Lou Dobbs
Monday, November 19
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
Book signing will follow lecture and discussion

Lou Dobbs is the anchor and managing editor of CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight as well as a best-selling author and syndicated columnist. Tonight, he examines the impact of U.S. public policy on a range of pressing issues – from national security to worker rights to the current political climate. Are our borders secure? Is there a more effective way for us to share in the tremendous benefits and harsh costs of free trade and outsourcing? What are the critical issues and challenges that confront the presidential candidates and American voters as we approach the 2008 election? This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Seriers.

Rami Khouri
Thursday, November 15
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Raytheon Amphitheater, Egan Research Center,
Northeastern University
Small reception will follow lecture and discussion

Rami Khouri is a Beirut-based internationally syndicated columnist, Director of the Issam Fares Institute of Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and editor-at-large of The Daily Star newspaper. He also regularly shares his insights on the BBC, NPR, and CNN. Tonight, he joins us to shed light on the forces shaping the direction and impact of United States policy in the Middle East. Where is the failing? Are there effective policies and programs that should be expanded? And what are the challenges that lay ahead?

Joan Blades
Thursday, October 18
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Rabb Auditorium, Boston Public Library

Joan Blades, well known for co-founding the e-advocacy group MoveOn.org with her husband, Wes Boyd, has set out to empower the motherhood movement with a new organization, momsrising.org. with this site, she hopes the build an army of citizen activists who will push for strong maternity leave laws, improved health care coverage, and fair wages, among other issues. Do more “family friendly” policies make economic sense for our country? Does an active online community necessarily translate into political influence? Blades joins us tonight to screen her documentary film, The Motherhood Manifesto, and to explore the Internet’s ever-changing role in our political proves.

Kitty Dukakis, Michael Dukakis, and Larry Tye
Monday, oct. 15, 2007
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Raytheon Auditorium, Egan Research Center, Northeastern University
Book signing will follow lecture and discussion

After suffering from decades from severe depression, substance abuses problems, and hospitalizations, kitty Dukakis now credits her recovery to electroconvulsive therapy (ECT). Opponents of ECT would like to see the treatment banned on the basis of its common side effects, including memory loss. Many patients say these are a small price to pay for control over a disabling condition. Governor Michael Dukakis and author Larry Tye join Kitty Dukakis for a discussion on how this medical treatment – along with the support of family and loved ones – can potentially help individuals through the horrors of clinical depression.

Charlie Savage
Thursday, October 4
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
Book signing will follow lecture and discussion

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750 laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his interpretation of the Constitution. Is such an interpretation of presidential power necessary in an age of terrirism and imminent security threats? Or, as one critic suggests, will these new tools “lie around like a loaded weapon” for any future president, liberal or conservative, to impose his or her own agenda on the country? Charlie Savage, Boston Globe reporter and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, joins us tonight to address the Bush administration’s expanding executive powers and what it means for the future of our country.
This program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

Garrison Keillor
Monday, September 17
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Blackman Auditorium, Ell Hall, Northeastern University
Book signing of Pontoon: A Novel of Lake Wobegon will follow lecture and discussion

Garrison Keillor, author, storyteller, humorist, and creator of the weekly radio show A Prairie Home Companion, joins us tonight to share from his latest Lake Wobegon novel. Set in the iconic Midwestern small town – a place where “the women and strong, the men are good looking, and all the children are above average” – Pontoon is a story about a woman with a secret. Keillor’s tales of lake Wobegon have touched the hearts of millions and, as stated by the Chicago Tribune, captured “what is small and ordinary and therefore potentially profound and universal in American life.” This program is presented in collaboration with WGBH.

John W. Dean
Thrusday, September 13
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House
Brook signing will follow lecture and discussion.

John W. Dean, counsel to president Richard Nixon, the government’s key witness in the Watergate trial, and best-selling author of Conservatives without Conscience and Worse than Watergate, joins us tonight to address what he sees as the “dysfunction chaos and institutional damage” the Republican party and its core conservatives have brought to the federal government. Are the nation’s current political ills primarily the fault of the Republicans? Have the Democrats been any better? Most importantly, what can politically moderate citizens do to combat extremism, authoritarianism, and incompetence from political leaders of either party? The program is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

The Frederic G. Corneel Memorial Lecture
Paul Hawken, environmentalist, author, founder of Erewhon Trading Company, Smith & Hawken, and the Pax Group, and executive director of the Natural Capital Institute. Moderated by Steve Curwood, host of Living on Earth.

Monday, May 21
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House

From billion-dollar nonprofits to single person causes, there is a growing worldwide movement of organizations dedicated to restoring the environment and fostering social justice. This is a movement with no name, leader, or headquarters, but it can be seen in every city, town, and culture. It is organizing from the bottom up and is emerging as an extraordinary and creative expression of shared values worldwide. What are the driving forces behind these developments? Can the interests of these organizations translate into effective government policies and profitable businesses? Join us tonight as Paul Hawken—environmentalist, businessman, and founder of the first natural foods company—addresses the creation of a worldwide grassroots movement based on hope and humanity.

This program is part of the Ford Hall Forum’s continuing series on environmental issues. It is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

Paul D. Biddinger, MD, FACEP, chairman of the Massachusetts Medical Society Committee on Preparedness, and physician at Massachusetts General Hospital; Lisa Stone, MD, Hospital Preparedness Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Moderated by Stephen Smith, Boston Globe public health reporter

Thursday, May 3
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Old South Meeting House

Real and predicted calamities during the last decade have placed a sharp focus on America’s need to prepare for disaster. In particular, Hurricane Katrina showed the nation just how devastating a lack of preparation can be. Massachusetts now faces a host of questions about our ability to respond to emergency situations – whether it is an LNG tank explosion or an avian flu pandemic. Officials are raising their voices to say we need to do more, and do it soon. But is anyone listening? With the State Legislature yet to act on a pandemic preparations bill and hospital emergency rooms throughout the Commonwealth already operating beyond capacity, just how ready is our state to cope with a major disaster? What really needs to be done to prepare? And what are the consequences of inaction?

The program is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Medical Society and is presented in collaboration with the Old South Meeting House as part of the Partners in Public Dialogue Series.

Edward Albee, playwright, three-time Pulitzer Prize winner; Rick Lombardo, director, and producing artistic director at New Repertory Theatre; Karen MacDonald, actress, founding member of American Repertory Theater. Moderated by arts critic Ed Siegel.

Monday, April 30
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library, Rabb Auditorium

“You need three things in the theater,” said Kenneth Haigh, “The play, the actors and the audience, and each must give something.” Today, with expanding options for at-home-entertainment, the theater is faced with increasing competition to attract the last, and perhaps, most important element – the audience. What is it that still draws millions every year to a darkened auditorium and a stage? What are writers, directors, and actors doing to bring in new generations of theater goers? Will we continue to make our way to Broadway and regional productions for decades (and centuries) to come? Tonight we are joined by playwright Edward Albee, producing artistic director Rick Lombardo, actress Karen MacDonald, and arts critic Ed Siegel to reflect on current and future directions of theater.