2009 Lecture Series Schedule

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Child Rights and the Culture of Peace
Kimmie Weeks
Child Rights Activist
Thursday, January 15, 2009
7:30 pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Kimmie Weeks has worked to alleviate poverty and human suffering in Africa and around the world since he was fourteen years old. Kimmie was born in Liberia, West Africa in 1981. At the young age of nine he came face to face with civil war, human suffering, and death. Weeks can still vividly recall eating roots and wild leaves when his family did not have access to food, drinking infested water when national water supply was shut off, and nearly being buried alive after epidemics had wrecked his emaciated body.

These experiences would have broken the souls of most people. However, they encouraged Kimmie to follow a path where he could make a difference and work to ensure a world where all children have access to food, medicine, and shelter. It is a vision that he has pursued ever since.

Over the years, Kimmie has formed partnerships and led organizations that have provided education to thousands of students in West Africa, lobbied the disarmament of over 20,000 child soldiers, and provided health care and recreation supplies to children.

Kimmie has faced many obstacles in pursuit of his dream. The biggest was when the Liberian government attempted to assassinate him for a report he issued on its involvement in the training of child soldiers. As a result, Kimmie was forced to flee Liberia when he was seventeen and has since been granted political asylum in the United States.

Today, a graduate of Amherst College, Kimmie is working towards building a movement to positively change the face of Africa. His goal and emphasis focus on empowering the people, providing new opportunities, creating strategic development partnerships with Africa and the west, and using technology to link Africa with the rest of the world. This year, the BBC released the documentary Kimmie Weeks: Back to the Front, which is now airing in the UK. Kimmie is also featured in the new book Peace in Our Lifetime as an international peacemaker, along with Nelson Mandela, Gandhi, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kimmie's passion for his mission is found in his unique situation, which gives him the ability and opportunity to connect children in need to those young people who have the potential to help.

Affirming the Dignity of All
Dr. Lawrence Edward Carter, Sr.
Dean, Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel
Morehouse College
Friday, January 16, 2009
7:30 pm
Honolulu Culture of Peace Resource Center

Lawrence Edward Carter Sr., is the first Dean of the Martin Luther King Jr. International Chapel and tenured Professor of Religion, and College Curator at Morehouse College since 1979.  He has also been an Instructor at the Morehouse School of Medicine in the Master of Public Health Program.  For forty-six years, Dr. Carter has studied and worked in fourteen American universities, colleges, and professional schools, spoken at over one-hundred different colleges, universities, and seminaries, and received over five-hundred speaking engagements from eighteen denominations, and traveled to thirty-five foreign countries. He has made over sixty radio and television appearances, including nationwide in England, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and continent wide in Africa.

Pursuing Peace: The Role of Individuals in Resolving International Conflict
Anna Spain
Deputy Director, Burkle Center for International Relations
Lecturer, UCLA School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles
Saturday, January 31, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Anna Spain is the Deputy Director of the Burkle Center for International Relations and a Lecturer in Law at the UCLA School of Law where she teaches international dispute resolution. Her scholarship focuses on the intersection of international law and dispute resolution and on the study of international and cross-cultural conflict. 

A mediator with over 12 years of experience, Ms. Spain has successfully mediated over 40 disputes in the public, private and academic sectors. She has also trained and advised clients in mediation, negotiation and international law.

Prior to joining UCLA, Ms. Spain was an Attorney-Adviser at the U.S. Department of State.  She served as the U.S. delegate to the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva, represented the United States in two cases before the the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in The Hague, and served as the State Department’s primary legal adviser for international investment disputes in Asia and the Pacific.

Prior to legal practice, Ms. Spain clerked for the Honorable Judge Raymond Finch in the U.S. District Court in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. She also has a policy background in international trade and climate change and participated in negotiating the U.S. – Chile Free Trade Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol during her tenure at the U.S. Trade Representative's Office and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Spain holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Denison University. She is a certified mediator in California, Washington D.C. and Ohio. Ms. Spain is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Society of International Law, the Pennsylvania Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors of Mediators Beyond Borders

Teaching Peace in Our Schools
Coleman McCarthy
Journalist for The Washington Post
Founder, Center for Teaching Peace
Tuesday February 24, 2009
Washington D.C. Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Colman McCarthy is a speaker whose fresh ideas, sense of social justice and sparkling wit have been stirring audiences for the past 25 years. He lectures at more than 20 colleges and universities a year, as well as at conferences for groups ranging from educators and social workers to policy centers and corporations.

