CSPO Events

January 18, 2011 4:30pm—6:00pm

Eisenhower’s Farewell Address at Fifty

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 explored the historical context and current relevance of Eisenhower’s worries about a “scientific-technological elite.” CSPO faculty members and authors Dan Sarewitz and G. Pascal Zachary spoke, along with author and journalist Daniel S. Greenberg and journalist and former science analyst for the GAO William Lanouette. The panel was moderated by Steve Lagerfeld, editor of The Wilson Quarterly.

You can watch the portion of Eisenhower’s address that will serve as a focal point of the seminar at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtIZBcWBcis