Past Programs

Amy Nauiokas ’94

Mister and Pete PosterFounder of Archer Gray Productions 

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete

(Film Screening and Q&A with Amy Nauiokas ’94, an executive producer of the film)

Friday, October 25, 2013
Althouse Hall, Room 106, 4 p.m.

The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete follows 14-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks) and nine-year-old Pete (Ethan Dizion) during a sweltering New York City summer, after the arrest and detention of Mister’s mother (Jennifer Hudson) forces the unlikely duo to forage for food while dodging child protective services and the destructive scenarios of the Brooklyn projects. Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, The Manchurian Candidate), Jordin Sparks (American Idol), and Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Million Dollar Baby) also star. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where Manohla Dargis, film critic for The New York Times, called the film a “beautiful…touching melodrama.” Amy Nauiokas ’94 is one of the film’s executive producers, along with Alicia Keys, who also wrote the film’s score. Nauiokas, whose career has taken her from the boardroom at Barclays Bank to a lucrative career as a producer and venture capitalist, will take questions from the audience after the screening.

Amy Nauiokas Photo 101713Biography of Amy Nauiokas

Amy Nauiokas is a visionary executive, venture capitalist and recognized leader in leveraging technology to create new value and opportunities from inefficient markets and industries.

As a venture capitalist, Amy identifies and invests in early stage technology companies focused on the disruption of media, financial services and real estate. Her early investments, both personally and as a co-founder of the venture capital firm Anthemis Group SA, include Zoopla, the UK’s leading property research website, and Climate Corporation, which was sold to Monsanto in October 2013 for £930m.

Amy is also Founder and CEO of Archer Gray, an independent production and investment company. Amy’s recent projects include the Broadway musical ONCE, winner of 8 Tony Awards, the smash play Seminar and the film The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.

Amy was previously Managing Director and CEO of Barclays Stockbrokers, the UK’s largest electronic retail broker with £10 billion assets under management. While at Barclays Stockbrokers, Amy successfully transformed the business from a share-dealing service into a multi-product, global financial services portal, growing revenue 40% in under two years.

She joined Barclays Group in 2004 where, as Head of Electronic Sales & Trading at Barclays Capital, she was credited for driving significant expansion and adoption of the firm’s electronic products and markets to institutional clients globally.

Before joining Barclays, Amy was Senior Managing Director and Partner at Cantor Fitzgerald. At Cantor, Amy was she was part of the management team responsible for driving Cantor’s brokerage business online. In 1999, she led the successful IPO of Cantor’s online business eSpeed, Inc., which was later sold to NASDAQ for $750m. Amy also played a critical role in the company’s rebuilding efforts after September 11th, serving as Head of Investor Relations, Global Marketing, Business Development and Human Resources for the firm.

In 2010 Amy Co-Founded the Bubble Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization partnering with New York City charter schools to provide at risk children with access to activities and food that help him or her to live a healthy life. Amy also serves as the International Board Chair of Make-A-Wish®, and is a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.

Amy received her Master’s in International Business from Columbia University, and graduated from Dickinson College in 1994 with a BA in International Studies. In 2007 and 2008 she was named one of the Financial News’ Top 100 Rising Stars, Forbes’ 40 Under Forty: Ones to Watch and Global Finance’s Top 20 Women in Wealth Management.




James Oakes

Oakes posterProfessor, City University of New York, The Graduate Center

Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The Emancipation Proclamation is so shrouded in mythology that even today, 150 years later, we are unable to answer the simplest but most important question:  What did the proclamation actually do?

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the House Divided Project.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Currently a DJames Oakesistinguished Professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, James Oakes has been teaching and writing about slavery, antislavery, and the origins of the Civil War for nearly thirty years. Most recently, he is the author of The Radical and the Republican: Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Triumph of Antislavery Politics (2007) and Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861–1865 (2012), winner of the Lincoln Prize.

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Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse PosterEntrepreneur and Bestselling Author

Wholehearted Leadership

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Job satisfaction around the globe is at a record low, which both reduces companies’ profits and negatively impacts the quality of human life. Based on an analysis of surveys of 10 million workers in 150 countries, Kruse shows how growth, recognition and trust are the three primary drivers of emotional commitment and satisfaction.

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

kruse_headshot_picBiography (provided by the speaker)

Serial entrepreneur and bestselling author, Kevin Kruse, uses a relentless focus on talent and employee engagement to build and sell several, multi-million dollar technology companies, winning both Inc 500 and Best Place to Work awards along the way. Kevin is also the author of several books including the NY Times bestseller, We: How to Increase Performance and Profits Through Full Engagement, which was named one of the top leadership books in 2011 by 800-CEO-Read.

Kevin gives back to communities worldwide through the Kevin Kruse Foundation. Projects have included building libraries throughout China and Vietnam with The Library Project, mentoring social entrepreneurs in Kenya with The Acumen Fund, and providing healthcare to those in need with the Bucks County Health Improvement Partnership.

