Past Programs

The Rule of the Clan – Panel Discussion

Rule of the Clan Final PosterWednesday, April 16, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Carol Horning, professor, U.S. Army War College
Mark Weiner, professor, Rutgers School of Law
Andrew Wolff, professor, Dickinson College
Erik Love (moderator), professor, Dickinson College

This panel discussion will focus on the special challenges of democratic political development faced by nations whose social organization is rooted in the traditional extended family. In these social-economic conditions that are based on the clan, what are the realistic prospects and most promising paths for liberalizing reform?

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Carol HorningCarol Horning is the professor of international development at the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute, U.S. Army War College.  A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the rank of counselor, Ms. Horning has served for 28 years with the U.S. Agency for International Development, promoting sustainable economic development, participatory governance, health and education, primarily in conflict-affected or post-conflict countries.

Most recently, Ms. Horning served as director of the Office of Social Sector Development in Afghanistan, with oversight of billion-dollar programs in health and education.  She previously served as mission director in Guyana, deputy mission director in Nicaragua, director of democracy, governance and education in Bangladesh, regional democracy and governance officer in the Caucasus, deputy program/democracy officer in Haiti and general development officer in Eritrea and Panama.

Ms. Horning has a Master of Science in National Security Studies from the National War College and a Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and French from Michigan State University.

Ms. Horning was raised in Peru and Brazil and served with the Peace Corps in Casablanca, Morocco.  She speaks six languages.

P1000251Mark S. Weiner is a writer and legal historian. He is the author of The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals about the Future of Individual Freedom (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013); Black Trials: Citizenship From the Beginnings of Slavery to the End of Caste (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), which was selected a 2005 Silver Gavel Award winner by the American Bar Association; and Americans without Law: The Racial Boundaries of Citizenship (NYU Press, 2006), which was awarded the President’s Book Award from the Social Science History Association.

He received his A.B. from Stanford University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University. In the fall of 2009, he was a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Akureyri, Iceland. He is professor of law at Rutgers School of Law in Newark, New Jersey.

wolffanAndrew Wolff is an assistant professor of political science, international studies, and security studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate in international relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in 2010. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and European history from Washington and Lee University and a master’s degree in European studies from Johns Hopkins University SAIS. Prior to his graduate work, he worked as a legal staff assistant in the United States Senate and as an English teacher in Prague, Czech Republic. His primary research interests are geopolitical theory, NATO security issues, transatlantic relations, U.S. foreign policy, and international diplomacy. His most recent publication is “Crafting a NATO Brand: Bolstering Internal Support for the Alliance through Image Management” (Contemporary Security Policy April 2014).

loveeErik Love (moderator) is an assistant professor of sociology at Dickinson College.  He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Regents Fellow. Erik’s research centers on civil rights advocacy in the United States. He has presented his research on the efforts of Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American advocacy organizations at several academic conferences, in peer-reviewed journals, and he has contributed to a wide range of popular publications including Jadaliyya and Al Jazeera English. He is a fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, a think tank based in Washington, DC. His work has won the support of the National Science Foundation, the Richard Flacks Fund for the Study of Democracy, and the Center for New Racial Studies. Prior to joining the faculty at Dickinson, Erik lived and studied in Jerusalem, Cairo, and Kyoto. Since arriving at Dickinson, Erik has continued his research on civil rights advocacy as he prepares a book manuscript.




James Salzman

Salzman poster_finalProfessor, Duke University

Drinking Water

Tuesday, April 8, 2014     
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

By explaining how drinking water highlights the most pressing issues of our time, from globalization and social justice to terrorism and climate change, and how humans have been wrestling with these problems for centuries, Salzman shows us how complex a simple glass of water can be.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Economics, Chemistry, Mathematics  and Computer Science, Environmental Studies and Environmental Science.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Water.

015612b_lemos0016.cr2Biography (provided by the speaker)

James Salzman holds joint appointments at Duke University as the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professor of Law at the Law School and as the Nicholas Institute Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment. In more than eight books and seventy articles and book chapters, his broad-ranging scholarship has addressed topics spanning trade and environment conflicts, drinking water, environmental protection in the service economy, wetlands mitigation banking, and the legal and institutional issues in creating markets for ecosystem services.

A dedicated classroom teacher and colleague, Salzman has twice been voted Professor of the Year by students at Duke’s School of the Environment and received two Blueprint Awards from the Law School for institutional service. He has lectured on environmental policy in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He has served as a visiting professor at Yale, Stanford, and Harvard (as the Leo Gottlieb Visiting Professor) as well as at Macquarie (Australia), Lund (Sweden), and Tel Aviv (Israel) Universities and the European University Institute (Italy). He has given distinguished lectures at Florida State, Wyoming, Pace and Lewis & Clark (invited for  2013).

An honors graduate of Yale College and Harvard University, Salzman was the first Harvard graduate to earn joint degrees in law and engineering and was named a Sheldon Fellow upon graduation. He has both government and private sector work experience. Prior to entering academia, he worked in Paris in the Environment Directorate of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and in London as the European Environmental Manager for Johnson Wax. His honors include election as a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as appointments as a McMaster Fellow and Fulbright Senior Scholar in Australia and as a Bren Fellow at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, UC Santa Barbara.

He has published four casebooks, including International Environmental Law and Policy, Foundation Press (with D. Zaelke and D. Hunter, 1998, 4th ed. 2010), the leading casebook in the field with adoptions at over 200 schools. His articles have appeared in the Stanford, California, NYU, Penn Law Review and other legal, scientific and popular journals. A national survey of environmental law professors has voted his work among the top articles of the year on six separate occasions. Salzman is active in the fields of practice and policy, serving as a Member of the Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee, a government-appointed body providing counsel to the EPA Administrator and U.S. Trade Representative on trade and environment issues, as well as advising several environmental non-profits.

His most recent book, Drinking Water: A History, was praised as a “Recommended Read” by Scientific American and excerpted in Natural History.

