Friday, November 7, 2008

Speakers for October 2008

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Nadia Hijab
Senior Fellow at Institute for Palestine Studies
"Palestinian-Israeli Peace, an Agenda for the Next President"

Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies. The Institute is an independent non-profit research organization whose flagship Journal of Palestine Studies, co-published with the University of California Press, is a leading resource on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Hijab is a frequent commentator on the media, including BBC World, and has appeared on the Lehrer Newshour. She is a regular public speaker and was recently the 2007 George F. Kennan co-panelist at the Wisconsin Institute for World Affairs. Hijabs first book, Womanpower: The Arab debate on women at work (1988) was published by Cambridge University Press. She co-authored Citizens Apart: A Portrait of Palestinians in Israel (I. B. Tauris 1990).
She was Editor-in-Chief of the London-based Middle East magazine before moving to New York in 1989 to join the United Nations, where she served as a senior development officer. She resigned from the UN in 2000 to establish her own consulting business on human rights, human development, and gender, Development Analysis and Communication Services. She is a past president of the Association of Arab American University Graduates.

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Dr. Michael Papazian
Chair, Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College
"After Nine Decades: The Enduring Legacy of the Armenian Genocide"


Michael Papazian is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Berry College. He has taught at Berry since 1998 and has also served as the director of Berry's Honors Program. He teaches the general education philosophy courses as well as several upper-level courses: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Symbolic Logic. He also teaches one religion course: New Testament Greek.
He received his bachelor's degree in 1987 from the Johns Hopkins University. He then got his master's degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia after completing a thesis on mathematical and modal realism. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in philosophy at Virginia in 1995 with a dissertation on the role of truth and intuition in rationality. In addition to his study of contemporary metaphysics and philosophical logic, he also pursued his interest in ancient philosophy at Virginia. In order to research the early Armenian translations of and commentaries on Greek philosophical texts, he studied the classical Armenian language at Oxford University. He received a Master of Studies degree in classical Armenian from Oxford in 1995.
Dr. Papazian has completed three books concerned with Armenian studies. His translation of the medieval theologian Eghishe's commentary on Genesis has been published by the Matenadaran Library of Ancient Manuscripts in 2004. A book on the history of Armenian Christianity as well as a translation of an eighth century Armenian commentary on the Gospels are in press. Dr. Papazian has also published numerous journal articles and given presentations on a range of topics including Stoic logic and metaphysics, the medieval Aristotelian commentary tradition, the medieval Armenian biblical commentary tradition, the morality of war, terrorism, and the theology of sin and redemption.

Friday, October 24th, 2008

A Panel Discussion
"Future of Korea"

Panelists are:

Embassy Rep: Chang-Hyun Yoon
First Secretary, Economic Section
Embassy of the Republic of Korea


Chang-Hyun Yoon has been working in the Embassy of the Republic of Korea since February 2008. Before he came to this position, he worked in the Office of Korea-U.S Free Trade Agreement in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea. He also worked in the Asia-Pacific Trade Division, the Economic Cooperation Division, the Trade and Investment Promotion Division of the Ministry. Chang-Hyun Yoon earned Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Korea University in 1998 and Master’s Degree in International Relations from the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California in 2004.

State Department Rep: Sherri Holliday-Sklar
Republic of Korea Unit Chief
U.S. Department of State

Sherri Holliday-Sklar began working on the Korea Desk in the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department in July 2008. Before coming to the Korea Desk she was Political/Economic Section Chief at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto. She has also served as Political Section Chief in Baku, Azerbaijan; Political Officer/Vice-Consul in Singapore; and General Services Officer in Sofia, Bulgaria. At the State Department in Washington, she has worked as Senior Benelux Officer, Pacific Islands Desk Officer, and Export Control Action Officer. She speaks Azerbaijani and Bulgarian. Sherri Holliday-Sklar earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science from the University of Kansas in 1985 and a Master of Arts degree in Public Affairs from the University of Minnesota in 1988. She also completed a Command and Staff College course of post-graduate study at the Naval War College in 2002.

Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard

Charles L. (Jack) Pritchard is the President of the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) in Washington. Prior to joining KEI, he was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC from September 2003 until February 2006. At Brookings, he focused on U.S. policy toward North Korea as well as the evolving nature of the United States-Japan foreign and security relationship. Ambassador Pritchard served as ambassador and special envoy for negotiations to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and United States representative to the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization in the administration of President George W. Bush from April 2001 until September 2003. Previously, he served as Special Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs and Senior Director for Asian Affairs in the administration of President William J. Clinton. During the Clinton administration, Ambassador Pritchard was also the Director of Asian Affairs in the National Security Council and deputy chief negotiator for the Four Party Peace Talks, which aimed at reducing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Ambassador Pritchard is a former United States Army officer and attaché in Tokyo, Japan. He received a B.A. in political science from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia; an M.A. in international studies from the University of Hawaii; and a diploma from the Japanese National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Dr. Jim Murphy
Rasmuson Chair of Economics at University of Alaska Anchorage
"Natural Resource Management in the Developing World"


Dr. James Murphy succeeds Nobel laureate Vernon Smith as the second Rasmuson Chair of Economics at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Dr. Murphy’s research focuses on the use of experimental methods to address environmental policy and natural resource management issues. His recent research includes:
+ A multi-year project conducting field experiments in Colombia to understand how rural communities manage small-scale natural resources
+An NSF-funded project to study subsistence harvests in Alaska and Far East Russia,
+A project funded by the USEPA to investigate issues related to enforcement of and compliance with environmental regulations
+Design of water markets in California
+A series of studies to investigate biases in non-market valuation techniques

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