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Humans of New York Creator Headlines Foreign Affairs Symposium Series

Feb. 2, 2014
CONTACT: Jill Rosen
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The creator of the popular Humans of New York blog, feminist icon Gloria Steinem and Obama campaign strategist David Plouffe are among the speakers coming to Johns Hopkins University as part of the 2015 Foreign Affairs Symposium.

All of the events are free and open to the public though reserved seats are available for $25 and can be purchased through http://jhutickets.com. Each event, except FAS Unplugged, will be at 8 p.m. in Shriver Hall Auditorium on the Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for all events. FAS Unplugged will be at 8 p.m. in Mudd Hall.

The series lineup is:

Jack Devine: Feb. 11. Devine is an internationally recognized expert in intelligence matters. He served as acting director and associate director of the CIA’s operations outside the United States, as well as chief of the Latin American division and head of the Counternarcotics Center. He was awarded the Meritorious Officer Award for leading the CIA’s Afghan Task Force, considered the largest covert action campaign of the Cold War. In June, he published Good Hunting! An American Spymaster’s Story, about his career.

Gloria Steinem: Feb. 25. Steinem is a prominent feminist and social activist who became famous with her 1969 essay, After Black Power, Women’s Liberation. She helped to create New York and Ms. magazines as well as the National Women’s Political Caucus. She has been an outspoken critic of war and violence, pledging not to pay taxes during the Vietnam War and campaigning for anti-war leaders. In 2005, she co-founded the Women’s Media center. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013 for her dedication to women’s rights.

ISIS Panel: March 11. A panel to discuss the extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Guests includes former Ambassador to Algeria and Syria, Robert Ford; president of the National Coalition for Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces, Hadi al-Bahra, and journalist Robin Wright, who has covered the Middle East extensively for the Washington Post. The moderator will be David Faris, a professor at Roosevelt University. Ambassador Ford, a graduate of the Johns Hopkins and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, served as Ambassador to Algeria for two years and as Ambassador to Syria for more than three years.

Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York: March 25. Stanton is the photographer behind the award-winning Humans of New York blog. His keenly observed portraits and interviews of everyday New Yorkers on the street have generating more than 11 million likes on Facebook. A Georgia native and University of Georgia alum, Stanton started Humans of New York in 2010 after working as a bond trader in Chicago. His Humans of New York book has topped the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list for two years.

FAS Unplugged: A Discussion of Crime and Punishment in 21st Century America with Karen Miner-Romanoff. April 7. Miner-Romanoff is Franklin University’s dean of the College of Health and Public Administration. She is a prominent criminologist and researcher in the field of juvenile delinquency and an expert in crime control.

David Plouffe: April 13. Plouffe is a political strategist best known for his work with President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns. He also served on the successful campaigns of Senator Tom Harkin, Congressman John Olver, Senator Bob Torricelli and Governor Deval Patrick. He is the author of The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory. Since August, he has served as senior vice president of policy and strategy at Uber.

The annual Foreign Affairs Symposium is run by students and sponsored by the university’s Office of Student Development and Programming.

For more information about the events, contact Jill Rosen at 443-997-9906, or jrosen@jhu.edu.



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