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Suzanne Corkin

corkin poster finalProfessor Emerita, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Permanent Present Tense

Tuesday, April 22, 2014       
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Relying on 55 years of behavioral and imaging studies, Corkin shows that short-term, long-term, declarative, and nondeclarative capacities of memory rely on different brain circuits.  The case of Henry Molaison, who at age 27 underwent an experimental brain operation that left him in dense amnesia with a preserved intellect, will be discussed in some detail.  A book sale and signing will follow.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Biology and Psychology.

Corkin PicBiography (provided by the speaker)

Suzanne Corkin is professor of neuroscience, emerita in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. She arrived at MIT in the fall of 1964, having just received her Ph.D. in comparative and physiological psychology from McGill University. Her first accomplishment was establishing the Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory at the newly opened Clinical Research Center. She joined the faculty in 1981 as an associate professor. Corkin’s research over the last 48 years has focused on the study of patients with neurological disease, with the goal of linking specific cognitive  processes, particularly memory, to discrete brain circuits. She described the long-term consequences of head injury in World War II and Korean War veterans, and the safety and efficacy of a psychosurgical procedure, cingulotomy, in patients with medication resistant psychiatric disease. Her subsequent research focused on the neural underpinnings of age-related degenerative diseases, including Alzheimer and Parkinson. She and her colleagues developed behavioral tasks that elucidated the nature and severity of individual Parkinson and Alzheimer patients’ cognitive and psychiatric deficits, and innovative neuroanatomical labeling tools for visualizing brain regions that are targeted by PD or AD pathophysiology. Corkin also examined the cognitive neuroscience of healthy aging, combining behavioral testing with magnetoencephalography, fMRI, and MRI methods to characterize the neurobiological and information processing mechanisms underlying decreased cognitive control in healthy aging. She is well known for her investigation of the famous amnesic patient, H.M., whom she met in 1962 and studied until his death in 2008. Corkin’s book, Permanent Present Tense, was published in May 2013.

Corkin is a fellow of the Montreal Neurological Institute, the American Psychological Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She  received the David Wallace Medal from the Australian Association of Gerontology, the Smith College Medal, a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, and the Baltes Distinguished Research Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association, Division on Aging. She received the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Undergraduate Advising Award in 2011.

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A. Breeze Harper

Breeze Harper PosterResearch Fellow, University of California, Davis

Vegan Food Politics: A Black Feminist Perspective

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Using the analytical lenses of critical whiteness studies and black feminism, this lecture will explore how issues of food, health, and “ethical eating” in American veganism are informed by embodied experiences with race, gender, and legacies of colonialism.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Student Senate and co-sponsored by the Department of American Studies, Women’s and Gender Resource Center, Center for Sustainability Education, Office of Diversity Initiatives and the Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies.

skinnyjeansandafroBiography  (provided by the speaker)
Dr. A. Breeze Harper is the director and founder of the Sistah Vegan Project. Her emphasis are in the the intersections of critical food studies, critical race studies, and black feminist theorizing. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis and is currently a research fellow in the human ecology department of University of California where she is currently researching key black male vegans who use hip hop and decolonial methodologies for their health, food, and environmental activism. You can follow her work at

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Chris Crass

Crass PosterCommunity Organizer and Author

Towards Collective Liberation

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Crass will draw lessons from American social movements and his own experiences working within them over the past 25 years to help us see how divisions of race, class and gender can become bridges to help expand democracy and create healthier communities for all.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Student Development, the Churchill Fund and the Departments of American Studies, Sociology and Political Science.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Headshot2Biography (provided by the speaker)

Chris Crass is a longtime organizer working to build powerful working class-based, feminist, multiracial movements for collective liberation.  Throughout the 1990s he was an organizer with Food Not Bombs, an economic justice anti-poverty group, strengthening the direct action-based anti-capitalist Left.  In the 2000s, he was an organizer with the Catalyst Project, which combines political education and organizing to develop and support anti-racist politics, leadership, and organization in white communities and builds dynamic multiracial alliances locally and nationally.

He has written and spoken widely about anti-racist organizing, lessons from women of color feminism, strategies to build visionary movements, and leadership for liberation. His essays have been translated into half a dozen languages, taught in hundreds of classrooms, and included in over a dozen anthologies including Globalize Liberation: How to Uproot the System and Build a Better World, On the Road to Healing: An Anthology for Men Ending Sexism, and We Have Not Been Moved: Resisting Racism and Militarism in 21st Century America.  His book Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organizing, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy draws lessons from his organizing over the past 25 years, as well as lessons from case studies of historic and contemporary anti-racist organizing.

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Tamara Lawson

Lawson PosterProfessor, Saint Thomas University School of Law

Stand Your Ground: Discretion, Race, and Culture

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Allison Great Hall – 7 p.m.

An engaging conversation about how discretion, which is exercised at all levels of the criminal justice system, can affect the outcomes of criminal cases, including claims of self-defense and the right to stand-your-ground.  The dynamics of the discretionary decisions made by legislatures, prosecutors, judges, and juries, in controversial homicide cases like the Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case, the Marissa Alexander case, and the Michael Dunn case, as well as other high profile criminal cases, will be discussed.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Development and the Women’s and Gender Resource Center.

Lawson, T008Biography (provided by the speaker)
Tamara F. Lawson is a tenured professor of law at Saint Thomas University School of Law. She joined the Saint Thomas Law faculty in 2004 where she teaches criminal law,criminal procedure, evidence, and a seminar on race and the law. Professor Lawson has twice been awarded Professor of the Year at St. Thomas. Prior to joining the law faculty, Professor Lawson served as a deputy district attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, for six years where she prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases and argued cases on appeal at the Nevada Supreme Court. Professor Lawson has authored multiple law review articles on criminal law, forensic evidence, police brutality, and prosecutorial discretion.  One of her most recent articles is entitled A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound – A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing:  The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and The Stand Your Ground Law, published at the University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy in the December 2012 issue. In connection with her research on the Trayvon Martin case Professor Lawson has made local media appearances and selected as the Reporter for the American Bar Association’s National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Development.

