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January 14 2011

01:22

Justified Force? Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century

Justified Force? Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century
Armed intervention or peaceful negotiation? This episode explores the international toolbox for preventing genocide, offering commentary on emerging doctrines like the Responsibility to Protect.
Date: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, Foreign Policy Association, Foreign Policy Association
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/01/08/Justified_Force_Preventing_Genocide_in_the_21st_Century
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January 11 2011

02:06

Ground Zero Tolerance: America's Culture War

Ground Zero Tolerance: America's Culture War
The clearance by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission for the so-called "Ground Zero mosque" to be built in lower Manhattan received national coverage amidst a raging debate. Initiated by Sarah Palin and Newt Gingrich and then weighed in upon by Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama, the debate focuses on whether Park 51, the 13-story Islamic cultural center, should be allowed to be built so close to 9/11's Ground Zero.

Those who oppose Park 51 argue either that the project is insensitive because Ground Zero is unique and a kind of "hallowed ground," as journalist Charles Krauthammer put it, or that it is politically motivated by an anti-American agenda and should not be treated with the same tolerance as a religious institution. Those defending the Islamic center have been quick to label opponents as bigots and claimed the center will be a bridge to cultural harmony by promoting moderation, non-violence, and diversity.

Is this apparent new backlash against Muslims in Western nations a new version of the "culture wars"? While religious freedom has been a consistent part of the Enlightenment tradition, does the increasing antagonism towards Muslims in the West express a feeling that we tolerate what some consider the intolerant at our peril? How should today's American society deal with clashing belief systems? Does the current preoccupation with Islam, whether sympathetic or hostile, reflect a deeper lack of certainty about what Western values are?
Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, The New School, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/08/Ground_Zero_Tolerance_Americas_Culture_War
00:18

David Sloan Wilson: Evolving the City

David Sloan Wilson: Evolving the City
Distinguished New York biologist and anthropologist, Professor David Sloan Wilson, has founded the world's first evolutionary think tank, the Evolution Institute. It uses evolutionary theory to address policy issues such as childhood education, risky adolescent behaviour, and the regulation of large-scale human social interactions.

"The most distressing fact about public awareness of evolution," Professor Wilson says, "is not that roughly 50 percent of Americans don't believe the theory but that nearly 100 percent of people worldwide don't appreciate its tremendous relevance to human affairs."

He wants to show how evolutionary theory can help to solve the problems of everyday life, from the quality of life in our cities to rethinking the fundamentals of economic theory and policy. This can be done by incorporating the most accurate conception of human nature possible based on current scientific knowledge.

And, unlike many American evolutionists, Wilson doesn't see evolution and religion at loggerheads. He suggests religion is itself a product of evolution acting at group-level. It's part of his "multi-level selection theory", which argues that natural selection can act on groups as well as individuals.
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, The University of Sydney, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/09/29/David_Sloan_Wilson_Evolving_the_City

January 08 2011

01:32

January 05 2011

00:23

Jack Miles: Waiting for the Preacher

Jack Miles: Waiting for the Preacher
Until 9/11, few in the United States cared that they had a large Muslim population. In fact, some of the firefighters and police that attended Ground Zero were Muslims themselves.

In this Sydney Ideas address delivered at the University of Sydney's United States Studies Centre, Jack Miles argues that demagogues have taken hold of Obama's assets -- particularly his colorful, well-documented personal story -- and "turned them into liabilities."

Yet, as Jack Miles observes, many now distrust or can't accept their President's declaration of his Christian beliefs. During the Presidential election campaign, the Democrats worked tirelessly to downplay their candidate's distinctive background and instead publicized Obama as a man with good old fashioned American values. But as Miles points out, that's harder than it seems when you're a non-white on the political left with a Muslim parent, and facing a country dealing with simmering racial tensions.
Date: Mon, 06 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, United States Studies Centre, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/09/06/Jack_Miles_Waiting_for_the_Preacher

December 31 2010

00:13

A Brave New World: How New Media Impacts Social Change

A Brave New World: How New Media Impacts Social Change
On November 30th and December 1st, 2010, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world came together for an historic gathering - the 2010 World Technology Summit & Awards, the eighth Summit and ninth Awards thus far! - to celebrate each other's accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.

