November 10, 2014
Redistribution reform in Maryland: Challenges and Solutions
John Delaney, Congressman
Aisha N.Braveboy, Maryland Delegate
Dan Vicuna, The National Redistricting Coordinator for Common Cause

This public forum focused on efforts to replace gerrymandering with a fair and open process to draw congressional and state-legislative district lines. Speakers included Congressman John Delaney of Maryland, Maryland Delegate Aisha Braveboy, and Dan Vicuna, the National Redistricting Coordinator for Common Cause.
May 19, 2014
MEET THE ATTORNEY GENERAL CANDIDATES: A debate among the candidates in the Democratic Attorney General primary race
Aisha Braveboy, Delegate of Prince George's County
Jon S.Cardin, Delegate of Baltimore County
Brian Frosh, State Senator of Montgomery County

Three attorney general candidates debated current issues prior to the 2014 democratic primary election. The topics included public safety, environmental protection and civil rights. The debate was moderated by Douglas Besharov and the journalist panel consisted of Erin Cox, Jenna Johnson and Tracee Wilkins.
April 17, 2014
Peter B. Edelman, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Peter B. Edelman, has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980. Earlier, he was a Law Clerk to Supreme Court Justice Arthur J. Goldberg and before that to Judge Henry J. Friendly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Assistant to Assistant Attorney General John Douglas. Professor Edelman's most recent book, So Rich So Poor: Why It's So Hard to End Poverty in America, was published by The New Press in May 2012. He previously wrote Searching for America's Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, which was published by Houghton-Miffin in January 2001. He also co-authored Reconnecting Disadvantaged Young Men, which was published by the Urban Institute in 2006, and is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth. His article in the Atlantic Monthly entitled, "The Worst Thing Bill Clinton Has Done" received the Harry Chapin Media Award. Peter Edelman has chaired and been a board member of many organizations and foundations. He is currently chair of the District of Columbia Access to Justice Commission, board chair of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy, Public Welfare Foundation and the National Center for Youth Law, board president emeritus of the New Israel Fund, and a board member of the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and a half dozen other nonprofit organizations. He has been a United States-Japan Leadership Program Fellow, was the J. Skelly Wright Memorial Fellow at Yale Law School, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work. He grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
November 06, 2013
Mexico-U.S. Migration: Past, Present, and Future Trends
Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland School of public policy (moderator)
Mark Krikorian, Executive Director, Center for Immigration Studies
Shannon K. O'Neil, Senior Fellow for Latin America, Council on Foreign Relations
Jeffrey Passel, Pew Hispanic Center
Andrew Selee, Vice President for Programs and founding Director, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

Why did migration from Mexico grow to such large numbers? Is net migration now close to zero? Why did it slow so much? What are the prospects for the future? And, are there other Mexicos in our future?

Why did migration from Mexico grow to such large numbers? Is net migration now close to zero? Why did it slow so much? What are the prospects for the future? Are there other Mexicos in our future?

Presented by APPAM and cosponsored by the Norman and Florence Brody Public Policy Forum of the University of Maryland, the Atlantic Council, the Center for Immigration Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
October 22, 2012
How Will You Vote on Civil Marriage and Expanding Gambling? The 2012 Maryland Referenda
Delegate Kathleen Dumais, Member of the House of Delegates
Derek McCoy, Executive Director, Maryland Marriage Alliance
Delegate Anne Kaiser, Member of the House of Delegates
Delegate Heather Mizeur, Member of the House of Delegates

About the Civil Marriage Protection Act Referendum
Establishes that Maryland’s civil marriage laws allow gay and lesbian couples to obtain a civil marriage license as long as they are not otherwise prohibited from marrying; protects clergy from having to perform any particular marriage ceremony in violation of their religious beliefs; affirms that each religious faith has exclusive control over its own theological doctrine regarding who may marry within that faith; and specifies that religious organizations and certain related entities are not required to provide goods, services, or benefits to an individual related to the celebration or promotion of marriage in violation of their religious beliefs.

About the Gaming Expansion Referendum
Expands commercial gaming in the state of Maryland for the primary purpose of raising revenue for education by authorizing casinos to operate “table games;” increasing to 16,500, from 15,000, the maximum number of video lottery terminals that may be operated in the state; increasing the maximum number of casino licenses that may be awarded in Maryland to six, from five; specifically allowing a casino to operate in Prince George’s County; and providing tax breaks to established casinos that could lose business if a proposed Las Vegas-styled casino opens at National Harbor in Prince George’s County.
March 14, 2012
Debating the Dream Act? Rewarding Illegal Immigrants or Advancing the American Dream?
William E. Kirwan, Chancellor of the University System of Maryland (Opening Remarks)
Douglas J. Besharov, University of Maryland School of public policy (moderator)
Alexander Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Liensing & Reguation State of Maryland
Patrick McDonough, House of Delegates State of Maryland
Mark Krikorian, Executive Diretor Center for Immigration Studies
Frank Sharry, Founder and Executiv Director, America's Voice

This Brody Forum will seek a balanced exploration of the pros and cons of both the federal and Maryland DREAM Acts. It will be structured as a moderated panel discussion with five participants: Two proponents of DREAM Acts, one addressing the federal bill and the other the Maryland law; and two opponents, again one addressing the federal bill and the other the Maryland law.