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Snowden Reflections

Snowden Panel Final PosterTuesday, March 25, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room – 7 p.m.

The Snowden leaks of classified information over the last several months have highlighted a number of important issues, including the lawfulness of certain surveillance programs of the National Security Agency, the proper balance between national security and privacy/civil liberties, and the impact the leaks have had on U.S. foreign relations and the intelligence community.  This panel discussion will address these issues with a general focus on the impact that the Snowden disclosures have had on the United States and its constitutional framework.


Amy Gaudion, assistant dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Bert Tussing, director of the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group, Center for Strategic Leadership and Development, U.S. Army War College
Anthony Williams, visiting professor of security studies, Dickinson College
Harry Pohlman (moderator), A. Lee Fritschler Chair in Public Policy and executive director of the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Dickinson College

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

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Amy C. Gaudion is the assistant dean for Academic Affairs, Penn State Dickinson School of Law.  Professor Gaudion’s scholarly and teaching interests focus on national security and constitutional law. She holds appointments in the law school and Penn State’s School of International Affairs, serves as the executive editor of the Penn State Journal of Law & International Affairs, and a legal advisor to the World on Trial public television/multimedia.  Prior to joining Penn State she was an associate with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, and a clerk for The Hon. William H. Yohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Bert Tussing is the director of the Homeland Defense and Security Issues Group at the U.S. Army War College’s Center for Strategic Leadership and Development.  He joined the Center in October 1999 following nearly 25 years in the United States Marine Corps. He is a Distinguished Graduate of both the Marine Corps Command and Staff College and the Naval War College, and holds master’s degrees in national security strategy and military strategic studies. He has served on three Defense Science Boards; the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Beyond  Goldwater-Nichols Study; and on the Senior Advisory Group for DoD’s Strategy for Homeland Defense and Civil Support He is a senior fellow on George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute and Long Island University’s Homeland Security Management Institute; a member of the board of experts for the University of California-Irvines’ Center for Unconventional Security Affairs; a member of the Pennsylvania State University’s Homeland Defense and Security Council; and on the Homeland Security Board of Advisors for Kansas State University and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. In 2009 he served on Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Advisory Council, assisting in the development of the Department’s first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review, and in 2013 served on an advisory council for the Secretary of Homeland Security.  

Anthony Williams is a retired CIA senior intelligence officer with a wide range of experience performing an array of domestic and foreign assignments in analysis, operations and management for nearly 32 years.  Experience includes deputy chief of the Arms Control Intelligence Staff,  deputy national intelligence officer for Theater Forces,  chief of strategic planning for Overhead Imagery,  chief of the Russian Affairs Division, chief of the Counterproliferation Interdiction Group, deputy assistant director of Central Intelligence for Collection and executive assistant to the director of Central Intelligence (DCI). Williams held several senior policy-making positions in the national security arena including deputy assistant secretary of defense for Eurasian Policy and congressional fellow in the offices of Senator Sam Nunn and Congressman Edward Markey.  Williams is currently a visiting professor of security studies at Dickinson College and a distinguished fellow of the U.S. Army War College.

Harry Pohlman holds the A. Lee Fritschler Chair in Public Policy and is currently the executive director of The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues at Dickinson College. His areas of research specialization include American constitutional law and political and legal thought. His recent publications include an undergraduate constitutional law textbook, Terrorism and the Constitution: The Post-9/11 Cases (2008). His book May It Amuse the Court: Editorial Cartoons of the Supreme Court and Constitution (with Michael A. Kahn) was published by Hill Street Press in 2005. He has also published three recent volumes in the second revised edition of Rowman and Littlefield’s Constitutional Debate in Action series: Civil Rights and Liberties (2005), Criminal Justice (2005), and Governmental Powers (2004).

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Laura Suchoski

Suchoski Poster FinalSocial Media Manager, McKinney

Sports, Social Media & the Empowerment of Women

Monday, March 24, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The ever-growing landscape of social media is changing how we, as fans and athletes, consume sports.  Laura Suchoski, a former social media manager at ESPN, will be exploring social innovations in sports media and how businesses are using them to engage diverse audiences with a focus on women.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

lsuchoski_kLaura Suchoski is a social media and creative marketing professional, currently social media manager at the advertising agency McKinney in North Carolina.  Prior to joining McKinney in 2014, Laura managed social media for four years at ESPN and espnW, the company’s business dedicated to female fans and athletes.  Growing up with three competitive siblings and parents who drove her to far-away clinics and tournaments, Laura developed a passion for sports and being a part of a team.  She became the first four-time field hockey All-American at Duke University, a two-time captain, All-Academic honoree, and Athlete of the Decade.  Laura competed with the U.S. Field Hockey National Team program for seven years, before choosing to pursue a career that she loves in creative marketing.  Laura is originally from northeast Pennsylvania and graduated from Duke University with a B.A. in sociology and a certificate in policy journalism and media studies.

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Howard Winant

Winant Poster FinalProfessor, University of California, Santa Barbara

The Dark Matter: Race and Racism

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Race and racism are in many ways the building blocks of the contemporary world and the social universe we take for granted.  The unfreedom, despotism, exclusion, inequality, and violence that are associated with the absolutist regimes from which contemporary society has evolved lives on in the profound presence of race and racism: the “dark matter” of our lives today.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Sociology, and Middle East Studies.

HW2010Biography (provided by the speaker)

Howard Winant is a professor of sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is also affiliated with the Black Studies and Chicana/o Studies departments.  He chaired the UCSB Law and Society program during the 2009-2010 academic year.  He received his Ph.D from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1980.  He has worked and taught in Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina.

