Special Projects: Top Stories in 2016

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Highlights from 2016: the Carnegie-Knight Forum, which asked, "Who Makes the News?" (panelists included Arianna Huffington and Martin Barron, executive editor of the Washington Post); the completion of a three-year project to digitize Afghan cultural treasures; and an eloquent essay on committed citizenship by Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian.

Special Projects: Top Stories in 2016

1Carnegie-Knight Forum: Who Makes the News?

On the eve of the 2016 elections, Carnegie Corporation of New York and Knight Foundation hosted a panel discussion—streamed live on Facebook—about the media’s role in influencing the outcome of the race for president.

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2Virtual Repatriation of Afghan Cultural Treasures

Newly appointed Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, presented two hard drives containing more than 163,000 pages of documents to the Afghan Minister of Information and Culture, Abdul Bari Jahani, and other officials, during a ceremony on September 21 at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

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3Honoring the Human Rights Legacy and Leadership of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Leaders from civil society gathered at the United Nations to celebrate the tenure of outgoing secretary-general Ban Ki-moon, honoring in particular his track record on promoting and defending human rights. The event was cohosted by the United Nations Foundation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.

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4A Chronicle of American Giving

Thomas Jefferson famously wrote that all men were endowed with the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." However, what is often unremarked upon is the ways in which charitable giving is at the cornerstone of each of these unalienable rights.

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5Vartan Gregorian: Democratic Vistas

American democracy today remains a living, breathing idea, a work in progress. Indeed, the course of American history attests to the long and arduous struggle to right the wrongs and attempt to strengthen the institutions of our democracy in order to do justice to the values and rights embodied in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. . . . For all of us, whether Americans by birth or naturalization, America is not just an actuality but a potentiality, too.

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