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Clea Chang

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Smart Technology Is Making Us Dumb

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    Nicholas Carr

    Author, The Glass Cage: Automation and Us & The Shallows

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    Genevieve Bell

    Anthropologist & VP, Intel Corporation

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    David Weinberger

    Senior Researcher, Berkman Center & Author, Too Big to Know

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    Andrew Keen

    Internet Entrepreneur & Author, The Internet Is Not the Answer

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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Thursday, 16 April 2015 13:42

Abolish the Death Penalty

A recent Gallup poll found that Americans are still largely supportive of the death penalty, with 6 in 10 in favor as punishment for murder. Legal in 32 states, it has come under renewed scrutiny in light of several botched executions in 2014. At the heart of the debate are many complicated questions. Within a flawed criminal justice system, is it possible to know every person’s guilt with a sufficient degree of certainty? Does the fear of death reduce crime? Are there race and class biases in sentencing? Are some crimes so heinous in nature that punishment by death is the only appropriate measure, or is capital punishment always immoral? Should we abolish the death penalty?

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 00:00

Abolish the Death Penalty

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    Diann Rust-Tierney

    Executive Director, National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

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    Robert Blecker

    Professor, New York Law School

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    Kent Scheidegger

    Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

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    Barry Scheck

    Co-Director, Innocence Project & Prof., Cardozo Law

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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The President has launched a sustained, long-term military campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. But did he have constitutional power to do so? The Constitution carefully divides the war powers of the United States between Congress and the President. Article II provides that “The President shall be Commander in Chief.” But Article I provides that “The Congress shall have Power … To Declare War.” In this case, Congress has not declared war; the President ordered the attacks unilaterally. Did he exceed his authority and violate the Constitution?

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    Gene Healy

    VP, Cato Institute & Author, The Cult of the Presidency

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    Akhil Reed Amar

    Professor of Law, Yale University


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    Philip Bobbitt

    Professor, Columbia Law School & Lecturer, Univ. of Texas at Austin

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    Deborah Pearlstein

    Asst. Prof., Cardozo Law & Fmr. Dir., Law & Security Program, Human Rights First

  • Debate: 6:45-8:15 PM
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    Columbia University
    Broadway at 116th Street
    New York, NY 10027 

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In 2014, the European Union’s Court of Justice determined that individuals have a right to be forgotten, “the right—under certain conditions—to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.” It is not absolute, but meant to be balanced against other fundamental rights, like freedom of expression. In a half year following the Court’s decision, Google received over 180,000 removal requests. Of those reviewed and processed, 40.5% were granted. Largely seen as a victory in Europe, in the U.S., the reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Was this ruling a blow to free speech and public information, or a win for privacy and human dignity?

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    Paul Nemitz

    Dir. of Fundamental Rights & Citizenship, DG Justice & Consumers, EU Commission

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    Andrew McLaughlin

    CEO, Digg and Instapaper & Fmr. Dir. of Global Public Policy, Google

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    Jonathan Zittrain

    Professor, Harvard Law & Co-Founder, Berkman Center for Internet & Society

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    Eric Posner

    Professor of Law, University of Chicago

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  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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What is college for? For many, it’s a time for personal and intellectual growth, to meet new people, and to explore ideas and philosophies that challenge their beliefs. Or is it? Recent cancellations of conservative speakers, rescinded honorary degrees, and scrutiny of certain campus groups have heightened perceptions that there is pervasive liberal intolerance on campuses. Are liberals shutting down speech and debate on campus? Or is this theory a myth, based on the preponderance of liberals at universities rather than intentionally discriminatory actions?
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    Greg Lukianoff

    President, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education

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    Angus Johnston

    Historian of Student Activism

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    Jeremy Mayer

    Assoc. Prof., George Mason & Co-Author, Closed Minds?

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    Kirsten Powers

    Columnist, USA Today & Contributor, FOX News

    • Reception: 5:00-5:45 PM
    • Debate: 6:00-7:30 PM
       
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      Washington, D.C. 20052

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 00:00

Declinists Be Damned: Bet on America

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    Josef Joffe

    Spogli Institute & Publisher-Editor, Die Zeit

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    Chrystia Freeland

    Member, Parliament of Canada & Journalist

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    James Rickards

    Economist, Investment Banker & Author, The Death of Money

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    Peter Zeihan

    Geopolitical Strategist & Author, The Accidental Superpower

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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