Winant is the founding director of the UC Center for New Racial Studies (UCCNRS), a MultiCampus Research Program active on all ten UC campuses. He is the author of The New Politics of Race: Globalism, Difference, Justice (University of Minnesota Press 2004); The World is a Ghetto: Race and Democracy Since World War II (Basic Books 2001); Racial Conditions: Politics, Theory, Comparisons (University of Minnesota Press 1994); Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s (co-authored with Michael Omi – Routledge 1986 and 1994); and Stalemate: Political Economic Origins of Supply-side Policy (Praeger 1988).

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Steven Solomon

Solomon Final PosterAuthor and Commentator

Brave New World of Water

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Freshwater, civilization’s most indispensable resource, is growing increasingly scarce. Solomon will explore how global water resource scarcity is transforming our economies, politics, environment, national security, basic human health and what we can do about these trends.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Water.

Steven_SolomonBiography (provided by the speaker)

Steven Solomon has written for The New York Times, BusinessWeek, The Economist, Forbes, and Esquire. He has been a regular commentator on NPR’s Marketplace, and has appeared as a featured guest on the late the “CBS Evening News,” BBC-TV, “Morning Joe (MSNBC), “Tavis Smiley,” Tim Russert’s CNBC show, Al Jazeera, Fox News, “The Diane Rehm Show,” NPR’s Talk of the Nation, All Things Considered and The World, Larry Mantle’s “AirTalk,” “The Jim Bohannon Show,” Bloomberg TV, and various other news programs.

Solomon has addressed the Carnegie Council, Wilson Center, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. Department of Defense, World Affairs Council, Zocalo Public Square, NYU’s Law and Security Institute, L.A. Times Book Festival, and has delivered keynotes at numerous water industry groups and university forums.

He is the author of Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization, which was a finalist for the prestigious Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and The Confidence Game, an insider account of global financial policymaking that presciently warned about building dangers of contagion in the volatile, interlinked financial system.
He is currently working on a new book, The Mississippi River and the Making of America: Past, Present, and Future. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

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Ukraine Final Poster - Resch**  Breaking Issue **

Thursday, March 6, 2014
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium – 7 p.m.

As the Sochi Olympics were drawing to a close, the long simmering tug-of-war between the EU and Russia over the future of Ukraine boiled over into street violence and political chaos in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. This panel will examine the origins of this crisis, the interests at stake for Russia, the EU, and the US, and the possible outcomes and consequences for international relations and for Ukraine itself.


R. Craig Nation – Visiting Professor of Political Science & Security Studies, Dickinson College;  and Professor of Eurasian Studies at the U.S. Army War College
Karl Qualls
– Associate Professor of History, Dickinson College
Marybeth Ulrich
– Professor of Government, Department of National Security and Strategy, U.S. Army War College
Russell Bova (moderator)
– Professor of Political Science, Dickinson College

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R. Craig Nation has been professor of strategy and director of Eurasian studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania since 1996. He also serves as a visiting professor of security studies at Dickinson College. Professor Nation specializes in the foreign policy and security affairs of the Europan and Eurasian regions. He received is bachelor’s in history and political science from Villanova University and his Ph.D. in Russian and contemporary European history from Duke University.

QuallsKarl Qualls is associate professor of history at Dickinson College and specializes in Russian history. His first book, From Ruins to Reconstruction, details the rebuilding of Sevastopol, Ukraine after World War II. The book illustrates how this city, which is at the center of current Russia-Ukraine tensions, emerged from the war more clearly identified with Russia than the Soviet Union or Ukraine. He received his B.A. in history and Russian area studies from the University of Missouri at Columbia and his Ph.D. in Russian and East European History from Georgetown University.

Marybeth Peterson Ulrich is the professor of government in the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War Ulrich PhotoCollege. She received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a B.S  from the U.S. Air Force Academy where she was a Distinguished Graduate in the Class of 1984.  Her research interests are focused on strategic studies with a special emphasis on civil-military relations, European security, and national security democratization issues. Among Dr. Ulrich’s many publications is a book, Democratizing Communist Militaries: The Cases of the Czech and Russian Armed Forces. A colonel in the Air Force Reserve, she currently serves as the reserve air attaché to the Russian Federation.

bova_8785Russell Bova is professor of political science and teaches a variety of courses on international relations and comparative politics. He has published numerous articles and book chapters on Russian politics and comparative democratization. His international relations textbook, How the World Works, and an accompanying book of readings, Readings on How the World Works, were published in 2009. He received his B.A. from  State University of New York at Buffalo and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University.

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Carl Bruch

Bruch PosterSenior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute

Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

Wednesday, March 5, 2014        
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Sorting myth from reality by drawing upon an emerging body of research on water and peacebuilding, Bruch will survey what we have learned about water, conflict, and peacebuilding over the past twenty years.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Water.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABiography (provided by the speaker)

Carl Bruch is a senior attorney and co-director of international programs at the Environmental Law Institute (ELI).  He has helped countries and organizations throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe develop and strengthen their environmental laws, improve institutions, and build capacity.  He has worked on a range of issues related to natural resources, conflict, and post-conflict peacebuilding, including in East Timor, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Lebanon, Liberia, Montenegro, Sierra Leone, and South Sudan, among other countries. He is currently coordinating a global initiative with UNEP, the University of Tokyo, and McGill University to examine experiences in managing natural resources to support post-conflict peacebuilding.  This initiative is generating six edited books with 150 case studies by 225 authors in 50 countries (Earthscan 2012-2014), and an overarching synthesis volume published by Cambridge University Press (2014).  He has edited more than ten books, and has authored dozens of articles.  He is the current secretary general of the International Water Resources Association.

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The Eisenhower Series College Program

ESCP Poster finalTopic: U.S. Security Policy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Lt. Col. Robert Borcherding, U.S. Army
Capt. Jim Boswell (Facilitator), U.S. Navy
Lt. Col. Paul Brooks, U.S. Army
Cmdr. Anthony Conley, U.S. Navy
Col. Michael Daniels, U.S. Army
Col. Kelly Ivanoff, U.S. Army

The Eisenhower program is an academic outreach designed to encourage dialogue on national security and other public policy issues between students at the U.S. Army War College and students/faculty at other academic institutions.

