Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
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The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Levitt Speaker Series

Levitt Speaker Series 2007-2008

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Fall 2007

Barbie Zelizer, the Raymond Williams Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, presented a lecture titled "When War Reporting Is More Imagined Than Real" on August 30th. A former journalist, Zelizer is also a media critic whose work focuses on the cultural aspects of journalism, with particular emphasis on news images in times of crisis.  Bio

Langdon Winner, the Thomas Phelan Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, gave a lecture about "Information Technology and the Dream of Democratic Renewal" on October 18th. Praised by The Wall Street Journal as "The leading academic on the politics of technology," Winner is a political theorist whose work focuses on social and political issues that surround moderna technological change. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he serves as co-director of the Center for Cultural Design at RPI, and is the author of numerous books and articles on social, political, and environmental issues. Bio

Catherine L. Mann
, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute of International Economics since 1997, lectured on "Globalization, Technological Change, and the US Economy: Implications for Trade, Finance, and Labor" on November 15th.  In addition to her position at PI, Mann is a professor of economics at Brandeis University. Previously, she served as assistant director of the International Finance Division at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, senior international economist on the President's Council of Economic Advisors at the White House, and the advisor to the chief economist at the World Bank. Her most recent PI book is Accelerating the Globalization of America: The Role of Information Technology (2006). Bio

Spring 2008

Dan Nye '88
, CEO of LinkedIn, will speak about "Social Networking: the Next Generation" on February 7th, 2008.  Nye graduated from Harvard Business School in 1994.  Prior to leading LinkedIn, he was a member of the executive team at Advent Software.  More

Harris Miller, CEO and President of the Career College Association (CCA), will lecture on "Challenges and Opportunities of IT Policy in the 21st Century" on February 19th, 2008.  Prior to joining CCA, Miller was president of the Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) for 11 years.  He previously served as Legislative Assistant to the Committee on the Judiciary of the U.S. House of Representatives, was Legislative Director for former Senator John Durkin (D0NH), and narrowly lost his race for the U.S. Senate Democratic nomination from Virginia in 2006.

Nadine Strossen
, President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Professor of Law at New York Law School, will speak about cyber censorship on February 28th, 2008.  Named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by National Law Review (twice) and among the top "100 Executives Leading the Digital Revolution" by Upside Magazine, in addition to many other distinctions, Ms. Strossen is also an award-winning author of numerous books and articles.  Her work has appeared in scholarly journals and general interest publications.  Ms. Strossen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College in 1972 and magna cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1975.  In 1986, she became of the first three women to receive the U.S. Jaycees' "Ten Outstanding Young Americans" Award, and was also the first American woman to win the Jaycees International "Outstanding Young Person of the World" Award.

Jennifer Earl, Director of the Center for Information Technology and Society and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, will talk about "Protest on the Information Highway: Trends in Online Activism" on April 15, 2008. Earl has received numerous major funding awards, including a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for research in 2006-2011. She has published widely, including in major sociological journals such as the American Sociological Review and the Annual Review of Sociology, as well as in respected specialty journals such as Sociological Theory, Mobilization, and Social Science Computer Review. Current projects include CAREER award-funded research on internet activism and a study of arrests made at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Other Levitt-sponsored speakers:

Myles Brand
, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), spoke about "The Place of Intercollegiate Athletics in American Culture" on October 2nd, 2007.  Prior to joining the NCAA, Brand served as the president of Indiana University (1994-2002) and the University of Oregon (1989-1994).  Brand has also served on numerous boards and committees, including the Association of American Universities, which he chaired from 1999-2000.  Bio.

Eric Lane
, the Eric J. Schmertz Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Public Service at Hofstra University School of Law, gave a lecture on November 8th, 2007 entitled "Can We Save Our Constitution through Love Alone?"  In addition to teaching, Professor Lane is the Senior Fellow at the Brennan Center of Justice and the NYU School of Law.  He serves on several boards, including the Vera Institute of Justice, and is the author of several books.  His most recent book (with co-author Michael Oreskes), The Genius of America: How the Constitution Saved Our Country -and Why It Can Again, was published in September 2007.  Bio. 


Norman E. Bowie
, the Elmer Andersen Chair in Corporate Responsibility and Strategic Management/ Organization at the University of Minnesota, will present a lecture entitled "Economics: Friend or Foe of Ethics?" on April 7th.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Bowie is a distinguished contributor to business ethics, the author of numerous books and articles, and serves as editor on several boards including the Journal of Business Ethics Education.  He was a tenured member of the Philosophy Department at Hamilton College in the 1970's, and is the co-author with Hamilton Professor Robert Simon of The Individual and the Political OrderBio.