Academics
Winter Term

Winter Term 2015 Speakers

Jay Caporale - Executive Vice President, Essex County Community Foundation
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy

Edward J. Blum
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
American Jesus
 
Edward J. Blum is a historian of race and religion in the United States. In the classroom, Blum engages the past in a variety of ways, whether through music and images or debates and historical simulations. His courses include Antebellum America, the Civil War and Reconstruction, American religious history, and history through biography. He is the author (with Paul Harvey) of The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America (2012), W.E.B. Du Bois, American Prophet (2007), and Reforging the White Republic: Race, Religion, and American Nationalism, 1865-1898 (2005). He is also the co-editor (with Paul Harvey) of The Columbia Guide to Religion in American History (2012), (with Jason R. Young) The Souls of W.E.B. Du Bois: New Essays and Reflections (2009), and (with W. Scott Poole) Vale of Tears: New Essays on Religion and Reconstruction (2005).
 
Paul Dobbins
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Catch of the Day

Jon Payson - Partner (ret), Wellington Management Company, LLC
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy
 
 
Andre Dubus III
Friday, January 9, 2015
Still Waters Creative Writing Workshop
 
Andre Dubus III is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other Stories, Bluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and Fog, The Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors Choice." His work has been included in The Best American Essays of 1994 and The Best Spiritual Writing of 1999, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His new book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book,” a New York Times “Editors’ Choice,” a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013.”

Mark Kampert - Executive Director of Youth Development Organization Lawrence
Jim Rullo - Partner (ret), Wellington Management Company, LLC
Martin Meehan - Former Congressman and current Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Friday, January 9, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy

Habitat for Humanity of the Merrimack Valley:
Randy Larson, Executive Director
Dick Sumberg, President of the Board of Directors and Principal owner of The Financial Advisors, LLC
John Strobel, Longtime volunteer
Bruce Letwin, Construction volunteer and vice president/secretary of the Board of Directors
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy

Noreen McMahon - Senior Director of Programs, Highland Street Foundation
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy
 
Paul Harding
Thursday, January 15, 2015
The Creative Journey
 
Paul Harding is the author of two novels about multiple generations of a New England family: the Pulitzer Prize-winning Tinkers and Enon. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, he was a drummer for the band Cold Water Flat before earning his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Harding has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and was a fiction fellow at the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. He now lives in Massachusetts with his wife and two sons.
 
Dan Pallotta
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy
 
Dan Pallotta invented the multi-day charitable event industry with the AIDS Rides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. These events altered the landscape of options for ordinary individuals seeking to make an extraordinary difference. Dan is the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential, the best-selling title in the history of Tufts University Press. His newest book is Charity Case: How the Nonprofit Community Can Stand Up for Itself and Really Change the World. His iconic TED Talk has been viewed more than 3 million times. It is one of the top 50 most-viewed TED Talks of all time. He is a William J. Clinton Distinguished Lecturer, and has spoken at Stanford, Wharton, Harvard Business School, Harvard’s Hauser Center for Nonprofits, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Tufts University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion laboratory, the Council on Foundations, the Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and the Milken Institute, among others.

Carol Lavoie Schuster - Assistant Manager of Grants and Services, Essex County Community Foundation
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy

Seth Racine - Deputy Superintendent of Lawrence Public High Schools
Jess Andors - Executive Director, Lawrence Community Works
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Experimenting with Philanthropy

Off-Campus Speakers

Winter Term classes are also meeting with some great speakers during off-campus field trips, including:
 
Molly Bingham ’89: award-winning journalist and filmmaker
Cristina Antelo ’94: principal at the Podesta Group
Jeffrey Smith: Managing Editor for National Security at the Center for Public Integrity
Julissa Morenco: FCC advisor for Telecommunications and Media
Josh Holly: Former Republican Communications Director for the US House Committee on Armed Service
Chuck Rocha: Founder of Solidarity Strategies, a liberal communications and campaign firm
John Anderson: Former foreign correspondent for the Washington Post and Editor for Politico, now at Podesta
Dr. Sarah Sobieraj: assistant professor of Sociology at Tufts University
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