Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty

The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues is establishing a series of programmatic events dedicated to the theme of leadership in an age of uncertainty. This new initiative is grounded on the reality that today’s generation of Dickinson students confronts a large number of intractable political, economic, and social problems: terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, environmental pollution, global warming, a sustainable energy policy, the ongoing financial crisis, the federal deficit, the amount of public and private debt, the health care crisis, along with issues regarding race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation, as well as technology and privacy. These issues and problems directly or indirectly pose challenges to the College and the local community that may in time require fundamental changes in institutions, values, and practices across the public, private, and non-profit sectors of American society. How Dickinsonians respond to these challenges presents us with an opportunity for reflection on the meaning of leadership in the contemporary world.

The Rule of the Clan – Panel Discussion

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


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

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

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Steven Solomon

Solomon Final PosterAuthor and Commentator

Brave New World of Water

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

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

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

Steven_SolomonBiography (provided by the speaker)

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

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

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

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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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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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Janice Perlman

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

The Bruce R. Andrews Lecture

FAVELA: Four Decades of Research in Rio

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

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

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

Perlman PicBiography (provided by the speaker)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For further information see www.mega-cities.net

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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Robert Bilheimer

Bilheimer Film Poster FinalPresident, Worldwide Documentaries, Inc.

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

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

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

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

image002Biography (provided by the speaker)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Marc Lynch

Associate Professor of Political Science, George Washington University

The Arab Uprisings

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Book Sale/Signing to Follow

Lynch sheds light on the unfinished Middle East revolutions that have so far brought down the governments of Egypt, Tunisia, and Libya, and offers a framework for understanding the deeper changes still emerging from a region thoroughly and forever altered.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Constance and Rose Ganoe Memorial Fund for Inspirational Teaching courtesy of Professor Russell Bova and the Department of Middle East Studies.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography(provided by the speaker)

Marc Lynch (@abuaardvark) is associate professor of political science at George Washington University, where he is the director of the Institute for Middle East Studies and the Project on Middle East Political Science. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security and edits the Middle East Channel for ForeignPolicy.com. He has written several books including The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East and Voices of the New Arab Public, which was selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Book. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland.


Lieutenant General James M. Dubik – “General Omar N. Bradley Lecture”

Leadership Under Pressure

Monday, October 22, 2012
Katz Hall, Penn State Dickinson School of Law, 7:00 p.m.

Link to Live Webcast

General Dubik, The General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership, will discuss the strategic mistakes made in Iraq; the myths that are partly responsible for these mistakes; the transformation that turned Iraq from a strategic failure to a strategic opportunity; and how the U.S. should incorporate its experience in Iraq in addressing current ongoing events in the Middle East and North Africa.

This event is jointly sponsored by Dickinson College, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, and the U.S. Army War College.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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

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Richard Matthew

Founding Director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs & Professor of International and Environmental Politics, UC at Irvine

Natural Resources, Conflict and Peacebuilding

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Based on fieldwork in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, this presentation examines the complex and evolving relationships among natural resources, violent conflict and peacebuilding.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs and is part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Richard A. Matthew (BA McGill; PhD Princeton) is a professor in the Schools of Social Ecology and Social Science at the University of California at Irvine, and founding director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs (www.cusa.uci.edu). He is also a senior fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development in Geneva; a senior fellow at the Munk School for International Affairs at the University of Toronto; a senior member of the UNEP Expert Group on Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding; and a member of the World Conservation Union’s Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy. He has carried out fieldwork in conflict zones throughout South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, and has consulted widely with government agencies and the private sector. He has served on several UN missions, including two that he led to Sierra Leone, and he was the lead author of the UN technical report, Sierra Leone: Environment, Conflict and Peacebuilding Assessment. He has over 140 publications.

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Cheng Li

Director of Research and Senior Fellow, Thornton China Center, Brookings

China’s Leadership Transition & the Bo Xilai Case

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Just as the Chinese Community Party elite is trying to smooth the way for the transfer of power to a new generation of Chinese leaders, one of its rising stars, Bo Xilai, has been ousted as party chief of Chongqing and his wife is charged with the murder of a British businessman. What are the implications of this unfolding crisis for China’s decision-making process, economic policies, social stability, and foreign relations? More information

The event is jointly sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs and co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Studies.  It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Cheng LI is the director of research and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s John L. Thornton China Center. Dr. Li currently also serves as a director of the National Committee on US-China Relations, a member of the Academic Advisory Team of the Congressional U.S.-China Working Group, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  Dr. Li is the author/editor of numerous books, including China’s Leaders: The New Generation, Bridging Minds Across the Pacific: The Sino-U.S. Educational Exchange 1978-2003, China’s Changing Political Landscape: Prospects for Democracy, China’s Emerging Middle Class: Beyond Economic Transformation.

