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Robert H. Binstock, Ph.D. - Professor of Political Science, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Professor of Aging, Health, and Society, Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Medicine, Professor of Sociology, Professor of Nursing

Friday October 24, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

Dear Colleagues,

Once upon a time, senior voters were viewed as one of the more pro-Democratic blocs. Conservatives often argue that massive federal spending on the elderly, for Social Security and Medicare, buys seniors' votes at the expense of the rest of us.

Yet only Clinton has carried white seniors for the Democrats during the past five elections, and polls this year have shown Senator Obama doing worse among seniors in general than among the general population. The financial market meltdown puts seniors especially at risk. The age of the candidates themselves may be an issue. The next government will be pressured by the press to "do something" about the "runaway entitlements" for the elderly. So both how the elderly will vote and how the election might affect them are key questions as we approach November 4.

We could have no better speaker to lead our discussion. Former President of the Gerontological Society of America, onetime director of the White House Task Force on Older Americans, author and editor of 25 books including Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America (2008) and six editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Professor Binstock is one of world's leading scholars of aging. Please join us for a discussion that may challenge your preconceptions.

As usual, we will gather in Room 9 of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, on the lower level of Crawford Hall, for free cookies, beverages, and brown bag lunch.

Best regards,
Joe White

About Our Guest

ROBERT H. BINSTOCK is Professor of Aging, Health, and Society, at Case Western Reserve University. His primary appointment is in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, in the School of Medicine. He holds secondary appointments as Professor in the departments of Bioethics, Medicine, Political Science, Sociology, and in the School of Nursing.

A former president of the Gerontological Society of America, Dr. Binstock has served as director of a White House Task Force on Older Americans, and as chairman and member of a number of advisory panels to the United States government, state and local governments, and foundations. He is also a former Chair of the Gerontological
Health Section of the American Public Health Association. He has frequently testified before the U.S. Congress. He is presently a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Aging Society Network.

Professor Binstock has published about 300 articles, book chapters, monographs, and books. Most of them deal with politics and policies affecting aging. His 25 authored and edited books include Aging Nation: The Economics and Politics of Growing Older in America (2008); six editions of the Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences (the
most recent published in 2006); and The Fountain of Youth: Cultural, Scientific, and Ethical Perspectives on a Biomedical Goal (2004). Among the honors he has received for contributions to gerontology and the well-being of older persons are the Kent Award and the Brookdale Award from the Gerontological Society of America; the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Key Award from the American Public Health Association’s Gerontological Health Section; the American Society on Aging award; and the American Society on Aging’s Hall of Fame Award.

He received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from Harvard University.

Friday Lunch Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

October 31: Halloween Special: Election Preview with Karen Beckwith, Professor of Political Science; Justin Buchler, Assistant Professor of Political Science; and Andrew Lucker, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science.

November 7: Responding to the Foreclosure Crisis with Jim Rokakis, Cuyahoga County Treasurer.

November 14: Charging for Car Insurance by the Mile: Good Business and Good for Energy and the Environment? With Richard Hutchinson, General Manager for the “My Rate” program, Progressive Insurance.

November 21: TBA

November 28: Thanksgiving Break

December 5: TBA

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Nuclear Options: Understanding 21st Century Threats and What We Need to do to Stop Them

A discussion with Ambassador Wendy Sherman and Dr. Ray Takeyh

October 23, 2008, 7:00 p.m. Gund Hall, Room A59, Case Western Reserve University School of Law 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland

"The mushroom cloud": Is the unthinkable really possible? Could al Qaeda construct and detonate a nuclear bomb? How close are we to a nuclear Iran, and what does that mean for the current nonproliferation regime? What should the next administration do about it? Join our guests Ambassador Wendy Sherman, recently appointed by Congressional Leadership to serve on the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, and Dr. Ray Takeyh of the Council on Foreign Relations as they separate myth from reality. Ambassador Sherman will discuss the scope of the threats and what the next president needs to do to protect our security. Dr. Ray Takeyh will explore the challenges of Iran as a case study.

Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman is a principal of Albright Group LLC, a global strategy firm, and of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She served as counselor and chief troubleshooter for the State Department as well as special advisor to President Clinton and policy coordinator on North Korea. Ambassador Sherman serves on the board of directors of Oxfam America and the board of advisors for the Center for a New American Security and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group. She is also a member of the US-India Strategic Dialogue and a regular participant of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.

Dr. Ray Takeyh is a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. His areas of specialization are Iran, the Persian Gulf, and U.S. foreign policy. He is also a contributing editor of The National Interest. Dr. Takeyh was previously professor of national security studies at the National War College; professor and director of studies at the Near East and South Asia Center, National Defense University; fellow in international security studies at Yale University; fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

For further information, please contact Elliot Posner, Assistant Professor of Political Science, CWRU, 216.368.1015.

2008 Presidential Election Forum

Wednesday October 29, 2008, 4:30-6:00 p.m., Clark Hall Room 309

The Case Center for Policy Studies is proud to present a forum on the critical races, inside and outside Ohio, that will be decided in the crucial 2008 Presidential election.

Our panel of distinguished guests will be moderated by Case Associate Professor of Political Science Alexander P. Lamis and feature two prominent campaign consultants, Robert Dykes and Lee Weingart, who will provide their expert analysis and observations on some of the more competitive electoral races occurring in the November elections. The forum will also include reports on several hotly contested races around the country by undergraduate students in Professor Lamis's Presidential Election course.

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Bending Science : How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Moot Courtroom (A59), School of Law, 11075 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH

Professor Wendy Wagner Case Western Reserve University School of Law

Professor Thomas McGarity Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law University of Texas School of Law

What do we know about the possible poisons industrial technologies put in the air and water? How reliable is the science that federal regulators and legislators use to protect the public from dangerous products and pollutants? Co-Authors Wagner and McGarity will reveal the range of sophisticated legal and financial tactics political and corporate advocates use to discredit or suppress research, or invent controversy on possible human health hazards.

A discussion follows, moderated by Professor Jonathan Adler, Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation


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