2004 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“An Evening with Gloria Steinem”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 15, 2004
A devoted activist and writer, Gloria Steinem is undeniably one of the most important voices of the modern feminist movement. Though she is best known as the co-founder of Ms. magazine, Steinem’s name is synonymous with the advancement of women’s social equality in America and throughout the world. As Ms. magazine became a symbol of the women’s rights movement, she established the Ms. Foundation for Women, devoted to helping the lives of women and girls in the areas of economic security, leadership, and health and safety. She was a convener of the historic 1971 Women’s Political Caucus, supported the founding of the Coalition of Labor Union Women, and is president of Voters for Choice. In her speeches, Steinem reflects on the social movements of the past four decades, and she addresses how we can foster a national spirit of cooperation to continue the advancement of the rights of all citizens, especially our children.
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2003 Keynote Address
“Step Across This Line”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2003
With a keen sense of humor and a unique style of blending Western classical studies, Indian history, and pop culture, Salman Rushdie has delighted, enraged, and fascinated readers worldwide during his nearly 30-year writing career.
A native of Bombay, India, Rushdie is a second-generation Cambridge University graduate and the grandson of an Urdu poet. His first novel, Grimus, was published in 1975.
In 1981, Rushdie's critically acclaimed second novel, Midnight's Children, won the Booker Prize, Britain's top literary award. Seven years later Rushdie's fourth novel, The Satanic Verses, won the Whitbread Award and unleashed an international furor. In response to the novel's criticism of fundamentalist Islam, Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini issued a fatwa, or religious edict, condemning Rushdie to death. Rushdie was forced into hiding for nearly 10 years, but nonetheless published two well-received novels, including The Moor's Last Sigh in 1995. He also wrote a number of essays on intellectual freedom during this period, and has continued to articulate his strong views on the subject since then. The government of Iran lifted the fatwa in 1998.
In addition to his eight novels, Rushdie has published several books of collected stories and essays, and his fiction and nonfiction have been included in numerous anthologies. His writings have been translated into more than 30 languages. Rushdie's latest book, Step Across This Line, will be the subject of his Albion presentation. A collection of his journalistic writings from 1992-2002, the book centers on themes of religion, culture, and politics in an age of rapid modernization.
Rushdie has lectured at many prestigious educational institutions, including a March 2003 visit to the University of Michigan during the North American premiere of a Royal Shakespeare Company stage adaptation of Midnight's Children. He is also an honorary professor of the humanities at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rushdie holds an M.A. from King's College, Cambridge.
He currently lives in London and New York.
2002 Symposium Keynote Address
“How To Get A Job Like Mine”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 18, 2002
Kurt Vonnegut is firmly established as one of the leading figures in 20th-century American literature, with seventeen novels, several plays, and scores of short stories to his credit. Vonnegut's works have been translated into several languages and reviewed and analyzed by critics and scholars worldwide. His work has also been adapted for or influenced numerous television, theatre, and movie productions, and has inspired musicians, including the Grateful Dead, Ambrosia, and groups in Canada and the Netherlands.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Vonnegut spent three years pursuing a degree in chemistry from Cornell University before joining the Army and being sent to Europe in 1944. He was captured by the Germans during the Battle of the Bulge, and survived the Dresden bombings as a POW, an experience that was the basis for his bestselling novel, Slaughterhouse-Five.
Upon his return to the U.S., Vonnegut received the Purple Heart. After attending the University of Chicago, he obtained a job as a reporter for the Chicago City News Bureau. Vonnegut later worked as a publicist for General Electric, taught English at a private school, and opened the second Saab dealership in North America. In 1971, he received an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Chicago.
His creative writing career began in the late 1940s, with short stories published in several large-circulation magazines, including Collier's and the Saturday Evening Post. Vonnegut's first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and became a Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club selection in 1953. His later novels include The Sirens of Titan (1959), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater (1965), Breakfast of Champions (1973), and Hocus Pocus (1990).
Vonnegut has held prestigious teaching appointments at the University of Iowa Writers' Workshop, Harvard University, and the City University of New York (where he served as Distinguished Professor of English Prose). He is the past recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (to research Slaughterhouse-Five) and a National Institute of Arts and Letters grant. Vonnegut was elected vice president of P.E.N. American Center, and vice president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters. In 2000, he was appointed State Author of New York. He resides in New York City.
2011 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote Address
“The Story of Stuff”
7:00 p.m., Thursday, April 14, 2011
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.
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