Colman McCarthy is a Washington journalist who has written for The Washington Post since 1968. He is also the founder and director of theCenter for Teaching Peace, a nonprofit group that helps schools beginor broaden peace studies programs. The Center also conducts workshops and seminars on conflict resolution and mediation. As a journalist, Colman McCarthy is one of the rare few whose lectures are as captivating and as lively as his columns and books.

Those who follow the writing of Colman McCarthy cherish him for the passion of his convictions and the idealism of his beliefs. It is the same with his lectures. He is a sought-after speaker on U.S. campuses because he convincingly calls on students to defy the conventional by becoming citizens who are other-centered, not self-centered. He argues persuasively that each of us is called on to be a peacemaker in our personal and political lives.

Speaking From the Heart to Bridge the Divide in the Middle East
Mona Elthaway
Syndicated Columnist - Arab and Muslim Issues
Friday February 27, 2009
7:00 pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning syndicated columnist and an international public speaker on Arab and Muslim issues. She is based in New York.

Before she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a correspondent for Reuters and she reported from the region for The Guardian and U.S. News and World Report.

She is one of a few writers whose essays appear regularly in both the western and Arab press. Her opinion pieces have been published frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and Qatar’s Al-Arab.

In 2006, the Next Century Foundation awarded Ms Eltahawy its Cutting Edge Prize for distinguished contribution to the coverage of the Middle East and in recognition of her "continuing efforts to sustain standards of journalism that would help reduce levels of misunderstanding."

She has reported for various media from Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Libya, Syria, Saudi Arabia and China. Ms Eltahawy was the first Egyptian journalist to live and to work for a western news agency in Israel. She reported on the terrorist campaign in Egypt in the 1990s and is familiar with the groups and ideology behind the attacks of September 11, 2001 and others since then.

She has lectured and taken part in conferences in North America, Europe and the Middle East. In November 2006, she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo (AUC), her alma mater.

Since she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy's views on Arab and Muslim issues have become sought after by producers and college campuses alike. She has been a guest analyst on ABC Nightline and Good Morning America, PBS Frontline, BBC TV and Radio, The Doha Debates, CNN, Al-Arabiya, Al-Hurra, MSNBC, VOA, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor and various NPR shows.

Mona was born on Aug. 1, 1967 in Port Said, Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel and is currently based in New York. She is a board member of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America. She calls herself a proud liberal Muslim and comfortably incorporates into her lectures her experience of wearing a headscarf for nine years.

A Holistic, Integrative View of Peace Based on Evolving Views of Peace and Nonviolence
Linda Groff
Director, Global Options Consulting
Professor, Political Science and Future Studies
California State University, Dominguez Hills
Saturday, February 28, 2009
4:00 pm

Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Linda J. Groff, Ph.D. is Professor, Political Science & Future Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA. She is a Global Futurist & Synergist who is also Co-Director of Global Options.

Linda authored Future Evolution of Humanity, Intercultural communication, interreligious dialogue, and peace, Models of Change, with Key Examples From the Future Studies Field: A Foresight Tool to Aid Policy-Makers, and The Information and Synergetics Revolution: Implications for Educational Leadership Change, and coauthored Futures studies and feminism, Spirituality, Religion, Culture, and Peace: Exploring the Foundations for Inner-Outer Peace in the Twenty-First Century, and Creating Global-Local Cultures of Peace. Read the full list of her publications!

She is an active member of many professional organizations over the years, including: World Future Society (WFS); World Futures Studies Federation (WFSF); Society for International Education, Training, & Research (SIETAR); International Studies Association (ISA); Peace Institute Foundation; International Peace Research Association (IPRA); National Conference on Peacemaking & Conflict Resolution (NCPCR); Peace Studies Association (PSA); and Consorsium on Peace Research, Education, and Development (COPRED); United Religions Initiative; and others.