The event will include a full discussion on many of the contentious issues surrounding DREAM Acts, including fundamental issues about the nature of our diverse American community, the rule of and respect for law, and concepts of fairness toward immigrants as well as native born.
March 11, 2010
Testing, School Choice, and the Future of American Education
Diane Ravitch, Former Assistant Secretary of Education

In recent years, many observers have become concerned about the quality of America’s public schools. But as the federal government, state governments, city mayors, school boards, teachers unions, education researchers, and others have worked hard to improve American public education, some are having second thoughts about the effectiveness of testing and school choice, fearing that they are ineffective or even counterproductive. Joining us to discuss her views on the right way forward for U.S. education policy is Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education under President George H.W. Bush and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education.
March 11, 2010
A Conversation on the Future of Medicare and the Federal Budget
Robert D. Reischauer, President, Urban Institute

Robert D. Reischauer, president of the Urban Institute and former director of the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), is a nationally known expert on the federal budget, Medicare, and Social Security. Prior to joining the Urban Institute, he was a senior fellow of economic studies at the Brookings Institution. From 1989 to 1995, he was the director of the CBO, which is responsible for generating objective, nonpartisan analysis of economic and budgetary issues to aid federal decision makers. He was a member of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission from 2000 to 2009, serving as its vice chair from 2001 to 2008. He is the coauthor or coeditor of several books, including Vouchers and the Provision of Public Services (2000), Setting National Priorities: The 2000 Election and Beyond (1999), Medicare: Preparing for the Challenges of the 21st Century (1998), Countdown to Reform: The Great Social Security Debate (1998), and Setting National Priorities: Budget Choices for the Next Century (1996). He frequently contributes to the opinion pages of the New York Times, Washington Post, and other major national newspapers, comments on public policy developments on radio and television, and testifies before congressional committees.
January 31, 2010
Kenneth R. Feinberg
Kenneth R. Feinberg, Former Special Master, 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

Kenneth R. Feinberg is one of the country’s most prominent lawyers, and has played a key role in resolving many of our nation’s most challenging and widely known disputes. He currently serves as the Wall Street “pay czar,” overseeing compensation for executives at firms that received federal bailout funds. He is perhaps most famous for serving as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, in which he reached out to all who qualified to file a claim, evaluated applications, determined appropriate compensation, and disseminated awards. Mr. Feinberg also served as Administrator for the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund following the tragic shootings at Virginia Tech and as Special Master in cases involving Agent Orange, asbestos, Dalkon shield, and DES (pregnancy medication). In 2004, he was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the National Law Journal, and has been named repeatedly as one of “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.” He is the author of What is Life Worth?: The Unprecedented Effort to Compensate the Victims of 9/11.
January 31, 2010
Stephan Thernstrom
Stephan Thernstrom, Winthrop Research Professor, Harvard University History Department

Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Research Professor of History at Harvard University, where he taught American social history from 1973 to 2008. He was a member of the National Council for the Humanities from 2002 to 2008. Dr. Thernstrom is the editor of the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups and the co-editor of Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity and Nineteenth-Century Cities: Essays in the New Urban History. His books include Poverty and Progress: Social Mobility in a Nineteenth-Century City, The Other Bostonians: Poverty and Progress in the American Metropolis, 1880-1970, A History of the American People, and (with his wife Abigail), America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible and No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning. He also has written widely in periodicals for general audiences, including The New Republic, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Times Literary Supplement, The Public Interest, the Los Angeles Times, Commentary, and National Review. He is currently writing a volume tentatively titled Don’t Call It Segregation: The Myth of Contemporary American Apartheid. Abigail Thernstrom will again be the co-author.
November 11, 2009
Abigail Thernstrom
Abigail Thernstrom, Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

Abigail Thernstrom is the vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, and an adjunct scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She was a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York from 1993 to 2009, and a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education for more than a decade until her third term ended in November 2006. She also serves on the board of advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Dr. Thernstrom and her husband, Harvard historian Stephan Thernstrom, are the co-authors of No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning, which was awarded the 2007 Fordham Foundation prize for “for distinguished scholarship,” and was named by both the Los Angeles Times and the American School Board Journal as one of the best books of 2003. She is also co-author of Voting Rights and Wrongs: The Elusive Quest for Racially Fair Elections. Her frequent media appearances have included Fox News Sunday, Good Morning America, and This Week with George Stephanopoulos. For some years, she was a stringer for The Economist, and continues to write for a variety of journals and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and the (London) Times Literary Supplement.
November 11, 2009
Demetrios Papademetriou
Demetrios Papademetriou, President, Migration Policy Institute

Demetrios G. Papademetriou is the president and co-founder of the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), a Washington-based think tank dedicated exclusively to the study of international migration. He is also the convener of the Transatlantic Council on Migration and its predecessor, the Transatlantic Task Force on Immigration and Integration (co-convened with the Bertelsmann Stiftung). He also serves as Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Migration. Dr. Papademetriou has published more than 250 books, articles, monographs, and research reports on migration topics and advises senior government and political party officials in more than twenty countries, including numerous European Union Member States while they hold the rotating EU presidency. His most recent books include Immigration Policy in the Federal Republic of Germany: Negotiating Membership and Remaking the Nation, Gaining from Migration: Towards a New Mobility System, Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter, and Secure Borders, Open Doors: Visa Procedures in the Post-September 11 Era.
November 11, 2009
Michael Ledeen
Michael Ledeen, Freedom Scholar, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

Michael Ledeen is the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, he served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department, and as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He is author of more than twenty books, including Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West, The War Against the Terror Masters, The Iranian Time Bomb, Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli’s Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago, Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville’s Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago, and Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away. Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on Fox News and on a variety of radio talk shows. He has been on PBS’s NewsHour and CNN’s Larry King Live, among others, and regularly contributes to the Wall Street Journal and to National Review Online. He has a blog at
November 1, 2009
Desmond Lachman
Desmond Lachman, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Desmond Lachman joined the American Enterprise Institute after serving as a managing director and chief emerging market economic strategist at Salomon Smith Barney. He previously served as deputy director in the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Policy Development and Review Department and was active in staff formulation of IMF policies. Mr. Lachman has written extensively on the global economic crisis, the U.S. housing market bust, the U.S. dollar, and the strains in the euro area. At AEI, Mr. Lachman is focused on the global macroeconomy, global currency issues, and the multilateral lending agencies.
November 1, 2009
David Frum
David Frum, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush

David Frum is the author of six books, most recently, Comeback: Conservatism That Can Win Again. In 2001–2002, Frum served as a speechwriter for President George W. Bush and is credited with helping coin the phrase “axis of evil.” Frum is a regular commentator on public radio’s “Marketplace” and a columnist for The Week and Canada’s National Post. He also edits the website. He has spoken out against popular conservative pundits, including Rush Limbaugh, arguing that their “bombastic” brand of conservatism is the wrong direction for the Republican Party to take. He studies recent political, generational, and demographic trends and warns that the conservatism of the 1980s will have to revise and reinvent itself to compete in twenty-first century America.
October 4, 2009
I. M. (Mac) Destler
I. M. (Mac) Destler, Professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

