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Juan Cole, Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, Mona El-Ghobashy, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics at Barnard College, and Jean-Pierre Filiu, Associate Professor at Sciences Po, Paris, spoke on the continuing political developments in Egypt. This talk was moderated by Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University.

12/3/10: Greil Marcus and Christopher Ricks participate in an evening of discussion on Bob Dylan’s work. Professor Marcus spoke on Dylan’s cover of the traditional American folk song “Man of Constant Sorrow,” and Professor Ricks spoke on race in Dylan’s early recordings, including “No More Auction Block” and “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carol.”

11/10/10: Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, UK, speaks on "The New Atheism and the War on Terror."

Terry Eagleton, Distinguished Professor of English Literature at Lancaster University, UK, spoke on "The New Atheism and the War on Terror."

Discussion centered on topics raised by Eric Foner's new book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery. Panelists included Ira Berlin, Distinguished University Professor at the University of Maryland, David Brion Davis, Sterling Professor of History Emeritus at Yale University, Robin Blackburn, Professor of Sociology at the University of Essex, UK, and Eric Foner, Dewitt Clinton Professor of History.

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.

Renowned author Jamaica Kincaid gave a reading, followed by an interview with Saidiya Hartman, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.

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. Michael Doyle chaired the discussion.