2010-2011 Lyceum Series

The Lyceum is the Honors Program's annual lecture series, featuring speakers on topics from science, literature, and current events.


Honors Seminar 1

Mike Dover

Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 3:00 in L106.

Research Executive and Author
Branding, and the Customer-Controlled Market 


Mike Dover is a research executive with more than a decade’s experience leading New Paradigm, a world-class think tank. He was a member of the senior management team that built the think tank’s business and reputation to make it an attractive target (acquired by nGenera in 2007).

Currently co-authoring Wikibrands: Reinventing Your Business in a Customer-Driven Marketplace, Dover investigates how companies are using technology to enable meaningful conversations with their customers.

Dover was responsible for operations, content quality, and client management for $10 million, multi-year research studies on the intersections among technology, business strategy and society. He led more than 100 professionals over the course of the programs. The research in these programs formed the basis for the bestselling books Wikinomics: Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World. These projects were funded by senior executives at Global 2000 companies such as IBM, Cisco, Procter & Gamble, Federal Express, Disney and Accenture.

Dover has written dozens of white papers and reports, mostly on the subjects of generational theory, the relationship of technology to business models, and popular culture. He currently contributes to Richard Florida’s “Creative Class” blog.

Honors Seminar 2

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Human Rights Activist and Best-Selling Author of Infidel 

Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 3:00 in H233

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. The daughter of a political opponent of the Somali dictatorship, she grew up in exile, moving from Saudi Arabia to Ethiopia then Kenya. As a child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up, she embraced Islam and strove to live as a devout Muslim.

In 1992, Hirsi Ali was married off by her father to a distant cousin who lived in Canada. To escape the marriage, she fled to the Netherlands where she was given asylum, and in time citizenship. She quickly learned Dutch and studied at the University of Leiden. Working as a translator for Somali immigrants, she saw first hand the inconsistencies between liberal, Western society and tribal, Muslim cultures.

After earning her MA in political science, Hirsi Ali worked as a researcher for the Wiardi Beckman Foundation in Amsterdam. She then served as an elected member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. While in parliament, she focused on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society and on defending the rights of Muslim women. She campaigned to raise awareness of violence against women, including honor killings and female genital mutilation.

In 2004, Hirsi Ali gained international attention following the murder of Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh had directed her short film Submission, about the oppression of women under Islam. The assassin, a radical Muslim, left a death threat for her pinned to Van Gogh’s chest.

In 2006, Hirsi Ali resigned from parliament when the then Dutch Minister for Immigration revoked her citizenship, arguing that she misled the authorities at the time of her asylum application. Dutch courts later confirmed that she was a legitimate Dutch citizen, leading to the fall of the government. Disillusioned with the Netherlands, she moved to the United States.

A visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, DC, Hirsi Ali is researching the relationship between the West and Islam. She lives with round-the-clock security. Her willingness to speak out and her abandonment of the Muslim faith have made her a target for violence by Islamic extremists.

She has published a collection of essays, The Caged Virgin (2006), a memoir, Infidel (2007), and has written and delivered many speeches and articles. She has just completed Nomad, the second volume of her autobiography, and is now working on Short-cut to Enlightenment, a dialogue between Mohammed, the founder of Islam, and three of her favorite 20th century Western thinkers: John Stewart Mill, Karl Popper, and Friedrich von Hayek.

Honors Seminar 3

Dina Temple-Raston

NPR National Security and FBI Correspondent 

Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 3:00 in L226

 Adding to the coverage of NPR’s national security team, Dina Temple-Raston is the FBI correspondent for NPR News. Her reporting can be heard on NPR’s newsmagazines. She joined NPR in March 2007 fresh from a two year sabbatical in which she completed two books, learned Arabic, and received a master’s degree from Columbia.

A long-time foreign correspondent for Bloomberg News in Asia, Temple-Raston opened Bloomberg’s Shanghai and Hong Kong offices working for both Bloomberg’s financial wire and radio operations. She also served as Bloomberg News’ White House correspondent during both Clinton administrations and covered financial markets and economics for both USA Today and CNNfn.

