Paul Mayewski

Mayewski PosterUniversity of Maine

The Limits of Climate Change

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

To understand and predict climate change requires more perspective than is available from a short instrumental climate record.  To expand the climate record in time and space, Mayewski and his teams have recovered ice cores from some of the remotest high and cold places on Earth.  These records tell us a great deal about where we are today in the climate system and enable us to chart the pathways for future mitigation, adaptation and sustainability in the decades ahead.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

MayewskiCroppedDr. Paul Andrew Mayewski is director and professor of the Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine and has academic affiliations with the university’s School of Earth and Climate Sciences, School of Policy and International Affairs, and School of Marine Sciences. He is an internationally acclaimed scientist and explorer, leader of more than 55 expeditions to some of the remotest reaches of the planet including many field seasons traveling across previously unexplored regions of Antarctica, many first ascents of mountains and considerable high altitude experience in the Himalayas and Andes.

Mayewski has over 360 publications and two popular books, The Ice Chronicles and Journey Into Climate.  His contributions to science include discovery of: human impacts on the chemistry of the atmosphere; modern Antarctic and Himalayan ice loss; abrupt climate change; and the impact of climate change on past civilizations. He has received numerous honors including the first-ever internationally awarded Medal for Excellence in Antarctic Research, the International Glaciological Society Seligman Crystal (highest in his field), and the Explorers Club Lowell Thomas Medal; developed several highly prominent international research programs in Antarctica, Greenland and Asia and public outreach efforts with organizations such as the American Museum of Natural History and the Boston Museum of Science; and appeared hundreds of times in the media (eg., NOVA, NPR, NBC, BBC, CBS 60 Minutes and most recently ShowTime’s Emmy Award winning climate change series Years of Living Dangerously).

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Timothy Gowers – “Joseph Priestley Award Recipient”

Gowers PosterUniversity of Cambridge

Joseph Priestley Award Celebration Lecture

Can Computers Be Mathematicians?

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The ability to solve mathematical problems is often regarded as mysterious and requiring flashes of inspiration that come from nowhere. Gowers will argue that it is nothing of the kind, and that eventually computers will be better than we are at mathematics.

The Joseph Priestley Award recipient is chosen by a different science department each year.  The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science has selected this year’s recipient, Timothy Gowers. 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 departments of mathematics & computer science, biology, chemistry, earth sciences, environmental studies,  physics & astronomy, and psychology.

IMG_0150Biography (provided by the speaker)
Timothy Gowers was born in Marlborough, England in 1963 in a family of musicians. He was a chorister in the choir of King’s College Cambridge, and went from there to Eton and then to Trinity College Cambridge where he read mathematics. He has spent almost all of his career in Cambridge, where he is currently the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, and also a Royal Society Research Professor. He was awarded a Fields Medal in 1998 for his work in Banach space theory and combinatorics. He is the author of Mathematics, A Very Short Introduction, and the main editor of The Princeton Companion To Mathematics, for which he won the Euler Book Prize of the Mathematical Association of America in 2011.

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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Stephen Ortiz

Ortiz PosterBinghamton University (SUNY)

Comrades in Arms: The Politics of War, 1939-1941

Monday, March 23, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

This talk will explore how the two major veterans organizations, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, became part of the political battle over the Roosevelt Administration’s involvement in World War II during the two-plus years between the onset of World War II and the entry of the United States into this conflict.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Political Science, English, Film Studies and History. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, War at Home.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

DSCN0377Stephen R. Ortiz is an associate professor of history at Binghamton University (SUNY). He is the author of Beyond the Bonus March and GI Bill: How Veteran Politics Shaped the New Deal Era (NYU Press, 2010) and editor of Veterans’ Policies, Veterans’ Politics: New Perspectives on Veterans in the Modern United States (University Press of Florida, 2012). Ortiz is currently working on a new book project titled Comrades in Arms: Veterans Organizations and the Politics of National Security, 1919-1961.

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Dan Berger

Berger PosterUniversity of Washington

Prisons, State Violence, and

the Organizing Tradition

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

This lecture explores the central role that people in prison played during the civil rights and Black Power movements of the 1960s and 1970s. It argues that today’s mass incarceration began as a response to the mass mobilization of prisoners and neighborhoods.

A book sale and signing will follow the presentation.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Popel Shaw Center for Race and Ethnicity.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

DB headshotDan Berger is an assistant professor of comparative ethnic studies in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell and an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Washington Seattle. He studies race, prisons, and social movements in U.S. history. A widely published author, Berger’s most recent book is Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era (University of North Carolina Press, 2014). He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida in 2003 and completed his Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania in 2010. He was the George Gerbner Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication from 2010-2012 and an associate postdoctoral fellow in the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis in 2011-2012. Berger is a co-founder of Decarcerate PA, a campaign working to end mass incarceration in Pennsylvania, and an active member of the Critical Prison Studies Caucus of the American Studies Association.

