Past Programs

How the Public’s Perception of Face Coverings and Face Masks Can Impact People of Color in the United States During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Thursday, April 30, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event
Live Stream Link

Participants

Safronia Perry, executive director of Hope Station

In Conversation with:
Linh Nguyen ’20, student project co-supervisor at the Clarke Forum
Carolina Celedón ’22, student project manager at the Clarke Forum

As of Sunday April 19th, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf updated the state response to the Coronavirus to mandate that essential employees wear masks at work. The wearing of face masks and coverings is very new for most Americans. However, in other countries, this practice was already common to guard against air pollution and the spread of disease. The lack of PPE in the United States during the Pandemic has resulted in health officials suggesting that people make their own face masks and coverings using bandanas and other cloth materials. In American cities in particular, bandanas of certain colors are associated with gang membership and violence. This conversation with Safronia Perry will explore how wearing face masks and coverings could intensify racial profiling and stereotyping of people of color in America.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Safronia Perry is the executive director of Hope Station Area Neighborhood Council (Hope Station) which is a non- profit organization that services a low income neighborhood. It is a community organization that offers both adult and youth programs, hosts cultural events, and partners with other organizations and Dickinson College. She is the mother of two sons, a 30-year-old & 20-year-old, and will be first time grandmother in June. She attended the OIC of Carlisle, Academy of Medical Arts and Business in Harrisburg, University of Phoenix, took classes through Messiah College, and graduated from Leadership Cumberland in 2018.

She is a commissioner for the Carlisle Human Relations Commission, president of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Advisory Council, member of the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission Inter-task Force, previous board member of Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties, board member for the Racial Justice Committee of the YWCA Carlisle, member of Heart and Soul committee, and member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Harrisburg Chapter.

Last October, she facilitated a Social Justice Forum and has spoken on various panels and rallies a Youth Forum, Sci-tech High School in Harrisburg, Giant Food Corporation and Dauphin Tech High School in Harrisburg. She is a strong advocate for black people and women’s rights.

Related Links

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/07/black-men-coronavirus-masks-safety

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/22/21230999/black-men-wearing-masks-police-bias-harris-booker-senate

https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/coronavirus-homemade-mask-black-man-philly-jenice-armstrong-20200414.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/us/coronavirus-masks-racism-african-americans.html

David McCormick

Bridgewater Associates

* We are conducting this event virtually. It was previously postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Mentors Can Shape Your Future: A Conversation with a Global Leader

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event

Dickinson College President Margee Ensign and U.S. District Judge John E. Jones will converse with Bridgewater Associates CEO David McCormick (Bridgewater Associates manages approximately $160 billion in global investments). They will discuss the importance of mentorship and the role mentors can play in developing leadership skills.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Office of the President.  It is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biographies

David McCormick is the CEO of the global investment firm Bridgewater Associates, responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategy, governance, and business operations. McCormick joined Bridgewater in 2009 and previously served as the firm’s president, before becoming Co-CEO in 2017 and the CEO in 2020.

Before joining Bridgewater, McCormick was the U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for International Affairs in the George W. Bush Administration during the global financial crisis. Prior to that, he served in senior posts on the National Security Council and in the Department of Commerce. From 1999-2005 McCormick was a technology entrepreneur, serving as CEO and then president of two publicly-traded software companies, FreeMarkets, Inc. and Ariba, Inc.

Earlier in his career McCormick was a consultant at McKinsey & Company. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and has a Ph.D. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He is a former Army officer and a veteran of the First Gulf War.

McCormick serves as a trustee on several boards including the United Service Organizations (USO) and The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS). He also serves as the chairman of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board.

Margee Ensign is the 29th president of Dickinson College, which was chartered in 1783—the first college established in the new United States of America. Dickinson is a recognized leader in global education and the first college to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization twice. Under Ensign’s leadership, Dickinson has expanded its ties with the U.S. Army War College to include graduate courses, and has established a Bridge Program for women whose education has been interrupted by conflict. Ensign is also a long-time vocal advocate for the need for deep international learning. For seven years, she was the president of the American University of Nigeria where she also led the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), a peace initiative composed of religious and community leaders which successfully promoted peace and countered Boko Haram through education, humanitarian assistance for 300,000 refugees and youth empowerment.

Ensign is a well-respected scholar on development, on Africa, and—growing out of her experience in Rwanda—on genocide. She is a well-respected scholar on development, Africa, and genocide, and is the author of seven books, including  Rwanda: History and Hope and co-editor of Confronting Genocide: Dehumanization, Denial and Strategies for Prevention. She co-edited a recent Peace Review special issue on Religion in War and Peace in Africa and most recently co-authored the forthcoming book Transactional Radio Instruction:  Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones. She has presented at the World Economic Forum, been interviewed multiple times by the BBC and CNN, written for The Washington Post, and has testified before Congress on global education, international affairs and foreign assistance.

United States District Judge John E. Jones III is a 1977 graduate of Dickinson College, and a 1980 graduate of the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. He engaged in the private practice of law and served in the administration of former Pennsylvania Governor and U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge before being appointed by former President George W. Bush to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in 2002. Judge Jones is the recipient of honorary degrees from both Dickinson and Muhlenberg Colleges, and in 2005 he was named as one of Time Magazine’s Time 100, the annual ranking of the most influential people in the world for the preceding year.

Judge Jones has presided over a number of noteworthy and high profile cases. In 2003 Judge Jones struck down portions of Shippensburg University’s speech code on the basis that they violated the First Amendment’s free speech guarantee. In that same year he ruled, in a decision later affirmed by the United States Supreme Court, that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s statute assessing milk producers in order to fund advertising, including the Milk Mustache/got milk® campaign did not infringe the free speech rights of the producers. In 2005 Judge Jones presided over the landmark case of Kitzmiller v. Dover School District, after which he held that it was unconstitutional to teach intelligent design within a public school science curriculum. In 2006 he ruled that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s ballot access procedures for minor political parties did not violate the Constitution. In 2014 John resolved the matter of Whitewood v. Wolf by striking down as unconstitutional Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Judge Jones has appeared as a guest on national television shows and networks such as Today on NBC, the NewsHour on PBS, C-SPAN’s America & The Courts, CNN, Al Jazeera America, and locally on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Video of the Presentation

John Henson

Dickinson College

The Science of COVID-19: Aspects of Infection, Immunity, Treatment and Testing

Tuesday, April 28, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event
Live Stream Link 

The SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 has been called the “perfect pathogen” due to it being both highly infectious and virulent.  This presentation will provide an overview of our current understanding of how the virus damages the lungs, the good – and bad – of the resulting immune response, the potential for treatments/vaccines, and the mechanisms underlying the various testing strategies.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biography

John Henson is the senior associate provost for Academic Affairs and the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology at Dickinson College. Henson is a member of the biology department, contributes to the biochemistry and molecular biology and health studies programs, and has taught courses covering aspects of infection vs. immunity, global health and the origins of pandemics. He is a broadly trained cell biologist and comparative immunologist with a long record of external research support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Henson worked on H5N1 pandemic influenza preparedness along with biological weapon nonproliferation while a William C. Foster science fellow at the U.S. State Department. He received a Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology from Harvard University and has served as a visiting scientist at the University of Washington, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the MDI Biological Laboratory, and George Washington University. 

