- Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World | 09/28/16 (with live webcast)
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Today, anyone with an Internet connection can reach millions of people worldwide. Yet despite this flood of opinions, freedom of speech is in peril, argues Timothy Garton Ash. Drawing on a lifetime of writing about dictatorships and dissidents, he argues that in today's connected world, which he calls "cosmopolis," the way to combine freedom and diversity is to have more but also better free speech. Across all cultural divides we must strive to agree on how we disagree. (Public Affairs Program)
- Major Security Challenges for the Next President | 09/29/16 (with live webcast) Jeffrey McCausland will address the following: (1) The role of retired military officers in politics; (2) The need to revisit the authorization for military force, last taken up by the Congress in 2001, but under which the United States is now engaged in military action in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia; (3) The core question of economics, since both major party candidates have pledged to increase the defense budget, despite the many domestic programs vying for funding. (U.S. Global Engagement Program)
- The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of Our Era | 10/05/16 (with live webcast) When today's headlines revolve around momentous constitutional questions, journalists and busy citizens do not always see the stakes clearly. Akhil Reed Amar, America's preeminent constitutional scholar, considers the biggest and most bitterly contested debates of the last two decades—from presidential dynasties to congressional dysfunctions—and shows how the Constitution's text, history, and structure are a crucial repository of collective wisdom, providing specific rules and grand themes relevant to every organ of the America body politic. (Public Affairs Program)
- Peacemakers in Action: An In-depth Discussion of Religious Peacebuilding | 10/13/16 (with live webcast) Worldwide, religious tensions, extremism, and fear increasingly influence our human experience. But amid all the conflicts, there are unknown people who battle this phenomenon. This fall, the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding is releasing the second volume of its ground-breaking "Peacemakers in Action: Profiles in Religious Peacebuilding." Join Joyce Dubensky, Tanenbaum CEO, and Tanenbaum’s peacemaker Rev. Bill Lowrey, who worked in South Sudan, for a conversation on religion, peace, and the people on the ground who never quit. (Ethics Matter Series)
- Global Ethics Day | 10/19/16
We invite academic institutions around the world to use this day to hold events, such as lectures, film screenings, debates, panel discussions, or another educational activity to explore the idea of a "global ethic." In the tradition of a "teach-in" model, these events will be run by each institution as it sees fit while being part of a worldwide Global Ethics Day.
- Powerplay: The Origins of the American Alliance System in Asia | 10/21/16 (with live webcast) While the American alliance system in Asia has been fundamental to the region's security and prosperity for seven decades, today it encounters challenges from the growth of China-based regional organizations. How was the American alliance system originally established in Asia, and is it currently under threat? How are competing security designs being influenced by the United States and China? (Public Affairs Program)