Do citizens have a right to a safe environment? Does the government have an obligation to protect the environment? If so, where does that responsibility reside – at the national or the state level? Where is the environmental movement today, and what role will it play in the presidential election of 2008? Examining these questions [...]
Patricia J. Williams, a professor of law at Columbia University and a member of the State Bar of California, writes The Nation column “Diary of a Mad Law Professor.” Her books include The Rooster’s Egg (1995), Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race (1997) and, most recently, Open House: On Family Food, Friends, Piano [...]
To honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 40th anniversary of his assassination, The Museum of Jewish Heritage hosted an evening of interfaith discussion about his legacy and the relationship between spiritual practice and social change. The participants were Rev. Dr. C. Welton Gaddy of The Interfaith Alliance Foundation; Fr. Daniel Berrigan, S.J., West [...]
This video’s international panel, which includes George Soros, discusses “Propaganda Then and Now: What Orwell Did and Didn’t Know”. It is the first session of three from a thought-provoking day-long event entitled, “There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America” presented by The New York Public Library, with support from the Open Society Institute.
“Let’s face it, if the mothers ruled the world, there would be no … wars in the first place,” stated Sally Field in 2007. Ambassador Swanee Hunt goes a step further, advocating that women of all ages, religions, and ethnic backgrounds should be leaders in peace processes, especially as a means to end war and [...]
Culture Project explores and debates the case for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, based on moral and legal objections to torture practices. Participants include Michael Ratner, President of the Center for Constitutional Rights (ccrjustice.org/); Jonathan Hafetz, director of legislation at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law; [...]
How are political messages framed? How are they decoded by their audience? Three experts in fields of communications, psychology, and linguistics — George Lakoff, Frank Luntz, and Drew Westen — are joined by moderator, Nicholas Lemann, to debate these issues. This event was the second panel in a three-part conference entitled “There You Go Again: [...]
An international panel convenes to discuss the history of propaganda. The panelists are Orville Schell, Jack Miles, Masha Gessen and George Soros. This event was the first panel in a three-part conference entitled “There You Go Again: Orwell Comes to America,” presented by the New York Public Library, with the Open Society Institute.