Related Links

https://www.coronavirus.gov/

 https://www.thelancet.com/coronavirus

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Dana Souders

Licensed Massage Therapist and Life Coach

Pursuing the Good Life During a Pandemic: Pause, Connect, Pivot and Re-Design

Wednesday, April 22, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event
Live Stream Link (available at 6:50 p.m. on day of event)

We have globally found ourselves in a collective pause from our daily routines and activities.  And in many ways life is now forever changed of how we will move forward.  We are at a crossroads of sorts.  Our nervous systems can be getting quite a workout these past weeks and months and it is important that we meet ourselves and each other with grace.  This talk will include some reflections regarding awareness and what happens in our bodies when we are in extended periods of stress and fight/flight/freeze response.  Some tools on how to calm the stress response by self regulating and co-regulating.  Join in as we explore some ways to support one another in finding our center in the dynamic sea of information and energy.  The Good Life, according to Souders, means being able to create a safe haven for ourself and each other as well as a launching pad of re-designing our lives anew as we move forward.

*Special note to the seniors. Souders acknowledges that many of you may be experiencing a vast range of emotions, possibly high levels of grief or anxiety as a rite of passage in graduating is not unfolding as planned.  Although we cannot change the event that has interrupted the graduating activities…. we surely can honor you and hold you with an open hand as you navigate these uncharted waters.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is part of it’s The Good Life Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Dana M. Souders is a licensed massage therapist of 22 years, life coach, astrologer and facilitator of awareness and curiosity. She believes we each carry our own answers and are on a path of coming home to ourself. Souders has completed studies in many schools and intensive trainings over her years of service to the community. Her personal journey of having a real and direct experience through life’s pain and joys has been the wisest life lesson of them all. Souder’s greatest devotion and service is creating a space of freedom and love for people to hear their own voice, to find their True North and to live a life that is congruent to the essence of who they are. For over two decades, she has witnessed and supported clients navigating the cycles and seasons of what it is to be wholeheartedly human.  It has been an honor for her to be able to walk with people as they meet their greatest fears and joys. Relationship ruptures and repairs, holding better boundaries, letting go of an old life through divorce or a job change, being with the death of a loved one, retirement, starting businesses, and exploring creative adventures. She bridges a vision of “The Middle Way” where it is possible for us all to be our authentic selves as well as being deeply connected to others.

Education

* 1998 Graduate of The Alternative Conjunction Clinic & School of Massage Therapy in Pennsylvania  (1 year program)

*  2011 Graduate of The Pennsylvania School of Spiritual Healing  (2 year program)

*  2015 Graduate of The Unfolding Moment (2 year program) Based on the work of Barbara Brennan. With a focus in Energetic Anatomy   and how to work with the psychology of the character structures (Schizoid, Oral, Masochistic, Psychopath, Rigid).

*  2015-2016 Completed a (18 month) Cosmic Consciousness Astrology Program By: Stephanie Azaria. Became a Certified Astrologer.

*  2016-2017 Completed a (6 month) Tiospaye-Making relatives Leadership Program.

Level 1 consisted of unpacking and looking at the belief systems that make up our lives. Relationship dynamics.

Level 2  breaking through to new paradigms of leadership, team and responsibility.  Opportunity to redesign ourselves and our worlds.

Level 3 Leadership actively giving back to our communities through right relationship with power and utilizing the “Pillars of Leadership”.  Contribution !!

*  2017 Support staff for level 1 & 2 of the leadership program.

*  2017 – 2018  Graduate of Elevate Life Coaching and Facilitation  (1 year program)

*  2018 Completed Trance Dance Facilitator Program by: Wilbert Alix in Portugal (2 weeks) Utilizing dance and music as a tool to empty out the 4 bodied system (Spiritual, Mental, Emotional,   Physical).  Really love the science and spirituality bridge in this work.

* 2018 Completed Embodiment AND Polarity Teacher Training by: Michaela Boehm and Steve James (2 weeks)  Learned techniques and how to facilitate Non-Linear Movement Method for the    purpose of emptying out the nervous system.  The Polarity teacher training consisted of learning and facilitating 3 groups of exercises. Intimacy, Heart and Polarity.  The first building block of practices brought in intimacy with self.  Knowing what is happening in your own body as well as practicing attunement in noticing what is unfolding in the other person’s experience.   The second building block was connecting deeper with your own heart and bringing alive compassion for the heart of the other.  Now that sameness has been established we moved into learning how to facilitate Polarity exercises that evoke a sense of magnetism from being different. Working with the Organizing Principle (masculine) and Creative Principle (Feminine) and how they can dance in harmony.

* 2019-2020 Deep Psychology of Intimate Relationship (9 month program) Curriculum includes learning how to have lasting, powerful, and supportive relationships with your partner, family, friends and colleagues, for life.  Course work includes: Human development.  Attachment styles that get developed in childhood which in turn get unconsciously played out in adulthood until we become aware of our unconscious patterns of relating.  How to “fight fair” and have a healthy relationship to conflict and repair that builds trust.  How our Nervous System works and how we can interrupt the flight, fight, freeze cycles.

 

 

Global Pandemic: What it Reveals About Prospects for a Sustainable World

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event
Live Steam Link
(to be available at 6:50 p.m. on day of event)

Dickinson Panelists

Heather Bedi, assistant professor of environment studies
Michael Beevers, associate professor of environmental studies
Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education

The effects and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic are making visible stark differences in who and what are vulnerable and resilient to its widespread disruptions and dislocations. In this panel discussion, we will explore what the pandemic is revealing about existing inequities and vulnerabilities and implications for pursuing sustainable development goals.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Center for Sustainability Education and is part of Dickinson’s Earth Day Teach-in.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Heather Bedi is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Dickinson College. Funded by the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, she completed a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Cambridge. Bedi’s research examines how civil society and socio-environmental movements experience and adapt to natural resource and landscape modifications related to energy processes, climate change, industrialization, and agricultural transitions. Her broader research and teaching interests include environmental and social justice, political ecology, development, planning, and low carbon futures. Her current work examines the everyday of energy poverty, solar energy access, and climate change vulnerabilities in South Asia. Bedi also examines energy injustice through the lens of shale gas extraction (fracking) in the United States. She serves on the Pennsylvania Department for Environmental Protection’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Cumberland County Food System Alliance leadership team.  Bedi was a Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Fellow in India.