I. M. (Mac) Destler, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, specializes in the politics and processes of U.S. foreign policymaking. He is also a fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (IIE), where he conducts research on the political economy of trade policymaking. He has consulted on government organization for economic and foreign policymaking at the Executive Office of the President and the Department of State, and held senior research positions at IIE, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Brookings Institution. He is co-author, with Ivo H. Daalder, of In the Shadow of the Oval Office, which analyzes the role of the President’s national security adviser from the Kennedy administration through the George W. Bush administration. His American Trade Politics won the Gladys M. Kammerer Award of the American Political Science Association for the best book on U.S. national policy. Other works include Misreading the Public: The Myth of a New Isolationism, and Protecting the American Homeland. He is the recipient of the University of Maryland’s Distinguished International Service Award for 1998.
October 4, 2009
Susan C. Schwab
Susan C. Schwab, former U.S. Trade Representative

As the U. S. Trade Representative from 2006 to 2009, the Honorable Susan C. Schwab served as President George W. Bush’s principal advisor, strategist, negotiator, and spokesperson on international trade and commerce. Upon leaving government, Schwab returned to the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy, where she previously served as dean. Her career has spanned the public, private, and non-profit sectors, with an emphasis on U.S. trade and competitiveness. She has served as President of the University System of Maryland Foundation, Director of Corporate Business Development for Motorola, Inc., Assistant Secretary of Commerce, and head of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service. She is the author of Trade-Offs: Negotiating the Omnibus Trade Act, as well as numerous articles on U.S.-Japan trade relations, trade politics, and public policy education.
December 18, 2008
Peter B. Edelman
Peter B. Edelman, associate dean and professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Peter B. Edelman has been on the faculty of Georgetown Law since 1982. He took leave during President Clinton’s first term to serve as Counselor to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala and then as Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy’s Presidential campaign in 1980. He is the author of Searching for America’s Heart: RFK and the Renewal of Hope, and is the author of many articles on poverty, constitutional law, and issues about children and youth.
December 18, 2008
Karlyn Bowman
Karlyn Bowman, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Karlyn Bowman is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Her research areas include public opinion and polls, American politics, and the media. She regularly updates her AEI Public Opinion Studies on terrorism, the Iraq war, taxes, the environment, abortion, economic security, and other topics. She is currently co-directing an AEI-Brookings project on election demographics, entitled “The Future of Red, Blue, and Purple America.” She has contributed as a co-author or co-editor on several books, including The Permanent Campaign and Its Future and What’s Wrong: A Survey of American Satisfaction and Complaint. Widely regarded as an authority on public opinion, Ms. Bowman writes regular features for and The American.
December 18, 2008
Frederick M. Hess
Frederick M. Hess, resident scholar and director, Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute

Frederick M. Hess is a resident scholar and director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. He is also an executive editor of Education Next. He is best known for his work on a broad range of K-12 and higher education issues including accountability in education, charter schooling and school choice, the politics of education reform, collective bargaining, No Child Left Behind, teacher and administrative preparation, certification and licensing, school governance, college affordability, and the importance of entrepreneurship. Dr. Hess has written many books, including, most recently, No Remedy Left Behind: Lessons from a Half-Decade of NCLB (co-edited with Chester E. Finn Jr.), Footing the Tuition Bill, and Educational Entrepreneurship. A former public high school social studies teacher in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Dr. Hess has held teaching licenses in Louisiana and Massachusetts.
December 18, 2008
Chester E. Finn Jr.
Chester E. Finn Jr., senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, and president, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

Chester E. Finn Jr. is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and chairman of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. He is also president and trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Previously, he was professor of education and public policy at Vanderbilt University, senior fellow of the Hudson Institute, founding partner with the Edison Project, and legislative director for Senator Daniel P. Moynihan. He served as assistant U.S. education secretary for research and improvement from 1985 to 1988. Author of more than 400 articles and 15 books, Finn’s most recent are Troublemaker: A Personal History of School Reform Since Sputnik and No Remedy Left Behind: Lessons from a Half-Decade of NCLB (co-edited with Frederick M. Hess).
November 20, 2008
Robert J. Samuelson
Robert J. Samuelson, columnist, Washington Post and Newsweek

Robert J. Samuelson is a weekly columnist for the Washington Post and Newsweek, writing on political, economic and social issues. Samuelson’s awards include the National Headliner Award for Consistently Outstanding Column on One Subject in 1995, 1993, 1992, and 1987; a 1993 John Hancock Award for Best Business and Financial Columnist; The Gerald Loeb Award for Best Commentary in 1993, 1986 and 1983; and a 1981 National Magazine Award. He is the author of Untruth: Why the Conventional Wisdom is (Almost Always) Wrong, a collection of his columns, and The Good Life and Its Discontents: The American Dream in the Age of Entitlement, 1945-1995. His latest book, The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence, argues that the rise and fall of double-digit inflation (inflation was 13 percent in 1980) was the most important economic event of the last half-century. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Judith Herr. They have three children.
September 7, 2008
Theodore C. Sorensen
Theodore C. Sorensen, former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy

