Institute speaker series begins in July
The Aspen Institute Summer Speaker Series kicks off the 2002 season with an assessment of international affairs by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman.Friedman’s lecture, “Reflections on the World Today,” will be held at Harris Concert Hall at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2. The Summer Speaker Series will feature a lecture on Tuesday evenings through Aug. 20.”The Speaker Series is one of the most popular offerings on the Institute’s summer calendar – what better way to start it than with Thomas Friedman?” said Elmer W. Johnson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.Friedman won the Pulitzer Prize for the third time in his career in 2001, his 20th year with The New York Times. He won the 1983 Pulitzer for international reporting from Lebanon and the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for international reporting from Israel.His book, “From Beirut to Jerusalem,” won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 1989. His latest book, “The Lexus and the Olive Tree,” won the 2000 Overseas Press Club award for best nonfiction book on foreign policy and has been published in 20 languages.Other speakers in the series include:-Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im, professor of law, Emory University, on “Taking Responsibility for our Shared Vulnerability: Terrorism and U.S. Foreign Policy,” July 9;-Arnaud de Borchgrave, senior advisor and director at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and editor-at-large for The Washington Times and United Press International, on “Clash of Civilization – or New World Disorder?” July 16;-General (Ret.) Eitan Ben-Eliahu, former Commander, Israeli Air Force; “Peace Process and Terror – The Dilemma,” July 23;-Thomas R. Pickering, senior vice president, The Boeing Co.; former U.S. undersecretary of State for Political Affairs and former U.S. ambassador to the Russian Federation; “A Perspective on Russia,” July 30;-His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan, July 31, time and place to be announced;-Jane Harman (D-CA) and Dr. Sidney Harman, chairman, Harman International Industries; “Balancing Public and Private Lives,” Aug. 6.-James Sloan Allen, critic, cultural historian and author of “The Romance of Commerce and Culture: Capitalism, Modernism, and the Chicago-Aspen Crusade for Cultural Reform”; “Aspen: The Life of an Idea,” Aug. 13;-Jody Williams, founding coordinator, International Campaign to Ban Landmines; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Accomplishment; Landmines and the Movement to Eradicate Them,” Aug. 20;For more information on the Aspen Institute Summer Speaker Series, please call 544-7929, or visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org.All lectures will convene on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 at the Walter Paepcke Memorial Auditorium, located at 1000 N. Third St., unless otherwise noted.The series is sponsored by AOL Time Warner Inc., and is free and open to the public. As a large audience is expected for this program, early arrival is encouraged.
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