New University Channel content available to us as of 7/28/09

Title: The New Liberalism

George Packer Journalist, The New Yorker

Location:  Princeton University
Date: Feb 5, 2009

Title: Latin America: Two Hundred Years of Solitude

Ernesto Zedillo Director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization; former president of Mexico

Location:  Princeton University
Date:  Mar 5, 2009

Reducing Health Inequalities: Welfare States and Health Equity Strategies.  A two-day conference at the Hertie School of Governance (in 9 parts)

Day One:
Pt 1 – Klaus Hurrelmann, Hertie School of Governance: Why should we tackle health inequalities?
Pt 2 – Espen Dahl, Hogskolen i Oslo: Health inequalities related to types of welfare states
Pt 3 – Richard Brown, University of California LA: Health inequalities and public health in the USA
Pt 4 – Seppo Koskinen, National Institute for Health and Welfare (Finland): Health inequalities and public health in Finland
Pt 5 – Keynote:  Welfare States and Health Equity Policies. Clare Bambra, Durham University, UK

Day Two:

Pt 1 – Nicky Hart, University of California LA: Policy lessons from comparative research
Pt 2 – Bertram Häussler, IGES Institut: Reducing inequalities in supply with health care services
Pt 3 – Dorothee Heinen, Bundeszentrale fur gesundheitliche, Aufklarung Koln : Policy initiatives of the EU
Pt 4 – Keynote Lecture: Martin McKee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine: Reducing health inequalities  – What do we really know about successful strategies?

Location:  Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
Date:  May 8-9, 2009

Title: LBJ School 2009 Commencement

Convocation Speaker:  Bill Bradley, former U.S. Senator

Location:  University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Date:  May 23, 2009

(Please note:  this speaker appears at the conference via videoconference.  Good content, but not the best TV)

Title: The Ethics of Carbon Trading
Speaker: Robyn Eckersley, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne (appearing via videoconference). Discussant: Robert Socolow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Location: Princeton University
Date: Apr 21, 2009

Title:  Creating Value for All – Strategies for doing Business with the Poor
Speaker:  Christian Thommessen, Chairman, Constantia a.s.-Sollund a.s.-Hovedstaden Eindomsselskab a.s., and founder of UNDP’s Growing Inclusive Markets initiative.
Location:  Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date:  Apr 20, 2009

Title:  The Market for Virtue: A Critical Appraisal of the Potential and Limits of Corporate Social Responsibility
Speaker:  David Vogel, Solomon P. Lee Distinguished Professor of Business Ethics, professor of political science, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley; affiliate professor at the Goldman School of Public Policy; and editor of California Management Review.
Location:  Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date:  Apr 2, 2009

Title: Challenges of Development in East Asia
Speaker:  Naazneen Barma, Public Sector Specialist, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank.

Location:  Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date:  Mar 13, 2009

Title: Environment as a Bridge to Peace in the Middle East
Speaker:  Michael Cohen, Director of Special Projects, Avara Institute for Environmental Studies.

Location:  Middlebury College, Rohatyn Center for International Affairs
Date:  Feb 13, 2009

The Lessons of the H1N1 Flu Outbreak: Preventing the Growing Threat of Pandemics


— Adel Mahmoud, M.D. Ph.D., senior policy analyst, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, former president of Merck Vaccines;
— Laurie Garrett, senior fellow for global health, Council on Foreign Relations;
— Osman Mansoor, public health physician; senior adviser EPI (New Vaccines), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF);
— Laura Kahn, M.D., research fellow, Program on Science and Global Security, Woodrow Wilson School; author, Who’s in Charge: Leadership during Epidemics;
— Peter Palese, chair, Department of Microbiology; professor, Department of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine;
Location:   Princeton Club, New York
Date:  May 28, 2009

Title: Open Government on the Internet – A New Era of Transparency

The Hon. Former Senator Bill Bradley

Gary Chapman, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin

Panel discussion technology and transparency in the federal government: Kshemendra Paul, Federal Chief Architect, Office of Management and Budget; Clay Johnson, Sunlight Labs; John Wonderlich, Director of Policy, The Sunlight Foundation

Panel discussion on transparency and application development:
Conor Kenny, OpenCongress/Sunlight Foundation; Damien Brockmann,; Eric Gundersen, President of Development Seed

Location:  University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Date:  May 15, 2009

Title:  Emergency Preparedness in the Region: What Have We Done & What is Still Needed?

“Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness — The National Perspective”
The Honorable Thomas Kean, former Governor, State of New Jersey and Co-Chairman of the 9/11 Commission

Vulnerability of Critical Infrastructure – Do We Need to Re-evaluate?

Seven years after 9/11, our nation has a long way to go to secure adequately the bulk of our critical infrastructure against the likes of natural disasters and terrorist attacks. Transportation systems (including air, rail and shipping), along with chemical facilities, food and water supplies, communication systems, financial institutions, government complexes are at risk. Experts in the field will discuss what has been done to protect these facilities and what models can be implemented to secure private and public facilities in a systematic way.

