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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to Launch 2008-2009 Season of Conversations at The Carter Center

Atlanta…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. 23, 2008. The annual speaker series features panel discussions of current world topics and Carter Center work.

This season will also include a Conversation on how to restore the positive human rights reputation of the United States, a look at the Carter Center's work to eradicate Guinea worm disease, standards for democratic elections, and the stigma surrounding mental illness.

Tickets for the September 23 event will be available online beginning August 26.
Online RSVPs will be accepted approximately one month before each subsequent event. All Conversations will be webcast live and archived on the Carter Center's Web site. Conversations are held at The Carter Center, Ivan Allen III Pavilion, 453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307.

The full Conversations schedule includes:

A Conversation with the Carters
Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 7-8:30 p.m.
Ticket required; purchase online beginning Aug. 26

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will discuss current initiatives at The Carter Center and their recent activities. This event will be moderated by Carter Center CEO Dr. John Hardman. Tickets are $20 and available online beginning Aug. 26.

Restoring Rights and Rules: A New Human Rights Agenda for the United States
Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2008, 7-8:30 p.m.
Reservation required.

The U.S. human rights record has been greatly tarnished by Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and other events during recent years. Join human rights defenders from around the world and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter as they discuss how the next administration can restore the reputation of the United States on human rights. Make free reservations online approximately one month before program. Panelists to be announced.

Zeroing In On Guinea Worm Disease
Thursday, January 15, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m.
Reservation required.

Guinea worm, a debilitating disease that causes severe pain and economic hardship and once plagued millions of people in Africa and Asia, is poised to be the first parasitic disease eradicated in human history. Since 1986, The Carter Center has spearheaded the international Guinea worm eradication campaign. A panel of experts will discuss the journey toward this amazing public health achievement and the strategy to reach zero cases of the disease. Make free reservations online approximately one month before program. Panelists to be announced.

Beyond Free and Fair
Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m.
Reservation required.

Hear from leaders of international election observation organizations as they discuss witnessing elections in countries emerging from warfare or under threat of new conflict. Recent and upcoming election projects will be analyzed as well as emerging standards for credible elections, a project spearheaded by The Carter Center. Panelists include Ammar Dwaik; former chief electoral officer of the Palestinian Central Election Commission; Ambassador Christian Strohal, permanent representative of Austria to the United Nations and specialized agencies in Geneva and former director of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights; and Denis Kadima, executive director of the Electoral Institute of South Africa. Make free reservations online approximately one month before program.

Mental Illnesses: Myths and Realities
Thursday, April 16, 2009, 7-8:30 p.m.
Webcast only.

Mental illnesses are shrouded in mystery and misconception, which can lead to stigma and discrimination toward those affected. A panel of experts will discuss the nature of mental illnesses, who gets them, and what everyone can do about a problem that impacts one in four Americans each year. This event will also explore the realities of people living successfully with mental illnesses. Watch the event live online. Panelists to be announced.

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