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Radio Interview for WDCV Radio, Dickinson College

Carlisle Mayoral Candidates Forum

CarlisleMayorsPosterFinalWednesday, October 16, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Mayor William Kronenberg (R)
Tim Scott (D)
Roger Spitz (I)

The three mayoral candidates will debate the issues confronting Carlisle, Pennsylvania with Michelle Crowley, president and CEO, Greater Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, as the moderator.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Carlisle Young Professionals, Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters, AAUW Carlisle Branch, Carlisle YWCA, The Sentinel and WHTM.

Janice Perlman

perlman posterFounder and President, The Mega-Cities Project: Innovations for Urban Life

The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture

FAVELA: Four Decades of Research in Rio

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Perlman, author of the recent book FAVELA, will share her experience, findings, and photographs from field research in Brazil, starting as a student and continuing until the present.

The event is sponsored in partnership with The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.  The event is also co-sponsored by the Bruce R. Andrews Fund, Portuguese and Brazilian Studies, Center for Sustainability Education and the Departments of Sociology, Policy Studies and the Community Studies Center. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Perlman PicBiography (provided by the speaker)

Dr. Janice Perlman is among the world’s foremost experts on urbanization, innovation and informal settlements.  Her most recent book, Favela: Four Decades of Living on the Edge in Rio de Janeiro (Oxford University Press, 2010; paperback, 2011) won the 2010 PROSE Award for best book of the year in two categories: “Excellence in the Social Sciences” and “Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Sociology and Social Work”. The book is based on a longitudinal panel study (1968-2008) of migrants and squatters over four generations. The Foreword is by former Brazilian President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. For her work on this research, Dr. Perlman received a Guggenheim, two consecutive Fulbright Fellowships, and grants from The World Bank, The Tinker Foundation, The Ford Foundation and several bi-lateral agencies.

Her earlier book, The Myth of Marginality (University of California Press, Berkeley, 1976) won the won the C. Wright Mills Award and changed thinking about informal communities worldwide. It was the first to show an insider’s view of life in these stigmatized communities. Published in Brazil as O Mito da Marginalidade  (Editora Paz e Terra,1977), it has been translated into over a dozen other languages.

In 1987 Prof. Perlman founded The Mega-Cities Project; a global non-profit designed to shorten the lag time between ideas and implementation in urban problem solving. Now in its 25th year, Mega-Cities has identified, nurtured and transferred hundreds of scalable innovations among communities in the world’s largest cities. Perlman received the Global Citizens Award for this work. Its new initiative, Mega-Cities/Mega-Change (MC2) makes the transition to the next generation of urban leaders and technologies.

Perlman’s interest in linking global sustainability with urban environmental regeneration, poverty alleviation and social inclusion led her to serve as coordinator of the Neighborhoods Task Force of National Urban Policy; director of strategic planning for the NYC Partnership; director of Science, Technology and Public Policy at the New York Academy of Sciences; external evaluator for the Gates and Kellogg Foundations and board member on many organizations.  She is a longstanding member of the Council on Foreign Relations and consultant for the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UN-Habitat and CHF International.

In her academic career, Perlman was a tenured professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then she has taught at Columbia University, New York University, Trinity College, the University of Paris, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, the Getulio Vargas Foundation and the Brazilian Institute of Public Administration.

Among her most quoted publications are: “Misconceptions about the Urban Poor and the Dynamics of Housing Policy Evolution” (JPER, first winner of the Chester Rapkin Award), “A Dual Strategy for Deliberate Social Change in Cities” (International Journal of Urban Policy Planning,) and “Grassrooting the System” (Social Policy).

Perlman holds a BA in Anthropology and Latin American Studies from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Political Science and Urban Studies from MIT.

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The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture

Until he passed away on January 8, 2005 Bruce R. Andrews was Robert Blaine Weaver Professor Emeritus of Political Science. Bruce taught at Dickinson from 1960 until his retirement in 1992. Recipient of The John J. Curley and Ann Conser Curley Faculty Chair in 2003, Bruce was one of the college’s most distinguished and influential professors in the last 50 years. Bruce was loved and respected by students, colleagues on the faculty and staff, and many friends he and his wife Margery and children Stephen, Mary-Margaret and Carolyn had and have in the Carlisle community. His warm and engaging personality, deep knowledge of American politics, commitment to the liberal arts and active role as a citizen brightened and informed everything he did at Dickinson. As a living memorial to the example Professor Andrews set as a teacher, mentor and friend, those who knew him have endowed the Bruce R. Andrews Fund to continue the kind of vibrant discussion of politics and public life to which Bruce devoted his life.

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Jenny Reardon

Reardon PosterDirector, Science & Justice Research Center, UC, Santa Cruz

The Anti-Racist Democratic Genome?