The majority of Summit participants were either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of "the greatest likely long-term significance") or 2010 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions... and potentially-career-altering-networking opportunities over two days concluded with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night.
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 10:55:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, TIME Conference Center, World Technology Network
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/01/A_Brave_New_World_How_New_Media_Impacts_Social_Change

December 30 2010

21:05

Anna Rosling Ronnmund: Analyzing the World's Data

Anna Rosling Ronnmund: Analyzing the World's Data
On November 30th and December 1st, 2010, at the TIME Conference Center in New York City, many of the most innovative people and organizations in the science and technology world came together for an historic gathering - the 2010 World Technology Summit & Awards, the eighth Summit and ninth Awards thus far! - to celebrate each other's accomplishments; to explore what is imminent, possible, and important in and around emerging technologies; and to create the kinds of serendipitous relationships that create the future.

The majority of Summit participants were either current WTN members (primarily winners/finalists from previous World Technology Awards cycles, as selected by their peers as those doing the innovative work of "the greatest likely long-term significance") or 2010 World Technology Award nominees. A combination of keynote talks, panel discussions, and breakout sessions... and potentially-career-altering-networking opportunities over two days concluded with a gala black-tie Awards ceremony on the second night.
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2010 14:50:00 -0800
Location: New York, NY, TIME Conference Center, World Technology Network
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/01/Anna_Rosling_Ronnmund_Analyzing_the_Worlds_Data

December 28 2010

19:09

Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?

Eric Kaufmann: Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?
Eric Kaufmann is a political scientist and author of the recently published Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?.

With all the current talk about the revival of religion, political scientist Eric Kaufmann takes a look at the statistics and muses that if demography is any guide, the world over the next half century will become much more religious and much more conservative.
Date: Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Sydney, Australia, Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/09/05/Eric_Kaufmann_Shall_the_Religious_Inherit_the_Earth

December 23 2010

00:12

Uncommon Knowledge: Daniel Hannan

Uncommon Knowledge: Daniel Hannan
A journalist and author, Daniel Hannan has been a British member of the European Parliament since 1999. He first came to wide notice in the United States when he made a speech on the floor of the European Parliament addressing the then-prime minister of Great Britain, Gordon Brown, about his disastrous economic policies. Hannan's latest book is A New Road to Serfdom: A Letter of Warning to America.

Amplifying on his new book, Daniel Hannan warns that the United States is Europeanizing, with all the inherent dangers that come with the expansion of the welfare state. "This expansion doesn't just reduce economic growth, it tends to squeeze out personal morality."

Hannan, who connects the decline of the European family and society with the rise of cradle-to-grave welfare in Europe, has a special warning about the dangers of Obamacare: "Once politicians assume responsibility for health care, they find that they have made an almost irreversible decision." Hannan concludes that this drift to Europeanization is not inevitable if Americans honor the genius of the Founding Fathers.
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Stanford, CA, Hoover Institution, Hoover Institution
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/17/Uncommon_Knowledge_Daniel_Hannan

December 17 2010

02:35

Nomad: From Islam to America with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Nomad: From Islam to America with Ayaan Hirsi Ali
The controversial author, feminist activist and politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali comes to Melbourne. A vocal and prominent critic of Islam, Ali has been celebrated and criticised for her work and writings. A former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, she has campaigned passionately for conflict resolution, ethics and world citizenship. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2005, her memoir Infidel has been praised as profoundly affecting and powerful. The followup, Nomad, tells the stirring story of her search for a new life as she tries to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values.
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Location: Melbourne, VIC, The Wheeler Center, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/07/29/Nomad_From_Islam_to_America_with_Ayaan_Hirsi_Ali

December 16 2010

19:16

December 14 2010

20:53

The Story of Cornelia Sorabji: India's 1st female Lawyer

The Story of Cornelia Sorabji: India's 1st female Lawyer
Richard Sorabji throws new light on the life of the extraordinary woman who was his aunt as well as India's first woman lawyer. With the special insight and knowledge he possesses as Cornelia's nephew, and through scrupulous research in her unpublished papers, he explains her involvement with Katherine Mayo, her disagreements with Gandhi, her disappointments in her career and other crucial aspects of her life. Moving between Britain (Oxford and London in particular), and India, Professor Sorabji gives us a vivid larger picture of the influential worlds Cornelia inhabited which is interesting on many levels. Richard Sorabji does not just tell the story of a woman who will wake up historians; he provides a startling example of biography through history and history through biography.

