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.

Philip Zelikow

Former Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission

The Twilight War

Tuesday, September 13, 2011 *
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
The program will begin with a brief memorial service, followed by the lecture, book sale/signing and reception.

Zelikow will take stock of the ten years of conflict since 9/11 and discuss the agenda now. He will reflect on the Commission’s work and on the way a “paradox of prevention” before 9/11 has now been replaced by a “paradox of adjustment.” Zelikow will offer an assessment of the ongoing fights in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the rest of the Arab and Muslim world. In addition, he will review what has gone right, and not so right, in the changing organization of American government to deal with dangers like terrorism.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)

Philip Zelikow is the White Burkett Miller Professor of History and Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of Virginia.  Zelikow began his professional career as a trial and appellate lawyer in Texas. His Ph.D. is from Tufts University’s Fletcher School.  He was a career diplomat, posted overseas and in Washington, including service on the NSC staff for President George H.W. Bush. Since 1991 he has taught and directed research programs at Harvard University and at the University of Virginia.  His books include Germany Unified and Europe Transformed (with Condoleezza Rice), The Kennedy Tapes (with Ernest May), and Essence of Decision (with Graham Allison).  In addition to service on some government advisory boards, and as an elected member of a local school board, he has taken two public service leaves from academia to return full-time to government service, in 2003-04 to direct the 9/11 Commission and in 2005-07 as Counselor of the Department of State, a deputy to Secretary Rice.  He also advises the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s program in global development and is a consultant to the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

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Michael Shenkman ’68

Founder and President, Arch of Leadership; Metzger-Conway Fellow

Leading Greatly: Why a Liberal Arts Education Matters

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 *
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Great leaders tap into people’s diverse aspirations and forge collaborations in pursuit of visions that invigorate the human endeavor. Many kinds of creative efforts are needed when the challenge is daunting. A leader with a liberal arts education is prepared to recognize, appreciate and harness a diversity of creative talents, which increases the likelihood of success.

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

Topical Background (provided by the speaker)
Dr. Shenkman has devoted his life to studying people who have accomplished great things for the human endeavor. This search began in earnest during his time at Dickinson College from 1960 – 1964. His studies, especially in philosophy, but also in religion, history, literature and science and his work as an organizational consultant, led him to this conclusion: It takes many kinds of aspirations, diverse talents and divergent lifeways to put a new and great endeavor on the map. A liberal arts education provides leaders with insights into this necessary diversity, opening the way for great experiments and collaborations. There is no substitute — not technical genius, not wheelbarrows full of money — for what a liberal arts education provides. Among the abilities honed by a liberal arts education are: the ability to perceive the value in the different lives that people offer, the ability to detect the dangers and limitations of narrow perspectives, the ability to find value in mixing people together for optimal collaboration, the ability to imagine, articulate a great story and use it to inspire the greatness that will be needed for the great challenges that lie ahead.

More than a decade ago, Dr. Shenkman has engaged in what he calls “The Breakout Creatives Project” in which he has studied how to mentor people who devote their lives to invigorating the human endeavor through adopting the roles of Mystic, Artist, Prophet and Leader. In this presentation he will show that the Liberal Arts Education provides the foundation by which leaders in all walks of life can appreciate and build on the works of these creative initiators.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Michael H. Shenkman, Ph.D., is founder and president of the Arch of Leadership, a leader mentoring company. Dr. Shenkman developed the Arch of Leadership program based on extensive research and more than 20 years of consulting experience and acting as executive coach and mentor. He holds a Ph.D. from Boston College and a BA from Dickinson College. He has taught at The Management Development Center of the University of New Mexico, Boston Architecture College. His on-line leader mentoring program is now used by Boston Architectural College in its Distance Learning Program.

Shenkman is a pioneer in this field. His leader mentoring program is among the first fully developed mentoring curriculum being offered to colleges, businesses and service organizations. Shenkman has developed leader mentoring into a high level advancement practice. His methodology helps aspiring executives to fully enter and commit to the life of creative leading in order to build organizational value, inspire success and enhance quality of life. Dr. Shenkman and his cadre of trained associates have mentored more than 500 prospective leaders in major corporations, community settings and at Sandia National Laboratories.

Leader mentoring is part of a larger project in which Dr. Shenkman is developing specific mentoring regimens for other creative figures, including mystics, artists and prophets. The intention is to provide support and guidance to all those who are dedicated to advancing the creative sprit.

