossibility of making any argument for the existence of God - Gresham College
  • Battle of Ideas: Candid Camera
    With the growth of digital technology, and with cameras now ubiquitous on mobile phones, photography is no longer the preserve of professionals and a few amateur enthusiasts. But the explosion of photography comes at a time when there are also growing concerns about its ethical implications.Photographers face increasing codes and restrictions on taking pictures in public space. From privacy infringement laws to security concerns and taboos around photographing children, photographers have to navigate a minefield of formal and informal regulations. Yet despite such concerns, we are photographed more than ever before.With photo sharing sites like Flickr, Facebook and Myspace, the personal photo album ? which people once would typically show only to a small circle of family and friends ? has become an item for public display.How do the new regulations and taboos affect the role of photographers in documenting public life? How can we strike a balance between safeguarding the artistic and journalistic freedom of photographers, and the privacy of the public? Can individuals in fact create more authentic representations of everyday life by documenting and displaying it themselves?Is the photojournalist redundant now that we can all take pictures with our mobile phones and send them in to eager broadcasters and newspapers? Or should we try to preserve and uphold the superior standards ? and ethics ? of professional photographers? - Institute of Ideasmoreless
  • Adam Gopnik in Conversation with Paul Lancour
    Adam Gopnik has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1986. His work for that publication has earned him both the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting as well as three National Magazine Awards for Essay and Criticism.In 1995, The New Yorker dispatched Gopnik to Paris to write the Paris Journals, in which he described daily life in that city, drawing revelations from everyday observations. A beloved collection of essays called Paris to the Moon grew from his time there, recounting his family's life in the City of Light.With help from his young son Luke, Gopnik wrote the children's novel The King in the Window, a magical adventure of a young American boy living in Paris.In his essay collections and New Yorker pieces, Gopnik's topics are imaginative and wide-ranging, from the state of New York department stores ("like luxury lines becalmed in a lagoon") to science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick ("the doomed genius who supplies a style of horrors and frissons") to busyness ("our art form, our civic ritual").His most recent book, Through the Children's Gate, chronicles his family's relocation to New York. Gopnik also wrote and presented the BBC's Lighting Up New York, a cultural journey through the recent history of New York - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Kevin Starr: Interwar Hollywood and California History
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • A Conversation with Salman Rushdie
    Born in Mumbai, India, Salman Rushdie is an outspoken novelist. After a decade working as an ad copywriter, Rushdie had a breakthrough with the publication of his second book, Midnight's Children. The book received critical acclaim and was awarded the Booker Prize in 1981.Rushdie continued to publish novels to a growing and enthusiastic readership and with 1988's The Satanic Verses, firmly established himself as a leading contemporary writer and member of the London intelligentsia.Shockingly, the Iranian Ayatollah Khomeini reacted to the book by issuing a "fatwa," literally a death-sentence, not only against Rushdie, but all of the publishers and translators of The Satanic Verses.Rushdie immediately went into hiding and for nearly a decade lived like a prisoner, guarded around the clock by agents from the London police.His non-fiction book, Step Across This Line, recounts these "plague years" shedding light on the nine long years of bodyguards, secret residences, bulletproof mattresses propped against hotel windows, and the achingly slow international wrangling that finally set him free.During these years, Rushdie gained renown as a champion of free speech and a challenger of censorship and fundamentalist hegemony. "My experience just made me all the more determined to write the very best books I could find it in myself to write."In 2007 he was appointed for knighthood by Queen Elizabeth for "services to literature." He is currently a distinguished writer in residence at Emory University.His latest novel, The Enchantress of Florence, about a bewitching Moghul princess and her Florentine exploits with such historical characters as Machiavelli, is due out this June - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Sci-Fi Novelist Neal Stephenson Reads from ANATHEM
    What if we lived in a world where the long-term was taken seriously?At an event hosted by the Long Now Foundation, science fiction author Neal Stephenson reads from his latest novel ANATHEM.The event in its entirety will be hosted by FORA in the coming weeks.
  • Global Philanthropy Forum Keynote: Desmond Tutu
    Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize recipient, gives the keynote address at the opening of the Global Philanthropy Forum's 2008 Conference in Redwood City, California.
  • Junot Diaz: All Our Gratitudes
    The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao is a galvanic novel that is both a big picture window that opens out on the sorrows of Dominican history, and a small, intimate window that reveals one family's life and loves.Time and New York Magazine selected Oscar Wao as the best novel of 2007 and it was awarded the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction in 2007. It recently won the Pulitzer prize for fiction - Sydney Writer's Festivalmoreless
  • Kate Moses on Mothers Who Think
    In this novel Wintering, and in her work with Camille Peri on the national bestseller and American Book Award-winning anthology Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood, Kate Moses elevates the discussion of motherhood and shows that it gives women more to think about, not less.Kate Moses, a San Francisco native, worked as an editor at Berkeley's acclaimed North Point Press and as literary director of Intersection for the Arts. In 1997 she teamed up with journalist Camille Peri to found's popular daily website "Mothers Who Think" - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • The Emerging Center of Evangelicalism
    Michael Gerson, member of the Council on Foreign Relations and President Bush's former speechwriter, discusses new trends in evangelicalism. He explains that the younger evangelicals are breaking from the religious right; while they are remaining morally conservative, they are becoming more socially liberal.
  • Tony Blair at Yale University Class Day
    The former British Prime Minister addresses graduates. Blair speaks on the rise of new global powers such as China and India, and discusses the need to develop partnership in order to avoid conflict.He also framed the Middle East as a battle zone between moderation and extremism.
  • Roger Goodell Recalls the Evolution of American Football
    NFL Commission Roger Goodell discusses Leading 'America's Passion' as a part of Sport in America during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
  • Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco
    Archivist and filmmaker Rick Prelinger examines the value in archiving home movies and outtakes of found footage while presenting Lost Landscapes of San Francisco 3.
  • 2/12/08
    Race and National Politics in America: A Historical Prospective with Greggory Keith Spence.Greggory Keith Spence, Professor in Professional Practice at The New School, delivers a lecture on race and national politics in the United States.Race has played a major role in national politics since the founding of the United States. The three-fifths clause of the Constitution dramatically increased the power of the Southern states: It guaranteed them one-third more seats in Congress than their free population warranted, resulted in the election of Thomas Jefferson in 1800, and gave slaveholders control of the presidency for fifty years and of the Speaker's chair and the chairmanship of House Ways and Means for forty years.During the nation's first sixty-two years, the only presidents reelected (Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Jackson) were slaveholders, as were eighteen of thirty-one Supreme Court justices. Of the seven justices who delivered the majority opinion in the Dred Scott decision, a majority were slaveholders.The post-Reconstruction era saw the rise of Jim Crow, the establishment of the Black Codes, and the active suppression of the African-American vote both regionally and nationally. The twentieth century was well into its sixth decade before the rise of the civil rights movement, a progressive U.S. Supreme Court, a succession of activist presidents, and the post-War World II population migration of African-Americans from the South to the large cities of the North, Midwest, and West changed the national political dynamic.In the last twenty-five years, a number of African-Americans have risen to national prominence (Shirley Chisholm, Colin Powell, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Carol Moseley Braun). We will explore the implications of recent statewide races (from Doug Wilder in Virginia to Deval Patrick in Massachusetts) and of Obama's presidential candidacy both for African-Americans and for the nation as a whole - The New Schoolmoreless
  • George Hamilton: Tales Of Show Business and Life
    In this blockbuster event, Hamilton - famed for his acting skills as well as his perpetual tan - shares intimate stories about life in Hollywood, including his friendships with Cary Grant and Sammy Davis, Jr., among other stars.Hear about some of Hollywood's biggest secrets and scandals from this versatile actor, whose credits encompass everything from "Crime and Punishment" to "Dancing with the Stars" - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Bill Morgan: The Letters of Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg (1926?-1997) was one of the 20th century literature's most prolific letter-writers. "The Letters of Allen Ginsberg," edited by Beat scholar Bill Morgan and featuring many letters published for the first time, showcases the Beat poet's correspondence with a wide-range of individuals - including numerous fellow Beat writers and the likes of Arthur Miller, Ken Kesey, Lionel Trilling, Philip Glass, Bertrand Russell and others.Morgan reads excerpts from the book, and provides insight into the celebrated poet's life and legacy - Booksmithmoreless
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama at The Aspen Institute
    The Aspen Institute and co-chairs Margot Pritzker and Richard Blum, in collaboration with the Conservancy for Tibetan Art and Culture, are proud to present a substantive symposium that embraces Tibetan and Himalayan art, culture, science, medicine, spiritual practice, and history.The three-day program - featuring His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the keynote speaker - will bring together an extraordinary number of eminent scholars, teachers, practitioners and tradition-bearers from around the globe to shed light on the rich historical and philosophical significance of Tibet and its impact on global issues today - The Aspen Institutemoreless
  • Linda Carroll and Ann Fessler in Conversation
    Writer and psychologist Linda Carroll was adopted at birth and raised in San Francisco. When her estranged eldest daughter Courtney Love became pregnant, Carroll decided to seek out her biological mother, who she later discovered was the writer Paula Fox.Her story of self-discovery as an adopted daughter and the mother of a famously volatile musician is told in Her Mother's Daughter: A Memoir of the Mother I Never Knew and of My Daughter, Courtney Love.Ann Fessler was nearly fifty-six when she first met her biological mother. By that time, she had collected over 100 oral histories for her book The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade. Demonstrating how good intentions can produce devastating outcomes, The Girls Who Went Away considers the legacy of shame and guilt suffered by mothers who returned to their "normal lives" after being separated from their infants.Fessler's intimate study gives voice to those young single American women told to put their pasts behind them and move on; as one subject confessed, "It's as if I was the unwilling accomplice in the kidnapping of my own child" - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Sean McManus: Sports and News Television in America
    Sean McManus discusses Sports and News Television in America as part of Sport in America during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
  • Dan Piraro: Bizarro Buccaneers
    "Bizarro Buccaneers: Nuttin' But Pirate Cartoons" is just that? a collection for both wannabe plunderers and plankwalkers!Brilliant and in full color, as well as a perfect stocking stuffer (hint-hint), its captain is one Bizarro, a cartoonist whose work we've spied in that local broadsheet, the San Francisco Chronicle.Don't miss this special event, in which Bizarro will screen lantern slides, deliver a rogue-ish speech, and sign his name on the spot. . . . Sail ho me squiffy men! - Booksmithmoreless
  • Neal Stephenson: Science Fiction as a Literary Genre
    Neal Stephenson delivered a talk entitled The Fork: Science Fiction versus Mundane Culture at Gresham College.Four professors discuss the origins of science fiction, its overlap with other genres and its developments over more than a century.
  • Cynthia Wade on her Academy Award-Winning Freeheld
    Cynthia Wade, who won the Academy Award winner for best documentary 2008 with her documentary Freeheld, discusses the making of the movie and the true story of a policewoman and her legal battle, which are the subject of the documentary.
  • Melissa Lucashenko on Survival
    Melissa Lucashenko delivers the second public lecture in the 2008 series of Sydney PEN Voices: The 3 Writers Project. She speaks on the subject of SURVIVAL in Sydney (followed by a conversation with ABC presenter Fran Kelly).
  • David Henry Sterry: Telling & Selling Your Life Story
    Find out what it takes to write, read and sell your life story from writers who've actually done just that.Listen as memoirists read from their own work, then discuss the process of writing a memoir.Making a narrative of events of your own life, dealing with issues of privacy and family, figuring out how to navigate the stormy seas of the publishing world, and bringing your story to life as you read it before an audience will be among the topics addressed by this panel of three memoirists - First Congregational Church of Berkeleymoreless
  • Jonah Raskin: The Radical Jack London
    Jonah Raskin talks about The Radical Jack London. He lays out the social, economic, and political context for London's writings and shows him to be America?s leading revolutionary writer at the turn of the twentieth century.Raskin is the author of American Scream: Allen Ginsberg?s Howl and The Making of the Beat Generation - Book Passagemoreless
  • Retooling Schooling: Who Gets to Graduate
    Part 1 of Retooling Schooling: Who Gets to Graduate? with panelists Nidya Baez, Laurene Powell Jobs and Russell Rumberger. David Sibbet moderates.Three panelists, a moderator and a select group of journalists discuss how communities can end the drop-out crisis and how best to reshape high school education to prepare students for the rigors of life and work in the 21st century - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Agency in Surveilled Space: Who is Watching?
