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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Lecture Series 2012–13

coltonHeaven is for Real

Sept. 6, 2012 – Todd Burpo, Author of Heaven is for Real

5 p.m. and 8 p.m. 
Fine Arts Center Main Theatre

Heaven Is for Real is the true story of the four-year-old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating and his dad praying in the waiting room. Colton describes the horse that only Jesus could ride, about how "reaaally big" God and his chair are, and how the Holy Spirit "shoots down power" from heaven to help us. Todd Burpo is the pastor of Crossroads Wesleyan Church in Imperial, Neb. Heaven is for Real has been on the New York Times bestseller list for 88 consecutive weeks.

Sponsored by Sand Lake Wesleyan Church; hosted by the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership.

plumbCaptain Charles Plumb, Vietnam Veteran and POW

Sept. 19, 2012

Captain Charlie Plumb  graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a prisoner of war in Communist war prisons.

During his nearly six years of captivity, Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the Chaplain in his camp.

Since his return home, more than 4,500 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as Captain Plumb draws parallels between his POW experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Plumb's presentations are as he is: sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.

Captain Plumb's military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the POW Medal.

FeldsteinLewis Feldstein, Author

Oct. 23, 2012

Lewis Feldstein has written and lectured widely on social capital, community building and charitable giving, and has served on numerous national boards of directors. With Robert Putnam of Harvard University, he co-founded the Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America and co-authored Better Together: Restoring the American Community (Simon & Schuster, 2003). The book, published in 2003, analyzes the grassroots development of civic engagement in the U.S. and offers a positive message with stories of community renewal and social activism.

Feldstein was CEO and President of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation from 1986–2010. Under his leadership, the Foundation became one of the largest funders of nonprofit organizations in northern New England, with assets growing from $25 million to $375 million at the end of 2008. Before serving on the foundation, Feldstein worked with the civil rights movement in Mississippi, served for seven years in senior staff positions to New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay, and was provost of the Antioch University New England Graduate School. He has played a lead role in building community foundations across Europe, and for seven years worked on the World Bank leadership team as the bank invested in and tested the role of community foundations and private philanthropy in the developing world. He has been listed among the Top 50 of nonprofit executives by the NonProfit Times and holds honorary doctorates from seven universities.

Co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Library Association.

elizabethElizabeth Marquardt, Author
"Is There Any Such Thing as a 'Good' Divorce?"

Nov. 8, 2012

Elizabeth Marquardt is director of the Center for Marriage and Families at the Institute for American Values in New York City. She is the author of Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce (Crown, 2005 and Three Rivers Press, 2006). Based on the first nationally-representative study of grown children of divorce in the U.S., Marquardt argues that while an amicable divorce is better than a bitter one, even amicable divorces profoundly shape the inner lives of children. The book was reviewed in the Washington Post and featured in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalReader’s Digest, and elsewhere.

Marquardt has appeared three times on NBC’s Today Show as well as CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Talk Back Live, ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Fox’s O’Reilly Factor, CBS’s Early Show, PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, NPR’s All Things Considered Weekend Edition and Diane Rehm Show and The Michael Medved Show.

Her writings have been published in the New York TimesWashington PostLos Angeles TimesChicago TribunePhiladelphia InquirerBoston GlobeChristian Science MonitorFirst Things, and Christian Century. She is co-author of a ground-breaking study on college women’s attitudes about sex and dating on campus, titled "Hooking Up, Hanging Out, and Hoping for Mr. Right: College Women on Dating and Mating Today," featured widely in the media and by columnists including Maureen Dowd and William Raspberry. Marquardt is also principal investigator of an internationally-released report titled "The Revolution in Parenthood: The Emerging Global Clash Between Adult Rights and Children’s Needs." She has been a blogger at the Family Scholars Blog since 2003.

Marquardt holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in international relations from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in history and women’s studies from Wake Forest University. She has spoken to college audiences and presented at conferences around the country and lives near Chicago with her husband, Jim, a college professor, and their two young children.

Co-sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life, Diocese of La Crosse.

kurdDocumentary Film: My Neighbourhood

Jan. 29, 2013

Mohammed El Kurd is a Palestinian boy growing up in the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in the heart of East Jerusalem. When Mohammed turns 11, his family is forced to give up part of their home to Israeli settlers, who are leading a campaign of court-sanctioned evictions to guarantee Jewish control of the area.

