Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Michael Shellenberger, president of the Breakthrough Institute
Topic: Technological Innovation
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Jay Michaelson, author of God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality
Topic: Homosexuality versus Religion
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Ta-Nehisi Coates, contributing editor, and blogger for The Atlantic
Topic: The U.S. Political Scene and The Emancipation Proclamation 150 Years Later
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Jordan Motzkin, co-founder and CEO of Big Box Farms
Topic: Big Box Farms, Entrepreneurship, and Sustainable Urban Agriculture Read more
Additional Information about H. Brian Holland’s Lecture
Shepard Fairey’s HOPE poster remains an iconic image from the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign. By repurposing iconic aesthetic elements of Soviet, Chinese and German propaganda posters, as well as those found in many domestic campaign posters, Fairey sought to create an ironic and idealistic message “designed to capture the optimism and inspiration created by Obama’s candidacy.” For Fairey and others—those interpretive communities sharing similar semiotic regimes—the aesthetic of the poster was interpreted through social conventions of the young, smart, and hip. Within his community, the message was positive and successful.
As various other interpretive communities encountered the posters, however, divergent flows of discourse developed, producing multiple distinct and often contradictory meanings and effects. Two distinct themes were dominant. The first focused on Fairey’s use of propaganda imagery and the underlying fears that Obama’s election would lead to the imposition of an alternate, non-capitalist economic system; the rise of a dominant, totalitarian government that would threaten basic liberties; and the elevation of a leader with cult-like status. The second theme, in some ways related to the first, accused Obama and his supporters of equating him to the messiah or a messiah-like figure.
This discourse Read more
Hope, Hitler, or Heresy? The Visual Language of a Presidential Campaign
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Depot, 7:00 p.m.
Remix politics is here. As divergent audiences engage and manipulate the carefully crafted images of presidential campaigns, competing symbols evidence a struggle for power over social convention and meaning. Read More
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 Departments of American Studies and Political Science.
Biography (provided by the speaker)
Professor H. Brian Holland joined the faculty of Texas Wesleyan School of Law in 2009. Prior to his arrival, Professor Holland was a Visiting Associate Professor at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law.
Professor Holland received a LL.M., with honors, from Columbia University School of Law; a J.D., summa cum laude, from American University’s Washington College of Law, and a B.A. from Tufts University. Professor Holland is currently pursuing his Ph.D. studies in digital media and mass communications at Penn State University.
Prior to joining the academy, Professor Holland practiced law in New York and Washington, D.C., specializing in appellate work before Read more
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 Read more
Michael Morrison, president and publisher, U.S. General Books & Canada at HarperCollins Publishers
David Hirshey, senior VP and executive editor, HarperCollins Publishers
So YOU Want To Work in Publishing
Friday, October 5, 2012
Biblio Cafe, Waidner-Spahr Library, 4:00 p.m.
A brief overview of the publishing industry with an emphasis on the job opportunities in the different areas of today’s global publishing companies. Q&A encouraged.
This event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues.
Biographies (provided by the speakers)
Michael Morrison is president and publisher, U.S. General Books and Canada at HarperCollins Publishers. He oversees the publishing operations of the U.S. General Books Group. In addition, his responsibilities include the oversight of HarperCollins Canada. He was appointed to this position June, 2008.
Morrison joined HarperCollins in January 1999 as vice president, associate publisher of HarperCollins and later became executive vice president, publisher of Morrow/Avon. He most recently served as president and group publisher of the HarperMorrow division. Morrison began his publishing career in the finance department of Simon & Schuster in 1982. He subsequently moved to Bantam, Doubleday and Dell as a Production Manager and then he became a marketing manager for many years. He returned to Simon & Schuster Read more
Trayvon Martin and the Political Imagination
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.
The murder of Trayvon Martin has captured the nation’s interest. Many have used his murder to examine and complicate our understanding of the contemporary “post-racial moment”. However I suggest that the construction of the Trayvon Martin narrative as well as the resulting political events that stem from it truncate rather than expand our political possibilities. How might we use this tragic event to not only complicate our understanding of what it means to be a citizen in the Obama era, but to take more “personal moral responsibility for democracy” as Ralph Ellison says?
This event is co-sponsored by The Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues, Office of Diversity Initiatives, Office of Institutional and Diversity Initiatives, the Women’s Center and the Department of Sociology.
Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the United States
Noon – Rubendall Recital Hall, or overflow seating in Weiss 235, Althouse 106 and on Channel 17
John Dower, Emeritus Professor of History at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
7:00 p.m. – Stern Center, Great Room Read more
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Gay Marriage and its Others
Heather Love, University of Pennsylvania
Location: TBD, 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Mary Ellen Borges Memorial Lecture
God is Not One
Stephen Prothero, Boston University
Stern Center, Great Room, 7:00 p.m.
Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland
Dr. Jeffrey D. McCausland is a Visiting Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He served as the Director of the Leadership Initiative at Dickinson College from January 2004 thru November 2006. In this capacity he has conducted leadership development seminars for over two hundred educators from major urban school districts across the United States, hosted senior Indian and Pakistani officials for discussions and lectures on the ongoing disagreement between their two countries, and organized a major conference focused on the future of the Special Relationship between the United States and United Kingdom.
Dr. McCausland served for over thirty years in the United States Army. He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1972 and was commissioned in field artillery. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne and Ranger Schools as well as the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. He holds both a Masters and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
During his military career Dr. McCausland served in a variety of command and staff positions both in the United Read more