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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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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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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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Kennedy speaks to Week Five theme in special presentation

Anthony M. Kennedy, associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, will offer remarks on the Week Five theme, “The Pursuit of Happiness,” in a special lecture at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy.

Nominated to the Supreme Court by President Ronald Reagan, Kennedy took his seat Feb. 18, 1988. In his 25 years on the bench, he has written the court’s majority opinion on many landmark cases, including United States v. Windsor in 2013, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission in 2010, Kennedy v. Louisiana and Boumediene v. Bush in 2008 and Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.

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Broehl to re-enact piece of Underground Railroad history

Adopting the character of her own great-great-grandmother, Margo Broehl will present a re-enactment-style lecture on the history of the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio at 4 p.m. today in Smith Wilkes Hall.

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Knight to speak on Addams, Chautauqua’s role in her ideology

Chautauqua audiences knew Jane Addams well, as the social and political activist made a number of appearances on the Institution’s lecture platform. Louise Knight, who has authored two books on Addams, will describe how Addams’ Chautauqua presentations are linked to some of the ideas that appeared in her later publications.

Knight is speaking at 3:30 p.m. today in the Hall of Christ as part of the Oliver Archives Heritage Lecture Series.

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