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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Historians have recently uncovered the Hemings family, who had close blood ties with President Thomas Jefferson’s family. Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor at New York Law School and Rutgers University, and Brent Staples, an editorial writer for The New York Times discuss the origins of the Hemings family in Virginia in the 1700s until the death [...]

Posted: Oct 14th, 2008 | Comments: 1
The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Panel Discussion

The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Panel Discussion

We in the United States have had increasing difficulty maintaining our existing infrastructure and building vital new projects. How can we close this infrastructure gap? Infrastructure—whether in the form of roads, bridges, tunnels, passenger rail, pipelines or power lines—is critical to sustained economic growth and quality of life. We explore the possible roles of private [...]

Posted: Oct 8th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Iran Foreign Minister: U.S. Must Change Policy to Improve Ties

Iran Foreign Minister: U.S. Must Change Policy to Improve Ties

The Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki invites the future US administration to reach out to the Middle East and accept his country’s nuclear program. Ambassador Frank G. Wisner, Vice Chairman of External Affairs at the American International Group moderates this conversation with the Iran Foreign Minister on finding a new approach to their troubled relationship. [...]

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 1
James Madison and the Constitution

James Madison and the Constitution

He was a delegate to the Continental Congress, the Father of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, a founder of his party, and one of the first presidents of the United States. Yet James Madison remains relatively uncelebrated. Three experts discuss Madison’s enormous achievements and his legacy, and debate why he has so often [...]

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 2
The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Opening Remarks

The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Opening Remarks

We in the United States have had increasing difficulty maintaining our existing infrastructure and building vital new projects. How can we close this infrastructure gap? Infrastructure—whether in the form of roads, bridges, tunnels, passenger rail, pipelines or power lines—is critical to sustained economic growth and quality of life. We explore the possible roles of private [...]

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 4
The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Keynote Address

The Private Role in Public Infrastructure: Keynote Address

We in the United States have had increasing difficulty maintaining our existing infrastructure and building vital new projects. How can we close this infrastructure gap? Infrastructure—whether in the form of roads, bridges, tunnels, passenger rail, pipelines or power lines—is critical to sustained economic growth and quality of life. We explore the possible roles of private [...]

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Art and China’s Revolution: Curator’s Talk by Zheng Shengtian

Art and China’s Revolution: Curator’s Talk by Zheng Shengtian

Go inside China’s revolution with a renowned artist who worked during the period. Join Zheng Shengtian, the co-curator of “Art and China’s Revolution,” an exhibition up at the Asia Society until January 2009. Melissa Chiu, Director, Asia Society Museum talks with Zheng about the context for the exhibition, including his personal experiences and insights into [...]

Posted: Oct 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal:  Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal

A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal: Pushpa Kamal Dahal, Prime Minister of Nepal

In August 2008, Pushpa Kamal Dahal was elected Nepal’s newest Prime Minister after the country’s first-ever Constituent Assembly elections. As chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) and the leader of its People’s Liberation Army, he led a decade-long People’s War with the goals of ending Nepal’s monarchy and creating a new federal republic. [...]

Posted: Sep 26th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds

Deconstructing the Immigrant Vote: A Feet in Two Worlds

More than ever before, immigrant voters are key players in electoral politics and the presidential race. Yet their opinions and concerns are often overlooked by mainstream media. What are the top issues and priorities for today’s immigrant voters? How are the nation’s immigrant communities responding to the candidates’ efforts to woo them—and who will win [...]

Posted: Sep 25th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Courts and Constitutional Issues

The Courts and Constitutional Issues

Are these truly perilous times for democracy filled with uncertainty and instability? What role does the Supreme Court play in this transitional moment in American politics? Bob Kerrey, president of The New School, and journalist Linda Greenhouse, Supreme Court reporter for the New York Times, assessed the decisions of the Roberts court as the United [...]

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2008 | Comments: 0
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