This program is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series and is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

Boswell picCaptain Jim Boswell (facilitator of the event) was born at Patrick Air Force Base, Florida and grew up on Air Force bases in Europe and the Far East.  He attended high school and college in the great state of Florida and holds a bachelor’s of science in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s of science in Computer Science from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey California.  He is also a graduate of the United States Army War College with a Master of Strategic Studies degree.

Designated a naval flight officer, he has flown over 2500 hours in the A-6E Intruder medium attack aircraft and the EP-3 Aries reconnaissance aircraft in squadrons deployed around the world. He commanded Tactical Air Control Squadron Twenty-Two (TACRON-22) at Little Creek, Virginia, leading the Skylords of TACRON-22 during two successful CENTCOM deployments.

He served as the Pacific Fleet Branch Head for Deep Blue on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO). He also deployed in support of Commander Joint Special Operations Task Force – Horn of Africa, to Djibouti, Africa as Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance analyst/advisor.  Before being posted to the Army War College he was the Deputy Division Chief (J-88) at United States Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, supporting capability requirements for information warfare, electronic warfare and cyberspace.

Captain Boswell’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal (3), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marines Corps Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marines Corps Achievement Medal.

Ltc Robert BorcherdingLieutenant Colonel Robert Borcherding grew up in Chino Hills, California. In 1993 he graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, with a B.S. in Political Science (International Relations). Lt. Col. Borcherding was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. After three years at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, he attended The University of Virginia School of Law under the Funded Legal Education Program, where he obtained his J.D. in 1999. Lt. Col. Borcherding also holds a M.A. in Foreign Affairs from The University of Virginia Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Lt. Col. Borcherding’s first duty assignment as a Judge Advocate was in Kaiserslautern, Germany, with the 21st Theater Support Command, where he served in a variety of positions – Chief of Legal Assistance, Trial Counsel, Senior Trial Counsel, Chief of Military Justice, and Administrative Law Attorney. Following the Judge Advocate Graduate Course, LTC Borcherding was assigned as the Group Judge Advocate, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), at Fort Carson, Colorado. After a year of school at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, he served as the Deputy Director, Combat Developments Directorate, at The Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School (TJAGLCS). He then served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley, Kansas, and as the Staff Judge Advocate, Fort Riley, Kansas, during the 1st Infantry Division’s deployment to Iraq. Most recently, he served as Deputy Chief, Operational Law Division, at U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

His deployment experience as a judge advocate includes a tour as an assistant legal advisor to Headquarters, Kosovo Force (Main), in Pristina, Kosovo, and three tours as the staff judge advocate for the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Arabian Peninsula in Iraq.

Lt. Col. Borcherding attended the Judge Advocate Officer Basic and Graduate courses at TJAGLCS and the Combined Arms Services Staff School and Intermediate Level Education / Advanced Operations Warfighting Course in the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He currently attends the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Army Achievement Medal. He is also entitled to wear the Ranger Tab, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Pathfinder Badge.

Lt. Col. Borcherding is married to the former Anne L. Pettijohn and has three daughters – Katherine, Elizabeth, and Meredith.

Ltc Paul BrooksLieutenant Colonel Paul “Tim” Brooks was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. He received his bachelor’s of arts from the University of Notre Dame in May 1990. In March 2004, he earned a master’s of science degree in information operations from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California.

In May of 1990 he was commissioned through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program as a 2LT in the Armor Corps and was assigned to Germany where he served as a tank platoon leader, tank company Executive Officer and Headquarters and Headquarters Company Executive Officer with the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 3rd Infantry Division.

Lt. Col. Brooks transitioned to the Military Intelligence Corps in 1994 and was to Fort Campbell, KY where he served in a variety of intelligence positions including battalion and brigade intelligence officer as well as direct support military intelligence company commander in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).  During this tour he deployed to Haiti with the 1st Brigade in 1996 to support of the UN Mission in Haiti.  After command Lt. ColonelBrooks was reassigned to the Battle Command Training Program in Fort Leavenworth, KS, as an intelligence, and later Information Operations (IO), Observer-Trainer where he has the opportunity to work with Army National Guard units throughout the U.S. to develop their staff skills and procedures.

Following his promotion and selection as an IO officer, he was reassigned to Camp Red Cloud, Korea, as the 2nd Infantry Division’s IO officer for 15 months.  Upon returning from Korea, Lt. Col. Brooks was assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division in Ft Hood, TX where he served as the IO officer for the 3rd “Greywolf” Brigade, the secretary to the general staff and the division IO officer.  While assigned to the division he deployed to Iraq twice from 2006 to 2008 and later from 2009 to 2010.  During these deployments he was responsible for coordinating Psychological Operations, Key Leader Engagement, Operations Security, Electronic Warfare and the coordination of these programs with Civil Affairs and Public Affairs activities.

In July 2013 Lt. Col. Brooks completed a three year tour as the IO plans and policy lead for the Operations Division, of the NATO International Military Staff.  In this role he served as the secretary for a variety of committees and working groups tasked with developing Alliance policy and doctrine.

Lt. Col. Brooks’s awards include the Bronze Star Medal (two), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (three), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (four), Army Achievement Medal (two), and the Combat Action Badge.

Lt. Col. Brooks is married to the former Ms. Kimberly Lawrence of New Orleans, Louisiana. They have one daughter, Darby, who is 12 years old.

Cmdr Anthony ConleyCommander Anthony Conley was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in Edgewood, Maryland.  He received his bachelors of engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in May 1987.  In June 1997, he received a master’s of science in engineering management from Florida Institute of Technology.

