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Seminar: Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eisenhower's farewell address

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You are cordially invited to an afternoon seminar commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Farewell Address.

The seminar is being co-sponsored by AAAS and the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes (CSPO) of Arizona State University, and will be held Tuesday, January 18, in the AAAS Auditorium, 1200 New York Ave., NW (entrance at 12th & H Sts.) in downtown Washington. Coffee will be served in the second floor lobby beginning at 4 p.m.; the program will begin at 4:30 p.m. and wrap up around 6.

President Eisenhower's address is mainly remembered for his warning of the perils of a "military-industrial complex." Less widely known, but no less important was his caution, a few sentences later, about "the danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite."

This seminar will explore the historical context and current relevance of Eisenhower's worries about a "scientific-technological elite." You can watch the portion of Eisenhower's address that will serve as a focal point of the seminar at:

The seminar will feature a panel of veteran science policy observers moderated by Steve Lagerfeld, editor of The Wilson Quarterly. Joining Lagerfeld on the panel will be:

* Dan Greenberg, science journalist and author of several books on science policy;

* Gregg Pascal Zachary, author of the authoritative biography of Vannevar Bush;

* William Lanouette, a journalist on science policy and from 1991 to 2006 a senior analyst on energy and science issues at GAO; and

* Dan Sarewitz, co-director of CSPO.

Please RSVP by January 13 at and feel free to forward this invitation to interested colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there.