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A Rope and a Prayer
Posted: Tue, 04 Jan 2011 10:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Foundations hosted a discussion on a book recounting an American journalist's experience in captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and his wife’s struggle back home to free him. (Recorded: December 16, 2010)
Drug Control, Criminalization, and Global Health
Posted: Tue, 23 Nov 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Foundations and Human Rights Watch present a moderated discussion with UN Special Rapporteur Anand Grover on the issue of drug control and global health. Speakers: Anand Grover, Joseph Amon, Daniel Wolfe. (Recorded: October 26, 2010)
Redistricting 2011: Mapping Political Power for the Decade
Posted: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This preview and panel look at Gerrymandering, a documentary that sheds light on the typically opaque redistricting process in the United States and the many who attempt to manipulate it for partisan gain. Speakers: Debo P. Adegbile, Jeff Reichert , Michael Waldman, Thomas A. Saenz, Ann Beeson, Cristóbal Joshua Alex. (Recorded: October 14, 2010)
Foreign Religious Education and Central Asia's Islamic Revival
Posted: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Foundations event explores how foreign religious education is playing a role in redefining the relationship between Islam and state, and Islam and society in Central Asia. Speakers: David Abramson, Michael Hall. (Recorded: October 13, 2010)
Real Men: A Curriculum for Empowering Young Men of Color
Posted: Tue, 02 Nov 2010 08:00:00 EDT
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This screening and discussion focuses on a powerful set of educational tools that help young men develop the skills, emotional flexibility, and resilience they need to succeed. Speakers: David Banks, Rev. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Otis Hampton, Keith Hefner, Santiago Taveras, Troy Shawn Welcome, Akil Hollington, Shawn Dove, Timothey Dorsey. (Recorded: October 12, 2010)
Victims and War-Affected Communities: Understanding the Limits of Outreach
Posted: Tue, 26 Oct 2010 07:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Eric Stover and Open Society Justice Initiative Senior Advocacy Officer Tracey Gurd, who have recently traveled to several conflict zones, recount their first-hand observations of the remarkable progress that has been made in reaching out to victims in the aftermath of atrocity. Speakers: Eric Stover, Tracey Gurd. (Recorded: September 28, 2010)
Revisiting U.S.-Georgia Relations after the August War
Posted: Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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At this Open Society forum, speakers discuss their recommendations for U.S. policy for Georgia in the aftermath of the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Speakers: Alexander Cooley, Lincoln Mitchell, Fiona Hill, Anthony Richter. (Recorded: September 27, 2010)
Three Mirages and Two Markets: Understanding the South Caucasus
Posted: Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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At this Open Society Foundations event, Thomas de Waal explores themes of his new book, The Caucasus: An Introduction. Speakers: Rajan Menon, Thomas de Waal, Anthony Richter. (Recorded: September 24, 2010)
Beyond Victimhood: Recognizing Resilience in Social Justice Work
Posted: Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellows Kung Li and Noy Thrupkaew argue that portraying marginalized communities as oppressed victims can blind us to their resilience. Speakers: Kung Li, Noy Thrupkaew, Patricia Jerido. (Recorded: September 16, 2010)
None of Us Were Like This Before
Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2010 08:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Foundations panel discussion looks at how soldiers turned to detainee abuse and torture in the early years of the "war on terror," and the devastating psychological impacts that have followed them upon their return to the U.S. Speakers: Joshua E.S. Phillips, Michael Blake, Stephen N. Xenakis, Susan L. Burke, Darius Rejali, Nancy Chang, Ann Beeson. (Recorded: September 13, 2010)
Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics
Posted: Tue, 28 Sep 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Foundations event explores strategies to inspire civic participation and engagement among black youth. Speakers: Cathy J. Cohen, Edward James, Biko Baker, Monifa Bandele, Erin Byrd, Alisha Morgan, Thomasina Williams, Bryonn Bain, Rashid Shabazz, Cristobal Josh Alex. (Recorded: September 20, 2010)
Twilight of Impunity: The War Crimes Trial of Slobodan Milosevic
Posted: Tue, 21 Sep 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This panel event discusses Judith Armatta's book about the historic trial of Slobodan Milosevic, which tried not only the "Butcher of the Balkans," but also the viability of international law itself. Speakers: Judith Armatta, Nina Bang-Jensen, Aryeh Neier. (Recorded: September 20, 2010)
A Critical Assessment of 40 Truth Commissions and the State of Transitional Justice
Posted: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Justice Initiative panel discusses Priscilla Hayner’s recently updated book on truth commissions, Unspeakable Truths. Speakers: Aryeh Neier, Priscilla Hayner, David Tolbert. (Recorded: September 7, 2010)
Communities of Color Taking on Green: The Movement and the Money
Posted: Tue, 24 Aug 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Foundations event looks at how people of color are leading the fight to stop the global climate crisis and create opportunities for economic, environmental, and community sustainability. Speakers: Eric Walker, Beverly Wright, Elizabeth Yeampierre, Lennox Yearwood, Patricia Jerido. (Recorded: August 12, 2010)
Solve Kashmir First