In April 1996, he was direct commissioned as a reserve ensign in the Civil Engineer Corps.  After commissioning, he reported to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion TWENTY THREE and then to NMCB TWENTY ONE for 3 years.  He was voluntarily recalled to active duty in May 2000 and reported to the Civil Engineer Officers School in Port Hueneme, California, which he completed in July 2000 as the “Honor Graduate”.

In his first active tour as a LT, he served as the deputy resident officer in Charge of Construction at Southern Division, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, ROICC Office Panama City, Florida till June 2002.  He then rotated to NMCB ONE, where he served as the Alfa Company Commander, the Seabee Engineer Reconnaissance Team OIC, Deployment for Training (DFT) Grenada OIC, and DFT Balikatan (Philippines) OIC.  He detached from NMCB ONE in June 2004 to become the Assistant Public Works Officer for Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.  During his tenure at Guantanamo Bay, he was promoted to lieutenant commander (LCDR) and subsequently detailed as the table of allowance readiness officer (R43) for the Twenty Second Naval Construction Regiment located in Gulfport, Mississippi.  His tour at 22nd NCR lasted two years, including eight months in Kuwait as part of 22nd NCR Forward, before being detailed to Navy Installations Command as the utilities and energy program manager for one year, then assigned as the public works branch head within CNIC for his last year.  Prior to his return to Guantanamo Bay, he was the military aide for assistant secretary of the navy (Energy, Installations and Environment) and promoted to Commander.  Cpmmander Conley is a registered professional engineer in the state of Maryland, a certified energy manager, and a member of the Society of American Military Engineers.  He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and DAWIA Level III certified. His awards include a Meritorious Service Medal (three), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three) and Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.  He is qualified as a Seabee Combat Warfare Officer.

Commander Conley is married to the former Ms. Jennifer Tanner of Bush, Louisiana.  They have two sons, Lance Anthony Conley, who is 8 years old and Tanner Andrew Conley, who is 3 years old.

Col Michael DanielsColonel Michael Daniels was born in Proctor, Vermont. He received a bachelor of arts in political science from St. Michael’s College (Winooski, VT) in 1983. He earned a master’s in military arts and science in military history from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College in 2003, and a master of science in international relations from Troy University in 2005.

Prior to attending the U.S. Army War College, he was the enlisted engineer branch chief at the U.S. Army Human Resource Command, Fort Knox, KY. Prior to that assignment he was the garrison commander at the Yakima (WA) Training Center. Before command he was professor of military science and Army ROTC department chair at Oregon State University. Colonel Daniels has had a variety of tactical Army assignments as an engineer throughout the United States and around the world, to include Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, South Korea, Germany and England. He was an enlisted infantryman for six years prior to graduation from Army Officer Candidate School and commissioning as a second lieutenant in 1991.

Colonel Daniels has received a number of awards and decorations throughout his 29-year Army career, and is a graduate of various military schools. He is a member of the Society of Military Engineers, the Army Engineer Association, Rotary, Elks, and a number of veteran’s service organizations.

Colonel Daniels is married to the former Emily McDaniel from Tacoma, WA. They have two children, Benjamin aged 22, an Army infantry corporal in the 10th Mountain Division and currently serving in Afghanistan, and Katherine aged 20, a sophomore at Central Washington University.

Col Kelly IvanoffColonel Kelly Ivanoff grew up in Cody, Wyoming.  He received his bachelor’s of science in biology from Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota in May 1991.  In June 2003, he completed his master’s of science in human resources administration from Central Michigan University.

Commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, Col. Ivanoff began his professional career in 1992 as a Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS) Platoon Leader in Bamberg, Germany.  Following completion of the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course in 1995 he was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York and served in a variety of assignments including command of Bravo Battery, 3rd Battalion, 6th Field Artillery, and Headquarters Battery, 10th Mountain Division Artillery.  After completion of the Army’s Command and General Staff College, he was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, North Carolina and immediately deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq where he served for eight months.  In 2005, he deployed to Louisiana to conduct humanitarian support operations after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita made landfall.  In 2007 and 2008 he served a 15 month deployment in Khowst, Afghanistan.  From 2009-2011, Colonel Ivanoff served as the Commander of the 1st Battalion, 19th Field Artillery at Fort Sill Oklahoma, and he completed his assignment at Fort Sill by serving as the Director of the Field Artillery Personnel Proponent Office.

Col. Ivanoff’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Combat Action Badge, the Parachutist Badge, the Egyptian Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge.

Col. Ivanoff is married to the former Ms. Tamra Fontaine of Cody, Wyoming.  They have five children, Elizabeth, Samantha, Casey, Curtis and Ashley.

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Kay Redfield Jamison – “Morgan Lecturer”

Jamison Poster FinalProfessor, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Mood Disorders and Creativity

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

A possible link between madness and genius is one of the oldest and most persistent of cultural notions; it is also one of the most controversial.  The lecture will present evidence for significantly increased rates of depression and bipolar illness in writers and artists, discuss possible reasons for these elevated rates, and open up for discussion areas of potential clinical and ethical concern.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee, the Office of Student Development, the Wellness Center and the Departments of American Studies, Psychology, Art and Art History, Sociology, and Health Studies.

Kay PICTBiography (provided by the speaker)

Kay Redfield Jamison is the Dalio Family Professor in Mood Disorders, Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and co-director of the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center. She is also honorary professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.  She is the co–author of the standard medical text on manic-depressive (bipolar) illness, which was chosen as the most outstanding book in biomedical sciences by the American Association of Publishers, and author of Touched with Fire, An Unquiet Mind, Night Falls Fast, Exuberance, and Nothing Was the Same. Her memoir about her experiences with manic-depressive illness, An Unquiet Mind, was cited by several major publications as one of the best books of 1995; it was on The New York Times Bestseller List for more than five months and translated into twenty–five languages. Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide was a national bestseller, translated into twenty languages, and selected by The New York Times as a Notable Book of 1999.  Her book Exuberance: The Passion for Life, was selected by The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle as one of the best books of 2004 and by Discover magazine as one of the best science books of the year.  Her most recent book, Nothing Was the Same, was selected as one of the best books of 2009 by The Washington Post.