    A Roundtable Discussion of Agency in Surveilled Space: who is watching, who is being watched, who decides which spaces are visible to the camera and which are effectively invisible, off-limits to authorities.The panelists will examine how engineers, artists, and activists intervene in surveillance systems to subvert, invert, and redefine these relationships, and how the principle of "sousveillance" - meaning surveillance from "below," or watching the watchers - applies.It features artists and engineers who collaborate to produce software and hardware applications that access and visualize data usually obscured from public view; artists whose projects have questioned the rhetoric of surveillance by intervening more playfully in the expected aesthetics or power dynamics; and activists who monitor post-9/11 surveillance by intelligence agencies and its effects on immigrant and dissenting communities - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Andrew Young in Conversation
    Andrew Young, Former Ambassador to the UN, is part of the religion department's 2008 Chautauqua Institution afternoon lecture series. He covers diverse topics including the Obama presidency, globalized corporations, and US gender relations - Chautauqua Institution
  • Daniel Libeskind: The Architecture of Hope
    When we build things - especially beautiful things - we do so with the expectation and the wish that they will last, and through them, we will last.Daniel Libeskind explores this idea of architecture-as-hope and elaborates on his creative process and the opening of his most recent project, San Francisco's new Contemporary Jewish Museum - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Looking Westward: The New York and Vaudeville Connection
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Ideas Festival: Sport, Politics and Business in Beijing
    ESPN Executive Vice President John Walsh and USA Today Christine Brennan discuss the challenges of covering the Olympics as a news event.
  • Ten Discoveries that Rewrote History
    Patrick Hunt discusses Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History.Renowned archaeologist Hunt brings his top ten list of ancient archaeological discoveries to life, including The Rosetta Stone, Troy, King Tut's Tomb, Machu Picchu, Pompeii, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and Thera. He explains how they permanently altered our worldview - Book Passage
  • Book Group Expo: Historical Friction
    How does historical fiction help us understand what is happening in our world today?C.W. Gortner, Gail Tsukiyama, and Maggie Anton, all authors celebrated for their contributions to the corpus of historical fiction, discuss their latest books, and the benefits and challenges of writing in this unique genre.
  • Edward Burtynsky: The 10,000-Year Gallery
    Photographer Edward Burtynsky made a formal proposal for a permanent art gallery in the chamber that encloses the 10,000-year Clock in its Nevada mountain.The gallery would consist of art in materials as durable as the alloy steel and jade of the Clock itself, and it would be curated slowly over the centuries to reflect changing interests in the rolling present and the accumulating past.Photographs in particular should be in the 10,000-year Gallery, Burtynsky said, "because they tell us more than any previous medium. When we think of our own past, we tend to think in terms of family photos" - The Long Now Foundationmoreless
  • The Image of Faith in America with Chris Hedges
    Author of the bestselling book War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Chris Hedges joins the Council to discuss his new book I Don't Believe in Atheists and offers his views of the extreme sides of the religious spectrum in the United States.Hedges has spent nearly two decades as a foreign correspondent in Central America, the Middle East, Africa and the Balkans, and has reported from more than fifty countries. He was part of the New York Times team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for the coverage of global terrorism.He is also the recipient of the 2002 Amnesty International Global Award for Human Rights Journalism - World Affairs Council of Northern Californiamoreless
  • Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior
    Why is it so difficult to sell a plummeting stock or end a doomed relationship? Why do we listen to advice just because it came from someone "important"? Why are we more likely to fall in love when there's danger involved?In Sway, renowned organizational thinker Ori Brafman and his brother, psychologist Rom Brafman, answer all these questions and more - Book Passagemoreless
  • Kerry Kennedy: Faith in a Modern Era
    How do you spend your Sundays? Could the Church change its image among young skeptics by using more innovative Web 2.0 technologies?Kennedy interviewed high-profile church members in an exploration of personal journeys and interpretations versus dogmatic and impersonal mandates sent from above.Kennedy shares her experiences, replete with tales of struggle, spirituality, denial and much more - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Miru Kim Documents Abandoned City Ruins
    New York-based artist Miru Kim presents photographs of the abandoned urban underground from her series Naked City Spleen.
  • Kenneth Miller on Evolution and Intelligent Design
    Cell biologist and author Kenneth Miller discusses the scientific theory of evolution and the recent legal battles to teach intelligent design in schools.
  • State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America
    State By State: A Panoramic Portrait of America was inspired by the WPA State Guides of the 1930s. Editors Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey wanted to know "what makes one state different form another?What are each state's particularities and idiosyncrasies, their prejudices and biases, their beauty marks and moles, their cadences and jokes?"State by State answers these questions and more while portraying the beauty, the kitsch, the unexpected and the quintessential things that make America home - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Brother Guy Consolmagno: God's Mechanics
    Brother Guy Consolmagno discusses God's Mechanics.With wry humor, Brother Guy Consolmagno shows how he not only believes in God but gives religion an honored place alongside science in his life. His book God's Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion offers an engaging look at how - and why - scientists and those with technological leanings can hold profound, "unprovable" religious beliefs while working in highly empirical fields.Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno is a Jesuit brother with advanced degrees from MIT and the University of Arizona. A highly respected planetary scientist whose research focuses on meteorites, asteroids, and dwarf planets, Consolmagno is the author or co-author of numerous books and publications, including Brother Astronomer and Turn Left at Orion. He even has an asteroid named in his honor (4597 Consolmagno, known to its friends as "Little Guy").He has served as chair of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society and is a past president of Commission 16 (Planets and Moons) of the International Astronomical Union - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Risk and Uncertainty in Large-Scale Disasters
    Risk & Uncertainty in the Wake of Large-Scale Disasters with speakers Sandra Bass, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation; Laurie Conkerton, Audubon Nature Institute; George McCarthy, The Ford Foundation; Ghebre Selassie Mehreteab, NHP Foundation; and moderator Christa Velasquez, Annie E. Casey Foundation.Hurricane Katrina was the worst urban disaster in U.S. history. Given the scale of the disaster and the tourism-driven economy of New Orleans, the risk and uncertainty associated with recovery were tremendous. Similarly, other natural and man-made disasters offer opportunities for foundations to step up to support recovery.This workshop will describe these efforts and discuss how, by underwriting much of the risk and uncertainty, PRIs can be a valuable financial tool in disaster response, the process of making and funding PRIs when disaster strikes, and how PRIs can be utilized to spur economic recovery and long-term development - PRI Makers Networkmoreless
  • Matt Harding: Where The Hell Is Matt? an 'Elaborate Hoax'
    Viral video sensation Matt Harding responds to accusations on YouTube that his Where The Hell is Matt? video was photoshopped. He reveals the entire thing was actually a big-budget viral marketing campaign...EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Cor van den Heuvel: Baseball Haiku
    Haiku poet Cor van den Heuvel, co-editor of Baseball Haiku will be joined by other contributing poets to the collection for the Chautauqua Literary & Scientific Circle program.As van den Heuvel writes in the introduction, "Haiku and baseball were made for each other: While haiku give us moments in which nature is linked to human nature, baseball is played in the midst of the natural elements -- on the field under an open sky; and as haiku happen in a timeless now, so does baseball, for there is no clock ticking in a baseball game -- the game's not over until the last out."This collection, which includes poems from both America and Japan, captures perfectly the thrill of baseball -- a double play, a game of catch, or the hushed pause as a pitcher looks in before hurling his pitch.Featuring the work of Jack Kerouac, who penned the first American baseball haiku, and Alan Pizzarelli, a major American haiku poet, the collection also includes Masaoka Shiki, one of the four great pillars of Japanese haiku, who was instrumental in popularizing baseball in Japan during the 1890s - Chautauqua Institutionmoreless
  • Combating Global Poverty Panel Discussion
    "Combating Global Poverty" ? A program organized with the 2008 Rocky Mountain Roundtable, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver in collaboration with the ONE Campaign Vote '08 - National Democratic Institute
  • Marc Pachter on the Art of the Intimate Interview
    Pachter, former director of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, shares how genuine empathy and forthright interview questions help an interviewee drop their public persona and allow a glimpse into their private life.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Jerry Newcombe: How Would Jesus Vote?
    Jerry Newcombe discusses his book, How Would Jesus Vote?, in which Mr. Newcombe and his co-author, the late Dr. D. James Kennedy, offer their Christian perspectives on issues in the 2008 presidential election.Among his remarks, Mr. Newcombe argues that Christianity was fundamental to the founding of the U.S. After his talk, he is interviewed by radio producer John Rabe - CSPANmoreless
  • PRI Conference 2008: Closing Plenary
    Closing Plenary: Expanding the Practice of PRIs at the 2008 PRI Conference. The panel includes Douglas Kridler, Gregory Ratliff, and Mark Kramer. Kathleen Fluegel moderates.
  • Reading Khamenei: The World View Of Iran's Most Powerful Leader with remarks by Karim Sadjadpour, Mohsen Milani, and Afshin Molavi. Dr. Haleh Esfandiari moderates the panel.In a unique and timely new report, Carnegie's Karim Sadjadpour presents an in-depth political profile of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei based on a careful reading of three decades of his writings and speeches.Sadjadpour argues that "Iran's Islamic government is more powerful than it has been ever been vis-a-vis the United States, Khamenei is more powerful than he's ever been within Iran, and in order to devise a more effective U.S. policy toward Iran a better understanding of Khamenei is essential."Though Khamenei is sometimes dismissed as weak and indecisive, Sadjadpour writes, "his rhetoric depicts a resolute leader with a remarkably consistent and coherent - though highly cynical and conspiratorial - world view" - Carnegie Endowment for International Peacemoreless
  • Jared and Susan Diamond in Conversation
    Jared and Susan Diamond in conversation with Roy Eisenhardt.Jared Diamond and Susan Diamond are siblings and writers who will discuss the development of their varied careers, both in choice of subject and methods - City Arts & Lectures
  • Dr. Kathleen Frydl: Echoes of the 60s
    Kathleen Frydl discusses Echoes of the 60s.Are we now living in an era that echoes the 1960s? Comparisons between the wars in Iraq and Vietnam have become commonplace rhetorical devices in political campaigns, newspaper columns, and stand-up comedy routines. These comparisons can be illustrative, illuminating, and even funny, but are they apt?In conversation with Grace Cathedral's Dean, Alan Jones, U.C. Berkeley professor of history Kathleen Frydl will discuss the cultural features - the rise of the mass media, fluctuations in American knowledge and public opinion, the level of public trust in government - of the Vietnam Era against the backdrop of the intervening 40 years and today's zeitgeist.Kathleen Frydl's field is the U.S. since 1607, with special emphasis on the 20th century. Thus far her research has focused on political history and, within that subfield, she has maintained a particular interest in institutions. She lectures survey courses on recent U.S. history, political history from the Gilded Age, and (with her colleague Peter Zinoman) on the Vietnam War.Her forthcoming book, The GI Bill, will be published by Cambridge University Press - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Announcement of Finalists for the John P. McNulty Prize
    Anne Welsh McNulty announces the five finalists for the inaugural John P. McNulty Prize.The Mission of the John P. McNulty Prize is to celebrate extraordinary young leaders making creative, effective and lasting contributions to their communities.Final selection of the John P. McNulty Prize will be made by an international panel comprised of prominent entrepreneurs, academics, philanthropic leaders and public figures, including Sir Richard Branson, Olara A. Otunnu, Mary Robinson, and Anne Welsh McNulty.The $100,000 price will be awarded in November 2008. For more information go to
  • Citizen Kane in Retrospect
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Bong Hits 4 Jesus: What's Left of Student Free Speech?
    Nearly 40 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that students do not shed their right to freedom of speech "at the schoolhouse gate." Administrators, therefore, could not prohibit them from wearing black armbands in silent protest of the Vietnam War.Over the next three decades, the court chipped away at the case, and last year, it ruled that administrators could punish a student for displaying the message, "Bong Hits 4 Jesus." This discussion examines what's left of student free speech, thorny issues such as offensive speech by students on blogs, and how to balance different philosophies of education in the context of the First Amendment - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Geoffrey Blainey: Captain Cook and His Rivals
    In 1769, two ships set out in search of a missing continent. That Christmas, in New Zealand waters, the two captains were almost within sight of each other, though neither knew of the other's existence.The story of these rival ships and the men who sailed them is told by Geoffrey Blainey AC in his new book Sea of dangers - State Library of New South Walesmoreless
  • Michael Ian Black: My Custom Van
    Michael Ian Black talks about My Custom Van. As star and co-creator of the TV show The State and a regular on VH1's I Love the 80s series, Black has earned a stellar reputation for his sardonic, straight-faced humor. This is his debut collection of hilariously irreverent essays. Black is an occasional contributor to the online edition of McSweeney's - Book Passagemoreless
  • Clowning Around with Jeff Raz
    Raz has recently returned from a year-long tour as the lead clown in Cirque du Soleil's "Corteo."He will discuss and demonstrate the essence and beauty of the art of clowning, which reveals strength, human weaknesses and foibles. His unique perspective focuses on integrating traditional circus skills with clowning - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Dana Gluckstein on Her Quest to Photograph Native Tribes
    Photographer Dana Gluckstein discusses "life-transforming visions" that catapulted her spiritual journey to document native cultures in transition.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Richard Land and Jim Wallis: Faith and Politics
    Moderated by Krista Tippett, host of American Public Media's Speaking of Faith, this panel of conservative evangelical Dr. Richard Land and liberal evangelical Jim Wallis separates faith from any one party and defines a broad faith-oriented agenda - University of Minnesota
  • An Evening with Toni Morrison
    In 1993, the Nobel committee lauded Toni Morrison "who, in novels characterized by visionary force and poetic import, gives life to an essential aspect of American reality."Come celebrate this magnificent author and her new novel, A Mercy - Los Angeles Public Library
  • Mayoral Control After Bloomberg
    Mayoral Control After Bloomberg: Who Rules the Schools?Speakers include Christopher D. Cerf, Deputy Chancellor for Organizational Strategy, Human Capital and External Relations, New York City Department of Education; Carmen Colon, Executive Director, Association of New York City Education Councils; Ernest A. Logan, President, New York City Council of School Supervisors and Administrators; Alan Maisel, Member, New York State Assembly (D-Brooklyn); and Merryl Tisch, Vice Chancellor, New York State Board of Regents. Samuel G. Freedman, columnist, On Education, New York Times, and professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, moderates the panel.When Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office, one of his top priorities was to repair the city's ailing public schools. The state gave him control of the school system five years ago and must soon decide whether to extend that power to future administrations.Are the schools more accountable today? Are students and teachers more successful? Are parents more fully engaged? Are principals more effective? What is the track record of mayoral control - and should it continue after 2009? - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Nancy Pelosi in Conversation
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi talks about Know Your Power: A Message to America's Daughters.When Nancy Pelosi became the first woman speaker of the House, she made history. She gavelled the House to order that day on behalf of all of America's children and said, "We have made history, now let us make progress."Now she continues to inspire women everywhere in this thought-provoking collection of wise words?-her own and those of the important people who played pivotal roles in her journey - Book Passagemoreless
  • The Koret Task Force on No Child Left Behind
    The Koret Task Force on K-12 Education discusses the No Child Left Behind Act.During a conference on education hosted by the Hoover Institution, members of the Koret Task Force held a Q & A session about the pros and cons of the No Child Left Behind Act and whether or not congress should reauthorize it after it runs out.moreless
  • Roger Mudd on the Glory Days of Television News
    Journalist Roger Mudd discusses The Place to Be: Washington, CBS, and the Glory Days of Television News.Mudd shares his experiences as a CBS reporter: the rivalries, the egos, the pride, the competition, the ambitions - the volatile mix from which the news thundered. He also critique broadcast news today, especially political coverage.moreless
  • Grover Norquist at the Rally for the Republic
    Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks at Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty: Rally for the Republic. He rails against the Democrats for their continuing attempts to raise taxes and increase government influence.