Michael D. Beevers is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Studies, and contributing faculty in the Department of International Studies at Dickinson College. Beevers specializes in global environmental politics with an emphasis on the linkages between the environment, security, conflict and peace.  Beevers was a peace scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington DC, and has served as a research associate at Princeton University and as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, and has worked in South Asia and West Africa on a range of development and environment issues. His work appears in numerous book chapters and journals including Global Governance, International Peacekeeping, African Conflict and Peacebuilding Review and The Extractive Industries and Society, among others. His book, Natural Resource Governance and Peacebuilding in the Aftermath of Armed Conflict: Sierra Leone and Liberia (Palgrave) was published in 2018. Beevers is a founding member of the Environmental Peacebuilding Association.

Neil Leary, director of the Center for Sustainability Education at Dickinson College,  teaches courses on climate change, sustainable and resilient communities, and campus sustainability. He has co-taught interdisciplinary programs that have taken students to United Nations conferences to conduct research on climate change governance and to Nepal for research on climate risks and resilience in rural communities. He has been an author and editorial board member for science assessment reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), was a leader of the IPCC’s 2001 report, and was recognized by the IPCC for work that contributed to the IPCC winning the Nobel Peace Prize. Leary led international studies of climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and Latin America from 2001 to 2008 that engaged several hundred scientists from more than 60 countries. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Washington in 1988.

Video of the Presentation

 

Carlisle Artists and Arts Organizations Respond to COVID-19

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Live Stream Event
Live Stream Link (available at 6:50 p.m.)

Panelists

Erika Juran, Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center
Zach King, Singer/Songwriter
Becky Richeson, Carlisle Arts Learning Center
Sarah Skaggs, Dickinson College

The Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting closure of non-essential businesses, the practice of social distancing and shelter-in-place orders have had serious impacts the lives of artists and arts organizations all across the country. In this discussion we will hear from a local musician and several arts organizations and find out how they are adjusting to this new reality.

The virtual panel will take place via Zoom and will be available for live streaming on the Clarke Forum’s YouTube page or by visiting Clarke.dickinson.edu for the live stream link. Members of the public are invited to watch the discussion and submit questions for panelists in the comments section of the YouTube live stream.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (provided by the participants)

Erika Juran serves as Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center’s executive director. She has over 17 years of experience in nonprofit management with most of this experience in the arts sector, including service as a leader at an art museum and a regional arts council. She has been a servant leader of the arts in 9 counties across Pennsylvania through her various roles.

The Carlisle Regional Performing Arts Center, known locally as the Carlisle Theatre, is proud to offer cultural events serving Central Pennsylvania including concerts, performances, films, live theatrical productions, and programming for children and families. The Theatre celebrated its 80th anniversary in May 2019. They closed their doors to the public on March 13, 2020 due to the COVID-19 epidemic. To learn about their virtual programs and donation opportunities, visit http://carlisletheatre.org/.

 

Zach King is a singer-songwriter from Perry County, Pennsylvania, with a passion for traditional country music. He is also the director of Kingfish & Friends, an art collective that works with venues and artists dedicated to cultivating connections between the artist and the audience. This organization works to support, build and promote the arts scene through community engagement and fellowship. Their focus is integrity and teamwork to bring the audience to the music so the artist can plant the seed.

King has shared the stage with friends and heroes alike including David Allan Coe, Mac McAnally, J.P. Harris & The Tough Choices, The Davisson Brothers Band, Hello June, Honeysuckle and more.

 

Becky Richeson is the executive director of the Carlisle Arts Learning Center (CALC). She is originally from Michigan and moved to Carlisle after earning her bachelor’s degree from University of Michigan and master’s degree from Michigan State University. Her focus is to use the power of art to build relationships and strengthen our community.  Richeson infuses her belief that collaboration is essential to a healthy community into all of her work with CALC.

 

Sarah Skaggs born in St.Louis and raised in Virginia, began her dance training at the age of four in ballet. She first studied modern dance with her teacher and mentor Eija Celli at Sweet Briar College where she earned a B.A. with Honors in Theatre Arts. During her twenty years in New York, she has studied the canonical modern dance techniques of Jose Limon and Erick Hawkins as well as several somatic techniques. She has received six National Endowment for the Arts Choreography fellowships and two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships as well as the numerous grants from the Rockefeller, Culpeper, Jerome, Harkness, Greenwall, Dreyfus and Bulova Foundations. She has the honor of having a two page entry devoted to her in the International Dictionary of Modern Dance.

In addition to her extensive travel and teaching in Hong Kong, Prague, Taipei and Bali her work has been produced by The Joyce Theatre’s “Altogether Different” series, Lincoln Center Festival, The Andy Warhol Museum, DancePlace DC, Dance Theatre Workshop, Danspace Project, The Kitchen, PS 122,  Jacob’s Pillow, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Dublin Arts Festival and most recently at the Society of Dance History Scholars conference at Stanford University. She has served on the Board of Directors of The Danspace Project at St.Mark’s Church in New York since 1992. She holds an MFA in Dance Studies from Hollins University/American Dance Festival. Currently, she is the director of the dance program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Her choreographic investigations over many years has focused on the intersection between social and concert dance and between the spectator and performer.  From these investigations, she has created many non-proscenium-site specific works that have been performed in gymnasiums, parking lots, parks and dance clubs—spaces that allow for kinetic collisions of the social, spiritual and sensual.  In 2011, she expanded her post 9/11 work Dances for Airports into a large scale public art project or “roving memorial” that was performed simultaneously in three locations, NYC, PA, and DC for the ten year anniversary of September 11th. Currently, she is working on a new project, iHowl, that deals with violence, language and the body.

Video of the Presentation

Adapting to Challenging Times: Local Small Businesses Navigate the Coronavirus Response

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event
Live Stream Link (to be available day of event at 6:50 p.m.)

Panelists

Stephanie Patterson Gilbert, Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy
Tanis Monroy, Destination Carlisle
Kirk Ream
, Transformation Training & Fitness

The Coronavirus Pandemic and resulting closure of non-essential businesses and shelter-in-place orders have had serious impacts on small businesses across the nation. In this discussion, small business owners in Carlisle will share the new realities local businesses are adjusting to and how businesses in the Carlisle area are responding to the challenges presented by the pandemic.