Dr. Jamison did her undergraduate and doctoral studies at the University of California, Los Angeles where she was a National Science Foundation Research Fellow, University of California Cook Scholar, John F. Kennedy Scholar, United States Public Health Service Pre-doctoral Research Fellow, and UCLA Graduate Woman of the Year.  She also studied zoology and neurophysiology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Dr. Jamison, formerly the director of the UCLA Affective Disorders Clinic, was selected as UCLA Woman of Science. She is recipient of the American Suicide Foundation Research Award, the UCLA Distinguished Alumnus Award, the UCLA Award for Creative Excellence, the Siena Medal, the Endowment Award from the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, the Fawcett Humanitarian Award, the Steven V. Logan Award for Research into Brain Disorders from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill, the William Styron Award from the National Mental Health Association, the Falcone Prize for Research in Affective Illness from the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the Yale University McGovern Award for excellence in medical communication, and the David Mahoney Prize from Harvard University. She has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, selected as one of five individuals for the public television series “Great Minds of Medicine”, and chosen by Time magazine as a “Hero of Medicine”.  She was Distinguished Lecturer at Harvard University in 2002 and the Litchfield Lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2003. She is the recipient of the Lewis Thomas Prize and a MacArthur Award.

Morgan Lectureship
The Morgan Lectureship was endowed by the board of trustees in 1992, in grateful appreciation for the distinguished service of James Henry Morgan of the Class of 1878, professor of Greek, dean, and president of the College. The lectureship brings to campus a scholar in residence to meet informally with individuals and class groups, and to deliver the Morgan Lecture on topics in the social sciences and humanities. Recent scholars have been Jorge Luis Borges, Francis Fukuyama, Michael Ignatieff, Samantha Power, Art Spiegelman and Sandra Steingraber.

Central America on the Precipice

Central America Final FinalWednesday, February 26, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Michael Allison, professor, University of Scranton
Christine Wade, professor, Washington College

The two panelists will discuss current developments in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, and El Salvador as well as the general impact of Central America’s role as the key transshipment point for cocaine headed to the United States.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Fund for Inspirational Teaching, courtesy of Professor J. Mark Ruhl, and also the Department of Latin American, Latino and Caribbean Studies.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

Mike Allison (1)Michael Allison is an associate professor of political science at the University of Scranton. He also directs the University’s Education for Justice program and is a faculty member in the Latin American Studies program. He graduated with a BA (1996) in politics and minors in Latin American and Caribbean studies and peace justice studies from Fairfield University in Connecticut. He received his master’s (2001) and Ph.D. (2006) in political science from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

His teaching and research interests concern the comparative study of civil war and civil war resolution, particularly as it relates to the transition of rebel groups to political parties. His published work has appeared in Latin American Politics and Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and The Latin Americanist.

He was a student Fulbright Scholar to El Salvador and recently returned from a Faculty Fulbright to Guatemala where he researched the Guatemalan National Revolutionary Unit and its transition to political party as well as United States – Central American relations in the post-Cold War period. He maintains a blog on Central American politics and contributes opinion pieces to Al Jazeera English, Latin News, and the Inter-American Dialogue’s Daily Latin America Advisor.

Christine Wade PhotoChristine Wade is an associate professor of political science and international studies and the curator of the Goldstein Program in Public Affairs at Washington College, where she teaches classes on Latin American politics, US-Latin American relations, theories of peace and conflict, comparative peace processes, human rights and social justice, revolutionary movements, and other topics. Dr. Wade is the co-author of Understanding Central America: Global Forces, Rebellion and Change (Westview Press, 2014) – now in its 6th edition- and Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle (Westview Press, 2011). Her co-authored book A Revolução Salvadorenha (The Salvadoran Revolution) is as part of the Revolutions of the Twentieth Century Collection at São Paulo: Fundação Editora Da UNESP (2006). She is also the author of publications on the FMLN, peacebuilding and post-war politics in El Salvador, and Central American politics. Dr. Wade is currently completing a manuscript on the politics of peacebuilding in El Salvador, entitled Captured Peace.

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Bart Ehrman – “Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecturer”

Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Jesus and the HistorianEhrman poster1

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Biblical scholars have long recognized the discrepancies between the four New Testament Gospels and the difficulties that result in determining who Jesus really was.  Can these four Gospels be relied upon to give us an accurate account of Jesus’s words and deeds?

This event is sponsored by St. John’s Episcopal Church on the Square and the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

ehrman_bart_12_020Biography (provided by the speaker)

Bart D. Ehrman is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He came to UNC in 1988, after four years of teaching at Rutgers University. He served as chair of the UNC Department of Religious Studies from 2000-2006.

Professor Ehrman completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. degrees at Princeton Seminary, where his 1985 doctoral dissertation was awarded magna cum laude.   An expert on the New Testament and the history of Early Christianity, he has written or edited 29 books, numerous scholarly articles, and dozens of book reviews.  In addition to works of scholarship, Professor Ehrman has written several textbooks for undergraduate students and trade books for general audiences.  Four of his books have been on the New York Times Bestseller list: Misquoting Jesus, God’s Problem, Jesus Interrupted, and Forged. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages.

Professor Ehrman has served as president of the Southeast Region of the Society of Biblical literature and chair of the New Testament textual criticism section of the Society.  Among his editorial positions, he has served as associate editor for the Journal of Early Christian Studies, book review editor of the Journal of Biblical Literature, and editor of the monograph series The New Testament in the Greek Fathers (Scholars Press). He currently serves as co-editor of the series New Testament Tools, Studies, and Documents (E. J. Brill), co-editor-in-chief for the international journal of early Christian studies, Vigiliae Christianae, and area editor (early Christianity) for the Encyclopedia of Ancient History.