Posted: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Basharat Peer, Pankaj Mishra, and other distinguished panelists discuss the origins of the Kashmir crisis and its hidden role in other regional conflicts. Speakers: Basharat Peer, Steve Coll, Mridu Rai, Pankaj Mishra. (Recorded: June 30, 2010)
Who Sold These Weapons? The Accomplice Liability of Arms Vendors for International Crimes
Posted: Tue, 15 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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James Stewart, an Open Society Fellow and former war prosecutor, explores the implications of attempts to prosecute businessmen who supply weapons to notoriously brutal regimes. Speakers: James Stewart, Robert Varenik. (Recorded: May 24, 2010)
Exposing Statelessness: Understanding the Plight of Burma's Rohingya
Posted: Tue, 08 Jun 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Using Saiful Huq Omi’s photographs and a recent report from Physicians for Human Rights as a point of departure, this panel explores the impact of statelessness on the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority in western Burma. Speakers: Saiful Huq Omi, Maung Tun Khin, Richard Sollom, Maureen Aung-Thwin, Rupert Skilbeck. (Recorded: May 27, 2010)
A Procession of Them-Human Rights and Psychiatric Institutions
Posted: Tue, 18 May 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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OSI's Documentary Photography Project presented a discussion about the use of photography in advocating for the rights of those with mental and developmental disabilities. Speakers: Eugene Richards, Eric Rosenthal, Susan Meiselas. (Recorded: February 1, 2006)
Is Justice Possible in a Race Biased Society?
Posted: Tue, 11 May 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Bryan Stevenson and Renée Hutchins discuss how race affects attitudes and outcomes in the U.S. criminal justice system. Speakers: Bryan Stevenson, Renée Hutchins, Roswell Encina, Diana Morris, Angela J. Davis. (Recorded: April 20, 2010)
Fighting Impunity in Guatemala: The Experience of CICIG
Posted: Tue, 04 May 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Featured at this Open Society Institute event is Carlos Castresana, the Spanish prosecutor who currently leads the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), an unprecedented entity that seeks to assist Guatemalan institutions in investigating and ultimately dismantling domestic illegal security apparatuses and clandestine security organizations. Speakers: Carlos Castresana, Roberto Alejos, Rigoberta Menchu, Peter Lamport, Aryeh Neier, Robert Varenik. (Recorded: April 20, 2010)
Sex Trafficking Myths Reconsidered
Posted: Tue, 27 Apr 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Noy Thrupkaew offers an assessment of the successes and failures of U.S. trafficking policy since the creation of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act 10 years ago. Speakers: Noy Thrupkaew, Heather Doyle. (Recorded: April 13, 2010)
Talking Texas Tough
Posted: Tue, 20 Apr 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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At this Open Society Institute event, Soros Justice Fellow Robert Perkinson and other experts discuss the life and times of America's largest and roughest penal system. Speakers: Robert Perkinson, Nicole D. Porter, Ana Yáñez-Correa, Ann Beeson, Leonard Noisette. (Recorded: April 14, 2010)
The Age of Surveillance
Posted: Tue, 13 Apr 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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This OSI panel discussed ways to place sensible limits on the collection of information and how to ensure that information is not used in ways that are damaging to an open society. Speakers: James X. Dempsey, Janlori Goldman, Kate Martin, Aryeh Neier, Joseph Onek, Jeffrey Rosen. (Recorded: October 23, 2006)
Challenging Ethnic Profiling in Europe
Posted: Fri, 09 Apr 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Rosalind Williams discusses her experience challenging racial profiling in Europe and the implications of her landmark UN Human Rights Committee case, along with Open Society Justice Initiative experts on ethnic profiling. Speakers: Rachel Neild, James Goldston, Rosalind Williams. (Recorded: March 17, 2010)
Celebrating 30 Years of Grassroots Leadership
Posted: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 08:00:00 EDT
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Speakers at this event reflect upon decades of work in a multiracial community organizing effort focusing on ending private prisons and immigrant family detention. Speakers: Si Kahn, Donna Red Wing, Ann Beeson. (Recorded: March 10, 2010)
Sins of Commission: The Arms Trade and Its Impact on Accountable Democracy
Posted: Tue, 23 Mar 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow and former ANC member of parliament Andrew Feinstein discusses his investigation of a corrupt weapons deal involving senior members of government a decade ago, an episode that was a moral turning point for South Africa’s young democracy and led to his resignation. Speakers: Andrew Feinstein, Karin Lissakers. (Recorded: March 8, 2010)
Negotiating Human Rights in the Afghan Context
Posted: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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At this OSI panel, human rights advocates working in Afghanistan addressed the challenges of promoting global standards in a conservative Muslim society recovering from decades of conflict and extremism. Speakers: Mohammad Farid Hamidi, Nader Nadery, Aryeh Neier. (Recorded: February 28, 2008)
10 Tactics for Turning Information into Action
Posted: Wed, 10 Mar 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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At this Open Society Institute screening and discussion, Sam Gregory of WITNESS, profiled in the film, and others address how to turn information into action. Speakers: Melissa Gira Grant, Sam Gregory, Tessa Lewin, Elizabeth Eagen. (Recorded: March 1, 2010)
The Road from Ayodhya: Muslim Inclusion in a New India
