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Theme: "The 21st Century: Challenges and Change"

All EN Thompson Forums on World Issues are held at the Lied Center for Performing Arts on the the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. Admission is free and all Forums are open to the public. If you are not able to attend the Lied Center you can view the event live on the UNL website, Lincoln channel 21, Neb Sat, or KRNU radio 90.3 FM.

For eighteen years, the E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues has brought a diversity of view points on international and public policy issues to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the citizens of the state in order to promote understanding and to encourage debate. The Forum seeks out forceful speakers who are committed to the issues they address, seeking balance over the range of its programs rather than in each presentation. The Forum does not endorse the views of the individual speakers nor limit their freedom to express their points of view. more...

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Speaker Schedule for 2006-2007

Ambassador John Bolton

John Bolton

3:30 p.m. Forum Lecture

Lecture title: TBA

John R. Bolton was appointed by President George W. Bush as United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations on August 1, 2005. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Bolton served as Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security from May 2001 to May 2005. He was Senior Vice President of the American Enterprise and spent many years of his career in public service, serving as Assistant Secretary for International Organization Affairs at the Department of State, 1989-1993; Assistant Attorney General, Department of Justice, 1985-1989; Assistant Administrator for Program and Policy Coordination, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1982-1983; and General Counsel, U.S. Agency for International Development, 1981-1982.

Wikipedia Profile | Wall Street Journal Interview | State Dept. Biography

Azar Nafisi

Azar Nafisi

7:30 p.m. Forum Lecture

"Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books" - 11th Annual Governor's Lecture in the Humanities, co-sponsored by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the University of Nebraska

Azar Nafisi, author of the national bestseller Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, is the director of the Dialogue Project at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. She held a fellowship from Oxford and taught English literature at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University and Allameh Tabatabai University in Iran.

Wikipedia Profile | Library of Congress Webcast | Reading Lolita In Tehran Random House Page | PBS interview

George McGovern

George McGovern

7:00 p.m. Forum Lecture

Lecture title: "America: The Road Ahead at Home and Abroad

George McGovern was a United States Congressman, Senator, and the Democratic nominee for the 1972 presidential election. After leaving the Senate in 1980 he was a visiting professor at a number of institutions, including Columbia University, Northwestern University, Duke University, Cornell University and the University of Berlin. He served as President of the Middle East Policy Council from 1991-1998, when President Bill Clinton appointed him U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome. In 2001, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan named him honorary United Nations Global Ambassador on World Hunger.

Wikipedia Profile | US Congress Biography | Huffington Post Blog

Clyde Prestowitz

Clyde Prestowitz

7:00 p.m. Forum Lecture

The Lewis E. Harris Lecture on Public Policy

Clyde Prestowitz is founder and President of the Economic Strategy Institute, a Washington think-tank influential in the areas of international trade policy and specialized in how key sectors of the U.S. and world economy adapt to change, in particular the effects of globalization. Mr. Prestowitz served as counselor to the Secretary of Commerce in the Reagan Administration and led many U.S. trade and investment negotiations with Japan, China, Latin America, and Europe. His latest book, Three Billion New Capitalists: The Great Shift of Wealth and Power to the East, deals with the economic rise of Asia and the upcoming rebalancing of the world economic order and its impact on the United States. He is also the author of Rogue Nation: American Unilateralism and the Failure of Good Intentions and the best-selling book on U.S.-Japan relations, Trading Places.

ESI Biography | Institute of International Studies Interview | Rogue Nation Review | Three Billion New Capitalists Review

Sherwin Nuland

Sherwin Nuland

7:00 p.m. Forum Lecture
NebSat Channel 105

The Kripke Lecture, co-sponsored by the UNL Norman and Bernice Harris Center for Judaic Studies

Sherwin B. Nuland, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Yale University School of Medicine and a Fellow at Yale's Institute for Social and Policy Studies. He is the author of nine books, including Doctors: The Biography of Medicine, The Wisdom of the Body, The Mysteries Within, Lost in America: A Journey with My Father, and The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignác Semmelweis. His book How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter won the National Book Award and spent thirty-four weeks on the New York Times best-seller list.

Wikipedia profile | NextBook Interview | Identity Theory Interview