Past Miscellaneous Events
CTP Lecture Series: The Last Hunger Season
Date: September 18, 2013
Location: Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Senior Fellow, Global Agriculture and Food Policy
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Roger Thurow joined The Chicago Council on Global Affairs as senior fellow for global agriculture and food policy in January 2010 after three decades at The Wall Street Journal. For 20 years, he served as a Journal foreign correspondent, based in Europe and Africa. His coverage of global affairs spanned the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the end of apartheid, the wars in the former Yugoslavia and the humanitarian crises of the first decade of this century – along with 10 Olympic Games.
In 2003, he and Journal colleague Scott Kilman wrote a series of stories on famine in Africa that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting. Their reporting on humanitarian and development issues was also honored by the United Nations. Thurow and Kilman are authors of the book, ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty.
In 2009, they were awarded Action Against Hunger’s Humanitarian Award. They also received the 2009 Harry Chapin Why Hunger book award.
In May 2012, Thurow published his second book, The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change. He is currently working on his third book due sometime next year.
About The Last Hunger Season
At 4:00 am, Leonida Wanyama lit a lantern in her house made of sticks and mud. She was up long before the sun to begin her farm work, as usual. But this would be no ordinary day, this second Friday of the new year. This was the day Leonida and a group of smallholder farmers in western Kenya would begin their exodus, as she said, “from misery to Canaan,” the land of milk and honey.
Africa’s smallholder farmers, most of whom are women, know misery. They toil in a time warp, living and working essentially as their forebears did a century ago. With tired seeds, meager soil nutrition, primitive storage facilities, wretched roads, and no capital or credit, they harvest less than one-quarter the yields of Western farmers. The romantic ideal of African farmers––rural villagers in touch with nature, tending bucolic fields––is in reality a horror scene of malnourished children, backbreaking manual work, and profound hopelessness. Growing food is their driving preoccupation, and still they don’t have enough to feed their families throughout the year. The wanjala––the annual hunger season that can stretch from one month to as many as eight or nine––abides.
But in January 2011, Leonida and her neighbors came together and took the enormous risk of trying to change their lives. Award-winning author and world hunger activist Roger Thurow spent a year with four of them––Leonida Wanyama, Rasoa Wasike, Francis Mamati, and Zipporah Biketi––to intimately chronicle their efforts. In The Last Hunger Season, he illuminates the profound challenges these farmers and their families face, and follows them through the seasons to see whether, with a little bit of help from a new social enterprise organization called One Acre Fund, they might transcend lives of dire poverty and hunger.
The daily dramas of the farmers’ lives unfold against the backdrop of a looming global challenge: to feed a growing population, world food production must nearly double by 2050. If these farmers succeed, so might we all.
Roger's Current Project
Roger's current project is a moveable feast of storytelling on the critical importance of good nutrition during the 1,000 Days -- the time from when a woman becomes pregnant to the second birthday of her child. He is following women and their children through the 1,000 Days in four corners of the world: Uganda, India, Guatemala and the U.S. (Chicago). Any malnutrition of mother or child during this period leads to underdevelopment and stunting, which afflicts 26% of the children in the world. Roger's reporting is focusing on innovative initiatives to improve mother and infant nutrition.
CTP Lecture Series: Faith and Leadership Under Fire in the Middle East
Date: September 12, 2013
Location: Vanderbilt University Reading Room
In this presentation, Canon Andrew White will discuss the extraordinary story of his ministry in leading St. George’s Baghdad, one of the largest churches in Iraq and located in the Red Zone of Baghdad. Canon White will discuss the leadership challenges he faces as the Vicar of St. George’s Baghdad as it provides a spiritual home, medical care and humanitarian relief to neighbors of the church in the face of great danger to Canon White and the church’s staff and congregants in a region of increasing chaos and sectarian strife. Canon White will also discuss his conflict mediation and reconciliation efforts throughout the Middle East, including leading the negotiations to end the Siege of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002.
