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The Power of the Individual How One Voice Can Change the World

Established in 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a widely acclaimed lecture series sponsored by the university. This prestigious organization has brought premier speakers to present and analyze issues of national importance to thousands of students and adults in the Baltimore and D.C. community. Our past speakers have included Malcolm Gladwell, Nelson Mandela, Michael Bloomberg, and President Gerald Ford. This year’s theme is The Power of the Individual: How One Voice Can Change the World. The explosion of technological advancements witnessed in the early twentyfirst century has moved our society towards a future of fundamental and pervasive individualism. Global growth of social media has allowed the actions of an individual to ripple throughout the world in ways never before seen. Just as a Tunisian fruit vender can inspire the masses across the Arab world to seize the hope of a better future, so can a lone gunman wreck havoc on a Colorado suburb that easily could have been any smalltown American community. To discuss and analyze the opportunities and challenges of the changing world, we have invited a diverse body of prominent speakers to further inform our community.

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Each speaker will offer a unique and deeply insightful contribution to the issues at hand. How can this technology best be utilized to inspire, inform, and improve ourselves and our nation? How can we, as Hopkins students and global citizens, best prepare to interact in a vast yet rapidly shrinking world and ensure a better world for the next generation? A power button with a raised hand incorporated into the graphic is featured in this year’s design, which symbolizes how we as individuals can make our voices heard simply by “turning on” and engaging with the world around us. With greater access to information than ever before in human history, this design probes how we can use advancements in technology to assert our individualism in the global sphere and that ingenuity and the human spirit will remain “number one” as we move into a new era. A Proud Sponsor of the 2012 MSE Symposium 2012

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Letter from the President

Letter from the Co-Chairs

Welcome to the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium!

Welcome to the 2012 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium! Founded in 1967, the Symposium remains one of Johns Hopkins University’s premier student-run organizations. With the supervision of our advisor, Dr. William Smedick, we continue the tradition of presenting distinguished lecturers on a unique theme.

Universities are society’s premier place where novel ideas and creative energy intersect and coalesce. At Johns Hopkins University, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium – now in its 45th year – is one of the best manifestations of this fusion.   As you’ll see when you peruse the program, this acclaimed, student-organized lecture series promises a diverse and thought-provoking array of speakers. Once again, thanks to the initiative and imagination of our entrepreneurial undergraduates, our community has the opportunity to hear directly from those who are shaping the way we understand our world. 

This year’s theme, The Power of the Individual: How One Voice Can Change the World, is intended to address how technological advancements and the importance of individual action will impact the future, and how we as Hopkins students can interact and ultimately prosper in a rapidly expanding world. Each speaker is an accomplished individual and is uniquely qualified to provide context and wisdom to the greater Baltimore community. We are extremely proud of our work with other prestigious oncampus organizations here at Hopkins (such as the HOP, DSAGA, and the Parents Fund). We are also pleased to have worked so closely with the administration (such as working in tandem with President Daniels, Mr. Jerome Schnydman, Ms. Jodi Miller, and the Office of Alumni Relations).

This year’s symposium will explores the theme, “The Power of the Individual: How One Voice Can Change the World.” I am particularly grateful for the collaboration between my office and the symposium organizers in hosting Jimmy Wales as a speaker.

We would like to give our most sincere thanks and gratitude to all those involved with the 2012 Symposium. We would also like to thank President Daniels, the school’s administration, and the faculty for their continued support, interest, and valued advice.

I hope you will take the opportunity to hear as many of these unique perspectives as possible during the 2012 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium.

We all believe that serving this past calendar year as Symposium Chairs has been an experience that we will truly treasure. It is something that we will remember for years to come.

Warm regards,

Ronald J. Daniels

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to visit our website,, or contact us at Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Thank you and enjoy!

President Johns Hopkins University

Corey Rogoff


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Eva Maria Najarro Smith


Christopher R. Alvarez

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Schedule of Events | Lecture Series

Seth Meyers | Tuesday, September 4th Co-Sponsored by The HOP

Seth Meyers

Tuesday, September 4th

Lt. Dan Choi

Tuesday, September 18th Tuesday, October 2nd

Wendy Kopp

Wednesday, October 17th

Jon Huntsman

Tuesday, October 30th

Jeffrey Toobin

Wednesday, November 14th

Jimmy Wales

All events will take place in Shriver Hall. Doors open at 7:30 pm and all events begin at 8 pm. Reserved Seating Available. All events are free and open to the public.