  • Arun Gandhi: Lessons from My Grandfather
    Arun Manilal Gandhi is the fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi, and has spent much of his life promoting the principles of non-violence and social activism that made his grandfather one of the seminal figures of the 20th century.As an Indian growing up in South Africa, he had firsthand experience of the humiliations heaped on people because of the color of their skin.In 1948, Arun was actually living in India with his grandfather at the time of his assassination. He was surrounded by the tumult of India's struggle for independence, both violent and non-violent.His path to understanding the true nature of non-violence has not been easy, and he will share aspects of his personal struggle to adhere to the strict demands of these rules of conduct.Arun, who is still an active in promoting the causes of displaced persons, will reflect on whether his grandfather's teachings are still relevant today - International Baccalaureate North Americamoreless
  • E.L. Doctorow in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt
    Master of Historical Fiction E. L. Doctorow in conversation with Roger Rosenblatt at the Chautauqua Institute.E. L. Doctorow is best known for his works The Book of Daniel and Ragtime. Doctorow's most recent book is The March, set during the Civil War. moreless
  • The Complete Quincy Jones
    Quincy Jones talks about The Complete Quincy Jones. Quincy Jones has been a creative catalyst for over 50 years of American cultural phenomena, orchestrating the sounds of Sinatra, setting the ambiance for Steven Spielberg, and introducing the world to Oprah Winfrey and Will Smith.This work examines the diverse virtuosity of Quincy Jones - Book Passagemoreless
  • Garrison Keillor at City Arts & Lectures
    Garrison Keillor continues to expand his unique role in American radio, literature, and culture. His weekly broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion" have reinvigorated radio.Recorded live at the Fitzgerald Theater in St Paul, Minnesota for more than thirty years, "A Prairie Home Companion" is appreciated by over four million listeners and locally on KQED 88.5 FM. "The News from Lake Wobegon," based on Keillor's own hometown of Anoka, Minnesota, richly reports life in a quintessential but fictional town "where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average."The stories of Lake Wobegon have been expanded into sixteen books, including Lake Wobegon Days, Love Me, and Homegrown Democrat and, most recently, Liberty, which examines how patriotism and politics affect this beloved community.Additionally, Keillor, an avid poetry advocate, has published his first volume of his own work entitled Love Sonnets - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • David Hajdu: The Ten-Cent Plague
    The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare with author David Hajdu.Comic books, not rock-and-roll, created the generation gap. (They also spawned juvenile delinquency, crime, sexual deviance, and things of such depravity that were we to name them, our note wouldn't get through your "adult content" filter.)Long before Elvis appeared on Ed Sullivan from the waist up, long before Jerry Lee Lewis married his cousin, long before James Dean yelled "you're tearing me apart," teachers, politicians, priests and parents were lining up across from comic book publishers, writers, artists, and children at bonfires and Senate hearings decrying the evil that was The Ten-Cent Plague.In what is the third in an informal trilogy about American popular culture at mid-century, Hajdu (Lush Life, Positively Fourth Street) radically revises common notions of popular culture, the generation gap, and the divide between "high" and "low" art - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Eleanor Coppola: Notes on a Life
    Eleanor Coppola in conversation with Davia Nelson.Coppola offers a fascinating glimpse of her life, from the intimate heart of her family to the swirling center of the film world.Even as she visits faraway movie sets and pursues her own artistic interests, Coppola focuses on keeping her family safe and sound.She shares her perspective on the vision that drives her husband, Francis Ford Coppola, examines her daughter Sofia's rise to fame with the film Lost in Translation, and explores her deepest feelings as a woman and a mother in her struggle to cope with the loss of her son, Gio - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Ted Turner: The Legendary Maverick Tells All
    Turner's life is the stuff of legend. But what drives him? Now, for the first time, the businessman shares his personal story.From his difficult childhood to his hard-partying college life, from the surprise success of CNN to the drama of the AOL/Time Warner deal, and how he went from being a billboard salesman to becoming the largest private landowner in the country, Turner spares no details - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Sarah Lyall on the 21st-Century English
    When New York Times reporter Sarah Lyall married a distinguished British editor and moved to London 10 years ago, few among her new relatives and neighbors realized she was a modern-day Tocqueville.She will share her funny and factual observations on the attitudes, habits and politics of the 21st-century English - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Votes, Values and Religion Go to the Primaries
    Randall Balmer, Barnard College, and Jacques Berlinerblau, Georgetown University, share their expertise on the intersection of faith and politics in the United States, with specific reference to the current election cycle, moderated by Sondra Farganis, Director of the Wolfson Center for National Affairs.Professor Balmer has written extensively about evangelical politics, a subject he addresses in his latest book, God in the White House: How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush.The topic is also central to Professor Berlinerblau's forthcoming book, Thumpin' It: The Use and Abuse of the Bible in Today's Presidential Politics. Sponsored by the Wolfson Center for National Affairs - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Alison Bechdel: The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For
    CAUTION: CONTAINS ADULT IMAGES"The Essential Dykes to Watch Out For" is the collection Alison Bechdel fans have been waiting for!Gathering material from 11 earlier books, as well as 60 new strips never before published in book form, this new book from the author of the celebrated Fun Home chronicles the lives, loves, and politics of Mo, Lois, Sydney, Sparrow, Ginger, Stuart, Clarice, and others - Booksmithmoreless
  • Spike Lee & James McBride: Miracle at St. Anna
    Spike Lee's new film, Miracle at St. Anna, chronicles the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all African-American 92nd "Buffalo Soldier" Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II. Based on the novel and with screenplay by James McBride, it is a story about redemption and triumph over the bleakest of experiences.The book, Miracle at St. Anna, The Motion Picture, is not only a visual tribute to this epic, but also to the countless African American soldiers who risked their lives for a country in which they were treated with less respect than the enemy they were fighting.The book includes costume designs, storyboard sketches, personal text by Spike Lee, a full script book, and archival material from the Second World War.Spike Lee and James McBride will be in conversation with Paul Holdengr?ber to discuss this historical American story that exposes racism, guilt, courage, revenge, and forgiveness - NYPLmoreless
  • Building Broad Bi-Partisan Support for Community Service
    The ServiceNation Summit brought together 500 leaders of all ages and from every sector of American life -- from universities and foundations, to business and politics -- to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing Americas greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service.moreless
  • Alice Feiring: The Battle for Wine and Love
    James Beard Award-winning journalist Alice Feiring, author of The Battle for Wine and Love: Or, How I Saved the World from Parkerization and writer of the online column In Vino Veritas, has been on a quest to discover wine in its original state, before homogenization and new technologies dulled each wine's unique taste and qualities. She shares her discoveries and takes us on a journey through the ancient wine-growing regions of Spain, France and Italy - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Richard Belzer: I Am Not a Cop!
    Richard Belzer, one of the great comedians of our times, has been featured in every entertainment medium from off-Broadway ("The National Lampoon Show" with Bill Murray, Gilda Radner and John Belushi) to radio ("Brink and Belzer" on WNBC) to film ("Fame," and "Scarface").He also appeared as himself in the Andy Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon." Belzer plays the acerbic Detective John Munch on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, after first portraying Munch on NBC's critically acclaimed drama series Homicide: Life on the Street for seven seasons.In fact, Belzer has made television history by portraying Detective Munch in ten different television series, including Law & Order, The Wire, and Arrested Development. Belzer starred in The Richard Belzer Show on Showtime, his own HBO special, Another Lone Nut, and The Belzer Connection for the SciFi Channel. Belzer is author of UFOs, JFK, and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don't Have to Be Crazy to Believe and coauthor of How to Be a Stand-Up Comic.Belzer's hilarious debut mystery I am Not a Cop, will soon be released and in it Belzer employs his investigative know-how and comedic timing in equal measure to solve the mystery surrounding the disappearance of a trusted friend - Hudson Union Societymoreless
  • Eboo Patel on Interfaith Understanding
    Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core discusses the importance of interfaith education and dialogue in the current global climate. He argues that unless we educate people about religious understanding when they're young, they may learn things about other faiths that are incorrect, or even dangerous.
  • Beijing Artists in Conversation
    Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) opens with its first series of talks in a special panel discussion by invited Artists from Beijing, China: Tie Ying and Xu Zhongmin, moderated by Philippe Koutouzis, Director of Asian Art at Marlborough Gallery - Asia Society
  • MythBusters Co-Host Adam Savage on Obsession
    MythBusters co-host Adam Savage presents a glimpse into the mind of the obsessed and the motivation that drives their obsessions.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Fast Life, Slow Fashion: A New Theory of Fashion
    Is fashion getting less flash and more substance? As sustainable production becomes a global concern, emerging vogues might tend more to simplicity.In an effort to reinvigorate a tactile consumer experience, innovative designers are developing slow clothing built to last and ethically manufactured with a thoughtful approach to the creative process.A panel of experts explores the complexities and sustainability of fast life and fast fashion in the 21st century - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Peggy Levitt: God Needs No Passport
    In God Needs No Passport: Immigrants and the Changing American Religious Landscape, Peggy Levitt argues that current debates about religion and immigration fail to grasp the strong connection between changes in immigration and changes in religious life. Today's immigrants are remaking the religious landscape by introducing new faith traditions and Asianizing and Latinoizing old ones.They don't trade in their home-country membership card but challenge the taken-for-granted dichotomy between either/or, United States or homeland, and assimilation vs. multiculturalism by showing it is possible to be several things simultaneously and, in fact, required in a global world - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Pat Robertson at the Hudson Union Society
    Pat Robertson, televangelist and conservative Christian icon, speaks about his life and career in Christian broadcasting, the role of Christian conservatives in American politics, and what he sees as a huge religious awakening around the world.
  • John Gray in Conversation
    Celebrated philosopher and critic John Gray is one of Britain's great thinkers. His books include Straw Dogs, Al-Qaeda and What It Means To Be Modern, and Heresies.His new book is Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia, a powerful and frightening argument about how apocalyptic religion has returned as a major force in global conflict. He speaks with Alan Saunders - Sydney Writers' Festivalmoreless
  • The Case for 'Buy and Hold' Philanthropy
    Building Institutions for Social Change: The Case for "Buy and Hold" Philanthropy with Jonathan Fanton, President of the MacArthur Foundation, speaking at the 2008 PRI Conference.
  • Jeremiah Wright Addresses the NAACP
    The Detroit chapter of the NAACP hosts Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) former pastor. Rev. Wright gives the evening's keynote address.
