A panel of social and political experts discuss whether America has a duty to protect the lives of the vulnerable around the world. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Dele Olojede, Jeffrey Goldberg, Michael Abramowitz, Stephen L. Carter are in conversation. Location: Greenwald Pavilion
Mike Abramowitz is the director of the Committee on Conscience, the genocide-prevention program of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, which seeks to raise awareness among the public and policymakers about the challenges of preventing genocide today. Among its activities, the museum is co-sponsor of the new Working Group on the Responsibility to Protect, which is identifying ways to strengthen the international framework for atrocity prevention. Before joining the museum in 2009, Abramowitz was a longtime reporter and editor for The Washington Post, serving in a number of positions, including White House correspondent and national editor.
Stephen L. Carter
Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale University, where he has taught since 1982. A prolific writer who has published seven critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including The Violence of Peace: America’s Wars in the Age of Obama, during the past nine years, he has helped shape the national debate on issues ranging from the role of religion in our politics and culture to the role of integrity and civility in our daily lives. His novel The Emperor of Ocean Park spent eleven weeks on The New York Times best-seller list. His fifth novel, The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, will be published this summer. He writes a regular column for Bloomberg and contributes frequently to Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Carter is a member of the American Law Institute, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a trustee of the Aspen Institute.
Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent of The Atlantic. Before joining the magazine in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker. Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine. He has also written for the Forward and was a columnist for The Jerusalem Post. His book Prisoners has been hailed as one of the best books of 2006. Goldberg is the recipient of the 2003 National Magazine Award for Reporting for his coverage of Islamic terrorism. He is also the winner of an International Consortium of Investigative Journalists prize for best international investigative journalist, an Overseas Press Club award for best human rights reporting, and the Abraham Cahan Prize in Journalism. He is also the recipient of 2005’s Anti-Defamation League Daniel Pearl Prize.
Dele Olojede is the publisher of NEXT and 234NEXT.com, which provide news and informed opinion primarily for a Nigerian audience to further the common good. A winner of the Pulitzer Prize and a former foreign editor at New York Newsday, he is chairman of the Global Network Initiative International Advisory Council and a member of the governing board of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative. In 2010, the Global Forum for Ethics in Business honored him as an exemplar of ethical business leadership, and Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People. Most recently, Olojede was awarded the John P. McNulty Prize in recognition of his groundbreaking work to deliver unbiased information to the Nigerian public, demand government transparency, and advance journalistic standards in the country.
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter ’66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011, she served as the first woman director of policy planning for the US State Department. Slaughter was dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009 and a professor of international law at Harvard Law School from 1994 to 2002. She has written or edited six books, including The Idea that is America: Keeping Faith with our Values in a Dangerous World and A New World Order, and over 100 articles. She also writes for popular media and curates foreign policy news on Twitter.