2017-2018

Documentary Producer Martin Smith, 7:30 PM, Friday, December 1, 2017, The Salisbury School
Event Date : 12/01/2017

For more than 40 years Martin Smith has literally covered the world reporting from Central America to Russia to The Middle East. He returned recently from Iran and Saudi Arabia. He began his career at CBS, produced documentaries with Peter Jennings at ABC and for the last 25 years has produced award winning productions foFrontline on PBS.


His recent productions include Chasing Heroin , Inside Assad's Syria, Obama At War, and The Rise Of Isis. He was one of the first journalists to investigate the emergence of Osama Bin Laden and the Al Qaeda network. He has reported on the Taliban from Pakistan's dangerous tribal areas and prepared a documentary primer on the policy options the Trump administration faces.


The Middle East seems to be in constant turmoil and few people understand it all better than Martin Smith.


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The Constitution Today, 7:30 PM, Friday, October 27, 2017, Salisbury School
Event Date : 10/27/2017
“In order to preserve protect and defend the Constitution … you have to know it, and I don’t know how much he (Donald Trump) has actually thought about it,” Akhil Amar told an audience earlier this year. One of America's premier constitutional scholars Dr. Amar was discussing his new book The Constitution Today: Timeless Lessons for the Issues of our Era. 


A Yale University Law School Professor Amar says "The Constitution was written by ordinary people such that ordinary people could read it with ease." Thus, Amar says “A generalist can make a claim related to constitutional law to a general audience.” 


Amar claims that the constitution is both an important tool for tackling the political problems of today and a device for bringing the country together along partisan lines.


His comments and analysis of today's fast moving events are always illuminating and interesting.


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Private Empire: Exxon Mobil, 7:30 PM, Friday, September 22, 2017, The Hotchkiss School
Event Date : 09/22/2017
Steve Coll, Dean of Columbia Journalism School, Author of Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power, and a regular contributor to the New Yorker magazine. Now that the chairman of ExxonMobil has become the Secretary of State Steve Coll is in a unique position to interpret how he may influence events worldwide. 


Coll has written that many executives of ExxonMobil regarded the State Department with disdain. "They regarded the State Department as generally unhelpful, a bureaucracy of liberal career diplomats who were biased against oil and incompetent when it came to sensitive and complex oil-deal negotiations," he wrote in The New Yorker last December.


His analysis of recent events and Rex Tillerson's handling of U.S. policy will be interesting and thought provoking.


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