Linda is Past Member, Board of Editors, Futures Research Quarterly; Board Member, Peace Institute Foundation, S. Pacific Region; Board Member and Government Representative, United Nations Association of S. California, Los Angeles Chapter; Board Member, Center for International Dialogue; Editorial Board, International Journal of Peace Studies; and Council Member, International Peace Research Association. She is Chair, World Future Society Los Angeles Chapter, 1980-81; Program Chair, First Western Regional Conference of the World Future Society, "The Future of the Pacific Rim", Los Angeles, 1986; Chair, Global Track of panels, World Future Society's Sixth General Assembly, "Future View: The 1990s and Beyond", Washington, D.C., 1989; Chair, Global Track of panels/workshops, Western Regional Conference of World Future Society, "Creating the 21st Century: Institutions and Social Change", Anaheim, CA, 1992; Chair, five panels/workshops, World Future Society's Seventh General Assembly, "Creating the 21st Century: Rights, Responsibilities, and Actions", Washington, D.C., June 1993; Chair, "Globalization and Localization" Section, World Future Studies Federation Conference, Turku, Finland, August 1993, on "Coherence and Chaos in Our Uncommon Futures"; Co-Convener, "Religion and Peace Commission", International Peace Research Association, 1994 on; Founding Member & Co-Convener, Spirituality, Worldviews, and Culture Section, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, & Research, 1996; and Co-Chair, with Dr. Paul Smoker, panels at a number of professional conferences--including World Future Society, World Futures Studies Federation, Society for Intercultural Education, Training, & Research, International Peace Research Association, Peace Studies Association, North American Simulation & Gaming Association, and others, 1993 on.

She earned her B.A. in English at the University of Michigan in 1962. She earned her M.A. in 1963, her M.A.L.D. (Law & Diplomacy) in 1966 and her Ph.D. in International Relations, all at The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy (Tufts University & associated with Harvard University).

Linda says "To me the only 'game in town' is how we human beings are going to learn to live together on this planet, in a way that not only lets us survive, but increasingly meets the needs of people on this planet, so that human creativity and spirit can be unleashed and humanity as a whole and in its wonderful diversity can evolve, using technology to improve our lives, while also living in harmony with, and as caretakers of, our natural environment, planet earth." She is committed to do her small part to see that these goals are achieved.

Global Migration and the Challenge of Development
Ali Modarres
Associate Director, Edmind G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs
Professor, Department of Geography and Urban Analysis
California State University, Los Angeles
Saturday, March 14, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Ali Modarres is the Associate Director of the Edmund G. "Pat" Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles and a Professor at the Department of Geography and Urban Analysis on the same campus.  He specializes in urban geography and his primary research and publication interests are community development and planning.  He has published in the areas of urban development, transportation planning, environmental equity, social geography, immigration, and race and ethnicity as they relate to the issues of access and the role of public policy in creating disadvantaged communities.

Dance Changed My Whole Life: I Became the Champion of My Dreams
Pierre Dulaine
Founder, Dancing Classrooms
Thursday April 16, 2009
7:30 pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Pierre Dulaine (born 1944) is a well-known ballroom dancer and dance instructor. He invented the Dulaine method of teaching dance.

In 1994 Pierre volunteered to teach a dance class at the Professional Performing Arts School on West 48th Street in Manhattan. From this beginning, Pierre developed Dancing Classrooms, a 10 week – 20 session social development program for 5th grade children that utilizes ballroom dancing as a vehicle to change the lives of not only the children who participate in the program but also the lives of the teachers and parents who support these children.

In 2005, Mad Hot Ballroom, an award-winning documentary capturing the Dancing Classrooms journey from classroom experience to the culminating Colors of the Rainbow Team Match was released.

Take the Lead (with Antonio Banderas) was released in 2006 and depicted Pierre Dulaine’s efforts to utilize ballroom dancing to help NYC youth regain a sense of self-respect, pride, and elegance. Both of these movies greatly accelerated national, and international interest in Dancing Classrooms.

Pierre Dulaine was born in Jaffa, Palestine in 1944. His Irish father was serving with the British Army stationed in Palestine; his mother is part Palestinian and part French. In 1948 his parents had to flee the troubles leaving their home behind for the creation of the state of Israel.

After eight months of wandering around first in Cyprus, then in England and Ireland, Pierre's family settled in Amman, Jordan. Growing up in Amman, Pierre learned to speak French at school, Arabic on the street and English at home. In 1956, because of the problems in Egypt and the Suez Canal (see Suez Crisis), Pierre's parents had to flee yet again, leaving everything behind. With a stop in Beirut the family resettled in Birmingham, England, where one year later at age 14, Pierre began his dancing career.

