Speaker Roundup

Global issues dominate spring semester appearances

Gore: advocate for alternatives to fossil-fuel-based economy.

Gore: advocate for alternatives to fossil-fuel-based economy. Chris Hildreth

  • Al Gore, former Vice President and climate-change activist, at Page Auditorium. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize winner came to campus as part of the Nicholas School of the Environment's Environment and Society lecture series.
  • Neil Lewis, former correspondent for The New York Times and a senior lecturing fellow at Duke Law School, and Adam Liptak, U.S. Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, at the law school. The two conversed about the role of journalists who cover the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Joseph Nye, former assistant secretary of defense, at the Sanford School of Public Policy. He spoke about the need to use cooperation and persuasion to influence international relations, tactics known as "soft power," a phrase he coined.
  • Amartya Sen, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics and Harvard University professor whose work has explored poverty, inequality, and human rights, at Goodson Chapel. He spoke about how Adam Smith's economic philosophy is often misused by those opposed to government intervention in markets.
  • Peter Steinfels, former religion columnist for The New York Times, in the Westbrook Building. He spoke about the role of religion in the public sphere of secular society in Western nations.
  • Other speakers included Elliot Abrams, foreign-policy expert who worked for Presidents George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan; Peter Bergen, national-security analyst at CNN; George Bodenheimer, president of ESPN and ABC Sports; William Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs; and Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

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