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LiveTalk@CPS Lecture Series

Now in its 11th year, LiveTalk@CPS is the College Preparatory School's evening lecture series for parents, students, and the community.

Sponsored by the The Fish Group - Merrill Lynch financial advisors.


To subscribe to the 2008-2009 season, enter your ticket quantites at the top of this page and click "Order Now". You'll receive guaranteed seating for each of these engaging, thought-provoking lectures by local and national experts and celebrities on intriguing topics and current events:


April 23, 2009
Religion & Counterinsurgency
with professor Ron Hassner

Insurgents in Iraq have turned mosques into fortified strongholds, forcing US troops to weigh the public relations costs of desecrating sacred space against the benefits of operational failure. Why are Muslim insurgents willing to desecrate their own mosques? According to Ron Hassner, US decision makers at all levels are reluctant to engage with the religious implications of the war in Iraq, and they remain ill-equipped to answer such questions. Furthermore, a nuanced understanding of Islam in its multiple traditions, their respective attitudes towards the laws of war and their interpretations of the rules governing sacred space, are critical to solving problems in Iraq.


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September 16, 2008
Waiting for an Ordinary Day

with Farnaz Fassihi

Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa for the Wall Street Journal, now based in Beirut, Lebanon. She joined the Journal in January 2003 and was immediately sent to Iraq. Her family is Iranian-American; she has degrees in English from Tehran University and in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Journal, she was a roving foreign correspondent for the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and a reporter for the Providence Journal. In her new book, Waiting for an Ordinary Day, Fassihi chronicles Iraqis’ everyday experiences as they come to terms with the realities of Saddam Hussein’s overthrow and the U.S.’s subsequent occupation.

October 16, 2008
Overcoming the Abuse of Rank
with Robert W. Fuller

Former president of Oberlin College, Robert Fuller is an internationally recognized authority on the subject of rankism and dignity. You will find rankism at the heart of many infringements of human rights, as the root cause of indignity, injustice, and unfairness. Low rank — signifying weakness, vulnerability, and the absence of power — marks people for abuse in much the same way that race, religion, gender, and sexual orientation have long done. In his book Somebodies and Nobodies, Robert Fuller examines our reluctance to confront this phenomenon, and argues that abuse based on power differences is no more defensible than that based on differences in color or gender. Identifying rankism in all its guises and overcoming it puts the goal of universal human dignity into the context of contemporary movements for civil rights.

November 6, 2008
An Evening with Adair Lara
Author and former SF Chronicle columnist

A popular columnist with the San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, Adair Lara now writes magazine features and books,  teaches writing and coaches writers. Her most recent works include Hold Me Close, Let Me Go, in which she explores her often tumultuous relationship with her then-adolescent daughter, Morgan; in Normal Is Just a Setting on the Dryer she compiles life lessons learned through experience,  drawn from thousands of bits of wisdom and advice sent to her by her readers; and in The Granny Diaries she delivers sage advice for first-time grandparents, including such crucial details as how to choose a decent name (Oopsie? Boopsie?).

January 14, 2009

Our Precarious Privacy
with Chris Hoofnagle

In an era of heightened national security and robust Internet commerce, privacy has become one of the most controversial and complex issues of our time. From air travel to credit cards, grocery stores to Google, almost everything we do today is being tracked and recorded. Have we lost all control of our personal privacy? Can we restore it? Chris Hoofnagle is a nationally recognized expert in information privacy law. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and the California Senate and Assembly numerous times on social security number privacy and credit transactions. From 2000 to 2006, he was senior counsel to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and director of the organization's West Coast office. At EPIC, he concentrated on financial services privacy, telemarketing regulation and consumer profiling.

February 19, 2009
Academy Awards Preview Night
with film historian Harry Chotiner

Join LiveTalk for our Academy Awards preview night with the incomparable Harry Chotiner. This annual event, a popular CPS tradition for film buffs of all ages, features New York University film history professor and former Twentieth Century Fox vice president Harry Chotiner’s unique spin on the nominees. Plus hot popcorn, soda, candies, and door prizes! And the Oscar goes to...

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