Posted: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Basharat Peer discusses India's Muslim population as they try to find their place during a time of rapid economic growth and lingering sectarian tensions. Speakers: Basharat Peer, Amrit Singh. (Recorded: February 16, 2010)
Rural Organizing in a Divided Land
Posted: Tue, 16 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Marcy Westerling discusses the challenges and opportunities of progressive rural organizing in the U.S. and responding to growing threats from the Right. Speakers: Marcy Westerling , Bill Vandenberg. (Recorded: January 21, 2010)
The Strange Alchemy of Life and Law
Posted: Tue, 09 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Albie Sachs discusses his experiences as a member of the first Constitutional Court of South Africa, as the country sought to overcome the injustices of the apartheid regime. Speakers: Jack Greenberg, Albie Sachs, Aryeh Neier. (Recorded: January 21, 2010)
The Battle Ahead: Climate Change After Cophenhagen
Posted: Tue, 02 Feb 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Mark Hertsgaard and OSI's Nancy Youman share their eyewitness observations of the December 2009 climate change summit and assess its failure to establish ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions. Speakers: Mark Hertsgaard, Nancy Youman. (Recorded: January 19, 2010)
The Interrogator's Dilemma: Abuse, Accountability, and the Myth of the "Ticking Time Bomb"
Posted: Tue, 12 Jan 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Matthew Alexander discusses shifts in U.S. policy on the interrogation of terrorism suspects and the importance of seeking accountability for the torture of detainees. Speakers: Matthew Alexander, Nancy Chang. (Recorded: December 7, 2009)
George Soros: Open Society, the Financial Crisis, and the Way Ahead-The Way Ahead
Posted: Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Institute chairman and founder George Soros shares his latest thinking on economics and politics in a five-part lecture series recorded at Central European University. Turning his attention to the future in this lecture, George Soros focuses on the increasingly important role that China is likely to play on the world stage. (Recorded: October 2009)
George Soros: Open Society, the Financial Crisis, and the Way Ahead-Capitalism vs. Open Society
Posted: Fri, 08 Jan 2010 13:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Institute chairman and founder George Soros shares his latest thinking on economics and politics in a five-part lecture series recorded at Central European University. In this lecture, Soros uses contemporary economic and political examples to challenge market fundamentalism while presenting ideas for protecting the public good more effectively. (Recorded: October 2009)
The Liberian Civil War and the Staten Island Refugee Community
Posted: Tue, 05 Jan 2010 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Jonny Steinberg and pioneering community activist Rufus Arkoi discuss the Liberian civil war and the Staten Island refugee community that formed in its wake. Speakers: Jonny Steinberg, Rufus Arkoi. (Recorded: December 1, 2009)
George Soros: Open Society, the Financial Crisis, and the Way Ahead-Open Society
Posted: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Institute chairman and founder George Soros shares his latest thinking on economics and politics in a five-part lecture series recorded at Central European University. In this lecture, Soros discusses the concept of open society, which guides his philanthropy and is central to his political and social thinking. (Recorded: October 2009)
Kazakhstan: Problems with Rule of Law and Basic Freedoms Ahead of the OSCE Chairmanship
Posted: Tue, 15 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Speakers at this Open Society Institute event discuss the trials of Yevgeniy Zhovtis and Ramazan Yesergepov, and the policy implications for Western governments as Kazakhstan approaches its year at the helm of the OSCE. Speakers: Vera Tkachenko, Tamara Kaleeva, Ninel Fokina, Iva Dobichina, Anna Alexandrova. (Recorded: November 20, 2009)
George Soros: Open Society, the Financial Crisis, and the Way Ahead-Financial Markes
Posted: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Institute chairman and founder George Soros shares his latest thinking on economics and politics in a five-part lecture series recorded at Central European University. In this lecture, Soros discusses bubbles and the recent financial crisis in detail, testing his theory of reflexivity against major financial events. (Recorded: October 2009)
Crude World: The Violent Twilight of Oil
Posted: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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The Revenue Watch Institute, an OSI partner and grantee, hosts a conversation with journalist Peter Maass about his new book on "the troubled world oil has created." Speakers: Karin Lissakers, Peter Maass. (Recorded: November 11, 2009)
George Soros: Open Society, the Financial Crisis, and the Way Ahead-General Theory of Reflexivity
Posted: Fri, 4 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Institute chairman and founder George Soros shares his latest thinking on economics and politics in a five-part lecture series recorded at Central European University. In this lecture, Soros presents the fundamentals of his guiding philosophy, beginning with historical understandings of objective reality, scientific inquiry, and the limits of human perception. (Recorded: October 2009)
Combatting Violence Against Women in Southern Africa
Posted: Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Cosponsored by the Open Society Institute and WITNESS, this discussion examines the role of the Southern African Development Community in ending violence against women in the region. Speakers: Marianne Mollmann, Kelli Muddell, Bukeni Waruzi, Kudakwashe Chitsike, Zaynab Nawaz. (Recorded: November 9, 2009)
Can We Talk About How Race Affects Our Classrooms?
