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Snowden, ‘Orange is the New Black’ Author Headline JHU Speaker Series

Feb. 1, 2016
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A whistleblower, the author of a bestselling book about life in a women’s prison, and the founder of Vox.com are among those speaking at Johns Hopkins University as part of the 2016 Foreign Affairs Symposium speaker series.

The lineup is:

Piper Kerman
Feb. 10
8 p.m., Shriver Hall
Author of the book “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman’s Prison,” which was adapted for television as the popular Netflix series. Kerman is an advocate for prison reform and teaches writing at correctional facilities in Ohio.

Edward Snowden
Feb. 17, a live video discussion
8 p.m., Shriver Hall
In 2013, Edward Snowden sparked a worldwide debate on the government’s collection of private information when he revealed documents detailing the National Security Agency’s surveillance practices. He has received many honors for his actions, including The Guardian’s Person of the Year and a spot on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. Snowden lives in an undisclosed location in Russia, where he has been granted three years of asylum.

Naomi Klein
Feb. 23
6 p.m., Shriver Hall
An environmentalist and the author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, one of the New York Times 100 Notable Books for 2014. In the book she argues that global capitalism and climate change are bound together. In 2015, the book was adapted into a documentary.

Ezra Klein
March 9
8 p.m., Shriver Hall
A journalist who founded the news site Vox in 2014. Klein has written for the Washington Post, where he managed “Wonkblog,” one of the paper’s best-read blogs. He also serves as a commentator on MSNBC programs such as The Rachel Maddow Show, Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Panel on the Future of Policing in America
March 22
8 p.m., Shriver Hall
A panel discussion featuring Linda Sarsour, founder of Muslims for Ferguson; Donovan X. Ramsey, a journalist and fellow at the public policy organization Demos; Mark Puente, investigative reporter for the Baltimore Sun; and Commissioner Kevin Davis and Col. Melissa Hyatt from the Baltimore Police Department.

World Bicycle Relief
April 7
8 p.m., Mudd Hall
Founded in 2005, the World Bicycle Relief is an international non-profit organization committed to bicycle distribution in rural Africa. By getting people bicycles, the group hopes to give people better access to education, healthcare and economic opportunities.

All events are free and open to the public, though reserved seats can be purchased in advance through jhutickets.com.

The annual Foreign Affairs Symposium, founded in 1998, is run by Johns Hopkins students and sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Development and Programming.



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