Dr. Shenkman has published four books on organizational excellence, including two on leading: The Arch and the Path: The Life of Leading Greatly, and Leader Mentoring: Find, Inspire and Cultivate Great Leaders. Descriptions of this work can be found at www.breakoutcreatives.net.
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Arlen Meyers ’68

Professor of Otolaryngology, Dentistry and Engineering, University of Colorado, Denver; Metzger-Conway Fellow

Developing Entrepreneurial Graduates

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 *
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Entrepreneurship is not only about creating new businesses. It is a facilitating mindset that should permeate all academic disciplines, not just those that have a technological basis. Meyers will discuss how colleges and universities looking for a competitive edge should place entrepreneurship at the center of their academic programs.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA is professor of otolaryngology (ear nose and throat surgery), engineering and dentistry at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus and a bioentrepreneur. He is the founding CEO of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Meyers is an award winning clinician, researcher and teacher. He has created four companies, including several medical device companies, www.medvoy.com, a medical travel company, and consults to several other life science firms producing drugs, devices, diagnostics,healthcare IT solutions and medical services. He is the former director of the Bioentrepreneurship education program and the MD/MBA program at the University of Colorado Business School.

After graduating from Dickinson in 1968, Dr. Meyers attended Jefferson Medical College, did his residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and completed his MBA at the University of Colorado. He is a Harvard-Macy Fellow (medical education) and recently completed a Fullbright Fellowship at Kings Business (bioentrepreneurship), the commercialization office of Kings College London.

Meyers is returned to Dickinson as a Metzger-Conway Fellow. The Metzger-Conway program, established in 1982, brings distinguished graduates back to Dickinson for short residencies.
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Donald Graham – Benjamin Rush Award Lecturer

Chairman of The Graham Group

The Liberal Arts in Today’s World

Wednesday, November 3, 2010 – Rush Award *
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Graham will speak about the vital importance of a liberal arts education and the need for broad-based thinking in today’s business and political climate.

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

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Donald C. Graham founded Graham Engineering in 1960 with no capital in the basement of his rented farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. Today, the Graham Group manages approximately $2.5 billion of internal and third party capital and is the anchor sponsor of four investment management businesses including the family investment office, Graham Capital Company located in York, PA and three private equity firms based in the Philadelphia area, Graham Partners, Inverness Graham and Striker Partners. The Graham Group manages a significant pool of marketable securities along with investments in over 100 private equity, real estate and hedge funds. The Graham Group also maintains a direct co-investment operation in businesses where it believes we have something to offer, other than just capital. The co-investments are in diverse industries and include packaging, building products, aerospace components, electronics and drainage and irrigation products.

In addition to his business activities, Mr. Graham has been an active benefactor in community, cultural and environmental projects. He has served on boards and committees of numerous academic institutions including the University of Michigan, Babson College, Burke Mountain Academy, York College and Dartmouth College. He has funded several faculty chairs and scholarship programs at these institutions and has funded the Graham Certificate Program in Entrepreneurial Studies at Penn State York. He has also received the Benjamin Rush Award from Dickinson College. His community support includes projects such as the Graham Aquatic Center in York, PA.

From the University of Michigan he has received the Alumni Society Medal for extraordinary achievement, has been involved in and supported the Tauber Institute, the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute, the Sam Graham Trees and Trails, the Graham Nanotech Labs, the Technical Entrepreneurial Studies Program and has supported scholarships and several projects at the Athletic Department. He has served in various capacities at the University including the President’s Advisory Group, College of Engineering National Advisory Committee and Honorary Co-Chair for the Michigan Difference Campaign.

Mr. Graham serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation in Kenya which manages a Scientific Research Centre, Ranch and Wildlife Conservancy, as well as a health clinic and a school for children. He also serves on the African Wildlife Foundation Board. The African Wildlife Foundation’s mission is to conserve wildlife, protect land and empower people throughout Africa.

Mr. Graham has been active in many professional organizations, including Young Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executive Officers, World Business Council, American Business Council, Recycling Advisory Council and the local Pennsylvania Manufacturer’s Association where he was Chairman. He currently serves on over ten Corporate Boards.

Mr. Graham earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and his Master’s Degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from the University of Michigan. Mr. Graham has received Honorary Doctorate Degrees from both York College of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan.

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.

Fred Greenstein

Poster for Web Greenstein

Professor of Politics Emeritus, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University

Buchanan vs. Lincoln: A Presidential Comparison

Friday, October 29, 2010
Denny Hall, Room 317, 4:00 p.m.

