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The 2011 MSE Symposium at Johns Hopkins University

THE JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF NEWS AND INFORMATION
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September 1, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Lunday
443-287-9960
acl@jhu.edu

Jerry Springer will lead off the annual Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 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.

Springer’s lecture is the first of seven events making up this year’s symposium, “America’s Boundless Possibilities: Innovate, Advance, Transform.” Also scheduled are Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern, a Johns Hopkins alumna and trustee, Wednesday, Oct. 12; the Honorable Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., Saturday, Oct. 15, at a special time, 5 p.m. doors and 5:30 p.m. lecture; actor Michael Kenneth Williams, best known for playing “Omar Little” on HBO’s The Wire, Wednesday, Oct. 19; actor and comedian Aziz Ansari of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Wednesday, Oct. 26; David Axelrod, advisor to President Barack Obama, Tuesday, Nov. 8; and Karl Rove, advisor to President George W. Bush, Tuesday, Nov. 15. All lectures (except Booker’s) 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, led this year by co-chairs Elizabeth Goodstein, a junior from New York majoring in film and media studies; Jonathan Kornblau, a senior from New York majoring in international studies; and Jonathan Mest, a senior from Mount Laurel, N.J., majoring in applied mathematics.

The chairs receive some funding from Student Council and raise the balance from university departments, corporations and foundations. 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.

First in the series is Springer, best known as the host of several TV shows, including The Jerry Springer Show and, most recently, America’s Got Talent. In the United Kingdom, he is the host of a new game show called Nothing but the Truth, where contestants take a lie detector test while asked increasingly personal questions. Before achieving fame as a cultural icon, Springer was a politician, serving five terms on the Cincinnati City Council and becoming the city’s mayor at age 33. In 1998, Springer wrote his autobiography, Ringmaster, an account of his experiences and remembrances from his childhood and professional career. The book was turned into a movie by the same name as a fictionalized chronicle of his television talk show. A full bio is available at http://www.apbspeakers.com/speaker/jerry-springer.

The students are selling $60 season passes that will secure seating near the stage. Reserved seats can also be purchased for one event at $20. To purchase a season pass, send a check payable to JHU Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, with the name and email address of the pass holder, to Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium, Mattin Center 210, The Johns Hopkins University, 3400 N. Charles St., Baltimore, Md. 21218.

For more information, the general public and the media may contact the MSE Symposium publicity chair Elizabeth Goodstein 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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