Canon Andrew White, known as the “Vicar of Baghdad,” is the pastor of St. George’s Baghdad, one of the largest churches in Iraq and the only remaining Anglican church in Iraq. In the face of significant threats to him personally and repeated bombings of the church, St George’s Baghdad ministers to over 4000 Iraqis and operates well outside the safety of the International Green Zone. Most of the members of the congregation are women and children – widows and orphans – since many of the men have been killed in the decades of violence in Iraq. In addition, many of his staff have been kidnapped or killed, with up to 11 killings of his staff in a single year.
Canon White has also been heavily involved in conflict mediation and reconciliation efforts in Israel and Palestine, including negotiating the end of the Bethlehem siege in 2002, and has been the recipient of numerous peace prizes for his reconciliation efforts.
St. George’s Baghdad also operates a medical and dental clinic which delivers humanitarian relief to neighbors of the church, regardless of the patients’ religious or ethnic background. The clinic provides free medical and dental care to around 150 Iraqi patients every day.
Canon White says: ’I have been detained at gun-point, been thrown into a room with people‘s chopped-off fingers and toes all over the floor, and have had my picture posted on walls around Baghdad with a notice saying, “Wanted, dead or alive”. Members of my church have been kidnapped or killed. I have lost many friends. It is very difficult but we never give up.’
Canon White has written several books and publications including Iraq; People of Promise, Land of Despair (2003), Iraq: Searching for Hope (2005), The Vicar of Baghdad (2009), Suffer the Children (2010), Faith under Fire (2011), and Father, Forgive (2013). When he is not in Baghdad, Canon White resides in England with Caroline, his wife, and his two sons Jacob and Josiah.
Winter Clothing Drive
Marginalia and the Cal Turner Program are co-hosting a winter clothing drive for Nashville's Oasis Center and Open Table, and we are seeking your help in providing donations. If you have new or gently used scarves, gloves, hats, socks, jackets, blankets, sleeping bags, or other pertinent winter clothing, we will be accepting donations at designated locations around the university. Collection bins will be placed within the divinity school, in front of the Cal Turner office and the Marginalia poster board as well as in the Vanderbilt Medical Center. If you have any questions related to the clothing drive, or if your respective congregation or organization would like to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your involvement in making our clothing drive successful.
Meeting Nashville's Needs: Establishing a Housing Trust Fund
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
5 to 6:30 p.m. with a Reception to Follow
Flynn Auditorium, Vanderbilt University Law School
Sponsored by: The Hyatt Fund, The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership and Law Students for Social Justice
The event was free and open to the public.
Panelists will address the consequences of Nashville's housing shortage on all members of the Nashville community,
and describe how developing a housing trust can help alleviate problems of homelessness in our city.
Panelists will include:
* Mary Brooks, Housing Trust Fund Project, Center for Community Change
* Jerry Maynard, Metropolitan Council of Nashville & Davidson County
* Janet Rosenberg, Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee
* Mick Nelson, Tennessee Housing Development Agency
* Moderator: Dr. Claire Smrekar, Associate Professor of Public Policy & Education
Brown Bag Lunch with Rev. Kim Bobo co-hosted by EEC 11/15/11
Rev. Kim Bobo
Founder and Executive Director of Interfaith Worker Justice
Please join us on Tuesday, November 15 at Noon as EEK and the Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership in the Professions present,
"Building the Faith and Labor Movement: A Conversation with Rev. Bobo"
Brown Bag Potlu
ck for Clergy, Future Clergy, and lay leaders. In VDS G-25.
Kim is the Executive Director and founder of Interfaith Worker Justice, the nation's largest network of people of faith
engaging in local and national actions to improve wages, benefits and conditions for workers, especially those in the lowwage
economy. She was named one of Utne Reader's '50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World" in 2009.
The organization supports a network of 50 religion-labor groups, 20 workers centers and five student chapters.
