The Goldfarb Center is pleased to host three Elijah Parish Lovejoy journalists in residence during the spring semester. Maureen Orth from Vanity Fair was with us this week speaking about the power of fame and the challenge confronting celebrities, heads of state, and other famous figures in the search for truth. Scott Shane, one of the leading writers from the New York Times covering the WikiLeaks story that broke last fall, will spend he week of April 11 with us. Concluding the semester, we welcome back Jerry Mitchell, 2006 recipient of the Lovejoy Award for courage in journalism, whose investigative reporting for The Clarion Ledger helped re-open cold cases from the civil rights era in Mississippi.
The Spring 2011 Linda and Bill Cotter Debate will address Social Security Financing for the Future, and will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 7 p.m. in Ostrove Auditorium. The debate will feature Henry Aaron, senior fellow and Bruce and Linda MacLaury Chair in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution, and Stuart Butler, distinguished fellow and director of the Center for Policy Innovation at the Heritage Foundation.
The 50th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps warranted celebration on two fronts, Ambassador Robert Gelbard ’64 told an audience on campus in March for just such a celebration. The Peace Corps spawned a new social phenomenon—a whole class of national service organizations, several of which were represented at the events—and it helped establish a perception of America abroad as a country known for its volunteer ethos, commitment to service, and culture of philanthropy. “That is something that’s still unique to America,” he said.
Caitlyn Fleming ’11 and Ann Norris ’11 conducted research during Jan Plan for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Coalition on the impact of the TAA program in Maine. On Feb. 22, they presented their research findings alongside TAA Coalition Executive Director Howard Rosen, as well as U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine’s 2nd District. The panel, moderated by Dean of Faculty Lori Kletzer, discussed these findings within the context of the recent expiration of expanded benefits that had been put into place in 2009.