Past Programs


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.

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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

Radio Interview for WDCV Radio, Dickinson College

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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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Carlisle’s Future: Balancing Environmental and Economic Concerns – Panel Discussion

Carlisle Future Final PosterThursday, January 30, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


George Pomeroy, professor, Shippensburg University
Kirk Stoner, director of planning, Cumberland County
Nathan Wolf, attorney, Wolf & Wolf
John Henson, moderator, professor, Dickinson College

A panel of experts will discuss the complex array of environmental and economic-development issues surrounding the evolution of the Carlisle area as a major logistics center with the associated construction of mega-warehouses and the concentration of truck traffic.  The panel will be composed of representatives of academia, non-profit environmental groups, developers, the public sector, and the local community.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce, League of Women Voters and the Carlisle YWCA.

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

George Pomeroy photoGeorge Pomeroy is a professor of geography – earth science and director of the Center for Land Use at Shippensburg University.  His teaching and research interests speak to community, land use, and environmental planning.  His degrees are in geography (B.A. Ed., M.S., Western Washington University) and in urban studies and public administration (Ph.D., The University of Akron).  For his research, Dr. Pomeroy has received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Regional Development and Planning Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers.  He also serves as a member of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

Kirk Stoner picKirk Stoner is the director of planning for Cumberland County.  In that role he establishes countywide land use, transportation, environmental, and community policy and works with the county’s 33 municipalities to integrate the concepts from the countywide plan into local plans.  Prior to his work in the Planning Department, Kirk was a business development specialist with Cumberland County Economic Development.  He holds a master’s degree in geoenvironmental studies with a land use specialization from Shippensburg University.  Kirk is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, a gubernatorial appointment to the Pennsylvania State Planning Board, past president of the Planning Directors Association of Pennsylvania, and past chairman of the South Middleton Township Zoning Hearing Board.

NCW Head ShotNathan Wolf is a 2001 graduate of the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, and a 1998 Summa Cum Laude graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.  While in law school, Mr. Wolf was a member of the Gourley Trial Competition team in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was a law clerk to E. Robert Elicker, II, Divorce Master of Cumberland County, and the Honorable Kevin A. Hess, President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County.  Since graduation, Mr. Wolf has practiced law in Carlisle Pennsylvania, first as an associate with Irwin Law Office, until he opened a solo practice in March 2004.   Since August 2005, he has been a partner of the firm Wolf & Wolf where he practices with his wife, Stacy Barker Wolf, Esquire.

Mr. Wolf devotes a substantial portion of his practice to family law and criminal defense, however he handles cases in the areas of real estate, civil litigation, wills, and estate administration, along with land use and zoning matters.  Since 2003, Mr. Wolf has represented individuals and citizens groups in opposition to major land development projects in Cumberland, Adams, Dauphin, Blair, and Fulton Counties.  In so doing, Mr. Wolf has successfully opposed several large scale distribution facilities in the Carlisle area and is proud of his contributions to the quality of life in the Carlisle area. Mr. Wolf is also a co-author of Pennsylvania Civil Practice, 5th Ed. Lexis-Nexis, 2012.   Mr. Wolf and his wife live in Dickinson Township with their daughters.

hensonJohn Henson (moderator) is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology at Dickinson College where he has been teaching and doing research for the last 25 years. He is a broadly trained cell biologist with research interests in marine biology, immunology, developmental biology, sustainability, climate change, and public health and holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia, a master’s degree from Florida State, and a doctorate from Harvard.  In addition to his position in the Biology Department, he also participates in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Health Studies Programs.  His interest in Carlisle’s role as a major logistics center grew out of research his Health Studies senior seminar students have performed on compliance with Pennsylvania’s Act 124 anti-diesel idling law. He also serves as a member of the Clean Air Board of Central Pennsylvania.

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David Pryor

washington gridlock finalFormer U.S. Senator, Arkansas (D)

Washington Gridlock

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:30 p.m.

Many public commentators are of the opinion that the election of President Obama in 2008 ushered in a new era of extreme partisanship. Senator Pryor will discuss and evaluate the state of politics in our nation’s capital.

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues sponsored and planned this event in partnership with the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.

David Pryor PictureBiography

David H. Pryor was born in Camden, Arkansas.  He received his B.A. from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and his LL.B. from the University of Arkansas School of Law.
In 1960 he was elected to the Arkansas State House of Representatives where he served three terms.  In November of 1966 he was elected to fill the unexpired term of Congressman Oren Harris and served three full terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In 1974 he was elected Governor of Arkansas, a position he held for four years.  In 1979 Governor Pryor was elected to the United States Senate and served until he retired from the Senate in 1996.

Since retiring from the Senate, he became a Fulbright Distinguished Fellow of Law and Public Affairs, a lecturer in public policy at the Blair Center of the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in Politics at Lyon College. Pryor was a fellow and subsequent director at the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He has served on the board of Winrock International and board of directors of the First Commercial Corporation.  In 1999 he volunteered with the International Rescue Committee and assisted in refugee camps in Albania for a three-week period during the Kosovo war.

