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Citizens, Neighbors, Strangers, Friends:
What is Citizenship in the 21st Century?

Education for Citizenship Series
Inaugural lecture by Danielle Allen with Josiah Ober, Respondent
Presented with the Stanford Center for Ethics in Society

Thursday, October 2, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Danielle AllenIn her book, Talking to Strangers: Anxieties of Citizenship since Brown v. Board of Education, Danielle Allen discusses those sacrifices citizens make to keep democracy working in spite of the vices that often get in the way. One such vice is distrust of the stranger, which is overcome by the deliberate cultivation of what she calls “political friendship,” reaching out to others who appear to be different than ourselves. “To develop a cultural habit of such friendship would," Allen writes, “transform our political world.” In setting the context for our series on virtues and vices with the Center for Ethics, Danielle Allen will suggest ways people in institutions of higher education are prepared to effect this transformation by daring to imagine and act in accord with democratic ideals.

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LIFE: A Photographic Journey Through Time

Frans Lanting and Christine Eckstrom with Richard Stolley

Monday, July 14, 2008 | 8:00 – 9:30pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The Aurora Forum joins with Stanford Publishing Courses to present photographer Frans Lanting and his LIFE Project, a lyrical interpretation of the story of life on Earth that has been produced as a multimedia show for symphony orchestra with music by Philip Glass. For this evening’s photographic presentation, Lanting will be joined by his wife and partner, Christine Eckstrom, an editor, videographer, and former staff writer at National Geographic. For two decades, Frans and Chris have collaborated on fieldwork and publishing projects that have increased awareness of endangered ecological treasures.
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On the Pursuit of Happiness:
An Evening with Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer

Robert Thurman and Pico Iyer with Mark Gonnerman

Monday, April 28, 2008 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Novelist and travel writer Pico Iyer joins Robert Thurman, Columbia University professor and founder of Tibet House in New York City, for a conversation on the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, education, life on the road, and things that contribute to happiness and human well-being.
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Global Solidarity, Human Rights, and the End of Poverty

Amarta Sen (keynote), Clayborne Carson, Deborah Johnson, David Grusky, Ananya Roy

Saturday, April 5, 2008 | 10:00 – 5:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), the Aurora Forum joins with Stanford’s King Institute to host a day-long conference on the struggle for economic justice, arguably Dr. King’s primary concern throughout the whole of his life.

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Filmmaking in Iraq

Kasim Abid, Maysoon Pachachi and Fady Hadid with Kristine Samuelson

Monday, March 17, 2008 | 7:30 – 9:30pm | Carriage House Theater, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga | Free and Open to All

We join three Iraqi artists to discuss the challenges of filmmaking in present-day Iraq.  Maysoon Pachachi and Kasim Abid, who set up the Independent Film & Television College in Baghdad in 2004, will show and discuss clips from their students’ films.  This will be followed by a screening and discussion of producer Fady Hadid’s Hometown Baghdad, a documentary web series that follows the lives of young Iraqis struggling to survive during the war.

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