In conjunction with Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers, USC Annenberg's Center on Communication Leadership & Policy and New York Theatre Workshop present a series of post-performance discussions with journalists, political leaders, and scholars on the tension between the public's right to know and the government's need to protect secrets in the name of national security.

The following is a list of scheduled events all happening at NYTW.
All discussions are free and open to the public.


A CONVERSATION WITH GEOFFREY COWAN AND BOB SHRUM
Geoffrey Cowan, Playwright, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers;
Director, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
Bob Shrum, Senior Fellow, NYU Wagner, Political Consultant; Author,
No Excuses: Confessions of a Serial Campaigner

HOSTED BY: THE NYU ROBERT F. WAGNER GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC SERVICE
February 25, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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THE LEARNED AND UNLEARNED LESSONS OF THE
VIETNAM WAR AND THE NIXON ADMINISTRATION

Jonathan Schell, Author & Journalist
Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director, Asia Society's Center on U.S.-China Relations
HOSTED BY THE ASIA SOCIETY
February 28, 2010 | 7:00 PM Performance | 8:45 PM Discussion
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JACK DOULIN, NYTW CASTING DIRECTOR, AND CAST
HOSTED BY: NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHHOP
March 2, 2010 | 7:00 PM Performance | 8:45 PM Discussion
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THE LANGUAGE OF TORTURERS: THE PENTAGON PAPERS, THEN AND NOW
David Rudenstine, Author of The Day the Presses Stopped: A History of the Pentagon Papers Case;
Former Dean, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Todd Gitlin, Author of The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage,
Prof. of Journalism and Sociology, Columbia University
Panel moderated by Steve Wasserman,
Acting Director, New York Institute for the Humanities
HOSTED BY: NEW YORK INSTITUTE FOR THE HUMANITIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
March 3, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion

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AN EVENING WITH HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

Marcus Brauchli, Executive Editor, The Washington Post
Panel moderated by Carroll Bogert, Associate Director, Human Rights Watch
HOSTED BY: HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
March 4, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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Special Preview Performance
Benefiting USC Annenberg’s Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
For more information or to purchase tickets, please
contact Elizabeth Litsch (212) 867-1117 or visit: www.TopSecretBenefit.org
(only open for patrons that have purchased tickets to the benefit)
Jill Abramson, Managing Editor, New York Times
Carl Bernstein, Legendary Investigative Reporter
Norm Pearlstine, Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg L.P.
Panel moderated by Geoffrey Cowan, Playwright, Top Secret: The Battle
for the Pentagon Papers
; Director, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
Welcoming remarks by Stephen Graham, Founding Trustee of
New York Theatre Workshop and son of Katharine Graham
HOSTED BY: USC ANNENBERG CENTER ON COMMUNICATION AND LEADERSHIP & POLICY
March 6, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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A SALUTE TO ROY AARONS
A special program celebrating the legacy of Leroy Aarons, acclaimed journalist, author, activist,
and co-writer of Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers
A conversation with those who knew him best including
Charles Kaiser, Author, Full Court Press; Founder and former President, New York Chapter
of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.
HOSTED BY: JOSHUA BONEH & MILLIE HARMON MEYERS
March 7, 2010 | 2:00 PM Performance | 3:45 PM Discussion
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INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM, THEN AND NOW
William E. Buzenberg, Executive Director, Center for Public Integrity
Sheila Coronel, Director, Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, Columbia
University; Founder, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism
Bill Kovach, Chairman, Committee of Concerned Journalists
HOSTED BY: CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY
March 11, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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TRUTH AND FICTION IN THE DOCUDRAMA
Geoffrey Cowan, Playwright, Top Secret: The Battle for the Pentagon Papers;
Director, Center on Communication Leadership & Policy
Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, creators of 2002’s acclaimed docu-play The Exonerated and Aftermath,
an original piece drawn from interviews with Iraqi civilians, which premiered at NYTW in fall 2009.
Greg Pierotti, member, Tectonic Theatre Project; co-creator of The Laramie Project and
The Laramie Project: 10 Years Later; and Goldberg Scholar, SUNY Empire State College

HOSTED BY: USC ANNENBERG CENTER ON COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP & POLICY
March 12, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
Nicholas Lemann, Dean, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
Daniel Ellsberg, Military & Political Analyst
Leslie Gelb, Journalist; Diplomat; President Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations
James Goodale, Former Vice President and General Counsel, The New York Times
Discussion moderated by Victor Navasky, Chairman, Columbia Journalism Review;
Delacorte Professor of Journalism, Columbia Journalism School
HOSTED BY: COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW
March 16, 2010 | 7:00 PM Performance | 8:45 PM Discussion
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WOMEN, LEADERSHIP, LAW AND THE PRESS
Karen Rothenberg, Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and Former Dean, University of
Maryland School of Law; Scholar-in-Residence, Columbia Law School & Senior
Sabbatical Fellow at its Center for the Study of Law and Culture
HOSTED BY: USC ANNENBERG CENTER ON COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP & POLICY
March 17, 2010 | 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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AFTERWORDS WITH THE CAST OF TOP SECRET
Student Matinee
HOSTED BY: NEW YORK THEATRE WORKSHOP
March 18, 2010 | 1:00 PM Performance | 2:45 PM Discussion
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TOP SECRET TALKS: PROFESSOR ROBERT P. GEORGE
Daniel Mark, Student, Princeton University
Shivani Radhakrishnan, Student, Princeton University
Jose Joel Alicea, Student, Princeton University
Panel moderated by Professor Robert P. George,
McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University
HOSTED BY: JAMES MADISON PROGRAM IN AMERICAL IDEALS AND
INSTITUTIONS AT PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
March 20, 2010
| 8:00 PM Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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CONFIDENTIAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION
IN THE INTERNET AGE: ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF COURTS,
THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH, AND THE MEDIA

Chief Judge Mark L. Wolf, United States District Court for the District of Massachusettes
Professor Burt Neuborne, Inez Mulholland Professor of Civil Liberties,
New York University, and Legal Director, Brennan Center for Justice
HOSTED BY: USC ANNENBERG CENTER ON COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP & POLICY
March 27, 2010 | 8:00 PM
Performance | 9:45 PM Discussion
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