On October 8, the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Chinese political dissident Liu Xiaobo for his “long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” Princeton Philosophy Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah wrote to the Nobel Committee in favor of Liu Xiaobo’s nomination. I recently spoke with Professor Appiah about his support for the nominee.
Next, two of our reporters take a look at the history of the famed Woodstock music festival in a conversation with Artie Kornfeld, an American musician, record producer, music executive and organizer of the music festival.
As Americans cast their votes in the midterm elections, they will set the course for American environmental policy for years to come. Van Jones, the founder of three non-profits and author of a book on green jobs entitled “The Green Collar Economy,” served as a green jobs advisor to the Obama administration for six months in 2009. In September, he was forced to resign after criticism from conservative politicians and media outlets. Derek Gideon sat down with him to discuss green jobs and the politics of environmentalism.
On October 6, physicist Harold Lewis, Professor Emertitus of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, stepped down from the American Physical Society (APS) after writing an open letter of resignation criticizing what he sees as a shift in the field of physics in favor of global warming research at the cost of other pursuits. In 2007, the APS issued a statement calling the evidence for man-made global warming “incontrovertible” and advocated policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Producer Aaron Smargon discussed Lewis’ resignation in an interview with William Happer, a Professor of Physics at Princeton University who has expressed support for Lewis’ position.