Recent Visiting Speakers

Spring 2012 Elkin Isaac Speaker

Laurie Garrett

Thursday, April 19th
7:00pm in Goodrich Chapel

Best-selling author Laurie Garrett is the only writer ever to have been awarded all three of the Big "Ps" of journalism: the Peabody, the Polk and the Pulitzer. Turning that talent to international policy, Garrett is currently the senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York. In that capacity, she has reported on topics ranging from HIV and other disease pandemics to global health challenges related to international financial crises. She has particular expertise in newly emerging and re-emerging diseases, bioterrorism, and the intersection of public health, foreign policy and national security.

Garrett has written several popular and critically acclaimed books, including The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health, and I Heard the Sirens Scream: How Americans Responded to the 9/11 and Anthrax Attacks.

Garrett is a member of the National Association of Science Writers, and served as the organization's first president during the 1990s. She currently serves on the advisory board for the Noguchi Prize, the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Group, and is a principal member of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. Garrett also chairs the scientific advisory panel to the United Nations Commission on HIV Prevention in collaboration with UNAIDS.

Garrett earned a degree in biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and did graduate work at the University of California Berkeley. While writing The Coming Plague, Garrett was a graduate fellow in Harvard's School of Public Health. She received an Alumni Achievement Award from the University of California and honorary doctorates from Georgetown University, Illinois Wesleyan University and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. In 2011 Garrett was named one of the "45 Greatest Alumni" of the University of California Santa Cruz, on the 45th anniversary of the school's creation.


Spring 2011 Elkin Isaac Speaker

Annie Leonard

"The Story of Stuff"

Thursday, April 14
7:00 p.m., Goodrich Chapel

Annie Leonard is author of The Story of Stuff, the book, published by Free Press of Simon and Schuster on March 9, 2010.

Annie has spent nearly two decades investigating and organizing on environmental health and justice issues. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting literally hundreds of factories where our stuff is made and dumps where our stuff is dumped. Witnessing firsthand the horrendous impacts of both over- and under- consumption around the world, Annie is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming our industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

Annie is currently the Director of The Story of Stuff Project. Prior to this, most recently, Annie coordinated the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption, a funder collaborative seeking to address the hidden environmental and social impacts of current systems of making, using and throwing away all the stuff of daily life.

She has also worked with GAIA (Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives), Health Care Without Harm, Essential Action and Greenpeace International.

Annie is currently on the boards of International Forum for Globalization and GAIA and has previously served on the Boards of the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Environmental Health Fund, Global Greengrants India and Greenpeace India. She did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell, both in New York. She is currently based in the Bay Area, California



Fall 2010 Speaker

Joel Salatin

Omnivore's Dilemma Farmer Presents 'Ballet in the Pasture'

Featured in Michael Pollan's best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma, Virginia farmer Joel Salatin brings his "Ballet in the Pasture" presentation to Albion College Wednesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the College's Goodrich Chapel.

A third-generation alternative farmer located in the Shenandoah Valley, Salatin's Polyface, Inc., farm services more than 3,000 families, 10 retail outlets and 50 restaurants through on-farm sales and metropolitan buying clubs. Along with vegetables, Polyface produces beef, pastured poultry, eggmobile eggs, "pigaerator" pork, forage-based rabbits, and forestry products.

Salatin's "ballet" is Polyface's choreographed plant-animal symbiosis with its beneficial effects on the landscape, the community and the eater. Through first rate pictures the audience will take a virtual tour around the farm and Salatin's philosophy of food and farming.

