Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium

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The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium
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Genre Student-run lecture series
Begins September
Ends December
Location(s) The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Inaugurated 1967
Attendance Over 1,000 est. per event
Organized by Sam Sands, Theodore Kupfer, Eyal Foni, and Olivia Choi

The Milton S. Eisenhower Symposium is a lecture series sponsored by The Johns Hopkins University.


Established in 1967, the MSE Symposium is designed to present an issue of national importance to the university in its entirety, as well as to the Baltimore and Washington D.C. communities. The series is named in honor of Milton S. Eisenhower, who served as University President from 1956-1967 and again from 1971-1972. He was the younger brother of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower. The Symposium has established a reputation as a forum for the free exchange of ideas and the analysis of issues at the forefront of the nation’s conscience. All events are free and open to the public.[1]


The Symposium is run entirely by undergraduate students at the University’s Homewood Campus. The co-chairs, selected each year by the Student Council, are responsible for choosing a theme, securing speakers, raising the necessary funds, recruiting a student staff, and publicizing the series. There is a staff of about 20 students.[2][3] The chairs for the 2016 Symposium are Sam Sands, Theodore Kupfer, Eyal Foni, and Olivia Choi.

Symposium structure[edit]

Most events take place in Shriver Hall on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University

Symposium events are held on the Homewood Campus of the Johns Hopkins University. Each speaker delivers an address to attendees, usually followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Additionally, some speakers hold a meet and greet session with the audience after the event.

Symposium themes[edit]


"Facing Fracture"

Chairs: Sam Sands, Theodore Kupfer, Olivia Choi, and Eyal Foni


Voices that Shaped Today, Visions that Frame Tomorrow

Chairs: Jeremy Fraenkel, Nicole Michelson, Ariel Zahler, and Nadeem Bandealy


The Generation Electric: Recharging the Promise of Tomorrow

Chairs: Annabel Barnicke, Daniel Elkin, P. Nash Jenkins, and Connor Kenehan


Learning from Experience: The Path Ahead for Generation Y

Chairs: Aidan Christofferson, Aaron Tessler, Francesca Pinelli, and Elias Rosenblatt[4]


The Power of the Individual: How One Voice can Change the World

Chairs: Chris Alvarez, Corey Rogoff, Eva Marie, and Najarro Smith


America's Boundless Possibilities: Innovate, Advance, Transform

Chairs: Jonathan Kornblau, Elizabeth Goodstein, and Jon Mest


The Global Network: America's Changing Role in an Interconnected World

Chairs: Mohammad Elsayed, Danielle Calderone, and Nicole Ackerman


A Transition Between Generations in a Changing America

Chairs: Danielle Fair, Michelle Harran, and Daniel Ingram


A More Perfect Union: Partnership, Progress & Prosperity

Chairs: Omar Atassi, Zachary Epstein-Peterson, Brian Kim, and Lily Seidel


Renewing American Culture: The Perspectives that Shape our Identity

Chairs: Jon Bernhardt, Jonathan Collins, and Nora Krinitsky


Finding Our Voice: The Role of America's Youth


American Mass Media: Redefining the Democratic Landscape


Rebuilding America: Peace and Prosperity at What Price?


The Great American Experiment: a Juxtaposition of Capitalism and Democracy


Living With Change

Former Speakers[edit]

The Symposium has a history of attracting some of the world’s most prominent leaders, politicians, artists, and scholars. Past MSE Symposium speakers include:[5]


  1. ^ "History of the MSE Symposium". Johns Hopkins University. 
  2. ^ "The 2008 MSE Symposium at Johns Hopkins University". Johns Hopkins University. 
  3. ^ "MSE Staff". Johns Hopkins University. 
  4. ^ "Christofferson, Rosenblatt to share MSE position". Johns Hopkins University. 
  5. ^ "History of the MSE Symposium". Johns Hopkins University. 

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