Professor Ehrman has been the recipient of numerous academic awards, grants, and fellowships, including the UNC Undergraduate Student Teaching Award (1993), the Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement (1994), the Bowman and Gordon Gray Award for excellence in teaching (1998-2001), the Pope Spirit of Inquiry Teaching Award (2008), and the Religious Liberty Award from the American Humanist Association (2011).

Professor Ehrman has featured widely in television, radio, and print media, including The Daily Show with John Stewart, The Colbert Report, CNN, Discovery Channel, History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, Fresh Air, Talk of the Nation, Time Magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.  He now lives in Durham NC with his wife Sarah (and dog Billy).

Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecture
The purpose of this Memorial Lecture is to honor the life and ministry of Mary Ellen Borges by establishing an annual event which will feature a person well qualified to address topics of importance relating to spiritual or social issues.

Such presentations may address a wide range of topics and issues which might have contemporary application or interest, or historical importance. These topics would not be limited to theological, biblical, or ecclesiastical issues, but also could include ethical, societal, psychological, philosophical, and scientific topics.

As a joint venture of St. John’s Episcopal Church, on the Square, Carlisle and the Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, this annual lecture is intended to bring the area religious community and the college community together as topics of importance and presenters of recognized accomplishment and authority are invited to address both constituent sponsoring groups.

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Ira Glick ’57

Glick PosterProfessor Emeritus, Stanford University Medical Center

The New Neuroscience

Friday, February 21, 2014
Denny Hall, Room 317, 5 p.m.

Rapid advances in understanding how the brain works have led to dramatic and exciting changes in clinical practice and research in psychology, psychiatry and medicine. Glick will present a brief historical overview of these developments and suggest future opportunities for advancement.

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

Biography  (forthcoming)
Ira Glick ’57 is a professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Stanford University Medical Center.

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Scott Sumner

Sumner PosterProfessor, Bentley University

Market Monetarism and the Crash of 2008

Thursday, February 20, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

By focusing on nominal GDP as an indicator of both economic conditions and a target of policy, the real problem with the financial crisis of 2008 was that policymakers misdiagnosed what was occurring.  Market monetarism can help us better understand the underlying nature of the 2008 crisis, along with current issues in monetary policy.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of International Business & Management.

scott_sumner2Biography (provided by the speaker)

Scott Sumner is a professor of economics at Bentley University and has taught there for the past 31 years. He earned a B.A. in economics at the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Chicago. Sumner’s research has been in the field of monetary economics, particularly the role of the gold standard in the Great Depression.  His other research includes liquidity traps, and how monetary policy can be effective at the zero interest rate bound.  Sumner’s policy work has focused on the importance of expectations, particularly policies aimed at targeting expectations in futures markets.  In 1989 he proposed pegging the price of nominal GDP futures contracts.  The crisis of 2008 raised issues that related to all three of his areas of research, and drew him into the public policy debate.  Since early 2009 Sumner has been writing posts at

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Catherine O’Reilly

O'Reilly PosterFinalProfessor, Illinois State University

Global Consequences of Current Lake Warming

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Current climate change significantly affects water quality and fish production in freshwater ecosystems with potentially dire consequences for developing countries. This talk explores global patterns in recent lake warming, and describes how these changes are related to climate, geography, and lake shape.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.  This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Water.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

OReilly picCatherine O’Reilly is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography-Geology at Illinois State University. Her research focuses on nutrient cycles and freshwater biogeochemistry, with an interest in human impacts and climate change. Much of her initial work focused on Lake Tanganyika, East Africa, where her research was among the first to show ecosystem-scale impacts of current climate change. Dr. O’Reilly is involved in the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) and the Global Lake Temperature Collaboration (GLTC). She has been the recipient of several National Science Foundation awards and given scientific presentations around the world. Dr. O’Reilly has a B.A. from Carleton College and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. As part of the 2007 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. O’Reilly shares the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore and 2000 other scientists.

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Freedom of Religion: A Debate

Freedom of Religion PosterWednesday, February 5, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Kim Colby, senior counsel, Christian Legal Society
Heather Weaver ’99, senior staff attorney, American Civil Liberties Union
David O’Connell, moderator, professor, Dickinson College

Colby and Weaver will debate the issues of two freedom-of-religion cases that are currently before the Supreme Court: Greece v. Galloway, which concerns the constitutionality of starting a town council meeting with a prayer; and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which addresses whether the Affordable Care Act can require a family-owned business to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives despite the religious objections of the owners.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Religion and Political Science. This is a Clarke Forum Student Project Manager initiated event.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

Colby_bioKim Colby has worked for Christian Legal Society’s Center for Law and Religious Freedom since graduating from Harvard Law School in 1981. She has represented religious groups in several appellate cases, including two cases heard by the United States Supreme Court. She assisted in congressional passage of the Equal Access Act, 20 U.S.C. § 4071, et seq., which protects the right of public secondary school students to meet for prayer and Bible study on campus. Ms. Colby has prepared several publications regarding religious expression in public schools.

Ms. Colby graduated with a B.A. in history from the University of Illinois where she earned Phi Beta Kappa. Her personal focus was on slavery in colonial North America.


Heather WeaverHeather L. Weaver ’99 is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief. She litigates a wide range of religious-liberty cases nationwide.  Ms. Weaver is a graduate of Dickinson College (’99) and received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall). Prior to joining the ACLU, Ms. Weaver was an attorney at Americans United for Separation of Church and State, where she litigated cases involving a variety of church-state issues.


David O’Connell received his Ph.D. in political science from Columbia Universityoconneld_20130820_3790 in 2012. He also holds an M.A. and M.Phil. from Columbia, as well as a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the presidency, religion and politics, and American political development. O’Connell’s research on presidential campaign decision-making has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly. His current book project, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, is a comprehensive study of presidential religious rhetoric – when it has been used, how it has been used, and when it has, or more often has not, been successful. An enthusiastic teacher, David was a finalist multiple times for teaching awards at Columbia. He spent the 2012-13 academic year teaching at Bard College.

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