New York Learns from Atomic Bomb Survivors
Hibakusha Event
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Buddhist evening prayers 7:00pm–7:15pm
Lecture 7:30pm–8:30pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center

International Human Rights and the Culture of Peace
David Kaye
Executive Director, International Human Rights Program
Lecturer, UCLA School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles
Saturday, May 16, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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David Kaye is the Executive Director of the UCLA School of Law International Human Rights Program. He teaches International Human Rights and directs an International Human Rights Clinic. For more than a decade, David Kaye served as an international lawyer with the U.S. State Department, responsible for issues as varied as human rights, international humanitarian law, the use of force, international organizations, international litigation and claims, nuclear nonproliferation, sanctions law and policy, and U.S. foreign relations law. He was a legal adviser to the American Embassy in The Hague, where he worked with the international criminal tribunals and acted as counsel to the United States in several cases before the International Court of Justice and the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal. From 1999 to 2002 he was the principal staff attorney on humanitarian law, handling issues such as the application of the law to detainees in Guantanamo Bay and serving on several U.S. delegations to international negotiations and conferences. The State Department honored him with four of its prestigious Superior Honor Awards.

David has taught courses in international law and human rights at Georgetown University and Whittier Law School. He has also written numerous articles and book chapters in the area of international human rights, and has published essays and op-eds in such publications as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Middle East Insight and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Before law school, David did freelance writing from the former Soviet Union, examining the impact on minority communities of the dissolution of the USSR and the independence of the states of Central Asia. During the first Gulf War, he worked in Washington with a leading Middle East think tank.

People on a Warning Planet
Habiba Gitay
Senior Environmental Specialist
World Bank Institute
Saturday, June 2, 2009
7:30 pm
Washington D.C. Culture of Peace Resource Center
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One of the world's leading experts and activists on the issue of climate change Dr. Habiba Gitay is the Senior Environmental Specialist at the World Bank Institute (WBI). An Australian national with a PhD in Ecology from the University of Wales, Gitay has been involved with climate change since 1994. Previously, she was the capacity building coordinator for the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and was responsible for bringing young people, especially from developing countries, into international science and assessment. She was also the Vice-Chair of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

Teaching a Culture of Peace
Dr. Louis Silverstein
Distinguished Professor
Columbia College Chicago
Saturday, June 4, 2009
7:15 pm
Chicago Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Louis Silverstein is a transcendental philosopher and practitioner. Multi-cultural and multi-consciousness educator. Social activist. Earth artist. Areas of special interest: peace and social justice; planetary consciousness; spirituality; psyche-delos; transformative consciousness and alternative realities; ecological harmony; sex, love and relationships; holistic education; parenting; aging; death and dying and living life as an art form.

Having served as Dean of the College and Chair of the Department of Life Arts & Liberal Education, 1971-82, he is presently a Professor of Liberal Education at Columbia College Chicago, where he teaches courses in Peace Studies, Dying & Death, Education, Culture & Society, and Contemporary Problems in American Society. His studies, theoretical and experiential, in his areas of special interest have taken him to settings throughout the U.S., including Hawaii, and to Jamaica, Costa Rica, Canada and numerous European Countries.

His most recent publications are "An Oral History Of Columbia College: A Telling of Columbia's Story and Its Contributions To American Higher Education Through Personal Narrative," and "Deep Spirit & Great Heart: Living In Marijuana Consciousness." He has presented at professional conferences throughout the U.S. and in Costa Rica and Italy.

Striving to Create the Will to Peace
Rev. James Lawson
Pioneering Nonviolence Theorist and Strategist, American Civil Rights Movement
Saturday, June 20, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Martin Luther King, Jr. called James Lawson, "the leading theorist and strategist of nonviolence in the world." Reverend Lawson studied the Gandhian movement in India before becoming a leader and the architect of non-violent action in the U.S. civil rights movement, partnering with Martin Luther King, Jr. Reverend Lawson's life has been marked by an abiding faith in non-violence and a willingness to pay the price for those beliefs. He served 13 months of a three-year prison sentence for refusing the draft during the Korean War, and was expelled from Vanderbilt in 1960 because of his work helping to desegregate lunch counters in downtown Nashville, Tennessee.