He is presently a managing director of Herrington, Incorporated, an investment firm in Little Rock in addition to serving as a consultant to the Federal Express Corporation.  He served as an at-large director of the board of Heifer Project International, Inc. Pryor is also a member of the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in Washington D.C.  David Pryor was appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the board of trustees for the University of Arkansas System, and he is currently serving a ten-year term.

Pryor has received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the University of Arkansas and Honorary Doctorates from Lyon College, Henderson State University and Hendrix College.  He is past trustee of the William J. Clinton Presidential Foundation and served for two years as the first dean of the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

As a senator he chaired the Senate Special Committee on Aging, was a member of the Senate Agricultural Committee and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, chairing the IRS Oversight Committee.  In 1988 he sponsored and passed into law the Taxpayer’s Bill of Rights legislation.  For over 10 years he was a member of the Senate Ethics Committee.  He was elected secretary of the Democratic Conference and, in 2008, served as interim chair of the Democratic Party of Arkansas.

In September 2008, his autobiography A Pryor Commitment was published.  The book chronicles his four decades of dedication to politics, government and public service.
David and his wife Barbara are founders of the Barbara and David Pryor Center for Oral and Visual History at the University of Arkansas.

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Andrew Hyde ’81

Hyde Final PosterPartnership Manager, CSO, Department of State

Putting out the Fires

Thursday, November 14, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

New forms of politics and new types of technologies have unleashed new kinds of conflicts in disparate parts of today’s world.  Hyde, a Metzger-Conway Fellow, will explore how U.S. foreign policy must evolve to confront these challenges and seize the opportunities they present.

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

IMG_4054aBiography (provided by the speaker)

A twenty-year veteran of the foreign service, Andrew Hyde is currently the partnership manager at the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).  In that position he designs and manages the Bureau’s outreach to other governments, multilateral institutions and NGOs including think tanks.   The Bureau, created in 2012 as a result of the State Department’s first Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, identifies regions in the world prone to conflict and instability and devises programs and solutions to disrupt cycles of violence.

Previously, Hyde served as the deputy coordinator for Regional Command East at Embassy Kabul’s Office of Interagency Provincial Affairs where he was responsible for the largest contingent of U.S. field-deployed civilians.  Working alongside their U.S. military partners at Command headquarters, Provincial Reconstruction Teams and District Support Teams, the civilians, under the Embassy’s direction, used the targeted development assistance to improve governance and accountability of the Afghan national and local governments.

Prior to that, Hyde was deputy political counselor at the U.S. Mission to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, covering a number of issues related to comprehensive European security.  He has served in a variety of positions at Embassies in Europe and Latin America as well as the State Department in Washington.

Before joining the U.S. Department of State, Hyde worked as a staffer in the U.S. Congress specializing in economic and financial issues.  He has also worked at the European Commission in Brussels and for a British Member of Parliament in London.

Hyde earned a master’s degree in economics at the London School of Economics and pursued graduate studies in political science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  He received a bachelor of arts degree from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.  Andrew is married with twin sons.

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Patrick McGovern

McGovern PosterScientific Director, University of Pennsylvania Museum

Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Fermented Beverages

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

McGovern will describe how enterprising our ancestors were in concocting a host of fermented beverages from a vast array of natural products (honey, grape, barley, rice, sorghum, chocolate, etc.) and explain the profound effects these beverages have had on our cultural and biological development.

This event was initiated by the Clarke Forum’s Student Project Managers.  It is sponsored in partnership with The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee and co-sponsored by the Departments of Archaeology, Anthropology, History and Classics.

Biography (provided by the speaker)McGovernLowerEgypt

Dr. Patrick E. McGovern directs the Biomolecular Archaeology Project at the University of Pennsylvania Museum in Philadelphia, where he is also an adjunct professor of anthropology and consulting scholar in the Near East Section.  Over the past two decades, he has pioneered the exciting interdisciplinary field of Biomolecular Archaeology which is yielding whole new chapters concerning our human ancestry, medical practice, and ancient cuisines and beverages.  Popularly, Dr. Pat is known as the “Indiana Jones of Ancient Ales, Wines, and Extreme Beverages.” He is the author of Ancient Wine: The Search for the Origins of Viniculture (2003), and most recently, Uncorking the Past: The Quest for Wine, Beer, and Other Alcoholic Beverages (2009).



James Hansen – Joseph Priestley Award Lecturer

Hansen Poster FinalFormer Director, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies

White House Arrest and the Climate Crisis

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

A scientist’s view of the climate crisis: why the public does not see it, why governments fail to address it effectively, and options for how young people might respond to the intergenerational injustice of human-made climate change.

The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year.  The Department of Environmental Studies has selected this year’s recipient, James E. Hansen.  The event is supported by the College’s Priestley Fund and is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and Student Senate and co-sponsored by the Department of Environmental Studies, Center for Sustainability Education, and the Departments of Biology, Earth Sciences, Psychology, Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry and Math & Computer Science.

