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February 28 2012


Humanity 2.0

Humanity 2.0
Join Steve Fuller, Rachel Armstrong, China Mieville and Andy Miah as they ask: how will we ascribe status to human life in a post-human world?

Our high-profile panel of speakers explore the hidden agendas behind our values and attitudes toward the place of the human in todays societies, and debate what must now be a key issue for the 21st century.

Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2011 05:52:00 -0700
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/06/Humanity_2_0
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February 11 2012


Hillary Clinton: Holbrooke Memorial Address

Hillary Clinton: Holbrooke Memorial Address
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton outlines current U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Pakistan in Asia Society's inaugural Richard C. Holbrooke Memorial Address.
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 10:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Asia Society, Asia Society
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/18/Hillary_Clinton_Holbrooke_Memorial_Address
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February 06 2012


The Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution
Acclaimed social and ethical prophet Jeremy Rifkin explores how internet technology and renewable energy are merging to create a powerful Third Industrial Revolution.
Date: Thu, 03 Nov 2011 08:32:00 -0700
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/03/The_Third_Industrial_Revolution

February 01 2012


TimesTalks: A Conversation with Emmylou Harris

TimesTalks: A Conversation with Emmylou Harris
Music icon Emmylou Harris has had a remarkable career recording more than 25 albums and contributing to countless others with fellow artists. She has been recognized with 12 Grammy Awards, the Billboard Century Award, and membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Hear her discuss her career with Times assistant editor Dana Jennings.
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 13:06:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, The TimesCenter, New York Times 'TimesTalks'
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/04/21/TimesTalks_A_Conversation_with_Emmylou_Harris

TimesTalks: Iggy Pop in Conversation

TimesTalks: Iggy Pop in Conversation
The godfather of punk took on the language of romance and got "dangerously near jazz" on his 2009 album, Prliminaires, inspired by French author Michel Houellebecq's 2005 novel "The Possibility of an Island." Hear the musician discuss his influences and his work. Interviewed by Ben Ratliff, New York Times jazz and pop music critic and author of "The Jazz Ear: Conversations Over Music."
Date: Wed, 24 Jun 2009 13:03:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, The TimesCenter, New York Times 'TimesTalks'
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2009/06/24/TimesTalks_Iggy_Pop_in_Conversation

January 31 2012


How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It

How Money Corrupts Congress and a Plan to Stop It
A dazzlingly incisive presenter, Lawrence Lessig specializes in identifying deep systemic problems in public process (such as copyright malfunction and Congressional dysfunction) and then showing how they can be cured. Currently he is bearing down on the corruption of Congress by the practice of private funding for public elections through campaign contributions. He writes: "The dependency of modern campaign finance is the single most important cause of the bankruptcy of Congress. Fixing this bankruptcy is the single most important reform effort that Americans face just now." As he did with helping fix copyright problems viaCreative Commons, he has a plan for reforming elections to reestablish Congressional trust and effectiveness. (Public trust in Congress is currently at 12%.)

Lessig is director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University and author of Republic, Lost (2011) and Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (2000 and 2006).
Date: Tue, 17 Jan 2012 19:30:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, Novellus Theater, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2012/01/17/How_Money_Corrupts_Congress_and_a_Plan_to_Stop_It

January 26 2012


Nassim Taleb: The Predictability of Unpredictability

Nassim Taleb: The Predictability of Unpredictability
Renowned academic and author Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses his groundbreaking ideas and their relevance to the current economic crisis, national policy making and other topics with Rohan Silva, senior policy advisor to the British Prime Minister.
Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2011 07:43:00 -0800
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/12/01/Nassim_Taleb_The_Predictability_of_Unpredictability

January 23 2012


Rediscovering The New Yorker's Wolcott Gibbs

Rediscovering The New Yorker's Wolcott Gibbs
When The New Yorker began publication in 1925, founding editor Harold Ross intended it to be a smart magazine of metropolitan life. Many of the writers who created the magazine's distinctive styleincluding E.B. White, James Thurber, A.J. Liebling, and St. Clair McKelwayare still read today. Yet one of its best writers is often overlookedWolcott Gibbs, who joined the New Yorker in 1927 and remained on staff as a writer and editor until his death in 1958. Gibbs was the longtime theater critic but also wrote short stories, Talk of the Town pieces, and parodies. As E.B. White said, "All of his stuff was good, much of it superbsmart, memorable, funny. His style had a brilliance which was never flashy, he was self-critical as well as critical, and he had absolute pitch, which enabled him to be a parodist of the first rank."