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Sean Maloney

Maloney posterFormer Executive Vice President of Intel Corporation

Life’s Challenges

Monday, March 2, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Maloney will discuss the challenges that Intel and the Silicon Valley high-tech industry overcame during its formative period, the challenges China currently poses to the semiconductor sector of the U.S. economy, the challenges of revolutionizing the health care industry through the application of new technologies, as well as his own personal challenges as a stroke survivor.

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


Sean Maloney is a former executive vice president of Intel Corporation, general manager of the Sales and Marketing Group, and chief sales and marketing officer. He had been with Intel since 1982. During his tenure he was Andy Grove’s chief of staff, and successfully led the growth of Intel into the Chinese and Asian markets. He was the chairman of Intel China from May 2011 until he retired from Intel in Jan 2013.

Related Links
Heart Across AmericaWall Street Journal
Intel Official
Anatomy of a Comeback: The Sean Maloney Story

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James Calvin Davis ’92 – “Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecturer”

James Calvin Davis PosterMiddlebury College

Churches and Colleges: Schools of Civility

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.

The absence of civility in American politics has become a national crisis, one we revisit every election cycle. This talk will explore the concept of civility, its importance to our public well-being, and the essential role religion and the liberal arts might play in satisfying this national need.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

IMG_4136 (2)James Calvin Davis is a professor of religion at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he has taught ethics and American religious history for nearly fifteen years. An expert on the role of religion in American political and public life, he is the author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues that Divide Us (Westminster John Knox Press, 2010). In this book, Davis considers religion’s impact on various moral debates in America’s past and present, arguing that the participation of theological perspectives in the debates of a pluralistic democracy does not threaten the First Amendment. Instead, religious traditions hold great potential to enrich both the content and the civility of our public conversations, in a manner that enjoys both historical precedent and constitutional sanction. In fact, Davis argues that religion’s careful inclusion in our “great debates” may be just what we need to improve the health and well-being of a public discourse that currently appears to be on life-support. Since the publication of this book, Davis has been widely sought as a speaker and teacher on issues surrounding political civility, moral discourse, and religion in American public life.

In addition to his work on contemporary ethical conversation, Davis is an expert on Anglo-American Calvinist (especially Puritanism), an interest he began cultivating in an undergraduate thesis on Puritan poetry at Dickinson College. He is the author of several books and major essays on Puritan ethics, including a landmark collection of the writings of Roger Williams, the Puritan firebrand for religious freedom. On Religious Liberty: Selections from the Works of Roger Williams (Harvard, 2008) is the first major collection of Williams’s writings to be made available in nearly two generations.

James Calvin Davis graduated from Dickinson College, Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and the University of Virginia. He currently resides in Shoreham, Vermont, with his wife Elizabeth and two boys, Jae and Kisung.

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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Michael Wessells

Wessells posterColumbia University

Children and Armed Conflict

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Armed conflicts worldwide have profound effects on children, yet simplistic portrayals of these effects have provided poor guidance on how to support vulnerable children in wartime situations. Drawing on field experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa and Asia, this lecture gives a holistic understanding of children amidst armed conflicts and points toward a set of contextualized supports that will improve the resilience and well-being of affected children.

This program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund and the health studies program. This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, War at Home.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMichael Wessells, Ph.D. is a professor at Columbia University in the Program on Forced Migration and Health. A long time psychosocial and child protection practitioner, he is former co-chair of the IASC Task Force on Mental Health and Psychosocial Support in Emergency Settings. He has conducted extensive research on the holistic impacts of war and political violence on children, and he is author of Child Soldiers: From Violence to Protection (Harvard University Press, 2006). Currently, he is lead researcher on inter-agency, multi-country research on community driven interventions for strengthening linkages of community-based child protection mechanisms with government led aspects of national child protection systems. He regularly advises UN agencies, governments, and donors on issues of child protection and psychosocial support, including in communities and schools. Throughout Africa and Asia he helps to develop community-based, culturally grounded programs that assist people affected by armed conflict and natural disasters.

