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The Environment and The Politics of ’08

The Environment and The Politics of ’08

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 [...]

Posted: Jan 30th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Nation: Diary of a Mad Law Professor

The Nation: Diary of a Mad Law Professor

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 [...]

Posted: Jan 29th, 2008 | Comments: 0
The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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 [...]

Posted: Jan 16th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Sellout: The Politics of Racial Betrayal

Harvard Law School Professor Randall Kennedy lectures on his new book, SELLOUT: THE POLITICS OF RACIAL BETRAYAL. This lecture was delivered at Cooper Union.

Posted: Jan 10th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Orwell & Propaganda

Orwell & Propaganda

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.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2007 | Comments: 0
Women Waging Peace: Why Women Must Be Included as Leaders of Peace Processes

Women Waging Peace: Why Women Must Be Included as Leaders of Peace Processes

“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 [...]

Posted: Dec 5th, 2007 | Comments: 0
Genocide in Darfur

Genocide in Darfur

The NEW YORK TIMES columnist, Nicholas Kristof, discussed genocide in Darfur based on his eight trips to the region. Kristof’s talk was the 2007 Robert B. Silvers Lecture, an annual event held at the New York Public Library.

Posted: Nov 30th, 2007 | Comments: 0
A Question of Impeachment

A Question of Impeachment

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; [...]

Posted: Nov 26th, 2007 | Comments: 0
Deceiving Images: The Science of Manipulation

Deceiving Images: The Science of Manipulation

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: [...]

Posted: Nov 7th, 2007 | Comments: 2
Propaganda Then and Now:  What Orwell Didn’t Know

Propaganda Then and Now: What Orwell Didn’t Know

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.

Posted: Nov 7th, 2007 | Comments: 0
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