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Academic Lectures 2008-2009

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  • September 24, 2008
    Dr. Don Will, Director of the Peace Studies Program at Chapman University
    UN International Day of Peace - IS Guest Speaker
    United Nations International Day of Peace -- International Studies Concentration presents Special Guest Speaker Dr. Donald Will, Delp-Wilkinson Professor of Peace Studies, Chapman University, speaking on Quagmire Iraq: Why We got In, How We Get Out.  Pauling Hall 216, 7 pm, Free.
 
  • October 14, 2008
    Thomas Claviez - Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway
    Guest Speaker - The Soka General Education Program
    Prof. Claviez
     
    will discuss his most recent book, Moral Imagination from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Home Made of Dawn (University Press of New England, 2007). He took his Ph.D. at the University of Berlin, is the recipient of several honors including a Fulbright Fellowship. He has taught at the JFK Institute of the University of Berlin, the University of Bielefeld and Humbolt University, and is currently teaching at the University of Stavanger in Norway.
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  • October 15, 2008
    Thomas Claviez - Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Stavanger, Norway
    Sentimental Law & Slavery Chattle: A New Look At Uncle Tom's Cabin
    Prof. Claviez
     
    will discuss his most recent book, Moral Imagination from Uncle Tom’s Cabin to Home Made of Dawn (University Press of New England, 2007). He took his Ph.D. at the University of Berlin, is the recipient of several honors including a Fulbright Fellowship. He has taught at the JFK Institute of the University of Berlin, the University of Bielefeld and Humbolt University, and is currently teaching at the University of Stavanger in Norway.
 
  • October 16, 2008
    Dr. David Pharies
    Foreign Language and Culture Program Guest Speaker
    Professor Pharies will discuss several myths that have become attached to the Spanish language.
 
  • October 25, 2008
    Featured Speakers: Sandra Black: Associate Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles Deborah Lowe Vandell: Professor of Education, University of California, Irvine Cherry Ross Gooden: Associate Professor of Curriculum & Instruction Texas Southern University, Houston, Texas Wayne Au: Assistant Professor of Secondary Education, California State University, Fullerton
    Social and Behavioral Sciences Symposium -  
    2008 SOKA SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL ISSUES - INNOVATIONS IN EDUCATION -
    Perspectives For A Diverse World
    Education is key to building a more just and democratic society, and the purpose of the 2008 Soka Symposium on Social Issues is to explore issues confronting educators in realizing the transformative potential of their practice in all realms of educational settings.  In order to stimulate a dialogue about educational practices in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world, four widely recognized educators drawn from across the social and behavioral sciences will present and discuss their work in an informal, open-ended roundtable discussion format. 
 
  • October 28, 2008
    Miguel Martinez de Castilla, Head of Ardinco S.A., architecture firm for construction and interior design.
    Cities and Architecture in Andalucia 
    "A Way of Life, a Legacy to a Historical-Cultural Post"
    Miguel Martinez de Castilla, Head of Ardinco S.A., architecture firm for construction and interior design. He graduated with high Honors at the School of Architecture, University of Seville in 1968. The recipient of numerous awards for his work in Seville. In 2006 Martinez de Catilla earned the Aeronautic Merit Cross of Spain Defense Ministry.
 
  • November 11, 2008
    Visiting Scholar - Professor Noddings is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University.
    Critical Lessons for Critical Thinking
    Professor Noddings is the Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education, Emerita, at Stanford University. In addition to thirteen books is also a former teacher, administrator and curriculum developer in public schools, and is the recipient of numerous teaching and excellence in education awards. She is currently the President of the National Academy of Education.
 
  • November 17, 2008
    Dr. Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor Emeritus of International Law at Princeton University. and Visiting Distinguished Profesor in Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
    A Vision of UN Reform: Global Challenge to Governments and Citizens
    In 2001 he served on a three person Human Rights Inquiry Commission for the Palestine Territories appointed by the UN and in March 2008 the United Nations appointed Richard Falk to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) as a special investigator on Israeli actions in the Palestinian territories.
 
  • January 14, 2009
    Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury
    Lecture with Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury: "Water for Life"
    United Nations in December 2003 proclaimed the years 2005 to 2015 as the International Decade for Action: “Water for Life.” Yet 300 million people – over 40% of the population of the Least Developed Countries – have no access to improved drinking water supply.
 
