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News Release

September 18, 2006


Broadcast: Jack Hubbard, Stanford News Service: (650) 725-1294,
Print: Melinda Sacks, Office of Public Affairs: (650) 521-1906

Ted Koppel to moderate roundtable on global threats

Veteran news broadcaster and Stanford alumnus Ted Koppel will be on campus Oct. 14 to moderate "Anxious Times: Seeing Beyond a World of Perpetual Threats," a roundtable discussion open to the public.

Stanford University President John Hennessy will host the roundtable of six internationally renowned panelists who will explore the issues of living in turbulent times, from terrorism and nuclear proliferation to potential pandemics, our global dependence on foreign oil from volatile regions, and the unsettling implications of an interconnected, global society. Koppel, now managing editor of the Discovery Channel, will be the moderator.

The discussion will take place from 9 to 11:30 a.m., conducted in a roundtable forum in Maples Pavilion on the Stanford campus. The event is part of Reunion Homecoming Weekend.

Participating on the panel are:

  • Jean-Pierre Garnier, chief executive officer, GlaxoSmithKline;
  • Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, U.S. Supreme Court;
  • William Perry, former secretary of defense;
  • Professor Lucy Shapiro, developmental biologist and cancer researcher, Stanford Medical School;
  • George P. Shultz, former secretary of state; and
  • Jerry Yang, co-founder, Yahoo!
  • Panelists will wrestle with questions such as, In these uneasy times, is it safe to feel safe? What is the way forward in the midst of today's myriad challenges? And what is Stanford doing to help address these issues?

    Tickets will go on sale this week at the Stanford Ticket Office in Tresidder Union, (650) 725-2787. Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public. For details on obtaining tickets to the event, visit


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