Ellen Goodman: Common Sense in Uncommon Times

SUN, FEB 29, 2004 (1:30:15)

Boston Globe columnist James Carroll moderates a conversation with syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman about her new book, Paper Trail: Common Sense in Uncommon Times.

+ BIO: Ellen Goodman

Ellen Goodman is a professor at Rutgers University School of Law at Camden, specializing in information law and policy. Professor Goodman's scholarship probes the appropriate role of government policy, markets, and social norms in supporting a robust information environment. She has focused recently on the future of public media and recently authored a book chapter entitled Public Service Media 2.0. This and recent law review articles are available at ssrn.com.

Professor Goodman has spoken before a wide range of audiences around the world, has consulted with the US government on communications policy, and has served as an advisor to President Obama's presidential campaign and transition team. She is a Research Fellow at American University's Center for Social Media, a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School of Communications, and has visited at Penn's Wharton School of Business and Law School.

Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty in 2003, Professor Goodman was a partner at Covington & Burling LLP, where she practiced in the information technology area. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Professor Goodman was a law clerk for Judge Norma Shapiro on the federal court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She lives near Philadelphia with her husband and three children.

+ BIO: James Carroll

James Carroll is the author of 10 novels and 5 previous works of non-fiction, including the National Book Award winning An American Requiem, The New York Times bestselling Constantine's Sword, now an acclaimed documentary, and House of War, which won the first PEN-Galbraith Award. Carroll has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other publications, and his column appears weekly in the Boston Globe. His writing, and his long work toward Jewish-Christian-Muslim reconciliation, make him a leading voice on the problem of religion and violence.

James Carroll, Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence at Suffolk University, received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Paul’s College, the Paulist Fathers’ seminary in Washington, DC. After studying poetry at the University of Minnesota and working as a community organizer in Washington and New York, he was ordained into the priesthood.

The Paulists and Cardinal Cushing assigned Carroll to Boston University, where he served as Catholic chaplain from 1969 to 1974. During those years he published numerous books on religious subjects and a weekly column in the National Catholic Reporter, which earned him awards from the Catholic Press Association and other organizations. Carroll remained active in the antiwar movement until the Vietnam War ended. He left the priesthood to become a writer and has since published nine novels, an award-winning memoir, and a weekly op-ed column for the Boston Globe.

Carroll is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on its Committee for International Security Studies. He is a member of the council of PEN/New England, and he served four years as its chair. He has been a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at the Harvard Divinity School. Carroll is also a trustee of the Boston Public Library and a member of the advisory board of the International Center for Ethics, Justice, and Public Life at Brandeis University.

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