2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“The Secret to Unleashing Inner Greatness”
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 7 p.m.
Important update, April 18, 2016: Morris Dees, co-founder and chief trial attorney of the Southern Poverty Law Center, was originally scheduled to give the 2016 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote, but is unable to do so due to health concerns.
Benjamin Jealous is the former president and CEO of the NAACP. He is now a partner at the Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kapor Capital, where he invests in high-growth companies that have a positive social impact and continues his goal of increasing opportunities for minorities in the tech economy.
A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous was named by Fortune and Time magazines to their “Top 40 Under 40” lists and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Jealous' new book, Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, features personal essays from prominent figures in the black community.
The youngest president in NAACP history, he began his career at age 18 opening mail at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Jealous has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality and end mass incarceration.
Under his leadership from 2008 to 2013, the NAACP grew to be the largest civil rights organization online and on mobile, and became the largest community-based nonpartisan voter registration operation in the country. Jealous' leadership at the NAACP included bringing environmentalist organizations into the fight to protect voting rights, and convincing well-known conservatives to join the NAACP.
Prior to leading the NAACP, he spent 15 years as a journalist and community organizer. While at Mississippi's Jackson Advocate newspaper, his investigations were credited with exposing corruption at a state penitentiary and proving the innocence of a black farmer framed for arson. While at Amnesty International, he led successful efforts to outlaw prison rape, expose the increasing trend of children being sentenced to life without the possibility of parole, and draw attention to expanded racial profiling in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Mary Jean Eisenhower
2017 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
Thursday, April 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Mary Jean Eisenhower was born in Washington, D.C., during her grandfather Dwight D. Eisenhower's first term in office as president of the United States. She was christened in the Blue Room of the White House and grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, close to the Eisenhower Farm, where President Eisenhower eventually retired. Her father, John, was named U.S. Ambassador to Belgium in 1969, and she lived in Brussels with her family until 1972.
Eisenhower is president and chief executive officer of People to People International, which was founded by President Eisenhower on September 11, 1956 and became a private organization in 1961. She joined PTPI hoping to carry on her grandfather's dream, but it has since become a dream of her own.
In 1999 she established the PTPI Friendship Fund following an inspirational visit to an orphanage in Morocco. To date, the fund has provided assistance to many causes, including the global humanitarian eradication of landmines; earthquake relief in India; disaster relief to victims of the September 11, 2001 attacks and their families; support of schools for the underprivileged in China and Sri Lanka; a home for leukemia victims and their families in Cuba; Japan tsunami relief; and efforts in Rwanda and Haiti.
Following September 11, 2001, Eisenhower's focus intensified toward getting young people from around the world together to learn about each other and to engage in conflict management. Her vision resulted in Peace Camp 2003: An Evolution of Thought and Action and The Global Peace Initiative. The efforts have brought people from diverse areas, representing more than 30 nationalities, together in Egypt, Jordan and Turkey to discuss issues and reach a better understanding of their unique and individual cultures. The program remains active today.
Eisenhower has received the Knight of Peace Award from the International University in Assisi, Italy; the Medal of Honor from the Slovak Republic; the Consular Corps Award of Excellence; The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service; Friendship Ambassador recognition from The Peoples' Republic of China; and the Friend of Foreign Service Award, Taiwan, among others. A recipient of four honorary doctorate degrees, Eisenhower has also served as a fellow at Stanford University and in the Churchill Institute at Westminster College (Missouri).
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Humanities and Arts Labs
Creating hands-on learning experiences in the arts and humanities is the centerpiece of a new program at Albion College, funded by a substantial grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Through this generous grant, faculty, students, and outside partners will develop a series of collaborative symposia and workshops focused upon the applied nature of laboratory experimentation within the arts and humanities disciplines. According to Professor of English Ian MacInnes, “Students will be challenged to move from being observers and consumers of the arts and humanities to being active participants in the disciplines’ intellectual work.”
Pilot labs will link together several groups of courses in the 2015 spring and fall semesters. Students in these lab courses will use the knowledge they gain in the classroom to initiate projects that are collaborative, experiential, experimental, and publicly engaging.
Two of the labs are specific to the local Albion community, whereas the other two explore broader themes that are applicable to a larger audience. President Mauri Ditzler sees the creation of these labs as an opportunity to highlight the potential within our arts and humanities departments. “More broadly, the lab model will cultivate a sense of shared purpose and a deeper understanding of the value of the arts and humanities in our community, in America and throughout the world,” says Ditzler.
What exactly does an arts and humanities lab look like?
The Spring 2015 pilot labs listed below provide a better understanding of this important initiative.
Creating Sustainable Communities
Students will embark on field trips and participate in guest lectures in an attempt to understand the different types of sustainable communities that exist. After exploring different types of sustainable communities, students will determine how these models can be applied to the local Albion community, while also examining how the arts and humanities play a role in that vision.
Participating Classes: Art 346, Color Photography; Anthropology 271, Nature and Society: An Introduction to Ecological Anthropology; Philosophy 301, Environmental Ethics; and Art History 315, Earth Art and the Environment.
Race and Representation
Participants will analyze the various forms of racism, the power that is gained from it, and the strategies used to resist it. While studying the broader subject of racism, students will narrow their focus by evaluating a set of lithographs and documenting their historical relevance within the context of racism. They will use the information they collect to develop an online art gallery and participate in a joint symposium.
Participating Classes: English 151, Introduction to Literary Study: Literature of the American South; English 351, Four American Poets; History 289, Curating Controversy: Creating a Digital Exhibit of Racist Images; History 243, African American History from 1865-2015; and Ethnic Studies 270, Hip Hop and Social Change.
Albion Accelerator: A Space for Creative Innovation and Collaboration
Students will be provided with the opportunity to brainstorm the creation of a multi-use "maker space" in downtown Albion. By conducting a feasibility study, students will determine what would be necessary to establish facility that promotes making, thinking, writing, and collaborating. The Albion Accelerator will foster interaction among community members, Albion College students and faculty, and recent graduates. Students will work on creating a facility that caters to the needs and interests of the people of Albion while adapting to the ever-changing needs of the community.
Participating Classes: Art 361, Advanced Ceramics; Art History 317, Art and Theory; and Economics and Management 305, Women in Business and Leadership.
Students will encounter food that is local and global, and contemporary and ancient through a series of projects and field trips.Students will meet in small groups to share and exchange ideas based upon what aspect of food they're studying and how it has enhanced their cultural awareness. The lab will end with a community dinner that is researched, prepared, and served by participating students. Attendees will be entertained with music and reflections describing each student’s unique food encounters.
Participating Classes: English 389, Wild Things: The Literature of Wilderness and the Wild, Anthropology 240, Ancient Civilizations, French 330, French Louisiana: Cajun and Creole Experiences, Music 132, Briton Singers.