Members of the public are invited to watch the discussion and submit questions for panelists in the comments section of the YouTube live stream.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Stephanie Patterson Gilbert is the owner of Georgie Lou’s Retro Candy, a candy, soda, and pop culture store in downtown Carlisle that opened in 2009 that is known for its elaborate store windows and downtown-wide kids events that is has staged for over a decade.  Stephanie is also the founder and president of Destination Carlisle, a volunteer merchant organization that helps connect downtown merchants to each other and the community to downtown businesses.  Stephanie was born in Carlisle, has lived here for most of her life, and can trace her family roots in town to at least the 1830s.  She holds a BA in English from the University of Central Florida and an MA in American Studies from Penn State Harrisburg and has worked as a writer, designer, teacher, curator, and scholar.  She is the mother of three boys, who along with her husband, help her at the family business, and her oldest son, George, is a 2019 graduate of Dickinson College who is currently employed in the college archives.

Though not originally native to Carlisle, Tanis Monroy has spent the past 20 years developing a sense of unity through his volunteerism and being an entrepreneur full-time. He devotes his spare time to running two non-profits, AMANI and Serve the City Carlisle, while also being the Vice-President of Destination Carlisle and an educator and supervisor with Project SHARE. He brings his extensive non-profit experience, small-business ownership, and marketing talents to the Carlisle community.

Kirk Ream has been providing the Carlisle area a simple, fast, affordable solution to fitness for the last 13 years. His company, Transformation Training & Fitness (TTF), specializes in group personal training for all ages and ability levels.  The 30-minute circuit workouts often consist of 10-30 people ranging in age from  12-75.   The community, accountability, energy and motivation provide just the right mix of factors leading TTF members to continual success. In addition to owning TTF, Ream in an adjust professor in exercise science at Shippensburg University.

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Food in a Time of Crisis

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event

 

Panelists

Jenn Halpin, Dickinson College Farm
Andrea Karns, Karns Quality Foods
Robert Weed, Project Share

Access to quality food was already an issue for many families in Central Pennsylvania prior to the arrival of the coronavirus. Today, the question of access is more urgent for many more people. Supply chains are also threatened, as our efforts to respond to the health crisis creates all kinds of unforeseen challenges. A panel of experts will discuss food, food supply chains and food access during a time of crisis.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (forthcoming)

Jenn Halpin has been involved with food systems initiatives at Dickinson and within the region for over 18 years. She co-founded the organic farm at Dickinson College in 2007. In addition to directing all aspects of the farm, Halpin helped to establish Dickinson’s Food Studies Certificate Program and develop regional purchasing initiatives at the college. Additionally, she was the founding president of Farmers on the Square, Carlisle’s thriving producer-only farmers’ market and served on the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) board for nine years, several of them as board chair. Halpin holds a master’s in sustainable food systems, a degree that she applies to work and research at the college farm, as well as in the courses that she teaches at Dickinson.

Andrea Karns is vice president of marketing and sales at Karns Quality Foods, where she spearheads various initiatives throughout the company’s nine locations in Central PA.  Her day-to-day tasks include overseeing the company’s rewards card program, executing promotional events, and managing production of the weekly and monthly ads.  Additionally, Karns interacts directly with customers through a variety of platforms, ensuring their questions, comments and concerns are recognized.

Karns is a board member of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association, a member of the Elizabethtown College Leadership Council and a board member of the Center of Dairy Excellence.  She holds a BA in Communications from Elizabethtown College and a MS in Food Marketing from Saint Joseph’s University.

Robert D. Weed, raised in upstate New York,  earned his B.S. degree in political science and psychology from Dickinson College in 1980.  He then received his M.B.A. from American University in Washington, DC and promptly moved back to the Central Pennsylvanian area.  Weed has obtained coaching certification through various organizations and is a Gallup Great Workplace Award winner.

Prior to joining Project SHARE in January of 2017, Weed’s professional career spanned over 35 years in the retail banking industry.  His primary responsibilities in banking involved managing teams of branch bankers and consumer lenders.  He also personally managed relationships with business owners and non-profit organizations.

Weed has become an advocate for those in our community who struggle with hunger and food insecurity.  In addition to managing operations at Project SHARE of Carlisle, he is a frequent guest speaker for civic and social organizations and at area colleges.  He has served as a panelist for the Clarke Forum, Montgomery Service Leaders Center for Service, Spirituality and Social Justice and the Hunger Banquet Simulation.

Weed is a director of the Cumberland County Food Alliance and the Carlisle Youth Initiative. He is an active member of Kiwanis International and serves as the treasurer of the Hampden Township Veterans recognition Committee.  He proactively engages legislators and community leaders as part of his work to end hunger and food insecurity.

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Marie Helweg-Larsen

Dickinson College

Why Are We Optimistically Biased About Our Risks?: Applications to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Monday, April 6, 2020
Live Stream Event, NOON – 1 p.m.
Live Stream Link
(to be provided at 11:50 a.m. on day of event)

The optimistic bias (thinking you are less at risk than other people) is well documented. This talk will explain why it is so pervasive and how it can help us understand complacency in following coronavirus precautionary behaviors.

Biography

Marie Helweg-Larsen is a social psychologist who examines why smart people do dumb things. Helweg-Larsen has examined the causes, consequences, and correlates of optimistic bias (thinking you are less at risk than others) as well as other health-related behaviors and cognitions. Most recently she has examined cross-culturally how moralized beliefs about smoking affect risk perceptions and willingness to quit smoking. In her current NIH-funded research she is examining the effects of stigmatization on smokers’ willingness to quit smoking. Last week Helweg-Larsen began a research project with two Dickinson alumni (Laurel Peterson ’06 and Sarah DiMuccio ’15) in which they are examining the gendered and political factors in the link between coronavirus risk perceptions and preventive behaviors.

Related Links

https://blogs.dickinson.edu/helwegm/

https://theconversation.com/in-battling-the-coronavirus-will-optimistic-bias-be-our-wrongdoing-134476

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Providing Safe Shelter When Home is Not a Haven From Crisis

Thursday, April 2, 2020 – 7 p.m.
Live Stream Event

Live Stream Link (to be available day of event at 6:50 p.m.)