Related Links
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict
Child Soldiers International

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Kristen Miller

Miller poster for WebClass of 2006

Curiosity on Mars

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

The geologic and geochemical analyses of sediments from Gale Crater by the Curiosity rover has given us unprecedented insight into the history of Mars and suggests a formerly habitable environment.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Dr. Kristen MMillerK_Headshotiller recently concluded a postdoctoral position at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology working on mineral/organic interactions in Mars analogue soils in collaboration with NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission. Kristen earned a B.S. in geology from Dickinson College in 2006 and was the recipient of the William W. Vernon Prize for Excellence in Geology. While at Dickinson she completed a senior honors thesis with Professor Marcus Key on the use of oxygen and carbon stable isotopes from bryozoans as a proxy for sea temperature change. After Dickinson, Kristen went on to earn her PhD in Geochemistry from the University of Maryland College Park in 2012. Her dissertation focused on biological, chemical, and environmental responses to repeated glacial events as recorded by molecular fossils (biomarkers) and stable isotopes in an ~1 billion year old sedimentary formation from Brazil. Kristen continued her research in the field of organic geochemistry at MIT when she accepted a postdoctoral associate position with Professor Roger Summons. While at MIT Kristen collaborated on several projects involving the organic geochemical analysis of plant and animal fossils but her main focus was on providing scientific support for the Mars Science Laboratory Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument team. Kristen conducted experiments under SAM-like conditions using Mars analogue soils in order to better understand the possible carbon sources for organic compounds detected on Mars. The results of this work have been published in Science and the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. Kristen concluded this work in January 2015 and currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and daughter.

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U.S. War Powers

U.S. War Powers PosterThursday, February 12, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Amy Gaudion, Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Douglas Lovelace, United States Army War College
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin College
Douglas Stuart (moderator), Dickinson College

Following the beheading of two Americans, the Obama Administration unleashed an air war against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, without a declaration of war or any explicit congressional authority. This panel will explore domestic and international legal and political questions related to recent and current U.S. military operations.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund and the Department of Political Science.

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

gaudionAmy Gaudion is the assistant Dean for Academic Affairs at Penn State Dickinson School of Law. Gaudion’s scholarly and teaching interests focus on national security and constitutional law. She also serves as a legal advisor to World on Trial, a public television and multimedia project. Prior to joining Penn State she was an associate with Hangley Aronchick Segal & Pudlin, where her practice focused on antitrust and complex litigation matters, and a clerk for the Honorable William H. Yohn of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She earned a J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law, receiving summa cum laude and Order of the Coif honors, and B.A. from the University of Virginia, graduating with distinction.

Prof. Lovelace PhotoDouglas C. Lovelace, Jr., is the director of the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute and held the U.S. Army War College Douglas MacArthur Professor of Research Chair. He served as a strategist with the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, where he collaborated in the development of documents such as the National Security Strategy, National Military Strategy, the Joint Strategic Capabilities Plan, the Joint Military Net Assessment, national security directives, and presidential decision directives. Subsequently, he was appointed director of Military Requirements and Capabilities Management at the U.S. Army War College. He later served as chairman of the Strategic Research Department of the Strategic Studies Institute, until his appointment as the Director. He holds a juris doctorate degree from Widener University School of Law, a master of science degree in businessadministration and a bachelor of science degree from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a graduate of the University of Chicago Program in Social and Behavioral Sciences, the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and the National War College. He has published extensively in the areas of national security and military strategy formulation, future military requirements, civil-military relations, and strategic planning and is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.

rudalevige-headshotAndrew Rudalevige is Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government at Bowdoin College. A former city councilor and State Senate staffer in his native Massachusetts, Rudalevige received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. His books include Managing the President’s Program (Princeton, 2002), which won the national Neustadt prize for best book on the presidency and The New Imperial Presidency: Renewing Presidential Power after Watergate (Michigan, 2005); he writes frequently on national politics as a contributor to “The Monkey Cage” blog on the Washington Post website. Before moving to Bowdoin, Rudalevige taught at Dickinson College and the University of East Anglia in England.

stuartDouglas Stuart is the first holder of the J. William and Helen D. Stuart Chair in International Studies at Dickinson College and is also an adjunct research professor at the U.S. Army War College. He is the author, co-author or editor of ten books, four monographs, and over 30 published articles dealing with international affairs. His areas of research interest include: The history of the U.S. national security bureaucracy; proposals for reform of the U.S. national security bureaucracy; U.S. civil-military relations, and Asia-Pacific security. His publications include Creating The National Security State (Princeton University Press), The Limits of Alliance (with William Tow, Johns Hopkins University Press), and Organizing for National Security (editor, U.S. Army War College, Strategic Studies Institute). A former NATO Fellow and State Department Scholar Diplomat, Professor Stuart has also been a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution (Washington, D.C.), the IISS (London), George Washington University (Washington, D.C.), and the Australian National University (Canberra). He is the recipient of both the Dickinson Distinguished Teaching Award and Dickinson’s Ganoe Prize for Inspirational Teaching. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from the University of Southern California.

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Catherine Lutz

Lutz Final PosterBrown University

The Costs of War

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

What have been the consequences, short and long term, of the wars launched by the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq in the wake of 9/11? This talk reports on the efforts of a large group of scholars and practitioners to assess the human, social, political, and economic impact of these wars on the two countries as well as on the United States.

