Andrea A. Lunsford is the Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Faculty Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University. She has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing history and theory, rhetoric, literacy studies and women's writing and is the editor, author or co-author of seventeen books, including The Everyday Writer, Essays on Classical Rhetoric and Modern Discourse, Singular Texts/Plural Authors: Perspectives on Collaborative Writing, Reclaiming Rhetorica, Everything's an Argument, Writing Matters: Rhetoric in Private and Public lives, and The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. She is currently at work on a collection of essays on collaboration and audience (with her friend and co-author Lisa Ede) and on The Norton Anthology of Rhetoric and Writing.
Lise Sedvez is an Assistant Professor at Cal State Long Beach and an expert in environmental history and policy in Latin America. She was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She moved to the United States to complete her graduate studies, including a Ph.D. at Stanford University. Her talk will focus on the failed efforts by the Brazilian government to clean up the Guanabara Bay, a national symbol of natural beauty but one of the most polluted urban bays in the world. The most recent efforts, supported by the Bank of Japan, ended in recriminations and official investigations. This talk will show how a highly fragmented state can hold conflicting understandings of the regional environment and the concept of restoration.
Brazil is the new darling of international investors and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil charismatic president, is now a world leader. Moreover, Brazil is one of the countries that suffered less in the global financial crisis. Do the fundamentals of the Brazilian economy justify the hype of international investors? Does Brazil belong in the club of the fastest growing economies, next to China and India? Is Brazil taking off? or is Brazil the next bubble?
Aldo Musacchio is an Associate Professor of Business at Harvard Business School and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economics. Born in Mexico, he completed his studies at the London School of Economics, ITAM, and Stanford University. Professor Musacchio's Research interests and experience include corporate governance, economic institutions, political economy and privatization. His current research looks at the conditions that have allowed Brazilian state-owned enterprises to be relatively efficient, even when compared to their private counterparts interests.
Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury served from 2002 to 2007 as the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the United Nations, responsible for the most vulnerable countries in the world. As Bangladesh's envoy to the UN, he served as President of the United Nations Security Council for two terms in 200 and 2001 and Chairman (in 1985-86) and President (in 2000) of the UNICEF Executive Board. He spearheaded a pioneering initiative of the United Nations General assembly in 1999 for adoption of the landmark Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and proclamation of the "International Decade of Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the world (2001-2010)." His initiative in March 2000 as the President of the Security Council achieved the political and conceptual breakthrough that led to the adoption of the groundbreaking UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women and peace & security. He is the recipient of the U Thant Peace Award and the UNESCO Gandhi Gold Medal for Culture of Peace
While addressing recent concerns over the threat of nuclear terrorism, including recent threats by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Ambassador Duarte's lecture casts these events within the wider problem of nuclear disarmament and the search for possible ways forward.
Fenwick W. English is an educational leader, author, professor and advocate of improved school leadership. He currently swerves as the R. Wendell Eaves Senior Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Over the last two decades, English has held many prominent positions in the American educational administration field; he is the author or coauthor of over 30 books, over 100 journal articles, editor of The Encyclopedia of Educational Administration, auditor of secondary school systems, former president of the UCEA and NCPEA, and prominent leader in the field of education.
Tracing a 30 year assault on public education by neoliberal ideas, this lecture will identify the major advocates and funders of the effort to turn public space into private space and commodify and privatize public education, reveal the possible consequences of this process, and discuss the installation of the common core curriculum. This is not simply a lecture, but a call to action.
Michael Jerryson is the Author of Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand, which offers a critical analysis of the Buddhist dimensions to the on-going conflict in southern Thailand. Since his work on the genocide of Mongolian Buddhist lamas in 1998, Jerryson has examined the role of Buddhist traditions in conflicts. Co-editor of Buddhist Warfare and the recent Oxford Handbook of Religion and Violence, he looks at the intersections between identity and violence and the ways in which we associate religious identities with peace and violence. In many ways, Buddhist-inspired violence may seem like an oxymoron, yet there is a robust history of Buddhist revolts, just-war theory and violence in Asia. Michael Jerryson is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Eckerd College and earned graduate degrees from University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Professor Kevin P. Clements is the Foundation Chair of Peace and Conflict Studies and Director of the New Zealand Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago, Dunedin New Zealand and Secretary General of the Toda Institute for Global Peace and Policy. The theme of this lecture is bringing a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence into the educational experience.