  • Ian Dunbar: Three Basic Skills to Effectively Train a Dog
    Noted veterinarian and dog trainer Dr. Ian Dunbar offers a few of the "million different ways" to train a dog, outlining three simple strategies.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Carey Perloff on Controversial Modern Theater
    Reverend Alan Jones and Carey Perloff engage in conversation about the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), where Perloff is artistic director, and its new production, the 17th century 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore.A.C.T. explores dangerous territory with this rarely staged Jacobean tragedy. Set in a decadent society that prefers scandal and revenge to true love, 'Tis Pity She's a Whore pits the hot-blooded violation of a sexual taboo against the dirty machinations of a corrupt church and state. The result is passionate and poetic, violent and sardonic, and a classic that is mordantly fresh - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Singing East and West: The Bonesetter?s Daughter
    A panel discussion on the cultural differences between Western and Chinese opera in conveying emotion, generation, and ethnicity.Speakers include the three featured women in Stewart Wallace and Amy Tan's opera "The Bonesetter's Daughter," which has its world-premiere production at San Francisco Opera on September 13 - Asia Society
  • Greg Mortenson: Three Cups of Tea
    Greg Mortenson, co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and best-selling co-author of Three Cups of Tea, pays tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discusses his life's work in promoting education and literacy - especially for girls - in the remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Battle of Ideas: The Battle for Readers
    More people are literate than ever before, buying books hand over fist, while circulations of magazines and newspapers are up too.People join book clubs in droves, Richard and Judy and Oprah promote new books on TV, and new technology is apparently about to Kindle a new love affair with e-books.So do we really need a National Year of Reading sponsored by the government and a host of other organisations?At the same time as we celebrate books and reading, however, we wonder if we are reading the right things, with celebrity chefs and Harry Potter topping the bestseller lists.Are we making enough time for Cervantes, Milton and Joyce?Is it elitist to distinguish between good and bad literature, or have we simply lost the confidence to tell the difference?Meanwhile, some observers worry that while women can?t get enough, young men have little interest in reading, and debates still rage about the right age to get children started.What is at stake in debates about reading today? - Battle of Ideasmoreless
  • Andrew Sean Greer in Conversation with Michael Chabon
    After the critical acclaim lavished upon Andrew Sean Greer's second novel, The Confessions of Max Tivoli, the young San Francisco writer has followed four years later with a more straightforward tale, deeply rooted in history, in The Story of a Marriage.The Washington, DC-born son of two scientists, Greer has always written stories infused with wonderment and discovery. The Confessions of Max Tivoli tells the life story of a man born with a peculiar ailment where he begins life as an elderly man and ages backward toward infancy as linear time progresses.His stories have appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Zoetrope, among other publications. Historical forces frame The Story of a Marriage, and Greer tells the story of his main character, a young wife and mother named Pearl Cook living in the Sunset district of 1950s San Francisco.The novel has a very modern feel, with complicated intertwining love stories, complimented by all the lush detail that makes Greer a master of the period piece.Andrew Sean Greer has written two previous works of fiction, the novel The Path of Minor Planets and a short story collection, How It Was for Me - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Whoopi Goldberg at the Hudson Union Society
    Whoopi Goldberg is one of an elite group of artists who have won the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy, the Grammy and a Tony.In 1983, Goldberg caught the attention of Mike Nichols, who offered to present her in her own Broadway show. An evening of original material, written and created by Whoopi, the show opened in 1984 at the Lyceum Theatre to critical acclaim.She later taped the show for an HBO special, Whoopi Goldberg: Direct From Broadway and the record album of her Broadway show won a Grammy Award as Best Comedy Recording of the Year in 1985.Her Broadway show also turned out to be an audition for Steven Spielberg, who was casting his film version of Alice Walker's The Color Purple.The Color Purple launched Whoopi Goldberg's film career and, in addition to an Oscar nomination, earned her the 1985 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic Motion Picture.Since then, Goldberg has been a part of films grossing a over a billion dollars worldwide, with several breaking the $100 million mark.Since The Color Purple, Whoopi has starred in many films such as Ghost, Sister Act, Girl, Interrupted, and Robert Altman's The Player.Goldberg is well known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on behalf of children, the homeless, human rights, substance abuse and the battle against AIDS, as well as many other worthwhile causes and charities - Oxonian Societymoreless
  • A Conversation With Daniel Libeskind
    In this conversation, architect Daniel Libeskind (paired with Ronald Abramson) discusses his uncommon background and global perspective while exploring both ideas about tragedy and hope, and the way in which architecture can memorialize?and reshape?human experience. Many of the inquiries and principles explored will radiate from Libeskind?s book, Breaking Ground, which invites the reader to see architecture?and the larger world?through a new perspective.Daniel Libeskind is an American architect who has designed many prominent and celebrated buildings, including the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Denver Art Museum, the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester, the Jewish Museum in Copenhagen, the Wohl Centre at the Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv, as well as many more commercial and residential projects around the world. In 2003, Libeskind won the competition for the master plan to rebuild the World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan. This event was co-sponsored with the Chelsea School, located in Silver Spring, MD - Sixth & I Historic Synagoguemoreless
  • David Sirota: The American Populist Revolt
    David Sirota discusses The Uprising: An Unauthorized Tour of the Populist Revolt Scaring Wall Street & Washington.Job outsourcing. Perpetual busy signals at government agencies. Slashed paychecks. Stolen elections. A war without end, fatally mismanaged.Ordinary Americans on both the right and left had had it with corrupt politicians of both parties and are organizing to change the status quo.In his invigorating new book, David Sirota investigates whether this uprising can be transformed into a unified, lasting political movement.Sirota, the author of Hostile Takeover, is, Naomi Klein writes, "...a clearheaded and principled hell-raiser for economic justice" - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Wally Lamb: The Hour I First Believed
    Wally Lamb talks about his novel The Hour I First Believed.When 47-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke.But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed - Book Passagemoreless
  • E.J. Dionne on Faith, Politics and Evangelicals
    E.J. Dionne discusses Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics after the Religious Right.One of our most prolific thinkers, E. J. Dionne argues that the advantage of the religious right is over. He says mainstream America has taken up the causes of social justice, peace and the environment.Though he expects evangelical Christians to continue to thrive, they are beginning to focus on these issues as well, rather than abortion and gay marriage - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Professor Allan Chapman: History, Science and Religion
    Professor Allan Chapman examines the duty of historians to bring the true history of scientific achievement to the public.By emphasizing the "grand amateurs" of the nineteenth century, Chapman debunks long-standing myths and assumptions about western scientific tradition.
  • Judd Hirsch at the Hudson Union Society
    Judd Hirsch in conversation with Joe Pascal at the Oxonian Society in New York City.
  • Practical Advice on Building a PRI Program
    Small Foundations: Practical Advice on Building a PRI Program with speakers Lisa Hiller, Helen Bader Foundation; Laura Mountcastle, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and moderators Sandra Mikush, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation; and Kathryn Dunn, Helen Bader Foundation.Small and medium-sized foundations face unique challenges in starting and growing PRI programs, with the need to balance increased impact with operating realities. Without the resources to build new infrastructure and staffing to manage a PRI operation, they must integrate PRIs into existing grant-making activities and capitalize on existing staffing and systems.This workshop will examine how smaller foundations use internal people and systems - and external legal services - to establish the PRI "department." PRIs don?t have to be complicated to have impact and they don?t have to be complicated to manage internally - PRI Makers Networkmoreless
  • From L.A. to the World: Hollywood in Radio and in Press
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Eric Mead Reveals the Link Between Magic and Nature
    Magician Eric Mead says, "Magic isn't about solving puzzles, it's about not knowing...and having a little bit of mystery."EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Richard Thompson Ford: The Race Card
    According to Stanford University law professor Richard Thompson Ford, America's conversation about race is often overwhelmed by distractions.With Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy, Ford discusses his newest book, The Race Card: How Bluffing About Bias Makes Race Relations Worse. Milloy moderates a lively Q and A session - The Aspen Institutemoreless
  • Marian Wright Edelman: A Course for the Next Generation
    Marian Wright Edelman talks about her new book The Sea Is So Wide and My Boat Is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation.The founder of the Children's Defense Fund looks back on what has been done, and what needs to be done, to make the nation and world safe and fair for all children.moreless
  • Salman Rushdie on The Enchantress of Florence
    Salman Rushdie talks about his new novel The Enchantress of Florence.A young traveler, calling himself the Mughal of Love, arrives at the court of the Emperor Akbar, lord of the great Mughal empire, with a tale to tell that begins to obsess the imperial capital ? a tale about a mysterious, beautiful woman in the far-off city of Florence.Rushdie is the world-acclaimed writer of Satanic Verses, Midnight's Children and many other novels - Book Passagemoreless
  • Christine Pelosi and Marcus Borg in Conversation
    Social Progress: What's Christianity Got to Do With It? A Conversation between Christine Pelosi and Marcus Borg.Dr. Borg is a leading historical Jesus scholar, author of several books on progressive Christianity. Ms. Pelosi is an attorney, a grass-roots activist and author of the recently published Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders.Borg and Pelosi will discuss the role of secular and religious progressives in the public sphere, in light of the impact of the religious right on our culture - The Beatitudes Societymoreless
  • Julia Ormond: Combating Human Trafficking
    Julia Ormond, President of Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET) and UN Goodwill Ambassador in Human Trafficking addressed the Global Philanthropy Forum. Julia Ormond reveals statistics in human trafficking and slavery and why it often goes unreported. Ormond recalls stories from child victims from around the world to shed light on the growing problem.moreless
  • Ian Buruma: The China Lover
    In his enthralling new novel, Buruma - an expert on modern Asia - uses the life of the starlet Yoshiko Yamaguchi as a lens through which to understand the contradictions and complexities of modern Japanese history - Los Angeles Public Library
  • Dustin Lance Black: Screenwriter of 'Milk'
    While in college in the mid-90's, Dustin Lance Black first viewed Rob Epstein's documentary The Times of Harvey Milk. He thought, "I just want to do something with this, why hasn't someone done something with this?"A chance introduction to the late supervisor's former aide and disciple Cleve Jones brought Black into the circle of Milk's political family where he met with another of Milk's former aides, Anne Kronenberg, as well as former San Francisco Mayor, Art Agnos.It was then he began to write a feature film screenplay encompassing the events of Milk's life.Mr. Black grew up in a Mormon household in San Antonio, Texas. In 2000, he wrote and directed The Journey of Jared Price, a romance film, and Something Close to Heaven, a coming-of-age short film.In 2001, he directed and was a subject in the documentary On the Bus about a Nevada road trip taken by six gay men. In 2006 he was hired as the only Mormon writer on the HBO drama series Big Love which is set in Salt Lake City and explores the life of a Mormon polygamous family - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Russell Banks: The Reserve
    Russell Banks discusses his newest book, The Reserve.Russell Banks, the acclaimed author whose works include Cloudsplitter and Continental Drift, will read from and sign his new novel The Reserve. Part love story, part murder mystery, set on the cusp of the Second World War, Banks's sharp-witted and deeply engaging new novel raises dangerous questions about class, politics, art, love, and madness - and explores what happens when two powerful personalities, trapped at opposite ends of a social divide, begin to break the rules - Tattered Cover Book Storemoreless
  • Simon Winchester Talks About The Man Who Loved China
    With his new book, The Man Who Loved China, author Simon Winchester traces the explorations (and romances) of Joseph Needham (1900-1995), a British scientist who eventually became the Western world's preeminent Chinese scholar.At the Asia Society, Winchester talked with China scholar John Major about his book's subject?an eccentric genius, adventurer, nudist, and giant of China studies.In Winchester's view, Needham's life demonstrates that to truly understand a country, you have to love it. Needham fell in love with China, Chinese culture, Chinese politics, and the heritage of an ancient civilization.He also fell in love with a young student, Lu Gwei-djen, who was to become his lifelong collaborator on his masterpiece, Science and Civilization in China.Central to much of Needham's work is a puzzle historians identify as "Needham's question": Why was it that the nation that invented so much -- the compass, bureaucracy, printing, explosives, even the stirrup -- and had enjoyed 5,000 years of continuous civilization, had failed to prosper?Needham came to believe that China, weakened in the recent past by invasions, warlords, and corruption, would eventually rise again to world prominence. Critics would ask whether his research supported this conclusion, but, according to Winchester, no one can deny today the significance of Needham's basic endeavor - Asia Societymoreless
  • Ideas Festival: Alice Waters on Edible Education
    Chef and founder of Chez Panisse Alice Waters discusses presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama and her hopes to advise a future president on a White House chef choice.
  • Bob Calhoun: Seven Years of Strange Wrestling
    Bob Calhoun recalls Beer, Blood, and Cornmeal: Seven Years of Strange Wrestling, a dark comic memoir that tells the true story of urban misfits slamming themselves for cult celebrity.Beginning in the mid-'90s, Bob Calhoun describes how he moved to a shoebox apartment in San Francisco, and, taking the stage name "Count Dante" from a comic book Kung-Fu master, formed a punk band and fell in with a bizarre wrestling outfit called Incredibly Strange Wrestling (ISW).With ISW, Calhoun would not only wrestle sasquatches and giant chickens, tour the US and Europe, he would eventually become the creative force behind the mayhem.Cult bands such as NOFX, The Dickies, and the Donnas provided raucous rock and roll while crowd favorites squared off against each other in the ring.From run-ins with the Church of Scientology, the real Black Dragon Fighting Society, skinheads, skaters, and even Limp Bizkit's front man Fred Durst, Calhoun's memoir takes popular culture and sends it on a collision course with professional wrestling, and he shows how big-time politics, an increasingly corporate entertainment industry and the threat of violence lurked in the fringes of a truly punk phenomenon - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair
    This year is the twentieth anniversary of the publication of Salman Rushdie's novel, The Satanic Verses, which led to one of the most famous free speech controversies of modern times. Deemed offensive to Muslims because of its portrayal of the prophet Mohammed, the book provoked large demonstrations by British Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, some of who publicly burned copies of the book. The book was banned in India, and in February 1989 the Ayatollah of Iran issued a fatwa calling for Rushdie's head. As a result, The Satanic Verses became a totem of the battle for free expression across the world.Today, the controversy continues to illuminate not so much a clash of civilisations as fault lines within the West itself. The response to the fatwa first revealed many anxieties familiar in contemporary debates about identity and 'social cohesion'. In particular, the spectre of multiculturalism has haunted the book?s wider reception. Many believe that home-grown terrorism is proof that policies designed to quell discontent and minimise social atomisation, have achieved the opposite effects.The journey from the Ayatollah's fatwa to self-directed jihad waged by a small sect of British Muslims is complex. What does the Rushdie affair really tell us about the origins of radical Islam? And does the West still have an appetite for intellectual freedom? - Institute of Ideasmoreless
  • R. Gustav Niebuhr: Going Beyond Tolerance
    Author and professor R. Gustav Niebuhr argues that tolerating people of different faiths is not enough; that in order to live in a safe and cohesive society, we must go out and interact with them.