The program is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and International Studies. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, War at Home.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Lutz head shotCatherine Lutz is the Thomas J. Watson, Jr. Family Professor of Anthropology and International Studies at Brown University. Her research has variously focused on war, gender, photography, and emotions, as well as the US car system. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, and numerous book awards. She is past president of the American Ethnological Society.

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Leonid Gozman

Gozman posterNational Endowment for Democracy

Russia after Crimea

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Gozman, president of the Union of Right Forces, will discuss what is happening in contemporary Russia, how the deepest crisis in Russia’s post-Soviet history came about, where this crisis is going, why Russia is so negative towards the United States, why do Russians support the annexation of Crimea, and what can be done to make Russia free and democratic and stop the war in the Ukraine.

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

IMG_0587Biography (provided by the speaker)

Dr. Leonid Gozman is president of the Union of Right Forces and former co-chairman of the Right Cause Party (2008–2011). From 2008 to 2013, he served as director of humanitarian projects at RUSNANO, a state-owned enterprise that commercializes innovations in nanotechnology, and from 1999 to 2008, he was executive board member and representative for governmental and NGO relations at Unified Energy System of Russia (RAO UES). An active participant in Russia’s democratic movement who has served as political advisor to Anatoly Chubais and Yegor Gaidar, he is also the author of eight books and is a lecturer at Moscow State University. He was previously a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and professor of psychology and Russian area studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is currently a visiting fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy in Washington, DC.

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Ebola PosterThursday, December 4, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Dickinson Faculty Panelists:

Michael Beevers, environmental studies
Marie Helweg-Larsen, psychology
John Henson (moderator), biology

The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a World Health Organization classified public health emergency that has caused anxiety around the world, including here within the United States. This panel discussion will focus on the nature and effects of the disease, the perceptions of risk it has generated, and the sociological and public health challenges associated with containing the virus in the source countries.

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

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Beevers_Michael_01Michael D. Beevers is an assistant professor of environmental studies at Dickinson College. His research examines links between environment, conflict and peacebuilding and how natural resources can be managed in war-torn societies to increase the likelihood of a sustainable peace and development. Dr. Beevers has lived and worked in West Africa for many years and conducts ongoing research in Liberia and Sierra Leone—two Ebola-inflicted countries. He has served as a research associate at Princeton University and as a consultant for the United Nations Environment Programme and World Resources Institute. He holds a Ph.D. in international relations and environmental and natural resource politics from the University of Maryland.

 helwegm_9427Marie Helweg-Larsen is a professor of psychology at Dickinson College and holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from UCLA.  She is the chair of the health studies certificate program at Dickinson College.

Her research is in the areas of cross-cultural psychology, health psychology, and social psychology. She examines how people think and feel about their personal risks and the consequences of those risk beliefs. She has studied people’s risk perceptions for a range of behaviors (such as unprotected sex, failure to take prescribed medications, and smoking cessation) and examined risk beliefs among various groups (such as smokers, women in domestic violence shelters, and people flying ultralight aircraft). People’s risk beliefs and reactions to health threats, including Ebola, follow predicable patterns that contrast affective and cognitive reactions.

hensonJohn Henson is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Biology at Dickinson College and holds a doctorate in cell and developmental biology from Harvard. In addition to his position in the biology department, he also participates in the biochemistry and molecular biology and health studies programs and has teaching and research interests in cell biology, immunology, and public health. His interest in public health grew out of his science fellowship at the U.S. State Department where he participated in disease surveillance capacity building in North Africa and the Middle East.  More recently he has helped direct student-based field research on health-related quality of life of rural older adult populations in Pennsylvania and Japan. This semester Prof. Henson’s BIOL 126: Infectious Disease vs. Immune Defense course is using the Ebola outbreak as one of its major themes.

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Brett Walker

Walker PosterProfessor, Montana State University

3/11, Asbestos, and the Unmaking of Japan’s Modern World

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 (Rescheduled from 11/18/14)
Allison Great Hall, 7 p.m.

Walker explores the role asbestos has played in the construction and, more importantly, the destruction of Japan’s environment, with a focus on the natural and the unnatural disasters of the 3/11 disaster and the later clean up.

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

MSU photo by Kelly GorhamBiography (provided by the speaker)

Brett L. Walker is Regents Professor and Michael P. Malone Professor of History at Montana State University, Bozeman. His research and teaching interests include Japanese history, world environmental history, and the history of science and medicine. He is author of The Conquest of Ainu Lands: Ecology and Culture in Japanese Expansion, 1590-1800, The Lost Wolves of Japan, Toxic Archipelago: A History of Industrial Disease in Japan, and the forthcoming A Concise History of Japan, from Cambridge University Press. He has also co-edited two volumes. He spends most of his time in southwestern Montana and the San Juan Islands, where he enjoys the outdoors.