Panelists

Jason Brode, AMEND Program
Sonya Browne, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties
Colleen Kinney, YWCA Carlisle
Scott Shewell, Safe Harbour

Around the world people are being told to stay home to help flatten the curve against the spread of Covid-19. But what happens if your home is not safe to shelter-in-place? According to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 123 victims lost their lives to domestic violence last year in Pennsylvania. How is COVID-19 and government recommendations to stay at home, impacting members of our community who are at risk? Representatives from Domestic Violence Services for Cumberland and Perry County, Safe Harbour, YWCA and the AMEND Program will talk about what their organizations and programs are doing to support survivors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and what resources are available for individuals and families who are not safe (or at risk) at home.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Jason Brode is the executive director of Diakon Youth Services where he directs and administrates all Diakon Youth Programs in the Central Region of Pennsylvania, including the daily operations of the Diakon Wilderness Center.  Programs at the Wilderness Center include the Diakon Center Point Day Treatment Program, The Diakon Wilderness Challenge Program, The Diakon Weekend Alternative Program.  Also responsible for the oversight and supervision of The Diakon Bridge Community Based Program (providing community based support for delinquent and dependent youth in Cumberland, Perry, and Adams counties). Brode also serves as co-facilitator and creative partner for Dickinson College’s Healthy Masculinity Initiative, and as co-facilitator of the AMEND program, Cumberland and Franklin County, Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties.

Sonya Browne has worn many hats in her career. She is currently the shelter supervisor for Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties. Prior to that she served as mission impact director at YWCA Carlisle, focusing on racial justice and the empowerment of women and girls.  Before that, she was assistant property manager for the Housing Authority of Cumberland County. Brown also served as president of the board of directors of two nonprofits in Carlisle, Hope Station and Carlisle Victory Circle. She is currently secretary of the board of directors of Carlisle Opportunity Homes, Inc., a program that provides subsidized housing to those in need. Recently, Browne was awarded the Jim Washington Station of Hope Award and the YWCA Carlisle’s Annual Racial Justice Award. In her career, she has always recognized the intersectionality of race and poverty and worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those impacted by violence, poverty and racism.

Colleen Kinney is currently the program director of the Sexual Assault Rape Crisis of Services of Cumberland County ( SARC) which is a program under the YWCA Carlisle. The SARC Program serves as Cumberland County’s sole sexual assault/ rape crisis center. The Program provides free and confidential resources to anyone affected by sexual violence in the Cumberland county community. These include services such as counseling and operating the 24/hour hotline to prevention education in schools and responding to hospitals when a victim comes in for a forensic rape exam. Kinney has worked in mostly nonprofits for approximately 19 years including those with serious mental illness, homelessness, at risk youth, disabilities services and domestic Vvolence. She holds a master’s of social work and legal studies from Arizona State University. In her spare time is a speaker with the Resilient Voices Program with the Office of the Victim Advocate speaking to the community on domestic violence and sexual assault as a survivor.

Scott K. Shewell is the president and CEO of Safe Harbour. Safe Harbour’s mission is to provide housing and supportive services for homeless and nearly homeless individuals and families to help them achieve independent living by improving their basic life skills.

As president, Shewell is responsible for the overall direction and administration of Safe Harbour’s programs in accordance with the organization’s mission and objectives. He manages Safe Harbour finances, facilities, policies, practices, staff, and the relationships between employees and the clients that they serve.  Working with the Board of Directors, Shewell participates in a collaborative working effort to monitor progress and promote the growth of the organization.

Shewell previously served as vice president for Community Relations and Development for Safe Harbour.  In that role, he was responsible for Safe Harbour’s fundraising initiatives, including the Annual Campaign, major gifts and planned giving, grant development, and state and federal appropriations. Shewell also directed the organization’s public relations and marketing initiatives, special events, and government and community relations.

Prior to joining Safe Harbour, Shewell served as Higher Education Business Development Manager for Delta Development Group, Inc.  His previous professional positions included serving as Public Relations Director for Barry Group Inc., a strategic planning and implementation firm in York, Pennsylvania; Director of Public Relations with the Pennsylvania School Boards Association; Director of Public Affairs with the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY Potsdam); and Press Secretary, with the Office of the Chancellor for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE).

RESOURCES

For Dickinson Students, Faculty and Staff

The Dickinson Title IX and Sexual Respect Office continues to be available via phone calls, email and video-conferencing even while the campus is physically closed due to the current COVID-19 outbreak. You can find contact information and resources online at: www.dickinson.edu/titleix . 

We encourage you to seek help online and near you as appropriate and The Dickinson Sexual Assault Hotline remains open to assist you.  Call (717) 831-8850 to speak to a confidential advocate.

For General Public

Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Services of Cumberland County: 1-888-727-2877

Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties (DVSCP)
24-Hour Emergency Hotline: 1-800-852-2102

DVSCP Main Office: (717) 258-4806

AMEND staff: call (717) 480-0489 or email AMEND@dvscp.org

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Tom Brier ’14

Attorney and Author

While Reason Slept: Recapturing the Founders’ Vision of a Rational Republic

Monday, March 2, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

How did we get to our current state of political acrimony?  Brier, the author of While Reason Slept, will walk us through the beginning of our national politics to the present day before offering a solution for recapturing our Founding Fathers’ path to a rational Republic.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Thomas F. Brier Jr. is a native of Hershey, Pennsylvania, growing up as the oldest of three boys. He is a Dickinson College graduate with a degree in philosophy. Brier went on to Penn State Law, received a juris doctor in 2017 and was selected as commencement speaker by his classmates. After graduation, he served as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit before joining an international law firm in Philadelphia.  At the firm, in addition to working on several multi-million-dollar lawsuits, he worked closely with the SeniorLAW Center and other pro bono legal assistance organization to help low-income families.  As a volunteer “Reader” in the Philly Reads Program, he spent time with local elementary school students.  He continues today to volunteer with the Pennsylvania Bar Association to provide free legal services to families and individuals across the Commonwealth.

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Protests Around the World

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium – 7 p.m.

Panel of Dickinson Faculty

Heather Bedi, environmental studies
Angela DeLutis-Eichenberger, Spanish & Portuguese and Latin American, Latino & Caribbean Studies
Nicoletta Marini-Maio Italian and film studies
Mireille Rebeiz, French & Francophone and women’s, gender & sexuality studies
Ed Webb political science and international studies

Protests are breaking around the world, and people are demanding immediate action and calling for changes in governmental, political, and environmental policies. What sparked these protests, and what is next for many of the countries involved? Panelists will address world-wide environmental activism as well as political protests in Algeria, Chile, Iraq, Italy, and Lebanon.

