Daily Briefing - Monday, August 16, 2010

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Gustav Niebuhr is an associate professor in religion and the media at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Over a 20-year career in journalism, most recently at the New York Times and, prior to that, at the Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Atlanta Journal/Constitution, Gustav Niebuhr has established a reputation as a leading writer about American religion. His new book is Beyond Tolerance: Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America, which has been described as a "A bracing rejoinder both to religious fanaticism and to recent books decrying religion."

Bennett Ramberg served as a policy analyst in George H W Bush's Department of State. He is the author of "Nuclear Power Plants as Weapons For The Enemy: An Unrecognized Military Peril" and is a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, The LA Times and The International Herald Tribune among others. He has an article in the current issue of The New Republic, “The Nowhere Bomb: Should Israel Come out of The Nuclear Closet?”

Amir Bar-Lev is an accomplished doumentary filmmaker from Berkeley, California. Has directed a number of documentaries including Fighter and My Kid Could Paint That. Most recently he has directed a feauture documentary, The Tillman Story, narrated by Josh Brolin, which has been scheduled as a Domestic Documentary Finalist at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and releases in theatres this Friday, August 20th.