Temple-Raston is an award-winning author. Her first book, on race in America entitled A Death in Texas, won the Barnes and Noble Discover Award and was chosen as one of the Washington Post’s Best Books of 2002. Her second book, Justice in the Grass: Three Rwandan Journalists, Their Trial for War Crimes, and a Nation’s Quest for Redemption, on the role Radio Mille Collines played in fomenting the Rwandan genocide, was a Foreign Affairs magazine best-seller. She has two books related to civil liberties and national security. The first, In Defense of Our America (HarperCollins) written with Anthony D. Romero, the executive director of the ACLU, looks at civil liberties in post-9/11 America. The other, The Jihad Next Door (Public Affairs) is about the Lackawanna Six, America’s first so-called “sleeper cell.”

Temple-Raston holds a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree from the Columbia University’s School of Journalism. She was born in Belgium and French was her first language. She also speaks Mandarin Chinese. On weekends, she races sailboats on the Chesapeake Bay, runs 10Ks, and walks her Old English sheepdog, Josephine.

7th Annual Honors Research Conference

Northeast State Community College

Basler Library


February 21, 2011



2009-2010 Lyceum Series

Honors Seminar 1

Presenter: Ray Suarez, Author and Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour 

 The former host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation, journalist Ray Suarez joined PBS’ The NewsHour as a Washington-based senior correspondent in 1999. A longstanding member of the Washington press corps, Suarez is well-known for his expertise on quintessentially American issues, including politics, demographics, race and religion. He has also released several critically-acclaimed books, including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 and his latest, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America. An observer of the changing nature of communities and the intersection of religion and politics, Suarez shares fascinating insight into the evolution of American life. Suarez holds a BA in African history from New York University and an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many colleges and universities, most recently by Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Honors Seminar 2

Presenter: Jessica Jackley, Co-Founder of Kiva, the Revolutionary Micro-Lending website

Jessica Jackley is the co-founder of Kiva, the peer-to-peer micro loan website winning raves from Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and countless world leaders. At Kiva.org, users can make loans directly to specific entrepreneurs in the developing world, who then use this money to grow a small business and lift themselves out of poverty. Loans start at just $25. To date, 300,000 users have loaned a staggering $67 million to over 40,000 people in the Third World. Jackley is the Lead Evangelist and spirit behind Kiva. She has worked in rural Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, amazon.com, World Vision and at the Stanford Center for Social Innovation, where she helped launch the inaugural Global Philanthropy Forum. She demonstrates how the Internet can facilitate meaningful, positive connections between lenders and entrepreneurs in the developing world and even help us all become microfinanciers. Jackley holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, has seen microfinance at work in more than 30 countries, and is considered one of the most articulate and forceful speakers on microfinance and social entrepreneurship in the world today.

Honors Seminar 3

Presenter: Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate for issues related to product safety, the environment, clean water and health

Honors Seminar presenter Ralph Nader is an internationally known consumer advocate who was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century. His seminar presentation will focus on the current Honors Study Topic, The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences. Nader’s efforts to raise public awareness of consumer problems influenced millions of citizens to become advocates for solutions. He is largely responsible for the creation of laws, regulatory agencies and national standards that have improved the quality of life for generations of Americans, especially in issues related to product safety, the environment, clean water and health.

Organizations established by Nader-led groups were instrumental in enacting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. In recent years Nader has been an independent candidate for President, pledging to work for the public interest by returning government to the citizens by addressing concerns such as health, energy sources and corporate welfare.
To learn more about Ralph Nader and his work, visit his website.

2008-2009 Lyceum Series 




Honors Seminars Begin September 23 

Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and the National Collegiate Honors Council invite you to experience the 2008 Honors Seminar Series

This complete speaker series, which is broadcast live via satellite and available through online video downloads and web stream, features four interactive presentations on topics such as doctors without borders, pathways out of poverty through green collar jobs, the geography of bliss, and archaeological evidence for the origins of affluence. The 2008 Honors Seminars are based on issues related to Phi Theta Kappa's 2008-10 Honors Study Topic, The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences.

Dates for the live broadcast of the 2008 Honors Seminar Series are September 23, October 7, October 21, and November 18. The seminars are also offered via online video download and web stream. 