Theodore C. Sorensen served as special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy, and was the president’s most prominent and prolific speechwriter. He practiced international law for over thirty-six years as a senior partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he is now of counsel. He is a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs, and his works include Decision Making in the White House, Kennedy, The Kennedy Legacy, and Why I Am a Democrat. His most recent work is Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, which provides unique insight into his time in the Kennedy White House.
August 27, 2008
Allen Schick
Allen Schick, professor, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Allen Schick came to the Maryland School of Public Policy from the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress, where he served as a senior specialist. His professional history includes research positions at the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution and teaching positions at Tufts University and Syracuse University. His extensive list of publications includes Congress and Money: Spending, Taxing, and Budgeting, Making Economic Policy in Congress, The Capacity to Budget, The Budget Puzzle, and The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process. He is founding editor of the professional journal, Public Budgeting and Finance. Among his awards are the Guggenheim Fellowship and the American Society for Public Administration Waldo Prize.
August 27, 2008
Alice Rivlin
Alice Rivlin, senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Alice Rivlin served as the founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, as director of the Office of Management and Budget, as vice-chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve, and as chair of the District of Columbia Control Board. She is currently a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and is director of the Greater Washington Research Program. She is the author or editor of several books, including Systematic Thinking for Social Action: H. Rowan Gaither Lectures in Systems Science and Restoring Fiscal Sanity: How to Balance the Budget (co-edited with Isabel V. Sawhill). Her most recent work, co-edited with Joseph R. Antos, is Restoring Fiscal Sanity 2007: The Health Spending Challenge.
June 22, 2008
Jeffrey Birnbaum
Jeffrey Birnbaum, columnist, Washington Post

Jeffrey Birnbaum is an award-winning columnist for the Washington Post, and is a regular television news commentator. He has served as chief of Fortune magazine’s Washington, D.C. bureau where he specialized in covering the intersection of government and business. Earlier, Birnbaum worked as a senior political correspondent for Time. He also worked for the Wall Street Journal for 16 years, where he served as a White House correspondent, and, in 1994, won the Aldo Beckman Award for Excellence in feature writing about the presidency. Birnbaum is the author of four books, including, most recently, The Money Men: The Real Story of Fundraising’s Influence on Political Power in America. His first book, Showdown at Gucci Gulch, was the 1988 winner of the American Political Science Association’s Carey McWilliams Award.
February 7, 2008
Steve Fetter
Steve Fetter, dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland

Steve Fetter is dean of the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, where he has been a professor since 1988. His research interests include arms control and nonproliferation, nuclear energy and effects of radiation, and climate change and carbon-free energy supply. He has been an advisor to many government agencies, NGOs, and scientific organizations, and has held visiting positions at Stanford, Harvard, and MIT. He holds a Ph.D. in energy and resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an S.B. in physics from MIT.
February 7, 2008
Daniel Ellsberg
Daniel Ellsberg, recipient of 2006 Right Livelihood Award

Daniel Ellsberg was a military analyst for the RAND Corporation from 1959 to 1964 and 1967 to 1971. In 1971, he famously released the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret Pentagon study on U.S. decision-making in Vietnam from 1945-1968. He is the author of several books, including Papers on the War, Risk, Ambiguity and Decision, and, most recently, Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers. During the 1960s, he also worked for the Defense Department, and later for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. In 2006, he received the Right Livelihood Award, known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize.”
August 23, 2007
Francis Fukuyama
Francis Fukuyama, professor, Johns Hopkins University

Francis Fukuyama is the Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University, and directs its International Development program. From 2001-2005, he was a member of the President’s Council on Bioethics. Fukuyama is the author of numerous books, including The End of History and the Last Man, which was awarded the Los Angeles Times’ Book Critics Award, The Great Disruption: Human Nature and the Reconstitution of Social Order, Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution, and, most recently, America at the Crossroads: Democracy, Power, and the Neoconservative Legacy. He is also the chairman of the editorial board of a new magazine, The American Interest.
July 6, 2007
James A. Leach, former congressman, U.S. House of Representatives

James A. Leach was a representative of Iowa for thirty years (1977–2007), and is currently the John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs and Co. Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In Congress, Mr. Leach served as chair of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, and was chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the House Committee on International Relations. Prior to serving in Congress, among other jobs, Mr. Leach was a foreign service officer for the U.S. Department of State, a member of the Delegation to Geneva Disarmament Conference and United Nations General Assembly, and the director of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.
July 6, 2007
Alan Ehrenhalt
Alan Ehrenhalt, executive editor, Governing magazine

Alan Ehrenhalt is the executive editor of Governing, a monthly magazine whose primary audience is state and local government officials. Prior to joining the magazine, Ehrenhalt worked for the Associated Press, Washington Star, and Congressional Quarterly. He was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley, and a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, Los Angeles. Ehrenhalt is the author of three books: The United States of Ambition: Politicians, Power, and the Pursuit of Office, The Lost City: The Forgotten Virtues of Community in America, and Democracy in the Mirror: Politics, Reform, and Reality in Grassroots America, and was also creator and editor of the first four editions of Politics in America, a biennial reference book profiling all 535 members of Congress. Ehrenhalt contributes to the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal, and, in 2000, was the winner of the American Political Science Association’s McWilliams award for distinguished contributions to the field of political science by a journalist.
June 11, 2007
Andrew Kohut
Andrew Kohut, president, Pew Research Center

Andrew Kohut is president of the Pew Research Center and director of the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press, as well as the Pew Global Attitudes Project. He frequently analyzes public opinion on television and radio shows, appearing on The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer and various NPR programs. He has written widely about the subject for leading newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Mr. Kohut’s most recent book is America against the World: How We Are Different and Why We Are Disliked (coauthored with Bruce Stokes). He previously served as president of the National Council on Public Polls, was a member of the Market Research Council, and was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
April 24, 2007
Ronald W. Walters
Ronald Walters, professor of government and politics, University of Maryland

