Latino history is significantly older than America itself, and Ray Suarez, host of Al Jazeera America’s daily program “Inside Story,” wants to remind people of that.
Rather than worrying about whether the country would exist after the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln and the United States Congress made the effort to provide for the country’s future.
During the war, Lincoln and Congress signed the Morrill Act, which created all the country’s public universities and the National Academy of Sciences, said Ralph Cicerone, current president of the academy.
“Even in tough times, you’ve got to be thinking ahead,” Cicerone said. “Show some ambition and get on with it.”
Cicerone and retired “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer had a conversation about the lack of goals and ambition and about science’s role in society during Thursday’s morning lecture as part of Week Two’s theme, “The Lehrer Report: What Voters Need to Know.”
Jim Lehrer will moderate a conversation between nationally syndicated columnists Michael Gerson and Mark Shields at 10:45 a.m. today in the Amphitheater, closing Week Two’s morning lecture series, “The Lehrer Report: What Informed Voters Need to Know.”
Gerson, whose columns appear twice weekly in The Washington Post, writes a right-leaning column on issues that include politics, global health, development, religion and foreign policy.He was a top aide to President George W. Bush, a senior editor at U.S. News and World Report and a speechwriter for Bob Dole during the 1996 presidential campaign.
Shields, who has worked in Washington during the administrations of nine U.S. presidents, started writing his left-leaning column, now distributed nationally by Creators Syndicate, in 1979. In 1968, he worked for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He also held leadership positions in three other presidential campaigns and wrote a book about the 1984 presidential campaign, On the Campaign Trail.
Presidential debates serve a greater purpose than just helping the public decide whom they want as president.
The 2012 presidential debates are just as important as any of those that have occurred every election year. They are the only moments during campaigns when presidential candidates stand side by side and discuss the same topics, Lehrer said.
In his only solo appearance of the week, retired “PBS NewsHour” anchor Jim Lehrer shared his thoughts on presidential debates and criticized this year’s Republican primary debates during Wednesday’s morning lecture.
The 2012 presidential election is on the horizon, and Chautauquans will have the opportunity to hear stories from one of the most prominent presidential debate moderators in history.
Jim Lehrer, moderator of 11 presidential debates, will share stories from the debates and talk about the privilege of interviewing nearly every candidate for president and vice president during the past six elections.
Lehrer said he looks forward to returning to Chautauqua because speaking to an engaged audience is a speaker’s paradise.
The public’s mixed opinions of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Affordable Care Act exemplifies the division in today’s politics.
Only 45 percent of Americans agreed with the decision, as opposed to 45 percent who disagreed with it, said Andrew Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, at Monday’s morning lecture.
Despite the decision, Kohut said he believes the court’s acceptance of the bill will legitimize it to some degree.
“What has clearly happened is that the administration and President Obama really dodged a bullet,” Kohut said, “because if this legislation had been overturned, it would have taken away one of his achievements — and the knock on Obama, even for people who like him, is he hasn’t accomplished much.”