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The 2009 MSE Symposium at Johns Hopkins University

Neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson to kick off annual speaker series Sept. 15.

September 8, 2009
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Renowned pediatric neurosurgeon Benjamin Carson will lead off the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at The Johns Hopkins University. His talk will take place in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the university’s Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St., in Baltimore. Admission is free. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. A reception in the Clipper Room follows the event. Visitor parking is available in the South Garage, 3101 Wyman Park Drive, Baltimore, Md. 21211.

Carson’s lecture is the first of six events making up this year’s symposium, “A Transition Between Generations in a Changing America.” Also scheduled are journalist, author and pop sociologist Malcolm Gladwell, Tuesday, Oct. 6; attorney and health care advocate Elizabeth Edwards, Wednesday, Oct. 21; a discussion on the role and future of young people in public service, featuring Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele, and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), the youngest member of Congress, Thursday, Nov. 5; actor, director and Academy Award-nominated producer Sean Astin, Tuesday, Nov. 17; and Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels, Tuesday, Dec. 1. All lectures are at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium. Each lecture lasts approximately 45 minutes and is followed by a question-and-answer period and a reception where guests mingle with members of the audience.

Established in 1967 to honor the university’s eighth president, the annual MSE Symposium is an undergraduate-run lecture series, free and open to the public, that brings to campus renowned speakers with a variety of perspectives on issues of national importance.

The symposium is managed entirely by undergraduates. This year’s co-chairs are Danielle Fair, a senior majoring in economics from Doylestown, PA; Michelle Harran, a senior majoring in biomedical engineering from Neptune City, NJ; and Daniel Ingram, a senior majoring in political science from Scotch Plains, NJ.

The chairs receive some funding from Student Council and raise the balance from university departments, corporations and foundations, including this year’s Free Fall Baltimore program. The undergraduates are also responsible for everything else, a daunting array of tasks that include booking auditoriums; arranging for hotels, dinners, and receptions for the guests; securing the sound system; and publicizing the series.

Leading off the series is Carson, who majored in psychology at Yale and graduated from the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He went on to complete both his internship in general surgery and residency in neurological surgery at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In addition, he served as senior registrar in neurosurgery at the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Queen Elizabeth II Medical Center in Western Australia. Now the longstanding director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins, Carson focuses on traumatic brain injuries, brain and spinal cord tumors, achondroplasia, neurological and congenital disorders, craniosynostosis, epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia. He is also interested in maximizing the intellectual potential of every child. Carson has authored over 100 neurosurgical publications, along with three best-selling books, and has been awarded 38 honorary doctorate degrees and dozens of national merit citations.

The students are selling $60 season passes that will secure seating near the stage. To purchase a season pass, send a check payable to JHU Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, including the name and e-mail address of the pass holder to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, Mattin Center 210, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

For more information, the general public and the media may contact the MSE Symposium publicity chair Michelle Harran at msesymposium@gmail.com. The media may also contact Amy Lunday in the Office of News and Information, 443-287-9960 or acl@jhu.edu. The MSE Symposium Web site is http://www.jhu.edu/mse.

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