No two presidents are viewed as having been more unlike than Buchanan and Lincoln. Historians typically rate Buchanan near the bottom of the list of presidents and Lincoln at the top. This lecture addresses whether these two presidents differed that much, whether the historians’ ratings are justified, and whether there is any merit to such ratings?

James Buchanan is an 1809 graduate of Dickinson College.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Fred I. Greenstein is Professor of Politics Emeritus at Princeton University. His books include Children and Politics (1965), Personality and Politics (1969), The Hidden-Hand Presidency: Eisenhower as Leader (1982), How Presidents Test Reality (1989, with John P. Burke), The Presidential Difference: Leadership Style from FDR to Barack Obama (2009), and Inventing the Job of President: Leadership Style from George Washington to Andrew Jackson (2009). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and past president of the International Society for Political Psychology. He received a BA from Antioch College in 1953 and a Ph.D. from Yale University in 1960.
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Erwin Chemerinsky – Constitution Day Address Lecturer


Dean and Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine School of Law

The Roberts Court and the Future of Constitutional Law

Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Rubendall Recital Hall, 12:00 p.m. – 1:10 p.m.


The Roberts Court will address the most contested and divisive issues polarizing American society, including gay marriage, state immigration reform, and the new federal health care legislation. What direction will the Court take on these and other important issues?

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Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Irvine, School of Law. Prior to assuming this position in July 2008, was the Alston & Bird Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University. Joined the Duke faculty in July 2004 after 21 years at the University of Southern California Law School, where he was the Sydney M. Irmas Professor of Public Interest Law, Legal Ethics, and Political Science. Before that he was a professor at DePaul College of Law from 1980-83. Practiced law as a trial attorney, United States Department of Justice, and at Dobrovir, Oakes & Gebhardt in Washington, D.C. Received a B.S. from Northwestern University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Author of six books and over 100 law review articles that have appeared in journals such as the Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Stanford Law Review and Yale Law Journal. Writes a regular column on the Supreme Court for California Lawyer, Los Angeles Daily Journal, and Trial Magazine, and is a frequent contributor to newspapers and other magazines. Regularly serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.

In April 2005, was named by Legal Affairs as one of the top 20 legal thinkers in America. Named by the Daily Journal in 2008 and 2009 (and many prior years) as one of the 100 most influential lawyers in California. In 2006, received the Duke University Scholar-Teacher of the Year Award. Has received many awards from educational, public interest, and civic organizations.

Frequently argues appellate cases, including in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeals. Testified many times before congressional and state legislative committees.

Elected by the voters in April 1997 to serve a two year term as a member of the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission. Served as Chair of the Commission which proposed a new Charter for the City which was adopted by the voters in June 1999. Also served as a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Diversity in 1999-2000. In September 2000, released a report on the Los Angeles Police Department and the Rampart Scandal, which was prepared at the request of the Los Angeles Police Protective League. Served as Chair of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on City Contracting, which issued its report in February 2005.

Winfield 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 and Tom Ridge.
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Sandy Weinberg ’72


Executive Director, Center for Clinical Research and Regulation; Metzger-Conway Fellow

Epidemics, Pandemics, and Bioterrorism

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
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 lecture will discuss the potentially disastrous consequences that epidemics, pandemics, and incidents of bioterrorism could have on public health along with the political and sociological aspects of these types of major catastrophes.

About the Speaker
Dr. Weinberg is an associate professor of Health Care Management, and executive director of the Center for Clinical Research and Regulation and of the Center for Superdemic Management. He edits two international journals, one related to each Center: The Journal of Superdemic Management (ILeibert Press), and the Journal of Clinical Research and Regulatory Affairs (Informa Press). Dr. Weinberg has also authored fifteen books (most recent, Guidebook for Drug Regulatory Submissions, Wiley, 2009) and more than one hundred articles and papers. He is a regulatory columnist for Medical Device Summit and for the Journal of Scientific Computing.

Sandy is a retired biomedical entrepreneur, having launched and grown six successful international drug development, medical device, and bioinformatics companies; and served as senior director for BioDefense for GE Healthcare. He serves on committees of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
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William Greenlee – "Rush Award"


President and CEO of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences

Building Intellectual Bridges

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

This is event is part of The Clarke Forum’s “Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty” series

The goal of research and scholarship is the pursuit of new knowledge. That pursuit expands the intellectual endowment, but without a purpose and plan for the endowment’s use, new knowledge does not benefit society as much as it could. Scholars must take a leading role in the translation of discoveries and new knowledge into products, policies, and guidance for the benefit of all.