  • Ethical Leadership in a Dangerous World
    Historian and author Robert Dallek gives an address detailing breaches of ethics by twentieth century presidents and examines the motivations behind some of the worst public deceptions in recent times.This was the featured address of a day-long conference titled Ethics and Character in the Presidency: Is Ethical Leadership Possible in the 21st Century?moreless
  • Improving No Child Left Behind
    Improving No Child Left Behind: Recommendations for a New PresidentThe election of a new president and Congress will provide a new set of hands to fix the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).What should be done about funding levels? How can the standards, testing, and accountability provisions be improved? How can the promise of allowing students in low performing schools to move to better ones be realized?To answer these questions and others, The Century Foundation has released a new book, Improving on No Child Left Behind: Getting Education Reform Back on Track and sponsored a forum with the volume's leading authors.The book is already receiving critical acclaim. Diane Ravitch calls Improving on No Child Left Behind "the best of the books on this topic," while Randi Weingarten says the essays could "rebuild teacher interest and faith in standards-based reform."Marshall Smith says the volume "provides two powerful new policy alternatives for a debate hitherto barren of interesting ideas," and John Brittain lauds the book?s "clarion call" for greater public school choice for low income and minority students - The Century Foundationmoreless
  • A Conversation with Former President William J. Clinton
    President William Jefferson Clinton talks about global issues and the power of philanthropy with Aspen Institute Vice President Jane Wales at the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • What?s the Big Idea?
    What?s the Big Idea?
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    Peter Coyote, Elliot Gerson, Brian Greene, John Holdren, David Katz, Lawrence Lessig, Sandra Day O'Connor, Shelby Steele and Damian Woetze share their big ideas at the opening to the 2008 Aspen Ideas Festival.
  • Helene Cooper: In Search of a Lost African Childhood
    Helene Cooper talks about her memoir House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost African Childhood.This world-renowned journalist presents a haunting memoir of her war-torn Liberian childhood and her return to her native country. 20 years after her family's flight, she seeks to reunite with the foster sister they left behind - Book Passagemoreless
  • Parliamentary Architecture and Political Culture
    Since the Athenians, western democracy tends to be carried out in big, grand buildings. Very big. Often with columns. Or, as in the case of the Australian Federal Parliament House, buildings that are pretty close to entirely underground.When the building that retains the moniker "New" Parliament House, despite reaching the landmark age of 20 this year, was opened in 1988, there was predictable controversy.Even a facade including columns reminiscent of the old parliament house didn't silence critics who wondered why we needed a $1.1 billion change of parliamentary location - Department of the Senate, Australiamoreless
  • Rabbi Reuven Firestone: An Introduction to Islam for Jews
    In his new book, Rabbi Reuven Firestone offers an introduction to Islam, intended for a Jewish audience.He explains the similarities and differences between Judaism and Islam, the complex history of Jihad, the legal and religious positions of Jews in the Islamic world, how various expressions of Islam regard Jews, the scope of Muslim views about Israel and other topics - Sixth & I Historic Synagoguemoreless
  • Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes
    Maya Lin: Systematic Landscapes is a major exhibition of new sculptures, drawings, and installations by renowned artist Maya Lin.In 1981, Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial dramatically changed the language and form of commemorative sculpture by infusing minimalist design with the emotional charge of memory.Her subsequent work, whether monument, sculpture, design object, or building is equally characterized by its harmony of message and material. In recent years, Lin has focused on a reconsideration of landscape in a time of ecological tension and change.This new body of work engages the issue of our fragile connection to the environment in timely and poetic ways - De Young Museummoreless
  • The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans
    Jean Pfaelzer discusses Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans.Pfaelzer reveals how lawless citizens and duplicitous politicians purged communities of thousands of Chinese residents in the American West for more than 50 years beginning in 1848. She will discuss how Chinese Americans sued for property rights, prosecuted vigilantes and won access to education for their children - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • William Bynum - Hope Community Credit Union
    Bill Bynum founded Hope Community Credit Union to serve the "unbanked" of the Mississippi Delta Region, helping address the significant housing and other credit issues following Hurricane Katrina.Hope offers commercial loans, mortgages, and rebuilding assistance to over 9,600 members, 75 percent of which are in low income communities.
  • Political Cartoonist Khalil Bendib
    Award-winning political cartoonist Bendib brings his hard-hitting, platitude-mocking campaign to California.Through his cartoons, Bendib reveals his belief that Islamophobia and fear of terrorism in a post-9/11 landscape have been used to undermine the Constitution and democratic values.He aims to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Karen Armstrong: What is Religion?
    Karen Armstrong discusses the topic What is Religion? as a part of the 2008 Chautauqua Institution CLSC Roundtable/Lecture series.
  • The International Power and Potential of the Arts
    A panel of poets and artists discusses the power and potential of the arts both within America and throughout the world. Their conversation touches on various issues with art in America as well as the American media's presence in the world.
  • Christopher Cook on Visual Imagery in the Mass Media
    Christopher Cook delivers a lecture on Visual Imagery in the Mass Media - Whose News?An exploration of current theories of news production paying particular attention to how audiences have been encouraged to believe that television news should be led by pictures.Who are the news 'gatekeepers', does broadcast news set a benign agenda for the citizen viewer or is news just one strategy by which the ruling elite maintains power? - Gresham Collegemoreless
  • Alice Waters: Edible Education (2 of 2)
    Chef and founder of Chez Panisse Alice Waters discusses "weaving food into the curriculum" of schools.
  • Barton Gellman - Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency
    Barton Gellman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, parts the curtains of secrecy to show how and why Dick Cheney operated and reflects on the legacy Cheney and the Bush administration as a whole will leave as they exit office - ALOUD at the Los Angeles Public Library
  • A History of National Identities in Europe
    The Cultural Construction of National Identities in Europe with Anne-Marie Thiesse, director of research at the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique in Paris.
  • Geoffrey Nunberg: Talking Right
    One of the subtlest reasons Republicans may have been able to achieve such huge power is by controlling one of the least known - yet important - branches of American politics: language.Geoffrey Nunberg, in his most recent book Talking Right, performs an intellectually rigorous analysis of how the Republicans have done a far better job than the Democrats of mastering the use of buzz phrases to mislead and distract.In doing so, his book has garnered praise even from such right-wing wordsmiths as William Safire. Less than two weeks after the Presidential election, join us for a discussion of how language influenced the choice of our next President - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Inherited Memory Deficiency in Israeli Art
    Sarah Breitberg-Semel, Art historian and former curator of Israeli art at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, gives a lecture at the opening of the exhibit at the Judah L. Magnes Museum in Berkeley, CA.The exhibition will survey recent work by contemporary Israeli artists. On loan from important private Bay Area collections, the paintings, photographs, and media art in the exhibition demonstrate the progressiveness and internationalism of the art world in Israel during the past decade. Sixty years after the establishment of the state, Israeli art is truly integrated into the global cultural landscape.Artists bring their own diverse cultural backgrounds (Morocco, Iraq, former Soviet Union) to bear on their experiences of working in the world capitals (Berlin, New York, London) and making art about life in Israel as well as such places on the world map as Bosnia and Kazakhstan. The exhibition establishes a dialogue with the historical memory preserved by the collection of the Museum, which is strong in Israeli Fine Arts of the decades following the formation of the state of Israel in 1948 - The Magnes Museummoreless
  • National Press Club Lecture by Rev. Jeremiah Wright
    The National Press Club hosts Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Sen. Barack Obama's (D-IL) former pastor.Rev. Wright discusses how the issues of social justice have shaped his faith and hopes the controversy will spark an honest dialogue about race in America - National Press Club
  • American Lion: Jon Meacham on Andrew Jackson
    At a moment when the American public is focused on the presidency and how presidents lead the nation, the National Constitution Center welcomes back Newsweek editor Jon Meacham for a discussion about his remarkable biography of President Andrew Jackson.Orphan, battle-hardened warrior, founder of the Democratic Party, and architect of the modern presidency, Jackson rose from nothing to the pinnacle of power. American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House is an exciting portrait of one of our most important, yet least remembered presidents.Richard Beeman, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, moderates - National Constitution Centermoreless
  • Wangari Maathai at the Hudson Union Society
    At an event hosted by the Oxonian Society, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai talks about her life work and the Green Belt Movement.
  • Ideas Festival: Mixing Politics and Sports in Beijing
    Olympic sprinter Harrison Dillard, sports economics professor Andrew Zimbalist, and ESPN Executive Vice President John Walsh discuss ways politicians and athletes can participate in the Games without condoning China's human rights record.
  • Is Religion Still the Opium of the Masses?
    Panelists Rashad Ali, Andrew Scott, Fariborz Pooya, and Dolan Cummings discuss religion and radicalism. Alex Hochuli moderates the event.We're told that religion today is radical. Islamic extremists, evangelical fundamentalists, Catholic militants - the threat that faith poses to secular society is an aggressive, assertive and vehement one.But historically, the faithful were slated by humanists for their conservatism - where religion went wrong was its opposition to change, not its advocacy of it. So are the religious now radical - or has secular society simply taken on the conservatism of its God-fearing forebears? - IoImoreless
  • Tim Weiner Discusses the History of the CIA
    In his balanced, and thus all the more disturbing, history of the CIA, Tim Weiner tells how an agency intended to inform the President about the world became so mired in cloak and dagger politics that the US now lacks the intelligence it needs to operate effectively on the world stage.Why is it that the agency intended to provide us with intelligence about the world became a tool to shape our perception of that world for political purposes?Why, for decades, did the agency acquire a shining reputation despite misreading nearly every global crisis?How did the CIA misread Castro's Cuba, chances of victory in Vietnam, and the Soviet Union's staying power?Mr. Weiner argues that these C.I.A. missteps have encouraged many of our gravest contemporary problems: Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and terrorism - World Affairs Council of Oregonmoreless
  • Foreign Correspondents Leigh Sales and Kirsty Needham
    The Walkley Non-Fiction Book Award recognises the growing contribution journalists are making to the field of literature.One of the popular themes for 2007 entries was foreign correspondence; join Leigh Sales, author of Detainee 002 and Kirsty Needham, author of Season in Red, as they discuss their work with Carmen Lawrence - Sydney Writers' Festivalmoreless
  • Global Philanthropy Forum: Promoting Human Rights
    The third plenary of the 2008 Global Philanthropy Forum Conference focuses on human rights and included these panelists: Kenneth Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch; Klaus Leisinger, President and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development; Paul van Zyl, Executive Vice President of the International Center for Transitional Justice; Sidney Harman, Chairman of Harman International and Founder of the Harman Family Foundation and was moderated by Kerry Kennedy, Chair of the Board of Speak Truth to Power.moreless
  • Free to Booze: Celebrating the Repeal of Prohibition
    On December 5, 1933, the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, thus ending our nation?s failed experiment with Prohibition. Organized crime flourished during Prohibition, but what were the other effects of the national ban on alcohol?How and why was it repealed? Michael A. Lerner, author of Dry Manhattan: Prohibition in New York City presents the history of Prohibition, and a panel featuring Glen Whitman, Asheesh Agarwal, and Radley Balko discuss Prohibition's lasting impact - Cato Institutemoreless
  • Will Leitch: God Save the Fan
    Will Leitch, Founding editor of, discusses his new book God Save the Fan: How Preening Sportscasters, Athletes Who Speak in the Third Person, and the Occasional Convicted Quarterback Have Taken the Fun Out of Sports (And How We Can Get It Back)....a bitingly funny manifesto about how sports fans can take back their games from the bottom-line owners, corporate media, and the cheating athletes on the field - Books Inc.moreless
  • The Intelligence of the Unconscious
    Gut Feelings: The Intelligence of the UnconsciousAcccording to the speaker, human beings tend to think of intelligence as a deliberate, conscious activity guided by the laws of logic. Yet, he argues, much of our mental life is unconscious, based on processes alien to logic: gut feelings, or intuitions. Dr. Gigerenzer argues that intuition is more than impulse and caprice; it has its own rationale. This can be described by fast and frugal heuristics, which exploit evolved abilities in the human brain. Heuristics ignore information and try to focus on the few important reasons. Says Gigerenzer: "More information, more time, even more thinking, are not always better, and less can be more." His talk is part of an ongoing series on "Behavioral, Social and Computational Sciences Seminars" organized by the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), which aims to bring the benefits of computational science to disciplines that have largely been by-passed by the information-technology revolution until now. More information on this and other talks in the series can be found at Gigerenzer, a leading expert and author on heuristics, won the AAAS Prize for the best article in the behavioral sciences. He is the author of Calculated Risks: How To Know When Numbers Deceive You, the German translation of which won the Scientific Book of the Year Prize in 2002. His books on heuristics include Bounded Rationality: The Adaptive Toolbox, with Reinhard Selten, a Nobel laureate in economics - UCSDmoreless
  • Victor Davis Hanson: Where the University Went Wrong
    Victor Davis Hanson discusses The Gods that Failed: Where the University Went Wrong.This event was part of the Hoover Institution's Spring Retreat 2008.