Ronald Walters is professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland, and director of its James MacGregor Burns Academy of Leadership. He was previously professor and chair of the political science department at Howard University, assistant professor and chair of Afro-American Studies at Brandeis University, and assistant professor of political science at Syracuse University. Walters is the author of numerous articles and eight books, including Black Presidential Politics in America: A Strategic Approach, which won the American Political Science Association’s Ralph Bunche Prize, White Nationalism, Black Interests: Conservative Public Policy and the Black Community, and, most recently, Freedom is Not Enough: Black Voters, Black Candidates, and American Presidential Politics. In 2000, he was awarded the Ida B. Wells-W.E.B. DuBois Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the National Council for Black Studies.
April 24, 2007
Ray Suarez
Ray Suarez, senior correspondent, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Ray Suarez is a senior correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Suarez hosted National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” program. He is the author of The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America and The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, 1966–1999. Mr. Suarez has been a correspondent for CNN, a producer for the ABC Radio Network in New York, and a reporter for CBS Radio in Rome. His writing has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Chicago Tribune, among others. Mr. Suarez shared in NPR’s 1993–1994 and 1994–1995 duPont-Columbia Silver Baton Awards for on-site coverage of the first all-race elections in South Africa and the first 100 days of the 104th Congress, respectively. He has been honored with the 1996 Ruben Salazar Award from the National Council of La Raza, Current History’s 1995 Global Awareness Award, and the 2005 Distinguished Policy Leadership Award from UCLA’s School of Public Policy. A life member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, Mr. Suarez was a founding member of the Chicago Association of Hispanic Journalists.
March 27, 2007
Glenn Loury
Glenn Loury, professor of economics, Brown University

Glenn Loury is the Merton P. Stoltz Professor of the Social Sciences in the Department of Economics at Brown University. Professor Loury’s economic research focuses on applied microeconomic theory—specifically welfare economics, game theory, industrial organization, natural resource economics, and the economics of income distribution. He advises businesses and political leaders throughout the country on social issues; his essays and reviews have appeared in dozens of journals in the United States and abroad; and he is a frequent commentator on national radio and television. Professor Loury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the editorial advisory board of The American Interest. His books include One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America and The Anatomy of Racial Inequality.
February 27, 2007
Charles Ogletree
Charles Ogletree, professor of law, Harvard Law School

Charles Ogletree is the Jesse Climenko Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the founding and executive director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. He is the author of the historical memoir All Deliberate Speed: Reflections on the First Half-Century of Brown v. Board of Education, and the coauthor of Brown at 50: The Unfinished Legacy. In 2003, Professor Ogletree was selected by Savoy magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in America, and by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the legal legends among America’s top black lawyers. Professor Ogletree received the National Bar Association’s Equal Justice Award and the Washington Bar Association’s Charles Hamilton Houston Medallion of Merit.
January 21, 2007
Deborah Tannen
Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics, Georgetown University

A linguistics professor at Georgetown University, Deborah Tannen is the acclaimed author of You’re Wearing THAT? Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation, which became an instant New York Times bestseller. Her previous book, You Just Don’t Understand, brought gender differences in ways of speaking to the forefront of public awareness. Professor Tannen has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20, and innumerable programs on National Public Radio. She has written for and been featured in several publications, including the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, People, and the Harvard Business Review. Among her many other books are The Argument Culture, Talking from 9 to 5, That’s Not What I Meant!, and I Only Say This Because I Love You.
November 30, 2006
The 2006 Election: What Happened? What's Next?
E.J. Dionne, columnist, Washington Post

E.J. Dionne writes about American politics and trends in public sentiment in his twice-weekly op-ed column for the Washington Post—a syndicated column carried in more than ninety other newspapers. Mr. Dionne is a senior fellow in the governance studies program at the Brookings Institution and frequently appears as a political analyst on National Public Radio and many television programs. Prior to starting his column in 1993, he worked as a reporter for both the New York Times and the Washington Post, covering state and local government, national politics, and world events. Mr. Dionne is the author of the best-selling Why Americans Hate Politics, as well as They Only Look Dead: Why Progressives Will Dominate the Next Political Era and Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge. He is also a university professor in the foundations of democracy and culture at the Georgetown Public Policy Institute.
July 21, 2006
Immigration and Hispanic Assimilation
Roberto Suro, journalist and founding director, Pew Hispanic Center

Roberto Suro is founding director of the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research organization whose mission is to improve understanding of the U.S. Hispanic population and to chronicle Latinos’ growing impact on the entire nation. In addition to covering issues of international concern, much of Mr. Suro’s more than thirty years in journalism focused on chronicling Hispanic life in the United States. He worked as a correspondent for Time magazine in the Middle East and as bureau chief for the New York Times in Rome and Houston. Most recently, he was a national editor and correspondent for the Washington Post. Mr. Suro is author of Strangers among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America and Remembering the American Dream: Hispanic Immigration and National Policy, among other works.
July 18, 2006
Maryland Democratic Senatorial Primary Debate
A debate among six of the Democratic candidates running for U.S. Senate in Maryland

Participating candidates (as they appear in the picture, from left to right): Allan Lichtman, professor and former chair of the History Department at American University; Kweisi Mfume, former congressman and former president/CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); Thomas McCaskill, retired research physicist; Benjamin L. Cardin, congressman representing Maryland’s third congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives; Josh Rales, entrepreneur and philanthropist; and A. Robert Kaufman, social activist. Questioners: Juan Williams, senior correspondent for Morning Edition at National Public Radio; and Ron Walters, professor of government and politics at the University of Maryland. Moderator: Doug Besharov, host, Policy Watch. This event was co-sponsored by the African American Democratic Club of Prince George’s County.
April 30, 2006
The Basic Needs of Children
Dr. T. Berry Brazelton, pediatrician and author of The Irreducible Needs of Children

T. Berry Brazelton, M.D., is a pediatrician and child psychologist who has dedicated his career to studying child development. Dr. Brazelton is clinical professor of pediatrics emeritus at Harvard Medical School and founder of the Child Development Unit, a pediatric training and research center, at Children’s Hospital. Among his forty books is The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish.
April 30, 2006
Changing Rhythms of American Family Life
Suzanne Bianchi, professor of sociology, University of Maryland

Suzanne Bianchi is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland whose research focuses on family demography and gender equality in the workplace. Among other publications, Dr. Bianchi is the coauthor of Balancing Act: Motherhood, Marriage, and Employment among American Women, as well as Changing Rhythms of American Family Life. She is co-editor of Demography, serves on the Board of Overseers of the General Social Survey, and is a former chair of the National Council on Family Relations. Professor Bianchi was named Distinguished Scholar-Teacher by the University of Maryland for the 2003–2004 school year.
April 25, 2006
Thomas C. Schelling
Thomas Schelling, 2005 Nobel laureate in economics

