Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at what Price?
The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium will begin its 37th year at The Johns Hopkins University with a speech by retired Gen. Wesley Clark on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 8 p.m. in the Shriver Hall Auditorium on the university's Homewood campus. The speech is free and open to the public.
Clark, who campaigned for the Democratic presidential nomination, will address the topic, "How Much is Enough? Defense Spending in the 21st Century." Clark is the first speaker in this year's lecture series under the theme "Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at What Price? A Symposium on a Struggling Domestic Legitimacy." Other speakers include Dr. Ruth Westheimer, renowned historian and social critic Howard Zinn and CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider.
Established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, the annual MSE Symposium is an undergraduate-run lecture series, free and open to the public, that brings to campus renowned speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance. This year's symposium speakers will address what the future holds for America.
This year's symposium chairs — Saul Garlick, Abby Gibbons and Ashlyn Schniederjans, all juniors — and their staff have invited nine speakers to Shriver Hall and other venues on campus to explore this theme as widely as possible. The student co-chairs select the topics, secure the speakers, raise the funds and publicize the series.
Clark leads off this year's series. The retired four-star general, who served in the U.S. Army for 34 years, was formerly the supreme allied commander in Europe and one of the nation's most highly decorated military officers. A full bio is online at http://www.greatertalent.com
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. A reception in the Clipper Room will follow the lecture.
The coming weeks will bring other prominent guests from various fields to the Homewood campus. The following lectures are at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall unless noted.
Tuesday, Sept. 21. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, "Moving Forward? Confronting Sex Education in America."
Tuesday, Sept. 28. Dr. Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, "Back to the Future: Where Will Today's Research Take Us Tomorrow?"
Thursday, Oct. 14. Dan Raviv, CBS News Washington correspondent, "America's Narrative: How Well Do We Tell the World Our Story?"
Tuesday, Oct. 19. David Horowitz, author and political activist, "America's Ideals: The Case for Free Speech."
Thursday, Oct. 28, **Levering Hall Glass Pavilion.** Dinesh D'Souza, Hoover Institute fellow, author and political commentator, "The End of Racism."
Monday, Nov. 8. Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, "America's Choice: The Meaning of the 2004 Election."
Monday, Dec. 6. N. Gregory Mankiw, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors, "Big Jobs, Little Jobs: The Tugboat of the American Economy."
Wednesday, Dec. 8, 8 p.m. Howard Zinn, renowned historian and social critic,"Reinventing Peace: Making it a Reality After 9/11."
Each lecture lasts approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a question-and-answer period and a reception where guests mingle with members of the audience. As in the past, the MSE Symposium is expected to draw thousands of people.
This year's symposium will also feature a student debate, screenings of the televised presidential debates, and a workshop series featuring university President William R. Brody and Noam Neusner, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush.
For more information, contact the MSE Symposium office at 410-516-7683, or contact Amy Cowles in the Office of News and Information, 443-287-9960. The MSE Symposium Web site is http://www.jhu.edu/mse.
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