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2004 Commencement Ceremonies

May 9 & 16

Commencement 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.

Commencement 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 ministers.

Commencement 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.

American University
Commencement Addresses

President John F. Kennedy spoke at American University's Spring Commencement on June 10, 1963. In this speech Kennedy called on the Soviet Union to work with the United States to achieve a nuclear test ban treaty and help reduce the considerable international tensions and the specter of nuclear war at that time. (text of speech)

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