Peace and Development: Ideas and Practice at the Community Level
Steven Wisman
Director of Operations
Millennium Promise
Friday July 10, 2009
7:30 pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Steven Wisman is the Director of Operations for the Millennium Villages Project. Working in collaboration with Millennium Promise's key partners for this sustainable development initiative—Columbia University's Earth Institute (EI) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP)—his responsibilities include management oversight, operational support, and partnership development services for the project's local management teams responsible for implementing 14 programs, serving over 400,000 individuals in 10 countries in West, East and Southern Africa, and.

Previously, Mr. Wisman worked for two international nongovernmental organizations, OICI and IFESH, over a 22-year period in a variety of positions—Vice President, Programs; Regional Director; Country Representative; Technical Advisor; Resource Mobilization Specialist; and Program Officer—on projects concerning technical skills training, employment generation, community development, and capacity building. During this time, 11 years were spent based in South Africa (2001-2002), Liberia (1998-2000), and Sierra Leone (1989-1995). In South Africa, his regional responsibilities included the management of an education and training program in the KwaZulu Natal and Eastern Cape Provinces; the design, oversight and technical support for post-conflict rehabilitation and development projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Liberia; and operational and technical support provided to a community development program in Nigeria's Niger Delta region. In Liberia, he served as project director for a post-war community reconstruction program in severely war-affected areas. In Sierra Leone, he provided management, training and technical assistance services to projects concentrating on microenterprise development, capacity building, and education, counseling, and training for war-affected youths.

Mr. Wisman has a Masters of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University with a concentration on International Economics and Development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Claremont McKenna College. He was a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Agadez, Niger. In addition, he has served as a grants panel member for the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP); a speaker on African youth employment challenges at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute; and as an intern with the U.S. Department of State in Cotonou, Benin; the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York, N.Y.; and the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

¡Si Se Puede! Yes We Can!
Julie Rodriguez
Programs Director
Cesar E. Chavez Foundation
Saturday, July 11, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Julie Chavez Rodriguez has worked with the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation for the past eight years spearheading their educational and service programs, namely the Educating the Heart School Program and the Chavez After School Service Clubs. Julie has been instrumental in developing and implementing professional development sessions for educators, youth, AmeriCorps memebers, and program coordinators on Chavez values, service-learning, and youth leadership. Through a partnership with the California Department of Education Julie served as lead consultant for the Chavez Foundation on the development of a standards-based K-12 model curriculum on the life, work, and values of Cesar E. Chavez. Julie alsoserves as a service-learning lead trainer in 6 school districts/county offices of education. Julie is a fellow in the National Service-Learning Emerging Leaders Initiative sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation, the National Service-Learning Partnership, and the National Youth Leadership Council. She co-authored, along with Anthony Welch, the Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar E. Chavez: Legacies of Leadership and Inspiration for Today's Civic Education Issue Paper published by the Education Commission of the States in September 2005. Like her grandfather, Julie believes that the end of all education should surely be service to others.

City Government Approaches to Building the Culture of Peace
Ken Genser
City of Santa Monica
Saturday August 15, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Ken Genser is serving in his sixth term on the Santa Monica City Council. He was first elected in November 1988, and is the longest-serving councilmember in the history of the city. He is currently serving a two-year term as Mayor, and was also the city's mayor in 1992 and 2000.

Prior to serving on the city council, Ken was a member of the Santa Monica Planning Commission, and a board member of the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation.  Ken also was a founding board member of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica, a not-for-profit corporation that is now Santa Monica's largest residential housing provider.

A graduate of the College of Environmental Design of the University of California at Berkeley, Ken's employment has included positions in the fields of architectural design, facilities development, land use entitlement, and the management of a non-profit housing cooperative.

Gender Equality is Essential to Achieving Development and to Building Just Societies
Yassine Fall
Senior Economic Advisor for United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM); President, African Women Millennium Initiative on Poverty and Human Rights
August 13, 2009
Buddhist evening prayers 7:00pm–7:15pm
Lecture 7:30pm–8:30pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center

Gender Equality: A Key to Peace and Democracy in the Middle East
Nayereh Tohidi
Professor and Chair of Gender and Women's Studies Department
California State University, Northridge
Research Associate, Center for Near Eastern Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
Saturday, October 17, 2009
4:00 pm
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Nayereh Tohidi is Professor and Chair of the Gender and Women’s Studies Department at California State University, Northridge and a Research Associate at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA, where she has been coordinating the Bilingual Lecture Series on Iran since 2003.

