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2006 Roundtable

“Anxious Times: Seeing Beyond a World of Perpetual Threats”

On October 14, 2006, Stanford President John Hennessy, veteran journalist Ted Koppel, and a panel of leading figures in world affairs, health, technology, and industry joined an audience of more than 4,000 people in Maples Pavilion for the Roundtable at Stanford University. The wide-ranging discussion, entitled "Anxious Times: Seeing Beyond a World of Perpetual Threats," covered such global concerns as North Korea's nuclear ambitions, the looming threat of a global flu pandemic, threats to civil liberties, and the role of the Internet in our changing world.

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2006 Panelists

John Hennessy


John L. Hennessy is Stanford University's 10th president and inaugural holder of the Bing Presidential Professorship, professor of computer science and electrical engineering, former provost and dean of the School of Engineering. Recognizing the need for multidisciplinary research to address today's challenges, he has launched university-wide initiatives in human health, environmental sustainability, and international affairs.


Carlos Watson


Ted Koppel, MA ’62, is a 42-year veteran of ABC News and former anchor of “Nightline.” Koppel is managing editor of the Discovery Channel, where he gives in-depth reports on global issues. He is also a contributing columnist for The New York Times and regular commentator for National Public Radio.


Jean-Pierre Garnier


Jean-Pierre Garnier, MBA ’74, is chief executive officer of GlaxoSmithKline, the world’s second largest pharmaceutical company. Garnier has been a major figure in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 30 years. He holds a PhD in pharmacology and an MS in pharmaceutical science from the University of Louis Pasteur in France. He earned his Stanford MBA as a Fulbright Scholar in 1974.  He has received many awards over the years, including being named a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur by President Jacques Chirac of France.


Anthony Kennedy


The Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, '58,is associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States; nominated by President Reagan, he took his seat in 1988.  He was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals by President Ford in 1975, after spending 12 years in private practice in Sacramento.  Kennedy graduated from Stanford in 1958 and Harvard Law School in 1961, and studied for a year at the London School of Economics.


William Perry


William Perry, ’49, MS ’50, PhD ’55, is the Michael and Barbara Berberian Professor at Stanford University, with a joint appointment at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the School of Engineering. From 1994 to1997 he was the U.S. secretary of defense.  Perry is a senior fellow at FSI and serves as co-director of the Preventive Defense Project, a research collaboration between Stanford and Harvard universities. He is an expert on U.S. foreign policy, national security, and arms control.


Lucy Shapiro


Dr. Lucy Shapiro is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor in the School of Medicine and professor of developmental biology and of cancer research, and director of the Beckman Center on Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford. Her research interests include the intersection of three major developments in the world: the threat of bioterrorism, the increase in infectious diseases and the rapid growth of antibiotic-resistant pathogens.


George Schultz


George P. Shultz is the Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was sworn in on July 16, 1982, as the 60th U.S. secretary of state and served until January 20, 1989. In January 1989, he rejoined Stanford University as the Jack Steele Parker Professor of International Economics at the Graduate School of Business and a distinguished fellow at the Hoover Institution. He was awarded the Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, on January 19, 1989. He is also a recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize (1992), the Eisenhower Medal for Leadership and Service (2001), and the Reagan Distinguished American Award (2002).


Jerry Yang


Jerry Yang, ’90, MS ’90, is co-founder of Yahoo! Inc. A Taiwanese native raised in San Jose, Calif., Yang co-created the Yahoo! Internet navigational guide in April 1994 with David Filo, MS ’90, and co-founded Yahoo! Inc. in April 1995. A leading force in the media industry, Yang has been instrumental in building Yahoo! into the world's most highly trafficked Web site and one of the Internet's most recognized brands. A member of Yahoo!'s board of directors, Yang works closely with the company's president and CEO to develop corporate business strategies and guide the future direction of the company.