Seth Meyers returns for his eleventh season as a SNL cast member and his sixth season as both head writer and “Weekend Update” anchor. As the sole “Weekend Update” anchor, Meyers charms audiences as he lampoons top news stories and entertains fan favorite guests including the outlandish and über trendy correspondent “Stefon” as well as the perpetually ill-prepared singing duo “Garth and Kat.” Before focusing his attention solely on “Update,” Meyers was a regular player in sketches, performing numerous characters. A graduate of Northwestern University, he studied and performed at ImprovOlympic (where many SNL cast members and writers got their start) before moving on to the Boom Chicago Theater in Amsterdam, Holland. His acclaimed show “Pick-ups and Hiccups” with partner Jill Benjamin toured Europe and eventually caught the eye of “SNL.” Most recently, Meyers returned to host the 2011 ESPY Awards on ESPN and headlined the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner to rave reviews. Meyers currently resides in New York City.


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Lt. Dan Choi | Tuesday, September 18th

Wendy Kopp | Tuesday, October 2nd

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On March 19, 2009, Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran fluent in Arabic, announced that he was gay on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Despite his value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, Lt. Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him one month after his announcement. He was one of only eight soldiers from his graduating class who majored in Arabic.

Wendy Kopp is the chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America, which is building the movement to eliminate educational inequity in the United States by enlisting the nation’s most promising future leaders in the effort. She is also chief executive officer and co-founder of Teach For All, a global network which is working to accelerate and increase the impact of this model around the world.

On June 30, 2009, Lt. Choi stood trial under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” At trial, prosecutors presented videos of his public appearances as evidence while Lt. Choi gave his testimony in Arabic. When asked for a translation he wrote his statement in Arabic and English for court record. He also presented over 260,000 support statements from soldiers, citizens, members of Congress, Iraqi friends, and his boyfriend. After evaluating the evidence and the then-current laws, the military board decided to discharge Lt. Choi for violation of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” While the case was appealed to the Secretary of Defense, Lt. Choi served openly in his infantry unit for over a year while publicly pushing for the policy’s repeal. In October 2009, he was a national co-chair of the March on Washington for LGBT Equality. Lt. Choi has been committed to nonviolent protest of LGBT discrimination since his announcement on “The Rachel Maddow Show.” He was arrested in March 2010 after handcuffing himself to the White House fence and again one month later after he and seven other activists 6

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blocked traffic on Las Vegas Boulevard. Following his release from prison, he received notification of his honorable discharge under “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” On December 22, 2010, Lt. Choi attended the bill signing that would repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.” Following the signing, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid returned Lt. Choi’s West Point class ring, which Lt. Choi had sent to Sen. Reid as a protest of his discharge and the discharge of all LGBT military personnel. Lt. Choi continues to advocate for full LGBT civil rights and veteran’s health. He has served as Grand Marshal of the San Francisco, New York City, and Miami LGBT Pride Parades and serves on the boards of Marriage Equality USA and the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He is a graduate of the US Army Scout Leaders Course, Air Assault School, Parachutist School, and is currently pursuing graduate studies at Harvard University.

Wendy proposed the creation of Teach For America in her undergraduate senior thesis in 1989 and has spent more than 20 years working to grow the organization’s impact. A historic 5,800 individuals joined Teach For America’s 2012 corps. As a result, in the 2012-13 school year more than 10,000 first- and second-year corps members will teach in high-need classrooms in 46 regions across the country, reaching over 750,000 students. Teach For America’s alumni force, now numbering nearly 28,000 individuals working inside and outside the field of education, is deeply engaged in the effort to effect the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. Wendy is the author of A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All (2011) and One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (2000).

Wendy is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson Award (1993), the highest honor the school confers on its undergraduate alumni. In 1994 Time Magazine recognized her as one of the forty most promising leaders under 40; in 2006, U.S. News & World Report named her as one of America’s Best Leaders; and in 2008, Time Magazine recognized her as one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People. Wendy was also a recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal (2008). Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She resides in New York City with her husband Richard Barth and their four children.