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Judge John E. Jones III ’77

Jones PosterU.S. Judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania

Blindfolds Off: How Judges Decide

Tuesday, December 2, 2014 
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Link to Live Stream

A conversation with Judge Jones, U.S. District judge for the Middle District of Pennsylvania and a Dickinson trustee, about the nature of judging and the role that judges play in American political, social, cultural, and economic life.  Gary Gildin, interim dean and professor of law, The Dickinson School of Law of Penn State University, and Harry Pohlman, professor of political science, Dickinson College, will participate in the discussion.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues,  Student Senate and Penn State Dickinson School of Law and co-sponsored by the Churchill Fund.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #clarkeforum and #howjudgesdecide.


Independent from the Ground Up – Video and Dickinson Magazine Article about Judge Jones

Jones_John '77Judge John E. Jones III 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.

Judge Jones was born and raised in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of the Mercersburg Academy, Dickinson College, and The Dickinson School of Law of The Pennsylvania State University.

In 1980 Judge Jones began his legal career as a law clerk to the President Judge of Schuylkill County, the Honorable Guy A. Bowe. Subsequently, he engaged in the private practice of law in Pottsville, Pennsylvania until the time of his elevation to the federal bench.

In November, 1994, Pennsylvania Governor-elect Tom Ridge named Judge Jones as a co-chair of his transition team. Subsequently, in May 1995 Governor Ridge nominated Judge Jones to serve as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control  Board.

In 2006 Judge Jones received the Outstanding Alumni Award from the Dickinson School of Law, as well as an honorary doctorate in law and public policy from Dickinson College, where he was recognized as one of the twenty five most influential graduates in the College’s over two hundred and twenty year history. In 2009, the College’s faculty voted to induct Judge Jones into its Phi Beta Kappa chapter. In 2007 he received an honorary doctorate in law from Muhlenberg College. In May, 2006 Judge Jones was named by Time Magazine as one of its Time 100, the one hundred most influential people in the world. Judge Jones has also received a Rave Award for Policy from Wired Magazine. In 2006 Judge Jones was the recipient of the first John Marshall Judicial Independence Award, given by the Pennsylvania Bar Association. In 2009 Judge Jones was the recipient of the Geological Society of America’s 2009 President’s Medal, and in the same year was inducted into the George Washington Spirit Society.

In 2005 the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania appointed Judge Jones to the Pennsylvania Commission on Judicial Independence. In 2013 Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Jones to the Committee on Judicial Security, a standing committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Judge Jones is a member of the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Dickinson College. He also serves as a member of the Board of Regents of the Mercersburg Academy, and the Board of Counselors of The Dickinson School of Law of the Penn State University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor of law.

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

In 2007 Judge Jones and the Kitzmiller case were featured in the two-hour Nova special “Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial,” televised nationally by PBS. In April 2008 “Judgment Day” won a Peabody Award, which is the oldest and most distinguished honor in electronic media. Judge Jones has also appeared as a guest on national television shows and networks such as Today on NBC, the NewsHour on PBS, C-SPAN’s America & The Courts, CNN, and locally on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

Judge Jones resides in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. He has been married to his wife Beth Ann since 1982. They are the proud parents of daughter Meghan and son John, and delighted grandparents of Carys Bryn Prock.

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John Baugh

Baugh Final PosterProfessor, Washington University

Linguistic Relativism: Language, Culture, and Thought

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

This presentation draws upon evidence from linguistics, anthropology, and psychology to explore the ways in which human language and corresponding thought processes have been influenced by cultural circumstances.

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

BaughBiography (provided by the speaker)

John Baugh is the Margaret Bush Wilson Professor in Arts & Sciences and former director of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, where he holds academic appointments in psychology, anthropology, education, English, linguistics, African and African American studies, American culture studies, philosophy-neuroscience-psychology and urban studies. Prior to his tenure at Washington University, Dr. Baugh taught at Stanford University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Swarthmore College.

Dr. Baugh has published award-winning books in the fields of anthropology, education, legal affairs, linguistics, sociology and urban studies. His work bridges theoretical and applied linguistics, with particular attention to matters of policy and social equity in the fields of education, medicine, and the law. He has conducted extensive research regarding the social stratification of linguistic diversity within the United States, Austria, Brazil, France, Hungary, South Africa, and the United Kingdom, and is actively engaged in ongoing research that examines the evolution and dissemination of English and other European languages in post-colonial contexts throughout the world.

Dr. Baugh is a past president of the American Dialect Society and is a member of the usage advisory committee for the American Heritage English Dictionary. He has also served as consultant on several documentary films related to American language and as an expert witness in court cases where matters of voice recognition and language attitudes have been central.

