[act-ma] 10/4: Ford Hall Forum presents Charlie Savage and "Takeover: the Return of the Imperial Presidency..."

Mary Curtin marycurtin at comcast.net
Mon Sep 10 11:19:19 PDT 2007

Politics / Government
September 2007
Ford Hall Forum Media Contact: Mary Curtin, 617-241-9664, 617-470-5867
(cell), marycurtin at comcast.net 
Ford Hall Forum Director: Alex Minier, 617-373-5800,
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[Charlie Savage is available for phone interviews]
[high res digital images available]

Ford Hall Forum
Takeover: the Return of the Imperial Presidency and
the Subversion of American Democracy

Charlie Savage

Thursday, October 4, 6:30-8:00 pm
at the
Old South Meeting House

(Boston, MA) Ford Hall Forum presents "Takeover: the Return of the Imperial
Presidency and the Subversion of American Democracy" with Charlie Savage.
Thursday, October 4, at 6:30-8:00 pm. Followed by an open discussion and
book signing.  Admission is free and open to all. Old South Meeting House,
310 Washington Street (corner of Milk St.), Boston, MA. Wheelchair
accessible and conveniently located near the Park Street, Downtown Crossing,
and State Street stops on the MBTA. For more information call Ford Hall
Forum 617-373-5800 or visit www.fordhallforum.org.

President Bush has quietly claimed the authority to disobey more than 750
laws enacted since he took office, asserting that he has the power to set
aside any statute passed by Congress when it conflicts with his
interpretation of the Constitution. Is such an interpretation of
presidential power necessary in an age of terrorism and imminent security
threats? Or, as one critic suggests, will these new tools "lie around like a
loaded weapon" for any future president, liberal or conservative, to impose
his or her own agenda on the country? Charlie Savage, Boston Globe reporter
and winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting, joins Ford
Hall Forum to address the Bush administration's expanding executive powers
and what it means for the future of our country.

Background Information:

Charlie Savage is a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe. He covers
the Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland
Security, with a focus on legal and policy issues related to the war on
terrorism. Savage was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1975. He earned an
undergraduate degree in English from Harvard College in 1998, and then began
his journalism career as a government and politics reporter for the Miami
Herald. In 2002-03, Savage was a Knight Foundation journalism fellow at Yale
Law School, where he earned a master's degree. He joined the Washington
bureau of the Globe in October 2003. Savage was recently honored with a
Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Bush Administration.

In its 99th fall series of events, the Ford Hall Forum presents seven open
public discussions on the issues concerning our community, nation, and world
today. With the 2008 election approaching, the Forum takes a hard look at
the state of our government and the policy issues that affect us all. Across
a wide range of perspectives -- from the left to the right, from the harsh
to the humorous - the Forum hands over the microphone to thought-provoking
speakers on the front lines. To facilitate frank and open discussion, equal
time is provided for speakers' remarks and audience members' questions. At
the Ford Hall Forum, no speaker goes unquestioned and no view goes

The Ford Hall Forum promotes freedom of speech and fosters an informed and
effective citizenry through the public presentation of lectures, debates,
and discussions.  Its events illuminate the key issues facing our society by
bringing to its podium knowledgeable and thought-provoking speakers,
including some of the most controversial opinion leaders of our times. These
speakers are presented in person, for free, and in settings, which
facilitate frank and open debate.  As the nation's oldest free public
lecture series, it has a storied past as a venue for some of the most
intriguing figures in our nation's modern history, including Maya Angelou,
Isaac Asimov, Alan Dershowitz, W.E.B. DuBois, Stephen Jay Gould, Al Gore,
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Henry Kissinger, Norman Mailer, Ayn Rand, Cokie
Roberts, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Malcolm X, to name just a few.  Programs of
the Ford Hall Forum are made possible through contributions from individual
members as well as corporations and foundations, including The Boston
Foundation, The Boston Public Library, Boston Private Bank & Trust Company,
The Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, Fidelity Investments, The Fred and Marty
Corneel Fund, Houghton Chemical Corporation, Levine Katz Nannis + Solomon
P.C., The Lowell Institute, Massachusetts Cultural Council, The Nellie Mae
Education Foundation, Northeastern University, The Old South Meeting House,
Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, WBUR 90.9 FM, and WGBH 89.7 FM.  For more
information log onto www.fordhallforum.org or contact Alex Minier at
alex at fordhallforum.org, 617-373-5800.

The Ford Hall Forum presents this program in collaboration with the Old
South Meeting House, as part of their Partners in Public Dialogue Series.
Old South Meeting House is a non-profit museum and historic site, located on
the Freedom Trail, dedicated to sustaining the building's tradition as a
community-gathering place for the free exchange of ideas and to provide a
place where people can connect the issues of the past with the issues of
today. It receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state
agency, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency, and
other public and private sources. Visit www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for
more information.


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