  • Last Lecture: Michael Himes on Giving to Others
    Fr. Michael Himes, professor of theology, presents a "last lecture" -- a talk in which the speaker shares his or her wisdom about the most important things in life.Fr. Himes is the author of numerous articles and books, including two that were recognized with the Catholic Press Association Book Award in Theology: Fullness of Faith: The Public Significance of Theology (Paulist Press, 1993) and Ongoing Incarnation: Johann Adam Mohler and the Beginnings of Modern Ecclesiology (Crossroad Herder, 1997).In 1992 the Boston College chapter of Phi Beta Kappa presented him with its Award for Outstanding Teaching - Boston Collegemoreless
  • The Story Prize Awards Ceremony
    The three finalists for the Story Prize, awarded annually for outstanding collections of short fiction are honored at an event at The New School.The finalists include Sunstroke and Other Stories by Tessa Hadley, Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam, and Like You'd Understand by Jim Shepard.The writers read from and discuss their work with Larry Dark, director of the Story Prize. The evening culminates in the announcement of the $20,000 prize winner for 2008.moreless
  • Book Group Expo: Making a Difference Any Way You Can
    These authors take philanthropy and innovation to new levels -- intellectually and sociologically. And they do it in a way that all readers can enjoy and understand - Book Group Expo
  • PRI Conference 2008: After the Hurricanes
    After the Hurricanes: Reflections on Philanthropic Capital at Work with discussants Lorna Bourg, Kathy Laborde, Evelyn Brown, and moderator Darren Walker. Ben Johnson delivers the welcoming remarks.
  • Ben Ratliff in Conversation with Bennie Maupin
    In his new book, New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff listens to music with jazz greats, drawing them out about what they're listening for and why.Here he talks with an exceptional musician not in the book: L.A. -based saxophonist Maupin, famous for his role in Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and for his own critically acclaimed albums - Los Angeles Public Librarymoreless
  • George Johnson - The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments
    George Johnson, acclaimed New York Times science writer, discusses The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments, an irresistible book about the ten most fascinating experiments in the history of science, drawn from physics, chemistry, biology, and psychiatry.Johnson takes us to those times when the world seemed filled with mysterious forces, when scientists were dazzled by light, by electricity, and by the beating of the hearts they laid bare on the dissecting table. We see Galileo singing to mark time as he measures the pull of gravity, and Newton carefully inserting a needle behind his eye to learn how light causes vibrations in the retina.These ten elegant histories remind us of the original romance and excitement of a single soul staring into the unknown.George Johnson writes regularly about science for The New York Times. He has also written for Scientific American, The Atlantic Monthly, Time, Slate, and Wired, and his work has been included in The Best American Science Writing. He lives in Santa Fe - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • William McInnes in Conversation
    William McInnes is probably best known to most of us as Nick in "Blue Heelers", or perhaps Max in "SeaChange". But he's also a prolific author, most recently of a book called "That'd Be Right".Here, at a Dymock's Literary Lunch he's in conversation with Susan Wyndham, Literary Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald. And he's fabulously entertaining discussing the themes of his book: family, sport and politics.William McInnes became a popular writer with his memoir A Man's Got to Have a Hobby and his novel Cricket Kings. But with this latest book, William recounts his Queensland childhood, in a close but strictly Labor-voting family. One particularly endearing story he tells is of his mother, after a couple of drinks, ashamedly admitting that she'd once voted Democrat in the Upper House! - Dymocksmoreless
  • Van Jones: The Green Collar Economy
    Author Van Jones discusses his important and timely new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems.
  • Kathy Marks: Pitcairn Lost
    Pitcairn Island -- where Fletcher Christian's descendants live -- was until recently a rarely visited British outpost perched in the South Pacific; a tropical paradise.In 2000, British police, alerted by unsettling reports of rape, descended on the island, one of the most isolated places on Earth and home to just 47 people, mostly related.Their investigation developed into a major inquiry that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse dating back generations.Scarcely a Pitcairn man was untainted by the allegations, and almost none of the women had escaped. Yet most residents, including victims' mothers, feigned ignorance, claiming that the abuse -- perpetrated on girls as young as three -- was part of their "way of life".Pitcairn, it transpired, was a real-life Lord of the Flies story of a place without rules, a society gone badly astray.Kathy Marks was one of a handful of journalists permitted to live on the island while she reported on the ensuing trials and witnessed Pitcairn's domestic workings first hand.In Pitcairn: Paradise Lost she documents a society gone badly astray, leaving lives shattered, codes broken and a paradise truly lost - Sydney Writer's Festivalmoreless
  • Dr. Barry Katz: Design and the Human Condition
    Dr. Barry Katz discusses Design and the Human Condition at the Web & Where 2.0+ conference hosted by Northern California Grantmakers.Twenty-first century digital media makers are pushing the boundaries of collaboration and copyright, once the exclusive domain of industry. YouTube further opened up the digital revolution by: exploding user choice, creating a user-to-user vetting system, allowing online users to share and mix media, and creating a culture of mass collaboration where audiences and communities can participate as co-creators and co-curators. YouTube's success reflects a new force where users are the agents of social change and the creators of cultural content.This day long Arts Intensive will reflect on the changes being led by digital culture. We will examine how foundations and organizations might want to position themselves to achieve impact within the digital cultural space. With a myriad of different speakers from various sectors, we will contemplate many of the emerging questions evolving from digital media and culture. This interactive program is designed to encourage participant engagement and discussion - Northern California Grantmakersmoreless
  • Lanting & Eckstrom Reveal Our Chimp Ancestry
    Husband and wife team Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom describe their experiences, from eating termites to battling sweat flies, studying the fascinatingly sophisticated chimpanzees of Fongoli, Africa.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • America's Education Crisis: Pursuing Academic Excellence
    CNN Special Correspondent Frank Sesno moderates a discussion titled, Which Way to Education Excellence?The panel discussion will bring together thought leaders from all sectors of the education community and focus on what America must do to prepare students for academic excellence in the 21st century.ED in 08 is a national, nonpartisan campaign that calls on all the presidential candidates to propose plans to ensure that American students will graduate from high school with the skills needed to compete in a global economy. For more information, log onto - The New Republicmoreless
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Rev. Charles J. Chaput
    According to the New York Times "A struggle within the church over just how Catholic voters should think about abortion is once again flaring up just as political partisans prepare an all-out battle for the votes of Mass-going Catholics."Archbishop Chaput weighs into this battle, taking on the thorny issue of where to draw the line between church and state, particularly for Catholics.The archbishop also answers critics who speak of misbegotten forays by the church into other political battles as well as the challenges the Catholic Church faces as its influence declines in American life - Hoover Institutionmoreless
  • Richard Saul Wurman at EG 2008
    TED Conference founder Richard Saul Wurman talks with Michael Cronan at The Entertainment Gathering 2008.
  • Earthquakes and Games: The Economist Covers China
    The Economist Covers China: Earthquakes, Demonstrations, and the Beijing Olympic GamesA Conversation between Orville Schell and James Miles of The Economist.
  • Steven Berkoff - Provocation: How Far Can an Artist Go?
    Critically acclaimed UK actor, director, playwright and author Steven Berkoff will give his unique perspective on the art of provocation at an exclusive Sydney Ideas event to be held at the University of Sydney on Monday night.In this fascinating lecture, titled "Provocation: How far can an artist go?", Berkoff will discuss how he has managed to stay on the fringe since he formed the London Theatre Group 40 years ago.Berkoff, one of theatre's most unique talents, advocates theatre that will challenge, provoke and "astonish" audiences. His own stage work, he has said, is "not social observation or a polite rendering of character but a highly physical, deeply illuminating direct form of expression."The East-End born Berkoff is renowned for his high-octane work playing villains in Octopussy (1983), Beverly Hills Cop (1984) and Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985) as well as roles in Clockwork Orange (1971) and Decadence (1994). Most recently he has become known for his highly acclaimed theatrical performances, direction and stage adaptations, including adaptations of Shakespeare's Hamlet, Macbeth and Oscar Wilde's Salome. - University of Sydneymoreless
  • Dean Kamen on Enhancing the Understanding of Science
    Inventor Dean Kamen discusses devices his new initiative to enhance the understanding of science among young people, women and minorities.
  • Uncommon Knowledge: George Shultz
    Peter Robinson sits with George P. Shultz to discuss the importance of dismantling the world's nuclear weapons.George Shultz, writing with Henry Kissinger and others in the Wall Street Journal late last year, asserted that "nuclear weapons were essential to maintaining international security during the Cold War. ?But reliance on nuclear weapons for [the purpose of deterrence] is becoming increasingly hazardous and decreasingly effective?The world is now on the precipice of a new and dangerous nuclear era."What made nuclear weapons acceptable then, and so unacceptable today?In answering these questions Shultz addresses the difficult challenges the United States faces as it seeks to curb the nuclear ambitions of North Korea and Iran, and the threat represented by non-nation state actors: the nightmare scenario of a nuclear suitcase bomb detonating in a major American city - Hoover Institutionmoreless
  • Robyn Scott: The Story of an African Childhood
    Robyn Scott will read from and sign her debut book Twenty Chickens for a Saddle: The Story of an African Childhood, her wonderful memoir of growing up in Botswana in a loving but eccentric family. Like the witch doctors who compete with her father for patients, Scott weaves a spell from the start of her book. Her funny, moving memoir, told with clear-eyed unsentimental affection, is about an idyllic childhood and a family's enthusiasm for each other and the world around them, with the essence of Africa - both beautiful and challenging - infusing every page - Tattered Covermoreless
  • Stephen Marglin on the Future of Capitalism
    Future of Capitalism: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community with Stephen Marglin.Join us for the third annual Robert Heilbroner Memorial Lecture. Heilbroner wrote, "Capitalism's uniqueness in history lies in its continuously self-generated change, but it is this very dynamism that is the system's chief enemy." In recognition of what Heilbroner identified as "the deep human need to be situated with respect to the future," The New School is sponsoring a lecture series in his memory that focuses on capitalism's future. This year, we will host Stephen Marglin, Walter S. Barker Professor of Economics at Harvard University and author of The Dismal Science: How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community - New Schoolmoreless
  • On Writing: Amy Tan in Conversation with Roger Rosenblatt
    Amy Tan speaks as a part of "Roger Rosenblatt and Friends: On Writing" during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
  • Tobias Wolff in Conversation
    Tobias Wolff is a contemporary master of short fiction, conjuring a full emotional range within the form's compression. His widely-anthologized stories have received three O. Henry Awards and are collected in Back in the World, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, The Night in Question, and the recent Our Story Begins.The protagonists of Wolff's short stories often struggle with moral quandaries, unable to reconcile what they know to be true with what they feel to be true. Wolff explores similarly existential themes in his childhood memoir This Boy's Life and In Pharoah's Army, the story of his reluctant Vietnam service.While he is best known for his short stories and memoirs, Wolff is also the author of the PEN/Faulkner award-winning novella The Barracks Thief and novels including Old School. He currently teaches creative writing at Stanford University - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Alonzo Mourning: 'Resilience, Faith, Triumph'
    Alonzo Mourning is a former NBA Champion and Georgetown Hoya. He graduated Georgetown in 1992 after playing four years of basketball and was the #2 pick in the draft that year.Throughout his career, he played for the Charlotte Hornets, New Jersey Nets, and Miami Heat, with whom he won a championship in 2006. He also won a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.In 2000, Mourning was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a kidney disease that eventually necessitated a kidney transplant in 2003.His new book, Resilience: Faith, Focus, Triumph, describes the numerous battles he faced in his life, and how he overcame them to end up where he is today - Georgetown Universitymoreless
  • Book Group Expo: Go Tell It On The Mountain
    Gospel music from Sharon D. Henderson and Friends, a light breakfast, and a diverse group of inspirational authors with messages of optimism, faith, and hope - Book Group Expo
  • Anti-Semitism: A History of an Idea
    Hudson Institute hosts a discussion of the recently published book "The Chosen: The History of an Idea; the Anatomy of an Obsession" with its author Avi Beker and commentator Hillel Fradkin.In his new book, Beker addresses the contemporary revival of anti-Semitism and its implications through a focus on the Biblical notion of the chosen, its primary meaning and its historical fate - Hudson Institutemoreless
  • Yves Saint Laurent: Eternal Style
    Join us for a revealing look at Saint Laurent and his cultural impact through the views of diverse speakers who each present a talk on an aspect of the designer's work.Videos of Saint Laurent's 2002 retrospective runway will be played during the intermissions. Pierre Berg? will make opening remarks - de Young Museummoreless
  • Muhammad Yunus: Creating a World Without Poverty
    Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of The Grameen Bank, speaks about his new book Creating a World Without Poverty.
