Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series http://orcascrossroads.org Come... Join the conversation. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 17:04:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.1 The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification http://orcascrossroads.org/2015/02/11/the-impulse-society-america-in-the-age-of-instant-gratification/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2015/02/11/the-impulse-society-america-in-the-age-of-instant-gratification/#comments Thu, 12 Feb 2015 03:58:06 +0000 bgbuchanan http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=1125

Sunday, March 29, 4:00 pm, Orcas Center
The Impulse Society is an urgent, powerful story: how the pursuit of short-term self-gratification, once scorned as a sign of personal weakness became the default principle, not only for individuals, but for all sectors of our society. Yet it is in this unease that journalist and author Paul Roberts finds clear signs of change—and broad revolt—as millions of Americans try to step off the self-defeating treadmill of gratification and restore a sense of balance.

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CrossCurrents Seminar Series http://orcascrossroads.org/2012/09/28/crosscurrents-seminar-series/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2012/09/28/crosscurrents-seminar-series/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:28:01 +0000 bgbuchanan http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=904

About the Series

The CrossCurrents Seminar Series was an experiment in 2012 which has been discontinued.

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David S. Domke http://orcascrossroads.org/2011/10/26/david-s-domke/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2011/10/26/david-s-domke/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:54:06 +0000 bgbuchanan http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=712

“Study of Religious References in Political Speeches”

(2008-09 Season)

David Domke is Professor and Chair, studies political leadership, news coverage, and social change, with particular interest in the dynamics of post-9/11 America.

Ph.D, Mass Communication, University of Minnesota, 1996

Office: CMU 102
Phone: 543-2662
E-Mail: domke@uw.edu

Selected Publications

“God and Country: The partisan psychology of the presidency, religion, and nation,” Political Psychology, in-press (with Penelope Sheets and Anthony Greenwald).
The God strategy: How religion became a political weapon in America. Oxford University Press: New York, August 2010, Updated Edition (with Kevin Coe). Original edition published January 1, 2008.
“Terrorism’s cause and cure: The rhetorical regime of democracy in the US and UK,” Critical Studies on Terrorism,  2: 7-25 (with Fahed al-Sumait and Colin Lingle).
“Going public, crisis after crisis: The Bush administration and the press from September 11 to Saddam,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs, 10: 195-220 (with Sue Lockett John, Kevin Coe, and Erica Graham).
“Masculinity as political strategy: George W. Bush, the ‘war on terrorism,’ and an echoing press,” Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy, 29: 31-55 (with Kevin Coe, Meredith Bagley, Sheryl Cunningham, and Nancy Van Leuven).
“Going public as political strategy: The Bush administration, an echoing press, and passage of the U.S.A. Patriot Act,” Political Communication (July-September 2006), 23: 291-312, with Erica Graham, Kevin Coe, Sue Lockett John, and Ted Coopman.
“Petitioners or prophets? Presidential discourse, God, and the ascendancy of religious conservatives,” Journal of Communication, June 2006, 56: 309-330, with Kevin Coe.
God Willing? Political Fundamentalism in the White House, the “War on Terror,” and the Echoing Press. Published August 2004, Pluto Press.
“U.S. national identity, political elites, and a patriotic press following September 11,” Political Communication (January-March 2004), 21, 27-51, with John Hutcheson, Andre Billeaudeaux, and Philip Garland.
“Insights into U.S. racial hierarchy: Racial profiling, news sources, and September 11,” Journal of Communication (December 2003), 53: 606-623, with Philip Garland, Andre Billeaudeaux, and John Hutcheson.
“News framing and cueing of issue regimes: Explaining Clinton’s public approval in spite of scandal,” Public Opinion Quarterly (fall 2002), 66: 339-371, with Dhavan V. Shah, Mark D. Watts, and David P. Fan.
“The primes of our times?: An examination of the ‘power’ of visual images,” Journalism (August 2002) 3(2): 131-159, with David Perlmutter and Department of Communication PhD student Meg Spratt.
“Racial cues and political ideology: An examination of associative priming,” Communication Research (December 2001), 28: 772-801.
Outstanding Book of the Year, The God Strategy, Political Communication Division, National Communication Association, 2009 (with Kevin Coe)
2008 University of Washington Graduating Class Favorite Professor
2006 Washington state Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education
2006 Hillier Krieghbaum Under-40 Award for Oustanding Achievement in Research, Teaching, and Public Service, Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication
2005 National Doctoral Honors Seminar leader, National Communication Association
2004 Inaugural Knight Forum in Media and Religion Lecture, University of Southern California
2002 University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award
1998 Catherine Covert Award for Year’s Outstanding Article in Journalism and Mass Communication History
1997 Nafziger-White Award for field’s outstanding dissertation (given by Association for Education in Journalism & Mass Communication).

