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Careers in Intellectual Property
New York Academy of SciencesThis Science Alliance conference, presented by Columbia University and the New York Academy of Sciences, provides valuable information for graduate students in the sciences who are considering careers in the field of intellectual property. The conference featured Donna Rounds from Columbia's Science and Technology Ventures.
Civil Liberties Post-September 11Office of Public AffairsWhile antiterrorism legislation has received much support, threats to civil liberties remain a concern. Floyd Abrams, noted First Amendment attorney and William J. Brennan Jr., visiting professor of First Amendment issues, moderated the third in a series of First Amendment Breakfasts hosted by the Graduate School of Journalism on December 6, 2001. Panelists included Dianne Doctor, news director of WNBC-TV; James Neal, vice president for information services and university librarian; and John Podesta, former White House chief of staff for the Clinton administration.
Constitutions, Democracy, and the Rule of Law
Columbia 250thTo kick off the celebration of Columbia University's 250th anniversary, the University hosted a distinguished group of international government leaders, philosophers, and political scientists for this two-day symposium, which considered the pressing question of how to strike the right balance between liberty and security in a post-9/11 world.
Effect of 1997 Asian Financial Crisis on Hong KongOffice of Public AffairsPolitically, the people of Hong Kong are vocal and they take all opportunities to voice their views, but the mood of the people was greatly affected by the 1997 Asian financial crisis, said Sarah Wu of the Hong Kong Economic Trade Council in a lecture sponsored by the East Asian Institute on February 3, 2003.
Ethics and DemocracyOffice of Public AffairsThis symposium, held on October 3, 2002, raised ethical questions about democratic societies and how they resolve dilmmas, advance scientific inquiry and protect society. The panel also addressed the process of framing ethical issues and whether the process should be transparent. Vincent Blasi, Corliss Lamont Professor of Civil Liberties, facilitated the discussion.
Legal Implications of the Domestic Response to September 11Office of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 3, 2001, which explored racial profiling before and after the attack and electronic surveillance under current and proposed laws. The forum was moderated by Law School Dean David Leebron and Vice Dean Michael Dorf; participants included law professors Kimberle Crenshaw and Debra Livingston, and Jeffrey Fagan, professor in the School of Public Health.
Post-Communist Countries Need Rule of LawOffice of Public Affairs"All new-born democracies in post-communist countries are badly in need of the rule of law," said Yugoslav President Vojislav Kostunica in a lecture. He summarized the past, present, and future of the rule of law in Yugoslavia and the Balkans during a lecture sponsored by The Harriman Institute on September 13, 2002.
Role of the Press in Protecting Civil LibertiesOffice of Public AffairsThe media plays an important role in defending civil liberties, according to a panel sponsored by the Scholars and Fellowships Office of Columbia College, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the Graduate School of Journalism. Tom Rosenstiel, director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, moderated this December 7, 2001 discussion with panelists Eve Burton, James Carey,and Carol Nunnelley.
Symposium on Executive Compensation
Columbia Law SchoolIn a panel convened at the Columbia School of Law, leading experts debated the rapid growth of pay, the role of market forces and boards of directors, the corporate governance system, and other topics related to executive compensation.
The Fallout from the Enron Scandal
Office of Public AffairsIn a discussion sponsored by Columbia Law School's Center for Public Interest on February 13, 2002, panelists Richard Briffault, Jeffery Gordon, Lewis Lowenstein, Cynthia Estlund, and Max Berger considered the impact of the Enron bankruptcy on campaign finance reform, the free market system, auditing practices, pension funds, and the securities industry.
The Fight Against Terrorism and Its Human Rights ImplicationsOffice of Public AffairsArchived webcast of a Law School forum held October 2, 2001, which explored how America can respond effectively to the terrorist threat in a manner consistent with our commitment to constitutional principles. Speakers included Ellen Chapnick, assistant dean, Columbia Law School; David Cole, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center; and Michael Ratner, vice president, Center for Constitutional Rights, and lecturer at Columbia Law School.

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