This program in sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Heather Bedi is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Dickinson College. Funded by the Cambridge Political Economy Society Trust, she completed a Ph.D. in human geography from the University of Cambridge. Bedi’s research examines how civil society and socio-environmental movements experience and adapt to natural resource and landscape modifications related to energy processes, climate change, industrialization, and agricultural transitions. Her broader research and teaching interests include environmental and social justice, political ecology, development, planning, and low carbon futures. Her current work examines the everyday of energy poverty, solar energy access, and climate change vulnerabilities in South Asia. Bedi also examines energy injustice through the lens of shale gas extraction (fracking) in the United States. She serves on the Pennsylvania Department for Environmental Protection’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board and the Cumberland County Food System Alliance leadership team.  Bedi was a Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Fellow in India.

Angela DeLutis-Eichenberger earned her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in Spanish language and literature in 2010. Her research primarily focuses on the nineteenth century and the Southern Cone, with particular emphasis on Chile. Her work has appeared in Bulletin of Spanish Studies, Revista Hispánica Moderna, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, as a chapter in the book, Del aire al aire: Negotiating Space in Latin America, edited by Patricia Vilches, Brill Publishers, and in Decimonónica. She currently serves as an assistant professor in the Departments of Spanish and Portuguese, and Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies at Dickinson.

Nicoletta Marini-Maio is associate professor of Italian and film studies at Dickinson College. In 2013-2014, she received the Wolf Humanities Center Regional Fellowship on Violence at the University of Pennsylvania for her research on the cinematic and theatrical representations of the 1978 abduction and assassination of Italian statesman Aldo Moro.  She is a Member of the Modern Italian Studies Seminar at Columbia University, NY (2015—) and an elected member of the Modern Language Association (MLA) 20th-Century Italian Literature Executive Committee (2015-2019). Her research centers on the intersections between politics, historical narrative and fiction, popular culture, and gender in Italian cinema and television. She is the author ofA Very Seductive Body Politic: Silvio Berlusconi in Cinema (Mimesis: Milan, 2015). Her publications include articles on terrorism in film and theater during the 1970s, coming-of-age in Italian cinema, auteur cinema, two pedagogical volumes, and a critical translation. She is co-author and co-principal investigator of the collaborative project entitled La nazione Winx: Educare la futura consumista (Winx Nation: Grooming the Future Female Consumer), forthcoming from Rubbettino, Italy, in 2020. She is currently completing a monograph on the Aldo Moro Affair and two articles on the Decamerotici, a series of Italian films produced in the 1970s and inspired by Boccaccio’s Decameron and on the Italian television series Baby (Netflix). Marini-Maio is the founder and editor of gender/sexuality/italy (g/s/i ), an academic journal on constructions of femininity and masculinity in Italian culture. For more information about Marini-Maio, please see http://blogs.dickinson.edu/marinin/.

Mireille Rebeiz  is assistant professor of Francophone Studies & women’s gender and sexuality studies at Dickinson College. She is also a contributing faculty member to the Middle East Studies Program. Rebeiz received her Ph.D. from Florida State University in 2012. She has a master’s degree in international law and human rights from the Université de Rouen in France and a bachelor’s degree in private law from Université Saint-Joseph in Lebanon. In her teaching and research, she examines issues related to migration and pop-culture in postcolonial France, representations of gender and sexuality in Arab women’s narratives, memory and trauma in Middle Eastern women’s writings of the war, and women and refugee’s rights in zones of armed conflicts with a focus on North Africa and the Levant. She is the author of several journal articles, and her book Gendering Civil War: Francophone Women’s Writing in Lebanon is currently under peer-review.

Ed Webb served with Britain’s Diplomatic Service 1992-2000, much of that time in Cairo, before completing a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He is associate professor of political science and international studies, helped establish Dickinson’s Middle East Studies Program, and contributes to several other interdisciplinary programs. Author of Media in Egypt and Tunisia: From Control to Transition? (Palgrave 2014), he has also published articles and book chapters on authoritarianism, education policies in Turkey and Tunisia, censorship in the Arab world, and Doctor Who. He is currently learning Italian in preparation for taking up the directorship of Dickinson’s program in Bologna 2020-22. He is @edwebb on Twitter.

 

Related Links

– On the “Sardines” Italian protest movement against the far-right: https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/12/italy-sardines-pack-rome-anti-rally-191214182952698.html and https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/14/world/europe/italy-sardines-salvini.html

– On the far-right ascent in Italy and Europe: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/matteo-salvini-return-a-regional-vote-in-italy-risks-further-chaos-in-rome.html and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGGSlsQQ6ks and https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/13/matteo-salvini-return-a-regional-vote-in-italy-risks-further-chaos-in-rome.html

Rick Doblin ‘P21

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

Psychedelics: Science, Medicine and Politics

Monday, February 24, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

This lecture will discuss the politics of psychedelic research from the 1960s to today. Doblin will explore the history of MDMA, mechanisms of actions of psychedelics, and efforts to medicalize psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, depression and other indications.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of philosophy and psychology, the anthropology club, the neuroscience club, the Health Studies Program and the Program in Policy Studies.  This program was initiated by the Clarke Forum student project managers and is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speakers)

Rick Doblin, Ph.D., is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in public policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his master’s thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary’s Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Related Links

Rick Doblin’s Ted Talk –  https://www.ted.com/talks/rick_doblin_the_future_of_psychedelic_assisted_psychotherapy?language=en

Fox news 6 minute clip – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVs-urb-6W0

Movie called Trip of Compassion: https://vimeo.com/198560028 Password: trip

Short Documentary – Ecstatic states: treating PTSD with MDMA – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNxuRs6tTuw

Short video interview with SGT Jon Lubecky – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8K5sJuTbQvY

Scientific papers:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30245101
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=mdma+mice+dolen
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31572236
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31065731
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30890035
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30529341

More:

https://maps.org/research/mdma

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Bill Durden ’71

International University Alliance (IUA)

An Anticipatory Memoir: Aging on the Diagonal

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Advanced age – or what is commonly called “The Third Chapter” – arguably remains without operative definition, although so many citizens globally are entering that phase of life. Based upon personal reflection, a definition is proposed for debate – a definition that could lead to a “Good Life.”

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is part of our The Good Life series. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

William G. Durden is President Emeritus of Dickinson College, where he served for 14 years (1999-2013). During his tenure at Dickinson he was both a professor of German and a professor of Education. He is currently president of the International University Alliance (IUA), a non-profit association of top-tier U.S. research universities committed to international education (sponsored by Shorelight), chief global engagement officer at Shorelight, a courtesy professor (research) in the School of Education, Johns Hopkins University and an operating partner of Sterling Partners, a diversified investment management platform founded in 1983 and based in Chicago with branch offices in Baltimore and Miami.

