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Kathryn Bolkovac discussed her story on Thursday, January 31, 2013, on human trafficking, and other topics with Tanya Domi, whose reporting broke this story. When former Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac was recruited by DynCorp International to support the UN peacekeeping mission in Bosnia, she thought she was signing up to help rebuild a war-torn country.  But once she arrived in Sarajevo, as a human rights investigator heading the gender affairs unit, she discovered military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution, with links to private mercenary contractors, the UN, and the U.S. State Department. After bringing this evidence to light, Bolkovac was successively demoted, threatened with bodily harm, fired, and ultimately forced to flee the country under cover of darkness—bringing the incriminating documents with her. Thanks to the evidence she collected, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp, publicly exposing their human rights violations.  Her story, recounted in the book The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice, later become the Hollywood feature film The Whistleblower.

This discussion, held on Tuesday October 19, 2010, focused on Eric Foner's new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. The panel included Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, and Robin Blackburn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK.

Salman Rushdie, David Ignatius, Michael Schudson, and Lee C. Bollinger spoke on issues related to President Bollinger's recent book, Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, on Wednesday, April 14, 2010. Michael Doyle chaired. 

This talk addressed the question "Marx or Keynes?" on March 31, 2010. It featured David Harvey, Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York (CUNY); Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; Duncan Foley, Leo Model Professor of Economics at The New School for Social Research; and Perry Mehrling, Professor of Economics at Barnard College. Serving as discussant was Sanjay Reddy, Professor of Economics, Barnard College.

This talk on "Taking Stock of the Financial Crisis" on March 25, 2010 featured Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laurette and University Professor at Columbia University; Prabhat Patnaik, Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi; and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Founder and Chair of International Development Economics Associates and Board member of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development, Geneva, and Justin Yifu Lin, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of the World Bank.

This event, on March 25, 2005, celebrated the abiding influence and relevance of Bob Dylan to music, culture, and politics. Bob Dylan is the most iconic popular musician of our time, with an influence that reaches far beyond music. He is a poet, a bard, a thinker, a cultural critic, and most recently a writer of amazing talent and deep honesty.