From http://www.com.washington.edu/faculty/domke.html

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Reza Aslan http://orcascrossroads.org/2011/10/26/reza-aslan/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2011/10/26/reza-aslan/#comments Wed, 26 Oct 2011 14:43:14 +0000 bgbuchanan http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=710

“Islamic Tradition and Current Practice”

Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is the founder of AslanMedia.com, an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world. Reza Aslan has degrees in Religions from Santa Clara University, Harvard University, and the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa, where he was named the Truman Capote Fellow in Fiction. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. He serves on the board of directors of the Ploughshares Fund, which gives grants for peace and security issues; Abraham’s Vision, an educational, conflict transformation organization for Israeli and Palestinian youths; PEN USA, which champions the rights of writers under siege around the world; and the Levantine Cultural Center, which builds bridges between Americans and the Arab/Muslim world through the arts.
Aslan’s first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade. He is also the author of How to Win a Cosmic War (published in paperback as Beyond Fundamentalism: Confronting Religious Extremism in a Globalized Age), as well as editor of two volumes: Tablet and Pen: Literary Landscapes from the Modern Middle East, and Muslims and Jews in America: Commonalties, Contentions, and Complexities.
Reza Aslan is Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of BoomGen Studios, the premier entertainment brand for creative content from and about the Greater Middle East and President of AppOvation Labs, a mobile applications company. Born in Iran, he lives in Los Angeles with his wife (author and entrepreneur Jessica Jackley) where he is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside.

From http://www.rezaaslan.com/bio.html

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“The fascination of China: Past, Present and Future” http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/12/05/winchester/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/12/05/winchester/#comments Sun, 05 Dec 2010 22:40:06 +0000 Martin http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=508

Picture of Simon WinchesterSimon Winchester
British writer, journalist and broadcaster

Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. at Orcas Center

The world-roving British author Simon Winchester is unquestionably a masterful spinner of historical and scientific sagas, including the bestseller The Professor and the Madman. In this lecture Winchester brings decades of high profile experience as a journalist and broadcaster to elucidate unique perspectives about China, dealing with its past played against a post-WWII period.


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“A Tale Of Three Cities: How the United States Won WWII and Made the Modern World” http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/kennedy/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/kennedy/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:02:26 +0000 Martin http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=521

Picture of David M. KennedyDavid M. Kennedy
Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History, Emeritus, Stanford University

Sunday, May 1, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. at Orcas Center

An American Pulitzer Prize winning historian specializing in American history, Stanford Professor Kennedy’s scholarship is notable for its integration of economic and cultural analyses with social and political history. How was America’s World War II different from the war that every other belligerent fought, and how did it affect the new world of twenty-first century international conflict?

Link list:


    Birth Control in America: The Career of Margaret Sanger (1970)
    John Gilmary Shea Prize, 1970
    Bancroft Prize, 1971
    Social Thought in America and Europe, co-editor with Paul A. Robinson (1970)
    Progressivism: The Critical Issues, editor (1971)
    The American People in the Depression (1973)
    The American People in the Age of Kennedy (West Haven: Pendulum Press, 1973)
    The American Pageant: A History of the Republic, co-author with Thomas A. Bailey and Lizabeth Cohen (original 1979), Thirteenth Edition (2006).
    Over Here: The First World War and American Society (1980)
    Pulitzer Prize Finalist, 1981
    Power and Responsibility: Case Studies in American Leadership, co-editor with Michael Parrish (1986)
    The American Spirit: United States History as Seen by Contemporaries, co-editor with Thomas A. Bailey (1983)
    Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945 (1999)
    Pulitzer Prize, 2000
    Francis Parkman Prize, 2000
    Ambassador’s Prize, 2000
    California Gold Medal for Literature, 2000
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“Afghanistan: Understanding the Relationship between Aid and Security” http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/wilder/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/wilder/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:02:00 +0000 Martin http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=534

Picture of Andrew WilderAndrew Wilder
Director, Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs, United States Institute of Peace

Sunday, May 22, 2011 @ 2:00 p.m. at Orcas Center

Andrew Wilder is Director of the Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs at the United States Institute of Peace. His recent research explores issues relating to state-building, reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan, specifically examining the effectiveness of aid in promoting stabilization objectives.

Dr. Wilder joined the United States Institute of Peace in August 2010 as the director of Afghanistan and Pakistan Programs. Prior to joining the Institute, Dr. Wilder served as research director for Politics and Policy at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University. From 2002 to 2005, Dr. Wilder served as founder and director of Afghanistan’s first independent policy research institution, the Kabul-based Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU). This was preceded by more than 10 years managing humanitarian and development programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan, including serving as the director of the Pakistan/Afghanistan program of Save the Children, as well as holding positions with the International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps International.

Dr. Wilder is the author of “The Pakistani Voter: Electoral Politics and Voting Behaviour in the Punjab” (Oxford University Press, 1999), and has written numerous book chapters, journal articles and other publications. His recent research explores issues relating to state-building, reconstruction and stabilization efforts in Afghanistan, specifically examining the effectiveness of aid in promoting stabilization objectives in Afghanistan. Dr. Wilder has also conducted extensive research on sub-national governance, elections and police reform efforts in Afghanistan, and on electoral politics and the politics of civil service reform in Pakistan.