Thomas Schelling is a distinguished university professor in the School of Public Policy and in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. In 2005, he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for enhancing the “understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis.” He has held positions in the White House, the RAND Corporation, and Yale and Harvard Universities. Dr. Schelling has published on military strategy and arms control, energy and environmental policy, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and terrorism. Two of his many books are The Strategy of Conflict and Micromotives and Macrobehavior.
March 26, 2006
Public Intellectuals
Amitai Etzioni, director, Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies, The George Washington University

Amitai Etzioni, sociologist and founder of the communitarian movement, is a university professor at The George Washington University and director of its Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. Professor Etzioni served as a senior advisor to the White House during the Carter administration, as a professor at Columbia University and Harvard Business School, and as a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution. He is the author of over thirty books, the most recent of which are My Brother’s Keeper: A Memoir and a Message and From Empire to Community: A New Approach to International Relations, as well as the co-editor of Public Intellectuals: An Endangered Species. Dr. Etzioni has received numerous academic honors and awards.
March 26, 2006
Avian Flu and HIV/AIDS
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health

Anthony Fauci, M.D., is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health. He oversees research on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases like avian flu and HIV/AIDS. Dr. Fauci serves as one of the key advisors to the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on global AIDS issues, and on initiatives to bolster preparedness against emerging infectious disease threats such as pandemic influenza. CNN and Time selected Dr. Fauci as one of “America’s Best” in science and medicine, and R&D magazine named him 2005 Scientist of the Year.
March 12, 2006
"Miss Manners" on the Role of Etiquette in a Civil Society
Judith Martin, author of the Miss Manners column

The Miss Manners column has chronicled American manners since 1978. Through her syndicated column, books, lectures, and guest appearances, Judith Martin has educated America about etiquette—the “essential currency of a civilized world,” which reduces the inevitable frictions of everyday life. Her most recent book, Miss Manners’ Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior, provides standards of etiquette for our modern world, taking into account the changing nature of the family and shifting social norms. In her appearance on Policy Watch, Mrs. Martin addressed the role of etiquette in a civil society and the state of social discourse in America.
October 17, 2005
Education and Balanced Budgets: The State View
Nancy Kopp, treasurer of the State of Maryland

Elected in February 2002 and re-elected to a full term in February 2003, Nancy K. Kopp is the twenty-third Maryland state treasurer since the adoption of the constitution of 185l. In addition to her responsibilities for managing the Office of State Treasurer and its divisions, as a constitutional officer and a representative of the General Assembly, she holds leadership positions on a number of key state finance planning committees. Previously, Treasurer Kopp represented the Bethesda area in the Maryland House of Delegates for twenty-seven years. She has been active in a variety of state, regional, and national organizations and boards, primarily focused on education and on budgeting and finance issues, and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees the National Assessment of Educational Progress (the "Nation’s Report Card").
October 12, 2005
Barbara Ehrenreich
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Bait and Switch and Nickle and Dimed

Barbara Ehrenreich is a social critic and essayist. Her book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America described her attempt to live on low-wage jobs and was a national bestseller in the United States; and her recently released sequel, Bait and Switch: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, discusses her attempt to find a white-collar job. From 1991 to 1997, she was a regular columnist with Time magazine. Currently, Ms. Ehrenreich is a regular columnist with The Progressive. She has also written for the New York Times, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, Ms., The New Republic, Z Magazine, In These Times, and other publications.
July 19, 2005
Television Journalism
Michel McQueen Martin, host, National Public Radio, and correspondent, ABC’s Nightline

Michel McQueen Martin is a host on National Public Radio and a correspondent for ABC News. Ms. Martin has contributed a number of reports for the ongoing ABC Nightline series "America in Black and White." Prior to joining ABC News, she spent more than a decade covering politics and policy for the Wall Street Journal, where she was White House correspondent, and the Washington Post. She received an Emmy Award for her ABC News reporting and has been nominated for three others. She has also been a regular panelist on the PBS show Washington Week and a contributor to NOW with Bill Moyers.
July 19, 2005
Representing High-Profile Clients
Billy Martin, attorney, Blank Rome Law Firm

Billy Martin, an attorney at Blank Rome Law Firm, has been a trial lawyer and legal counselor for more than twenty-five years. In 2004, he ranked fourth on the Washingtonian’s list of top lawyers in Washington, DC. Having argued cases before both federal and state courts, Mr. Martin has defended Fortune 500 corporations, private citizens, political leaders, professional athletes, and entertainment celebrities. He represented Monica Lewinsky’s mother and Chandra Levy’s parents, and prosecuted former DC mayor Marion Barry. Earlier in his career, Mr. Martin spent fifteen years as an assistant U.S. attorney in various cities.
July 14, 2005
The Supreme Court, Politics, and Race
Juan Williams, senior correspondent, National Public Radio

Juan Williams is a senior correspondent for Morning Edition at National Public Radio. From 2000 to 2001, he hosted NPR’s national call-in-show, Talk of the Nation. He wrote for the Washington Post for twenty-one years as an editorial writer, an op-ed columnist, and a White House reporter. Mr. Williams won an Emmy Award for TV documentary writing. He is the author of Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, 1954–1965 and This Far by Faith: Stories from the African American Religious Experience. His most recent book is the critically acclaimed biography, Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.
June 23, 2005
The Psychology of Terrorists & The Misuse of the Holocaust
Walter Reich, professor, The George Washington University, and former director, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

Walter Reich, M.D., is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at The George Washington University. He is also a senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center and a former director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Reich has worked for the protection of human rights around the world since the 1970s, and has written and lectured on the Holocaust and genocide, terrorism, national memory, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, psychiatry, and medical ethics. He is the author of A Stranger in My House: Jews and Arabs in the West Bank.
May 11, 2005
Nuclear Non-Proliferation & The Future of Russian "Democracy"
Susan Eisenhower, president, Eisenhower Group, Inc.

