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- Created 15 April 2005; Published 18 April 2005Convocation: Kate WennerJournalist and former ABC 20/20 TV producer Kate Wenner is also an acclaimed fiction author. Her books include 'Setting Fires' and 'Dancing with Einstein.' Wenner celebrates story telling and its power to transform both the writer and the reader in her presentation titled 'The Passion to Write.'
- Created 8 April 2005; Published 18 April 2005Convocation: Michael MedvedA former Hollywood screenwriter, Michael Medved has reviewed movies for CNN and was chief film critic for the New York Post. He served twelve years as co-host of 'Sneak Previews,' a review show on PBS-TV. Medved is also a successful author. The title of his presentation is 'Hollywood's Three Biggest Lies.'
- Created 1 April 2005; Published 8 April 2005Convocation: Catherine Manegold '77Catherine Manegold '77 worked for twenty years as a reporter and editor with with The New York Times, Newsweek, Philadelphia Inquirer and several smaller papers. She has been a foreign correspondent in numerous countries and a Pulitzer-Prize nominee and winner. She is now a Professor of Journalism at Emory University. Her presentation is titled 'War on Words: Why an Ethical Press is NOT an Oxymoron.'
- Created 25 February 2005; Published 8 March 2005Convocation: David Welna '80David Welna '80 has spent 15 years as a Congressional Correspondent for National Public Radio from overseas and has reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and 'The Times of London.' His photography has appeared in numerous publications and is the recipient of several prestigious awards. His presentation is titled 'Covering the 21st Century Congress: Terror, War and One-Party Rule.'
- Created 5 February 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Don FederFor nearly two decades, Don Feder was an opinion writer for The Boston Herald and a syndicated columnist who covered numerous important news events. His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, and National Review. He is the author of several books, is a practicing lawyer, has a media consulting firm, and has served as executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. His presentation is titled 'Does Our Security Require An International Crusade for Democracy?'
- Created 28 January 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Nikki GiovanniOne of the most widely read American poets, Yolande Cornelia 'Nikki' Giovanni is a strong voice of the Black community. Her book 'Racism 101' includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of various race issues. Her three most recent volumes of poetry were winners of the NAACP Image Award. She has received 21 honorary doctorates and a host of other awards. Since 1987, she has been a professor at Virginia Tech. The title of her presentation is 'The Poetics of the Black Experience.'
- Created 21 January 2005; Published 23 February 2005Convocation: Alan Cutler '75Geologist Alan Cutler '75 burst onto the literary nonfiction scene with 'The Seashell on the Mountaintop,' the story of a 17th-century scientist-turned-priest who forever changed our understanding of the earth and created a new field of science. Cutler's presentation is titled 'The Seashell on the Mountaintop: Religion and the Birth of a Science.'
- Created 14 January 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Vincent HardingCivil rights activist Vincent Harding has had a long history of involvement in national and international movements for peace and justice. A close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., Harding has written several books about the Black freedom struggle. He was a professor, the first director of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Center in Atlanta, and the senior academic consultant to the award-winning PBS television series, 'Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years.' The title of his presentation is 'A King for the Twenty-First Century.'
- Created 7 January 2005; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: Marita Wesely-CloughMarita Wesely-Clough is considered one of the top five trend spotters and futurists in the nation. As a trends expert at Hallmark Cards, she monitors the social milieu to spot trends as they emerge and track existing ones as they climb, peak, and wane. The title of her presentation is '2005 and Beyond: Emerging and Evolving Trends.'
- Created 12 November 2004; Published 16 February 2005Convocation: 'Election 2004 - Media and Electoral Politics'Students from Barbara Allen and Greg Marfleet's political science classes present the findings of their collaborative research project about the influence of broadcast news and advertising on the Presidential and Minnesota races.
- Created 5 November 2004; Published 14 February 2005Convocation: Suzan HarjoCheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee, Suzan Harjo is a poet, writer, lecturer, curator and policy advocate, who has helped Native Peoples recover more than one million acres of land. While her commentary and poetry are widely published, she is also a leader in several Indian rights organizations and publications. The title of her presentation is 'Contemporary Native American Ceremonial and Cultural Issues: Why Identity, Policy, Politics and Visions Matter.'
- Created 29 October 2004; Published 14 February 2005Convocation: Michael BarnettThe Stassen Chair in International Relations at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Michael Barnett is a world-recognized leader in international relations and Middle East politics. In addition to teaching, Barnett engages professional and international leaders in developing conceptual frameworks and innovative approaches to policy analysis, and is an advocate for policy change. He is the author of numerous books and articles on the United Nations and the international relations of the Middle East. The title of Barnett's presentation is 'What is the Future of Humanitarianism?'
- Created 22 October 2004; Published 14 February 2005Convocation: Sergio ArauThe multifaceted Sergio Arau is a talented writer, artist, musician, and filmmaker. He is the founder of popular newspapers and satirical magazines, and a successful artist, cartoonist, and music video producer. He wrote and directed the feature-length film "A Day Without a Mexican," which breaks down stereotypes, dispels myths and educates with facts.
- Created 15 October 2004; Published 23 February 2005Convocation: Donald SaariThe dynamics of voting theory is a research topic of Donald Saari, Director of the Center for Decision Analysis at the University of California, Irvine. Saari explains the underlying structure of various voting systems, including that by which we elect our president, and shows the chaotic nature of these systems. The title of Saari's presentation is 'Elections! But do we elect whom we really want?'
- Created 8 October 2004; Published 21 February 2005Convocation: José E. LópezThe community leadership and vision of José E. López, a professor at Northeastern Illinois University, have had a profound impact on the life, thought, and development of Chicago's Puerto Rican and Latino communities. He is also the executive director of the Puerto Rican Cultural Center in Chicago, which hosts a wide array of community services. The title of his presentation is "Forging Community: Resistance and Renaissance in the Barrio."