October 6, 2011 "The Responsibilities of Leadership and the Problem of Dirty Hands" a Public Lecture presented by Nannerl Keohane
This lecture addresses the issue sometimes known as "dirty hands." We will consider several possible answers to one basic question: must a political leader be prepared to behave immorally in order to succeed? What's distinctive about political leadership in this context? Does the "dirty hands" problem also arise for leaders in other contexts than politics, corporate or higher education leaders, for example? Following Max Weber, the lecture focuses on the theme of responsibility to deal with the nature of the ethical challenges that all leaders, but especially political leaders, face.
Nan Keohane writes and teaches in political philosophy, leadership and feminist theory. She has served as president of Wellesley College (1981-1993) and Duke University (1993-2004). She is the author of Thinking about Leadership (Princeton University Press 2010), Higher Ground: Ethics and Leadership in the Modern University (Duke University Press 2006) Philosophy and the State in France (1980) and co-edited Feminist Theory: a Critique of Ideology (1981). Keohane has taught at Swarthmore College, the University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University. She is also a member of the Harvard Corporation, and chairs the Board of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Her current research interests concern leadership and inequality, including gender issues. B.A. Wellesley College; M.A. St Anne's College, Oxford University; Ph.D. Yale University. Professor Keohane is married to Robert Keohane; they have four children and eight grandchildren.
September 21, 2011 Taxes and Sacred Texts - A Discussion Over Lunch
The question of taxation has received a lot of attention in our political discourse lately, as Congress and the President have sought to address our nation's growing debt. Who should pay taxes, and how much should they pay? These are questions that have vexed our politicians and preoccupied the minds of American citizens for a long time. But what do religious leaders have to say on the issue of taxation? Taxes, like death, have become constants of American life. And taxes, like death, beg for theological reflection and remark. Indeed, the question of taxation is a fundamental question of justice. The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership invites all students and interested parties to a lunch to discuss the role of faith communities and their leaders in the debate about taxation. We will be lead in our discussion by Bill Howell and Dick Williams from Tennesseans for Fair Taxation and Cliff Vaughn of EthicsDaily.com.
Regional Organizer Middle Tenn. Office - Nashville
Tennesseans for Fair Taxation
Bill has worked with TFT since 2006, staffing our Nashville chapter, supporting education and media activities in Middle and West Tennessee, and coordinating legislative activities at the Capitol. Formerly worked as a community organizer for Tying Nashville Together (TNT), an Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) group, for two years. As the senior staff there, Bill had an array of responsibilities including program administration, organizational outreach, media coordination, long-range planning, as well as fundraising. B.A. from Dartmouth College, B.Ach. from Univ. of Tenn., and M.S. from Columbia Univ. Has also attended numerous professional development trainings including the 10-day IAF organizer training school.
Managing Editor and Media Producer
Raised on a farm in Alabama, Cliff has a doctorate in American culture studies from Bowling Green State University, a master's in communications from Auburn University and a bachelor's in history from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He produces, writes, directs and edits EthicsDaily.com's documentaries, including the award-winning "Beneath the Skin," "Sacred Texts, Social Duty," and "Different Books, Common Word," which aired on more than 130 ABC-TV stations. He is also an adjunct professor in media studes at Belmont University.
April 13, 2011 A New Look at an Old Problem: Your Professional Role in Responding to Interpersonal Violence 4/13/11
Please join the Cal Turner Fellows for an interactive discussion about the role of professionals addressing Interpersonal Violence within and outside of the workplace.
As Cal Turner Fellows, we collaborate with students from other graduate disciplines to examine a complex social issue and the unique tools that each profession may contribute to addressing that issue. We believe that professionals in business, medicine, law, nursing, education, and divinity have distinct and varied opportunities for leadership in the prevention of and response to power-based interpersonal violence.
Refreshments will be served.
March 22, 2011 Luncheon with Michael GoldbergJoin us at noon a s we “Raise Spirits Over Lunch”, focusing on some of the case narratives in his recently-published book, Raising Spirits: Stories of Suffering and Comfort at Death’s Door, Dr. Goldberg will explore with participants what meaning the end of life bears for the rest of life. For example, human beings are hard-wired for hope: it can’t be given or taken away - but it can be rightly or wrongly placed.
