June 20, 2008
2004 Commencement Ceremonies
May 9 & 16
Speech by Judy Woodruff
Woodruff is CNN's prime anchor and senior correspondent
and a 30-year broadcast journalism veteran. Woodruff joined
CNN in 1993 and anchors Judy Woodruff's Inside Politics, the
nation's first program devoted exclusively to politics,
and she covers CNN weekday news.
Speech by Rabbi David Hartman
Through his academic research, publications, public
lectures, and work as founder and director of the Shalom Hartman
Institute in Israel, Rabbi David Hartman
has endeavored to foster greater understanding among Jews of
diverse affiliations—both in Israel and the Diaspora—and
to help build a more pluralistic, tolerant Israeli society.
He was professor of Jewish thought at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem for over two decades, has published extensively
in the field of Jewish thought, and has advised former Israeli
minister of education Zevulun Hammer and several Israeli prime
Speech by Lee Hamilton
Hamilton was vice chair of the National Commission on Terrorist
Attacks Upon the United States. He also served for 34 years
as a U.S. congressman from Indiana.
Now he is director of the Wilson Center, the nation's official
memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, a preeminent intellectual
haven where scholars, policymakers, and business leaders
engage in dialogue on public policy issues.
Commencement Speech by Aryeh Neier
Before joining the Open Society Institute and
the Soros foundations network as president in September 1993,
Aryeh Neier spent 12 years as executive director of Human Rights
Watch, of which he was a founder. Prior to that, he worked
for the American Civil Liberties Union for 15 years, including
eight as national director. Neier was born in Nazi Germany
and became a refugee at an early age. An internationally recognized
expert on human rights, he has conducted investigations of
human rights abuses in more than 40 countries around the world.