LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.
Lev currently serves on numerous community Boards including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland and the Bellefaire JCB for Children. He is co-chair of the CIO Executive Council's higher education committee and co-chair of Cisco's Higher Education Executive Exchange. He was the Advisory Board Chair of the 2008 New Media Consortium's Horizon Project and former Board Chair of the NMC. Gonick has received the 2010 National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisory (NATOA) annual award for Community Visionary of the Year.
Gonick received his Ph.D. in international political economy from York University in Ontario, Canada. Gonick is also well-known for a series of essays that predict annual trends in Information Technology in Higher Education, and he is a regular blogger and tweets under the handle lgonick. In his talk, he will discuss his work in building NEOhio's OneCommunity and reflect upon social entrepreneurship in technology, focusing on intellectual innovation, public innovation, and making a difference in all sectors of society.
Swami Sarvadevananda, the Minister and Head of the Vedanta Society of Southern California since October 2012, is a monk of the esteemed Ramakrishna Order of India, and has been serving at the Vedanta Society since 1993. The Ramakrishna Order was established in India in 1886 by Swami Vivekananda, and currently has about 1,500 monks serving in centers all over India and the world. They dedicate their lives to the twin ideals of personal spiritual enlightenment and service to the Divine in all humanity. Their lives focus on scriptural studies, spiritual practices, contemplation, imparting spiritual and secular knowledge at educational institutes, as well as working in hospitals, clinics, orphanages, and old-age homes, in the spirit of serving God in man. They also serve during critical periods of natural and man-made disasters, such as famine, epidemic, fire, flood, earthquake, cyclone, and social disturbances.
After joining the Ramakrishna Order in 1965, Swami Sarvadevananda served at one of its major Indian educational and technical training institutions for over twenty years before being appointed the head of one of the Orders rural village centers, Sikra-Kulingram, in 1988. In Sikra he initiated literacy, health, relief, and rehabilitation programs for hundreds of underprivileged villagers.
In addition to his regular lectures and classes at the Vedanta Society, Swami Sarvadevananda addresses schools, colleges, and other religious groups throughout the United States. He serves on the Inter-religious Council of Southern California and the Hindu-Catholic Dialogue and Hindu-Episcopal Dialogue of Los Angeles, and is one of the directors of the Hindu Students Organization at the University of Southern California.
Karpeles' own painting "The Sanctuary" was created in response to need of the HIV/AIDS community for a welcoming environment for mourning and the experience of loss. His expansive surround of painted surfaces traveled around the United States, ending with a three-month exhibit in New York's Grand Central Terminal. His "Driving to the Interior," a tribute to the art and vision of Elizabeth Bishop, is now installed at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and he created a non-denominational chapel space (commissioned by Mary and Laurance Rockefeller) for the New York headquarters of the HealthCare Chaplaincy.
Now as a Milosz Institute Fellow, Karpeles has turned his attention to a ground-breaking interpretive biography of Joseph Czapski, an eminent Polish artist, author, and critic and one of the very few Polish officers to survive the Katyn massacre. After World War II, Czapski remained in exile in the suburbs of Paris and founded "Kultura," one of the most influential intellectual journals of the 20th century.
Since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Thanassis has covered Americas War on Terror at home and abroad. In the federal courts he followed the rights-stripping and new prosecution strategies that targeted terrorism suspects, militant groups, and international finance. In the American political arena he covered the interventionist foreign policy consensus, and the norms that limited political engagement with groups considered foes of America. In the Middle East, he spent three years in Iraq covering society there in the aftermath of the US invasion. He traced the Islamist revival from Iraq to the Levant, covering the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood through its peak in Egypt last year. He covered the 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon, and the Arab uprisings that began in late 2010. He previously worked for the Associated Press in Greece and Indonesia.