Readers will be introduced to this great forgotten writer in a panel discussion of Gibbs' life and work. The panelists include Thomas Vinciguerra, editor of the new anthology Backward Ran Sentences: The Best of Wolcott Gibbs in The New Yorker (Bloomsbury); Kurt Andersen, a founding editor of Spy magazine, the host of Studio 360, and the author of Heyday and Turn of the Century; Mark Singer, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of Somewhere in America, Character Studies, and Mr. Personality.

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Sponsored by the School of Writing and Bloomsbury Publishing.

Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2011 16:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/14/Rediscovering_The_New_Yorkers_Wolcott_Gibbs

January 20 2012


Future Shock: Technology in the Next 10 Years

Future Shock: Technology in the Next 10 Years
Some of the best minds in Silicon Valley discuss the future of technology, from cool flat-surface displays to self-organizing social media and proliferation of billions of mobile devices.
Date: Wed, 30 Nov 2011 11:29:00 -0800
Location: Santa Clara, CA, Santa Clara University, Intel Corp.
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/30/Future_Shock_Technology_in_the_Next_10_Years

January 19 2012


Ten Years After 9/11: How Has the United States Changed?

Ten Years After 9/11: How Has the United States Changed?
The New School for Public Engagement | http://newschool.edu/public-engagement

The Nation at The New School - Ten Years After 9.11: How Has the United States Changed?

At times of crisis, the most patriotic act of all is the unyielding defense of civil liberties and the right to dissent," wrote celebrated historian Eric Foner days after the 9/11 attacks. As national security became an obsession in Washington and the mainstream media enlisted in the Bush administration's war, the need for an independent, critical press seemed more urgent than ever. The enduring concerns of The Nation took on a new relevance. Ten years later, the events of 9/11 continue to reverberate, with the killing of Osama bin Laden and the Obama administration's ongoing pursuit of the Bush-era national security agenda. In this context, leading Nation writers and thinkers engage in a conversation about what has changed in the United States since September 11, 2001.

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Key questions to be discussed include: Are we more secure? How can we as a country strike the right balance between security and liberty? How has the marketing of fear reshaped our politics, society, and culture? How should we rethink the concept of the War on Terror? How can we end the war in Afghanistan and devise a diplomatic and political solution to the conflict? How can we dismantle a security apparatus that too often invokes state secrecy? Do U.S. historyand other countries' historiesoffer useful guideposts? If we accept, as The Nation has argued, that the most effective way to halt global terrorism involves cooperation with the global community, what frameworks do we envision and how can they be developed? What can we, as a nation, do to prevent another 9/11?

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Featuring Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation; Melissa Harris-Perry, Professor of Political Science at Tulane University; Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University; and Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of The Nation. Moderated by John Nichols, Washington correspondent, The Nation. Co-sponsored by the Leonard and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative at The New School.

Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall.
September 8, 2011 7:00 p.m.

Date: Thu, 08 Sep 2011 22:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/09/08/Ten_Years_After_911_How_Has_the_United_States_Changed

January 17 2012


The Better Angels of our Nature

The Better Angels of our Nature
Steven Pinker, one of the world's most exciting public thinkers, presents a radical re-assessment of human progress.

In 'The Better Angels of our Nature', Pinker traces a history of progress that reveals the historical circumstances and civilising forces, from commerce to cosmopolitanism, that have brought us to the most peaceful era humankind has yet experienced.