Honors Seminar Presenters Include: 

Lessons from Abroad: Opportunities in a Borderless World
Dr. Richard Heinzl
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 

7:30 p.m. in L226

Working as a doctor for twenty five cents an hour might not make you rich in a monetary way but sometimes the most valuable things in the world cost almost nothing. Sharing poignant stories about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, Dr. Richard Heinzl brings home to audiences an inside and often unexpected view from the world's conflict zones. He talks about how similar the world's people are and illustrates how a simple frisbee he introduced to a crowd of kids at the frontlines has now permeated their ancient Asian culture. He provides insightful perspectives on the paradox of affluence, between the challenges of a borderless world and making a difference in people's lives.

Dr. Richard Heinzl is the former CEO of Toronto-based CardioView Inc., an information technology company in the field of cardiology. He is also the Vice President of Vivid Health Solutions which creates motion picture and new media solutions for the health sciences. Heinzl's presentations are a life-affirming celebration of the ability we all have to make a difference in this world, and a how-to guide for organizations that want to inject more energy and commitment into their culture, and become more global in their outlook. Filled with inspiring anecdotes of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, his speeches move audiences to a renewed optimism in the human capacity to create positive change in the midst of daunting challenges. His much-anticipated memoir chronicling the incredible story of Doctors Without Borders, Canada, is due for release in early 2008. He founded Doctors Without Borders, Canada, in 1988 while recently out of medical school. In 1990, he became the organization's first field volunteer. Since that time, hundreds of other Canadian volunteers have followed in his footsteps, bringing their healing skills to the world's most vulnerable people. Along the way, Heinzl has received numerous awards and citations, including being named to Report on Business Magazine'sprestigious Top 40 Under 40 List. He is the author of Cambodia Calling: A Memoir from the Frontlines of Humanitarian Aid. 

Pathways out of Poverty through Green Collar Jobs: The Role of Scholarship in Improving Quality of Life for Urban Residents 
Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes
Tuesday, October 7, 2008 

L226 at 7:30 p.m.

Poverty and unemployment are significant problems in the United States and there is an urgent need for stable living wage jobs for low income adults, particularly those with barriers to employment such as not having a high school or GED degree, limited labor market skills, being incarcerated, and/or being out of the labor market for a long period of time. Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes' work on green collar jobs, which she defines as "manual labor jobs in firms or other enterprises whose products and services directly improve environmental quality," has shown that green collar jobs represent an important category of work force opportunities for adults with barriers to employment because they are high quality jobs with low barriers to entry, in sectors poised for dramatic growth. Pinderhughes' presentation will focus on two aspects of this work: 1) pathways out of poverty through green collar jobs, 2) how scholars can be involved in social change and directly contribute to improving quality of life for urban residents.

Dr. Raquel Pinderhughes is Professor of Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. Her teaching, research and community activism focus on improving quality of life for people living and working in cities. Her landmark study, Green Collar Jobs: An Analysis of the Capacity of Green Business to Provide High Quality Jobs for Men and Women with Barriers to Employment, is considered the definitive work on the subject, and has been used as a model for various programs. In addition to her work in the United States, she has conducted research and guest lectured in Havana, Cuba, Curitiba, Brazil, and Rajasthan, India. Pinderhughes is president of the Board of Directors of the Ecology Center, which runs the city of Berkeley's recycling and farmers market programs, and Rising Sun Energy Services, operators of programs to reduce residential energy and water consumption in the Bay Area. She serves on the Board of Directors of Clean City, a non-profit organization focused on cleaning, greening and beautifying the city of San Francisco while providing job training and placement services for people with barriers to employment.

The Geography of Bliss
Eric Weiner
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
L226 at 7:30 p.m.
Eric Weiner has traveled to the places that surveys show are the happiest on earth to see what makes these people happy. His book, The Geography of Bliss, is the memoir of those travels and it describes an extraordinary take on happiness and the cultural factors that nurture happiness. His presentation will journey from America to Iceland to India, asking why Asheville, North Carolina is so happy? Are people in Switzerland happier because is the most democratic country in the world? Does Bhutan's official tracking of it Gross National Happiness help to make them happier? His answers are drawn from his own personal discoveries about himself, the insights of classical thinkers on happiness, and analysis of the world's most contented cultures. He provides surprising insights into why and how place matters in our search for happiness.

