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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 7, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 2
Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium Looks at What Future Holds for America

Co-chairs Ashlyn Schneiderjans, Saul Garlick and Abby Gibbons, all juniors, in Shriver Hall Auditorium, where most of the talks will take place.

The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium will begin its 37th year at Johns Hopkins with a speech by retired Gen. Wesley Clark at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 9, in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and a reception in the Clipper Room will follow the lecture.

This year's theme is Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at What Price? A Symposium on a Struggling Domestic Legitimacy.

Clark, who recently sought the Democratic nomination for president, will address the topic "How Much Is Enough? Defense Spending in the 21st Century." A retired four-star general who served in the U.S. Army for 34 years, Clark was formerly the supreme allied commander in Europe and is one of the nation's most highly decorated military officers.

Other speakers in the series include psychosexual therapist "Dr. Ruth" Westheimer, renowned historian and social critic Howard Zinn and CNN senior political analyst Bill Schneider.

Wesley Clark

Established in 1967 to honor the university's eighth president, the MSE Symposium is an annual undergraduate-run lecture series that brings to campus renowned speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance. The student co-chairs — this year, juniors Saul Garlick, Abby Gibbons and Ashlyn Schneiderjans — select the topics, secure the speakers, raise the funds and publicize the series.

The coming weeks will bring other prominent guests from various fields to the Homewood campus to address what the future holds for America. Lectures are at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Sept. 21. Dr. Ruth West-heimer, psychosexual therapist: "Moving Forward? Confronting Sex Education in America."

Tuesday, Sept. 28. 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, 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. Howard Zinn, 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.

This year's symposium also will feature viewings of the televised presidential debates; a workshop series featuring university President William R. Brody and Noam Neusner, a speechwriter for President George W. Bush; and a student debate. Watch The Gazette weekly calendar for details.

For more information, contact the MSE Symposium office at 410-516-7683 or go to


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