Thirty years ago, I was in love — with Berlin. As an impoverished British graduate student paid in weedy pounds not mighty deutschmarks, I could live there more cheaply than in Hamburg or Munich, and so I spent the summer of 1989 in a friend’s apartment in the Kurfürstenstrasse, dividing my time between the archives and journalism. West Berlin was not only inexpensive, it was fun. But the real attraction was the parallel world of “real existing socialism” next door, on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive, but to be young was strictly optional. Most of the heroes of 1989 were middle-aged. The leaders of the velvet revolutions, the Vaclav Havels and Lech Walesas, had been through prison, tough times and many a defeat before this incredible victory. Sure, there were often students in the front line — blithe, unattached, unafraid; but what was most moving to me, as I talked to people in the crowds in Leipzig, Gdansk or Prague, were the older men and women who had endured so much and never believed they would see this day.
Hauck Auditorium, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The existential threat posed by nuclear weapons is unique, and states have continuously managed that risk across decades of profound global change. How might changing global demographics and emerging 21st-century technologies redefine the nature of nuclear weapons proliferation and their use? Leaders from the Nuclear Threat Initiative will explore potential impacts on nuclear proliferation challenges and on counter-proliferation strategies, and panelists will consider the particular risks in the India-Pakistan nuclear standoff.
The Hoover Institution hosts a public panel discussion "Emerging Technology and Nuclear Non-Proliferation" on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 from 4:00pm - 5:15pm PST. The event will be livestreamed and can be viewed below.
Over the last several months, opponents of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have clashed with protest supporters at universities across the world. In Australia and New Zealand, pro-Beijing students have occasionally shoved, doxed, and threatened peaceful protesters. In some cases, these activities seem to have been directed by Chinese embassies and consulates, while others appear to have been spontaneous actions, undertaken by students from mainland China.
Randal O’Toole’s recent book, Romance of the Rails, is a slam-dunk. Actually, that is an understatement. The book is full of slam-dunks. In chapter after chapter, O’Toole, a long-time fan of railroads, puts his fandom aside and shows what a disaster government subsidies to, and regulations of, rail transportation have been.
The world-renowned Hoover Institution Library & Archives presents A Window into Modern Iran, The Ardeshir Zahedi Papers at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives. The never-before-published records of Ardeshir Zahedi, Iran’s ambassador to the United States and minister of foreign affairs during the 1960s and 1970s, reveal the inner workings of the shah’s government before the Iranian Revolution. The Zahedi Papers form the richest collection relating to modern Iranian politics and diplomacy anywhere in the world outside of Iran.
Proving once again that it’s a small world, David Davenport, the former president of Pepperdine University and now a Coronado resident, grew up in a suburb of Kansas City at the same time I did. He attended Shawnee Mission North High School and graduated a year ahead of me. I went to Shawnee Mission East and another member of the Coronado Community, Village Theatre Owner and Operator Lance Alspaugh attended Shawnee Mission West. Among the three of us, we covered the majority of the educational compass on the Kansas side of the border.
On college campuses, the new film No Safe Spaces explains, the First Amendment, intellectual freedom, and the very idea of free speech are under attack with threats, bans, and even violence. That threat has come to the attention of comedian Dave Chapelle, latest winner of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.
The numbers of student voters at the University of Notre Dame rose nearly 20 percentage points in last year’s midterm elections, according to the new 2014 and 2018 Campus Report from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE).
mentioning Michael R. Auslinvia Indiana University, Bloomington: College Luminaries Program
Thursday, November 7, 2019
The Luminaries Single-Day Experience is a one-day event where influential alumni, called Luminaries, return to campus to share their personal and professional advice. The day features classroom visits, small group interactions, and student and faculty connections.