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Can Individualism Be Fair?

December 17, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

The ideal of “equality and justice for all” as promised in the Constitution, sounds noble, but it’s not necessarily in sync with the American drive for upward mobility, says Yale Law School Prof. Peter Schuck. “We value the opportunity to become wealthy more than we value equality,” said Prof. Schuck, speaking at the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Lecture Series at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs. Referring to greed in the mortgage industry and the nation’s subsequent economic meltdown, he said, “These challenges are so hard to resolve because they reflect our commitment to individual autonomy.”
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Her Prose: Hansel and Gretel Revisited

December 16, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Francine Prose knows what it’s like to write a New York Times best-seller, because she did with her book, “Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them,” (2006). At a reception in her honor at Baruch College, Prose read and discussed “Hansel and Gretel,” a short story she first published in 1986. “When you have just written something, you think, what a great imagination you have,” said Prose,” who is currently the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. “But when something sits around for decades, suddenly you begin to realize how it reflected reality.”
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The Continuing Debate over Term Limits

November 20, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s move to extend term limits was passed by the City Council, signed into law, and prompted legal challenges. In a panel discussion on the controversial proposal, Kenneth Moltner of New Yorkers for Term Limits outlined a key objection to the mayor’s action: “Voters voted not once, but twice, in 1993 and 1996 (against a proposal to extend term limits from two terms to three), so the issue is about respect for their vote.” The panel, at Baruch College, was moderated by former City Council Speaker Peter F. Vallone Sr.
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Obama's $650 Million

November 18, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Sen. Barack Obama made history with his Presidential win and with his record-breaking $650 million in fundraising — $400 million more than Sen. John McCain. That gap, says Republican strategist Ed Rollins, presents future challenges for the GOP. “When you’re being outspent four or five to one, it is very difficult to make up the numbers you need (to win),” Rollins said at a Baruch College panel discussion, “Politics, Pundits and Polls: Election 2008.” Also participating: Democratic strategist Harold Ickes, pollster Kellyanne Conway and Daily News columnist Errol Louis.
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Sexism and the Presidential Campaign

November 6, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

The 2008 presidential race, one of the most historic, also showed that gender bias still exists, says Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania. In her lecture, “She Cackles, He Laughs: Gender Stereotypes in the 2008 Presidential Campaign Coverage,” at Baruch College’s School of Public Affairs, Jamieson cited sexist comments made in the media regarding Sen. Hillary Clinton and Gov. Sarah Palin. Specifically, she discussed the characterization of Sen. Clinton’s laugh as grist for the Sunday morning media mill, while similar behavior by ex-Mayor Rudolph Giuliani was ignored. “If it’s a sign of inauthenticity and calculation on the part of Hillary Clinton, then isn’t it a sign of inauthenticity and calculation for Rudy Giuliani as well?” asked Jamieson, who appears regularly PBS’s “The News Hour.”
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Alma Guillermoprieto: The Power of Giving

July 15, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Prolific author and journalist Alma Guillermoprieto urged Baruch College’s 2008 graduating class to help others much as she was helped by a scholarship from the Andrew Goodman Foundation, set up by the mother of the murdered 1960s civil rights worker. “I was a different person forever because someone helped me back then,” said Guillermoprieto, a Mexican native who has written about Latin America for more than 25 years, contributing to the New York Review of Books and The New Yorker magazine. “Her gift made my world larger.” Guillermoprieto received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.
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Shelly Lazarus: How To Succeed

May 9, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

A regular on Fortune magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business roster, advertising powerhouse Shelly Lazarus has been chairman & CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide for more than a decade, launching successful multimedia advertising campaigns for such A-list clients as Dove, Kodak and American Express. As part of the Baruch College’s Zicklin Graduate Leadership Speaker Series, Lazarus, who started in advertising in 1971 as a junior account executive at O&M, shares tips on leadership. “No one gets to the top of the corporate ladder without the help of others who are in the rungs below and the rungs above.”
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A Night of Poetry with Charles Simic

April 30, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Post-War World II Belgrade was a “living” slaughterhouse, says Yugoslavian-born Charles Simic, the Poet Laureate of the United States and the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence at Baruch College. After moving to the U.S. in 1954, Simic discovered poetry as a tool for exploring his postwar experience. Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, the Edgar Allan Poe Award, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” and most recently, the 2007 Wallace Stevens Award for Poetry, Simic, now 70, reads and discusses poems from his 2008 book “That Little Something,” a remembrance of his salad days in New York City.
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Down and Dirty – Why Negative Advertising Works

April 23, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Politicians have used attack ads for centuries, but, according to long-time Democratic strategist Hank Sheinkopf, feeding today’s endless appetite for gossip and soft news gives mud-slinging a platform like never before. “If newspapers and free media did what they’re supposed to be doing, we wouldn’t use [negative advertising].” In a discussion entitled “Slinging Mud: How Will We Go in 2008,” part of the Peter F. Vallone Seminar Series at Baruch College, former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone Sr. moderates a conversation between Mr. Sheinkopf, Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, and Rutgers University Communications Professor Montague Kern on the controversies surrounding negative campaigning.
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Politics and Murder in Guatemala: Who Killed the Bishop?

January 8, 2008 | Baruch College, CUNY Lecture Series

Guatemala’s bloody civil war lasted 36 years and left 200,000 civilians in it’s wake. In April 1998, human rights activist and the Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Guatemala, Juan Gerardi, released a report that held the Guatemalan military responsible for 90% of the atrocities, including the slaughter of children. Days later, Bishop Gerardi was found bludgeoned to death in his home. Acclaimed Guatemalan-American novelist, Francisco Goldman, spent the next nine years immersed in the investigation, resulting in his latest book, “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed The Bishop?,” a non-fictional investigative report. In a lecture at Baruch College, Goldman discusses the case, including the eventual convictions of three army officers and a collaborating priest, in the killing.
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