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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thursday, November 08, 2018 - Lunch Program
Bringing Genocidaires to Justice: The Perspective of an NGO in the Trenches
C. Dixon Osburn

How can one NGO take on the world’s war criminals? Dixon Osburn, executive director at the San Francisco-based Center for Justice and Accountability (CJA), will show how the CJA has been leading the charge against war criminals for the past twenty years.

C. Dixon Osburn has more than 20 years of legal and political advocacy experience. He was co-founder and executive director of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, a national security and human rights organization that spearheaded the effort to repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” and end sexual orientation discrimination in the armed forces. Most recently, Osburn served as the director of the Law & Security program for Human Rights First where he led efforts to align U.S. counter-terrorism policies with the rule of law, achieving significant changes in policy and practice regarding Guantanamo, torture, and armed drones.

Osburn has published extensively and served as a national spokesperson in print, on radio, and on television. He currently serves as an adjunct fellow at the American Security Project, on the Working Group for the Halifax International Security Forum, and is a member of the Campaign Board for the Victory Fund.

Osburn received his JD/MBA from Georgetown University and his AB with distinction from Stanford University.

Mr. Osburn's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

Thursday, November 08, 2018 - Evening Program
The Political Argument Today
George Will

A foremost political commentator and columnist, George F. Will presents penetrating and incisive commentary on the Washington political scene, offering a glimpse into what the future holds for public affairs, public policy and American society.

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist George F. Will is one of the country’s most widely read political columnist, as well as a foremost conservative voice. His popular twice-weekly column for The Washington Post syndicate reaches nearly 475 newspapers throughout the United States and Europe. He is a prolific author with books ranging from The Woven Figure: Conservatism and America’s Fabric to Bunts to One Man's America: The Pleasures and Provocations of Our Singular Nation. An avid baseball fan, in 1990, Will published Men At Work: The Craft of Baseball, which topped the New York Times best-seller list for two months. His latest book, A Nice Little Place on the North Side: Wrigley Field at One Hundred, was released March 25, 2014. Will currently serves as a contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.

Mr. Will is the Fall 2018 speaker for the Res Publica Society Speaker Series.

NOTE: This event is restricted to CMC community members registered for the dinner program.