While he lived in New York, Thanassis taught journalism and foreign policy at Columbia Universitys School of International and Public Affairs and the New Schools Graduate Program in International Affairs in New York City. In 2009 Cambanis served as a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University, teaching a seminar of his own design called Writing About War. Thanassis studied international affairs for a master's degree at Princeton University, and did his undergraduate work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Before writing The Swerve, Professor Greenblatt was a prolific author and he wrote, edited, and published numerous articles and books, including but not limited to: Shakespeares Freedom (2010); Cultural Mobility (2010); Will in the World (2004); Hamlet in Purgatory (2001); Co-gen. ed. The Norton Anthology of English Literature (2000); Practicing New Historicism (with Catherine Gallagher, 2000); Gen. ed. Norton Shakespeare (1997); ed. New World Encounters (1993); ed. Redrawing the Boundaries (1992); Marvelous Possessions (1991); Learning to Curse (1990); Shakespearean Negotiations (1988); Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980).
His many honors include the Modern Language Association's James Russell Lowell Prize, for Shakespearean Negotiations: The Circulation of Social Energy in Renaissance England, the Distinguished Humanist Award from the Mellon Foundation, the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.
Currently, Stephen Greenblatt is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. He earned his B.A. from Yale in 1964, his M.Phil from Cambridge in 1966, and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1969.
Stephen Greenblatt is the Ricardo J. Quinones Distinguished Lecturer for 2013. Sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, Greenblatts Athenaeum talk centers on why and how the utterly unacceptable ideas reintroduced by the recovery of De rerum natura in 1417 managed to survive and be transmitted during pre-Enlightenment centuries that had no concept of toleration.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.
Michael R. Strain's academic research fits broadly within labor economics and applied microeconomics. Strain began his career in the research group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Before joining AEI, he managed the New York Census Research Data Center, a U.S. Census Bureau research facility.
Stan Veuger is a resident scholar at AEI. His academic research focuses on political economy and applied microeconomics, and has been published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics. Before joining AEI, Dr. Veuger was a teaching fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard College, and Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is a board member of the Netherland-American Foundation in Washington and was a National Review Institute Washington Fellow.
In her Athenaeum talk, Ms. Zauzmer will talk about Wheeler's story, its implications for the college admissions process and the pursuit of academic integrity, and the ethical and stylistic challenges she confronted while writing the book.
Julie served as the Managing Editor of The Harvard Crimson in 2012 and graduated in 2013. She is now a full-time reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m. PARENTS DINING ROOM
Will Barndt is Assistant Professor of Political Studies at Pitzer College. He received his B.A. from Colby College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University. His teaching and research explore the social foundations of democratic practice in the Western Hemisphere, with particular attention to conservative and agrarian politics. Before arriving at Pitzer, he taught at Pomona College, the New Jersey Governor's School for Public Issues, and the University of California-Riverside, where he was named "Professor of the Year" in 2010 by the University Honors Program.
PROGRAM 2:30 p.m.
-Phra Ajahn Jayasaro
Ajahn Jayasaro (originally Sean Michael Chiverton) was born on the Isle of Wight, England in 1958. Twenty years later he moved to Thailand and became a disciple of Ajahn Chah, one of the most renowned Buddhist spiritual leaders of this past century. In 1980 Ajahn Jayasaro became a fully ordained monk in the Thai Forest Tradition of Buddhism. He was appointed by elders of the monastic order to write the official biography of Ajahn Chah, and served as the Abbot of the Wat Pa Nanachat Monestary.
Thai Forest Tradition is a branch of Theravada Buddhism, which is believed to have remained closest to the original teachings of Buddha. The Forest Tradition strongly emphasizes the importance of meditation and reaching enlightenment. At Thai Forest Monasteries, monks follow Buddhas path to enlightenment, and embrace a life of discipline, renunciation of the physical world, and meditation.
Since 2003 Ajahn Jayasaro has lived in hermitage, but occasionally travels to teach and share his wisdom. Although the time he spends doing this is limited, he has emerged as a leader and advocate for incorporating many Therevada Buddhist principles into aspects of public life. In todays exceptionally polarized political climate, Jayasaros message about the power of Buddhist teachings to harmonize conflicting groups in society is of great importance.
Ajahn Jayasaro comes to the Athenaeum as a guest of CMC alumna, Somruthai Prasarttongosoth, class of 1989.
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