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Edward Snowden, 'Orange is the New Black' author to headline JHU speaker series

JHU speaker series to feature Edward Snowden and "Orange is the New Black" author.

Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and "Orange is the New Black" author Piper Kerman will headline the Johns Hopkins University’s Foreign Affairs Symposium this year, the university announced Monday.

While the hit TV series about life in a women's prison doesn’t return to Netflix for its fourth season until this summer, you can get your dose of what inspired the hit series on Feb. 10. At 8 p.m., the speaker series — which strives to engage students and the public in current, controversial global issues — will kick off with Kerman, author of “Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Woman's Prison,” which was later adapted into the TV show.

Snowden, the whistleblower who sparked international debate in 2013 after he revealed secret NSA surveillance practices in leaked documents, will speak Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. via video at Shriver Hall. The former Maryland resident has been living in Russia, where he's been granted asylum.

The series will also include talks from environmentalist and author Naomi Klein; founder Ezra Klein, the international nonprofit World Bicycle Relief; and a panel on the "Future of Policing in America," featuring Baltimore police Commissioner Kevin Davis.

Past speakers included presidential candidate and former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, political activist Cornel West and staff writers from the satirical website The Onion.

The events are free and open to the public, but tickets can be reserved online.

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