Common HourAuthor: Bowdoin College
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    Henry Laurence, Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture, September 12, 2008

    "You Can't Say That! Keeping Terrorists, War Crimes and Gay Marriage off TV." Henry Laurence is an associate professor of government with a joint appointment in Asian studies at Bowdoin. He teaches courses in Japanese and comparative politics, media and politics, and international political economy. In 2007–2008 he was a research associate at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University. He is currently writing a book on broadcasting politics that compares the BBC, PBS, and Japan's NHK. He has also written on financial politics, the "Comfort Women," Japanese gangsters, the Asian currency crisis, and satellite television.

  • Posted on 13 Nov 2008

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    Senator George J. Mitchell '54, September 19, 2008

    Senator George J. Mitchell was born and raised in Waterville, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College and Georgetown University Law Center. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1980 and went on to an illustrious career in the Senate that spanned fourteen years. In January 1989 he became Senate majority leader. He held that position until he left the Senate in 1995. During his tenure, Senator Mitchell earned enormous bipartisan respect. It has been said "there is not a man, woman, or child in the Capitol who does not trust George Mitchell."

  • Posted on 13 Nov 2008

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    Tracy Kidder, Feb. 9, 2007

    Tracy Kidder is well known for his powerful and inspiring book Mountains Beyond Mountains. In this book he tells the story of Dr. Paul Farmer, a single-minded physician bent on improving the health of some of the poorest people on the planet.

  • Posted on 11 May 2007

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    Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill '74, Feb. 16, 2007

    Assistant U.S. Secretary of State Christopher R. Hill '74 head of the U.S. delegation to the six-party talks on the North Korean nuclear issue, spoke at Common Hour Friday, February 16, 2007. Hill discussed recent developments in the talks during his presentation entitled "A Report from the Denuclearization Talks in Beijing."

  • Posted on 06 Mar 2007

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    Evan Wolfson, Nov. 3, 2006

    Evan Wolfson is the Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, the gay and non-gay partnership working to win marriage equality nationwide. Mr. Wolfson worked for the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund in New York City, where he represented several gay marriage cases in front of the Supreme Court. In 2000, Wolfson was honored by the National Law Journal as one of "100 most influential attorneys in America."

  • Posted on 19 Jan 2007

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