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Fall 2007 Lectures

Documenting Social Justice: Girl Scouts with Mothers Behind Bars
Ellen Spiro and Darlene Grant

Inaugural Lecture: Social work scholar Darlene Grant and filmmaker Ellen Spiro have won awards for their work focusing on the children of women who are in prison. This lecture included clips from Professor Spiro’s film, Troop 1500.

Panelists: John Butler, Charles Ramírez Berg, Larry Speck, Sara Weddington

International Challenges for the United States
Bobby Inman

Admiral Bobby R. Inman had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy, during which he served as director of the National Security Agency and deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Since 1990 he has been actively investing in technology start-up companies, serving on a number of prominent boards. He spoke on national security issues.

Panelists: Philip Bobbitt, Betty Sue Flowers, Ami Pedahzur, Faegheh Shirazi, Michael Starbird

The Death Penalty in America: A Fading Practice?
David Oshinsky

Historian David Oshinsky won the Pulitzer Prize for his book on the campaign to wipe out the most feared childhood disease of the 1950s—polio. He spoke on his current project, the history of capital punishment in the U.S.

Panelists: John Butler, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, George Forgie, Camille Parmesan, Michael Starbird

What is Science Worth?
Steven Weinberg

Physicist Steven Weinberg won the Nobel Prize in 1979 for his work on what is called the weak force in particle physics. A prolific writer, he is well known for his ability to explain scientific issues to the general public. He spoke on priorities for public spending in research.

Panelists: John Butler, Jefferson Howell, Camille Parmesan, Larry Speck, Michael Starbird