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10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Welcome and Registration for All Sessions
150 Years of American Ideas Exhibit
Kennedy Center, North Foyer (Terrace Level)

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10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Can We Compete? America in the Global Marketplace
A Town Hall discussion moderated by Clive Crook
Rebecca McEnally
Nell Minow
Roderick Hills
Charles Elson
Charles D. Niemeier
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Kennedy Center, Atrium

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Washington Heist
Richard Cohen in conversation with Peter H. Stone on his new book Heist: Superlobbyist Jack Abramoff, His Republican Allies and the Buying of Washington.
Book signing will follow
Kennedy Center, South Foyer

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12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

On Set with Shapiro
Dana Adam Shapiro in conversation with Scott Stossel on his film Murderball from project conception to producing, shooting, editing, and releasing the biggest runaway releases in documentary filmmaking history.
600 Watergate, Theater, Boardroom

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1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

The Immortal Game: Book Signing with David Shenk
David Shenk will meet with guests and sign copies of his new book The Immortal Game: A History of Chess (Or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science, and the Human Brain).
Kennedy Center, North Foyer

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1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Blind Into Baghdad
Washington Post's David Ignatius in conversation with James Fallows on Blind Into Baghdad, the war in Iraq and what it means for America.
Book signing will follow.
Sponsored by British Airways
Kennedy Center, Atrium

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2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Future of Privacy in America
Is the U.S. government infringing on Americans’ civil liberties in order to protect the nation? Are the technologies intelligence agencies use to protect us from threats actually society’s biggest threat to privacy? A discussion on the state of privacy, and how it’s changing.
Moderator: Shane Harris
David Holtzman
Robert Popp
Jeffrey Rosen
Kennedy Center, South Foyer

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2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Camelot Lost? America's Changing Views on Glamorous Icons
The American ideal of glamour has ranged from Garbo and Astaire, to the infamous "Camelot" days of the Kennedys, to today's box office superheroes. Acclaimed authors Virginia Postrel and Benjamin Schwarz examine society's definition of glamour today in all its incarnations.
Book signing will follow.
Kennedy Center, Atrium

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3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Race and the American Dream
Twenty years after its original broadcast, the award-winning documentary "Eyes on the Prize" will return to television this fall on PBS's American Experience. On the occasion of this rebroadcast, an Atlantic and PBS panel will ask whether African Americans have achieved the "American Dream," or if the long quest for civil rights remains unfulfilled.
Moderator: James H. Johnson
Judith D. Hampton
Reverend Don Marbury
Judy Richardson
Sponsored by PBS
Kennedy Center, Atrium

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