Benjamin Rush Award
The Benjamin Rush Award Ceremony recognizes outstanding achievement by a member of the business or government community. The individual accepting the award presents a public lecture addressing the relationship of a liberal arts education to the business or government world. Opportunities for members of the College community to converse and discuss issues with the award recipient occur while the recipient is on the campus. Click here for listing of past recipients.

Topical Background
The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences is an independent, nonprofit organization that unites academia, the private sector, and government in the conduct of research to achieve improved human health assessments and the development of new and safer medicines. Hamner stimulates and facilitates the modernization of the scientific process through which a potential human drug, diagnostic agent, or medical device is transformed from a discovery, or proof of concept, into a medical product.

The Hamner exists outside the boundaries of the traditional university, yet it facilitates joint initiatives with Duke University and schools within the University of North Carolina college system. Through these collaborative initiatives with universities and the seamless integration with the life sciences industry, the investment in biomedical research by the public and private sectors will be more effectively translated into products that will improve human health. The Hamner offers all of the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university. The Hamner partners with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other government regulatory agencies, while maintaining strong ties to the pharmaceutical and related industries.

Biography (about the speaker)
William F. Greenlee, Ph.D. is president and chief executive officer of The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences, and chief executive officer and chairman of the Health Research and Education Foundation at The Hamner. Based in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) of North Carolina, The Hamner is an independent, nonprofit organization that unites academia, the private sector, and government to conduct translational research for improved human health assessments and the development of new and safer medicines.

The Hamner answers the FDA’s Critical Path Initiative — an effort to stimulate and facilitate the modernization of the scientific process through which a potential human drug, diagnostic agent, or medical device is transformed from a discovery or “proof of concept” into a medical product. Dr. Greenlee is the visionary behind The Hamner and has spent his professional career treading intertwining paths of academe and translational research for the advancement of public health.

Early in his career, Dr. Greenlee was a postdoctoral fellow at the Chemical Industry Institute of Toxicology (CIIT), The Hamner’s predecessor. CIIT was launched in 1974 by the visionary leaders of 11 different chemical companies and since then has carried out environmental risk assessment research, trained hundreds of postdoctoral fellows, and published thousands of papers in scientific publications. In less than two years as a postdoc at CIIT, Dr. Greenlee published seven papers. Deciding at first to pursue an academic career, he accepted a position in 1980 as assistant professor of toxicology at Harvard University’s School of Public Health. When he left North Carolina for Massachusetts, Dr. Greenlee did not know that he would return to CIIT — not once but several times, in different capacities — and eventually mold the organization into the world-class, preeminent biomedical sciences research and education institute that it is today.

As one of the first professors in the Laboratory of Toxicology at the Harvard School of Public Health, Dr. Greenlee held a joint appointment in the Program in Cellular and Developmental Biology at Harvard Medical School. The intellectually rich Harvard experience shaped him and provided an appreciation of the benefits of collaboration between the halls of academe and a cadre of research scientists. When CIIT asked Dr. Greenlee to come back to work as a scientist in its Department of Cellular and Molecular Toxicology, he accepted and rose to the position of chairman in 1988. During this time at CIIT, Dr. Greenlee led the organization in establishing a presence within the scientific community for the use of sound science in assessing human health risks from environmental exposures. Dr. Greenlee was recruited to Purdue University in Indiana in 1991 as professor and head of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmacal Sciences. Increasingly, Dr. Greenlee saw his life’s purpose as that of translating discoveries in the laboratory to new medicines and policies to protect human health and treat disease.

