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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 8, 2008 | Vol. 38 No. 2
Tucker Carlson of MSNBC to kick off 2008 MSE Symposium


By Amy Lunday

MSNBC senior campaign correspondent Tucker Carlson will lead off the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in Homewood's Shriver Hall Auditorium. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and a reception in the Clipper Room follows the event.

Carlson is the first of six speakers in the lineup for this year's symposium, A More Perfect Union: Partnership, Progress and Prosperity in a Changing America. Also scheduled are Kareem Abdul Jabbar, basketball hall-of-famer, author, actor and humanitarian, Oct. 28; former CIA agent and author Valerie Plame, Oct. 30; actor/comedian David Alan Grier, Oct. 31 (part of Parents' Weekend festivities; a limited number of $25 tickets are available through Ticketmaster); actor/comedian Will Ferrell, Nov. 4 (open to Johns Hopkins affiliates and season pass holders only); and university President William R. Brody, Nov. 19. All lectures are at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall.

Established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, the annual MSE Symposium is an undergraduate-run lecture series that brings to campus renowned speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance.

Before being named MSNBC's senior campaign correspondent earlier this year, Carlson hosted The Situation With Tucker Carlson and Tucker. He joined MSNBC in 2005 from CNN, where he was the youngest anchor in that network's history. Carlson became well-known during his tenure at CNN, where he hosted political-themed shows including Crossfire. He has reported stories from around the world, and his writing has appeared in New York magazine, Reader's Digest, Esquire, The Weekly Standard and The New York Times Magazine.

The students are selling $60 season passes that will secure guaranteed seating near the stage for all lectures except Grier's. To purchase a pass, send a check payable to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, along with a note including your name and that of the person for whom you are reserving a seat, to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, Mattin Center, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21218. For more information, go to


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