Eric Weiner is a veteran foreign correspondent who has worked on several award-winning teams for National Public Radio and been a business reporter for The New York Times. He has been posted to New Delhi, Jerusalem and Tokyo and, more recently, was a correspondent for NPR's mid-day magazine show, Day to Day. He currently writes content for NPR's website. Weiner is the author of The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World, a memoir of his travels to countries that are known for their happy people. Weiner is the winner of the Angel Award, a co-recipient of an Oversees Press Club special citation, and a co-recipient of the Peabody award. His commentaries have appeared in the Los Angeles TimesSlate and The New Republic.

Archaeological Evidence for the Origins of Affluence
Dr. Michael Galaty
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
L226 at 7:30 p.m.
The archaeological origins of affluence can be traced to the Neolithic ("New Stone") Age, the period (beginning circa 6000 BC) during which human beings the world over domesticated plants and animals. The transition to agriculture and settled village life may have been adaptations to changes in the environment, but changes in prehistoric social life may be implicated as well. It was also during the Neolithic that our ancestors first created systems of social stratification. These new social hierarchies depended on differential control of surplus goods, land, specialized economies, and trade. If today affluence seems paradoxical, the original paradox is that humans gave up hunting and gathering at all. Settled farmers worked harder and were less healthy than their hunter-gatherer forebears and neighbors. In this seminar, we will investigate and discuss the first paradox of affluence: why did humans leave millions of years of egalitarian social relations behind?

Dr. Michael Galaty received a B.A. with honors in Anthropology from Grinnell College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology-Anthropology and has been at Millsaps College since 1999. His areas of interest include the archaeology of complex societies and state formation, as well as the analytical analysis of ceramics. He has conducted archaeological research in Mississippi and Virginia, as well as in the European nations of Greece, Hungary, and Albania. Since 2004, he has directed the Shala Valley Project, which studies the archaeology and history of the territory of the Shala tribe in the northern Albanian high mountains, including their practices of warfare and feud. The Shala Valley Project is supported by major grants from the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Galaty has published several books, on Mycenaean pottery, Mycenaean palaces, and the practice of archaeology under dictatorship. He was the 2003 winner of the Millsaps College Outstanding Young Faculty Award.





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5th Annual Honors Research Conference  

Northeast State Community College  

Thursday, February 12, 2009 

Basler Library, L106 

8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.  


Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.         Coffee & Continental Breakfast
8:45 a.m.         Welcome

9:00-10:20:  Session One   
Eric Fish, Assistant Professor of English:  A Commitment to Our Core Value of Enhancing Continuous 

Improvement Processes:  A Discussion of the Dead Language of Business and Its Impact on Our 


Cate Strain, Instructor of English: The Evolution of the American Dream:  From “A Model of Christian 

            Charity” to “Death of a Salesman” 

Mark Estes, McNair Scholar: Globalization: A Critical Analysis 

10:30-11:50:  Session Two 
Dr. Carol Cole, Professor of Business:  The Power of Affluence:  The “Givers” and the “Takers,” A 

            Comparative Analysis  

Kimberly Mann, NSTCC Student:  The Top and Bottom:  A Look at the Highest and Lowest Non- 

            Immigration Visas 

Tania van der Westhuizen, NSTCC Student:  The Decline of America 

12:00-1:20:  Session Three  
Andrea Winkler, Instructor of English:  Scribbling for My Life:  Being Poor and Rich with John 

Emily Eversgerd, NSTCC Student: Shape Shifting:  The Changing Face of Gender Roles in Animated 


Gracie Rossie, NSTCC Student: The Development of Character in the Face of Evil  

1:30-2:50:  Session Four  
Elaine Henry, NSTCC Student: Never Follow
Jenny Barnes, McNair Scholar:  Consequences of Affluence: Substance Abuse and its Effects on Reasons 

            For Living 

Sponsored by the Northeast State Honors Program 
Alpha Iota Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society




