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November 2016

The Life of Moses

November 5, 2016
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Image of painting of Israelites crossing the Red Sea

Led by: Susan Ackerman, Preston H. Kelsey Professorship in Religion, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College. The life story of Moses, the leader who brought the Israelites out of bondage in Egypt, is hardly the sort of tale one would expect of a religious hero. He was ultimately a remarkably successful leader, and yet his was, in the end, a tragic story. This lecture explores this curious life story. (Registration required.) Read More »

Indira Gandhi and Benazir Bhutto: Women as Leaders in India and Pakistan

November 5, 2016
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Image of Benazir Bhutto from 1988

Led by: Abigail McGowan, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont. Focusing on the examples of Indira Gandhi (PM of India from 1966-77 and 1980-84) and Benazir Bhutto (PM of Pakistan from 1988-90 and 1993-96), we will explore both why countries in the region embraced women in powerful political roles so early, and how women’s leadership on the national stage did and did not reshape political life. (Registration required.) Read More »

Centuries of Struggles: Women Who Led the Way into American Politics

November 5, 2016
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Image of women registering to vote

Led by: Melanie Gustafson, Associate Professor of History, University of Vermont. It took women almost a century to win the vote, and the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment will be celebrated in 2020. This session will highlight some of the exciting moments of women's political struggles and explore the lives of the women leaders who brought about the suffrage victory. (Registration required.) Read More »

Thinking with Shakespeare; or, What Can We Learn from Him

November 5, 2016
1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Image of painting of Henry V

Led by: David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University. Consultants and motivational speakers have often parlayed our desire for effective leadership with our faith in Shakespeare, developing courses in “Leadership Lessons Taught by Shakespeare.” By actually reading Shakespeare, however, rather than merely cherry-picking phrases, we discover that leadership turns out to be something rare, necessary, often painful, and almost inevitably compromised and compromising. (Registration required.) Read More »

George C. Marshall: Soldier-Statesman of the American Century

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Image of George C. Marshall

Led by: Mark A. Stoler, Professor Emeritus of History, University of Vermont. Marshall was the architect of both the Allied World War II victory and key U.S. Cold War policies, most notably the European Recovery Program, known as “the Marshall Plan,” for which he received the Nobel Peace Prize. (Registration required.) Read More »

Responding to Crises in Leadership: Plato, Seneca, and Beyond

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Images of busts of philosophers

Led by: M. D. Usher, Professor of Classics, University of Vermont. Two prolific ancient philosophers (one Greek, one Roman). Two different responses to two different, but equally urgent crises in leadership. What did Plato and Seneca face? What were their responses? And what might we learn about leadership from classical philosophy? (Registration required.) Read More »

Power Plays

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Image of painting of Cleopatra

Led by: David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English, Yale University. Shakespeare’s plays offer us ways to think about many of our most urgent concerns, including the related issues of power, authority, leadership, and sovereignty. They provide images of various kinds of leaders, fully imagined and differently mixing strengths and weaknesses — including strengths that are identical with their weaknesses. (Registration required.) Read More »

Word Warriors: Reflections on Leadership & Governance in American Indian Tribal Nations

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Image of Native American man with traditional artwork

Led by: N. Bruce Duthu, Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, Dartmouth College. This presentation offers a brief overview of the various forms of leadership in contemporary tribal nations, including elected or appointed political leaders, traditional leaders, and American Indian intellectual leaders. (Registration required) Read More »

Women and Leadership in the Middle Ages

November 5, 2016
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Image of Joan of Arc on horseback

Led by George Dameron, Professor of History, St. Michael's College. Negative stereotypes regarding women and femininity were prevalent in the European Middle Ages, especially among male intellectuals, leaders, and writers. Nevertheless, many women were able to overcome those obstacles and assume influential positions of leadership in their society. (Registration required.) Read More »

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition

November 5, 2016
4:15 pm – 5:30 pm
Image of Ernest Shackleton

In 1914, polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton left England for the Antarctic with a crew of 27 on his ship Endurance. When it was crushed by sea ice, they became castaways in the harshest environment on Earth. A century later, author Caroline Alexander shares a thrilling saga of stoic courage that also serves as a master class in leadership. (Registration required.) Read More »

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