Rudy Giuliani, Anderson Cooper and More: 4 Great Lectures
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The last date listed for Public Lecture Series was Monday January 29, 2007 / 7:30pm (and Feb. 26, Mar. 26, Apr. 30).
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The University of Judaism’s Department of Continuing Education presents the 2007 Public Lecture Series. Ticket price includes all four lectures below.
January 29, 2007 at 7:30pm
Former Prime Ministers: José Maria Aznar (Spain), Ehud Barak (Israel) and John Major (UK)
February 26, 2007 at 7:30pm*
Anderson Cooper interviews Walter Cronkite
March 26, 2007 at 7:30pm
Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani
April 30, 2007 at 7:30pm
Gwen Ifill interviews Judith Miller, Cokie Roberts and Helen Thomas
*Jose Maria Aznar *held the office of Prime Minister of Spain from 1996-2004. One of his main concerns is the battle against terrorism. He is in favor of firm policy, against any kind of political concessions and strong supports a close relationship between Spain and the United States. Mr. Aznar is currently a Distinguished Scholar at Georgetown University.
Ehud Barak former Prime Minister of Israel was devoted to the peace process. He actively participated with President Clinton to negotiate peace agreements with Syria and the Palestinian Authority which unfortunately did not achieve positive results.
Sir John Major served as Prime Minister of Great Britain for 7 years, instituting reforms that became international models and left behind a much stronger economy. He initiated efforts to secure peace in Northern Ireland and still lends support on that issue to Tony Blair.
TV Journalist *Anderson Hayes Cooper *anchors Anderson Cooper 360° on CNN. In 1995, Cooper became a correspondent for ABC News, eventually rising to the position of co-anchor of World News Now. In 2000 he switched career paths, taking a job as the host of ABC’s reality show The Mole. However, he left The Mole after its second season to return to broadcast news in 2001 at CNN. He has a long history of reporting from foregin regions, and was recently in Sri Lanka to cover the tsunami and in Baghdad to cover the elections.
Walter Cronkite *covered virtually every news event during more than 65 years in journalism, the last 54 with CBS News. His accomplishments on and off the air won him acclaim and trust from colleagues and the American public alike.
*Rudy Giuliani *(Rudolph William Louis Giuliani III) served as mayor of New York City from 1994–2001, and gained national attention for his role during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, which led him to be named Time’s 2001 Person of the Year. His public visibility in the days following the attacks earned him the nickname “America’s Mayor.” Since leaving office as Mayor of New York, Giuliani has pursued business and legal interests, and has remained politically active by campaigning for Republican candidates for political offices at all levels. On November 13, 2006, he formed an exploratory committee to consider entering the 2008 Presidential Campaign and is expected to declare his candidacy.
*Gwen Ifill *is a journalist for PBS. She earlier worked for the Boston Herald, the Baltimore Sun, the Washington Post, the New York Times, and NBC. Ifill became moderator of the PBS program Washington Week in Review in October 1999 and is also senior correspondent for the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
Journalist Judith Miller announced her retirement from The New York Times on November 9, 2005. Miller, based in Washington D.C., was a prominent reporter who had access to top U.S. government officials. Her coverage of these government officials made her a controversial figure. In particular, her involvement in the Plame Affair and her reporting on the Bush Administration’s conclusions about Iraq’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Program made her a conspicuous media personality. In July of 2005, Miller was jailed for contempt of court for refusing to testify before a federal grand jury investigating a leak naming Valerie Plame as a covert CIA agent.
*Cokie Roberts *is a journalist, author and “Contributing Senior News Analyst” to National Public Radio. She cohosted This Week with David Brinkley from 1996 to 2002. Roberts has won numerous awards, such as the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress and a 1991 Emmy Award for her contribution to “Who is Ross Perot?” She is the author of the national bestseller We Are Our Mother’s Daughters as well as Founding Mothers: The Women Who Raised Our Nation (2004).
Helen Thomas is a noted news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, and member of the White House Press Corps. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas has covered every president since John F. Kennedy, was the first woman officer of the National Press Club, was the first woman member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and the first woman member of the Gridiron Club. She has written four books, including her latest, Watchdogs of Democracy?: The Waning Washington Press Corps and How It Has Failed the Public.