This event is also part the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Jim HansonEarth Instituteshot 3/10/2005Biography (provided by the speaker)

Dr. James Hansen, formerly the director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, is adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where he directs a program in Climate Science, Awareness and Solutions. He was trained in physics and astronomy in the space science program of Dr. James Van Allen at the University of Iowa. His early research on the clouds of Venus helped identify their composition as sulfuric acid. Since the late 1970s, he has focused his research on Earth’s climate, especially human-made climate change. Dr. Hansen is best known for his testimony on climate change to congressional committees in the 1980s that helped raise broad awareness of the global warming issue. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995 and was designated by Time Magazine in 2006 as one of the 100 most influential people on Earth. He has received numerous awards including the Carl-Gustaf Rossby and Roger Revelle Research Medals, the Sophie Prize and the Blue Planet Prize. Dr. Hansen is recognized for speaking truth to power, for identifying ineffectual policies as greenwash, and for outlining actions that the public must take to protect the future of young people and other life on our planet.

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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Joseph Sestak – “General Omar N. Bradley Chair Lecture”

Layout 1Former Congressman and a Former U.S. Navy Three-Star Admiral and 2013-14 General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

Leadership to Restore the American Dream

Monday, November 4, 2013
Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Lewis Katz Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Link to Penn State Dickinson School of Law Web site

“We once had leaders who recognized the expectations of the people, and turned them into demands that advanced the American Dream for both individual opportunity and the common good of the nation. Leadership must once again be accountable for brokering the shared alliance that deepens the individual strengths of these two great values of our American character so that we can restore the dream,” Sestak said.

His presentation will draw on his distinguished 31-year career in the U.S. Navy and his tenure as director for defense policy on the National Security Council, the first director of “Deep Blue,” the U.S. Navy’s counterterrorism unit, a sea-going Commander of an aircraft carrier battle group in war, and a U.S. Congressman representing Pennsylvania’s 7th Congressional District.

Sestak plans to discuss the American Dream, the belief that one’s children will have the opportunity to do even better than their parents. “It was a unique alliance of rugged individualism and our collective response to challenges that created an unparalleled environment in America for this opportunity,” he said. He will address what is missing in today’s leadership which he identifies as a willingness to be accountable for this special character of America.


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.

General Omar Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership
The Omar Bradley Chair is a joint initiative among the United States Army War College, Dickinson College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs. Its objective is to advance the study of strategic leadership and enhance civilian-military dialogue by offering distinguished individuals the opportunity to contribute to the educational and research activities of the partner institutions. Previous chair-holders include former director of national intelligence and retired United States Navy four-star Admiral Dennis Blair and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and journalist Rick Atkinson.

Michael McDevitt

mcdevitt posterU.S. Navy (Ret.)

Asia’s Looming Hotspot

Thursday, October 31, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Rear Admiral McDevitt will discuss the increasingly contentious dispute between China and Japan concerning sovereignty over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands in the East China Sea and the implications this dispute has for U.S. foreign policy.  This talk 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 by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

MCDEVITMBiography (provided by the speaker)

Rear Admiral Michael McDevitt, U.S. Navy (ret) is a senior fellow associated with CNA Strategic Studies, a division of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA); a not-for- profit federally funded research center in Washington D.C. During his 16 years at CNA, as both a manager and vice president and now as a fellow, he has had a number of papers published. His most recent research focus has been the maritime security issues along the Indo-Pacific littoral, the U.S. rebalance to Asia and the maritime dimension of China’s national strategy.

During his navy career Rear Admiral McDevitt spent his operational time in the Pacific, including a two year assignment in Sasebo, Japan. He held four at-sea commands; including an aircraft carrier battle-group. He was the director of the East Asia Policy office for the Secretary of Defense during the George H.W. Bush Administration. He also served for two years as the director for strategy, War Plans and Policy (J-5) for US CINCPAC.  Rear Admiral McDevitt concluded his 34 year active duty career as the commandant of the National War College in Washington DC.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California, and has a Master’s Degree in US Diplomatic History in East Asia for Georgetown University. McDevitt spent a year in residence at the US Naval War College as a member of the CNO’s Strategic Studies Group. He is also a graduate of the National War College.

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Mark Frazier

Frazier PosterProfessor, New School for Social Research

China-India Future Relations

Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Will India and China cooperate or compete?  Officials and experts have asked this question for over a century, and more often than not were wrong in their predictions.  This lecture explores why the predictions were wrong and suggests new ways of thinking about Sino-Indian relations.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Donald W. Flaherty Fund, and the Departments of International Studies and Political Science.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABiography (provided by the speaker)

Mark W. Frazier is a professor of politics, and co-academic director of the India China Institute at The New School, a university in New York City. His research engages comparisons of China and India in terms of how each has coped with development challenges related to inequality and urbanization, historically and in the present. He is the author of Socialist Insecurity: Pensions and the Politics of Uneven Development in China (Cornell University Press 2010) and The Making of the Chinese Industrial Workplace (Cambridge University Press 2002). He has contributed op-eds to The New York Times and The Diplomat. Before assuming his current position in 2012, he held faculty positions at the University of Oklahoma and at Lawrence University.

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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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