  • MODERATOR: Eric Kutner, Principal, Emergency Response Design Group
  • Richard Canas, Director of New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
  • John Paczkowski, Director, Emergency Management and Security, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey; Naval Postgraduate School Distinguished Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Benjamin A. Cooper, Chief of the Response Department, US Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay, Philadelphia, PA

Cooperation Issues – Among and Between Governments and with the Private Sector

The importance of networking, relationship building, maintaining open lines of communications, and understanding how to bridge gaps is critical for effective emergency preparedness. Furthermore, given the responsibilities and vulnerabilities in the private sector — especially the protection of critical infrastructure — it is critical that all segments of government and business be integrated in their planning and implementation procedures. This panel of experts will focus on the interplay among and between public sector entities, and with the business communities to coordinate efforts beyond jurisdictional boundaries to respond to a regional crisis.

  • MODERATOR: Michael J. Chumer, Professor & Director — Emergency Management and Business Program, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Lori Hennon-Bell, Chief Security Officer, Prudential Insurance Company
  • MaryAnn Tierney, Deputy Managing Director for Emergency Management, City of Philadelphia
  • James Y. Cho, Director, Plan Management Unit, NYC Office of Emergency Management


“Recalibrating Homeland Security: The Case for Building Societal Resilience.”

Stephen E. Flynn, Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies, Council on Foreign Relations — and best-selling author of “Edge of Disaster.”

Public Health Preparedness

Public health experts may be called on to make or inform some of the most important decisions of the twenty-first century. These include the decision to allocate scarce healthcare resources including vaccines, where to set up surge facilities, or ‘sheltering in place.’ Is the framework strong enough to support decision making across all sectors, including government, law enforcement, and others? Panelists will discuss these and other considerations with respect to bioterrorism, disease outbreak (e.g., pandemic flu), and natural disasters (e.g., hurricanes, flooding). They will also address some of the financial, legal and ethical issues inherent in this area.

  • MODERATOR: David Gruber, Senior Assistant Commissioner for Health Infrastructure Preparedness and Emergency Response, New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Irwin Redlener, Professor, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness
  • Peter D. Marghella, Executive Vice President, Disaster Preparedness Resources, Inc.
  • Leonard Cole, author and Adjunct Professor, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University

Location:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  Apr 3, 2009

3-part series on politics and public affairs:
Speaker:  David Mayhew, the Sterling Professor of Political Science at Yale University

Location:  Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date:  Mar 9-11, 2009

Pt 1:  Congress and the Presidency: Dissonance in their Electoral Bases?
Pt 2:  What Happens to White House Legislative Proposals?
Pt 3:  Reform as a Property of the System

3-part conference on:  Forgiveness, Reconciliation and the Law

Location:  Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date:  Apr 10, 2009

• The first panel features theorists who discuss forgiveness and apology from the philosophical and social science perspectives.
• Keynoter Jens Meierhenrich (Harvard) shares insights from his recent book, The Legacies of Law (Cambridge 2008) on the function of legal norms and institutions in the transition to and from apartheid in South Africa.
• In the second panel, legal scholars discuss forgiveness in the context of family law, with an emphasis on healing divorce; and therapeutic jurisprudence, moving from adversarialism to greater mutuality in the practice of law. In addition, an activist who promotes full disclosure in medical malpractice cases speaks about the actual and potential impact of his organization’s approach on health care costs.

3-part conference on:  Institutional Investors in Corporate Governance: Heroes Or Villains?

The Symposium addresses a wide range of issues in the corporate and securities field, including: Shareholder voting, SEC proxy rules on shareholder voting and shareholder proposals; the role of proxy advisory services; the validity of shareholder initiatives in corporate governance; the role of hedge funds and sovereign wealth funds in corporate governance; the role of tender offers and defenses against tender offers (including staggered boards and poison pills); the propriety of current levels of executive compensation, the effectiveness of various elements of executive compensation as appropriate incentives, the role of shareholders in approving executive compensation; and the effects of devices that separate voting rights from the economic interests of common stock ownership.

Panel I – An Institutional Investor’s Perspective
– John Wilcox, Chairman of Sodali, Ltd. (international investor advisory consulting firm) former Senior VP and Head of Corporate Governance, TIAA-CREF
– Katherine Combs, Senior Vice President, Corporate Governance; Corporate Secretary; and Deputy General Counsel, Exelon Corporation
– Prof. Simon Peck, Marketing and Policy Studies, Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University

Panel II – Hedge Fund Activism, Voting Gambits, and Tender Offers
– Edward B. Rock, Saul A. Fox Distinguished Professor of Business Law, University of
Pennsylvania Law School
– Prof. Onnig Dombalagian, Tulane University Law School
– George W. Dent, Jr., Schott-van den Eynden Professor, Case Western Reserve University
School of Law