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The opening decade of this millennium witnessed genome scientists, policy makers, critical race theorists and world leaders proclaiming the anti-racist democratic potential of human genomics.  These views stand in stark contrast to the 1990s concern that genomics might create new forms of racism.  This lecture explores this shift, both why it happened and what it reveals about emerging challenges for understanding issues of race and racism in the genomic age.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies, Anthropology, and Spanish & Portuguese. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, The Meanings of Race.

Reardon PicBiography (provided by the speaker)

Jenny Reardon is an associate professor of sociology and faculty affiliate in the Center for Biomolecular Science and Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz.  She also founded and directs the UCSC Science and Justice Research Center.  Her book, Race to the Finish: Identity and Governance in an Age of Genomics, was published with Princeton University Press in 2005.  Reardon is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work in race and genomics and science and justice, as well as her skills working across the natural and social sciences.  In all her work, she seeks to innovate spaces and languages capable of facilitating reflection and deliberation in an age increasingly mediated by emergent forms of technoscience.  Her writing has appeared in a diverse range of popular and academic venues, including Science, Nature, Current Anthropology, the Social Studies of Sciencedifferences, and the San Francisco Chronicle.  She is currently at work on her second manuscript, The Post-Genomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, Knowledge After the Genome, a book she has been writing while on fellowship at the Brocher Foundation in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Citizenship and Partisanship

Citizenship Poster with Banner3indd-FINALFriday, September 27, 2013
Allison Hall (former Allison Church), 3 p.m.


John E. Jones III ’77 filling in for James Gerlach ’77, U.S. Representative, PA 6th District
Lisa Jackson, vice-president of Environmental Initiatives at Apple and the current Rose-Walters Prize winner for Global Environmental Activism
Joseph Sestak, former three-star admiral and congressman, and the 2013-14 recipient of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

Professor Douglas Edlin, political science, will moderate a panel discussion that will explore how partisanship is related to the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in the contemporary constitutional framework of the United States.  This event is one of several celebrating the inauguration of Nancy A. Roseman as the new president of Dickinson College.

Update: James Gerlach was replaced with John E. Jones III ’77

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

Gerlach PicJames Gerlach ’77  has served the citizens of Southeastern Pennsylvania for more than 20 years. His distinguished career began in 1990 with the first of two terms in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, which was followed by two terms in the Pennsylvania Senate.

Jim is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing portions of Berks, Chester, Lebanon and Montgomery counties. In December 2010, he earned a spot on the influential House Ways and Means Committee. Gerlach serves on the Ways and Means Subcommittees on Health and Select Revenue.

One of his biggest legislative accomplishments was creating a much-needed veterans cemetery here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The bill Jim authored was signed into law by the President on Veterans Day in 2003, and the cemetery opened in Bucks County in 2009.

National publications, including National Journal and Roll Call, have recognized Gerlach’s strong record as an independent voice for his constituents. And no member of Congress has had to fight closer contests each election cycle. The 6th District was ranked as the most competitive district in the nation between 2002 and 2008, according to a University of Minnesota survey.

Gerlach earned a B.A. from Dickinson College and a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Pic of JacksonLisa Jackson is Apple’s vice president of Environmental Initiatives, reporting to CEO Tim Cook. Jackson oversees Apple’s industry-leading efforts to minimize its impact on the environment, including removing toxics from its products, incorporating renewable energy in its facilities and continually raising the bar for energy efficiency in the electronics industry.

Jackson previously served as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and her career in public service spanned over 25 years. She was appointed EPA Administrator by President Barack Obama in 2009 and served until February 2013.  As Administrator, she focused on core issues of reducing greenhouse gases, protecting air and water quality, preventing exposure to toxic contamination and expanding outreach to communities on environmental issues.  Prior to this, she was Chief of Staff to New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine and Commissioner of the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.

In recognition of her work, Jackson has been listed twice on Time Magazine’s list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and was named one of Essence Magazine’s “40 Women Who Have Influenced the World.”

Jackson earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Tulane University, along with a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University. She also holds an honorary law degree from Pace Law School, and honorary doctorate degrees from Tulane University, Florida A&M University, American University and Montclair State University.

Sestak PicJoseph Sestak was born and raised in Pennsylvania, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served 31 years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of 3-star Admiral. He led a series of operational commands at sea, culminating in command of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Aircraft Carrier Battle Group during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as President Clinton’s director for Defense Policy in the National Security Council; as head of “Deep Blue”, the Navy anti-terrorism unit focused on the “Global War on Terrorism”; and oversaw the Navy’s five year $350 billion warfare budget as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.  After the Navy, Sestak was elected to Congress from Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in 2007, where he served through 2010 when he ran for the U.S. Senate. The highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to Congress, The National Journal identified him as “at the ideological center of the House,” while the House Majority Leader named Sestak the “most productive” representative in his class, through his service on the Armed Services Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and as vice chairman of the Small Business Committee. While in the Navy, Sestak received a master’s in public administration, and a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University. Married to Susan, and Dad to Alex, he resides in Edgmont, Pennsylvania.

