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Fink caps final week with lecture on medical ethics after natural disasters

Hurricanes in the Northeast, tornadoes in the deep South and earthquakes in California are among the recent natural disasters that have caused millions of dollars in damage and affected countless lives. Dr. Sheri Fink has reported on such catastrophes and has provided insights on how American hospitals prepare and administer help for these disasters.

Fink is the author of the upcoming release Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, an account of New Orleans’s Memorial Medical Center in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — more specifically, the medical ethics displayed in the wake of the disaster. She will discuss her book at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hall of Philosophy, the final lecture of the season in the Chautauqua Women’s Club Contemporary Issues Forum speaker series.

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Immigration correspondent Preston explores politics behind potential reform

In June 2013, for the first time since 1986, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would reform nationwide immigration laws. The bill is expected to be debated on the floor of the House of Representatives this fall. If it’s passed, it will overhaul the modern immigration system, potentially legalizing undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. The immigration debate and potential consequences of this bill’s passage will be of paramount importance in the coming months for Julia Preston, the national immigration correspondent for The New York Times.

Preston will make her Chautauqua debut at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Hall of Philosophy in a talk on the politics behind immigration reform and the evolving concept of American nationality. Her talk is the penultimate lecture in this season’s Contemporary Issues Forum, a Saturday speaker series sponsored by the Chautauqua Women’s Club.

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Brian Smith | Staff PhotographerCharles Ray, former U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, speaks Wednesday afternoon in the Hall of Christ. Ray and three colleagues from the U.S. foreign service, including public diplomacy officer Sharon Hudson-Dean, to Ray’s right, discussed why they serve in U.S. diplomacy.

Foreign service officers detail joys, perils of diplomatic life

Week Seven’s lectures about diplomacy painted a picture of the international landscape with broad brushstrokes. The lecturers took on big topics: the Arab-Israeli conflict, the debate between isolationists and interventionists, the politics of oil.

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Soltes to paint the complicated backdrop against which Turkish current events are set

About five years ago, Ori Soltes and one of his colleagues were lecturing on Shariah at a conference of approximately 200 federal judges and attorneys. During the Q-and-A portion of the presentation, Soltes claimed that Turkey was “positioned to [connect] the East and the West,” and that Turkey now had an opportunity to “re-engage the Arab world, which had been largely hostile to the country for a long time.”

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerDavid Simon, former crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun and creator of HBO’s “The Wire,” talks about the effect of the drug war on Baltimore and the United States Monday evening in the Amphitheater.

Simon: ‘The drug war is essential to why we can’t even police ourselves anymore’

David Simon was never promoted throughout his entire 12-year career as a crime reporter for The Baltimore Sun. He shared his theory on career advancement with the Amphitheater crowd at his lecture Monday night: “Stay in one spot until you outlast everybody.”

But it was all that time spent as a crime reporter that would influence his later work, both his nonfiction books and his successful TV shows, such as HBO’s “The Wire.”

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Simon says: ‘The Wire’ creator to give special evening lecture on ‘Crime and Punishment’

In an effort to describe David Simon’s work on “The Wire,” critics have drawn parallels from Shakespeare to Dickens to David Chase of “The Sopranos.” But the reference point Simon often uses for his work is similar to how he describes contemporary American society: the Greek tragedy.

Both Simon and television critics have compared his widely acclaimed HBO drama “The Wire” to a Greek play, with its dark themes, social commentary and complete lack of hesitation to kill off characters.

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Roxana Pop | Staff PhotographerAnthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of Supreme Court of the United States, delivers a special lecture on the week’s theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” Monday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy.

Justice Kennedy: ‘We must know our heritage and our history’

In the eyes of Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, Americans take their freedom for granted. As he spoke to the Chautauquans packed in and around the Hall of Philosophy at 3:30 p.m. Monday, he drew upon history and tradition to illustrate how vital it is that Americans engage in the discussion of freedom.
He admitted that in his younger years, he thought democracy could be given like a gift. He joked that some people think they can introduce democracy to a country, wipe their hands and say goodbye, and then democracy will be magically “installed.”

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