Posted: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College, will talk with David Hornbeck, former Philadelphia superintendent of schools, about how race plays out in American classrooms. Speakers: Diana Morris, Carla Hayden, Joe Jones, Beverly Daniel Tatum, David Hornbeck. (Recorded: November 2, 2009)
Georgia, One Year Later: Where Has the Aid Money Gone?
Posted: Tue, 17 Nov 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Institute forum analyzes the effectiveness and transparency of foreign aid disbursed to Georgia since the country's crisis with Russia. Speakers: Tamuna Karosanidze, Saumya Mitra, Anthony Richter. (Recorded: October 20, 2009)
Human Rights and Their Limits
Posted: Tue, 10 Nov 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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At this Open Society Institute event, Central European University professor Wiktor Osiatynski discusses how to balance human rights with democracy and other values. Speakers: Aryeh Neier, Wiktor Osiatynski, Richard A. Wilson. (Recorded: October 15, 2009)
Wrong Color, Wrong Clothes: Accounts of Ethnic Profiling in France and United States
Posted: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Justice Initiative hosts a comparative discussion on documenting and challenging racial profiling in France and the United States. Speakers: Rachel Neild, Rene Levy, Reginald T. Shuford. (Recorded: October 14, 2009)
Transitional Justice and Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Posted: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Jonny Steinberg discusses transitional justice in Liberia and the findings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Speakers: Jonny Steinberg, Stephen Hubbell. (Recorded: September 28, 2009)
Azerbaijan: Basic Freedoms Under Attack
Posted: Tue, 20 Oct 2009 17:00:00 EDT
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In light of the arrest of two bloggers in Baku, speakers at this OSI forum explore the state of independent speech and free assembly in Azerbaijan. Speakers: Mehman Aliyev, Shahin Abbasov, Khadija Ismayilova, Michael Hall. (Recorded: September 22, 2009)
A Question of Freedom
Posted: Fri, 16 Oct 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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This Open Society Institute roundtable discussion features R. Dwayne Betts, author of A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison. Speakers: R. Dwayne Betts, Michael Corriero, Nancy Ginsburg, Chino Hardin, Kyung Ji Kate Rhee, Liz Ryan, Leonard Noisette, Terrance Pitts. (Recorded: September 25, 2009)
The Future of Family Detention in America
Posted: Tue, 13 Oct 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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Cosponsored by the Open Society Institute and the American Civil Liberties Union, this forum discusses The Least of These, the acclaimed documentary about the T. Don Hutto immigrant family detention center in Texas. Speakers: Vanita Gupta, Barbara Hines, Michelle Brane, Marcy Garriott, Maria Teresa Rojas. (Recorded: September 23, 2009)
The Reckoning
Posted: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 11:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Institute held a screening of The Reckoning, followed by a discussion with the film’s director and producer. Speakers: Pamela Yates, Paco de Onis, James Goldston. (Recorded: August 3, 2009)
Online Investigative Reporting in Colombia
Posted: Tue, 18 Aug 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Juanita Leon discusses her efforts to launch Colombia’s first website devoted to investigative journalism. Speakers: Juanita Leon, Stephen Hubbell. (Recorded: July 23, 2009)
The Adaptation Imperative-Food Security and Climate Change
Posted: Tue, 11 Aug 2009 09:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Mark Hertsgaard and others discuss the implications of climate change for food production and global hunger. Speakers: Mark Hertsgaard, Sara Scherr, Ross Gelbspan. (Recorded: July 22, 2009)
Reframing the Story of Black Males in the Media: A Philanthropic Call to Action
Posted: Tue, 4 Aug 2009 11:15:00 EDT
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This Open Society Institute panel looks at how philanthropy can encourage more accurate, nuanced media portrayals of black men and boys. Speakers: Jordan Coleman, Jessica Disu, Erik Eckholm, Loren Harris, Byron Hurt, Robert Pérez, Rashad Robinson, Curtis Stephen, Deja K. Taylor, Sharon D. Toomer, Alfonso Wyatt, Shawn Dove. (Recorded: July 9, 2009)
Afghanistan's Upcoming Presidential Election: Free and Fair?
