From the English-Speaking Union, a nearby event that might interest you:

FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, at 12:30 p.m.

JACK MORTON AUDITORIUM, George Washington University

805 21st Street NW in Washington

Admission Free, but Reservations are Recommended

On December 7, 2001, the British Broadcasting Corproation came to the Jack Morton Auditorium at George Washington University for the first presentation in our country of one of its most venerable offerings. In collaboration with BBC America, ESU Washington helped arrange this event, and for several months those who logged onto could download the audio recording of a special edition of Any Questions? Commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, but focusing primarily upon the U.S. response to more recent acts of aggression (Al Qaeda’s September 11 assaults upon the World Trade Center and the Pentagon), host Jonathan Dimbleby presided over a discussion that included reflections by historian Amanda Foreman (author of a biography of the Duchess of Devonshire that has now been made into a major feature film), by writer Ted Halstead of the New American Foundation, by journalist Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, and by bureau chief Hafez al Mirazi of Arab television channel Al Jazeera.

ESU Washington is pleased to announce that Jonathany Dimbleby and his colleagues are returning to America’s capital for another installment of a broadcast institution that is now in its seventh decade. Mr. Dimbleby is one of Britain’s most reverered journalists, and among his numerous distinctions are several influential books, among them The Palestinians, The Prince of Wales, The Last Governor, and Russia: A Journey to the Heart of a Land and its People. Once again the BBC is assembling a fascinating panel, to include journalist Christopher Hitchens and other notables, and once again they’ll tackle the issues everyone is eager to confront, among them the implications of a new American presidency that promises to bring fresh approaches to what the Bush administration has long referred to as a “War on Terror,” as well as to other aspects of both foreign and domestic policy.

Seating will commence at 11:45 a.m., and proceedings will be under way by 12:30 p.m. As in 2001, members of the studio audience will be selected to ask questions that will help determine the session’s agenda. At 3:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time), a recorded version of the proceedings will be aired over Radio 4 from London. For those who wish to hear it from outside the United Kingdom, this timely presentation of Any Questions? will also be available at

To reserve for a unique pre-Inaugural occasion, and to suggest topics for consideration, all you need to do is e-mail ESU Washington‘s Executive Director, Mark Olshaker, at or call him at (202) 234-4602.

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