Tohidi earned her MA and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a BS (with Honors) from the University of Tehran in Psychology and Sociology. Her teaching and research areas include sociology of gender, religion (Islam), ethnicity and democracy in the Middle East and post-Soviet Central Eurasia, especially Iran and Azerbaijan Republic. She is the recipient of several grants, fellowships and research awards, including a year of Fulbright lectureship and research at the Academy of Sciences of the Soviet Republic of Azerbaijan; post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University; the Hoover Institute of Stanford University; the Kennan Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and the Keddie-Balzan Fellowship at the Center for Near Eastern Studies at UCLA. She has held visiting positions at Universities of Iowa, Minnesota, Harvard, UCLA, and USC. Tohidi's publications include editorship or authorship of: Globalization, Gender and Religion: The Politics of Women's Rights in Catholic and Muslim Contexts; Women in Muslim Societies: Diversity within Unity; and Feminism, Democracy and Islamism in Iran.

Dr. Tohidi has been a consultant for the United Nations (UNDP, UNICEF, ILO, and WIDER) on projects concerning gender and development, and women and civil society building in the Middle East and post-Soviet Eurasia. She represented women NGOs at both the third and fourth World Conferences on Women in Nairobi (NGO Forum 1985) and Beijing (NGO Forum 1995) on gender issues in Iran and the post-Soviet Caucasus and Central Asia.

Professor Tohidi has integrated her human rights activism and community organizing with excellence in academic work and scholarship. She is frequently consulted by the media and invited to speak on women and gender issues, democracy and human rights in Islamic societies at community events and national and international conferences. In 2001, she ran a weekly radio program on "Women and Society in Iran" broadcast to Iran, Central Asia, and Europe through Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Some of her writings and interviews have been translated and/or reprinted in other languages and in different countries, including Iran, Russia, France, Austria, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Britain, Spain, India, Japan, Lebanon, and Brazil.

Climate Change and the Sustainability of Mankind: Overcoming the Inner Limits
Dr. Ervin Laszlo
President and Co-Founder, Club of Budapest; co-chair, World Wisdom Council, Author of 85 books; Twice nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Monday, November 9, 2009
Buddhist evening prayers 7:00pm–7:15pm
Lecture 7:30pm–8:30pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center

An Ethic of Care: Recentering Values, Rights and Needs
Dr. Joan Tronto
Professor Political Science, University of Minnesota; Hunter College Graduate School; Leading feminist political theorist & author
December, 11, 2009
Lecture 7:30pm–8:30pm
New York Culture of Peace Resource Center

The Role of Religion in Building Civil Society
Patrick James
Director, Center for International Studies
University of Southern California
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Santa Monica Culture of Peace Resource Center
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Patrick James is Professor of International Relations and Director of the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California (PhD, University of Maryland, College Park). James specializes in comparative and international politics. His interests at the international level include the causes, processes and consequences of conflict, crisis and war. With regard to domestic politics, his interests focus on Canada, most notably with respect to the constitutional dilemma. James is the author of fourteen books and over one hundred articles and book chapters. Among his honors and awards are the Louise Dyer Peace Fellowship from the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, the Milton R. Merrill Chair from Political Science at Utah State University, the Lady Davis Professorship of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Thomas Enders Professorship in Canadian Studies at the University of Calgary, the Senior Scholar award from the Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC, the Eaton Lectureship at Queen's University in Belfast, the Quincy Wright Scholar Award from the Midwest International Studies Association and LENNA PROFESSOR AT ST. BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY. He is a past president of the Midwest International Studies Association and the Iowa Conference of Political Scientists. Jame has been recognized as Distinguished Scholar in Foreign Policy Analysis for the International Studies Association (ISA), 2006-07, AND ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND MIGRATION FOR THE ISA, 2009-10. He SERVED AS Vice President, 2005-07, and President, 2007-09, of the Association for Canadian Studies in the United States, and Vice-President (2008-09) of the ISA. James also served a five-year term as Editor of International Studies Quarterly.

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