Dr. Baugh received his B.A. in speech and rhetoric at Temple University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. He currently sits on the boards of The Oracle Education Foundation, Raising a Reader, and Project Pericles.

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The Death Penalty: Beyond the Numbers

Death Penalty PosterMonday, November 17, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Kathleen Lucas (moderator), director, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Shujaa Graham, death row exoneree
Spero Lappas, criminal defense attorney
Vicki Schieber, murder victim’s family member

This panel will bring the voices of experience to a conversation about capital punishment. You’ll hear from a man who was exonerated after being wrongfully convicted and sentenced to die; the mother of a young woman who was murdered in Philadelphia; and a criminal defense attorney who has represented defendants in death penalty cases. Reality is more complicated than the statistics can communicate adequately. These are the personal stories of those who have been impacted directly by our death penalty system.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #clarkeforum and #deathpenalty.

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

Biographies (provided by the panelists)

kalredKathleen Lucas has been active in human rights work for over 30 years with organizations including Amnesty International, the Pennsylvania Prison Society and the World Organization for Human Rights. Her professional background includes corporate and nonprofit management and consulting specializing in change management and strategic planning. She earned both her B.S. and M.A. from Fairleigh Dickinson University and later studied Cognitive Psychology at Rutgers University.

Shujaa Graham was born in Lake Providence, LA, where he grew up on a plantation. His family worked as share-croppers, in the segregated South of the 50s. In 1961, he moved to join his family who had moved to South Central Los Angeles, to try to build a more stable life. As a teenager, Shujaa lived through the Watts riot and Shujaa Sofia Moro Picexperienced the police occupation of his community. In and out of trouble, he spent much of his adolescent life in juvenile institutions, until at age 18, he was sent to Soledad Prison.

Within the prison walls, Shujaa came of age, mentored by the leadership of the Black Prison movement. He taught himself to read and write, he studied history and world affairs, and became a leader of the growing movement within the California prison system, as the Black Panther Party expanded in the community.

In 1973, Shujaa was framed in the murder of a prison guard at the Deuel Vocational Institute, Stockton, California. As a recognized leader within and without the prison, the community became involved in his defense, and supported him through 4 trials. Shujaa and his co-defendant, Eugene Allen, were sent to San Quentin’s death row in 1976, after a second trial in San Francisco. The DA systematically excluded all African American jurors, and in 1979, the California Supreme Court overturned the death conviction.  After spending three years on death row, Shujaa and Eugene Allen, continued to fight for their innocence. A third trial ended in a hung jury, and after a fourth trial, they were found innocent. As Shujaa often says, he won his freedom and affirmed his innocence in spite of the system.

Shujaa was released in March, 1981, and continued to organize in the Bay area, building community support for the prison movement, as well as protest in the neighborhoods against police brutality.

In the following years, Shujaa moved away from the Bay area. He learned landscaping, and created his own business. He and his wife raised three children, and became part of a progressive community in Maryland.

In 1999, Shujaa was invited to speak about his experiences on Death Row at fund raiser for the Alabama Death Penalty project, sponsored by the New York Legal Aid Foundation. This was a new beginning, and provided Shujaa the opportunity to begin to tell his story, his experiences and grow through work with other death penalty opponents, including Witness to Innocence.

Recently, Shujaa has developed a program combining stories about his life and exoneration with original blues lyrics put to music. Shujaa indomitable spirit and commitment to justice through Witness to Innocence make him a powerful leader in the anti-death penalty and human rights movements.

Spero LappasSpero T. Lappas, Esq. is licensed to practice law before the Supreme Court of the United States, all Pennsylvania state courts, and several federal courts. He is a Ph.D. candidate in American studies at The Pennsylvania State University where he researches the relationship between the American legal system and broader cultural issues. At Penn State he has taught courses in American Political Culture and Law and Society

He was an inaugural member of the Pa Senate Advisory Committee to Study the Causes of Wrongful Convictions and now serves on the Pennsylvania Legislative Advisory Committee to study the Commonwealth’s death penalty and make recommendations.

He was among the nation’s youngest attorneys to be named in the first edition of The Best Lawyers in America and has been recognized in Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who Among Emerging Leaders in America, America’s Leading Lawyers and The Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers.

He graduated with honors from Allegheny College, where he was twice named an Alden Scholar, received Departmental Honors at graduation and the Muhlfinger Prize for his independent research and from the Dickinson School of Law, where he was on the Editorial Board of the Dickinson Law Review and a member and faculty adviser of the National Trial Moot Court Team. He won two American Jurisprudence Awards, and in the Dickinson Law Review. He was later named to the Woolsack Society.