Edlin PicDouglas E. Edlin (moderator) is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at Dickinson College. Edlin received his Ph.D. from Oxford University and holds a J.D. from Cornell, an M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. from Hobart College.  His research and teaching interests are in comparative constitutionalism, the judicial process and judicial review, the legal and policy issues raised by developments in assisted reproductive technology, and the politics of race and gender in the United States.  Along with a number of articles in leading journals, his authored book, Judges and Unjust Laws, was published by the University of Michigan Press, and his edited book, Common Law Theory, was published by Cambridge University Press.

John E. Jones III ’77  commenced his service as a United States District Judge on August 2, 2002. He is the 21st judge to sit in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Judge Jones was appointed to his current position by President George W. Bush in February 2002, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on July 30, 2002.  More Information.

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Sarah Tishkoff

Tishkoff Final Poster

Professor, University of Pennsylvania

African Genomic Variation

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Tishkoff will discuss the results of recent analyses of genome-scale genetic variation in geographically, linguistically, and ethnically diverse African populations for the purpose of reconstructing human evolutionary history in Africa and the genetic basis of adaption to diverse environments.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Biology and Anthropology. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, The Meanings of Race.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Tishkoff Hi Res 2010Sarah Tishkoff is the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor in Genetics and Biology at the University of Pennsylvania, holding appointments in the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Tishkoff studies genomic and phenotypic variation in ethnically diverse Africans. Her research combines field work, laboratory research, and computational methods to examine African population history and how genetic variation can affect a wide range of practical issues – for example, why humans have different susceptibility to disease, how they metabolize drugs, and how they adapt through evolution.  Dr. Tishkoff is a recipient of an NIH Pioneer Award, a David and Lucile Packard Career Award, a Burroughs/Wellcome Fund Career Award and a Penn Integrates Knowledge (PIK) endowed chair. She is on the editorial boards at Genome Research; Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health; Molecular Biology and Evolution; G3 (Genes, Genomes, and Genetics), and The Quarterly Review of Biology. Her research is supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

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David Eng

Eng Poster FinalProfessor, University of Pennsylvania

Absolute Apology, Absolute Forgiveness

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Eng will address how the atomic bombing of Japan and the postwar politics of reparations are both connected to a longer history of native dispossession in the New World, uranium mining of indigenous lands, and more recent colonial violence and militarism in the Cold War transpacific.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of American Studies and East Asian Studies. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, The Meanings of Race.

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David L. Eng is Richard L. Fisher Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also a member in the Program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory as well as the Program in Asian American Studies. After receiving his B.A. in English from Columbia University and his Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley, Eng taught at Columbia and Rutgers before joining Penn in 2007. His areas of specialization include American literature, Asian diaspora, psychoanalysis, critical race theory, queer studies, and visual culture. Eng has held visiting professorships at the University of Bergen (Norway), Harvard University, and the University of Hong Kong. He is author of The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (Duke, 2010) and Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (Duke, 2001). He is co-editor with David Kazanjian of Loss: The Politics of Mourning (California, 2003) and with Alice Y. Hom of Q & A: Queer in Asian America (Temple, 1998). In addition, he is co-editor of two special issues of the journal Social Text: with Teemu Ruskola and Shuang Shen, “China and the Human” (2011/2012), and with Judith Halberstam and José Muñoz, “What’s Queer about Queer Studies Now?” (2005). In 2012-2013, he was a Member of the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ) as well as an affiliate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

James A. Baker – Constitution Day Address Lecturer

Baker poster finalFormer Counsel for Intelligence Policy and Associate Deputy Attorney General, Justice Department

Surveillance Post-Snowden

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Baker will reflect on the recent disclosures of government surveillance activities. Formerly in charge of representing the government before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, Baker will provide his perspective on the challenging security and privacy issues facing us today.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs


James A. Baker has worked on numerous national security matters during his career. A former federal prosecutor, he worked on all aspects of national security investigations and prosecutions, including in particular the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), during his 17 year career at the U.S. Department of Justice. From 2001-2007, Mr. Baker served as Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the Justice Department, where he was head of the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review. In that position, he was responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing national security policy with regard to intelligence and counterintelligence matters for the department. Mr. Baker provided the Attorney General, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the White House with legal and policy advice on a range of national security issues for many years, and also conducted oversight of the Intelligence Community, including the FBI, on behalf of the Attorney General. In 2006, Mr. Baker received the George H.W. Bush Award for Excellence in Counterterrorism, the CIA’s highest award for counterterrorism achievement. In 2007, Mr. Baker received NSA’s Intelligence Under Law Award, the NSA Director’s Distinguished Service Medal, and the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Justice Department’s highest award. Also in 2007, Mr. Baker was a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and was a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Mr. Baker is currently Associate General Counsel with Bridgewater Associates, LP.