Durden received his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College (1971) in German and philosophy and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German language and literature from Johns Hopkins University. Directly following graduation from Dickinson, he was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the University of Basle, Switzerland. He has also studied at the University of Freiburg and the University of Muenster, Germany. He was a Klingenstein Fellow at Columbia University and American Council of Learned Societies’ Fellow in Wolfenbuettel, Germany. He served as an officer in the U.S. Army, Military Intelligence Branch and most recently chaired the Middle States accreditation process for the United States Military Academy (West Point).

Directly prior to his 14-year tenure at Dickinson College, Durden was simultaneously president of a division of the Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (today Laureate Education, Inc.) and vice president of academic affairs for the Caliber Learning Network—a joint venture of MCI and Sylvan. Prior to Sylvan, Durden was a member of the German department at the Johns Hopkins University and founding executive director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for 16 years. During his Hopkins’ engagement at CTY, he was also a senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State for 11 years and chaired the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth.  He served as a “private tutor” to then Prime Minister Tony Blair on the topic of talent development and global competitiveness.

Durden served as chair of the advisory board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (the Faculty Fulbright program) and as a member of the board of trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE) as well as chair of the German Chancellors Fellowship U.S. Selection Committee (Humboldt Foundation). He was a trustee of St. Paul’s School (MD) and Indian Mountain School (CT). He currently serves as a trustee of Walden University and Squashwise Baltimore, a non-profit organization to help Baltimore City youth achieve their academic goals through squash and associated academic tutoring. He is also chair of the board of trustees of Columbia College Hollywood/Flashpoint College, Chicago, a joint non-profit, higher education institution focused on the liberal arts, the arts, film and media. He was appointed to the honorary council of LEAD WITH LANGUAGES campaign commencing March 1, 2017. This campaign was undertaken at the bipartisan request of the U.S. Congress. He was also appointed in 2019 as Ambassador to Maryland (USA) for the University of Freiburg, Germany.

Durden has published and spoken widely on topics ranging from German literature to gifted and talented education, international education policy, higher education, first-generation college students, international education, the distinctiveness of U.S. higher education and the liberal arts. His most recent publication appeared in the London Times (and was reprinted in PIE) and is entitled, ”Can an American Liberal Arts Approach Improve the British Higher Education System” and he is currently writing about what he is calling “precision education.”

Reference Materials

Living on the Diagonal and Other Selected Writings, by William G. Durden
Leading Minds, by Howard Gardner
The 100-Year Life: Living and Working in an Age of Longevity, by Lynda Gratton & Andrew Scott
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life, by Ed Yong
Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To, by David A. Sinclair with Matthew D LaPlante
The Third chapter: Passion, Risk and Adventure in the 25 Years AFTER 50, by Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot.

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Rwanda at 25

Monday, December 2, 2019
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Panelists

Margee Ensign, Dickinson College
Mathilde Mukantabana, Embassy of the Republic of Rwanda to the U.S.
Jean-Pierre Karegeye (moderator), Dickinson College
Nelly Teta Ntwali ’22, Dickinson College

In 1994 more than a million people were murdered in Rwanda over the course of about 100 days in one of the century’s most brutal and shocking instances of genocide. Since that time, Rwanda has not only recovered but has become a beacon in Africa for thoughtful and equitable development.  In the words of President Paul Kagame: “In 1994 there was no hope, only darkness. Today, light radiates from this place. How did it happen? Rwanda became a family again.” This panel discussion will address the nature of the new Rwandan “family,” how Rwanda has achieved its remarkable recovery, and what we can all learn from its truly remarkable successes.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Margee Ensign is the 29th president of Dickinson College, which was chartered in 1783—the first college established in the new United States of America. Dickinson is a recognized leader in global education and the first college to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization twice. Under Ensign’s leadership, Dickinson has expanded its ties with the U.S. Army War College to include graduate courses, and has established a Bridge Program for women whose education has been interrupted by conflict. Ensign is also a long-time vocal advocate for the need for deep international learning. For seven years, she was the president of the American University of Nigeria where she also led the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), a peace initiative composed of religious and community leaders which successfully promoted peace and countered Boko Haram through education, humanitarian assistance for 300,000 refugees and youth empowerment.

Ensign is a well-respected scholar on development, on Africa, and—growing out of her experience in Rwanda—on genocide. She is a well-respected scholar on development, Africa, and genocide, and is the author of seven books, including  Rwanda: History and Hope and co-editor of Confronting Genocide: Dehumanization, Denial and Strategies for Prevention. She co-edited a recent Peace Review special issue on Religion in War and Peace in Africa and most recently co-authored the forthcoming book Transactional Radio Instruction:  Improving Educational Outcomes for Children in Conflict Zones. She has presented at the World Economic Forum, been interviewed multiple times by the BBC and CNN, written for The Washington Post, and has testified before Congress on global education, international affairs and foreign assistance.

Professor Mathilde Mukantabana serves as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States of America, as well as non-resident Ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina. Her ambassadorial responsibilities include advancing Rwandan policies and priorities abroad, championing Rwanda’s culture, history and economy, and leading/engaging Rwanda’s residential and professional communities throughout the U.S. In service to this role, she regularly works with elected and appointed leaders at the highest levels of governments, parliaments, secretariats, multilateral bodies, and global funding organizations.

Prior to her diplomatic career, Ambassador Mukantabana served in higher education as a tenured professor of History and as a lecturer in Social Work. Concurrent to her academic work in the United States and in Rwanda, she co-founded Friends of Rwanda Association (F.O.R.A), a nonprofit American relief organization launched in the wake of the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda. She also serves on the Sonoma State University board of Holocaust and Genocide Studies. Prior to academia, she worked as a social worker for the California State Department of Health. Her expertise includes philanthropy, nonprofit organizational development, community building, community organizing, advocacy, cross-cultural/cross-sector education, volunteer management, and mentorship/team leadership.

Ambassador Mukantabana has extensive experience in designing and leading international conferences, and speaking on issues that include genocide/ethnic conflict, conflict resolution, gender equity, education, health, workforce development, and economic and financial inclusion. She has been honored to present to diverse audiences at Ivy League Schools, global fora, multilateral convenings, congressional and parliamentary hearings, think tanks, international service clubs, and international film and arts festivals. She is also a published writer on topics ranging from historical biographies to genocide to racial equality.

A recipient of numerous awards for her work in peace, justice and reconciliation, Ambassador Mukantabana holds a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in history.

