Nic Sheff Recalls Psychotic Breakdown During Drug BenderTattered Cover - Tatterred Cover Book Store Historic LoDoAuthor and journalist David Sheff discusses the new paperback edition of his bestselling book Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, his fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.Nic Sheff discusses his memoir Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his drug addictions, getting sober, violent relapses and the road to recovery.
Cleavage at Work? A New Dress Code for Professional WomenMills College - Mills College Graduate School of BusinessIn a women's leadership event co-sponsored by the Lokey Graduate School of Business and the Financial Women's Association of San Francisco, Audrey Nelson discusses her coauthored book, Code Switching: How to Talk So Men Will Listen.Dr. Nelson defines code switching as the ability to use your knowledge of two or more cultures or languages and switch between them, depending on the situation, to communicate. "Rather than telling women to be more like men - a recipe for failure - Code Switching offers a way of reaching across the aisle to open the lines of communication," says Dr. Nelson."It helps both women and men speak in common terms so work gets done, conflict gets resolved, and mutual understanding and respect prevail...in the workplace and beyond."
Hamid Mir Says Osama Bin Laden Still AliveCommonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaBest known internationally as the sole journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks, Mir is a prominent Pakistani journalist who specializes in investigative reporting in Pakistan and abroad.Mir has exposed various corruption scandals and has put major political figures, including Pervez Musharraf, Condoleezza Rice and Hamid Karzai in the hot seat on Geo TV, Pakistan's most popular TV station. He has been called the media face of the Taliban, a CIA agent and more.Find out what he knows about the state of the Pakistan government, the effectiveness of U.S. foreign policy in the region and what it's like to be an investigative journalist in one of the most turbulent regions in the world.
The End of American Empire: October 24th, 2020Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies - University of SydneyEvery two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to assess conflict and peace building in the world; discuss the state of the art of peace research; plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building.The conference is made up of plenary sessions, which focus on specific issues that continue to influence the peace and conflict process significantly, as well as panels and roundtables organized by IPRA's Commissions and Working Groups, plus special events.
Turkish Prime Minister Storms Out of Gaza DebateWorld Economic Forum - World Economic ForumThe uncertainty and complexity surrounding the crisis in Gaza have captured the attention of the world.What needs to be done to prevent the Middle East peace process from slipping away yet again? - World Economic Forum
How Bogota's Mayor Used 'Traffic Mimes' to Fight CrimeColumbia Business School - Columbia Business SchoolRaymond Fisman, Professor of Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School, discusses his latest book Economic Gangsters: Corruption, Violence, and the Poverty of Nations.He explains how seemingly irrational atrocities around the world may have logical causes, as well as logical solutions.
Hitchens on Obama's Israel Policy: 'Not Impressive'Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Sydney Writers' FestivalA year and a half after Barack Obama's historic election, can we still believe in hope and change?In this lively session from the 2010 Sydney Writers Festival, three heavyweight America-watchers examine the unfolding legacy of the Obama administration.Why has the "President for Peace" pulled out of Iraq only to increase troops in Afghanistan? Banks have been bailed out, but what about the people? Has Obama failed to live up to the lofty promises of his campaign? Or, were the expectations of a nation keen for renewal simply too much, maybe impossible, to fulfill?The panel includes journalist Anne Davies and writers Don Watson and Christopher Hitchens. The moderator is Geoffrey Garrett from the United States Studies Centre.
Ken Banks Advocates Cheap Mobile Tools for Human RightsThe Human Rights Center UC Berkeley - Human Rights CenterRecent innovations in science and technology have provided human rights advocates, journalists, and scientists with new tools to expose war crimes and other serious violations of human rights and to disseminate this information in real time throughout the world.The Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley is pleased to showcase these recent developments and push new frontiers of applied research.
Glenn Simpson on Quitting the Wall Street JournalBerkeley Graduate School of Journalism - Berkeley Graduate School of JournalismThe theme of the 3rd Annual Logan Symposium on Investigative Reporting is on bribery and corruption and includes the world premiere of a new PBS Frontline documentary on bribery in international commerce.A series of high-profile panels focus on reporting about bribery and feature investigative reporters and producers, as well as federal prosecutors and whistleblowers.The Reporting on International Corruption panel features Andy Court, 60 Minutes; Jason Felch, The Lost Angeles Times; Bill Keller, The New York Times; David Leigh, The Guardian (UK); Glenn Simpson, The Wall Street Journal; and Oriana Zill de Granados, PBS FRONTLINE.Bill Keller, The New York Times, moderates.