Winfield C. Cook Constitution Day Address
The annual address is endowed through the generosity of Winfield C. Cook, former Dickinson Trustee. Each year the Clarke Forum invites a prominent public figure to campus to speak on a contemporary issue related to the Constitution. The event celebrates the signing of the United States Constitution and commemorates Dickinson’s connection to that document, through John Dickinson’s participation as an original signer. Previous speakers have included Kenneth Starr, Ira Glasser, Lowell Weicker, Marjorie Rendell, Tom Ridge and Michael Chertoff.

Lecture Remarks

WDCV Radio Interview

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What Should the United States Do About Syria?

Syria Web Stream poster** Breaking Issue **

Web Stream Viewing of U.S. Army War College Presentation

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Weiss Center, Room 235


Dr. James MacDougall: Moderator
Dr. Larry Goodson: “The Policy Challenge Posed by Syria”
Dr. W. Andrew Terrill:  “Internal Dynamics of Syria”
Dr. Richard Winslow: “Regional Effects of Syrian Civil War”
Dr. Christopher Bolan: “U.S. Strategy toward Syria”

This web stream viewing of the U.S. Army War College presentation is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.

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Robert Bilheimer

Bilheimer Film Poster FinalPresident, Worldwide Documentaries, Inc.

Not My Life (Film Showing and Discussion with Film Director)

Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 6:15 p.m.

Not My Life is a film that depicts the cruel and dehumanizing practices of contemporary human trafficking.  Bilheimer, who directed and produced the film, will make general remarks and conduct a question-and-answer session at the end of the film. This event is one of a series on “Hidden Dangers: Emerging Global Issues of the 21st Century” sponsored with the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

This event is sponsored jointly by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional & Diversity Initiatives, and the Departments of Sociology and Economics.  It is also part of The Clarke Forum’s Leadership in a Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Robert Bilheimer, president of the nonprofit company Worldwide Documentaries, is one of the most influential documentary filmmakers working in the world today.
In 1989, Robert was nominated for an Academy Award for Cry of Reason, a feature-length documentary that profiles the South African anti-apartheid leader Beyers Naude. Since that time, he has made carefully crafted documentary films on a wide range of social, cultural, and humanitarian concern.

Departing from the documentary genre in 1992, Robert also made the definitive film version of Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett’s play Endgame. He worked from a script prepared especially by the author for the series “Beckett Directs Beckett,” a project of the Smithsonian Visual Press. Over the past ten years, Robert has made two films– A Closer Walk, about the global AIDS epidemic, and Not My Life, about human trafficking, that have been hailed as “masterpieces,” and seen by millions of people across a very broad set of global demographics.

International film critics and human rights leaders have focused on both A Closer Walk and Not My Life as examples of Robert’s ability to make documentary films that are at once powerful depictions of tragic human rights issues, and yet are also “beautiful” and “redemptive” works of art. This combination, critics have said, makes him unique among major documentary filmmakers working today. Mike McCarthy, the Senior Producer of CNN International’s Freedom Project, which aired Not My Life in 2011, called the film a “seminal work”. Veteran Gannet film critic Jack Garner described Not My Life as “a powerful and illuminating depiction of deep human suffering”, and in an earlier nationally syndicated review called A Closer Walk “an artful motion picture, and beautifully told story of suffering and compassion.” In an unprecedented Life Section cover story on AIDS in the Nation and international editions of USA Today, Steve Sternberg wrote that A Closer Walk was “a defining moment for AIDS” on film, an assertion subsequently proved to be historically accurate.

Throughout his career, Robert’s films have attracted an international audience. They have been seen on television in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Scandinavia, South Africa and China. His films have also been shown in theaters in the United States and abroad, and exhibited at major film festivals in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, New York City (Tribeca), Durban, and the XXXVth India International Film Festival in Goa, India.

Robert’s current film, Not My Life, recently received a major distribution grant from the Swedish International Development Agency, and will have its International Premiere in Brussels on October 18, the EU’s Human Trafficking Day.

As the small staff at Worldwide Documentaries works on the global awareness initiative built around Not My Life, Robert is presently considering new film projects, including a film about post-earthquake Haiti; a film about poverty in the United States; and a film about the post traumatic stress experienced by veterans in the US and abroad of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

Early in his career, Robert worked as a freelance journalist and as a professional theatre director. Based in Nairobi, Kenya, he was a stringer for Time magazine and filed regularly for the Nairobi Daily Nation, and Agence France Presse. In the theatre, Robert has directed more than 30 professional productions in the US, Canada, and East Africa, including a landmark production of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage at the Kenya National Theatre. At the Manitoba Theatre Centre, he was Tony Award winner Len Cariou’s Associate Artistic Director, and was named Director of the Year by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

