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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 18, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 8
In Brief


Jack Germond, author, political columnist, to give IPS seminar

Political columnist and author Jack Germond will speak at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 21, in the Shriver Hall Clipper Room on the Homewood campus. The talk is part of the Institute for Policy Studies' Press and Public Policy seminar series, which spotlights the common ground between those who study and those who report on domestic policy issues.

Germond, who has covered every presidential campaign since 1960, will share his thoughts about the domestic policy implications of the upcoming presidential elections. After his lecture, he will sign copies of his new book, Fat Man Fed Up: How American Politics Went Bad.

A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Baltimore Sun, Germond was also the Gannett bureau chief in Washington and a columnist and editor for The Washington Star. He first appeared on Meet the Press in 1972 and has been a regular on the Today Show, CNN and The McLaughlin Group. He now serves as a panelist on WUSA-TV's Inside Washington and writes occasional newspaper pieces. Because seating is limited, R.S.V.P. to


Author David Horowitz to talk on 'The Case for Free Speech'

David Horowitz, a nationally recognized author, civil rights advocate and political commentator, is the next scheduled speaker in the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium. He will discuss "America's Ideals: The Case for Free Speech" at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Homewood's Shriver Hall.

In the 1960s, Horowitz founded the New Left movement and went on to author many books, including The Politics of Bad Faith, The Art of Political War and Radical Son, his autobiography. He currently serves as president of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture, which supports his campaigns and his online newsmagazine

He is also the founder of Students for Academic Freedom, a national alliance of student organizations committed to encouraging intellectual diversity and academic freedom at colleges and universities in the United States. He has been seen on Nightline, Crossfire, Today, Good Morning America, C-SPAN, CNBC, Fox News Channel and CBS This Morning and regularly appears on the Dennis Miller Show.


SAIS hosts conference on role of sports in international relations

To kick off a series of events to be held worldwide in observance of the International Year of Sport in 2005, SAIS will host a daylong conference called "More Than Just a Game: The Role of Sports in International Relations." The conference, to be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18, in the Nitze Building, is sponsored by the Swiss Foundation for World Affairs at SAIS.

In recent years, the value of sports in grassroots peace-building activities — and on a more elite level, as a bridge to diplomatic efforts — has been increasingly recognized. Considered moments of triumph, for instance, were the 1971 table tennis tournament between China and the United States and the joint hosting of the 2002 Soccer World Cup in Korea and Japan. The purpose of this conference is to discuss how sports can make the difference in peace building and diplomacy.

The keynote address will be given by Adolf Ogi, the former president of Switzerland and now special adviser to the U.N. Secretary General on Sports for Development and Peace. Non-SAIS affiliates who wish to attend should R.S.V.P. to or 202-663-5938.


The Loyal Opposition troupe plays politics for laughs

The Loyal Opposition — the well-known troupe of political satirists — pays a timely visit to the Homewood campus on Wednesday, Oct. 20, just weeks before the presidential election.

"A Political Sketch Comedy," part of the Office of Special Events' Wednesday Noon Series, is billed by its players as "cutting satire, raucous comedy and quick-witted improvisations." This performance, which takes place at noon in Homewood's Shriver Hall, is co-sponsored by Theatre Hopkins.


Gearhart to participate in public discourse on stem cell research

Two leading voices on stem cell research will discuss the science, ethics and politics behind the controversial topic at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 19, in Goucher College's Heubeck Multipurpose Room. The free public discussion is one of a series of events at Goucher College that focus on issues of influence to the 2004 presidential election.

The featured speakers are John Gearhart of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Eve Herold of the Stem Cell Research Foundation in Maryland.


School of Public Health answers questions about flu vaccine

The School of Public Health has posted online a series of questions and answers addressing the current flu vaccine shortage. It can be found at



Dale Cathell, the speaker for the Nov. 8 lecture in the All Politics Is Local series at Homewood, is a judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, the state's highest court. His affiliation was incorrect in the Oct. 11 issue. His topic will be "Is Justice Color-blind? Perceptions and Realities in the Criminal Justice System." The talk is at 8 p.m. in Mudd Hall Auditorium.


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