Enduring Questions


Lecture Series Archive

Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series (2012-2013)


Join us as we discuss global perspectives on human rights―

  • What are basic human rights?
  • What role do international agencies play in creating systems of justice and peace?
  • How do cultures vary in their interpretation of human rights?
  • Is military intervention necessary to protect human rights, and, if so, under what conditions?
  • How do we balance power, decision-making, and responsibility in relation to meeting basic human needs?          


Laurie Garrett

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd. 

A riveting writer whose chilling firsthand narratives of public health issues and poignant commentary have garnered acclaim, Laurie Garrett brings to the forefront discrepancies and betrayals that stand in shadowed silence of today’s global healthcare. She is the only person to win the coveted three “P”s of journalism–Pulitzer, Polk and Peabody. Her books The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance and Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health implore mankind to address basic human rights. She is a Senior Fellow for Global Health at the Council on Foreign Relations and co-chair of the UNAIDS High Commission on HIV Prevention.


Ray Suarez

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

A powerful journalist whose career spans today’s top national headlines as well as global public health news, Ray Suarez brings articulate perspective in his role as Senior Correspondent for PBS NewsHour. Revered as a distinguished Hispanic journalist, he has been praised for his coverage of race relations, religion and politics. Since 2009, he has reported on the devastating effects of disease and global health issues. His critically acclaimed books include The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 and his latest, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America. 

C.T. Vivian

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

8:00 p.m., Kleist Center for Art & Drama95 E. Bagley Rd.

A living legend of the Civil Rights Movement whose eloquence and steadfast commitment to equality continue to shape our nation, Rev. C.T. Vivian is a testimony to the powerful success of non-violent activism in racial justice and democracy. In 1947 he worked to eliminate segregated lunch counters. He later founded the Nashville Christian Leadership Conference, organizing the first sit-ins there in 1960 and first civil rights march. He was a rider on the first “Freedom Bus” and worked alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  He provided counsel to four U.S. presidents and continues to impact human rights and liberties. Cosponsored by the MLK Week Committee

Chris Abani

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

8:00 p.m., Kulas Musical Arts Bldg., 96 Front St.

An evocative speaker and writer who melds crushing beauty with humanitarian optimism through personal reflection and contemporary fiction, Chris Abani is one of the world’s most admired novelists and poets. Imprisoned by the Nigerian government as a teenager, he evokes compassion through narratives on political oppression, the use of child soldiers and other horrific human conditions. His bestselling novel, Graceland, won the Hemingway/PEN Prize. His other works of fiction include The Virgin of FlamesBecoming Abigail and the award-winning Song For Night. All three were named a New York Times Editor’s Choice. He is currently Professor of Creative Writing at the University of California, Riverside. 

Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series 2010-2011
Ethical Leadership: The Moral Imperative

Corporate scandals, political cover-ups and personal misconduct can strangle the reputation of leaders and their organizations. Amid pressure to survive in unstable economic times and an ever-changing regulatory environment, today's leaders face challenges as well as opportunities. 

Leadership is a shared responsibility that none of us can ignore.
Join us as we explore the moral imperatives of leadership:
  • Is ethical behavior innate or developed over time?
  • How do some leaders hold fast to their convictions despite pressure to do otherwise?  
  • What role does society play in fostering unethical leaders and allowing them to remain in power?
  • Who defines right and wrong?
  • What factors will affect the next generation of leaders?  

*2010--2011 lectures occurred in September, October, January and March.*

Barbara Kellerman

Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Gamble Theatre, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea, OH

Ranked among the "Top 50 Business Thinkers" by Forbes.com and sixth on the Leadership Excellence list of "100 best minds on leadership," Dr. Kellerman is the James MacGregor Burns Lecturer in Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition, she was the Founding Executive Director of the Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and served as the Center's Research Director. Her most recent books include Leadership: Essential Selections on Power, Authority and Influence and Followership: How Followers are Creating Change and Changing Leaders.

Joseph Badaracco

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Gamble Theatre, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea, OH

Having defined the merits of being a "quiet leader," Dr. Badaracco is versed in business ethics, strategy and management. He is the John Shad Professor of Business Ethics at Harvard Business School and Senior Associate Dean and Chair of the MBA Program. In addition, he serves as faculty chair of the Nomura School of Advanced Management in Tokyo. His recent books include Business Ethics: Roles and Responsibilities, Defining Moments: When Managers Must Choose between Right and Right and Leading Quietly: An Unorthodox Guide to Doing the Right Thing.     

Mayor Cory Booker

Wednesday, January 19, 2011                                                    
Gamble Theatre, Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front Street, Berea, OH

A lawyer and Rhodes Scholar who rose through the ranks from proactive councilman to mayor of Newark, New Jersey's largest city, Booker brings a hands-on  approach to leadership. Having earned the reputation of being a leader with innovative ideas and bold actions, Mayor Booker has been recognized in numerous publications, including TIME, Esquire, New Jersey Monthly, Black Enterprise and The New York Times Magazine. His tireless and charismatic style of leadership has defined him as a devoted community activist, an innovative problem solver and passionate advocate for social justice.

