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Bernard D. Nossiter ’47 Lectures

Nossiter Lecture: Chemical Nation by Journalist Mariah Blake

Big industries have more autonomy than ever in determining the chemical composition of their products, sometimes at the risk of consumer safety. Recent controversy has erupted over the presence of potentially harmful chemicals like synthetic estrogen in plastic products such as toddler sippy cups, despite the producers’ claims that they create no health risks to consumers. With producers’ commercial interests representing their first priority, how can consumers be certain that potential exposure to chemicals will cause them no harm?

Public Program: Q&A with Henry Chu, London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times

Before the Bernard D. Nossiter '47 Lecture, "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Europe in Crisis," with Henry Chu on Monday, May 11, Courtney Wong '15 sat down with Henry Chu for an interview.

The London Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times, Henry Chu has traveled all over the world, reporting from various countries about unique stories of the human condition. He has reported from more than 30 countries for the Los Angeles Times alone and has covered Europe since 2008. In addition to London, he has also been posted in Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, and New Delhi. Having received his B.A. from Harvard University, Chu returned to his alma mater 25 years later as a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism.



Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College with Jeff Young

For current full-time residential students, it’s difficult to imagine what it’s like to learn in a classroom without a teacher. However, this is where the state of higher education is currently headed: to massive open online courses, or MOOCs. Jeffrey R. Young, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, as well as a technology editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education, is an expert on MOOCs and shared with us his knowledge of them in his lecture entitled, “Pop-Up Learning: How Technology is Changing and Challenging College.”

PolitTALK with Journalist Souad Mekhennet


On Monday, May 8th, New York Times columnist Souad Mekhennet spoke to students about her experience working in the Middle East over lunch.  A German reporter of Turkish and Moroccan descent, Mekhennet has covered conflicts and terrorist groups in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. With recent events escalating in Syria, it was very interesting to listen to Mekhennet's opinions about a post-Arab Spring world.  




Souad Mekhennet: "Observations about the World after the Arab Spring" in Rockefeller 003 at 4:30 PM, May 6th


"The Fine Line Between Science and Politics" on May 14th at 4:30 PM



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