Date: Tue, 01 Nov 2011 05:57:00 -0700
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/11/01/The_Better_Angels_of_our_Nature

Jeffrey Alexander & Gordon Lynch: The Power of the Sacred

Jeffrey Alexander & Gordon Lynch: The Power of the Sacred
It may be true that we live in more secular times, but the sacred still retains its power in social life. Public debate and policy is still infused with sacred discourse of the norms that must be upheld to preserve society, as well as visions of various kind of evil that threaten to profane and pollute it, whether paedophiles, tyrants or terrorists. Attempts to find the sacred centre of British-ness continue to pre-occupy policy-makers.

Sociologists Jeffrey C. Alexander and Gordon Lynch visit the RSA to explore the idea that modern society remains deeply influenced by visions of the sacred and the profane, using this to explore political power and the symbolic role of contemporary media.

Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2011 07:23:00 -0700
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/18/Jeffrey_Alexander__Gordon_Lynch_The_Power_of_the_Sacred

January 11 2012


Robert Trivers: Why Do We Deceive Ourselves?

Robert Trivers: Why Do We Deceive Ourselves?
One of the worlds most influential evolutionary theorists Robert Trivers asks: why do we lie to ourselves?
Date: Tue, 04 Oct 2011 06:50:00 -0700
Location: London, England, The RSA, RSA
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/04/Robert_Trivers_Why_Do_We_Deceive_Ourselves

January 10 2012


Sasha Kramer: Putting Waste to Work

Sasha Kramer: Putting Waste to Work
Emerging Explorer Sasha Kramer fights some of Haitis most pressing health, economic, and environmental problems, one toilet at a time.
Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2012 16:14:00 -0800
Location: Washington, D.C., National Geographic, National Geographic Live
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2012/01/06/Sasha_Kramer_Putting_Waste_to_Work

January 06 2012


Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 6

Rick Prelinger: Lost Landscapes of San Francisco, 6
Rick Prelinger, a guerrilla archivist who collects the uncollected and makes it accessible, presents the 6th of his annual Lost Landscapes of San Francisco screenings. You'll see an eclectic montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes, labor and leisure in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and studio filmmakers.
Date: Thu, 08 Dec 2011 19:30:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, California, The Castro Theater, Long Now Foundation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/12/08/Rick_Prelinger_Lost_Landscapes_of_San_Francisco_6

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr.

Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman William Clay Ford, Jr.
It might sound strange coming from the scion of a family whose name is synonymous with cars, but Bill Ford is worried about a world with too many automobiles. Even if we clean up our cars, 4 billion clean cars is still 4 billion cars, he told a Climate One audience in San Francisco on October 27.

Most everybody has been focused on CO2 and fossil fuels and the effect that has on us politically and environmentally. Thats absolutely an appropriate focus, said William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Co. But I have started to realize that there is this other looming issue lurking out there that nobody was focused on, and thats what I started calling global gridlock.

In our lifetimes, he said, the world is going to go from about 7 billion people to about 9 billion people. While thats happening, the number of cars is going to go from just under 1 billion today to 2 to 4 billion. Complicating matters, people around the globe are increasingly moving to cities, with 75% of those 9 billion people living in urban areas.

How are they going to move? How are we as mobility providers going to provide solutions, and not be part of the problem?, he asked. His answer, to a large degree, is technology. Ford gave an example. His company is testing a fleet of demonstration vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle information technology. Say you are about to enter an onramp for the freeway. Five miles ahead of you, another car rolls to a halt in stop-and-go traffic. You would receive an alert about the traffic jam and be given an alternate route to save time and prevent a larger back-up.

Climate Ones Greg Dalton asked if Ford and other automakers feel threatened by the increasingly popular trend of urban car-sharing. Without hesitating, Ford said: I think its a great opportunity. He recounted getting to know the CEO of Zipcar one night over dinner. A short time later, in August, Ford Motor Co. and Zipcar announced a two-year partnership under which Ford will offer its Escape and Focus models to Zipcar customers at 253 college campuses nationwide. Its really a good thing for urban mobility, Bill Ford said. People dont have to own cars; they want to have access to cars.