  • Sci-Fi Novelist Neal Stephenson: Anathem Launch Event
    What if we lived in a world where the long-term was taken seriously?At an event hosted by the Long Now Foundation, science fiction author Neal Stephenson reads from his latest novel ANATHEM. Afterwards he participates in a conversation with Stewart Brand and Danny Hillis.
  • Gene Healy Speaks on The Cult of the Presidency
    Author Gene Healy on The Bipartisan Romance with the Imperial Presidency.Gene Healy, author of The Cult of the Presidency: America's Dangerous Devotion to Executive Power, discusses how the role of the President has changed from the vision of the Framers of the Constitution and the obstacles to returning it to its narrow, constitutional function.moreless
  • The Open Road with Pico Iyer
    Pico Iyer has been engaged in conversation with the Dalai Lama (a friend of his father's) for the last three decades - an ongoing exploration of his message and its effectiveness.Now, in his insightful, impassioned book, Iyer captures the paradoxes of the Dalai Lama's position: though he has brought the ideas of Tibet to world attention, Tibet itself is being remade as a Chinese province; though he was born in one of the remotest, least developed places on earth, he has become a champion of globalism and technology.He is a religious leader who warns against being needlessly distracted by religion; a Tibetan head of state who suggests that exile from Tibet can be an opportunity; an incarnation of a Tibetan god who stresses his everyday humanity.Moving from Dharamsala, India - the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile - to Lhasa, Tibet, to venues in the West, where the Dalai Lama's pragmatism, rigor, and scholarship are sometimes lost on an audience yearning for mystical visions, The Open Road illuminates the hidden life, the transforming ideas, and the daily challenges of a global icon - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Michael Eric Dyson: No Dreams Deferred?
    Michael Eric Dyson addresses the Georgetown community in a lecture titled, "No Dreams Deferred?" Professor Dyson is an outspoken scholar who exploded on to the national scene in a public dispute with Bill Cosby over poverty and the black underclass - Georgetown University
  • Julia Flynn Siler: House of Mondavi
    Julia Flynn Siler talks about House of Mondavi. Siler tells the story from 1906, when Italian immigrant Cesare Mondavi passed through Ellis Island, all the way down to the 21st century battles over the company's fortunes.Award-winning journalist Julia Flynn Siler brings to life both the place and the people in this riveting family drama - Book Passagemoreless
  • David Macaulay Comically Illustrates the Human Body
    David Macaulay, author of The Way Things Work, shares his illustrated renditions of the human body, which are more akin to cartoonish blueprints than Gray?s Anatomy.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Jacob Weisberg on Bush's Demons
    Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the Slate Group and author of The Bush Tragedy, discusses the view that George W. Bush's has largely failed.Drawing from his research of the Bush family, Weisberg concludes that many of George W. Bush's failures have actually stemmed from his father's successes.
  • Mehrdad Baghai - High Resolves Initiative
    A venture capital entrepreneur and author, Mehrdad Baghai has created a hands-on educational initiative to teach high school students about leadership, resolving conflicts, justice, and becoming purposeful global citizens.To date, the Initiative has engaged over 5,000 students and is still expanding.
  • Gary D. Bouma: Interreligious Understanding
    Global Awareness Lecture: Gary Bouma, a sociology professor at Australia's Monash University, is an Anglican priest and scholar.His work includes a major study of religious plurality in multicultural Australia, research into gender and the management of religious diversity of women and Islam in China. His current work investigates post-modernity as a context for interfaith dialogue and theological reflection.moreless
  • ServiceNation Panel: Creating a Service Nation
    Creating a Service Nation: What Will it Take to Finally Break Through?ServiceNation Summit, Sept. 11-12 in New York city, will bring together 500 leaders of all ages and from every sector of American life ?from universities and foundations, to business and politics?to celebrate the power and potential of citizen service, and lay out a bold policy blueprint for addressing Americas greatest social challenges through expanded opportunities for volunteer and national service - ServiceNationmoreless
  • The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind
    Author of Kluge: The Haphazard Construction of the Human Mind, New York University psychologist Gary Marcus argues that the mind is a "kluge" - a clumsy, cobbled-together contraption.Marcus discusses the accidents of evolution that caused this structure and what we can do about it.
  • Dr. Michael Arbib and Dr. Lisa Bitel: Seeing the Divine
    How, in this age of scientific rationalism, can we begin to understand religious visions and mystical experiences--now being reported by a growing number of people on the nightly news, across the internet, and by word-of-mouth?Dr. Lisa Bitel and Dr. Michael A. Arbib discuss visions from the Middle Ages to today, especially the tensions between cultural, spiritual, and neurological explanations for extraordinary sights, and consider new ways to understand these mysterious phenomena - Los Angeles Public Librarymoreless
  • Simon Winchester and The Man Who Loved China
    Simon Winchester, the bestselling author of The Professor and the Madman and Krakatoa, will discuss and sign his new book The Man Who Loved China: The Fantastic Story of the Eccentric Scientist Who Unlocked the Mysteries of the Middle Kingdom.In sumptuous and illuminating detail, Winchester brings to life the extraordinary story of Joseph Needham, the brilliant Cambridge scientist who unlocked the most closely held secrets of China, long the world's most technologically advanced country - Tattered Cover Book Storemoreless
  • Patrick Awuah - Ashesi University
    After studying at Swarthmore and making his fortune at Microsoft, Patrick returned to his native Ghana and founded Ashesi University, the first liberal arts college in Ghana dedicated to educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.Five years after its inception, it has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Africa.moreless
  • Rabbi David Wolpe on Why Faith Matters
    Rabbi Wolpe's response to the New Atheists is a historical look at traditions of faith and the good they have done.His examination also reflects on the difficult questions faith cannot always answer, including the many instances when religions have resorted to violence.Rabbi Wolpe will be in conversation with Jeffrey Goldberg of The New Yorker. This event is co-sponsored with Politics & Prose - Sixth and I Historic Synagoguemoreless
  • Jim Nantz: Always By My Side
    Jim Nantz talks about his new book, Always By My Side.One of America's most visible sports commentators relives some of the most dramatic moments in football, basketball, and golf and pays tribute to his beloved father, the man who inspired him to pursue his broadcasting dream.Includes book foreword by President George H. W. Bush - Book Passagemoreless
  • Is China Fit to Host the Olympic Games?
    Prince Charles has declined to attend the Beijing games as a protest against perceived human rights abuses. Steven Spielberg heads a list of celebrities urging others to stay away. There has been unprecedented worldwide public protest over China's human rights abuses.However, are China?s failings any greater than those of other nations that have hosted the Olympics? What of China's great strengths -- do they count for nothing? Where does the balance lie?Should sport be 'quarantined' from the politics of such matters? And in any case, who are we to judge such matters when there are so many problems in our own backyard? - Intelligence Squared Australiamoreless
  • The African-American Church and American Politics
    What is the past and continuing influence of African-American churches on U.S. politics?Biblical scholar Obery Hendricks, historian Barbara Savage, and theologian Yolanda Pierce discuss religion and power in America.
  • Battle of Ideas: Cricket -- More Than a Game?
    From England to India and the Caribbean, cricket more than any other sport has been associated with politics and national identity. Norman Tebbit's infamous 'cricket test' of loyalty for immigrants to the UK, is one of the most high profile examples of the mixing of cricket and identity. Why has cricket been so tied in with politics and identity?During the heyday of the British Empire, cricket was the unquestioned national sport at home, while Lord Harris in India and other colonialists sought to use cricket to inculcate the values of Empire in native populations. This became a double-edged sword, as the colonial subjects improved at the sport and often beat the English on the cricket pitch, which was emblematic of their struggle against colonial rule.When the great West Indian teams of the 1970s and 1980s trounced the country that had given them the game, it signified the transformed relationship between the respective nations. Meanwhile Britons of Asian descent tended to support the countries of the subcontinent rather than England, to the consternation of Norman Tebbit.Today, cricket has lost out to football as England?s national sport, and power is fast shifting from Melbourne and Lords to Kolkata and Mumbai, as the new Indian Premier League attracts the world's great players.Does this reflect broader changes in the fortunes of nations, or is it a purely sporting phenomenon? Is cricket still an 'English' game? What is the future for cricket in the 21st century? - Battle of Ideasmoreless
  • Cave Canem: Influences in Black Literature
    The New School Writing Program and Cave Canem Foundation, sponsors an evening of conversation and poetry with Ishmael Reed and Al Young.After a brief reading, the poets engage in a lively dialogue about the historical and cultural influences on their work moderated by poet LaTasha Diggs.The program is the 15th in a Legacy Conversation series exploring the lives and work of distinguished Black poets and scholars. Previous conversations have showcased such influential figures as Rita Dove and Derek Walcott.It is supported, in part, by the New York Community Trust, Lila Wallace Theater Fund; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Philip Glass and Scott Hicks In Conversation
    Director Scott Hicks discusses his recent bio-doc, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in Twelve Parts, with its subject, the fascinating and entertaining composer Philip Glass.
  • Justin Frank: Inside the Mind of President Bush
    Justin Frank returns to talk further about Bush on the Couch: Inside the Mind of the President.Making headlines since it was first published in 2004, Dr. Justin Frank's revised and expanded edition offers new insights into George W. Bush and the troubling intersection between his personality and his policies, offers fascinating insights into a presidency that has been in continual crisis for more than six years.Justin Frank, M.D., is a clinical professor in the Department of Psychiatry at George Washington University Medical Center, and the president of the Greater Washington Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility. He lives and practices psychoanalysis in Washington DC - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Archeologist Zahi Hawass Unlocks the Secrets of Egypt
    Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass discusses his work using "science to reconstruct history" in uncovering the mysteries of the pyramids, identifying mummies, and excavating the Valley of the Kings.EG is the celebration of the American entertainment industry. Since 1984, Richard Saul Wurman has created extraordinary gatherings about learning and understanding. EG is a rich extension of these ideas - a conference that explores the attitude of understanding in music, film, television, radio, technology, advertising, gaming, interactivity and the web - The Entertainment Gatheringmoreless
  • Uncommon Knowledge: Bruce Thornton
    Peter Robinson interviews Fresno State Classicist Bruce Thornton about his new book Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Suicide. In his new book, Decline and Fall: Europe's Slow Motion Suicide, Bruce Thornton asserts that Europe has turned its back on the Western tradition to which it owes its greatness. It has abandoned pride in the nation, discarded traditional Christianity, and, in so doing, is without unifying values, ideals, and beliefs.But if Europe is still democratic, and if it still embraces the free market, why should anyone care that Judaeo-Christian religious beliefs are slipping away. The answer lies in the coinciding rise of radical Islam - Hoover Institutionmoreless
  • Tommy Lee Jones at the Hudson Union Society
    Actor Tommy Lee Jones broaches a wide range of discussion points at the Oxonian Society.Jones touches on such diverse topics as his most recent films to his days at Harvard with Al Gore.
  • Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Viability of Hope
    Seeking a New Global Order: The Viability of Hope featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali in conversation with David A. Harris.Former Dutch Member of Parliament and author of Infidel Ayaan Hirsi Ali has a conversation with American Jewish Committee Executive Director David A. Harris about her life's journey from being raised a devout Muslim to leaving her religion and seeking asylum in the Netherlands.They cover issues of tolerance, freedom of expression, and how Muslim immigrants integrate into western culture.moreless
  • Arianna Huffington and Bernard-Henri Levy at the LAPL
    One of the world's leading intellectuals revisits his political roots, scrutinizes the totalitarianisms of the past, as well as those on the horizon, and argues powerfully for a new political and moral vision for our times - ALOUD at the LAPLThis program is part of the Los Angeles Public Library's ALOUD speakers and authors program.moreless
  • Dinesh D'Souza: What's So Great About Christianity
    Is Christianity obsolete? Can an intelligent, educated person really believe the Bible? Has Christianity been disproven by science, debunked as a force for good, and discredited as a guide to morality? Do the atheists have it right?Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza looks at Christianity with a questioning eye, but treats atheists with equal skepticism; he challenges the assumptions of both believers and doubters, and affirms that there really is, indeed, something great about Christianity - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Marian Wright Edelman in Conversation with Amy Goodman
    Founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund -- and bestselling author -- Marian Wright Edelman looks back on what has been done, and what still needs to be done, to make our nation and world safe and fair for all children.Edelman discusses her book, The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting a Course for the Next Generation, with Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!moreless
  • C. Welton Gaddy: Between Religion and Politics
    Dr. C. Welton Gaddy, president of The Interfaith Alliance, discusses the philosophy and implications of secularism and the importance of a relationship between religion and politics.