Salatin's appearance is part of Albion College's Year of Sustainability (2010-11), dedicated to creative and educational expression of the College's strategic plan focus on sustainability and environmental issues. By regularly providing information and action opportunities, the Year of Sustainability aims to make a positive difference in the lives of students, the campus, the Albion community, and the earth.


lipstadtDeborah E. Lipstadt

Director, Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and
Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies

Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies
204C Candler Library
550 Asbury Circle
Emory University
Atlanta, GA 30322


Professor Deborah Lipstadt, of David Irving holocaust-denier fame, will be the Prentiss M. Brown distinguished lecturer on Wednesday, September 17, 2008. She will likely talk about her role in the Irving trial, and the upsurge in respectability accorded to holocaust denial. Her webpage at Emory is to be found at:

Her blog, subtitled Holocaust denial/contemporary anti-semitism/free speech/politically correct idiocies is found at:
In her blog, and in her work, she deals with Islamic holocaust denial, contemporary anti-Semitism, a British academic boycott of Israel, campus issues, Danish cartoons, and the Turkish genocide

Deborah E. Lipstadt, Director, Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies and Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish and Holocaust Studies (1993). Dr. Lipstadt's book HISTORY ON TRIAL: MY DAY IN COURT WITH DAVID IRVING [Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005] is the story of her libel trial in London against David Irving who sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right wing extremist. The book has been described as a "fascinating and meritorious work of legal – and moral – history." [Kirkus, November 2004]. It was ranked by the editors at as number four on its list of top ten history books of 2005. The Daily Telegraph ( London) declared that the trial had "done for the new century what the Nuremberg tribunals or the Eichmann trial did for earlier generations." The Times ( London) described it as "history has had its day in court and scored a crushing victory." The judge found David Irving to be a Holocaust denier, a falsifier of history, a racist, an antisemite, and a liar. Her legal battle with Irving lasted approximately six years. According to the New York Times, the trial "put an end to the pretense that Mr. Irving is anything but a self-promoting apologist for Hitler." In July 2001 the Court of Appeal resoundingly rejected Irving's attempt to appeal the judgment against him.

Lipstadt represented President George W. Bush as a member of the official American delegation to the 60 th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. As an historical consultant to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, she helped design the section of the Museum dedicated to the American Response to the Holocaust. President Clinton appointed her to two consecutive terms on the United States Holocaust Memorial Council. From 1996 through 1999 she served as a member of the United States State Department Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. In this capacity she, together with a small group of leaders and scholars, advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious persecution abroad.

Dr. Lipstadt has also written DENYING THE HOLOCAUST: THE GROWING ASSAULT ON TRUTH AND MEMORY (Free Press/Macmillan, 1993), the first full length study of those who deny the Holocaust. The book has been translated into German and Japanese. She has also written BEYOND BELIEF: THE AMERICAN PRESS AND THE COMING OF THE HOLOCAUST (Free Press/Macmillan, 1986, 1993). The book, an examination of how the American press covered the news of the persecution of European Jewry between the years 1933 and 1945, addresses the question "what did the American public know and when did they know it?"

She has taught at University of Washington, UCLA and Occidental College in Los Angeles. In Spring 2006 she was a Visiting Professor at the Gregorian Pontifical University in Rome. She received her B.A. from City College of New York and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University. Professor Lipstadt is frequently called upon by the media to comment on matters of Jewish interest. She has appeared on the BBC, CNN, CBS's Sixty Minutes, NBC's Today Show, ABC's Good Morning America, National Public Radio's Fresh Air, PBS's Charlie Rose Show, and is a frequent contributor to and is widely quoted in a variety of newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun, New York Times, Time, Newsweek, London Times, London Daily Telegraph, and Chicago Tribune. She declined an appearance on C-Span BookTv because of their intention to "balance" her presentation with one by David Irving.

She has received numerous teaching awards including Emory's student government association's award for being the teacher most likely to motivate students to learn about new and unfamiliar topics and the Emory Williams award, for her courses on modern Jewish and Holocaust studies. Given to Emory's outstanding teachers, the award is based on nominations by alumni of the professor who has had the greatest impact on them. She has received Honorary Doctorates from Yeshiva University, Bar Ilan University, and Baltimore Hebrew University. The Forward named her number two on its list of the "Forward Fifty": the fifty top Jewish news makers for the year 2000. She is the 2005 winner of the Al Chernin Award given by the Jewish Council for Public Affairs to the person who best exemplifies protection of the First Amendment. Previous recipients include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Alan Dershowitz, and Stu Eisenstat.

Lipstadt had a web log [blog] which is available at