Chuck Close Explains How He Paints with a GridThe Aspen Institute - Aspen Ideas FestivalAmerican painter and photographer Chuck Close discusses his life's work and the creative process behind it in an interview with Pulitzer Prize-Nominated playwright Anna Deavere Smith as part of the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival.
Michael Eric Dyson: Is Gay the New Black?Commonwealth Club - The Commonwealth Club of CaliforniaNamed one of the 100 most influential black Americans by Ebony magazine, Dyson touches on politics, the arts and the personal, including justice, poverty, faith and spirituality.Known as the "hip-hop" intellectual, he examines issues of class, race and poverty, and political strife.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Converting Muslims to ChristianityAustralian Broadcasting Corporation - The Wheeler CenterThe controversial author, feminist activist and politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali comes to Melbourne. A vocal and prominent critic of Islam, Ali has been celebrated and criticised for her work and writings. A former member of the Dutch House of Representatives, she has campaigned passionately for conflict resolution, ethics and world citizenship. Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2005, her memoir Infidel has been praised as profoundly affecting and powerful. The followup, Nomad, tells the stirring story of her search for a new life as she tries to reconcile her Islamic past with her passionate adherence to democracy and Western values.
Julian Assange: Why WikiLeaks Is Taking on the PentagonFrontline Club - The Frontline ClubFollowing the leak by whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks of almost 400,000 secret US army field reports from the Iraq war between 2004 and 2009, tune in to hear Julian Assange at the Frontline Club in conversation with one of the most famous whistle blowers in history, Daniel Ellsberg, who was responsible for the leak of the Pentagon Papers in 1971.Chaired by Elizabeth Palmer, CBS News correspondent.
Christopher Hitchens Confused by Obama's Iran PolicyThe Graduate Center, CUNY - Elebash Recital HallThis debate, moderated by political writer and analyst Peter Beinart (The Daily Beast), features Christopher Hitchens and George Packer.The panel discusses America's position in, and relationship to, the rest of the world under Obama -- and whether or not his foreign policy has been effective.
Dr. Paul Farmer: How Medical Anthropology Changed My LifeDartmouth College - Dartmouth CollegePart of the inauguration of Jim Yong Kim as 17th president of Dartmouth, the panel discussion features General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Brown University president Ruth Simmons, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, Freddie Mac head Ed Haldeman, and global health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer talking with professor Sydney Finkelstein about the future of education, business, and social justice.
Christopher Hitchens: Trotsky Was Right About the NazisThe Hoover Institution - Hoover InstitutionLeon Trotsky, one of the leading figures of the Russian October Revolution, remains a controversial figure. For many, Trotsky's assassination in Mexico marked a tragedy in Soviet history, cutting off the possibility of a humane version of communism taking hold in Russia, with Trotsky himself arguing that he would have held back the tides of arbitrary rule and terror. But is that so? In answering this question and others about Trotsky's ideas, political defeat, and exile, Hitchens and Service speak to the very nature of communist ideology.
GE' s Jeff Immelt: Smart People Ask the Most QuestionsDartmouth College - Dartmouth CollegePart of the inauguration of Jim Yong Kim as 17th president of Dartmouth, the panel discussion features General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Brown University president Ruth Simmons, Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter, Freddie Mac head Ed Haldeman, and global health pioneer Dr. Paul Farmer talking with professor Sydney Finkelstein about the future of education, business, and social justice.
Hitchens and Buckley Debate the 60s Protest MovementsThe Hoover Institution - The Hoover InstitutionWhat happened in 1968 and why? From a bloody war in Vietnam to a bloody struggle for equality in our nation's streets, what is the legacy of '68? William F. Buckley, Jr., late Editor-at-large at the National Review, and Christopher Hitchens, Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair chose opposing sides that year and now take a look back, explaining the rights and wrongs of the Right and the Left and their personal triumphs and regrets.