Shortly after their displacement, Mohammed’s family and other residents begin peacefully protesting against the evictions, determined not to lose their homes for good. In a surprising turn, they are quickly joined by scores of Israeli supporters who are horrified to see what is being done in their name. Among them is Jewish West Jerusalem resident Zvi Benninga and his sister Sara, who develop a strong relationship with Mohammed and his family as they take on a leading role in organizing the protests.

Through their personal stories, My Neighbourhood goes beyond the sensational headlines that normally dominate discussions of Jerusalem and captures voices rarely heard, of those striving for a shared future in the city.

My Neighbourhood follows Mohammed as he comes of age in the midst of unrelenting tension and remarkable cooperation in his backyard. Highlighting Mohammed’s own reactions to the highly volatile situation, reflections from family members and other evicted residents, accounts of Israeli protesters and interviews with Israeli settlers, the film chronicles the resolve of a neighbourhood and the support it receives from the most unexpected of places.

My Neighbourhood is directed and produced by Rebekah Wingert-Jabi, who documented Mohammed’s story over two years, and acclaimed filmmaker Julia Bacha. It is the latest production by Just Vision, an award-winning team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve security, freedom and peace in the region.

The 25-minute film will be followed by a Q&A via Skype with Suhad Babaa, Community Outreach and Digital Resources Manager for Just Vision.

carolCarol Gilligan, Professor, New York University School of Law

MARCH 14, 2013

Psychologist, professor, and novelist, Carol Gilligan was named by Time magazine as one of 25 most influential Americans. Harvard University Press describes her 1982 book, In a Different Voice, as "the little book that started a revolution." Her first novel Kyra published in January 2008 was reviewed in the San Francisco Chronicle as "a rare thing: an engrossing, deeply emotional, thinking person's love story." Her 1992 co-authored book, Meeting at the Crossroads, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. In 2002, The Birth of Pleasure was praised by the Times Literary Supplement as a "thrilling new paradigm" and characterized by National Public Radio as the work of a psychologist who writes like a novelist.

As a member of the Harvard faculty, she held the university's first chair in gender studies. She received a Senior Research Scholar Award from the Spencer Foundation, a Grawemeyer Award for her contributions to education, and a Heinz Award for her contributions to understanding the human condition. Her recent work includes The Deepening Darkness: patriarchy, resistance, and democracy's future, co-authored with NYU law professor David Richards and published by Cambridge University Press as well as The Scarlet Letter, a play inspired by Hawthorne’s novel and co-authored with her son Jonathan Gilligan. Carol Gilligan is currently a university professor at New York University; she teaches in the law school, the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Her latest book, Joining the Resistance, was published by Polity Press in 2011.

samSam Harris, Holocaust Survivor

April 11, 2013

Sam Harris is a child survivor of the Holocaust. Harris was born Szlamek Rzeznik in May 1935 in Deblin, Poland. He was only four years old when World War II broke out in 1939. Upon Nazi occupation a portion of Deblin was turned into a ghetto where Harris and his family lived. Soon overcrowding, lack of food and medication caused men, women and children to die on the streets of Deblin from typhus, dysentery and starvation.

In 1942, Harris and his family were rounded up for deportation. During the chaos of the round up his father pushed him out of line and told him to run and hide. Harris watched his parents and four sisters and brothers march towards the railcars. That was the last time he saw his family. Harris was able to escape death; his survival was nothing short of a miracle.

As the round ups decreased the Deblin ghetto was converted into a concentration camp where Harris survived. Since he was too young to work he hid from the guards, hiding in the darkness of the barracks.

In 1944, as the war approached Deblin the Nazis moved the Jewish workers from the Deblin camp to Czestochowa concentration camp. Upon arrival in the main camp Harris was lifted up, kissed and hugged, and passed overhead from hand to hand by each prisoner. The prisoners, many of whom had lost their own children, were overjoyed at seeing a child.

On Jan. 16, 1945, Harris was liberated by the Russian army. As a young child, he survived four years in the Deblin and Czestochowa concentration camps. After living in an orphanage in Lublin, Poland and then Vienna, Austria, Harris made his way to the U.S. and lived in a foster home in Chicago. On April 10, 1948, through the Jewish Children’s Bureau Harris was adopted by Dr. Ellis and Harriett Harris in Northbrook, Ill.

Today, Harris serves as president of the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois and is leading the efforts to build the new Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. He continues to speak extensively on the local and state level about the lessons of the Holocaust and his experiences, which can be found in his memoir Sammy: A Child Survivor of the Holocaust.  

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