Susan Eisenhower is president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., and a distinguished fellow of the Eisenhower Institute, where she has served as both president and chairman. After more than twenty years in the foreign affairs field, she is best known for her work on Russia and the former Soviet Union. Ms. Eisenhower has also been appointed to the National Academy of Sciences’ standing Committee on International Security and Arms Control, where she is now serving a fourth term. In 2000, a year before the September 11 attacks, she co-edited a book called Islam and Central Asia: An Enduring Legacy or an Evolving Threat?
May 1, 2005
The World Is Flat
Thomas Friedman, columnist, New York Times

Thomas Friedman, a world-renowned author and journalist, joined the New York Times in 1981 as a financial reporter specializing in OPEC and oil-related news and later served as the chief diplomatic, chief White House, and international economics correspondents. A three-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize, he has reported on the Middle East conflict, the end of the Cold War, U.S. domestic politics and foreign policy, international economics, and the impact of terrorism throughout the world. His foreign affairs column, which appears twice a week in the Times, is syndicated to 700 other newspapers worldwide. Friedman is the best-selling author of From Beirut to Jerusalem, The Lexus and the Olive Tree, Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after September 11, and The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century.
May 1, 2005
Peace, War, and Democracy in the Middle East
Thomas Friedman, columnist, New York Times, and Shibley Telhami, professor, University of Maryland

Shibley Telhami is the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland and a senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. He has served as advisor to the U.S. Mission to the UN (1990–1991), as advisor to former congressman Lee Hamilton, and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Trilateral U.S.-Israeli-Palestinian Anti-Incitement Committee. Professor Telhami is author of The Stakes: America in the Middle East, coauthor of Liberty and Power: A Dialogue on Religion and U.S. Foreign Policy, and Reflections of Hearts and Minds: Media, Opinion, and Identity in the Arab World.

Thomas Friedman is a columnist at the New York Times. His biography is above.

March 29, 2005
Covering Presidential Campaigns
Dan Balz, national political correspondent, Washington Post

Dan Balz joined the Washington Post in 1978 and has been involved in the paper’s political coverage as a reporter or editor for the past twenty years. In 1985, he was named national editor. During President Reagan’s final term, he helped direct the Post’s coverage of the White House, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the federal government. In 1989, Mr. Balz returned to reporting on politics and in 1990, he became one of the Post’s two White House reporters. At the end of the Gulf War in 1991, he left the White House beat to report on politics full time. He continues to work today as the national political correspondent. Mr. Balz is coauthor, with Ronald Brownstein of the Los Angeles Times, of the 1996 book Storming the Gates: Protest Politics and the Republican Revival.
March 16, 2005
Three Decades of American Foreign Policy
Georgie Anne Geyer, foreign correspondent, Universal Press Syndicate

Georgie Anne Geyer is an internationally known foreign correspondent and syndicated columnist with Universal Press Syndicate. Her thrice-weekly columns on international affairs have appeared in more than 120 newspapers in the United States and Latin America for twenty-six years, including the Chicago Tribune, Washington Times, Dallas Morning News, Universal de Caracas, and Diario las Americas. Before starting her column, she was a foreign correspondent with the Chicago Daily News, beginning in Latin America and then working in virtually every area of the world. She has interviewed most of the major world leaders, including Presidents George W. and George H. W. Bush, Reagan, Carter, and Nixon, Anwar Sadat, Saddam Hussein, King Hussein, Yasser Arafat, Juan Peron, Ayatollah Khomeini, and Fidel Castro. Her two newest books are Tunisia: A Journey through a Country that Works and When Cats Reigned Like Kings: On the Trail of the Sacred Cats.
February 22, 2005
Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness
Leon Kass, chairman, President's Council on Bioethics, and professor, University of Chicago

Leon R. Kass, M.D., Ph.D., is chairman of the President’s Commission on Bioethics, the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago, and Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. From 1970–1972, Dr. Kass served as executive secretary of the Committee on the Life Sciences and Social Policy of the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, whose report, Assessing Biomedical Technologies, provided one of the first overviews of the emerging moral and social questions posed by biomedical advance. Some of his most recent books include The Ethics of Human Cloning (1998, with James Q. Wilson); Life, Liberty, and the Defense of Dignity: The Challenge for Bioethics (2002); and The Beginning of Wisdom: Reading Genesis (2003).
November 21, 2004
What Now for the Democrats?: Program I
Thomas Foley, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives

Thomas Foley is the North American chairman of the Trilateral Commission and a partner in the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC. Prior to joining this firm, Mr. Foley represented Eastern Washington State’s Fifth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1965–1995. He served as the Democratic leader from 1987 until his election as Speaker on June 6, 1989. President Bill Clinton appointed Mr. Foley chairman of the President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1995. In 1997, Clinton nominated Mr. Foley to be the twenty-sixth U.S. ambassador to Japan, where he served until April 2001.
November 21, 2004
What Now for the Democrats?: Program II
William Galston, professor, University of Maryland

William Galston is the director of the University of Maryland’s Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. He is the founding director of CIRCLE (the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement), funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and since 1989 has served as a senior advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council and the Progressive Policy Institute. From January 1993 through May 1995, Professor Galston served as deputy assistant for Domestic Policy to president Clinton. He is the author of six books and nearly one hundred articles dealing with political and moral philosophy, American politics, and public policy.
November 21, 2004
What Now for the Democrats? Program III
Thomas Foley, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and William Galston, professor, University of Maryland

The biographies of Messrs. Foley and Galston are above.
October 13, 2004
The Mounting National Debt: Blame Both Parties
Peter G. Peterson, former secretary of commerce

Peter G. Peterson is chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group. He is also chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, founding chairman of the Institute for International Economics, and founding president of The Concord Coalition. In 1971, President Richard Nixon named Mr. Peterson assistant to the president for International Economic Affairs. He was named secretary of commerce by President Nixon in 1972. Mr. Peterson is also the author of several books, including Running on Empty: How the Democratic and Republican Parties Are Bankrupting Our Future and What Americans Can Do about It.