Swami Sarvapriyananda is a scholar of great repute and a member of the Vedanta Society, in India since 1994. He holds a degree in business management from the Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar, India. He has served as a professor (acharya) at Belur Math and presently is the Assistant Minister of the Vedanta Society of Southern California, Hollywood, and Los Angeles. Swami Sarvapriyananda has been a speaker at TEDx, IIM Ranchi, IITs and IISc, and has also delivered lectures on Vedanta extensively across the United States, Australia and New Zealand including noted universities such as the University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Adelaide, Victoria University etc. His interests are in the fields of Indian and Western Philosophy, Spirituality, Positive Psychology, Management Sciences and Education.
Ruthanne Buck currently serves as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Secretary of Education, John King, for educator outreach and engagement. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve in the Department first as Chief of Staff of the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs in April 2012 and has served in her current role as Senior Advisor to the Secretary since January 2014. Prior to joining the Department, Ruthanne served as Assistant to the President for Special Projects at the American Federation of Teachers. During this talk, Ruthanne will speak about the federal role of education and education policy. She will discuss her role at the US Department of Education, educator leadership and engagement, the new Every Student Succeeds Act, and current initiatives and priorities of the U.S. Department of Education.
Published author and faculty-in-residence Peter F. Burns speaks on the writing process and how you can parlay it into academic success. Dr. Burns has written many different types of books – from a popular book for sports fans, to an accessible guide for succeeding in college, to multiple scholarly works in his field of political science – often simultaneously and has developed multitasking strategies that will work for writing three 10 page papers or three full length books.
Dr. Burns will discuss how to address the needs of disparate audiences and will also offer tips for overcoming some of the common affective obstacles writers face when they have to work on more than one document at a time, such as getting overwhelmed or feeling guilty about “cheating” your other projects. Dr. Burns will close the talk by focusing on how a strong writing process contributes to academic success.
How do schools at all levels enhance a learner's personal fulfillment, promote social and emotional well-being, and contribute to life-long success?
In his talk, Dr. Borich explains how “Top-Down Learning: A Constructivist Approach to Teaching”
can answer the question
Dr. Gary Borich is a professor, at the Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of Texas Austin.
He is primarily interested in educational program evaluation, educational assess-ment, and methods of effective teaching. Most recently, Dr. Borich has examined interactivity and instruction strategies for e-learning.
His past research has focused on inquiry learning, critical thinking in the classroom, pedagogy, and the architec-ture of teacher education programs in institutes of higher learning.
Dr. Borich maintains a strong interest in evidence-based methods of effective teaching as well as the dissemination of promising programs in education.
Dr. Zaatari's research looks at the daily experiences and negotiations of cis-gendered queer women in Lebanon as they negotiate the terms of their existence in their families and beyond. The emphasis on marriage and parenthood is an important manifestation of heteronormativity, defined as the premising and normalizing of heterosexuality and its conforming gender
identities. Non-conforming women face pressures from family and society to marry and embody a specific form of femininity starting at a young age. In this presentation, Dr. Zaatari will discuss the kinds of pressures these women face from their families in particular and the ways they negotiate to carve out a space where they can be who they are. They utilize a number of different strategies that also vary with age. Grounded in ethnographic fieldwork in Lebanon and diaspora over the past four years, Dr. Zaatari's research unpacks the violence and love involved in these strategies and negotiations.
