Cardinal Conversations

 
effective September 27, 2018 The Cardinal Conversations website can be found at cardinalconversations.stanford.edu with information related to upcoming events and programming.
 

This page serves as an archive for the events hosted at the Hoover Institution from January - June 2018.

In January 2018 Stanford University launched a new series of conversations on burning issues of our time, featuring some of today’s leading thinkers. The series was jointly hosted by the Hoover Institution, Stanford University and the Freeman Spogli Institute and has now transitioned to the Office of the Provost.

At a time when attempts are being made on both the far left and the far right to limit what can be discussed on university campuses, Stanford’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, and provost, Persis Drell, signaled their commitment to free speech. On November 7, 2017, they announced that preparations were underway for “a series of discussions with well-known individuals who hold contrasting views on consequential subjects.”

The idea for this series originated with a diverse group of undergraduates, with views ranging across the political spectrum, all of whom felt that more could be done to air contested issues on our campus. The series was given the name “Cardinal Conversations,” because it seemed better to have conversations than either lectures or debates.

Cardinal Conversations events are exclusively for current full-time Stanford University students, faculty, and staff.

Cardinal Conversations: Reid Hoffman And Peter Thiel On "Technology And Politics" Moderated By Niall Ferguson

Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosted "Cardinal Conversations: Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel on 'Technology and Politics' moderated by Niall Ferguson" on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST.

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Cardinal Conversations: Francis Fukuyama And Charles Murray On "Inequality And Populism"

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosts "Cardinal Conversations: Francis Fukuyama and Charles Murray on 'Inequality and Populism'" on Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST.

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Cardinal Conversations: Anne Applebaum, Ted Koppel, And Jessica Lessin On "Real And Fake News"

Monday, April 9, 2018
Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosts "Cardinal Conversations: Anne Applebaum, Ted Koppel, and Jessica Lessin on 'Real and Fake News''" on Monday, April 9, 2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST.

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Cardinal Conversations: Christina Sommers And Andrew Sullivan On "Sexuality And Politics"

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosts "Cardinal Conversations: Christina Sommers and Andrew Sullivan on 'Sexuality and Politics' moderated by Deborah Rhode" on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST.

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Cardinal Conversations: Danielle Brown, Claude M. Steele And John Etchemendy On "When Free Expression And Inclusion Collide: A Dilemma Of The Times"

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Hauck Auditorium, David and Joan Traitel Building at the Hoover Institution

The Hoover Institution hosts "Cardinal Conversations: Danielle Brown, Claude M. Steele and John Etchemendy on 'When Free Expression and Inclusion Collide:  A Dilemma of the Times'" on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 7:00pm - 8:30pm PST.

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At Stanford, First Cardinal 'Conversation' Spotlights Technology, Politics

Monday, February 12, 2018

The new Stanford initiative Cardinal Conversations examined the intersections of politics and technology with entrepreneurs and Stanford alumni Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel. Historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution moderated a discussion that included questions from the largely student audience.

In the News

Announcing Cardinal Conversations

featuring Niall Ferguson, Hoover Institutionvia Stanford Review
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

The campaign is sponsored by both the Hoover Institution and Freeman Spogli Institute, endorsed by President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell, and conceived by students. Each event in the series will be a discussion, rather than a debate or lecture, between two intellectuals holding distinct views.

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Stanford Launches Cardinal Conversations Initiative To Expose Campus To Diverse Views

featuring Niall Ferguson, Michael McFaulvia Stanford News
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

A Stanford initiative that kicks off later this month will address some of society’s most complex issues and expose the campus to a wide range of perspectives and views.

Peter Thiel on markets, technology, and education
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Peter Thiel, Charles Murray Invited To New ‘Conversation’ Series

featuring Hoover Institution, Niall Ferguson, Michael McFaulvia Stanford Daily
Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Niall Ferguson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, supported the original idea for the series when a group of undergraduates brought it to his attention last year. Ferguson will moderate the discussion between Thiel and Hoffman, which he hopes will both educate and excite students about an issue that cannot be reduced to binaries.