From 1995 to 1999, Dr. Greenlee was professor and chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Toxicology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) in Worcester. Today UMMS is ranked fourth in primary care education among the nation’s 125 medical schools by U.S. News & World Report but back in the 1970s when it was first established, some thought the school was doomed to fail. The Chancellor of the time, however, was a man of vision who realized that to become a great teaching institution, UMMS had to also become a great research institution. To ensure this happened, the Chancellor hired faculty such as Dr. Greenlee, those with strong research backgrounds. While Dr. Greenlee taught and led research efforts at the University of Massachusetts, he observed firsthand the process by which research becomes translated into public health initiatives. He saw that translational research — sometimes called “bench to bedside” — requires concentrated bridge building to achieve the ultimate purpose of linking scientific advances with new and safer medicines. During this period, Dr. Greenlee’s widely respected dioxin research at the University of Massachusetts, done in partnership with the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, led to a DNA cancer vaccine now in clinical trials at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Through the culmination of his professional experiences, Dr. Greenlee began to foresee that a new type of organization was required — one that was open, collaborative and cross-disciplinary. When in 1999 he was asked to return once again to CIIT, this time as chief executive officer and president, Dr. Greenlee was in a position to refocus CIIT’s research vision. First he steered CIIT through the final stages of its transition from an institute sponsored by CIIT member companies to an organization with a broadened funding base from both the private and public sectors. Today, The Hamner receives significant funding through competitive grant awards from the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies and foundations. This repositioning was based on the formation and integration of centers of excellence in genomics and molecular genetics, computational biology and bioinformatics, and extrapolation modeling and risk assessment, and translational human disease research. In keeping with Dr. Greenlee’s vision, the institute changed its name to the CIIT Centers for Health Research. Dr. Greenlee led the restructuring of CIIT’s core research program using a systems biology approach, which emphasizes the integration of laboratory research and computational modeling and allows researchers to better assess the impact of environmental exposures on human health.

Under Dr. Greenlee’s leadership, The Hamner Institutes for Health Sciences offers all of the intellectual, collegial and scientific benefits of a leading research university and as an independent biomedical research organization, facilitates joint initiatives with Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as schools within the UNC college system and the southeast region. Through these collaborative initiatives with universities and the seamless integration with the life sciences industry and federal government regulatory agencies, the investment in biomedical research by the public and private sectors is more effectively being translated into products and public health policies that will improve and protect human health.

The author of numerous scientific publications, Dr. Greenlee was an honors graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from San Jose State University in California in 1969 and a Master of Science in Chemistry from San Jose State University in 1973. He earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester in New York in 1978. Dr. Greenlee’s was elected by his peers to serve as president of the Society of Toxicology, the world’s largest toxicology and environmental health sciences professional society. A fellow of the Academy of Toxicological Sciences, he is adjunct professor at the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Dr. Greenlee chaired the board of directors for the North Carolina Association for Biomedical Research and served as vice chair of the National Research Council Committee on Emerging Issues in Environmental Health Research for the National Academy of Sciences.
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Tom Ridge – "Constitution Day Address"

Former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security and Former Governor of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium – 5:00 p.m.

The annual Constitution Day Address was established by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues in 1995. Each year a prominent public figure is invited to speak at Dickinson College on contemporary issues as they relate to the constitution.

A reception will follow the lecture from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Social Hall of the Holland Union Building.
Letter of invitation or Dickinson ID required.

Constitution Day
“Constitution and Citizenship Day” is normally celebrated every September 17, the day that the United States Constitution was ratified in 1787. It is intended to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and celebrate the founding ideals of the United States. The idea for Constitution Day began in 1939, when newspaper publisher William Randolph Hearst advocated for the creation of a holiday to celebrate citizenship. In 1940, the United States Senate passed a resolution to designate the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.” In 1952, President Harry Truman changed the name of the holiday to “Citizenship Day” and moved the date to September 17. A 2004 amendment by Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia changed the holiday’s name to “Constitution and Citizenship Day,” and also mandated that all publicly funded educational institutions educate students about the history of the Constitution.

The 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 United States Constitution at the same time that it commemorates Dickinson’s connection to it. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, founded the College, which was chartered in 1783, just days after the conclusion of the American Revolution. The College was named after John Dickinson, one of the 39 men who signed the new Constitution at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 and who fought for its ratification under the pen name of Fabius. Previous Constitution Day speakers include Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, Kenneth Starr, Mary Jo White, Nadine Strossen, and Geoffrey Stone.

Biography (provided by the speaker)
Following the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, Thomas J. Ridge became the nation’s first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and later the country’s first Secretary of Homeland Security, a fourth call to public service for the former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania. During his tenure, Secretary Ridge’s leadership and vision were instrumental in creating a border-centric agency that developed and coordinated a comprehensive national strategy to strengthen protections against terrorist threats and attacks in the United States.

Before that service, Secretary Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. His aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, job growth, education, health care and environmental protection.

Born in Pittsburgh’s Steel Valley, Secretary Ridge was raised in a working-class family. He later earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and, later, became one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served six terms.

Secretary Ridge now serves as the president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international strategic advisory firm, headquartered in Washington, DC. He also serves on public and private boards, including the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, and is currently the chairman of the National Organization on Disability and national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
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Peter Anderson, Esq. ’73


Metzger-Conway Fellow,
Treasurer of ServeHAITI

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty in Haiti

(Part of The Clarke Forum’s series on “Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty”)
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

The discussion will focus on the cultural and economic challenges to providing healthcare to poor Haitians in the rural and mountainous region of Grand Bois. In particular, the talk will address the subtle causes of infant mortality and specific issues regarding women’s health.

