Carl Bruch

Bruch PosterSenior Attorney, Environmental Law Institute

Water, Conflict, and Peacebuilding

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

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

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

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABiography (provided by the speaker)

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

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The Eisenhower Series College Program

ESCP Poster finalTopic: U.S. Security Policy

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


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

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

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

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Ira Glick ’57

Glick PosterProfessor Emeritus, Stanford University Medical Center

The New Neuroscience

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

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

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

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

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Scott Sumner

Sumner PosterProfessor, Bentley University

Market Monetarism and the Crash of 2008

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

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

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

scott_sumner2Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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Catherine O’Reilly

O'Reilly PosterFinalProfessor, Illinois State University

Global Consequences of Current Lake Warming

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

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

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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Freedom of Religion: A Debate

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

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

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

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

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

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

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


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


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

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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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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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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.

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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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James Oakes

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

Emancipation Proclamation: Myths and Realities

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

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

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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Kevin Kruse

Kevin Kruse PosterEntrepreneur and Bestselling Author

Wholehearted Leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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Janice Perlman

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

The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture

FAVELA: Four Decades of Research in Rio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture

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

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Jenny Reardon

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

The Anti-Racist Democratic Genome?

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

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

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

Reardon PicBiography (provided by the speaker)

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

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Citizenship and Partisanship

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


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

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

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

Biographies (provided by the speakers)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Sarah Tishkoff

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Professor, University of Pennsylvania

African Genomic Variation

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

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

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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James A. Baker – Constitution Day Address Lecturer

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

Surveillance Post-Snowden

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

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

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


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

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

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