  • January 16, 2009
    Dr. M. Satish Kumar
    Informal Get-Together with PBRC Visiting Lecturer Dr. M. Satish Kumar
    Director of QUB-India Initiative; he will share his perspective on his latest research on Geography of Uneven Development; Sustaining Communities in an Era of Climate Change: Education of Sustainable
     
    Development.
 
  • February 19, 2009
    Dr. Larry A. Hickman, , Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Dewey Studies, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
    Lecture with Dr. Larry A. Hickman (SUA Board of Trustee) Title: "John Dewey: His Life and Work"
    Dr. Hickman is the author of Modern Theories of Higher Level Predicates (1980), John Dewey's Pragmatic Technology (1990), and Philosophical Tools for Technological Culture (2001). He is also the editor of Technology as a Human Affair (1990), Reading Dewey (1998), The Essential Dewey (with Thomas Alexander, 1998), and The Correspondence of John Dewey, 1871-1952 (1999, 2001, 2005).
 
  • March 9, 2009
    Sandie Morgan, Administrator, Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force
    In Celebration of International Women’s Day, Orange County to Southeast Asia: Changing Routes
    "Orange County to Southeast Asia: Changing Routes" 
     
 
  • March 10, 2009
    Dr. Marc Poirier
    Core II Guest Speaker: Dr. Marc Poirier - Title Legal Recognition of Same-Sex relationships:
    Where have we been? Where we are going?
    MARC POIRIER, Professor at Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, is the author  of "The Cultural Property Claim within the Same-Sex Marriage Controversy" in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law and "Hastening the KulturKampf:Boy Scouts of America v Dale and the Politics of American Masculinity," winner of a Dukeminier Award from the Williams Law Institute (UCLA). He has published over 60 essays on environmental law, regulatory issues, as well as law and sexuality. Professor Poirier was a partner with Spiegel & McDiarmid, a Washington, D.C. law firm prior to embarking on an academic career. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, a J.D. from Harvard University, and a LL.M from Yale University
 
  • March 31, 2009
    Oscar Torres
    "The Story behind Voces Inocentes: a bi-lingual conversation with Oscar Torres"
    Torres is the writer and co-producer of the movie “Voces Inocentes” y now the screenwriter/ director of “La vida no es igual”.
     
    Born in Cuscatancingo, El Salvador in 1971, Oscar Torres was raised in the middle of a cruel and brutal civil war.   Torres was accepted into the Latin American Studies Program in UC Berkeley, but decided to go back to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. As an aspiring actor, Torres had a hard time, but he has finally landed great opportunities in theatre and in television series like ER, CSI: Miami, First Monday, Any Day Now; etc. and has participated in independent movies like “Hired Help,” “The Silent Cross,” “L.A River Stories,” among others.
 
  • March 31, 2009
    Michael Ross
    "Oil Wealth as an Obstacle to Peace and Democracy"
    PBRC Distinguished Speaker Lecture: Michael Ross, Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA
 
  • April 5, 2009
    Michio Tsutsui
    SUA Language & Culture Program: Teachers of Japanese Workshop-Southern California
    Dr. Michio Tsutsui serves as the Director of Technical Japanese Program at the University of Wahsington and is an Associate Professor in the Human Centered Design & Engineering Program at the Department of Engineering. In his seminar Dr. Tsutsui will address the observed negative effects of the overemphasis on the Communicative Approach and alert language instructors to the importance of teaching grammar in the field of foreign language education.
 
  • April 8, 2009
    Dr. Muhamad Ali
    "Civil Islam in Civil Contemporary Indonesia"
    Professor Muhamad Ali teaches Islam and Asian religions at the University of California, Riverside.
     
    Hie is engaged in interpreting Islam and its relations to other religions and ideologies in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • April 23, 2009
    Vincent Gordon Harding, Ph.D
    "The Unfinished Work of the Civil Rights Movement: Confronting Militarism and Materialism"
    Dr. Harding is a Theologian, author and civil rights activist. Dr. Harding is a Professor of Religion and Social Transformation at the Lliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. In the 1960s he was a civil rights teacher and activist with the Southern Freedom Movement and involved in a variety of national and international peace; as well as justice-related issues.
     
    Dr. Harding was the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 

 

  

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