Robert was born in New York City, and was educated at the International School in Geneva, Switzerland; Hamilton College (BA, English Literature); and Indiana University Graduate School (MA, Theatre and Film). He received the Army Commendation Medal for his work as Chaplain’s Assistant in the U.S. Army Special Services, 1968-1970. From 1986 to 1988 he was a Resident Scholar at the Anson Phelps-Stokes Institute for Black American and Native American Studies in New York City. Robert has also taught, lectured, and spoken at distinguished academic institutions around the world, including the Eastman School of Music, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Related Links
2013 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws by Polaris Project

 Radio Interview for WDCV, Dickinson College


Gail Dines

Founding Member, Stop Porn Cultureporn culture poster

Sex, Identity and Intimacy in a Porn Culture

Tuesday, September 3, 2013
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

In this multi-media presentation, Dines explores how masculinity and femininity are shaped by a consumer-driven image-based culture and how pornography reproduces a gender system that encourages social and economic inequality and promotes a rape culture.  Note: This presentation contains explicit images.

A book sale and signing will follow.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Division of Student Development, Women’s and Gender Resource Center and the Departments of American Studies, Psychology, Sociology, Economics, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies.

Gail2011-web-portraitBiography (provided by the speaker)
Dr. Gail Dines is a professor of sociology and women’s Studies at Wheelock College in Boston, where she is also chair of the American Studies department. She has been researching and writing about the porn industry for well over twenty years. Dr. Dines is co-editor of the best-selling textbook Gender, Race and Class in Media and she has written numerous articles on pornography, media images of women and representations of race in pop culture. She is a recipient of the Myers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America, and is a founding member of the activist group, Stop Porn Culture. Dr. Dines’ latest book is Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked Our Sexuality.

Gail Dines is a regular guest on television and radio shows including ABC News,  MSNBC, CNN, BBC, CNC, FOX, and National Public Radio. She has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, The Guardian, Vogue, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and has worked with Hollywood studios to develop strategies for creating progressive images of women on national television. She is also a featured speaker in documentaries such as Beyond Killing Us Softly: The Strength to Resist, Mickey Mouse Monopoly, and The Price of Pleasure: Pornography, Sexuality and Relationships.

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Syria: What Next?

Syria Poster

** Breaking Issue **

Monday, September 2, 2013
Althouse Hall, Room 106 – 7 p.m.

A panel discussion focused on the issues arising out of the Syrian civil war, in particular the recent apparent use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and the likelihood of a military response by the United States.  The situation highlights a number of perplexing issues regarding how the conflict affects other countries in the Middle East, the outcomes of the Arab uprisings, the substance and binding character of international law, along with a number of domestic U.S. constitutional and political issues.


Neil Diamant, professor of Asian law and society
Joseph Sestak, General Omar N. Bradley Chair of Strategic Leadership
Edward Webb, assistant professor of political science and international studies
Russell Bova, (moderator), professor of political science and international studies


Neil J. Diamant is professor of Asian law and society at Dickinson College. He has a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and teaches classes on Israeli politics and the history of Zionism in addition to those in his primary field of expertise.  He lived in Israel between 1978-1988, and 1997-2000, serving in the Israeli Defense Forces (1982-1985), completing his B.A. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and later teaching at Tel Aviv University.

Joseph Sestak, was born and raised in Pennsylvania, Joe Sestak graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served 31 years in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of 3-star Admiral. He led a series of operational commands at sea, culminating in command of the GEORGE WASHINGTON Aircraft Carrier Battle Group during combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as President Clinton’s Director for Defense Policy in the National Security Council; as head of “Deep Blue”, the Navy anti-terrorism unit focused on the “Global War on Terrorism”; and oversaw the Navy’s five year $350 billion warfare budget as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations.  After the Navy, Joe was elected to Congress from Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District in 2007, where he served through 2010 when he ran for the U.S. Senate. The highest-ranking former military officer ever elected to Congress, The National Journal identified him as “at the ideological center of the House,” while the House Majority Leader named Joe the “most productive” representative in his class, through his service on the Armed Services Committee, the Education and Labor Committee, and as Vice Chairman of the Small Business Committee. While in the Navy, Joe received a master’s in public administration, and a Ph.D. in political economy and government from Harvard University. Married to Susan, and Dad to Alex, he resides in Edgmont, Pennsylvania.

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. An assistant professor of political science and international studies, he helped establish Dickinson’s Middle East Studies program and also contributes to the Security Studies certificate. He has published articles and book chapters on authoritarianism, nationalist and religious aspects of education policies in Turkey and Tunisia, censorship in the Arab world, and Doctor Who. He is active in international debates about digital technologies in education as well as Middle East politics: you can follow him on Twitter via @edwebb.

Russell Bova is professor of political science and international studies at Dickinson College. He has published many articles on Russian politics and comparative democratization in scholarly journals such as World Politics and Journal of Democracy. He is also the author of How the World Works (Pearson 2012).