Topical Background

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. It was the first black republic to declare its independence in 1804 and since then it has been plagued by political violence for most of its history. After the forced resignation and exile of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide in February 2004, a provisional government was established under the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This provisional government was charged with organizing new elections and in May 2006 Haiti inaugurated its first democratically elected president and parliament.

According to the Haiti Micah Project, a nonprofit Christian organization committed to addressing the needs of impoverished and uneducated street children in Haiti, the following bullet points provide a snapshot of Haiti’s condition:

•        The government is not able to provide the resources to educate the nation’s next generation.

•        The unemployment rate is over 80%.

•        More than half of Haitians live on less than a dollar a day.

•        There are few paved roads, inadequate supplies of potable water, minimal utilities, and depleted forests.

•        About 60% of the population lives in abject poverty.

•        Less than 20% of Haitians age 15 and over can read and write.

•        Fewer than 75% of children attend school.

•        40% of the Haitian population does not have access to primary health care.

•        The United Nations estimates 6% of Haitians are infected with HIV/AIDS, which is the highest rate of infection in the Western Hemisphere.

•        An estimated 30,000 Haitians die of AIDS every year.


Biography (provided by the speaker)
Peter Anderson, a partner in Sutherland’s Litigation Practice Group, has practiced in the securities regulatory and enforcement arena for approximately 30 years. His practice involves representing public companies, their officers and directors, along with financial services, accounting and law firms and their principals in SEC enforcement actions, Department of Justice investigations and criminal prosecutions, and complex civil litigation. Peter also represents brokerage firms, broker-dealers and individual brokers before the Securities and Exchange Commission, all self-regulatory organizations, and state securities regulators and attorneys general in investigations relating to supervision, suitability, sales practices and insider trading. Peter frequently conducts investigations at the request of audit and special committees of the boards of directors of both public and private companies. Such representations have included investigation into violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, stock option backdating, securities sales practice abuses, financial reporting fraud, and financial defalcation. Peter writes, speaks and lectures regularly on securities compliance, regulatory and enforcement issues, accountant liability, and corporate governance. His securities litigation experience includes the defense of multi-district class actions, as well as the defense of financial services and accounting firms in more than 40 federal and state jury trials and in numerous complex securities arbitrations.

Peter’s principal outside interest and passion is his involvement in ServeHAITI, a 501(c)-3 nonprofit organization that provides medical care and treatment to people residing in the mountains of Haiti through the operation of a medical clinic and a water purification program. Peter is ServeHAITI’s treasurer and a member of its board of directors.

Representative Experience
Examples of Peter’s extensive litigation experience include the following:
• Was appointed in May 2008 by the U.S. District Court in Florida, at the request of the SEC, and continues to serve as Receiver over North American Clearing Inc., a financial brokerage entity.
• Represented one of the four Arthur Andersen engagement partners of Enron in connection with the SEC and DOJ investigations. The partner was neither charged by the SEC, indicted by DOJ, nor caused to lose his CPA licensure status.
• Represented a Deloitte & Touche partner in an SEC investigation into financial fraud at Just For Feet Inc. The partner was not charged by the SEC, although the firm and other professionals settled.
• Represented the Chairman and CEOs of Witness Systems Inc. and Scansource Inc. in connection with SEC investigations of stock option backdating. Neither was charged by the SEC.

Dr. David Nash

Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University

Real Reform — Real Leadership

Nash PosterThursday, September 10, 2009

 (Part of The Clarke Forum’s series on Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty)
The Depot, 7:00 p.m.

The United States needs real leadership to tackle the health care system’s core problems: its cost, its poor quality, its limited scope, along with pernicious incentives that pervade the entire system. Dr. Nash will provide a leadership roadmap to confront these issues.

Topical Background
Healthcare reform has recently become a heated topic of debate in American politics. President Obama made improving the quality and coverage of healthcare, while reducing its costs, a key goal for his presidency. The Obama Administration seeks to ensure affordable healthcare coverage for all Americans, reduce wasteful practices in medical and administrative offices, improve patient care, and invest in the prevention of illness and disease. The reform of American health insurance and medical practice proves to be a divisive issue, as seen by the boisterous and well attended town hall meetings and protests across the nation.