Zeina Zaatari is currently an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Soka University of America in addition to her work as an independent consultant and university lecturer focusing on gender and sexuality in the MENA. She is also the Associate Editor for Europe and Middle East and North Africa for the Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures and a trainer on research and analysis. She earned her PhD in Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis in Feminist Theory from the University of
California at Davis.
Nikhil Murthy seeks answers about competing forms and whether they are in actual conflict or whether they exist simultaneously side-by-side pushing each other to adapt. Does the appearance of Conflict Actually hide a larger dependence? Murthy Creates new dualities to the work in addition to the relationship between the commercial and the aesthetic.
Nikhil Murthy received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006, his BA in Visual Art and BS in Physics from UCSD in 2001
In 2003, during a fifth-grade current-events lesson about the United States' newly begun war in Iraq, a student asked Indiana teacher Deborah Mayer if she had ever attended an anti-war protest. Mayer told the class that she had driven by such a protest a few days earlier, and had honked her horn in support. Her school board declined to renew Mayer's contract, noting that she had deviated from the board's approved curriculum. And four years later, a federal appeals court upheld the board's decision on similar grounds.
Across the country, Mayer's defenders decried the apparent assault on her "academic freedom." But K-12 teachers in America have never enjoyed such freedom, in a manner that university academicians would recognize. During wartime, especially, school boards and courts have discouraged or blocked teachers from engaging their students in an open, critical dialogue about controversial ethical and political issues. Jonathan Zimmerman's talk will explore these restrictions, the fate of teachers who broached them, and the implications of this history for the fate of our democracy.
Jonathan Zimmerman is Professor of History of Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of several books including Too Hot to Handle: A Global History of Sex Education, Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory, and Campus Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. A former president of the History of Education Society, his academic articles have appeared in the Journal of American History, the Teachers College Record, and History of Education Quarterly. Zimmerman is also a frequent op-ed contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Republic, and other popular newspapers and magazines.
Dr. Ana Muñiz received a Ph.D. from UCLA in 2012. She has published a book on race and gang injunctions in Los Angeles entitled "Police, Power, and the Production of Racial Boundaries" (Rutgers University Press, 2012). She specializes in gang profiling, immigration enforcement and state violence.
Case studies are a popular method in qualitative research, but traditional approaches to case studies suffer from several limitations. In this talk, drawing on her new book, "Rethinking Case Study Research", Professor Lesley Bartlett outlines the shortcomings in how traditional approaches to case studies think about key concepts such as context, culture, comparison, place and space. Shen then Explains the Comparative Case study approach, and illustrates the horizontal, vertical and transversal axes of comparative case study design.
Lesley Bartlett is a professor of Education Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her teaching and research interests include literacy studies, migration, anthropology and education and qualitative research methods.
Ming Fang He is Professor of Curriculum Studies at Georgia Southern University. She has been teaching at the graduate, pre-service, and in-service levels in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, and China.
She was an Editor of Curriculum Inquiry (2003-2005) and is a Leading Associate Editor of Multicultural Perspectives (since 2003), a member of International Editorial Board of Curriculum Inquiry (since 2015), and a member of Editorial Advisory Board of The Radical Imagine-Nation: Journal of Public Pedagogy (since 2016). She is the Vice President of the AERA Division B (2014-2017). She is a founding member of the Georgia Chapter of National Association for Multicultural Education and Member-at-Large for the Georgia Educational Research Association. Her current research is expanded to the education of ethnic minority and disenfranchised individuals, groups, tribes, and societies and immigrant education in the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Mainland China, and other international contexts.
Dr. Chapple will answer these questions:
What role did instrumentalist utilitarian philosophy play in changing human attitudes toward nature? In what ways have the sciences become subservient to market forces?
Will the philosophical and theological approaches suggested in the Deep Ecology movement and in the Papal document Laudato Si' be useful moving forward?
How have Buddhist activists worldwide engaged these issues?
Christopher Key Chapple is Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology and Editor of the journal Worldviews: Global Religions and Director of the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University.