Posted: Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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Afghan and international experts discuss human rights, media, and political perspectives on the 2009 elections at this panel cohosted by the Open Society Institute and Asia Society. Speakers: Craig Jenness, Jahid Mohseni, Nader Nadery, Jamie Metzl. (Recorded: June 29, 2009)
Black Labor in America: Emerging Opportunities Amid the Economic Crisis
Posted: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 14:00:00 EDT
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Steven C. Pitts of UC Berkeley discusses the job crisis facing the black community, with an emphasis on relations between black men and Latino immigrants in the workplace. (Recorded: June 25, 2009)
HIV and Human Rights in Southern Africa: Victories and Ongoing Challenges
Posted: Tue, 7 Jul 2009 17:30:00 EDT
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Namibian lawyer and human rights activist Michaela Clayton speaks on HIV/AIDS and human rights issues in Southern Africa. (Recorded: June 15, 2009)
Talking About Race Now: How to Build Success Without Forgetting the Struggle
Posted: Tue, 30 Jun 2009 13:45:00 EDT
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Journalist Gwen Ifill and law professor Sherrilyn A. Ifill discuss this pivotal moment in American history and its potential for advancing equity and social justice. (Recorded: June 4, 2009)
Seeking Accountability for Torture-Photography as Evidence
Posted: Tue, 23 Jun 2009 11:45:00 EDT
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Panelists discuss the photographs of detainee torture, and the role that photography plays in providing accountability for abuses and depicting the human stories behind them. (Recorded: June 3, 2009)
After Mandela and Mbeki-The Future of South Africa
Posted: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Institute, together with The Nation magazine, hosted a conversation on the politics of South Africa following that country’s presidential elections. (Recorded: May 27, 2009)
Bring Your "A" Game
Posted: Tue, 9 Jun 2009 14:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Institute hosted a screening and discussion of the documentary Bring Your "A" Game, which seeks to reverse the trend of poor educational outcomes for black men and boys. (Recorded: May 18, 2009)
How to Reduce Crime and Improve Race Relations
Posted: Fri, 5 Jun 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Tracey Meares discussed her efforts in Chicago's violence-ridden West Side, which helped slash homicide and recidivism rates by about a third while avoiding police–community antagonism. (Recorded: May 18, 2009)
Adaptation and Mitigation-Waking Up to the Reality of Climate Change
Posted: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 10:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Mark Hertsgaard discussed the need to adapt to the consequences of global warming, even as we strive to minimize those consequences. (Recorded: May 11, 2009)
Kyrgyzstan-Contradictory Changes?
Posted: Fri, 29 May 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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This panel looked at Kyrgyzstan's social and political landscape, which appears to be heating up in a series of high-profile developments that many observers relate to the upcoming presidential elections. (Recorded: May 6, 2009)
Organizing in the Obama Era
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 13:30:00 EDT
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Veteran organizers Zack Exley, Ai-jen Poo, and Zephyr Teachout examined the perils and the promise of mass civic participation. (Recorded: May 7, 2009)
Forced Labor in Burma
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 13:15:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Richard Horsey discussed the International Labor Organization’s successful efforts to persuade the government of Burma to amend some of its harsh labor policies. (Recorded: May 4, 2009)
Democracy and the Internet: Re-examining the Core Assumptions
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 13:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Evgeny Morozov focused on threats to open society posed by the Internet and discussed ways in which authoritarian governments and extremists are using the web to their own advantage. (Recorded: April 30, 2009)
Prosecuting Heads of State
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 12:45:00 EDT
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This panel event explored the issue of accountability for former heads of state who committed human rights violations and other abuses while in power. (Recorded: April 23, 2009)
Labor Migration in the Post-Soviet Space After the Economic Crisis
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 12:30:00 EDT
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This panel discussion looked at the severe impact of the global economic crisis on the lives of labor migrants in Russia and Tajikistan. (Recorded: April 22, 2009)
The Political Impact of New Media in the Middle East-A Conversation with "Abu Aardvark"
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 12:15:00 EDT
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Influential blogger Marc Lynch discussed how new media technologies have reshaped political communications throughout the Middle East. (Recorded: April 21, 2009)
Emergency in Zimbabwe-A Legal Response for a Health Crisis
Posted: Thu, 14 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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Experts from Physicians for Human Rights and Human Rights Watch assessed the health crisis in Zimbabwe, at this Open Society Institute panel discussion. (Recorded: January 21, 2009)
Iraq-In Search of Truth and Trust