Arguments for Healthcare Reform:
• 47 million Americans are uninsured.
• The U.S. is falling behind in world rankings for health indicators including life expectancy, overall performance, and preventable deaths, while leading in per capita healthcare cost ($7,421 in 2007).
• Many Americans are denied coverage due to pre-existing conditions or are dropped by their health insurance company after a condition arises.

Arguments against Healthcare Reform:
• A government-funded healthcare option may drive private insurance companies out of business.
• Reform may cause an increase in rationing of healthcare and a decline in quality.
• Americans’ choice of coverage may be limited by government plans and regulations.

Healthcare reform options:
• Public Option – the addition of a government-funded and government-run healthcare option that will cost less than private insurance, allowing more American’s to afford coverage
• Single-payer System – a government agency funds all health care costs (such as in Canada and the UK)
• Healthcare Cooperatives – an alternative to private insurers and the public option. These cooperatives are run and owned by the people they insure.

Biography (provided by the speaker)Nash Picture

David Nash is the newly appointed founding dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health on the campus of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Dr. Nash is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy and this endowed professorship is one of a handful of such chairs in the nation. The appointment as the founding dean culminates a nearly twenty-year tenure at Jefferson.

Dr. Nash, a board certified internist, founded the original Office of Health Policy in 1990. Thirteen years later, the Office evolved into one of the first Departments of Health Policy in an American medical college. In 2008, the board of Jefferson University approved the creation of the new school. The Jefferson School of Population Health represents the first time a health-sciences university has placed four masters programs under one roof, namely a masters in Public Health, Health Policy, Healthcare Quality and Safety and Chronic Care Management. The goal of this innovative school is to produce a new type of healthcare leader for the future.

Dr. Nash is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement; his publications have appeared in more than 100 articles in major journals. He has edited nineteen books, including A Systems Approach to Disease Management by Jossey-Bass, Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer by Aspen, The Quality Solution by Jones and Bartlett, Practicing Medicine in the 21st Century by ACPE, and most recently, Governance for Healthcare Providers by Performance Press. In 1995, he was awarded the Latiolais (“Lay-shee-o-lay”) Prize by the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy for his leadership in disease management and pharmacoeconomics. He also received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997 and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006, he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009, Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award.

Repeatedly named by Modern Healthcare to the top 100 most powerful persons in healthcare list, his national activities include the membership on the board of directors of the DMAA: The Care Continuum Alliance, Chair of an NQF Technical Advisory Panel, membership in the American College of Surgeons Health Policy Institute and a recent appointment to the ACP Clinical Guidelines Project – four key national groups focusing on quality measurement and improvement. He continues as one of the principal faculty members for quality of care issues of the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and is the developer of the ACPE Capstone Course on Quality. He serves on the board of the West Virginia Medical Institute (WVMI), the Medicare QIO for Pennsylvania. For the last decade, he has been a member of the board of trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio – one of the nation’s largest integrated delivery systems and he chaired the board committee on quality and safety. He recently was appointed to the board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. Finally, he now also chairs the Highmark Blue Cross Board Quality Committee in Pittsburgh, PA.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors including the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (a group he has chaired for the last decade), and numerous corporations within the pharmaceutical industry. He is on the board of directors and advisory board of multiple healthcare companies. From 1984 to 1989, he was deputy editor, Annals of Internal Medicine, at the American College of Physicians. Currently, he is editor-in-chief of four major national journals including P&T, Population Health Management, Biotechnology Healthcare and the American Journal of Medical Quality. Through his writings, public appearances and his digital presence, his message reaches more than 100,000 persons every month.

Dr. Nash received his B.A. in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York; his M.D. from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, where he was recently named to the alumni council, and his M.B.A. in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and medical director of a nine physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Esther J. Nash, MD, fraternal twin twenty-one-year old daughters, and eighteen-year old son. He is an avid tennis player. Please visit: http://jefferson.edu/population_health/ and his new blog at http://www.nashhealthpolicy.blogspot.com.
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Derek Hathaway

Recently Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Harsco Corporation

Derek Hathaway Poster

Rush Aard

Leading With Integrity

Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room – 7:00 p.m

Topical Background
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 80% of Americans believe that the moral values of our country are getting worse. Scandals and corruption in government, healthcare, law and many other sectors of our society appear to have eroded public confidence both in public and private institutions. Government scandals from both sides of the aisle have scorched the nation’s trust in the elected leadership of our government. Access to quality, trustworthy health care also remains an important issue as 59% of the country believes that the U.S. healthcare system has “major problems.” In our legal system, two-thirds of lawyers report having knowledge of “bill-padding” among their colleagues, while 55% of lawyers themselves report billing for unnecessary work. The crisis of confidence is even more obvious in the business sector.