This talk highlights the need for a critical perspective in international and comparative education. By focusing on the need for evolving conceptial frameworks and alternative research paradigms in international work, Dr. Koirala Azad will share some concrete examples of participatory action research projects in Nepal and Iran that seek to disrupt traditional notions of what it means to do international work and how to work towards solidarity across geographical and imagined boundaries.
Dr. Shabnam Koirala Azad is Interim Dean and Professor of International and Multicultural Education in the School of Education at the University of San Francisco
Evaluation is a cultural phenomenon. It is valueladen—an expression of what matters in a given context to a particular set of stakeholders. It is political. Power is attached to certain aspects of the evaluation process and to the use of findings to promote particular agendas in education and human services. How then do we understand the intersection of fundamental issues in evaluation—theory, method, practice, and profession—with cultural context and work to achieve a respectful balance? While these issues may well extend beyond evaluation to other types of inquiry, evaluation is noteworthy in its attention to values and to agendas of equity and justice. Centering evaluation in culture supports the validity of our understandings and of the actions taken based upon them.
Ella Flagg Young was considered by some to be the greatest public school educator in the United States a century ago. For six years, she served as Chicago's superintendent, the highest position of public service held by any woman in the country. She was one of the first women to serve as principal of a large school, one of the first women assistant superintendents, one of the earliest women to hold a professorate in a major research university, the first woman elected president of the National Education Association, and was both a scholar and public intellectual. As superintendent, she empowered teachers and students alike, urging them to cultivate their individuality, intellect and creativity. She mounted a powerful resistance to a rapidly growing movement to centralize and standardize schools, a movement that effectively de-skilled teachers. Blount will describe Young's life and wor, which culminated in a showdown between those who valued teacher empowerment and those who wanted to destroy it.
Dr. Debashish Banerji, will discuss Yoga and Integral Education. Integral Education is a term coined by
modern yoga guru Sri Aurobindo (1872-1950) and his spiritual partner, Mirra Alfassa, aka the Mother (1878-
1973), to designate a whole person approach to education. In this talk, the psychological model for this
education will be described and the relationship of this model to the teachings and practices of Indian yoga
will be explored.
Dr. Sthaneshwar Timalsina, will present value of oral transmission in Tantras. (The Teacher and Student). He
will introduce the concept of mantra, visualization practices, and some mudras, and demonstrate that there
is something about education that has to be practice-based, personal, and not to be transmitted textually.
Timalsina believes that education should be transforming and not informing.
Former Director of Gandhi Darshan and International Centre of Gandhian Studies in
New Delhi under the Government of India, and author of over 70 books.
Dr. Radhakrishnan founded Ramachandran Institute of Nonviolence; Gandhi Media
Foundation; Ikeda Centre for Value Creation; and Sabarmati Centre for Naturopathy
and Yoga. He has held over 750 youth training programs on nonviolence worldwide,
and delivered 150 lectures on Culture of Peace at universities around the globe during
the UN sponsored Culture of Peace program. His dialogue with Dr. Daisaku Ikeda is
available in five languages and the English edition Walking with the Mahatma: Gandhi
for Modern Times is widely acclaimed.
Education in health professions, pre-medical and medical education, and the ways in which Soka University’s Life Sciences Concentration will bring in an interdisciplinary approach to life sciences that builds on the latest advances in curriculum, pedagogy, and scientific discoveries. Three leaders in medical and pre-medical education share new approaches for training in health professions.
Professor Werhane is an internationally recognized scholar who is a feminist vanguard in the fields of Ethical Decision-Making/Leadership and Applied Practical Ethics across disciplines. Founder and Editor in Chief of the prestigious, award winning Business Ethics Quarterly, she is the author/co-author of 23 books, 80 book chapters and 90 case studies. Her extensive interdisciplinary work includes global business ethics, corporate social/ethical responsibility, women's rights; ethics of medicine and health; ethics of organizations; environmental ethics; Adam Smith, ethics and economics; global poverty allerviation.