He has been an adjunct professor at Widener University School of Law and Harrisburg Area Community College, a University Graduate fellow at Penn State, and a member of the ACLU (where is on the board of directors for the local chapter), American Mensa, and the U.S.Fencing Association. He is a prize winning photographer, a tournament Scrabble champion, and a competitive three weapon fencer.

vicki clear image2Vicki Schieber is the mother of Shannon, who was raped and murdered on May 7, 1998 while finishing her first year of graduate school on a full scholarship at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Since this tragic incident, Vicki and her husband, Sylvester, have dedicated their career and lives to a moratorium on the death penalty. In addition to teaching many high schools and university classes on abolition, Vicki runs workshops for state conferences, is a published author, and served on the 2008 Maryland Commission on Capital Punishment. She is now actively teaching Catholic Social Teaching on the Death Penalty with the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Use of the Death Penalty.

Vicki is the recipient of the Fannie Mae Foundation Good Neighbor Award, the Courage in Community Award of the McAuley Institute Board of Trustees and the Exceptional Community Spirit Award from Rebuilding Together of Washington, D.C. Despite her tragic loss, she does all this in the name of Catholicism, citing that “The death penalty is against our religion, a belief system in which life is held to be sacred.” Vicki is co-editor of Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty, a comprehensively exploration of the Catholic stance against capital punishment.

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PTSD: A Panel Discussion

PTSD PosterTuesday, November 11, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Kimberly Dozier, 2014-15 Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership
Wendy Moffat, professor, Dickinson College
Rebecca Porter, commander, Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic, Carlisle Barracks
David Wood, senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered by experiencing or witnessing a terrifying or traumatic event.  It is not a unusual for veterans returning from war to experience this condition, whether the condition is brief, prolonged, or permanent.  It is estimated that 11-20% of veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are suffering from PTSD. This panel discussion will approach the complex issue of PTSD from multiple perspectives.

Join the conversation on Twitter with #clarkeforum and #PTSD.

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

 Biographies (provided by the panelists)

Kimberly Dozier PhotoKimberly Dozier
 is a contributor to The Daily Beast and CNN, and former correspondent at the Associated Press and CBS News. She holds the 2014-2015 Gen Omar Bradley Chair — 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.

Dozier has received many Edward R. Murrow Awards; a Peabody Award; and three American Women in Radio and Television (AWRT) Gracie Awards. She is the first woman journalist to receive the National Medal of Honor Society’s Tex McCrary Award for her coverage of Iraq. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

moffatWendy Moffat, professor of English at Dickinson College, is the author of the award-winning biography A Great Unrecorded History: A New Life of E. M. Forster ( 2010.) A scholar of 20th century British and American culture, she is writing a dual biography of the psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Salmon and the war correspondent Elizabeth Shepley Sergeant in World War I.


COL Rebecca Porter received her Army commission from the University of Washington in 1983 where she was a Distinguished Military Graduate and began her Army career as a military police officer. She entered the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University in 1992. In 1995, she transferred from the MP Corps to the Medical Service Corps and returned to active duty to complete the Clinical Psychology Internship Program at Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii. She is also a graduate of Tripler’s Postdoctoral HealtPorter Rebeccah Psychology Fellowship and a board certified clinical health psychologist.

Porter’s Army assignments include serving as congressional liaison in the Office of the Chief of Legislative Liaison, special assistant for Army Well-Being to the chief of staff of the Army (General Eric Shinseki), director of Psychological Health for the Army and chief of the Behavioral Health Division at the Office of the Army Surgeon General. She is currently the commander of the Dunham U.S. Army Health Clinic at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; a member of the Science Advisory Board for the Military Child Education Coalition; past president of the Society for Military Psychology; a diplomate of the American Academy of Clinical Health Psychology; a fellow of the American Psychological Association; and a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit.

David Wood HeadshotDavid Wood is the senior military correspondent for The Huffington Post. His series on severely wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting.

He has been a journalist since 1970, a staff correspondent successively for Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Newhouse News Service, The Baltimore Sun and AOL’s Politics Daily. A birthright Quaker and former conscientious objector, he covered guerrilla wars in Africa as Time Magazine’s Nairobi bureau chief (1977-1980). As a Washington-based correspondent since 1980, Mr. Wood has reported on national security issues at the White House, Pentagon and State Department, and has covered conflicts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.

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Janet Astington

Astington PosterProfessor Emerita, University of Toronto

Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind

Thursday, November 6, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.

Astington will argue that language is critical in the development of theory of mind, which underlies human social interaction and self-awareness.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Departments of Psychology, Education and Philosophy.  This program is also part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Language.

Astington JWBiography (provided by the speaker)

Janet Wilde Astington is professor emerita at the Institute of Child Study, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Canada. She was born in England and in 1966 immigrated to Canada where she taught high school science. She earned a Ph.D. in applied cognitive science from the University of Toronto in 1985 and then held a faculty position at the Institute of Child Study from 1990 until her retirement in 2012. She is married to John H. Astington (professor of English and drama, University of Toronto) and has two daughters and five grandchildren.