Dr. Wilder holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He also holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

  • Biography
  • courtesy of USIP.

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    “The Economy: How Are We Going to Get Out of this Mess?” http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/brines/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/24/brines/#comments Wed, 24 Nov 2010 22:01:42 +0000 Martin http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=491

    Picture of Ned BrinesNed Brines
    Former Investment Banker and one of the country’s top fund managers.

    Friday, March 11, 2011 @ 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center

    Noted blogger, asset manager and frequent media guest Ned Brines addresses the questions: How did we get in this predicament? How does the current US financial condition compare with historical crises? What options exist to help us exit this combination of deficit and embedded debt?

    Ned Brines is formerly the manager of the Provident Small Cap fund. Prior to Provident, he managed the Aggressive Growth, Focused Growth and Private Client business at Roger Engemann and Associates. Prior to completing his MBA at the University of Southern California, Ned spent six years as an investment banker, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and corporate restructuring. Ned has also achieved the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He presently lives in Rossmoor California with his wife and three children.

    Link list:

    Screencast of Ned Brines’ lecture slides

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    Final Fall 2010 Crossroads Lecture – Friday, November 19, 7:30pm http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/15/final-fall-crossroads-lecture-friday-november-19-2010/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/11/15/final-fall-crossroads-lecture-friday-november-19-2010/#comments Mon, 15 Nov 2010 20:21:40 +0000 Martin http://orcascrossroads.org/?p=468

    Orcas Crossroads Lecture Series Presents “From Depletion to Sustainability” with prominent environmentalist Gloria Flora.

    The Orcas Crossroads fall lecture series concludes on Friday, November 19, 7:30 p.m. at Orcas Center. The Orcas Crossroads Committee selects lecture topics of both local and global import and brings speakers with substantial expertise in those topics to Orcas.

    As our planet’s finite resources are being depleted, many experts and citizens are becoming more alert to a looming international crisis. Can we expect our way of life to change? What are our most important priorities if we intend to address this challenge, locally and globally? What is the path to sustainability?

    The November 19 lecture is entitled From Depletion to Sustainability and the speaker is prominent environmentalist Gloria Flora.

    In her 22-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Gloria Flora became nationally known for her leadership in ecosystem management and for her courageous, principled stands. When she was in charge of the Lewis and Clark National Forest in north-central Montana, she made a landmark decision to prohibit natural gas wells along the spectacular 356,000-acres Rocky Mountain Front near the Bob Marshall Wilderness, a place often described as an American Serengeti for its abundant populations of elk, deer, grizzly bears, and fish-filled streams. The oil and gas industry appealed all the way to the Supreme Court, but she was ultimately victorious when, on the same day the story of her struggle was being televised nationally on PBS’ NOW with Bill Moyers, the Department of Interior announced a decision reached “at the highest levels” not to approve drilling along the Rocky Mountain Front.

    Flora made headlines again when she resigned as Forest Supervisor of the largest national forest in the lower 48 states, the Humboldt-Toiyabe, to call attention to antigovernment zealots engaged in the harassment and intimidation of Forest Service employees.

    Today Ms. Flora is the Director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to the sustainability of public lands and the plants, animals and communities that depend upon them. She works on Western land issues through education and activism and speaks on ecosystem stewardship, sustainability, and people’s relationships to landscapes and the critical role of leadership that strives to make a difference.

    Flora recently co-authored a report on how Montana can become energy self-reliant through renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. She works throughout the U.S. with the Center for Climate Strategies, assisting states to develop climate change action plans. Her work has been featured nationally in many media, including Leonardo DiCaprio’s feature film, The 11th Hour. Vanity Fair Magazine named Flora one of the nation’s top environmentalists, and Sunset Magazine gave her the Environmental Hero Award.
    A question and answer period and public reception with the speaker will follow the lecture. Tickets are available for $10 at Orcas Island Library, Darvill’s Bookstore and, pending availability, at the door.

    The Crossroads Lecture Series is supported by the Crossroads Associates Circle, the Friends of the Orcas Island Library in cooperation with the Orcas Island Public Library, the Daniel and Margaret Carper Foundation, the Orcas Center, and individual contributors. It is also supported in part by a grant from Humanities Washington, a statewide organization dedicated to providing and supporting cultural education programs in local communities.

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    Harold Cohen: Driving the Creative Machine http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/10/25/harold-cohen-driving-the-creative-machine/ http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/10/25/harold-cohen-driving-the-creative-machine/#comments Mon, 25 Oct 2010 23:04:24 +0000 bgbuchanan http://orcascrossroads.org/2010/10/25/harold-cohen-driving-the-creative-machine/

    H.Cohen-Driving the Creative Machine

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