Edward Snowden, Other Famous Folks to Speak at Hopkins

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Every year, the Foreign Affairs Symposium at Johns Hopkins brings an exciting group of speakers to campus for a series of free lectures open to the public. This year, the group of invitees is particularly exciting — particularly since at least one of them can’t even step foot in the United States.

Piper Kerman, Feb. 10 – The woman whose book inspired the hit show Orange Is the New Black is now a prison advocate and writing teacher.

Edward Snowden, Feb. 17 – The infamous NSA leaker will be appearing at Hopkins via a videolink from his undisclosed location in Russia. Kinda sounds like the start to a great spy movie, don’t you think?

Naomi Klein, Feb. 23 – As an author and activist, Klein has spent years critiquing the system. Listening to her talk during a presidential election year sounds particularly promising.

Ezra Klein, March 9 – Millennial wunderkind and pollster extraordinaire, Klein will also presumably have a lot to say about how the election is shaping up.

This year, the speaker series will feature two additional events

Panel on the Future of Policing in America, March 22 – A discussion featuring journalists, activists, and Baltimore Police Department Commissioner Kevin Davis.

World Bicycle Relief, Apr. 7 – An event celebrating this non-profit, which distributes bikes in rural Africa.

Events are free and open to the public, but you can also buy a reserved ticket in advance here. More information about the series is available here.


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