The Jepson Leadership Forum 2014-15 Events
Humans are capable of living together harmoniously, but inevitably comfortable collaborations give way to conflict when we find the actions or ideas of others unacceptable. The 2014-15 Jepson Leadership Forum goes into the fray and examines conflict across contexts, seeking fresh perspectives on the fights, battles, disputes, confrontations, and arguments that arise between warring nations, among factions within society and organizations, and between those seeking positive social change—even within ourselves.
CONFLICT AND ANGER
Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman
SEPTEMBER 30 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
CONFLICT BETWEEN AND WITHIN: A BUDDHIST PERSPECTIVE
The first American to be ordained a Tibetan monk by the Dalai Lama, Robert Thurman is recognized worldwide as an authority on religion and spirituality. Considered by The New York Times to be the leading expert on Tibetan Buddhism, he has been named one of Time magazine’s 25 most influential Americans. He is co-founder and president of nonprofit organization Tibet House US and a professor of Buddhist studies at Columbia University. He's also actress Uma Thurman’s father.
Cosponsored by the Department of Religious Studies
CONFLICT AND COMMAND
Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert (USMC)
OCTOBER 21 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
GUANTÁNAMO: WHEN COMMAND AND THE CONSTITUTION COLLIDE
Retired Maj. Gen. Michael Lehnert, as the commanding general of the Joint Task Force ordered to prepare and operate the U.S. detention facility at Guantánamo Bay after Sept.11, faced an ethical dilemma unlike anything most of us will ever experience. Now the former commander is a leader in the discussion about why the prison should be closed.
Cosponsored by Philosophy, Politics, Economics, and Law (PPEL)
CONFLICT AND RACE
Award-winning historian Robert J. Norrell
NOVEMBER 13 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
SOULS OF BLACK LEADERS: THE RIVAL STRATEGIES OF BOOKER T. WASHINGTON AND W. E. B. DU BOIS
Award-winning historian Robert J. Norrell, an expert on race relations in America, has examined the leadership strategies enacted by two of America’s greatest civil rights leaders: the gradualism implicitly favored by Booker T. Washington and the more confrontational policies of W. E. B. Du Bois. He explores the legendary battle of ideas between these two rivals and the cultural ripples that ensued.
Cosponsored by the Department of History and part of the James MacGregor Burns Lectureship in Leadership Studies and Biography
CONFLICT AND CULTURE
Anthropologist Polly Wiessner
JANUARY 26 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
ADAPTING TO A CHANGING WORLD
Anthropologist Polly Wiessner has made a career traveling to remote and unforgiving corners of the world such as the Australian Outback, Southern Africa’s Kalahari Desert, and the Highlands of New Guinea to study developments in warfare, ritual, and exchange in egalitarian societies. She offers insights into the nature of cooperation and the challenges traditional societies face in a changing world.
CONFLICT AND GENDER
Social Psychologist Roy Baumeister
FEBRUARY 17 • 7 p.m. • Jepson Alumni Center
HOW CULTURES THRIVE BY EXPLOITING MEN
Social psychologist Roy Baumeister, known for his pioneering work on willpower, social rejection, sexuality, self-esteem, aggression and free will, dives into the gender debate and offers provocative answers to questions about the current state of manhood and the role of men in culture. He suggests that relations between the sexes are now and have always been more cooperative than antagonistic, but that men and women are by nature different in their orientations and interests.
Cosponsored by the Department of Psychology
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