Posted: Wed, 13 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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Los Angeles Times Baghdad bureau chief Tina Susman discussed the texture of ordinary life in Iraq as well as the overall state of the surge. (Recorded: April 7, 2009)
Changing U.S. Policy in the Middle East
Posted: Wed, 6 May 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Institute hosted a forum on changing U.S. policy in the Middle East with Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University and author of Sowing Crisis: The Cold War and American Dominance in the Middle East. (Recorded: April 15, 2009)
The Unwritten Rules of Policing in South Africa and the United States
Posted: Wed, 29 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Jonny Steinberg and Herb Sturz spoke about the controversial police practice of "stop-and-search" and broader lessons for criminal justice reforms in emerging democracies. (Recorded: April 13, 2009)
Debate Showcase
Posted: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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This round-robin invitational debate was sponsored in part by the Open Society Institute and organized by the International Debate Education Association and Hobart & William Smith Colleges. (Recorded: April 8, 2009)
Nigeria's Progress on Transparency
Posted: Mon, 6 Apr 2009 12:15:00 EDT
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The Revenue Watch Institute, an Open Society Institute grantee, held a discussion with two leaders in Nigeria's effort to reform management of natural resource revenues. (Recorded: April 6, 2009)
Organizing and Technology in the Obama Campaign
Posted: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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Open Society Fellow Zack Exley led a conversation about how Obama campaign efforts involving the Internet represented a radical departure from traditional electoral politics. (Recorded: March 23, 2009)
China-Russia Relations-Enduring Alliance or Limited Partnership?
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 12:00:00 EDT
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This panel discussion examined the Chinese-Russian “strategic partnership” and concerns that it could eventually become an alternative center of gravity to the liberal democracies of the West. (Recorded: March 19, 2009)
A Kind of Genius-Herb Sturz and Society's Toughest Problems
Posted: Thu, 19 Mar 2009 18:00:00 EDT
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The Open Society Institute hosted a discussion of a new book chronicling Herb Sturz’s extraordinary work addressing issues such as criminal justice, housing, and urban planning in New York City. (Recorded: March 19, 2009)
The Future of News
Posted: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 18:00:00 EST
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Paul Steiger of ProPublica discussed new business models for reporting, their strengths and weaknesses, and what it takes to produce high-quality journalism. (Recorded: March 5, 2009)
Madame Prosecutor-Confrontations with Humanity's Worst Criminals and the Culture of Impunity
Posted: Thu, 5 Mar 2009 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute hosted a conversation with Chuck Sudetic, co-author of Carla Del Ponte's courageous memoir of her years spent striving to serve justice. (Recorded: March 5, 2009)
Getting a Better Deal from the Extractive Sector-Concession Negotiation in Liberia
Posted: Thu, 26 Feb 2009 18:00:00 EST
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OSI partner Revenue Watch Institute held a panel discussion on the pivotal role that the contract process can play in economic recovery and development. (Recorded: February 26, 2009)
Shadow of the Holy Book
Posted: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute held a screening and discussion of this documentary on the secretive and repressive dictatorship of Saparmurat Niyazov in Turkmenistan, and the Western companies who did business with him. (Recorded: February 17, 2009)
Missed Opportunities-How the West "Lost" Central Asia
Posted: Fri, 13 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST
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At this Open Society Institute event, fellow Alex Cooley examined how Western governments have compromised their pursuit of democracy in Central Asia in order to maintain military basing options in the region and secure access to oil and gas reserves. (Recorded: February 13, 2009)
Transparency, Natural Resources, and the Open Budget Index
Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 12:00:00 EST
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OSI grantee the Revenue Watch Institute cohosted a discussion on the links between poor performance in many resource-dependent countries and the lack of budget transparency and accountability. (Recorded: February 10, 2009)
The Future of Freedom and Control in the Internet Age
Posted: Tue, 10 Feb 2009 18:00:00 EST
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Open Society Fellows Rebecca MacKinnon and Evgeny Morozov explored the changing landscape of Internet censorship and the role that governments, corporations, and individuals play in enabling it. (Recorded: February 10, 2009)
Two Decades of Impunity-The Jesuits Murder Case and the Search for Justice in El Salvador
Posted: Wed, 28 Jan 2009 17:00:00 EST
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This Open Society Institute panel discussed the 1989 murders, their political consequences, and the global struggle to ensure that the perpetrators of great crimes are held accountable. (Recorded: January 28, 2009)
The Myths and Truths About Cyberwarfare
Posted: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:00:00 EST