Dr. Li has frequently been called upon to share his unique perspective and insights as an expert on China. He recently appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, BBC, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, NPR Diane Rehm Show, NPR News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and the PBS Charlie Rose Show.

He received an M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Princeton University in 1992.


Pat Genovese

Head Lacrosse Coach, William Smith College

Title IX: Conception, Progression, Direction

Monday, September 24, 2012
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.

In 1972, Congress enacted Title IX, which prohibited sexual discrimination in any education program or activity that received federal financial assistance. Coach Genovese will explore the origin of Title IX; the advances and setbacks that have occurred in athletics since its enactment; and where it will take us in the future.

This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and co-sponsored by the Department of Athletics, Office of Institutional and Diversity Initiatives, and the Women’s Center. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

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Ana Puig

Co-Chair of the Kitchen Table Patriots

The Tea Party

Thursday, April 19, 2012 (originally scheduled for March 1)
Althouse Hall, Room 106, 5:00 p.m.

Reception to Follow

Puig will address the nature of the Tea Party and the impact that it has had in the early Republican primaries and the role she anticipates it will play in the 2012 presidential election.

This event was initiated by The Clarke Forum Student Project Managers and is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Ana Puig’s Biography
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Doug Guthrie

Dean of the School of Business, George Washington University

China’s Capitalism: A Model For U.S.?

Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

One of the great ironies of our time is this: today, the largest Communist society in the world is also the world’s most dynamic and business-friendly capitalist economy. To examine this seemingly paradoxical circumstance, this lecture will analyze the economic reforms that have been sweeping across China for over three decades. As we view the changes in China through the prism of media representations, political rhetoric, and the many other distortions that have shaped perceptions of the reform process in China, the picture is murky at best. We will examine the changes that have actually occurred in China and the forces that have brought about this process of change. As it turns out, China’s course of building a market economy can teach the world’s capitalist powers a great deal about healthy market economies.

This event was initiated by The Clarke Forum Student Project Managers and is sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the Department of Political Science and Department of International Business and Management. It is also part of the Clarke Forum’s Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty Series.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Dr. Doug Guthrie is dean of the George Washington University School of Business and professor of International Business and Professor of Management. He is a recognized expert in the fields of economic reform in China, leadership and corporate governance, and corporate social responsibility.

Prior to joining GW, Dr. Guthrie served as professor of management at New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He also held a joint appointment as professor of sociology on NYU’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences and was director of executive education at NYU-Stern from 2007-09.

Dr. Guthrie has held visiting positions at Harvard Business School, INSEAD and the graduate schools of business at Stanford University, Columbia University and Emory University. He served as director of the Business Institutions Initiative at the social Science Research Council (1999-2003) and was the academic director of the Berlin School of Creative Leadership from 2008-11.

He holds an A.B. in East Asian languages and civilizations with a concentration in Chinese literature from the University of Chicago. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in organizational sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Dr. Guthrie studied in Taipei, Taiwan, during his undergraduate years and conducted his doctoral research in Shanghai, China. Dr. Guthrie has authored, co-authored, and edited numerous books, articles, and reports on Chinese economic reform, leadership, and corporate social responsibility, including Dragon in a Three-Piece Suit: The Emergence of Capitalism in China (Princeton University Press); and China and Globalization: The Economic, Political, and Social Transformation of China (Routledge). His doctoral research was recognized with the American Sociological Association’s national award for the top dissertation in the field in 1997. He has also been the recipient of teaching awards, best paper awards, and grants from the Ford and Sloan Foundations.
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Heidi Hartmann

President, Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Lifting the Floor and Achieving Gender Equality

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 *
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m

Trends in women’s labor force participation, the gender wage gap, and job segregation by sex indicate that women’s progress has hit a plateau after improvement for several decades. Hartmann will discuss the policies that are needed to lift the floor of the labor market of women, resolve troubling work/family issues, and achieve gender equality between women and men.

The event is co-sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, the Churchill Fund, the Departments of Economics, Sociology, International Business and Management and the Women’s Center.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Heidi Hartmann is the president of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a scientific research organization that she formed in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. She is an economist with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, all in economics. Dr. Hartmann is also a research professor at The George Washington University.

