Middle East Institute scholar Molly Williamson speaks on "Geoeconomic Factors in Diplomacy" surrounding the top five oil-producing countries in the world: Saudi Arabia, Russia, the United States, China and Iran.
Nina Morrison, senior staff attorney at the Innocence Project, speaks on her organization's work to exonerate the innocent and reform a system responsible for many unjust imprisonments by telling the story of Michael Morton, who was wrongfully incarcerated for 25 years.
Marina Picciotto, Charles B.G. Murphy Chair in Psychiatry and professor of neurobiology and pharmacology at Yale University School of Medicine, speaks about the science of happiness Thursday morning in the Amphitheater.
Former FEC chairman Trevor Potter, founding president of the Campaign Legal Center and general counsel to John McCain's 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns, speaks on how market forces affect the political process, specifically with regard to campaign financing and Super PACs.
In the first lecture in a week that examines the exclusive brotherhood known as "The Presidents Club," Nancy Gibbs lays the groundwork for the complex narrative. Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time, co-wrote the book, "The Presidents Club," with Michael Duffy. Her talk focuses on the behind-closed-doors partnerships between former presidents and the relationships those dealings fostered. Tales of Truman, Eisenhower, Nixon and more abound.
College students today comprise a large number of the millennial (post-1980-born) generation. As they progress through university, the pressure to succeed increases. Some students turn to cheating to gain an advantage, which is now quite easy due to technology improvements. How do we remedy this? Teresa A. Sullivan, president of the University of Virginia, offers some answers in this lecture that ends a week of exploring "The Ethics of Cheating."
In this lecture, Husain Haqqani, former Pakistani ambassador to the U.S., seeks to explain the mystery behind hot-and-cold foreign relations between the two nations. Tracing their history, Haqqani touches on some of the key misunderstandings that have led to the current situation. The remedy, Haqqani suggests, is friendship — a more lasting alternative than mere alliance and partnership.
Author and president of the University of Richmond Edward Ayers talks about the actual thoughts and reasons of Southerners behind secession. Ayers has written "In the Presence of Mine Enemies," "What Caused the Civil War?" and eight other books.
Director of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, former senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and author C. Fred Bergsten talks about the global impact of the U.S. economy.
Harvard professor of political philosophy Michael Sandel asks how we can elevate the terms of public discourse and reach for a new politics of the common good. Sandel is the author of "Justice," "The Case against Perfection," "Public Philosophy" and "What Money Can't Buy."
Retired diplomat Nicholas Burns believes there are three basic choices the U.S. could make in foreign policy regarding Iran. The first two, he said, are so "absurd" that they shouldn't be taken seriously. The third, though, is the path he believes in, because it's "practical and right in the middle."