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Pennsylvania Gun Debate

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Gun Debate Poster FinalParticipants:

State Representative Stephen Bloom (R), serving the 199th Legislative District in Cumberland County

State Senator Larry Farnese (D), serving the 1st Senatorial District in Philadelphia

The participants will discuss the merits of gun control provisions currently being considered by the Pennsylvania legislature.

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


Bloom111312PORTRAITRepresentative Stephen Bloom, of Cumberland County, was first elected to represent the citizens of the 199th Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives in November 2010. A practicing lawyer for more than 20 years, now of counsel with the Carlisle firm of Irwin & McKnight, P.C., Bloom focused on business and transactional matters. He was also an adjunct instructor of management and business at Messiah College, where he taught economics and business law.

His mission as a lawmaker is to cut the size and scope of government, reduce the burden of taxes and unnecessary regulation, protect and defend constitutional freedoms, and by doing those things, unleash the power of individuals and businesses to create and grow jobs and economic prosperity.
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Farnese_downloadSenator Larry Farnese was elected to the Senate in 2008 to represent Pennsylvania’s First Senatorial District. The district comprises many unique and vibrant neighborhoods from Port Richmond on the Delaware River to Fairmount Park on the Schuylkill River and also includes South Philadelphia, Center City, the Navy Yard, Philadelphia International Airport and other areas.

Senator Farnese serves as the Democratic Chair of the Communications and Technology Committee. He is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, Banking and Insurance Committee, and the Judiciary Committee. Full Biography

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Amy-Jill Levine – “Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecturer”

University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt University

Levine poster2Hearing Jesus’s Parables Through Jewish Ears

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Allison United Methodist Church, 7:00 p.m.
(99 Mooreland Ave., Carlisle, Pa)

Understanding Jesus’s parables requires understanding Jesus’s Jewish context. How would the parables have been heard by Jesus’s original Jewish listeners, and how might those original messages still speak to Jews and Christians today?

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

SONY DSCBiography (provided by the speaker)

Amy-Jill Levine is University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies, and professor of Jewish studies at Vanderbilt Divinity School and College of Arts and Science in Nashville, TN; she is also affiliated professor, Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations, Cambridge UK. Holding the B.A. from Smith College, and the M.A. and Ph.D. from Duke University, she has honorary doctorates from the University of Richmond, the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, the University of South Carolina-Upstate, Drury University, and Christian Theological Seminary. Her recent publications include The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus and The Meaning of the Bible: What the Jewish Scriptures and the Christian Old Testament Can Teach Us, co-authored with Douglas Knight.  With Marc Brettler she also edited the Jewish Annotated New Testament. A self-described Yankee Jewish feminist, Professor Levine is a member of Congregation Sherith Israel, an Orthodox Synagogue, although she is often quite unorthodox.

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.

Michael Mann

Professor, Penn State University

Mann Final PosterThe Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars

Monday, April 22, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.
A book sale and signing will follow

Mann will discuss the topic of human-caused climate change through the prism of his own experiences as a reluctant and accidental public figure in the societal debate over global warming.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Departments of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies.

Photo Courtesy of Greg RicoBiography (provided by the speaker)

Dr. Michael E. Mann is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth’s climate system.

Dr. Mann was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003. He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA’s outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He contributed, with other IPCC authors, to the award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union in 2012. He is a Fellow of both the American Geophysical Union and the American Meteorological Society.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 150 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines in 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website

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Joan Steitz – “Joseph Priestley Award Lecturer”

Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Yale University

Steiz Poster FinalLupus and Snurps: Bench to Bedside and Back Again

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

This talk will trace the origins of our understanding of how small cellular particles contribute to the critical process of splicing and relate this knowledge to today’s quest for treatment of splicing diseases, such as Lupus.

The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year.  This year the recipient was selected by the Department of Biology.  The event is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Student Senate and co-sponsored by and the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Physics & Astronomy and Environmental Studies.

Joan SteitzBiography (provided by the speaker)

Joan Steitz is a Sterling Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry; and Investigator at Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Yale University.

Steitz earned her B.S. in chemistry from Antioch College in 1963. Significant findings from her work emerged as early as 1967, when her Harvard PhD thesis with Jim Watson examined the test-tube assembly of a ribonucleic acid (RNA) bacteriophage (antibacterial virus) known as R17.

Steitz spent the next three years in postdoctoral studies at the Medical Research Council Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, England, where she used early methods for determining the biochemical sequence of RNA to study how ribosomes know where to initiate protein synthesis on bacterial mRNAs. In 1970, she was appointed assistant professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry at Yale, becoming full professor in 1978. At Yale, she established a laboratory dedicated to the study of RNA structure and function. In 1979, Steitz and her colleagues described a group of cellular particles called small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs), a breakthrough in understanding how RNA is spliced. Subsequently, her laboratory has defined the structures and functions of other noncoding RNPs, such as those that guide the modification of ribosomal RNAs and several produced by transforming herpesviruses.  Today, her studies of noncoding RNAs include microRNAs.

