Featured Events

Conversations from the Edge:
Vanishing Cultures and the Ethnosphere Project

Wade Davis and Chris Rainier with Mark Gonnerman

Monday, October 2, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures, Wade Davis coined the term ethnosphere to remind people that cultural diversity is as important to human sustenance as the diverse life forms that make up the biosphere.
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American Gospel:
Religion, Politics, and the Press

Jon Meacham

Sunday, July 16, 2006 | 8:00 – 9:30pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Join us as Newsweek managing editor Jon Meacham discusses religion, one of the most pervasive yet least understood forces in American life. With reference to his best-selling book, American Gospel, he will use the Founding Fathers’ insistence on religious liberty to illuminate conflicts at work in our country as we approach the first wide-open presidential election since 1952.
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Democracy and the Middle East:
Prospects and Problems

Larry Diamond and Abbas Milani with Erik Jensen

Thursday, April 20, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In his recent book, Squandered Victory: The American Occupation and the Bungled Effort to Bring Democracy to Iraq, Professor Larry Diamond identifies four key elements of democracy: "choosing and replacing the government through free and fair elections; active citizen participation in politics and civic life; protection of the human rights of all citizens; and the rule of law, in which the regulations and procedures apply equally to all citizens." What are the prospects and problems for implementing these principles throughout the Middle East? Professor Diamond will discuss this and other questions with Dr. Abbas Milani, co-director of the Hoover Institution's Iran Democracy Project and director of Stanford's new Iranian Studies Program.
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An Evening with Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin with Alan Acosta

Thursday, March 16, 2006 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Famous as America's "deadline poet," Calvin Trillin has been a gadfly in verse for The Nation since 1990, delighting readers with his rhyming observations on the news of the day. A staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963 and columnist for Time magazine, Trillin has traveled America's highways and byways to keep his finger on the nation's pulse (and its palate).
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Celebrating South African Freedom:
A Symposium on the International Campaign to End Apartheid

Clayborne Carson, Connie Field, Amanda Kemp, Steve Phillips and Justice Albie Sachs
Donald Kennedy

Saturday, January 21, 2006 | 1:00 – 5:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

The Aurora Forum, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, and the Stanford Institute for International Studies are proud to sponsor a one-day symposium on the history and legacy of international campaigns to end Apartheid in South Africa.
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