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Conscience and Reportage

Sheri Fink, Colin Dayan, and David Palumbo-Liu discuss conscience's role in witnessing and narrating events. The panel focuses on moral quandaries in journalism ethics and animal rights. (November 9, 2012)

1hr 55mins

13 Mar 2013

Rank #1

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Overcoming Barriers to Conflict Resolution

Panelists discuss the difficult barriers that prevent progress toward a settlement between Israelis and Palestinians and what must be done to overcome them. Part of FSI's "Power and Prosperity: New Dynamics, New Dilemmas" conference. (November 15, 2007)


15 Jan 2008

Rank #2

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Faces on Energy Security

This panel explores how different countries and sectors have looked at energy security in varied ways and will discuss the implications for energy policy, investment, and international relations. (November 15, 2007)


15 Jan 2008

Rank #3

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The Religious Conscience in Modernity

Nathan Chapman, Steven Knapp, Arnold Eisen, and Nancy Ruttenberg discuss consciousness under the Secular/Religious divide by discussing how religion and conscience operate in modern society. (November 8, 2012)

1hr 52mins

13 Mar 2013

Rank #4

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Rapture at Depth: The Rhetoric of Enchantment in Dive Documentation

Professor Margaret Cohen illuminates how the documentary narratives of 1920-1950's dive pioneers turn to a poetic imagery of marvels and enchantment to express aspects of human perception. (January 23, 2013)

1hr 15mins

7 Mar 2013

Rank #5

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The Generosity of Dante's Divine Comedy

Robert Harrison investigates the surprising longevity and relevance of Dante's Divine Comedy in contemporary society. He discusses the poem's ontology, language of the divine, and its relation to the modern crisis of faith. (November 16, 2011)

1hr 28mins

7 Mar 2013

Rank #6

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What Have We Learned from the Cuban Missile Crisis 50 Years Later?

A panel of distinguished individuals discuss and debate the Cuban Missile Crisis from several perspectives. They describe the event's impact on the world and talk about what history has taught us since then. (October 22, 2012)

1hr 29mins

13 Nov 2012

Rank #7

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The Role of Historical Memory in Conflict Resolution and I Forgive You

Elazar Barkan gives a lecture, "Beyond Accountability: The Role of Historical Memory in Conflict Resolution," followed by Simon Glendinning's philosophical approach to the conditions of forgiveness in, his lecture "I Forgive You." (May 18, 2012)

1hr 56mins

17 Aug 2012

Rank #8

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America, Prolepsis and the 'Holy Land' and Neutralizing History and Memory in Divided Societies

Gregory Khalil gives a lecture, "America, Prolepsis and the 'Holy Land': Writing a Cultural History Beyond the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" followed by "Neutralizing History and Memory in Divided Societies," by Bashir Bashir. (May 17, 2012)

1hr 42mins

17 Aug 2012

Rank #9

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Native Son or Indigenized Colonist? Rethinking Israeli Identity

Derek Penslap, Yael Zerubavel, and Alon Confino give lectures on Zionism and provide unique perspectives on the Israeli-Palestine conflict. (May 17, 2012)

2hr 16mins

17 Aug 2012

Rank #10

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Meeting Global Challenges in Partnership

At the end of a four-day visit to the United States, German Chancellor Angela Merkel visits Stanford to discuss the importance of international cooperation for meeting the challenges of the 21st century. (April 15, 2010)

1hr 2mins

30 Apr 2010

Rank #11

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Civil Islam Revisited: Prospects and Meanings of Muslim Democracy

Media coverage of Islam and Muslims, especially since 9/11, has featured violence and the threat of violence. In his opening lecture, Professor Hefner explores a different reality "beyond the headlines." (April 28, 2008)

1hr 1min

16 Sep 2008

Rank #12

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The Failures of Identification and Response to Trafficking of Women in Eastern Europe

Madeleine Rees, Head of the Women's Rights and Gender Unit, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks about the increase in the Trafficking of Women around the world today. (April 17, 2008)

1hr 33mins

16 Sep 2008

Rank #13

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The Foxy Art of Herding Dragons: How Sly Asian Leaders Pulled off Politically Difficult Economic Reforms

Arroyo recounts the crafty political maneuvers used by leaders of economic reform in Asia during these pivotal eras:  China under Deng Xiaoping; India in the 1990s; Thailand under General Prem Tinsulanonda; Vietnam's Doi Moi, and more. (May 6, 2008)


10 Sep 2008

Rank #14

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Petrostate: Putin, Power and the New Russia

In the aftermath of the financial collapse of August 1998, it looked as if Russia's day as a superpower had come and gone. That it should recover and reassert itself after less than a decade is an economic and political miracle. (May 5, 2008)

1hr 24mins

10 Sep 2008

Rank #15

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The Evolution of Venture Capital in Japan

This presentation focuses on the changing pattern of venture capital (VC) investments in Japan. Michael Korver addresses issues related to venture capital, entrepreneurship and innovation in Japan. (April 24, 2008)

1hr 16mins

12 May 2008

Rank #16

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Kosovo: The End of Yugoslavia's Disintegration or The Spark of New Conflict?

Elez Biberaj is a 27-year veteran of the Voice of America. Obrad Kesic is a Senior Partner with TSM Global Consultants, LLC. Mr. Kesic is also currently working with the Balkan countries. (January 11, 2008)

1hr 26mins

24 Jan 2008

Rank #17

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The Middle East Peace Process: European-US-Greater Middle East Efforts for Progress

In recent decades the Middle East's strategic architecture has changed significantly with the rise in the regional influence of the non-Arab states of the Middle East: Iran, Turkey and Israel. (December 13, 2007)


24 Jan 2008

Rank #18

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Long Way West: A Farewell to the German Question

Heinrich August Winkler studied history, philosophy, and public law in Tubingen, Heidelberg, and Munster. He is the author of numerous works including "Germany: The Long Road West." (October 2, 2007)


24 Jan 2008

Rank #19

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Autocratic Hegemons and the National Interests: Dealing with China, Iran, and Russia

This panel explores political patterns within each country and discuss how the next U.S. administration can best deal with these rising powers. Part of FSI's "Power and Prosperity: New Dynamics, New Dilemmas" conference. (November 15, 2007)


15 Jan 2008

Rank #20