Astington played a central role in the development of the field of children’s theory of mind. She is author of The Child’s Discovery of the Mind (Harvard University Press, 1993), which has been translated into six different languages. She is editor or co-editor of four books, including Developing Theories of Mind (Cambridge University Press, 1988) and Why Language Matters for Theory of Mind (Oxford University Press, 2005). She has also published more than eighty book chapters and journal articles.

Astington was awarded the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International Educator’s Award (1994), the American Educational Research Association’s Raymond B. Cattell Early Career Award (1995), and a University of Toronto Connaught Research Fellowship (2001). She has held research grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada continuously from 1988 to 2012. She has also received funding from the Spencer Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Astington’s research is in children’s theory of mind. This is the understanding of people as mental beings, each with his or her own mental states– such as beliefs, desires, intentions, and emotions. Theory of mind underlies the ability to understand human behaviors by thinking about what is in a person’s mind. We explain our own actions, as well as attempt to interpret and predict other people’s actions, by taking account of mental states. Consequently, theory of mind concerns central aspects of development, involving cognition, language, and social interaction.

Astington’s approach is socio-cultural, with a particular focus on the role of language in theory-of-mind development. Astington’s applied interests are pedagogical, such as in helping teachers use theory-of-mind research to develop materials and approaches that engage children in mindful learning.

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Javier Corrales

corrales PosterProfessor, Amherst College

Venezuela: The Politics of Barricades

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

This lecture seeks to explain why Venezuela, the country that has experienced the most spectacular economic windfall in Latin America from 2003 to 2011, is today in one of the worst political crises in the region and one of the worst economic crises in the world. It confronts the question of how “new” is the “new Venezuela” after Hugo Chavez.

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 by the Department of Latin American Studies.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Javier Corrales is professor of political science at Amherst College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is currently working on the 8411710387_fb5577c684_c cropped 2013second edition of his co-authored book with Michael Penfold, Dragon in the Tropics: Hugo Chávez and the Political Economy of Revolution in Venezuela (Brookings Institution Press, 2011).  In addition, he is working on a book project on constitutional assemblies and presidential powers in Latin America.   Corrales is also the co-author with Daniel Altschuler of The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (Palgrave Macmillan 2013), and with Carlos Romero of  U.S.-Venezuela Relations: Coping with Midlevel Security Threats (Routledge, 2013). He is the co-editor with Mario Pecheny of The Politics of Sexuality in Latin America (University of Pittsburgh Press 2010). He serves on the editorial board of Latin American Politics and Society and Americas Quarterly.

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In a Republic Does a Citizen Have a Duty to Vote?

Duty to Vote PosterTuesday, October 28, 2014
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.


Dickinson Faculty:
Sarah Niebler, assistant professor of political science
David O’Connell, assistant professor of political science
Thomas Kozdron, class of 2018
Samantha Lodge, class of 2015
Angeline Apostolou (moderator), class of 2015

The 2014 elections will be held on November 4. Do American citizens have a duty to participate in this election? This debate will focus on whether there is such a duty from multiple perspectives.

This event is part of a new series titled Dickinson Debates sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.

Biographies (provided by the participants)

nieblers_20130820_3852Sarah Niebler is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College. She studies campaigns and elections, political participation, and political communication and her work is published or forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Communication, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and American Politics Research. Prior to coming to Dickinson, Sarah was a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, but is a Pennsylvania native having grown up in Gettysburg and attended Muhlenberg College.

oconneld_20130820_3790 (1)David O’Connell is an assistant professor of political science at Dickinson College.  His research interests include the presidency, religion and politics, and American political development.  O’Connell’s research has been published in Presidential Studies Quarterly and his first book, God Wills It: Presidents and the Political Use of Religion, will be released this November.  He received his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University and also holds a B.A. in political science and economics from the University of Pennsylvania.

Thomas KozdronThomas (Tommy) Kozdron is currently a first-year student at Dickinson College. He is interested in pursuing a course of study that includes pre-medicine as well as law & policy. On campus, he hopes to get involved with political life and civic engagement. He was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.



Best Samantha ImageSamantha Lodge is Student Senate’s vice-president for Student Life and a senior political science and environmental studies double major, with a minor in economics. She is the music director for the Syrens, an active member of Pi Beta Phi, a member of the Political Science Majors Committee, and a TA for the Photo Department.



Dickinson Debates is a new series of debates co-sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and the Student Senate Public Affairs Committee.  In this series, Dickinson professors and students will debate significant and timely issues that are of interest to the Dickinson community.  If you have an issue that you think should be debated as part of this series, please email your idea to the Clarke Forum at

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