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This OSI event examined cyberwarfare from technological, legal, and political perspectives, focusing on the cyberattacks on Estonia in 2007 and the cyber-dimensions of the conflicts in South Ossetia and Gaza. (Recorded: January 21, 2009)
Citizen Journalism in Recent Crises
Posted: Wed, 10 Dec 2008 12:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Fellowship program presented a discussion with fellow Evgeny Morozov on citizen journalism in recent crises in South Ossetia, Mumbai, and Kenya. (Recorded: December 10, 2008)
Obama's Dilemma-Guantanamo and Its Aftermath
Posted: Tue, 09 Dec 2008 18:00:00 EST
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Panelists at this OSI event discussed policy questions arising from the incoming administration's plans to close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. (Recorded: December 9, 2008)
The U.S. Elections-Innovations in Organizing
Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 10:00:00 EST
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This OSI webcast looks at how nonpartisan groups can use innovative organizing and technology strategies to advance their agenda, and analyzes the role that emerging constituencies played in the recent elections. (Recorded: November 21, 2008)
New Media in Authoritarian Societies
Posted: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 09:00:00 EST
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John Kelly, founder of Morningside Analytics, discussed the emerging networked public sphere and presented his maps of online social networks in Iran, Egypt, Russia, and China, at this Open Society Fellowship panel. (Recorded: November 21, 2008)
Human Rights and Civil Society in Uzbekistan
Posted: Mon, 03 Nov 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute presented a discussion on human rights and civil society in Uzbekistan with journalist and activist Umida Niazova. (Recorded: November 3, 2008)
China Ink-The Changing Face of Chinese Journalism
Posted: Thu, 23 Oct 2008 18:00:00 EST
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This OSI-hosted conversation with co-author Judy Polumbaum looked at changes in contemporary China through the compelling personal accounts of young Chinese reporters and editors. (Recorded: October 23, 2008)
The U.S. Economic Downturn
Posted: Mon, 20 Oct 2008 10:00:00 EST
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This OSI webcast provides a snapshot of the roots of the downturn, the nuances of quick-fix policy solutions, and whether the institutions whose policies created the economic mess are now designing its solution. (Recorded: October 20, 2008)
A Life in Transition
Posted: Tue, 30 Sep 2008 18:00:00 EST
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OSI presented a conversation with Alex Boraine, author of A Life in Transition, an insider's account of important institutions and events in South African history. (Recorded: September 30, 2008)
Reading Burma-A Benefit for Cyclone Relief and Freedom of Expression in Burma/Myanmar
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 19:00:00 EST
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PEN, the OSI Burma Project, and The New York Review of Books honored Burmese writers whose work has been suppressed by the military regime and to support the victims of the recent cyclone. (Recorded: September 23, 2008)
Photography as Advocacy-A Half Century of Oil and Misery in the Niger Delta
Posted: Tue, 23 Sep 2008 18:00:00 EST
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OSI and the Revenue Watch Institute hosted a discussion of oil in the Niger Delta and the use of photography in advocating for social change. (Recorded: September 23, 2008)
Black Male Achievement-What Needs to Be Done
Posted: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The OSI Campaign for Black Male Achievement hosted a discussion to shine a light on the organizations and leaders focusing on solutions to the crisis in America facing black men and boys. (Recorded: July 24, 2008)
Women of Liberia-Fighting for Peace
Posted: Tue, 22 Jul 2008 18:00:00 EST
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OSI and Amnesty International held a film screening and panel discussion of "Women of Liberia: Fighting for Peace", a documentary by Academy Award-winner Jonathan Stack. (Recorded: July 22, 2008)
My Guantanamo Diary-The Detainees and the Stories They Told Me
Posted: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute hosted a discussion of a new book that tells the hidden stories of Guantanamo detainees and probes the injustices committed in the name of the "war on terror." (Recorded: July 17, 2008)
Burma's Agony: The International Humanitarian Response
Posted: Mon, 09 Jun 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute along with the Asia Society convened a panel discussion to assess the situation in Burma after Cyclone Nargis. (Recorded: June 9, 2008)
OSI-Baltimore Tenth Anniversary
Posted: Tue, 13 May 2008 18:00:00 EST
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At the OSI-Baltimore Tenth Anniversary Celebration, Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, gave the keynote address to a crowd of more than 400 leaders in the Baltimore metropolitan area. (Recorded: May 13, 2008)
Women's Rights and Social Change in Chechnya
Posted: Thu, 15 May 2008 18:00:00 EST
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OSI's Russia Project and International Women's Program hosted a talk on women's rights and social change in Chechnya with Gistam Sakaeva, program officer at the Grozny-based women's NGO Reliance and a 2008 Voices of Courage honoree of the Women's Commission for Refugee Women and Children. (Recorded: May 15, 2008)
Zimbabwe Post-Election Climate