Panel III – Changing Expectations and the Uncertain Future for the Role of Shareholders
– Robert B. Thompson, New York Alumni Chancellor’s Professor of Law and Professor of Management, Vanderbilt University
– Prof. William A. Birdthistle, Chicago-Kent College of Law
– David Porter, Jones Day (retired) and Adjunct Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Location:  Case Western Reserve University, School of Law
Date:  Apr 17, 2009

Title: The Obama Administration Faces Afghanistan

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Date:  Apr 23, 2009

Panel I: Afghanistan in Regional and Global Perspective
Introductions, and Kimberly Marten, Barnard College
Sumit Ganguly, Center on American and Global Security, Indiana University
Steve Coll, New America Foundation and The New Yorker

Panel II: Can the West ‘Win’ in Afghanistan?
Stephen Biddle, Council on Foreign Relations
Max Boot, Council on Foreign Relations

Richard Betts, Dir. Salzman Institute, Prof. of International Relations, Columbia University


Title: All You Can Eat:  How Hungry is America?
Speaker:  Joel Berg, Executive Director, New York City Coalition Against Hunger

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA)
Date:  Apr 21, 2009

Title: Assessing the G-20 Results – Regional Perspectives
Speaker:  A discussion highlighting the significant regional repercussions resulting from the recent G-20 meeting. The discussion was moderated by Merit E. Janow and discussants include Richard Clarida, Sharyn O’Halloran, Guillermo Calvo, Padma Desai,  and Arvind Panagariya.

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Date:  Apr 7, 2009

Title: Wounds of Peace: The Arab – Israeli Conflict After Gaza
Speaker: Shlomo Ben Ami, former Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs

Location:  Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs
Date:  Mar 27, 2009

Title:  The USA Financial Crisis – Problems and Solutions


– Alice Rivlin, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution and former Vice-Chairman of the Federal Reserve; former Director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO); and former Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
– Brian Riedl, Grover M. Hermann Fellow for Federal Budgetary Affairs, Heritage Foundation; former Staff Analyst for Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson
– Diane Lim Rogers, Chief Economist at the Concord Coalition; former Chief Economist for the House Budget Committee
– Eugene Steuerle, Vice President, The Peterson Foundation; former Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute; and former Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Tax Analysis
Location: Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs
Date: Mar 27, 2009

Title: From the Edge of History
Speaker:  Ted Sorensen, former special counsel and advisor to President John F. Kennedy

Location:  Dickinson College, Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues
Date:  Apr 28, 2009.

In January 1953, freshman Senator John F. Kennedy hired 24-year-old Ted Sorensen as his number two legislative assistant. Over the next 11 years he became known as Kennedy’s “intellectual blood-bank” and “top policy aide.” He talks on a variety of subjects including the McCarthy era, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War and the period following the assassination of JFK.

Democracy, Islam and Secularism – Turkey in Comparative Perspective

Religion, Religious Parties, and Democracy

Chair: David Cuthell, Executive Director of the Institute of Turkish Studies in Washington D.C.

– Stathis Kalyvas, Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science and Director of the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence at Yale University “Does Christian Democratic Experience Travel in the non-Christian World?”

Alfred Stepan, Wallace Sayre Professor of Government, director of the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, and co-director of the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University “Variations of Laïcité: Comparing Turkey, France, and Senegal”

Discussant: Mirjam Künkler, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University

Title: The New Liberalism
Speaker:  George Packer Journalist, The New Yorker
Location:  Princeton University
Date: Feb 5, 2009

The Obama presidency marks the end of an era of conservatism and the start of a liberal renewal, the first in many decades. What politics and ideas should we expect to characterize this new era? What historical precedents are relevant? Will it last four years, or thirty?

Title: No Divine Right: Religion and Democracy on Three Continents
Speaker:  Ian Buruma Henry R. Luce Professor of Human Rights and Journalism, Bard College
Location:  Princeton University
Date: Nov 3, 10, 17, 2008

These lectures discuss the clash between religion and secularism in modern democracies. There are differences between Europe and America, but the conflict in “Eurabia,” specifically between Islam and secularism, is also a focus of the lectures. Lecture one: “Empty Churches and Full Tents.” Lecture two: “Wisdom From the East.” Lecture three: “Enlightenment Values.”

Title: Einstein, Franklin, and the Role of Creativity in Today’s World
Speaker:  Walter Isaacson President and CEO, Aspen Institute; biographer (Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and Einstein: His Life and His Universe)
Location:  Princeton University
Date:  Nov 18, 2008

More:  Isaacson’s lecture considers the role creativity plays in yielding novel solutions to scientific, social, and political problems.

Title: Does College Really Matter? The History of Undergraduate Education, Why It’s in Trouble, and What to Do About It (3-part series)
Speaker:  Andrew Delbanco Professor of American Studies, Columbia University
Location:  Princeton University
Date: Dec 1,2,3, 2008


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