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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to Launch 2009-2010 Season of Conversations at The Carter Center

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter will open the upcoming season of Conversations at The Carter Center on Sept. 15, 2009. The annual speaker series features panel discussions of current world topics and Carter Center work.
Tickets will be available online at on August 31.

The full schedule includes:

A Conversation with the Carters
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m. - tickets required, purchase at beginning August 31. Tickets are $20 each ($10 for Emory employees).

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will discuss current peace and health initiatives at The Carter Center and the Oct. 1 reopening of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum, which is also President Carter's 85th birthday. This event will be moderated by Carter Center CEO Dr. John Hardman.

The Carter Presidency Revisited
Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m. - make free online reservations beginning Sept. 28

A panel of distinguished presidential scholars reassesses the relevance for today of key policies and events of the administration of the 39th U.S. President. Speakers include Kevin Mattson, author of 'What the Heck Are You Up To Mr. President?': Jimmy Carter, America's 'Malaise,' and the Speech That Should Have Changed the Country (2009), Jimmy Carter Library and Museum Director Jay Hakes, author of A Declaration of Energy Independence (2008), and Steven Hochman, Carter Center director of research and faculty assistant to President Carter.

China – U.S. Relations
Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m. - make free online reservations beginning Nov. 3

In the 30 years since former U.S. President Carter normalized relations with China, its relationship with the United States and with the world has grown complex and multi-faceted. China's economic system is now the third largest in the world and it is the greatest exporter of goods. Join us for a discussion on the history and future of the relationship between these two great nations. This event will be moderated by Carter Center Vice President for Peace Programs John Stremlau. Panelists to be announced.

The Mental Health Crisis in Georgia
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m..- make free online reservations beginning Jan. 18

More than 130 patients died under suspicious circumstances in Georgia's public psychiatric hospitals over the past seven years, according to an exposé by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The Carter Center has been a leading voice for change in Georgia's mental health system since this crisis came to light and has worked to identify a plan to transform Georgia's shame into a model for the nation. Panelists to be announced.

Africa: Elections Aren't Enough

Wednesday, March 10, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m. - make free online reservations beginning Feb 10

Without supporting democratic institutions, many elections in Africa have proved to be a facade allowing autocratic rule to continue. Africa needs more than elections to make government accountable to citizens. Join us for a closer look at the impact of elections and what is needed to make democracy hold in developing countries. Panelists to be announced.

Improving the Lives of Women Through Public Health Initiatives
Thursday, April 22, 2010, 7-8:30 p.m. - Webcast only

This Conversation will explore what life is like for women in rural Africa and how health education and other initiatives can dramatically improve their lives on many social, economic, and personal levels. Speakers will include Carter Center health experts and field staff who will talk about women they have come to know whose lives have been changed and the broader implications that public health has on women's rights, public health, and economic development. Panelists to be announced.


Read more details at All Conversations are webcast live and archived for future viewing.

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