Dr. Hartmann has published numerous articles in journals and books and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She lectures internationally on women, economics, and public policy, frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress, and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets such as CNN, NBC News, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is a co-author of several IWPR reports including: Women’s and Men’s Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession; Still a Man’s Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap; The Impact of Social Security Reform on Women; Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave; and Combining Work and Welfare: An Antipoverty Strategy. She is currently secretary/treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO) and co-chair of NCWO’s Task Force on Older Women’s Economic Security (OWES). She has also served as an editor of several scholarly journals and is currently co-editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy and a member of the editorial board of Feminist Economics. She serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.

Prior to founding IWPR, Dr. Hartmann was on the faculties of Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research and worked at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, where she served as associate executive director of the Commission on Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education and contributed to numerous reports on women’s employment issues, including Women, Work, and Wages: Equal Pay for Jobs of Equal Value and Computer Chips and Paper Clips: Technology and Women’s Employment.

In 1994, Dr. Hartmann was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in the field of women and economics. She is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Swarthmore College, the Wilbur Cross Medal for distinguished alumni of the graduate school of Yale University, and an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Claremont Graduate University.

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Charles W. Cole Jr. – “Benjamin Rush Award Lecturer”

Former President and CEO, First Maryland Bankcorp and The National Bank of Maryland

Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Tuesday, February 21, 2012  **
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Cole will analyze and discuss the state of the U.S. economy from a global perspective, with a special focus on both the strengths and weaknesses of current financial markets, including how they might affect future job opportunities of college graduates. Cole will also have some suggestions regarding the shaping of an investment portfolio.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Charles W. Cole Jr., is a retired Baltimore Banker and Community leader. He was born in Baltimore, son of a lawyer.  Cole is a graduate of Gilman School and Washington and Lee University with a degree in economics and earned his LL.B. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Mr. Cole spent 34 years with First Maryland Bankcorp and the First National Bank of Maryland. He served as President (1977-1994) and Chief Executive Officer (1984-1994). He was also Chief Administrative Officer and a Director of First Maryland Bankcorp. During the 10 years after Mr. Cole took the helm as CEO, First Maryland’s compounded growth rate exceeded 20% – a record unmatched by the largest 100 bank holding companies in the country.

After retiring from the bank, Mr. Cole was managing Director and Vice Chairman of Brown Advisory. After departing Brown Advisory, Mr. Cole was Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Legg Mason Trust (now Legg Mason Investment Council and Trust Company).

Mr. Cole served as trustee of a number of institutions such as the University of Maryland Board of Regents, University of Maryland Baltimore, the University of Maryland Foundation, the Allied Irish Banks of Dublin, Ireland and Provident Bank of Maryland. He was President of the Elkridge Club. He was a member of the Board of the Center Club, the Greater Baltimore Committee, Medical Eye Bank of Maryland, the Maryland Chamber of Commerce, the Maryland Zoological Society, the Governor’s Maryland High Technology Roundtable, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Institute College of Art and Sinai Hospital.

Mr. Cole was chosen by then-Governor Harry R. Hughes to represent the financial community on the Governor’s initial trade mission to the People’s Republic of China. That visit resulted in the establishment of the first correspondent banking relationship between a Chinese bank and a bank in this region. In 1982, Mr. Cole served as Vice Chairman of the United Way of Central Maryland Campaign. Mr. Cole was awarded the Henry A. Rosenberg, Sr. Distinguished Citizen’s Award, Baltimore Area Council, Boy Scouts of America in December, 1992.

Mr. Cole loves investments and serves on the investment committees at the University of Maryland Foundation, Medstar, Sheppard Pratt, Calvert School and Dickinson College, Goldseker, and France-Merrick Foundation.

Mr. Cole, his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren have hiked Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt Washington in New Hampshire many times and have done extensive trekking in Switzerland for many years.

Mr. Cole’s highest priority in life is a deep devotion to his family. Mr. Cole is delighted to have lived during the time of Ted Williams, John Unitas, Otto Graham, Raymond Berry, Bill Russell, Michael Jordan, Sugar Ray Robinson, Poncho Gonzalez, Bjorn Borg, Rhinehold Messner and Secretariat.

The Benjamin Rush Award
The Benjamin Rush Award for Humanistic Values in Corporate and Government Life, established in 1985, is one of the most prestigious annual awards presented at Dickinson College. The Award celebrates the achievements of officials and executives who have reached the highest levels in government service or the corporate world. It is named in honor of Benjamin Rush, the prominent colonial Philadelphia physician who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and founder of Dickinson.