Posted: Tue, 15 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The Office of the Africa Regional Director of the Open Society Institute hosted a reception and panel discussion on the post-election climate in Zimbabwe. (Recorded: April 15, 2008)
The Greatest Silence-Rape in the Congo
Posted: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 18:00:00 EST
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This OSI film screening and panel discussion examined the problem of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo and what steps must be taken to stop it. (Recorded: April 3, 2008)
: In Search of a Unified International Response
Posted: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 18:00:00 EST
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Asia Society and the Open Society Institute convened a panel discussion to revisit the situation in Burma in light of the military government's recently announced "roadmap to democracy." (Recorded: March 25, 2008)
Baghdad Film School-Making Movies in Iraq
Posted: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 12:00:00 EST
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ArteEast and the Open Society Institute hosted a screening of documentary films illuminating ordinary life in today's Iraq, produced by students at the Independent Film & Television College in Baghdad. (Recorded: March 25, 2008)
Ending Slavery, Promising Transparency, Bringing Citizens Home-A Report on Mauritania's Democratic Transition
Posted: Fri, 07 Mar 2008 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Justice Initiative hosted a discussion on the promise and danger brought about by recent developments in Mauritania. (Recorded: March 7, 2008)
Women in Conflict Zones-Why Are Governments Failing and How Are Women's Rights Movements Responding?
Posted: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 18:00:00 EST
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At this OSI event, panelists discussed their cutting-edge work addressing violence against women in conflict and post-conflict zones, and where they see governments failing. (Recorded: February 27, 2008)
The Iraqi Refugee Crisis-Bearing Witness
Posted: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 18:00:00 EST
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At this OSI panel, journalist George Packer discussed his new play about the treatment of Iraqis who risked their lives to work for U.S. forces, and photographer Lori Grinker screened a short film about Iraqi refugees in Jordan. (Recorded: January 24, 2008)
We Are Not Free-The Future of the Media in Pakistan
Posted: Wed, 05 Dec 2007 18:00:00 EST
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The OSI Middle East & North Africa Initiative held a documentary film screening and panel discussion on press freedom and the current crisis in Pakistan. (Recorded: December 5, 2007)
Less Safe, Less Free-Why America Is Losing the War on Terror
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute hosted a panel discussion to launch Less Safe, Less Free: Why America Is Losing the War on Terror (New Press) by David Cole and Jules Lobel. (Recorded: November 14, 2007)
Pakistan-Human Rights, Military Rule, and the State of Emergency
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:00:00 EST
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OSI convened a panel of human rights experts and activists to discuss the recent upheaval in Pakistan. (Recorded: November 14, 2007)
The Oil and the Glory-The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea
Posted: Mon, 12 Nov 2007 18:00:00 EST
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The Revenue Watch Institute and the Open Society Institute's Central Eurasia Project hosted a reception and discussion with Steve LeVine, author of the book The Oil and the Glory: The Pursuit of Empire and Fortune on the Caspian Sea (Random House). (Recorded: November 12, 2007)
Crimes of War-What the Public Should Know
Posted: Thu, 08 Nov 2007 18:00:00 EST
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The Open Society Institute hosted a reception and panel discussion to mark the publication of the revised edition of Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know. (Recorded: November 8, 2007)
Muslims in Europe-Between Multiculturalism and Integration
Posted: Wed, 07 Nov 2007 18:00:00 EST
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OSI's Middle East & North Africa Initiative presented a talk with Olivier Roy, author of Secularism Confronts Islam. (Recorded: November 7, 2007)
The Art of Political Murder-Who Killed the Bishop?
Posted: Mon, 29 Oct 2007 18:00:00 EST
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OSI hosted a discussion and reception with Francisco Goldman, author of The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop? (Recorded: October 29, 2007)
Update on the Burma Uprising
Posted: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 18:00:00 EST
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Experts and activists discussed the challenges now faced by the pro-democracy movement in Burma at this OSI event. (Recorded: October 26, 2007)
Thinking Big and Scaling Up-BRAC's Model for Poverty Alleviation
Posted: Thu, 27 Sep 2007 18:00:00 EST
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Asia Society and the OSI Middle East & North Africa Initiative hosted a forum on one of the world's largest nonprofit organizations, BRAC, which alleviates poverty through health, education, and microfinance programs. (Recorded: September 27, 2007)
The Invisible Cure-Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS
Posted: Tue, 04 Sep 2007 18:00:00 EST
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OSI's Public Health Program hosted a presentation by Helen Epstein on her groundbreaking new book The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). (Recorded: September 4, 2007)
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