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Jepson Leadership Forum: 2007-08

Understanding leadership demands attention to context, the social values, cultural mores and beliefs about identity and others that shape our society and ourselves. The Forum and the annual WILL Speaker Series have merged to produce the 2007-08 season. Other partners in the planning and funding consortium are: The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Common Ground, the Robins School of Business, the Richmond Quest and the University of Richmond School of Law.


A Dialogue on Left, Right and Center
(Sept. 25, 2007)
Report and Webcast and speaker bios: Susan Estrich and Rich Lowry

He's inside the Beltway, she's West Coast. He leans right, she left. Opening night offers a spirited dialogue and interactive session on society, law, culture and the election season with outspoken attorney Susan Estrich and National Review editor Richard Lowry. Estrich wrote Sex & Power and The Case for Hillary Clinton and Lowry wrote Legacy: Paying the Price for the Clinton Years. Both are commentators and analysts for Fox News. Book signing. This program is co-sponsored by the University or Richmond School of Law and is The 21st Annual Emanuel Emroch Lecture.

 Beyond Black and White/ All about Barack and Much More
(Oct. 4, 2007)
Report, and Webcast and speaker bio: Juan Williams

One of the nation's leading political writers and thinkers, Juan Williams examines American politics, civic rights, law and culture. He navigates the difficult terrain of race relations with an honest and compelling voice. An influential chronicler of the civil rights movement, he wrote Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965. His acclaimed biography Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary was reissued with a new epilogue in 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic Brown v. Board of Education decision. His newest book is Enough: The Phony Leaders, Dead-End Movements and Culture of Failure That Are Undermining Black America-and What We Can Do About It. Book signing. 

Media Messages, Missteps and Inside Stories from Newsrooms and Campaigns
(Oct. 29., 2007)
Report and Webcast and speaker bios:  Lisa Green, Glenn Proctor, Keith Woods.

From blogs to The New York Times, from talk radio to the alphabet soup of 24-hour TV news, media provides the forums for our national discourse. Knowledgeable insiders discuss leadership challenges within their industry and news gatherers' responsibility to society. They will talk about point of view, balance, civility, stereotypes and fairness. Roberta Oster Sachs, a former television news producer and Richmond Law School associate dean who teaches media and leadership at the Jepson School, will moderate the discussion among: Lisa Green, Senior Producer, NBC Weekend Today; Glenn Proctor, Executive Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Keith Woods, Dean of Faculty, Poynter Institute. 

Americans in a Different Mirror: How We Are Connected to Each Other and What Our Future Holds
(Nov. 14, 2007)
Report and Webcast and speaker bio: Ron Takaki

How should Americans build connections across cultures, backgrounds and identities? No one is better able to answer that question than distinguished scholar Ronald Takaki. His groundbreaking 1993 book, A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America, which offers stories of the "melting pot" history of the United States, has never been more timely then it is today amidst debates about border security and immigration. Takaki is also the author of Iron Cages: Race and Culture in 19th-Century America and Strangers from a Different Shore: A History of Asian Americans. Book signing. Dr. Takaki's appearance is also sponsored by the Office of Common Ground and the Robins School of Business and the Richmond Quest.

Through the Labyrinth: The Advantages and Disadvantages of Women as Leaders
(Dec. 4, 2007)
Report and  Webcast and speaker bio: Alice Eagly

In many nations, women have gained considerable access to leadership roles and are increasingly praised for their excellent leadership skills. In fact, women, more than men, manifest leadership styles associated with effective performance as leaders. Nevertheless, more people prefer male bosses, and research demonstrates that women can still face impediments to attaining leadership roles and barriers to success. Reactions to Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate illustrate these phenomena. The mix of apparent advantages and disadvantages of women as leaders reflects substantial progress toward gender equality coupled with the lack of attainment of this goal. Alice Eagly, one of the nation's top researchers on the effects of gender on leadership, is co-author of The Psychology of Attitudes and The Psychology of Gender. She co-authored her newest book, Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders, with Linda Carli. Book signing.

Taking the Nation's Pulse
(Jan. 23, 2008)
Report and Webcast and speaker bios: Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Rhodes Cook, William Frey, Janelle Wong

The 2007-08 presidential primary season is a tsunami of change. This conversation covers current events-the polls, the primaries, the candidates, the fundraising, the rhetoric-and predications regarding voters' choices. Alan Ehrenhalt, longtime editor of the Washington-based Governing magazine and a visiting scholar at the Jepson School, will lead the conversation. Speakers will include:

  • Lisa Garcia Bedolla, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chicano/Latino Studies, the University of California, Irvine.
  • Rhodes Cook, an independent political analyst and author of several books on presidential elections and voting patterns.
  • William Frey, a renowned demographer at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and Population Studies Center.
  • Janelle Wong, Associate Professor of Political Science and American Studies and Ethnicity, the University of Southern California.

Leading with a Feminist Curiosity: How to Explore Our Militarized Culture
(Feb. 12, 2008)
Webcast and speaker bio: Cynthia Enloe

National identity and the United States' military and peacekeeping roles in the world are key points of discussion in these times. Feminism, militarization and globalization are areas of study for Cynthia Enloe, who researches some of our culture's most deeply embedded beliefs and behaviors. Her current work includes the exploration of how men and women are caught up in the militarization of American culture and political life. She is the author of The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire and Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link. Book signing.

Rage, Rap,Reality: An Evening with Chuck D
(March 18, 2008)
Webcast and speaker bio: Chuck D

Art and activism combine in the work of Carlton Douglas Ridenhour, known by his stage name Chuck D. The American rapper, composer, author, radio personality and producer furthered 1980s political rap as the lead vocalist in the influential Public Enemy, creator of two seminal recordings, Fear of a Black Planet and It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Black men's disenfranchisement and distance from the mainstream America of wealth and privilege simmers in a stew of anger, need, poverty and oppression that boils into raw expression and cries for change. It blasts from radios, in music videos and in clubs and concerts. On the Forum stage, Chuck D discusses the Hip-Hop movement and rap's crude, cruel street language. The legendary Hip-Hop activist/artist illuminates the most perplexing parts of leadership - the complexity of humanity and how we communicate with each other. Chuck D's campus visit is also sponsored by the Office of Common Ground.

The Next Vanguard in Civil Rights—Abandoning the Myth of Meritocracy
(April 2, 2008)

The first black woman to be appointed to a tenured professorship at Harvard Law is the author of numerous articles on democratic theory, political representation, educational equity and issues of race and gender. A leading voice for political reform, she advocates rethinking race and class and changing the way we look at affirmative action. She is the author of Lift Every Voice: Turning a Civil Rights Setback into a New Vision of Social Justice, The Tyranny of the Majority: Fundamental Fairness in Representative Democracy, co-author of Who's Qualified? and co-author of The Miner's Canary: Enlisting Race, Resisting Power, Transforming Democracy. Book signing.

Tickets are free. Reserve at 804-289-8980. Tickets are released three weeks before each event.  More