2007-08 Lyceum Series 


How to Win a Cosmic War

Reza Aslan

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is a regular commentator for NPR's Marketplace and Middle East Analyst for CBS News. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Santa Clara University, a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard University, a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from the University of Iowa, and is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Sociology of Religions at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has served as a legislative assistant for the Friends' Committee on National Legislation in Washington D.C., and was elected president of Harvard's Chapter of the World Conference on Religion and Peace, a United Nations Organization committed to solving religious conflicts throughout the world. He is a member of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities and serves on advisory boards of both the Council of Foreign Relations and the Ploughshares Fund, which distributes grants to further peace and diplomacy throughout the world. Until recently, he was both Visiting Assistant Professor of Islamic and Middle East Studies at the University of Iowa and the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He has written for the Los Angeles TimesNew York TimesSlateBoston GlobeWashington Post and many more publications and has appeared on multiple news shows. He is the author of No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, and the soon to be published How to Win a Cosmic War: Why We're Losing the War on Terror 

Dealing with the Dragon: America's Economic Relationship with China

Zanny Minton Beddoes 

Tuesday, October 16, 2007


Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist's Washington economics editor. She is responsible for coverage of the American economy, economic policy and issues surrounding globalization. Before moving to Washington in April 1996, Minton Beddoes was The Economist's emerging-markets correspondent based in London. She has written surveys of the World Economy, Latin American finance, global finance and Central Asia.

Minton Beddoes joined The Economist in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Before joining the IMF, she worked as an adviser to the Minister of Finance in Poland, as part of a small group headed by Professor Jeffrey Sachs of Harvard University. She has written extensively about the American economy and international financial policy. She has published in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy, and has testified before Congress on the introduction of the Euro.

Minton Beddoes is a regular commentator on Marketplace (NPR). She has also appeared on CNN, MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour, CNBC, and Public Interest. She is a trustee of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and a member of the Research Advisory Board of the Committee for Economic Development.

Afghanistan After the Taliban

Tamim Ansary
Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Afghan-American author Tamim Ansary wrote West of KabulEast of New York and co-authored The Other Side of the Sky with Afghan land mine victim Farah Ahmadi. He directs the San Francisco Writers Workshop, writes a monthly column for Encarta.com, and teaches sporadically at the SF Osher Institute. His work has appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, Alternet, TomPaine.com, Zzyzyva, Edutopia, and many other publications.

American Theocracy: Politics, Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century

Kevin Phillips
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 


For more than three decades, Kevin Phillips has been consistently and "transcendentally right" (as one reviewer has put it) about the dynamics of political change in America and an avid analyst of the role of wealth in democracy. Phillips's best-selling books have influenced presidential campaigns and changed the way America sees itself. In his two most recent New York Times bestsellers, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that are ruling and imperiling the U.S.

Now, in American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century, Phillips explores the political and religious coalition, he believes is driving the country to the brink of disaster.

Phillips' commitment to public service and strong sense of history make his presentations valuable to any audience that cares about where America is headed in the future. Called a "modern Thomas Paine," Kevin Phillips is a regular commentator for National Public Radio and a former commentator for CBS News.

The 4th Annual Northeast State Honors Research Conference 

Co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program 
This conference, scheduled for February 14, 2008, will include presentations of original research by Northeast State students and faculty.



2006-07 Lyceum Series 

Gender and Power in Relationships
Dr. Pepper Schwartz 

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Dr. Schwartz will discuss the dynamics of power in personal relationships. A Professor of Sociology at the University of Washington in Seattle, Dr. Schwartz is an expert on relationships, parenting issues, male/female communication, and personal and family health. She earned her B.A. and M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Yale University. This live-by-satellite presentation is the first in the 2006 Honors Satellite Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. 