For transcript and download versions of this lecture, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website: Opening Doors: The Untold Story of Cornelia Sorabji - Reformer, Lawyer and Champion of Women's Rights in India
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 18:00:00 -0700
Location: Holborn, London, Barnard's Inn Hall, Gresham College
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/06/16/The_Story_of_Cornelia_Sorabji_Indias_1st_female_Lawyer
02:12

Looking Forward Panel: New Political Realities

Looking Forward Panel: New Political Realities
At a pivotal time of transition and crisis for the state, PPIC -- in partnership with leading corporate and philanthropic partners -- will host a conference on California's future. This all day event includes keynote speeches and expert panels on education, climate change, the economy, and governance.
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Sacramento, CA, Sheraton Grand Hotel 1230 J Street, Magnolia Room, PPIC
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/06/Looking_Forward_Panel_New_Political_Realities
01:58

Looking Forward Keynote: New Political Realities

Looking Forward Keynote: New Political Realities
At a pivotal time of transition and crisis for the state, PPIC -- in partnership with leading corporate and philanthropic partners -- will host a conference on California's future. This all day event includes keynote speeches and expert panels on education, climate change, the economy, and governance.
Date: Mon, 06 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Sacramento, CA, Sheraton Grand Hotel 1230 J Street, Magnolia Room, PPIC
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/06/Looking_Forward_Keynote_New_Political_Realities

December 02 2010

21:46

Wonderfest 2010: Emmy Noether, Mistress of Nature's Laws

Wonderfest 2010: Emmy Noether, Mistress of Nature's Laws
This program was recorded at the 12th Annual Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Festival of Science.

Wonderfest's broad goals are best described by its mission statement: Through public discourse about provocative scientific questions, Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning.

Wonderfest achieves these ends by presenting series of scientific events to the general public. At most of these events, pairs of articulate and accomplished researchers discuss and debate compelling questions at the edge of scientific understanding.
Date: Sun, 07 Nov 2010 10:00:00 -0800
Location: Berkeley, CA, Stanley Hall, Wonderfest
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/11/07/Wonderfest_2010_Emmy_Noether_Mistress_of_Natures_Laws
16:20

Monitor Breakfast: Rep. Paul Ryan

Monitor Breakfast: Rep. Paul Ryan
Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI) sits down for a conversation with attendees of the Monitor Breakfast to discuss his medicare voucher reform proposal, the White House's lack of bipartisanship efforts, the debt commission report and today's House vote on tax cuts.
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0800
Location: Washington, D.C., St. Regis Hotel, Christian Science Monitor
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/12/02/Monitor_Breakfast_Rep_Paul_Ryan

November 23 2010

18:14

Riggio Forum at The New School: Walter Mosley

Riggio Forum at The New School: Walter Mosley
The New School Writing Program | http://www.newschool.edu/writing

Walter Mosley has published more than 30 books, on subjects ranging from politics to sex to science fiction. His unforgettable novel RL's Dream (1995) brought the legend of blues singer Robert Johnson into the present. Since 1990, with the publication of Devil in a Blue Dress, he has been the leading author of crime fiction in the United States. That year saw the first of the Easy Rawlins detective stories, now a ten-book series that maps the crossroads of crime and race in post-World War II Los Angeles, the city where Mosley was born and raised, and creates one of the most complex and conflicted fictional heroes of our time. Those books are all set in the past, but last year Mosley published The Long Fall and Known to Evil, launching a new character, Leonid McGill, an African-American detective in contemporary New York. These two twisting, emotionally rich crime stories are also parables of how American life is being altered, or is refusing to change, with the presidency of Barack Obama. Mosley wrote the entry "Hardboiled" for A New Literary History of America, published last year by Harvard University Press. He is a member of the boards of the Nation and TransAfrica. His many awards include a 2002 Grammy for his liner notes to Richard Pryor . . . And It's Deep, Too! The Complete Warner Bros. Recordings (1968--1992), a set that, in its way, is a version of the story Mosley has been telling for the last 20 years.

