Fall Conference 2016

Looking at Leadership through the Humanities

Plenary Sessions

Fri 04

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Lessons in Leadership

November 4, 2016
5:00 pm
Ira Allen Chapel, Burlington
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Taylor Branch will explore how the citizens' movement around Dr. King is a patriotic model for the future, not the past, promising once again to overcome gridlock and other intractable barriers along with race. Read More »
Sat 05

Ears to the Rail: Ulysses S. Grant and the Art of Listening

November 5, 2016
9:30 am
- 10:45 am
Professor Elizabeth Samet will focus on the career of Grant as an illustration of the importance of listening and patient observation to the leadership of enterprises large and small. The lecture will also address the potential of literature to help cultivate such leadership. (Registration required.) Read More »
Sat 05

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

November 5, 2016
1:15 pm
- 2:30 pm
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 »
Sat 05

The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition

November 5, 2016
4:15 pm
- 5:30 pm
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 »