July 21, 2004
Educational Achievement in the Black Community
Hugh Price, former director, National Urban League

Hugh Price is a senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, specializing in education, civil rights, and equal opportunity issues, among other things. From 1994–2003, he served as president and CEO of the National Urban League, the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Prior to this position, Mr. Price served as vice president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Two of his most recent books are Destination: The American Dream and Achievement Matters: Getting Your Child the Best Education Possible.
July 21, 2004
The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again
Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News and World Report

Political commentator Michael Barone is a senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, as well as a pundit for the Fox News Channel and for NBC’s The McLaughlin Group. He is the principal author of the National Journal’s Almanac of American Politics, a biyearly, standard reference of all U.S. governors and federal politicians. His most recent book is The New Americans: How the Melting Pot Can Work Again.
July 21, 2004
Discrimination, Affirmative Action, and Race Relations
Hugh Price, former director, National Urban League, and Michael Barone, senior writer, U.S. News and World Report

The biographies of Messrs. Price and Barone are above.
July 14, 2004
Culture and Education
William Bennett, former secretary of education

Former secretary of education William J. Bennett hosts the weekday radio program Morning in America and is the Washington Fellow at the Claremont Institute. Mr. Bennett’s many previous positions include heading the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Ronald Reagan; director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (or “Drug Czar”) under President George H. W. Bush; and Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He is the author of Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism and The Broken Hearth: Reversing the Moral Collapse of the American Family, among other works.

July 14, 2004
Partisan Politics
E.J. Dionne, columnist, Washington Post

E. J. Dionne is a political commentator and columnist at the Washington Post. Mr. Dionne is also a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, a university professor in the foundations of democracy and culture at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and a National Public Radio commentator. He is the author of several books, including Stand Up Fight Back: Republican Toughs, Democratic Wimps, and the Politics of Revenge and Why Americans Hate Politics.
February 29 , 2004
An Evening with Lynne Cheney
Lynne V. Cheney, senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Second Lady Lynne V. Cheney is senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where she studies education and culture, emphasizing particularly the value of knowing U.S. history. In 2003, Mrs. Cheney launched the James Madison Book Award Fund, which annually presents a $10,000 award to the book that best represents excellence in bringing knowledge and understanding of American history to young people. In both the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, Mrs. Cheney served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Among her many books is Telling the Truth: Why Our Culture and Our Country Have Stopped Making Sense–and What We Can Do about It, which analyzes the effects of postmodernism on the study of humanities.

December 7, 2003
Counterterrorism Update
John Barry, pentagon correspondent, Newsweek

John Barry is a Pentagon correspondent for Newsweek. He has reported extensively on American intervention in the Middle East as well as on the changing role of the United States in a post–Cold War world, examining the threat of nuclear weapons being smuggled out of the former Soviet Union.

December 7, 2003
Twenty-First Century Medicine: New Treatments and New Policies
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives, and senior fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Well-known as the architect of the "Contract with America" that ushered in Republican Party–control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995–1999. He is now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies health care, information technology, and politics, among other things. In 2003, he coauthored the book Saving Lives and Saving Money, which proposes to create a better system of health and health care for the twenty-first century—a system that saves both lives and money. The book cites examples of actual companies and organizations as proof that its principles of transformation work.

September 22, 2003
Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II
Stuart Eizenstat, attorney, Covington and Burling

Stuart Eizenstat is a partner at Covington & Burling, a law firm based in Washington, DC, and a senior strategist at APCO Worldwide. Under President Bill Clinton, Mr. Eizenstat served as ambassador to the European Union, as well as under secretary of state for economic, business and agricultural affairs and under secretary of commerce for international trade. In the Carter administration, Mr. Eizenstat was chief domestic policy adviser and executive director of the White House domestic policy staff. Mr. Eizenstat is the author of Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II.
September 22, 2003
What’s Needed for Peace in the Middle East
Martin Indyk, director, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution

Martin S. Indyk is the director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. He was the U.S. ambassador to Israel from 1995–1997 and again from January 2000–July 2001. He also served as assistant secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, special assistant to President Clinton, and senior director for Near East and South Asian Affairs on the National Security Council. Mr. Indyk was also the founding executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.
June 15, 2003
After Operation Iraqi Freedom: Program I
David Martin, national security correspondent, CBS News

David Martin is CBS News’ national security correspondent, covering the Pentagon and State Department. He reports on defense, intelligence, and international affairs stories for CBS Evening News and contributes to 60 Minutes and 48 Hours, among others. Prior to joining CBS News in 1983, Mr. Martin covered defense and intelligence matters for Newsweek; reported on the FBI and CIA for the Associated Press; and was a fellow at the Washington Journalism Center. He is the author of two books, the most recent of which is Best Laid Plans: The Inside Story of America’s War against Terrorism. For his body of work, Mr. Martin received two Alfred I. duPont–Columbia University Awards, the first in 2002 and the second in 2004.
June 15, 2003
After Operation Iraqi Freedom: Program II
Robert Novak, syndicated columnist

Robert Novak is a syndicated columnist and commentator for FOX News. Since the start of his column, “Inside Report," in 1963, Mr. Novak has been one of the most influential commentators in Washington. Before joining FOX News, Mr. Novak was with CNN, where he hosted the Novak Zone interview program, co-hosted Crossfire, and appeared on and served as co-executive producer of the political roundtable Capital Gang. Novak’s publications include Completing the Revolution: A Vision for Victory in 2000, Lyndon B. Johnson: The Exercise of Power, and The Reagan Revolution.
June 15, 2003
After Operation Iraqi Freedom: Program III
Dimitri Simes, president, The Nixon Center

Dimitri K. Simes is the founding president of the Nixon Center, co-publisher of The National Interest, and co-director of the Commission on America’s National Interests and Russia. Previously he served as chairman of the Center for Russian and Eurasian Programs at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Born and educated in the former Soviet Union, Mr. Simes was also a research associate at Moscow’s Institute of World Economy and International Affairs. He is the author of several books, including After the Collapse: Russia Seeks Its Place as a Great Power.
June 15, 2003
After Operation Iraqi Freedom: Program IV
Shibley Telhami, professor, University of Maryland
  The biography of Shibley Telhami is above.

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