Monday, December 8, 2008

Figures of Speech: Three for Three [UPDATED]

This Week’s Don’t Miss:
On Thursday at 4:30 in Dodds Auditorium, former US Senator, NBA Hall-of-Famer and Rhodes Scholar Bill Bradley ’65 will be speaking on Russia. Bradley is one of the few three-term senators ever to shoot threes in the NBA (I have limited sports joke-making ability). Sen. Bradley ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2000. But he did win a gold medal in the Olympics.

Second of three events this week, a three-part (notice a theme?) series Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 4:30 in Dodds Auditorium (notice a theme?), Harvard Professor Stanley Hoffmann will be speaking on international relations (notice a theme?). Specifically, the lecture titles are, respectively, “Understanding the Global System,” “Ethics and Global Policy,” and “US Foreign Policy, Past and Future.”
Please note that I picked these lectures because they were interesting, not so I could keep writing “notice a theme?” Things like this just happen.

Finally (lecture number three!), at 7:30 on Wednesday in Dodds, former US envoy to the Middle East Dennis Ross will be asking “Whither the Middle East?” Ross was an important player in Middle East policy during those years, and continues in that role now as a key adviser to President-Elect Barack Obama.

Enjoy your break, and see you in 2009. (9…that’s 3 squared, isn’t it?...)

UPDATE: The sports joke seems to have fallen flat, and not just because it wasn't particularly funny. It turns out that the NBA didn't adopt the three-point line until 1979, but Bradley retired a few years earlier. Obviously, he never had the possibility of shooting a three-pointer in the NBA. Thanks to David Baumgarten '06 for the tip.