Jean-Pierre Karegeye is currently visiting scholar in philosophy at Dickinson College. In addition to a Ph.D. in Francophone literature (University of California at Berkeley), Karegeye earned two master’s degrees in social ethics and in French, three bachelor’s degrees in African linguistics, philosophy, and theology. His work on genocide, religious violence, and child soldiering focuses on testimony and explores both fictional and non-fictional narratives. Some of his current projects explore how genocide and religious radicalization in Africa imply a reconstruction and a relocation of social sciences and humanities.  He has (co-) authored six books and journals and more than 50 articles including Children in Armed Conflicts (2012), “Ruanda : de la literatura post-genocidio o el dialogo entre testimonio y compromiso” (2012) , “Génocide au Rwanda et la critique africaine contemporaine” (2016).

Nelly Teta Ntwali ’22 is an international business & management and a political science double major at Dickinson College. She is involved in trendsetters, MOB, Black Student Union (BSU), is a liaison for the Women of Color summit and a resident advisor. Teta is from Rwanda, born in the post-genocide generation.

 

 

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Deepfake

Deepfake PosterWednesday, November 20, 2019
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Panelists:

Tim Hwang, lawyer, writer, and researcher
Amy McKiernan, Dickinson College
James Sias, Dickinson College

Deepfake, a term coined in 2017, is an artificial intelligence technique which uses generative adversarial networks to create fake videos. Deepfakes have been used in pornography (both to fake the presence of public figures in pornographic videos, typically well known actresses, and in “revenge porn”). Those examples illustrate clearly the threat posed by deepfakes to privacy and human rights. To date their use in politics has been very limited, but the threat to democratic institutions is quite real.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the departments of mathematics & computer science, political science, the Program in Policy Studies and the Order of Scroll and Key. It was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s student project managers.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Tim Hwang is a lawyer, writer, and researcher working at the intersection of emerging technologies and society. He was formerly director of the Harvard-MIT Ethics and Governance of AI Initiative, a philanthropic project working to ensure that machine learning and autonomous technologies are researched, developed, and deployed in the public interest. Previously, he served as Google’s global public policy lead on artificial intelligence, leading outreach to government and civil society on issues surrounding the social impact of the technology. Dubbed “The Busiest Man on the Internet” by Forbes Magazine, his current research focuses on the geopolitical aspects of computational power and machine learning hardware.

 

Amy McKiernan received her Ph.D. in philosophy from Vanderbilt University in 2017, where she focused on ethics and feminist philosophy. Prior to that, McKiernan earned her M.A. in philosophy and social policy from American University in 2011 and her B.A. from The University of Scranton in 2007. Her research interests include the ethics of blame, the ethics of punishment, and the intersections of pain and oppression. McKiernan frequently teaches courses on practical ethics and serves as the director of the Ethics Across Campus & the Curriculum program. This initiative is part of the broader civic learning and community engagement initiative supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Jim Sias is an assistant professor in Dickinson’s Department of Philosophy. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013, specializing in ethics and moral psychology. He regularly teaches courses in these areas. Sias’s research focuses primarily on the foundations of morality and moral cognition, with special interests at the intersection of ethics and psychiatry. In 2016, he published a book on the nature of evil and he is currently working on issues related to rationality, wellbeing, and schizophrenia.

Related Links

https://aiethicsinitiative.org/

https://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/robotics/artificial-intelligence/experts-bet-on-first-deepfakes-political-scandal

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Fallout from the American Military Withdrawal from Northern Syria

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Panelists:

Chris Bolan, U.S. Army War College
David Commins, Dickinson College
Larry Goodson, U.S. Army War College
Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob (moderator), Dickinson College

The recent abrupt withdrawal of United States military forces from the Syrian side of the border with Turkey immediately and drastically altered the balance of power in that volatile region. The panel will explore the ramifications of the U.S. withdrawal: Turkey’s military intervention, the dismantling of the Syrian Kurds’ autonomous zone, Russia’s ascent as the main powerbroker in Syria, the decline of American influence, and the prospect of a revival of the Islamic State.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Chris Bolan is professor of Middle East security studies at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College where he researches, publishes, and teaches graduate level courses on U.S. national security, foreign policy, and the Middle East.  He served as a foreign policy advisor on Middle East and South Asia affairs for Vice Presidents Gore and Cheney from 1997-2003.  He is a retired U.S. Army colonel with overseas tours in Korea, Egypt, Jordan, and Tunisia.  He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and master of arts degree in Arab studies from Georgetown University.  He is also a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute – a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to “bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the foreign policy and national security challenges facing the United States.” His most recent article is “10 Hard Realities of America’s Next Syria Policy” published by DefenseOne on October 18, 2019.

David Commins is professor of history and the Benjacomminsmin Rush Distinguished Chair in Liberal Arts and Sciences at Dickinson College.  He obtained his undergraduate degree in history from UC Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Middle East history from the University of Michigan.  He has written on Syrian history, modern Islamic thought, Saudi Arabia, and the Persian Gulf.

Larry P. Goodson is professor of Middle East studies at the U.S. Army War College, where he is the only person to hold the General Dwight D. Eisenhower Chair of National Security twice (2014-2017, 2004-2007).  In AY19 he was on sabbatical from the War College as a visiting fellow in the Changing Character of War Center, Pembroke College, Oxford University.  Since joining the U.S. government in 2002, Goodson has been continually called upon to serve as a regional advisor on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Middle East by senior U.S. military and political leaders.

Among his other academic appointments, Goodson taught at the American University in Cairo (1994-2000) and conducted his dissertation field work in Peshawar, Pakistan (1986-1987).  Dr. Goodson completed all his academic work at the University of North Carolina.  He is the author of the New York Times bestselling Afghanistan’s Endless War: State Failure, Regional Politics, and the Rise of the Taliban (2001) as well as numerous chapters and articles.  Currently, he is writing “First Great War of the 21st Century: From Syria to the South China Sea,” which argues that a war between China, Russia, and the United States is underway and that Syria is one of the most significant theaters in the early stages of that war.

Jacob Udo-Udo Jacob is a visiting international scholar in international studies at Dickinson College. His teaching and research interest is located at the intersections between communications (broadly defined) and violent extremism, war and peace in contemporary society. Before coming to Dickinson, Jacob was chair of the Communications and Multimedia Program and dean of arts and science at the American University of Nigeria.  Jacob currently co-leads the development of an ethical and methodological guide on preventing/countering violent extremism (P/CVE) research for the RESOLVE Network – a policy, practice and research hub on P/CVE, housed within the United States Institute of Peace. Twitter: @Jakes247

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