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Jon Huntsman | Wednesday, October 17th

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for the New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media, and the law.

Jon Huntsman served as Ambassador to China from 2009 thru April 2011 when he stepped down to run for the 2012 Republican nomination for President. Prior to serving as Ambassador to China, Huntsman was twice elected as Governor of Utah, including in 2008 with a record percent of the vote. As Governor, Huntsman governed with his eye toward maintaining Utah’s unparalleled quality of life, continually increasing the state’s economic competitiveness and maximizing funding to Utah’s public education system. Huntsman’s breadth of experience in Asia has been developed over a lifetime of interest and involvement. He has previously lived in Asia four times and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. Huntsman’s public service career began as a White House staff assistant to President Ronald Reagan and has since included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Asia, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative. As a U.S. Trade Representative, Huntsman negotiated dozens of free trade agreements, trade and investment framework agreements and brokered other bi-lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements for the United States with many Asian and African nations. He is a founding director of the Pacific Council on International Policy and has served on various boards such as the Brookings Institute Asia Policy Board, the Center for Strategic and International Studies Pacific Forum, the Asia Society in New York and the National Bureau of Asian Research. 8

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Jeffrey Toobin | Tuesday, October 30th

During his tenure as Governor, Utah was repeatedly recognized by many prestigious organizations for its dynamism, business climate and quality of life. Perhaps most importantly, Utah was named by the Pew Center as the Best Managed State in America. Even in times of economic hardship, Huntsman worked collaboratively with stakeholders to minimize impacts to critical human services while maintaining job-stimulating construction projects and keeping the State’s Rainy Day Fund intact as a tool for any future fiscal distress. As a dedicated public servant, Huntsman was committed to serving in this critical post as Ambassador to one of the most important international relationships for the United States of America. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has four honorary doctorate degrees. Huntsman and his wife, Mary Kaye, live in Washington DC. They have seven children.

The author of critically acclaimed best sellers, Toobin delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices in his book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. The Nine spent more than four months on the New York Times Best Seller list and was named one of the best books of the year by Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly and the Economist. His most recent book, The Oath, a sequel to The Nine, was published in the fall of 2012. Toobin’s renowned bestseller Too Close to Call: The 36-Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election is the definitive story of the Bush-Gore presidential recount and the basis for an HBO movie. Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highestprofile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002 where he now serves as senior analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and profiles of Justices

Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens and Chief Justice John Roberts. His article “An Incendiary Defense” for the magazine broke the news that the O.J. Simpson defense team planned to accuse Mark Fuhrman of planting evidence and to play “the race card.” Prior to joining the New Yorker, Toobin served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh, an experience that provided the basis for his first book, Opening Arguments: A Young Lawyer’s First Case: United States v. Oliver North. His other books also take a behind the scenes look at the legal system: A Vast Conspiracy explored the investigation and impeachment of Bill Clinton; and The Run of His Life closely examined the workings of the criminal justice system in the O.J. Simpson trial. Toobin lives in New York City with his wife and two children.


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Jimmy Wales | Wednesday, November 14th President Ronald J. Daniels’ Lecture

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Ranked by Forbes Magazine as a “Web Celeb”, Jimmy Donal Wales is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur, wiki pioneer, and technology visionary, who is best known as the Founder of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and the Wikimedia Foundation.

The 2012 Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium would like to thank the following Johns Hopkins divisions, student groups, and community businesses for their wonderful generosity.

The origins of Wikipedia began in March 2000, when Mr. Wales started Nupedia (“the free encyclopedia”), which utilized an extensive peer-review process to make its articles of a quality comparable to that of professional encyclopedias. With the addition of wikis (a collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or modify content), the project was dubbed “Wikipedia.” The success of the project has helped popularize a trend in web development (called Web 2.0) that aims to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing among users. His work with Wikipedia, which has become the world’s largest encyclopedia, prompted TIME Magazine to name him one of its “100 Most Influential People,” in 2006 in the “Scientists & Thinkers” category. In 2003, Mr. Wales founded the Wikimedia Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public free of charge. The Wikimedia Foundation operates some of the largest collaboratively edited reference projects in the world, including Wikipedia, the 5th most popular website in the world. 10

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Carey Business School

The Johns Hopkins Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)


