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Omni Parker House Hotel
60 School Street
Boston, MA 02108
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10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Welcome and Registration
150 Years of American Ideas Exhibit
Parker's Bar, Lobby Level

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10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Can We Compete? America in the Global Marketplace
A Town Hall discussion moderated by Clive Crook
Robert Pozen
Tom Stewart
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Rooftop Ballroom

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11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Truth, Lies and the Presidency
A conversation on presidential communication with the American public in times of war and scandal.
Moderator: Carl Cannon
Andrew J. Bacevich
Tom Gibson
Wheatley Terrace

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12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Religion, Politics and Foreign Policy
What are the moral dimensions of the United States’ obligations in the world? What principles should guide a president’s decisions about foreign policy, particularly in matters of war? Carl Cannon in conversation with the Revered Professor Peter J. Gomes.
Rooftop Ballroom

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1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Blowin' Smoke with P.J. O'Rourke
James Bennet in conversation with P.J. O'Rourke about Red states and Blue states, buying and selling legislators, the wealth of nations, and anything else that gets P.J. fired up.
Book signing will follow.
Sponsored by British Airways
Rooftop Ballroom

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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

I Want to Be a Superhero!
How Americans transcend the everyday through millionaire sports figures, celebrity chefs and Hollywood “it” girls.
Book signing will follow.
Moderator: Corby Kummer
Marjorie Garber
Virginia Postrel
Wen Stephenson
Andrew Zimbalist
Wheatley Terrace

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3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The New Existentialism—Life, Death and Science
The Atlantic, in partnership with PBS, will preview provocative clips from three iconic PBS series, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, FRONTLINE, and NOVA, to examine the intersection of science, morality, and law, and how scientific research has impacted birth, life and death.
Moderator: David Shenk
Audrey Chun
George Q. Daley
Robin Marantz Henig
Sponsored by PBS
Rooftop Ballroom

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4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Spanish Delights
Corby Kummer and Robert Aguilera invite you to explore and enjoy the finest selection of Spanish cheeses, wines and tapas from Boston's premium gourmet food shop.
Please note: Tickets for this event are sold separately at $45 per person and space is limited.
Kennedy Room

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Doors open approximately thirty minutes prior to session start times.

Please note programming is subject to change.

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