The Award is conferred at a public ceremony on the Dickinson campus, during which the recipient presents the annual Rush Award Lecture. The lectureship guidelines stipulate that the recipient should comment on issues of significance to government or the corporate world, with some attention to the value of the liberal arts in preparing individuals for responsible citizenship. The recipient of the Award is presented with an honorarium and a bronze medal bearing Rush’s likeness. Prior to the Rush Lecture the college hosts a reception and dinner in honor of the recipient.




Dennis Blair

Former United States Director of National Intelligence, Commander in Chief of U.S. Pacific Command, and Retired United States Navy Admiral

The Challenges of China

Thursday, November 3, 2011
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

* This event is part of The Clarke Forum’s series on Leadership in an Age
of Uncertainty.

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

Lecture Description (provided by the speaker)
To outsiders, China seems to be on a roll these days. The 2008 Olympics were an impressive coming-out party; it weathered the 2007-2008 world economic crisis better than most other countries, and has resumed double-digit economic growth; it has shown the world an advanced stealth aircraft, is about to launch an aircraft carrier, and has sent ships to join the international anti-piracy patrol in the Indian Ocean. Yet in many ways China does not act like a powerful, confident country. It squabbles with its neighbors to the East and South; it is in the midst of a mostly secret succession process; Chinese search engines will not accept “jasmine”; labor unrest and inflation are growing. Admiral Blair will describe China’s prospects for development in the future – economic, political, social and military – and will discuss the implications for the United States, and American policies and actions to deal with China.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Admiral Blair served as director of National Intelligence from January 2009 to May 2010. He led sixteen national intelligence agencies, administering a budget of $50 billion and providing integrated intelligence support to the President, Congress and operations in the field. Prior to rejoining the government, he held the John M. Shalikashvili Chair in National Security Studies with the National Bureau of Asian Research.

From 2003 to 2006, Admiral Blair was president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA), a federally funded research and development center based in Alexandria, Virginia that supports the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security and the Intelligence Community.

Prior to retiring from the Navy in 2002, Admiral Blair served as commander in chief, U.S. Pacific Command, the largest of the combatant commands. During his 34-year Navy career, Admiral Blair served on guided missile destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets and commanded the Kitty Hawk Battle Group. Ashore, he served as Director of the Joint Staff and held budget and policy positions on the National Security Council and several major Navy staffs.

Admiral Blair currently is a member of the Energy Security Leadership Council of Securing America’s Future Energy. In the past he has served as a director of Tyco International, EDO Corporation, Iridium, LLC, and as a director of several non-profit organizations.

A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Blair earned a master’s degree in history and languages from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, and was a White House fellow at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. He has been awarded four Defense Distinguished Service medals, three National Intelligence Distinguished Service medals, and has received decorations from the governments of Japan, Thailand, Korea, Australia, the Philippines and Taiwan.
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P. J. Crowley – General Omar N. Bradley Lecture

Former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs

General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership

WIKILEAKS: One Year Later

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Penn State University Dickinson School of Law
Lewis Katz Hall Auditorium, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Crowley will explore the impact that Wikileaks has had on global politics and the media as well as the implications it has had for relevant national security policies.

This event is jointly sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs, and the U.S. Army War College.

Philip J. “P.J.” Crowley, former United States assistant secretary of state for public affairs, is the 2011-2012 recipient of the General Omar N. Bradley Chair in Strategic Leadership. While in residence, Crowley conducts classes at Dickinson College, the U.S. Army War College and Penn State University Dickinson School of Law and School of International Affairs.

President Barack Obama nominated Crowley to be assistant secretary of state for public affairs in the U.S. Department of State in 2009. Previously, he served as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director of public affairs for the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration. Across a 30-year government career, Crowley was a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force and served in Turkey, Germany, and at the United States Air Force Academy. During the Kosovo conflict, he worked under Javier Solana, Secretary General of NATO, helping to develop a strategic communication capability to keep American and European publics informed about military operations, but also counteract deliberate efforts by the Serbian government to use state-controlled media coverage to undercut public support for the NATO campaign. He retired from the Air Force in 1999 as a colonel.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Crowley was a senior fellow with the Center for American Progress, with a particular policy focus on homeland security and combating terrorism in ways that are consistent with the rule of law, and can sustain long-term public support.

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

WDCV Radio Interview with P.J. Crowley on 10/25/11