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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center launches Authors & Insights series

Series starts with book events featuring 'New York Times' author and columnist David Leonhardt and Johns Hopkins SAIS professor and former State Department official Eliot Cohen

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The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg Center is launching Authors & Insights, a series that will bring notable writers, speakers, and thinkers from around the world together in conversation with Johns Hopkins experts at the university's new home in Washington, D.C., at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Authors & Insights series will kick off on Wednesday, Nov. 8, with a one-on-one conversation between Johns Hopkins University President Ron Daniels and New York Times author and columnist David Leonhardt about his new book, Ours Was the Shining Future: The Story of the American Dream. The discussion will cover the rise of inequality, the decline of opportunity, and the critical role that universities and other institutions must play to revive the American Dream.

At a later date, Eliot A. Cohen, a SAIS professor and former State Department official, will be joined by Elisabeth Long, dean of Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries, Archives, and Museums, to discuss his new book, The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare on How Leaders Rise, Rule, and Fall. The Hollow Crown reveals what Shakespeare's plays can teach us about modern power and politics. The discussion—originally scheduled for Nov. 15, but subsequently postponed—will be followed by a display of rare Shakespearean artifacts from the Sheridan Libraries' Special Collections.

Authors & Insights is among several new programming series and events at the Hopkins Bloomberg Center that will bring together national and global policymakers, students, scholars, and the community to foster dialogue and discovery. In the coming months, the center will launch programming and event series on topics including artificial intelligence, space exploration, and national security.

The Hopkins Bloomberg Center opened this fall with a mission to connect the worlds of research and policy, educate future leaders and innovators, convene a range of viewpoints to foster discovery and dialogue, and bring a fresh infusion of artistic expression to the heart of the nation's capital. The university aims to leverage its new landmark location at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. to inform national, local, and global policymaking through events, briefings, and convenings, and to help global leaders respond to rapidly evolving public needs by serving as an unbiased source of evidence-based insights.

Since opening, the center has hosted events, speakers, and convenings including:

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the fact that the Eliot Cohen event, originally scheduled for Nov. 15, has been postponed to an undetermined future date.