March 22, 2011 Public lecture “What Good Do ‘Good Professionals’ Do?” with Michael Goldberg
In The Doctor’s Dilemma, George Bernard Shaw wrote, “All professions are conspiracies against the laity.” Traditionally, however, society viewed the members of the so-called “learned professions” – law, medicine, and ministry - as contributing to the common good, a common good whose realization was unattainable and unsustainable without their participation.
But what happens when society changes, and with it, its notion of who counts as a “professional”? What are the corresponding changes in society’s moral expectations of professionals? What good do professionals do then?
Michael Goldberg, PhD, is a nationally-acclaimed writer and speaker. He has held two university chairs in Jewish Studies, worked with the international strategic management consulting firm of McKinsey & Company, and served as a professional ethicist with the Georgia Supreme Court as well as on various hospital ethics committees.
Dr. Goldberg is the author of several books, and his work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and on National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation. He has spoken before a variety of medical, legal, business, academic, and popular audiences on issues pertaining to ethics and religion.
Michael Goldberg completed his undergraduate studies in philosophy at Yale, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving rabbinic ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary, he was awarded his doctoral degree in systematic theology and philosophy of religion from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.
As one of the originators of “narrative theology and ethics,” Goldberg became interested in diverse stories linking the human to the divine. His ongoing interest in “theology-in-practice” led him to hospital and hospice chaplaincy. Within that setting, he frequently discovered just how much spiritual care his patients and their families provided him. Based on his first-hand chaplaincy experience, Goldberg’s most recent book, Raising Spirits: Stories of Suffering and Comfort at Death’s Door, not only speaks of matters pertaining to illness and dying, but more broadly, to life itself.
March 18, 2011 The Church's Role in a Struggling Community
The economic downtown has affected many congregations across the country. In response to economic hardship, Grace Methodist Church in Cape Coral Florida is seeking to be a source of economic development and empowerment for its members and in its community. Grace Church understands this as part of the gospel's demand. It feels called to help people in its community overcome the challenges that come with economic hardship, including addiction, depression, anxiety, and abuse. The Cal Turner Program for Moral Leadership invites you to share your experience and knowledge with Grace's leaders by joining a round table with several concerned clergy, business people, and experts in community and economic development. As we explore answers to the question of the Church’s role in economic development in conversation with Grace Church's Pastors, Wes Olds and Jorge Acevedo, we hope to deepen our understanding of how the church be the gospel in a world beset with economic challenges. You are also invited to a lecture series at 3pm on Thursday, 3/17, on the topic of the Church’s role in a struggling community.
January 31, 2011 Faculty Dinner with guest Lynn Stout
February 1, 2011 Student Lunch with Lynn Stout
The CTP co-hosted, along with the Law School, a visit by Lynn Stout, the Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law. 20 Law and Divinity Students along with the Director of the CTP, Graham Reside, spent about an hour discussing her work, her new book and questions on the students minds.
Professor Lynn A. Stout is the Paul Hastings Professor of Corporate and Securities Law at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Professor Stout is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of corporate governance, securities regulation, financial derivatives, law and economics, and moral behavior. She is the author of numerous articles and books on these topics and lectures widely. Her most recent book is Cultivating Conscience: How Good Laws Make Good People (Princeton University Press, 2011).Professor Stout also serves as an Independent Trustee and as Chair of the Governance Committee for the Eaton Vance family of mutual funds; as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Aspen Institute’s Business & Society Program; and as a Research Fellow for the Gruter Institute for Law and Behavioral Research. She has also served as Principal Investigator for the UCLA-Sloan Foundation Research Program on Business Organizations; as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Law and Economics Association; as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Law and Economics; and as Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Business Associations. Professor Stout has also taught at Harvard Law School, NYU Law School, Georgetown University Law School, and the George Washington University National Law Center, and served as a Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. She holds a B.A. summa cum laude and a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University and a J.D. from the Yale Law School.