  • Ideas Festival: Jordan Kassalow on VisionSpring
    A successful New York optometrist, Jordan devised an innovative way to deliver affordable reading glasses to some of the world's poorest and hardest to reach communities: the creation of franchise partnerships to use a "business in a bag" model.Vision Spring now has 1,100 "vision entrepreneurs" and has sold nearly 100,000 pairs of glasses in India, Mexico, Central America, and Africa.moreless
  • Diane Ackerman: The Zookeeper's Wife
    Author, poet, and naturalist Diane Ackerman discusses her latest book, The Zookeeper's Wife, about the eccentric family that owned the Warsaw Zoo during the 1930's, and who kept Jews hidden there throughout the Nazi occupation of Poland.
  • Obama at the National Urban League
    Barack Obama focuses on economic issues in this address at the National Urban League.Obama quotes Martin Luther King in saying that "the inseparable twin of racial justice is economic justice."
  • Mike Leigh at the Hudson Union Society
    Film director Mike Leigh speaks at the Hudson Union Society.
  • Catharine Lumby: The Porn Report
    Professor Catharine Lumby has spent the last three years studying pornography, and is one of the co-authors of The Porn Report, the most comprehensive examination of pornography and its consumers in Australia. Her findings are not what you might expect. Here, she's addressing the Sydney Institute - The Sydney Institute
  • Visages du Cinema Europeen
    This program is in French and has not been translated.Images de soi, images de l'autre: visages du cinema europeen with Arnaud Huftier.Arnaud Huftier, professor of French literature at the University of Valenciennes, gives a lecture on the relationship between the European Union and European cinema.
  • Georgeanne Brennan: A Pig in Provence
    Georgeanne Brennan talks about A Pig in Provence. Thirty years ago, this award-winning author and her family set out to realize the dream of a peaceful, rural existence.This evocative and passionate memoir -- filled with delicious recipes and local color -- describes her life cooking and living in the South of France - Book Passagemoreless
  • Radicalism Then and Now: The Legacy of 1968
  • Endangered Scholars Worldwide
    Join us for an evening discussion on the plight of endangered scholars around the world with a panel of scholars who have faced imprisonment, have been forced into exile from their home countries in order to escape persecution, or were denied a visa to speak in the US. We hope the event will provide a forum for these scholars to share their stories and place those stories in the broader context of global challenges to academic and intellectual freedom - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Photography: The Influence of The New West
    Confounding Expectations - Photography in Context: The Influence of The New WestOriginally published in 1974, Robert Adams' book The New West signaled a significant shift in photographic representation of the American landscape. Adams documented the transformation of the Denver area, where he lived at the time, through construction of tract and mobile homes, subdivisions, and other forms of development.Joshua Chuang, Marcia Brady Tucker Assistant Curator of Photographs at the Yale University Art Gallery; Mark Klett, photographer; and Shane Coen, principal and founder of Coen + Partners, a nationally renowned landscape architecture practice, will discuss the impact of Adams' work as well as the effects of development and urban sprawl on the Western landscape. Moderator: Michelle Dunn Marsh, deputy director of the Aperture Foundation and co-publisher of Aperture magazine.Presented by the Aperture Foundation in collaboration with the Photography Department of Parsons The New School for Design and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics, with generous support from the Kettering Family Foundation and the Henry Nias Foundation. This program is made possible in part by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Alexander Shaia: Beyond the Biography of Jesus
    In Beyond the Biography of Jesus: The Journey of Quadratos, Book I & II, Dr. Alexander Shaia offers a fresh and important interpretation of the traditional gospels and answers current controversies about the Christian scriptures.He says, "the gospels are not four stories about Jesus' life. Rather, when read in their original sequence, they lead us through a spirit-filled, universal process of transformation and healing." Shaia names this path "The Journey of Quadratos," a progression he has identified within the core traditions of Christianity as well as those of most great faiths and spiritual practices.In fact, he believes that underneath Centering Prayer, labyrinth walks, the Christian year, Celtic spirituality, and most psychological systems - lies the same blueprint - The Journey of Quadratos - Grace Cathedralmoreless
  • Vernon Burton: The Age of Lincoln
    Unlike other biographers of Lincoln, Vernon Burton chose not to separate Lincoln?s southern origins from his beliefs.Lincoln had a strong sense of honor, a trait he derived from his southern upbringing. He believed the preservation of the Union was a matter of honor. Where Lincoln differed, however, was in the meaning of liberty.Lincoln said during the during the 1864 Great Maryland Fair in Baltimore that "the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men's labor." For Lincoln, personal freedom, grounded in the rule of law, was a right of all.Lincoln asserted this belief during a time when the nation was struggling with its identity as a new republic - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholarsmoreless
  • Clark Kellogg: The Young Athlete
    Clark Kellogg discusses The Young Athlete: A Different Perspective for Students and Parents as a part of Sport in America during the 2008 Chautauqua Institution morning lecture series.
  • Za Rinpoche on The Backdoor To Enlightenment
    Za Rinpoche shows us The Backdoor To Enlightenment.Za Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, first came to the world's attention when his life story was chronicled in the first chapter of Po Bronson's bestseller, What Should I Do with My Life?While growing up in a refugee camp in Southern India, Za Rinpoche was recognized by the Dalai Lama as the sixth reincarnation of the Za Choeje Rinpoche.Now, in The Backdoor To Enlightenment, he shares with us the keys to immediate, profound realization and lasting peace, revealing the secrets to enlightenment that have remained hidden in the distant reaches of the Himalayas for more than a thousand years.This revolutionary work stands out as a smart, clear guide, showing step-by-step how you can use these deep truths to transform every aspect of your life.Za Rinpoche is the founder of the Emaho Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Scottsdale, Arizona, dedicated to sharing Tibetan culture with the West, supporting humanitarian projects, and assisting with personal spiritual development - Cody's Booksmoreless
  • Janis Ian Discusses her Autobiography 'Society's Child'
    Janis Ian has inspired generations of fans, and in "Society's Child: My Autobiography," the Grammy Award winner shares the fascinating story of her life in music. In this moving memoir, Ian tells the story behind her controversial 1966 hit "Society's Child" (written when the musician was just 15 years old) and the equally acclaimed 1975 smash "At Seventeen," which earned two Grammys and five nominations.Janis Ian is a Grammy Award-winning songwriter, singer, multi-instrumental musician, columnist, and science fiction fan-turned-author.She had a highly successful singing career in the 1960s and 1970s, and has continued recording into the 21st century. Ian has been a regular columnist for and continuing contributor to the LGBT magazine The Advocate - Booksmithmoreless
  • Ani DiFranco in Conversation
    With artistic integrity and a sincere connection to her audience, Ani DiFranco has become one of music's most prolific performers by sheer force of will. A pioneer in the independent label movement, DiFranco founded her own record company Righteous Babe Records in 1989 at the age of eighteen.By that time the singer/songwriter was already a seasoned troubadour whose live performances established her distinctive style: rapid fingerpicking, alternate tunings, and emotive lyrics that boldly confront contemporary social and political issues. Righteous Babe has issued all twenty-one of DiFranco's full-length studio albums, including the live recording Living in Clip and the recent Reprieve.Her career retrospective Canon contains three-dozen songs from DiFranco's expansive catalog, spanning the years 1990-2006. In Fall 2007, Righteous Babe Records and Seven Stories Press published Ani DiFranco: Verses, a collection of original poetry and paintings - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Quincy Jones and Ben Fong-Torres at City Arts & Lectures
    As a composer, producer, arranger, impresario, musician, performer and philanthropist, Quincy Jones has risen to the top of American music in the past seven decades.Born in Chicago, the Jones family moved to Seattle, Washington when Quincy was 10. The city, and the diversity of young musicians Jones would meet as a teenager there - Ray Charles, Buddy Catlett, Ernestine Anderson, had a lasting impact on his musical career.Quincy Jones began playing the trumpet in elementary school, and at 18 won a trumpet scholarship to the Schillinger House of Music (now Berklee College of Music) in Boston. In 1951, Jones left Boston to join bandleader Lionel Hampton on tour, and by 1956 had become the musical director and trumpeter for the Dizzy Gillespie Band.Since then Jones has built a dynamic, varied music career whose highlights include arranging for Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Dinah Washington, composing 33 major motion picture scores, producing Michael Jackson's groundbreaking Thriller album, and producing the popular NBC show The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Jones' numerous collaborations include work with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Steven Spielberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Miles Davis.The recipient of 27 Grammy Awards, Quincy Jones has been nominated a record 79 times. Since the 1960s, Quincy Jones has been both activist and humanitarian. He founded the Institute for Black American Music, the Black Arts Festival in Chicago, and the Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, an international charity that serves young people through education and the arts.The latest book about Jones, The Complete Quincy Jones: My Journey and Passions, will be published in October 2008 - City Arts & Lecturesmoreless
  • Steve LeVine: The Dark Heart of the New Russia
    Russia's rich oil reserves are helping the country regain prominence. Under Vladimir Putin and his sucessor, Dmitry Medvedev, nationalism has grown as well.Is it a return to Soviet-era systems and beliefs? Or has the nation moved into a different paradigm?Author Steve LeVine says the country is stained by a "culture of death," from assassinations of state critics to possible Kremlin indifference in hostage crises - The Commonwealth Club of Californiamoreless
  • Christopher Kremmer: The Good, the Bad and the Greedy
    Did the notion that "Greed is Good" die out with the 1980s? In this thoughtful meditation, the first in the PEN Voices Lecture Series, writer Christopher Kremmer considers greed from all angles: social, historical, economic and cultural.
  • Richard Brookhiser: Modern Issues and America's Founders
    Should we care what the founders would say about modern-day America? Richard Brookhiser says yes.If so, how should we consider some of our thornier contemporary issues in light of what the founders thought, such as "originalism" in constitutional matters, America as a "religious" nation if not a Christian nation, or even the fundamental principles of U.S. foreign policy?Even the bruising political battles currently being waged in Washington may be better understood in the context of the political wars our founders fought when the Republic was born - Hoover Institutionmoreless
  • Orphan Compassion Author Luncheon
    The luncheon will showcase several local authors and their books including Jan Yanehiro and Jackie Speier's recent book, "This is Not the Life I Ordered," Dr. Patrick Hunt's best selling book, "Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History," Henry Neff's "Tapestry," Roseanne Murphy?s "Martyr of the Amazon," and Helga Hayes' "Don't Worry About a Thing, Dear," to name a few.Our moderator and speaker will be another local author of "Off Mike," Michael Krasny, also the popular host of Forum and senior editor of KQED Radio - Orphan Compassionmoreless
  • Games for Change: Sandra Day O?Connor
    The festival will explore real-world impact, the latest games and funding strategies. Expert practitioners -- academics, activists, non-profits, funders -- will be called in to examine the impact of current games, evaluations planned and the ongoing work to build the field - Games For Change
  • The Changing American Family
    The Changing American FamilyThe writings of social scientists and their popularizers reflect the dramatic changes that have taken place in marriage, child rearing, and family life in the United States. Where such writers once spoke simply of "the family," they now speak of "the diversity of family forms" and the rapidity with which those forms can change.This panel offers objective and unsentimental views of the family and addresses basic questions about family life in the United States today. How do popular myths about family life compare with verifiable realities? What constitutes a marriage or a divorce? How do contemporary adult work patterns affect family life? Featuring Doyle McCarthy, professor of sociology at Fordham University and author of Knowledge as Culture; William Doherty, professor and director of the Marriage and Family Therapy Program, Department of Family Social Science, University of Minnesota; Arlene Skolnick, visiting scholar, Sociology Department, NYU and author of Embattled Paradise; and Andrew J. Cherlin, John Hopkins University professor and author of Public and Private Families: An Introduction - The New Schoolmoreless
  • Film Lumineux
    Film Lumineux
    Episode 0530
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West, is pleased to present this major conference exploring the history of Hollywood and the film industry in the critical decades between World War I and World War II.
  • Adam Clymer on the Rise of the Right
    Former New York Times Washington Correspondent Adam Clymer discusses his new book, Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch: The Panama Canal Treaties and the Rise of the Right.Clymer argues that domination of the debate over the Panama Canal Treaties gave conservatives emotional appeal and helped build the foundation of the American conservative movement.After the death of William Buckley, many pondered the origins of the modern conservative movement. But, most of this commentary emphasized the Reagan Administration's Cold War legacy, tax cuts, and market deregulation.In Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch, Clymer tells the story of the Panama Canal throughout the Ford, Carter, and Reagan years, and explains how political divisions that surrounded it divided American politics for decades to come - New America Foundationmoreless
  • Uncommon Knowledge: James Piereson
    In Camelot and the Cultural Revolution, James Piereson asserts that, "as the 1960's began, liberalism was...the single most creative and vital force in American politics" and that the Kennedy assassination caused a split within this movement between its more traditional supporters and cultural activists that still exists today.Peter Robinson explores with Piereson how and why this happened -- how "a confident, practical, forward-looking philosophy with a heritage of accomplishment was thus turned into a doctrine of pessimism and self-blame, with a decidedly dark view of American society" - Hoover Institutionmoreless