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Contemporary Issues Forum
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WEEK 1, Saturday, June 29, 3:00pm
Emily Bazelon
Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy

Emily Bazelon is a senior editor at Slate, a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, and the Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School.  She is a frequent guest on the Colbert Report and has appeared on the PBS NewsHour and Morning Joe.

WEEK 2, Saturday, July 6, 3:00pm
Bill Plante
The Political System in the Wake of the 2012 Elections

Bill Plante has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968, and has been a CBS News White House correspondent during the administrations of our last four presidents. Plante's reports are seen regularly on "CBS This Morning," where he is senior White House correspondent, and the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley."

WEEK 3, Saturday, July 13, 3:00pm
Dov Seidman
HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything

Named one of the top 60 global thinkers of the last decade by Economic Times, Dov Seidman’s career has focused on how companies and their people can operate in both principled and profitable ways.  Seidman is the founder and CEO of LRN which has helped shape winning organizational cultures inspired by sustainable values in over 100 countries.

WEEK 4, Saturday, July 20, 3:00pm
Patricia Brown
Healthcare Delivery: The Promise of Reform

Patricia Brown is the President of Johns Hopkins HealthCare, a managed care organization owned by the Johns Hopkins Health System and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

WEEK 5, Saturday, July 27, 3:00pm
David Kozak
The State of American Politics in 2013

David Kozak, PhD, is a professor of Public Policy and director of the Institute for Policy and Leadership Studies at Gannon University in Erie, PA.  He has served as a Congressional Fellow, a Policy Analyst to the Secretary of the Air Force, and program chair for the Center for the study of the Presidency.  This will be his 25th year speaking in Chautauqua.

WEEK 6, Saturday, August 3, 3:00pm
Congressman Ted Deutch
Public Diplomacy: Challenges of US Engagement in the Middle East

As a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Congressman Deutch is a lifelong activist in the pro-Israel community and established leader on issues related to Iran’s illicit quest for nuclear weapons.  

WEEK 7, Saturday, August 10, 3:00pm
Marie Wilson
Closing the Leadership Gap

An advocate of women’s issues for more than 30 years, Marie Wilson is Founder and President Emeritus of The White House Project, co-creator of Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day and author of Closing the Leadership Gap: Why Women Can and Must Help Run the World.  Wilson was also the first woman elected to the Des Moines City Council as a member-at-large in 1983, served as a delegate to the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, and co-authored Mother Daughter Revolution.

WEEK 8, Saturday, August 17, 3:00pm
Julia Preston
The New America and the Politics of Immigration Reform

Julia Preston is a national correspondent covering immigration for The New York Times and was a member of the Times team that won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for reporting on international affairs for its series that profiled the corrosive effects of drug corruption in Mexico.  She is also the co-author of Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy, which recounts Mexico’s transformation over three decades from an authoritarian state into a democracy.

WEEK 9, Saturday, August 24, 3:00pm
Sheri Fink
Five Days at Memorial

Dr. Sheri Fink is the author of Five Days at Memorial about a hospital in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that explores issues from medical ethics in the time of crisis and how to best prepare for a disaster.  Fink has reported on health, medicine, and science in the US and internationally.  Her stories have appeared in the New York Times, Discover, and Scientific American and on Public Radio International’s The World.  As a staff report at the non-profit news organization, ProPublica, Fink received a Pulitizer Price in investigative reporting and a National Magazine Award in reporting her story “The Deadly Choices at Memorial.”