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10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

The World in 2050: China the Superpower?
Is China’s rise as the global superpower inevitable? What will be the socio-economic and political implications of China’s emergence for the world in 2050? What will America and the world be like in China’s economic shadow? A Town Hall discussion moderated by James Bennet.
Robert Kaplan
Minxin Pei
Jonathan Spence
Arthur Waldron
Sponsored by British Airways
Trustees' Room

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

The Changing Face of Global Finance: Can America's Capital Markets Compete?
Changes in the national regulatory environment, in financial-reporting rules, and in the associated hazard of liability—the so-called litigation time-bomb—are said to be burdening America’s capital markets and placing them at a worsening disadvantage with respect to overseas competitors. Is this true? If it is, how widely will the effects be felt? Will this affect large and small companies alike?  Above all, if America’s competitiveness as the capital markets further decreases, what will that mean for the country? A Town Hall discussion moderated by Atlantic Senior Editor Clive Crook.
William J. McDonough
Richard Cavanagh
Thomas A. Russo
John Coffee
Sponsored by Ernst & Young
Trustees' Room

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11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Animal Behavior & Emotions
Is your pet happy or sad? Do wild animals fall in love? Fred Kaufman, executive producer of the award-winning PBS series NATURE, participates in a panel discussion about the role and extent of emotions in the animal kingdom, moderated by The Atlantic's Scott Stossel. The discussion will be preceded by a highlight reel of provocative and dramatic scenes culled from NATURE's award-winning archive of wildlife films.
Additional panelists:
Lynn Sherr
Vicki Croke
Linda Koebner
Eugene Linden
Sponsored by PBS
South Court Auditorium

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1:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Does the newest high-tech equipment glorify or destroy the freshest low-tech ingredients? Corby Kummer in conversation with Mario Batali, Dan Barber and Barbara Kafka on mapping out battle plans for the newest culinary frontier.
South Court Auditorium

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2:30 PM – 3:45 PM

If there's one thing Americans agree on, it's the value of diversity. But in his provocative new book, The Trouble With Diversity, Walter Benn Michaels argues that our enthusiastic celebration of "difference" masks our neglect of America's vast and growing economic divide. Acclaimed columnist Katha Pollitt, takes a very different view.  Scott Stossel will moderate this discussion.
South Court Auditorium

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4 PM – 5:15 PM

Relations between men and women don’t seem to be going particularly well at the moment in the love and romance department: ambivalence and mutual dissatisfaction reign. The social adhesion marriage once provided has long since dissolved; the utopian promise of the sexual revolution has devolved into the emptiness of hook up culture; increasing economic independence for women has heightened demands on men, who have retreated into the consolations of porn. What’s a heterosexual to do these days? Join Esther Perel and Laura Kipnis with moderator Paul Holdengraber in a discussion of lust, love, and many points in between.
South Court Auditorium

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5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

The Art of Disarmament
Paul Chan in conversation with Kathy Kelly about their work, her recent visits to the Middle East, and the Poetics of nonviolence.
South Court Auditorium

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7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

A Double Celebration: The Atlantic and Freud at 150 Years
A conversation with George Prochnik and Wayne Koestenbaum about what really happened to Freud during his only American visit and how Putnam's point of view that psychoanalysis could not stand alone without a spiritual quest still dominates the ethos of contemporary psychology and can be traced as far as Oprah Winfrey's television show.
South Court Auditorium

Are We Allowed Not To Enjoy?
A talk by Slavoj Žižek on the new wave of the triumphalist acclamations of how psychoanalysis is dead. What if, however, this memorial service is a little bit too hasty, commemorating a patient who still has a long life ahead?
South Court Auditorium

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