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The Empire of Edge

TCF fellow, Patrick Radden Keefe writes about the downfall of hedge fund S.A.C. Capital Advisors in an article for the New Yorker.

A Dr. Sid Gilman approached the stage, the hotel ballroom quieted with anticipation. It was July 29, 2008, and a thousand people had gathered in Chicago for the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease. For decades, scientists had tried, and failed, to devise a cure for Alzheimer’s. But in recent years two pharmaceutical companies, Elan and Wyeth, had worked together on an experimental drug called bapineuzumab, which had shown promise in halting the cognitive decay caused by the disease. Tests on mice had proved successful, and in an initial clinical trial a small number of human patients appeared to improve. A second phase of trials, involving two hundred and forty patients, was near completion. Gilman had chaired the safety-monitoring committee for the trials. Now he was going to announce the results of the second phase.

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Tags: hedge funds, financial advice

Five Angry Letters to the Editor (EXCERPT)

November 20, 2013 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger write in the Huffington Post this week about the newly released book honoring Arthur Schlesinger, titled The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, JrIn this post are excerpts from Arthur's letters to various editors at different publications. The result is a glimpse of a man who stood up for what he believed. 


"As revealed in The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., the historian, Democratic Party activist, and presidential adviser (1917-2007) wielded his pen as a literary weapon -- for criticism, for influence, for chiding, for self-advancement, for righting wrongs and for waving the flag of progressivism. In the following letters from the book, Schlesinger excoriates editors of eminent publications for misrepresentations and falsehoods which could damage his reputation or the reputations of his friends, in the process belittling the liberal movement. He also felt it incumbent upon himself as a historian to correct errors seeping into the public record.

Other recipients of letters collected in the Random House book and edited by his two sons Andrew and Stephen Schlesinger, include John, Robert, and Jacqueline Kennedy, Harry Truman, Adlai Stevenson, Hubert Humphrey, Lyndon Johnson, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Eleanor Roosevelt, John Kenneth Galbraith, Gore Vidal, Bill Buckley, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Katharine Graham."

Tags: the new york times, the letters of arthur schlesinger jr, the economist, schlesinger letters, schlesinger, people magazine, newsweek, letters to the editor, letter to the editor, huffington post

TCF Then and Now: Alexander Capron

November 13, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: Jessi Stafford TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

To celebrate The Century Foundation's release of our Archives of the Century at The New York Public Library, we conducted interviews with past TCF board members and trustees to get a glimpse of how TCF life has changed...and what remains the same. This post focuses on current TCF trustee Alexander Capron, a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. At the University of California (USC), Capron teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine at the Gould School of Law. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, a campus-wide interdisciplinary research and education center. He returned to USC Law in fall 2006 after four years on leave as director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva. 

Tags: twentieth century fund, the century foundation, tcf, public policy, nypl, new york public library, morris abram, healthcare, health care reform, bioethics

Hitting the Shelves

October 28, 2013 BY: Stephen Schlesinger TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

From The Denver Post:

"The Letters of Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., edited by Andrew Schlesinger and Stephen Schlesinger. And you thought the iconic intellectual only wrote Pulitzer Prize-winning histories and social criticism."

Read more: The Denver Post's Hitting the Shelves: Week of 10/27/2013 

Tags: the century foundation, tcf, stephen schlesinger, schlesinger letters, denver post, book releases, arthur schlesinger

How Photographic Technology Shapes Our Understanding of War

September 19, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: Peter Osnos TOPICS: Additional Focus, Special Projects

Graphic imagery has been an indelible feature of armed conflict from the days of Civil War daguerreotypes, when Matthew Brady and other early photographers captured the horrors of the battlefield. With each succeeding war, as cameras became more advanced, the role of photography has evolved to convey the realities of combat and the agonies inflicted, primarily on the soldiers in the field. There is a tragic artistry to the unforgettable pictures of the dead and wounded in twentieth-century wars.

Tags: vietnam, syria, photography

1Thought with Bart Gellman

September 16, 2013 COMMENTARY BY: TOPICS: Foreign Policy, National Security, Additional Focus, Special Projects

This week, Century Foundation senior fellow Bart Gellman is interviewed on 1Thought and is asked the question on everyone's mind: What gives you the right to expose national security secrets to the world?

Tags: the century foundation, security, prism, nsa, intelligence, edward snowden, bart gellman, 1thought


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