“Global Ethics: Crossing Borders, Joining Hands”
KEYNOTE AND PLENARY
Mr. Arun Gandhi
The keynote speaker is Mr. Arun Gandhi,
the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi. He grew up in South
Africa, where he first became exposed to issues of racism
and intolerance. His biography states that as a young
boy in South Africa, “Arun was beaten up by black
youths for not being black and by white youths because
he was not white.” He later spent some time with
and learned from his grandfather. After his education
on comparative racism in the U.S., he settled in Tennessee.
Arun Gandhi is a speaker of international acclaim, educating
audiences on issues of peaceful change, non-violence,
alternative dispute resolution, and conflict management.
Dr. Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na’im
The first plenary speaker is Dr. Abdullahi
Ahmed An-Naim. Originally from Sudan,
An-Na’im is the director of the Fellowship Program
in Islam and Human Rights, and Charles Howard Candler
Professor of Islamic Law at Emory University Law School.
With numerous books and articles in learned journals,
Professor An-Na’im is an internationally recognized
scholar of Islam and human rights. No one is better
qualified to speak on the subject than he. His home
country, Sudan, has been undergoing civil and genocidal
warfare for at least four decades. There have been reports
of a resurgence of slave trade, slavery and other forms
of involuntary servitude in the country.
Dr. Anthony Cortese
The second plenary speaker is Anthony Cortese,
president of Second Nature, a non-profit organization
with a mission to catalyze a worldwide effort to make
environmentally just and sustainable action. The Second
Nature website provides extensive information about
Dr. Cortese, a summary of which is provided here. Dr.
Cortese was formerly the Commissioner of the Massachusetts
Department of Environmental Protection. He was the first
dean of environmental programs at Tufts University,
where he spearheaded the award-winning Tufts Environmental
Institute in 1989 and the internationally acclaimed
Talloires Declaration of University Leaders for a Sustainable
Future in 1990. He has served on numerous boards, and
has also been a consultant to UNEP, a member of the
EPA Science Advisory Board and a member of the President's
Council on Sustainable Development’s Education
Task Force. Among his many awards and recognition, he
received the Christopher Columbus Celebrate Discovery
Legacy Award in 2002.
Ms. Judith Green
The third plenary speaker is Judith Green,
senior director for member relations and resources at
NAFSA: Association of International Educators. She manages
a department that provides services to 8,700 international
education professionals worldwide. In addition, she
oversees the development of practice resources and staff
support for all NAFSA knowledge sections. Prior to her
present position, Judith Green was director of international
services and programs at The George Washington University.
While there, she managed a department that served 2500
international students, scholars, staff, and researchers.
Her experience has placed her in situations where ethical
issues in education are ever-present. These have included
international students applying for visas, U.S. students
studying abroad, faculty conducting research abroad
using human subjects, and so on. Judith Green will speak
about these ethical issues at the conference.
Dr. Suzanne Morse
The fourth is Suzanne Morse,
executive director of the Pew Partnership for Civic
Change, an initiative established by the Pew Charitable
Trusts in 1992 to invest in community change and capacity
building in the nation’s cities and rural areas.
With headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia, the
Pew Partnership’s mission is to identify, validate,
and disseminate solutions to America’s most challenging
problems. Dr. Morse’s latest book is entitled
Smart Communities: How Citizens and Local Leaders
Can Use Strategic Thinking to Build a Brighter Future.
She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Charles Kettering
Foundation, on the Board of Advisors of the LBJ School
of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and in
the Hart Leadership Program of Duke University.
Mr. Brad Rourke
In addition to these keynote and plenary speakers, the
conference also has invited certain scholars and community
leaders to make presentations. One of these invited
speakers is Brad Rourke, who
works with public leaders, nonprofit organizations,
foundations, and others concerned with civic life and
public issues. As he stated on his website, his mission
is to take action to improve public life—and how
people live it. He has worked with federal and statewide
elected officials to help design groundbreaking public
opinion surveys, and has worked on behalf of political
issue campaigns to improve political ethics.