We’re currently finalizing our speaking schedule for the upcoming semester; the events listed below are not exhaustive. Events will include panels lectures from award-winning authors, lawyers, justices, journalists, and professors. If you have any suggestions for speakers that you’d like to see, please let us know.
Fall 2013 Upcoming Events
12 Frosh Week Movie Night
19 Outside Senate Debate #1: Grade Deflation
24 Speakers Series: Jon Steinberg, President of BuzzFeed
Jon Steinberg is the COO and President of Buzzfeed, a website that combines a technology platform for detecting viral content with an editorial selection process to provide a snapshot of “the viral web in realtime.” Steinberg joined BuzzFeed in 2010, and has helped the company grow to 250 employees and a $200 Million value. Jon previously served as Executive-in-Residence role at Polaris Venture Partners, and as an executive with Google on the Local Markets team.
25 Trustees Dinner: Christina Davis
29 Whig Clio BBQ
3 Speaker Series: Ruth Mandel
Ruth Mandel is Board of Governors Professor of Politics at Rutgers. Since 1995, she has been Director of the Eagleton Institute of Politics, the unit of Rutgers University that explores state and national politics and government through research and education and links the study of politics with its day-to-day practice. From 1971 through 1994, Mandel developed and directed Eagleton’s Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), where she remains affiliated as a Senior Scholar. Mandel teaches and writes about leadership, with emphasis on U.S. women’s political history, women as political candidates and officeholders, women’s political networks, and the “gender gap.”
4-5 Nassau Lit Conference
10 Speaker Series: Phil Barnett
Phil Barnett serves as Democratic staff director of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Barnett has had a long and distinguished career in public service. His work has contributed to the enactment of major environmental legislation, including the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments and the 1996 Food Quality Protection Act, and he played a leading role in House passage in 2009 comprehensive energy and climate-change legislation, known as the Waxman-Markey bill. In addition, he worked to enact the landmark Affordable Care Act of 2010; the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act of 2009; the comprehensive overhaul of the Postal Service in 2006; and multiple reforms to federal procurement laws. In addition to his current position with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, whose ranking minority member is Congressman Henry A. Waxman (D-CA), Barnett has also served as chief counsel (1997-2007) and staff director (2004-2009) for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. In 1996, he was director of policy research for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and in 1995 served as Congressman Waxman’s counsel in his congressional office.
12 Political Trivia
14 Speaker Series: Christine Pelosi
Attorney, author and activist Christine Pelosi chairs the California Democratic Party Platform Committee and serves on the DNC, where she co-founded the DNC Veterans and Military Families Council. Pelosi is the daughter of Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives and current Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives. Pelosi is the author of Campaign Boot Camp 2.0 and Campaign Boot Camp: Basic Training for Future Leaders’ (2007), books used in her leadership trainings for candidates and causes. She directs the AFSCME PEOPLE Congressional Candidates Boot Camp, which prepares Democrats for campaigns and has helped 26 challengers get elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Ms. Pelosi has helped 32 alums elected to Congress, with 4 of them now in the U.S. Senate.
16 Senate Debate: Edward Snowden – Hero or Traitor?
20 Study Break: Midterm Puppies
5 Election Night Party
6 Senate Debate: The Financial Crisis/Regulation
14 Speaker Series: Claudia Chan
Claudia Chan is an inspirational women’s lifestyle expert and media entrepreneur who has dedicated 12 years to entertaining and empowering women. In her journey as former 9-year president of girlfriend entertainment company Shecky’s and its popular “Girls Night Out” event series, Claudia noticed the dire lack of mainstream TV programs, publications and events celebrating women leaders, visionaries and change makers, and felt this directly affected how women and girls recognize and pursue their own potential. In March 2012, she leveraged her rolodex of inspirational women and launched ClaudiaChan.com as a for-purpose media brand and voice that interviews and shares the stories and lessons of 150+ female role models.
19 ”The World, On Its Own Terms” by Serge Schmemann
Serge Schmemann, a 1991 Pulitzer Prize winner in international reporting for coverage of the reunification of Germany, became editorial page editor for the International Herald Tribune in May 2003. Since March 2001 Mr. Schmemann had been a senior foreign affairs writer based in New York and writer for the United Nations bureau covering regular news analyses, news articles and takeouts on major international issues.
Previously Mr. Schmemann served as deputy foreign editor at The New York Times since August 1999 after having served as a reporter on the metropolitan desk since September 1998. Before that he served as Jerusalem bureau chief from July 1995 until September 1998 and as the Moscow bureau chief from March 1992 until February 1994, after having returned to Moscow as a correspondent in January 1991. Prior to that, he served as bureau chief in Bonn since May 1987 and as a foreign correspondent in Moscow from April 1981 until May 1987.
Mr. Schmemann joined The Times as a metropolitan reporter in December 1980 after having worked for eight years with the Associated Press.
21 Senate Debate: Arming P-Safe?
3 Speaker Series: Andrew Rosenthal
Andrew Rosenthal is a journalist and editorial page editor of The New York Times. Rosenthal is in charge of the paper’s opinion pages, both in the newspaper and online. He oversees the editorial board, the Letters and Op-Ed departments, as well as the Editorial and Op-Ed sections of NYTimes.com. Rosenthal became editorial page editor in 2007. He had previously been deputy editorial page editor since 2003. Prior to that, Rosenthal served as assistant managing editor for news and foreign editor of the Times. He also served as national editor for six months in 2000, supervising coverage of the presidential elections and the post-election day recount, and as Washington editor. As a Washington correspondent, Rosenthal covered the Bush administration, the 1988 and 1992 presidential elections and the Persian Gulf War.
5 Whig Clio Holiday Party
10 Speaker Series: Frank Biondi, President and CEO of Viacom
Frank Biondi has served as a director of Seagate Technology since 2005, and is Senior Managing Director of WaterView Advisors LLC, a private equity fund specializing in media, a position he has held since June 1999. He was Chairman and CEO of Universal Studios from April 1996 through November 1998. Mr. Biondi previously served as President and CEO of Viacom, Inc. from July 1987 through January 1996, and was a member of the Viacom board of directors. Mr. Biondi currently serves on the boards of directors of Amgen, Inc., Hasbro, Inc., Cablevision Systems Corporation and RealD, Inc. Within the past five years, Mr. Biondi has served as a member of the boards of directors of Bank of New York Mellon, Harrah’s Entertainment, Inc., and Yahoo!, Inc.
12 Senate Debate: Creationism