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Madeleine Albright Entertains Packed Crowd

Madeline Albright, 64th Secretary of State of the United States, wove a fascinating combination of humorous anecdotes and historical insights during her lecture, "Economy and Security in the 21st Century," held in the Francis E. Geissler Gymnasium on March 28 to a crowd of 900 students, faculty and community residents.



Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 1993-1997 before being named by President Bill Clinton as the first female Secretary of State and as the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government


From 1989-1992, she served as president of the Center for National Policy. Previously, she was a member of President Jimmy Carter's National Security Council and White House staff, and served as chief legislative assistant to Sen. Edmund S. Muskie.  Albright is the author of five books and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2012.




New York Times Best-Selling Author Talks Pop Culture

Author Chuck Klosterman wrapped up the 2013-14 Arts and Lecture Series on April 22 in the Student Center Theatre, where he discussed how pop culture shapes modern life in his lecture, "Live Through the Prism of Popular Culture."


Klosterman is the New York Times best-selling author of six books of nonfiction and essays, including "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs" and "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains," and two novels "Downtown Owl" and "The Visible Man," all of which focus on American popular culture. Klosterman currently covers sports and popular culture for ESPN and writes "The Ethicist" column for the New York Times Magazine.


He described how modern popular culture has become a filter through which we observe and validate the world around us. "The fictional frames today's reality, but we cannot evolve as organisms at the speed that technology has evolved in the past 100 years," Klosterman explained, which is why people are alienated by the very technology that dominates their lives.


High-Level Court Officials Discuss Criminal Justice System

Two high-level Connecticut court officials spoke at Eastern on Feb. 26 in the Student Center Theatre, Connecticut Chief Supreme Court Justice Chase T. Rogers and Superior Court Judge Maria Khan addressed the issue of justice and the presence of women in today's judicial system. Their presentation, sponsored by the Women's Center and Office of Equity and Diversity, was part of Eastern's University Hour Series.


Rogers said three women now serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court; Judge Alexandra DiPentima serves as the Chief Judge of the Intermediate Appellate Court; and 55 women serve as Superior Court judges. She said while progress has been made, "focus needs to stay on a much broader picture of addressing the overall issue of diversity, especially in the courts, which so often are called upon to resolve matters in a fair and neutral setting."


Judge Kahn spoke about access for people with limited English proficiency. Born and raised in Angola, Africa, she was appointed a Superior Court Judge in 2006, and currently is assigned to hear criminal matters in the Fairfield Judicial District Courthouse. She moved to the United States at 10 years of age, is fluent in three languages and admitted to several state and federal courts.



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