Steitz is an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine. Her many honors include the U.S. Steel Foundation Award in Molecular Biology (1982), the National Medal of Science (1986), the Lewis S. Rosenstiel Award (2002), the FASEB Excellence in Science Award (2003), the RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Award (2004), E.B. Wilson Medal (2005), Gairdner Foundation International Award (2006), and Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research (2008),  [shared with Elizabeth Blackburn], Harden Jubilee Medal, British Biochemical Society (2009), The Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation 23rd Annual Medical Research Award for Extraordinary Achievement in Cancer Research (2011), The Pearl Meister Greengard Prize (2012). She is the recipient of 15 honorary degrees.

Joseph Priestley Lecture
The Priestley Award is presented by Dickinson College in memory of Joseph Priestley, discoverer of oxygen, to a distinguished scientist whose work has contributed to the welfare of humanity. The Priestley Award, first presented in 1952, recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution to our understanding of science and the world.

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Angela Stent

Professor, Georgetown University

Stent PosterU.S.-Russia: The Second Obama Term

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

The U.S-Russian relationship faces new challenges as President Barack Obama embarks on his second term. Both countries will have to reassess the relative priority of interests versus values as they seek to move forward.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, and the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Fund for Inspirational Teaching, courtesy of Professor Russell Bova.

astentbrookingsBiography (provided by the speaker)

Angela Stent is director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and professor of government and foreign service at Georgetown University. She is also a senior fellow (non-resident) at the Brookings Institution and co-chairs its Hewett Forum on Post-Soviet Affairs. From 2004-2006 she served as National Intelligence Officer for Russia and Eurasia at the National Intelligence Council.  From 1999 to 2001, she served in the Office of Policy Planning at the U.S. Department of State.

Stent’s academic work focuses on the triangular political and economic relationship between the United States, Russia and Europe.  Her publications include: Russia and Germany Reborn: Unification, The Soviet Collapse and The New Europe (Princeton University Pres, 1999); From Embargo to Ostpolitik: The Political Economy of West German-Soviet Relations, 1955-1980  (Cambridge University Press, 1981); “Repairing US-Russian Relations: A Long Road Ahead”  (2009) “Restoration and Revolution in Putin’s Foreign Policy,” (2008), “An Energy Superpower? Russia and Europe” (2008) and “Reluctant Europeans: Three Centuries of Russian Ambivalence Toward the West,” (2007). She is currently writing a book about US-Russian relations since 2000.

Stent is a member of Admiral Stavridis’  EUCOM Advisory Panel and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  She is a contributing editor to Survival and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Cold War Studies, World Policy Journal and Internationale Politik. She is on the International Advisory Board of Russia Profile. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Eurasia Foundation and of Supporters of Civil Society in Russia. Dr. Stent received her B.A. from Cambridge University, her MSc. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and her M.A. and PhD. from Harvard University.

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Scott Silverstone

Professor, United States Military Academy at West Point

Silverstone PosterPreventive War and American Democracy

Monday, April 15, 2013
Althouse Hall, Room 106, 7:00 p.m.

Ten years after the United States launched the first preventive war in its history – against Iraq in 2003 – American leaders are once again wrestling with the preventive war temptation, this time directed at Iran and its nuclear program. This lecture will explore and explain this profound shift in American thinking about preventive war over the past sixty years.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Mellon Foundation Project on Civilian-Military Educational Cooperation.  It is also part of The Clarke Forum’s Leadership in a Age of Uncertainty Series.

scott silverstoneBiography (provided by the speaker)
Dr. Silverstone is professor of international relations in the Department of Social Sciences at the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he has been on the faculty since 2001. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, and has also served on the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania and Williams College. Dr. Silverstone is a research fellow with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, and is the author of Preventive War and American Democracy (Routledge Press, 2007) and Divided Union: The Politics of War in the Early American Republic (Cornell University Press, 2004), as well as journal articles and book chapters on international security and American foreign policy. He is currently writing a book on preventive war and the rise of German power in the 1930s.

Dr. Silverstone began his career as a U.S. naval officer. From 1987 to 1990 he was a naval flight officer and mission commander with a P-3 Orion squadron at Naval Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, and deployed extensively throughout the western Pacific, the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf and East Africa conducting anti-submarine operations and maritime reconnaissance. From 1990 to 1993 he served on the staff of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy and Operations in the Pentagon, managing the Navy’s portion of the White House-directed nuclear attack survivability program and all Navy participation in the Joint Chiefs of Staff-sponsored global crisis management exercise program and the NATO crisis exercise program. From September 1992 to April 1993 he served as the director of the Navy’s Crisis Action Center in the Pentagon for planning and support of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia. Between 1993 and 2000, Dr. Silverstone was a naval reserve officer serving in the Navy Command Center in the Pentagon.

WDCV Radio Interview with Scott Silverstone

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