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This is one of four events curated and hosted by Distinguished Visiting Professor Greil Marcus as a part of his course Old Weird America: Music as Democratic Speech, connected to the mission of the Riggio Honors Program: Writing and Democracy and the rich intersections of writing, music and cultural criticism.

Riggio Forum events are presented by the Len and Louise Riggio Writing and Democracy Initiative at The New School. Founded in 2005, the Len and Louise Riggio Honors Program: Writing & Democracy is anchored in the conviction that reading and writing are the engines of democratic literacy and that the skills of reading and writing include those associated with creative writing but also extend to the reading and writing of law, politics, history, biography, science, marketing, and technology. For more information, visit http://www.newschool.edu/generalstudies and http://www.newschool.edu/riggio
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:30:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/13/Riggio_Forum_at_The_New_School_Walter_Mosley
18:13

An Evening with Linda Greenhouse

An Evening with Linda Greenhouse
President's Forum: An Evening with Linda Greenhouse

THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu

New School President Bob Kerrey engages in a one-on-one discussion with Linda Greenhouse, former New York Times U.S. Supreme Court reporter and now Yale Law School's Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence and Joseph M. Goldstein Senior Fellow in Law.

To learn more about The New School president, visit: http://www.newschool.edu/president

Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times between 1978 and 2008 and now writes a biweekly column on law for that paper. During her career at the Times, she received the Pulitzer Prize (1998), the American Political Science Association's Carey McWilliams Award for "a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics" (2002), and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government (2004).

She is the author of two books: Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court's Ruling (Kaplan Publishing, 2010), coauthored with Yale Law School professor Reva Siegel; and Becoming Justice Blackmun, a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun (Henry Holt & Co., 2005).

Greenhouse is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and one of two nonlawyer honorary members of the American Law Institute, which awarded her its Henry J. Friendly Medal in 2002. She is also a member of the Council of the American Philosophical Society, which in 2005 awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize for writing in the humanities and jurisprudence. In 2009, she was elected to the Harvard University Board of Overseers. For two academic years (2004 and 2005), Greenhouse was a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar, lecturing and teaching at colleges and universities around the country, and she is currently a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Senate. She also lectures frequently to law school and judicial audiences and has been awarded nine honorary degrees.

A graduate of Radcliffe College (Harvard) and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Greenhouse earned a Master of Studies in Law from Yale Law School (1978), which she attended on a Ford Foundation Fellowship.
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2010 18:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/28/An_Evening_with_Linda_Greenhouse
18:12

An Evening with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas

An Evening with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas
President's Forum: An Evening with USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas

THE NEW SCHOOL | http://www.newschool.edu

New School President Bob Kerrey engages in an informal discussion with Alejandro (Ali) Mayorkas, director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

To learn more about The New School president, visit: http://www.newschool.edu/president

Nominated by President Obama and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009, Mayorkas heads the administration of the world's largest immigration service. A division of the Department of Homeland Security, USCIS is the federal agency overseeing lawful immigration to the United States.

Before serving in his current post, Mayorkas was a litigation partner in the law firm of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he represented Fortune 100 companies in high-profile, complex, and sensitive matters throughout the country and the world. He advised boards of directors and top executives, tried cases, led internal investigations, and litigated high-stakes matters in a wide array of industries, including telecommunications, health care, consumer safety, sports and entertainment, aerospace, media, and real estate.

Mayorkas also served as U.S. attorney for the Central District of California. In that role, he led an office of 240 assistant U.S. attorneys in prosecuting cases involving charges of public corruption, investment fraud, civil rights violations, high-tech and computer-related crime, organized crime, environmental crime, and international money laundering.

In 2009, the National Law Journal named him one of the "50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America."
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 2010 18:00:00 -0700
Location: New York, NY, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, New School
Program and discussion: http://fora.tv/2010/10/13/An_Evening_with_USCIS_Director_Alejandro_Mayorkas
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