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Naturalizing the State of Exception: Terror, Fear and the War Without End (Lecture)

Mark Danner discusses the impact that the attacks of September 11, 2001 had on civil liberties and legal rights within the United States, particularly a "state of exception" that imposed "soft martial law" on citizens of the United States. (April 15, 2010)

1hr 9mins

24 May 2010

Rank #1

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Understanding Social Ecological Systems

Elinor Ostrom, Professor of Political Science at Indiana University and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Economics, discusses her work studying the cooperative regulation of public or common goods. (April 8, 2010)

1hr 21mins

13 May 2010

Rank #2

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Designing a Path to Sustainable Development

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University Director of the Earth Institute, discusses the need to find paths to sustainability in three parts: financial, institutional and instilling human values that will make sustainable development feasible. (February 18, 2010)

2hr 6mins

17 Mar 2010

Rank #3

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Hierarchies of Need

David Schmitdz, Professor of Philosophy, joint Professor of Economics and founding director of Arizona's Freedom Center, speaks about what children need from an educational system. (October 18, 2008)

1hr 29mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #4

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Education and Equality

Paul Weithman, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, uses a philosophical perspective to talk about the necessity of education and equality. Rob Reich then responds to Paul's arguments. (October 18, 2008)

1hr 23mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #5

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Harming the Best: How Schools Affect the Black-White Achievement Gap

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, discusses the gap of achievement levels between white and black students, the reasons for it and what can be done to solve this problem of American society. (October 18, 2008)

1hr 31mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #6

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Can We Learn Anything About Justice in Education From Thinking About Justice in Health-Care?

Daniel Weinstock, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Montreal, uses the health-care system debate to draw parallels to the justice debate of the education system. Susanna Loeb provides a response to Mr. Weinstock. (October 18, 2008)

1hr 22mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #7

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Charter Schools Closing the Achievement Gap: Results from New York City and Chicago

Caroline Hoxby, Professor of Economics at Stanford and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institute, speaks about what needs to be done to effectively redistribute education among the poor. She goes on to talk in detail about charter schools. (October 17, 2008)

1hr 33mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #8

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Immigration Regimes, Schooling Regimes, and Educational Outcomes: What Is Fairest to Immigrants and Native-born Residents

Jennifer Hochschild, Professor at Harvard University, speaks about the accessibility and achievement of immigrants in educational systems around the world. (October 17, 2008)

1hr 30mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #9

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Ethical Issues in Higher Education

John Hennessy, President of Stanford University, speaks about just admission and need-based financial aid programs. Michael McPherson, President of the Spencer Foundation, goes on to elaborate on these issues faced by leading (October 17, 2008)

1hr 23mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #10

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Stakes Fairness, Educational Adequacy and Equal Opportunities in Education

Lesley Jacobs, Professor of Law & Society and Director of the York Centre for Public Policy & Law at York University in Toronto, speaks about stakes fairness in educational policy and necessity for educational adequacy and equal opportunity. (October 17, 2009)

1hr 28mins

29 Jun 2009

Rank #11

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Gloomy Prospect Wins

Despite large samples, genome wide association studies can only detect 2-3% of the genetic component of height, which is known to be close to 90% from twin studies.  What does that mean? (September 8, 2008)

1hr 6mins

6 Oct 2008

Rank #12

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Campaign Ethics

A leading proponent of an institutional approach to political ethics, Dennis Thompson discusses campaign ethics in the midst of one of the most contentious presidential elections in recent history. (May 8, 2008)

1hr 16mins

30 Jun 2008

Rank #13

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All Animals Are Equal - But in What Sense of Equality?

In Animal Liberation, a book sometimes credited with starting the modern animal rights movement, Peter Singer argued that "all animals are equal."  The claim is often misunderstood, and sometimes used to caricature the animal movement. (April 23, 2008)

1hr 45mins

12 May 2008

Rank #14

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The Ethics of Social Networking

This panel examines a host of ethical and social concerns generated by the evolving culture of social networking, particularly by internet users' habits and web 2.0 sites' practices. (February 14, 2008)

1hr 27mins

7 Apr 2008

Rank #15