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The Election and its Consequences

Stated Meeting, Stanford, CA
Monday, December 1, 2008

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Moderator: John L. Hennessy (4 min.) became Stanford University’s tenth president in 2000. He joined Stanford’s faculty in 1977 and was named theWillard and Inez Kerr Bell Endowed Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 1987. Director of the Computer System Laboratory from 1983 to 1993, he was chair of the computer science department from 1994 to 1996. Named dean of the School of Engineering in 1996, he became provost in 1999. A pioneer in computer architecture, he drew together researchers in 1981 to focus on a computer architecture known as RISC (Reduced Instruction Set Computer), a technology that has revolutionized the computer industry by increasing performance while reducing costs. In 1984, he co-founded MIPS Computer Systems, now MIPS Technologies, which designs microprocessors. He has lectured and published widely and is the coauthor of two internationally used undergraduate and graduate textbooks on computer architecture design. A recipient of the 2000 John Von NeumannMedal, the 2000 ASEE R. Lamme Medal, the 2001 Eckert Mauchly Award, and the 2001 Seymour Cray Award, he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1995.
Speakers: David Brady (14 min.) is Deputy Director and Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science and Leadership Values at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a professor of political science in the School of Humanities and Sciences at the university. Amember of the Stanford University faculty since 1987, he served as associate dean from 1997 to 2001. An expert on the U.S. Congress and congressional decisionmaking, his current research focuses on the political history of the U.S. Congress, the history of U.S. election results, and public policy processes in general. His published work includesmost recently Revolving Gridlock: Politics and Policy from Carter to Bush II (2006) and Red and Blue Nation? Characteristics and Causes of America’s Polarized Politics (with Pietro Nivola, 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1987.
Pamela S. Karlan (18 min.) is the Kenneth and Harle Montgomery Professor of Public Interest Law at Stanford Law School, where she joined the faculty in 1998. Previously she was a professor of law at the University of Virginia School of Law and served as a law clerk to Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Abraham D. Sofaer of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. An expert on voting and the political process, she has served as a commissioner on the California Fair Political Practices Commission and an assistant counsel and cooperating attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. A recognized commentator on legal issues, frequently featured on programs such as the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, she is co-author of three leading casebooks on constitutional law, including Civil Rights Actions: Enforcing the Constitution; Constitutional Law; and The First Amendment. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2007.

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