Beyond giving customers access to mobility, Ford stressed his companys commitment to changing the way cars are fueled. It is investing in R&D in compressed natural gas (CNG), hydrogen, fuel cells, and biofuels. But we are making big bets on electric, he said, with an all-electric Focus coming later this year and a plug-in model next year. Unlike some of his competitors, who are building purpose-built electric vehicles, Ford said his company decided to electrify a mainstream product, the Focus. The aim being to make the car affordable for, and available to, the masses. In coming years, he said, Focus customers will be able to choose among 40-MPG internal combustion, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric models.

Ford said that his company is also committed to improving the fuel economy of every model it makes. Research confirmed that the No. 1 reason customers rejected Ford was fuel economy, Bill Ford said. Four years ago, the company set a goal of being the fuel economy leader in every model category. Coming from us and our background maker of the Excursion and the ubiquitous F150 that wasnt certainly our strength. Its certainly not what people would have expected from us, said Ford. Ford is investing in a suite of technologies, Bill Ford said, because we really dont know how the world is going to break out. He added: Until this nation has an energy policy, which we desperately need, all of this is going to be sub-optimized.

If the customer choice is for electric cars, Ford said, big questions remain about building out the smart grid, and deciding on the power plants feeding into that grid. Are they going to be coal-fired? I hope not. Are they going to be nuclear? Well, thats an ethical discussion we need to have. Will renewables do it for us?, he asked.

As a nation, there are some discussions we need to have, and we need to have them pretty quickly.
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 18:00:00 -0700
Location: San Francisco, CA, The Commonwealth Club, Climate One
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/10/27/Ford_Motor_Co_Executive_Chairman_William_Clay_Ford__Jr

Charlize Theron & Jason Reitman

Charlize Theron & Jason Reitman
See Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron and 4-time Oscar nominee Jason Reitman, the star and the director of the new film written by Diablo Cody, Young Adult. Interviewer: Charles McGrath, New York Times writer at large.
Date: Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, TimesCenter, New York Times 'TimesTalks'
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/12/09/Charlize_Theron__Jason_Reitman

Military-Industrial Complex: Eisenhower's Warning at 50

Military-Industrial Complex: Eisenhower's Warning at 50
The Military-Industrial Complex Revisited: Eisenhower's Warning at 50

In his farewell address, President Dwight Eisenhower warned of "the acquisition of undue influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Fifty years later, the military budget is at its highest levels since World War II, and vast support industries (from aircraft manufacturers to employers of soldiers for hire) are being enriched by record levels of Pentagon contracts. Eisenhower sounded the alarm and periodically others echo it, but the power of military-related activities in the U.S. economy and government continues to grow apace.

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Join William Hartung, director of the Arms and Security Initiative, New America Foundation; and journalists Nathan Hodge, author of Armed Humanitarians and a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal; James Ledbetter, author of Unwarranted Influence: Dwight D. Eisenhower and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex; and Sharon Weinberger for a panel discussion marking the release of Hartung's new book, Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex.

Cosponsored by Nation Books, the World Policy Institute, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs and the Global Studies Program at The New School.
Date: Mon, 28 Feb 2011 21:00:00 -0800
Location: 55 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10011, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/02/28/Military-Industrial_Complex_Eisenhowers_Warning_at_50

December 21 2011


IC2011: Interlude's Yoni Bloch Serenades Sheryl Sandberg

IC2011: Interlude's Yoni Bloch Serenades Sheryl Sandberg
Israeli rock star and online-video entrepreneur Yoni Bloch demonstrates a new interactive video application: a real-time customizable music video tribute to Facebooks Sheryl Sandberg.
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2011 14:30:00 -0700
Location: Los Angeles, CA, The Paley Center for Media, Paley Center For Media
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/09/16/IC2011_Interludes_Yoni_Bloch_Serenades_Sheryl_Sandberg

December 19 2011


swissnex San Francisco Overview

swissnex San Francisco Overview
What is swissnex San Francisco?
Date: Sat, 01 Jan 2011 17:23:00 -0800
Location: San Francisco, CA, swissnex, swissnex San Francisco
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2011/01/01/swissnex_San_Francisco_Overview
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