Only three out of ten Americans reported in a recent poll that they believe Wall Street will make the right decisions regarding the current recession. In addition to a general mistrust of Wall Street, recent multi-billion dollar scandals involving business leaders, such as those involving Bernie Madoff and Robert Allen Stanford, have also outraged the public. These events highlight a great desire for a financial system based on integrity which is the steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code. For one to act with integrity means to act consistently with what one says is important. When the leaders of an institution exhibit integrity not only do they show moral rectitude, but they also allow for their organization to prosper due to an increased climate of trust.

About the Speaker

Derek Hathaway retired in 2008 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Harsco Corporation, one of the world’s leading industrial services companies with businesses in construction, steel, energy and railways. During his time at the Harsco Corporation, he oversaw the growth of the company’s market capitalization from $250 million in 1994 to over $5 billion in 2008.

Prior to his role at the Harsco Corporation, Hathaway, a native of the United Kingdom, founded a firm that manufactured industrial heating units in Birmingham. Six years later, when his company went public and was acquired by Harsco, he moved to the United States to work at Harsco’s headquarters near Harrisburg, PA.

In addition to his corporate success, Hathaway has served on numerous boards of public corporations and charitable institutions. He has special interests in health care, education and the administration of the law. In 2008, Hathaway was honored for his work by Queen Elizabeth II with the Order of the British Empire. He has also been awarded the celebrated Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Hathaway also addresses young entrepreneurs and business students about business philosophy.
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What’s Wrong with Public Service? A Challenge for Higher Education

All-Day Conference Co-Sponsored by the University of Maine and Dickinson College

Monday, February 23, 2009
Stern Center, Great Room
Sessions begin at 8:30 a.m.

In the context of recent proposals to create a public service academy, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a public service career and the role higher education plays in preparing students for the challenges of such a commitment?

Conference Schedule
Public Service Conference Schedule

Co-sponsored by Betty R. ’58, and Daniel Churchill.
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Liberal Arts Education, Leadership and Business Management

Tuesday, November 29, 2005
2005 Rush Award
Liberal Arts Education, Leadership and Business Management
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.

Liberal Arts Education

Issue in Context
Marvin Suomi of the Kajima Corporation once said “Somehow we have failed miserably in communicating to students and parents the importance of a well-rounded education in the business world. Today, perhaps more than ever, we need the depth of perspective that a liberal arts education can bring to decision making, product development, leadership, and other dimensions of business.”

Based on Mr. Suomi’s statement, one can easily begin to understand how much the business world has evolved in just a few decades. In the past, there was a clear bias within firms where specialized education was strongly preferred to liberal arts education in terms of background for employment. However, as the job market has evolved, so have the criteria for employment. Increasingly, firms are looking for individuals who exhibit skills in problem solving, the capacity for cross-cultural understanding, and the ability to place key decisions in broader social and historical contexts.

As more corporations become multi-national, the demand for liberal arts educated analysts in the business world continues to soar. The value of better understanding of human nature and culture, and the capacity for ethical, values-based decision making within a changing environment have become key attributes that today’s employers seek. Today’s evolving society and labor-market now require a balance between specialized and liberal education.

About the Speaker
Lawrence A. Bossidy was elected Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Honeywell International Inc. on July 3, 2001. Mr. Bossidy had served as Chairman and CEO of AlliedSignal from 1991 to 1999, when he became Chairman of Honeywell following the historic merger of AlliedSignal and Honeywell in December, 1999. He retired from the company in April 2000. He is credited with transforming AlliedSignal into one of the world’s most admired companies, whose success was largely driven by an intense focus on growth and Six Sigma-driven productivity. During his tenure with AlliedSignal the company achieved consistent growth in earnings and cash flow, highlighted by 31 consecutive quarters of earnings-per-share growth of 13% or more. Before joining AlliedSignal, Mr. Bossidy served in a number of executive and financial positions with General Electric Company, which he joined as a trainee in 1957. He was Chief Operating Officer of General Electric Credit Corporation (now GE Capital Corporation) from 1979 to 1981, Executive Vice President and President of GE’s Services and Materials Sector from 1981 to 1984, and Vice Chairman and Executive Officer of General Electric Company from 1984 to July 1991.

Mr. Bossidy was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and is a graduate of Colgate University.