The Iraq War and Its Consequences in the Middle East
Dan Senor
Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Dan Senor is the former Chief Spokesperson for the U.S.-led Coalition in Iraq and Senior Advisor to Presidential Envoy L. Paul Bremer III, the Administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority. He served in this post from the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime until the hand-over of power in Iraq. As one of the longest-serving American civilians in the Middle East, Senor spent substantial time in Iraq, Israel, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan. During his 15-month tour of duty, he worked closely with the military and advised Ambassador Bremer and the Bush Administration on various issues related to U.S. strategy, policy, and communication in Iraq. He worked closely with the U.S. national security team, including Secretaries of State Rice and Rumsfeld and Generals Abizaid and Sanchez, as well as other senior foreign policy officials. He also acted as the civilian face of the Coalition Authority and interfaced with Americans, Europeans, Iraqis, and the world. Following his assignment in Iraq, Senor was based in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev and Kirovohrad, where he served as an International Election Monitor during the recent elections. He also appears regularly on television to provide analysis for national security and foreign affairs issues, and was recently published in the Wall Street Journal. Senor's expertise on international policy issues concerning Iraq, Iran, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and the tension between Russia and the Ukraine, make him uniquely qualified to speak about America's position in the international community. This live-by-satellite presentation is the second in the 2006 Honors Satellite Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. 

Money Talks: Lobbyists and the Power of Money in Washington
Jeffrey Birnbaum 

Tuesday, October 24, 2006 

An award-winning author and television commentator, Jeffrey Birnbaum is a columnist for the Washington Post, a political analyst for the Fox News Channel, and a contributor to PBS's "Washington Week." He also provides commentary for National Public Radio's "Marketplace" and serves as a guest analyst and occasional host for "The Tony Snow Show" on Fox News Radio. At the Post, Birnbaum pens the popular column "K Street Confidential" and covers news relating to business and politics. Before joining the Post, Birnbaum headed up the Washington Bureau of Fortune magazine, where he authored the magazine's "Power 25" survey, which assessed which lobbying groups have the most clout in the capital. Birnbaum also spent two years as a senior political correspondent for Timemagazine and worked for the Wall Street Journal for 16 years, most recently in the position of White House correspondent. This live-by-satellite presentation is the third in the 2006 Honors Satellite Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. 

Lessons Learned from My Grandfather 

Arun Gandhi 

Tuesday, November 14, 2006 

Few names in world history evoke such images of power, integrity, courage, and social justice as that of Mohandas K. Gandhi. His grandson, Arun Gandhi, will speak of the power of nonviolent protest as taught to him by the legendary peace fighter and spiritual leader.

Arun Gandhi grew up in South Africa under apartheid. Because of his Indian heritage, he faced racial discrimination from both blacks and whites and endured both emotional and physical attacks. Wanting the power to get back at his attackers, he developed an extreme interest in physical fitness and strength building. When his parents learned of his plans for physical retaliation, they decided to send him to live with his grandfather in India. Arun stayed with his grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, through an intense period of India's struggle for independence from British colonial rule. It was during this 18-month stay with the great leader that Arun learned about the power of nonviolent protest, a philosophy that became the foundation for his life's work. Arun organized several successful efforts for economic and social reform in India, after which he traveled to the United States to examine racism in America. In 1991, after living in America for only three years, Arun and his wife, Sunanda, founded the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. The Institute, headquartered at Christian Brothers University in Memphis, Tennessee, seeks to foster a widespread understanding of the principles of nonviolence through workshops, lectures, and community outreach programs. This live-by-satellite presentation is the fourth in the 2006 Honors Satellite Seminar Series, co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program. 

The 3rd Annual Northeast State Honors Research Conference 

Co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program 
This conference, scheduled for Spring 2007, will include presentations of original research by Northeast State students and faculty.


The 2nd Annual Northeast State Honors Research Conference 

Co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program 
This conference will include presentations of original research by Northeast State students Sheri Chandler and Christina Huffines; Northeast State graduate Patricia Cross; and Northeast State faculty and staff Bob Carpenter, Anne Carroll, and Dr. David Toye.

Death Makes a Holiday: A Cultural History of Halloween 

David J. Skal 

Co-sponsored by the Cultural Activities Committee and the Honors Program 

One of the world's leading authorities on horror and monsters in literature, film, and popular culture explores the many ways Halloween has influenced popular culture in films like Halloween and in various Halloween rituals like trick-or-treating and haunted houses.

Popular Culture: Shaping and Reflecting Who We Are 
Co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program 

This satellite downlink series includes five seminars broadcast through the fall semester.

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