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Gertrude’s Restaurant

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President’s Office

The Hopkins Parents Fund

Student Activities Committee

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Student Government Association

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The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health In 2004, Wales co-founded, with Angela Beesley, the for-profit company Wikia, Inc. Wikia is a wiki farm – a collection of individual wikis on different subjects, all hosted on the same website. As part of his work at Wikia, Inc., Mr. Wales is developing a human-powered search engine, Search Wikia, which will be based on the same community-driven principles of Wikia and Wikipedia. The World Economic Forum recognized Wales as one of the “Young Global Leaders” of 2007. This prestigious award acknowledges the top 250 young leaders across the world for their professional accomplishments, their commitment to society, and their potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world.

Special Thanks The staff of the 2012 Symposium would like to extend special thanks to the following people, without whom the Symposium would not have been possible: Monica Abangan

Dr. Howie Mandel

Lindsay Samakow

Randy Bell

Suzanne Manzi

Jerome Schnydman

Dean Susan Boswell

Jodi Miller

Thomas L. Sipes

Robbie Callen

Luci Morreale

Dr. William Smedick

Arthur Celis

Jill Paulson

April Stanson

President Ronald Daniels

Olivia Peoples

Rob Turning

Jolle Davis

Flip Porter

Colleen Walley

Patricia Forster

Erika Rodriguez

Mary Woodward

John Gilligan

Emily Rosenberg

Daniel Ymar

Carol Lorton

Andy Roth


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History | Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium

Established in 1967, the Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a widely acclaimed lecture series sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University. The Symposium is designed to present an issue of national importance to the university in its entirety, as well as to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. communities. The Symposium has established a reputation as a forum for the exchange of ideas and the analysis of issues at the forefront of the national conscience. All events are free and open to the public. The Symposium is run entirely by undergraduate students at the University’s Homewood Campus. The co-chairs, selected each year by the Student Council, are responsible for choosing a theme, securing speakers, raising the necessary funds, recruiting a student staff, and publicizing the series. The Symposium is the premier university event for the fall semester as it attracts thousands of students and residents from the Hopkins community and the Baltimore and D.C. areas. The Symposium has a history of attracting some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians, artists, and scholars. Past MSE Symposium speakers include:



Christopher R. Alvarez

Nicole Aronson

Corey Rogoff

Alex Barbera

Eva Maria Najarro Smith

Eli Bernstein


Ruthie Chen Gabrielle Cohen

Annabel Barnicke

Carolina Hernandez

Jordan Carmon

Josh Lewittes

Jonah Eidman

Glennis Markison

Alistair Fatheazam

Marcelo Sayeg

Joshua Goodstein

Debra Schwitzer

Dennis Hong Sara Hussey

Maya Angelou

Will Ferrell

Michael Moore


P. Nash Jenkins

Merrill Anovick

Aziz Ansari

President Gerald R. Ford

Wes Moore

Madeleine O’Hagan

Evan Brooker

David Axelrod

Barney Frank

Dick Morris

Francesca Pinelli

Aidan O.H.W. Christofferson

Harry Belafonte

Newt Gingrich

Ralph Nader

Bennett Rosenbach

Virgil Doyle

Carl Bernstein

Malcolm Gladwell

Bill Nye

Elias Rosenblatt

Daniel Elkin

Michael Bloomberg

Danny Glover

Martin O’Malley

Aaron Tessler

Sasha Guttentag

Cory Booker

Charlton Heston

Karl Rove

Meghan Hotz

Patrick Buchanan

Christopher Hitchens

Antonin Scalia

Ryan Kirlin

Rubin “Hurricane” Carter

Jesse Jackson

Russell Simmons

Ben Rubenstein

James Carville

Ed Koch

Jerry Springer

Noam Chomsky

Spike Lee

Ben Stein


Tom Clancy

Nelson Mandela

Oliver Stone

Nick Ginsberg

Wesley Clark

N. Gregory Mankiw

Earl Warren

Ann Coulter

Chris Matthews

Bob Woodward

Graphic Design

Howard Dean

Eugene McCarthy

Kurt Vonnegut

Michael Dukakis

George McGovern


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Luci Morreale


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2012 MSE Symposium Program  

2012 MSE Symposium Program

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