Bruce Weinstein

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
John Patrick Theatre, Kleist Center for Art & Drama, 95 E. Bagley Rd., Berea, OH

 A corporate consultant and engaging public speaker self-described as the "Ethics Guy," Dr. Weinstein helps persons of all ages appreciate the role ethics plays in everyday life. He regularly appears as an ethics analyst on CNN and has been featured in USA Today, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, as well as Newsweek.com, Business Week Online and CNN.com.   His latest books are Life Principles: Feeling Good by Doing Good and Is It Still Cheating If I Don't Get Caught?

Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series 2008-2009
Sustaining Humanity: Sharing Spaces/ Sharing Places

A modern perspective on the timeless questions of humanity with renowned speakers from across the range of academic disciplines.  All lectures are free and open to the public. Please call 440-826-2322, for more information about Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series.
What would it mean to live in a sustainable world� where we can meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs? How do we reconcile competing environmental, economic and cultural demands? The future of the planet and humanity hangs in the balance amid our struggle to cultivate solutions. Explore these issues with us in the 2008-2009 Enduring Questions Lecture Series.

*2008-2009 lectures occurred in September, October, January and March.*

Sponsored by the Academic and Cultural Events Series, the David Brain Leadership Program, the Office of Core Curriculum and the Office of Multicultural Student Services.


E.O. Wilson
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
One of the worlds most distinguished scientists, Dr. Edward O. Wilson, Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus at Harvard, is considered the founder of the sustainability movement. A gifted story]teller, Dr. Wilson has changed the way scientists and nonscientists view the natural world. He has received over 100 awards, including the National Medal of Science, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement and two Pulitzers. Some of his most groundbreaking works include The Insect Societies, On Human Nature, Diversity of Life and The Future of Life.

Cosponsored by the Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences Strosacker Distinguished Lecture Series. Kulas Musical Arts Building, 96 Front St., Berea


Stuart Hart
Monday, October 20, 2008
A leading authority on the implications of sustainable development and environmentalism for business strategy, Dr. Stuart Hart is the Samuel C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University. His book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, is in its second edition with a new foreword by Al Gore. Dr. Hart believes environmental meltdown and a widening gap between rich and poor pose challenges for global capitalism. He maintains that corporations technology, resources, capacity and global research can accelerate transformation.

Cosponsored by the Charles E. Spahr Chair of Managerial & Corporate Ethics and the Buckhorn Chair in Economics Distinguished Lecture Series.

Stuart Hart's keynote address kicks off  BW's Sustainability Symposium, October 20-21. The next day's sessions will feature four consecutive panels comprised of Ohio's leading experts on sustainability from business, municipal government, higher education and the nonprofit community. Each sector will address critical challenges and share best practices for a sustainable future. All sessions are free and open to the public.


Shakti Butler
Friday, January 23, 2009
Producer and director of the groundbreaking documentaries The Way Home and Light in the Shadows, Dr. Shakti Butler is an inspirational facilitator and lecturer, and is a powerful voice for social justice in the world today. As a multiracial African]American, Dr. Butler strives to create venues for conversations on oppression through the lens of racism, classicism, sexism and homophobia. A powerful speaker, Dr. Butler supports building sustainable communities through equity and social justice. She comes to B]W as the Martin Luther King Week 2009 keynote speaker.

Cosponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Week Committee 2009.

Kwame Appiah
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Having been described as a post modern Socrates, Dr. Kwame Appiah is the Lawrence S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy at Princeton University. A prolific author, editor and lecturer, Dr. Appiah explores critical issues facing our society. He challenges us to look beyond the boundaries that divide us to see our common humanity. In a world where cultural sustainability is becoming increasingly important and complex, Dr. Appiah delves into issues of identity and ethical behavior where the shifting sands of race, ethnicity, religion and nationalism affects us as a society and as individuals.

Enduring Questions Lecture Series Planning Committee - Third Year
Barbara Rolleston, Chair
Jay T. Hairston
Tiffany Hansbrough
David Krueger
Bob Ebert
Randy Molmen




          Enduring Questions: The Mark Collier Lecture Series 2006-2007
2006-2007 Enduring Questions theme, Friends and Enemies

In the global society in which we live, it is essential that we think beyond the simplistic distinctions of good vs. evil, us vs. them, right vs. wrong. Because our perceptions are filtered through our personal, cultural, and societal experiences, it is reasonable to expect that what is a "friend" to one of us may be an "enemy" to another. Our 2006-2007 Enduring Questions theme, Friends and Enemies, challenges us to see beyond black and white interpretations and encourages us to find the means to build connections, bridges, and community.

February 14, 2007
Lecture One:  7:30 p.m.
John Patrick Theater, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

February 15, 2007
Lecture Two:  
10:00 a.m.
Baldwin Wallace University Lindsay-Crossman Chapel
56 Seminary Street

Lecture Three:  2:30 pm.
Sandstone III (Lower level), Strosacker Hall College Union

Topics will differ for each lecture; plan to attend all three!

Western culture views the world as a battleground for the forces of good and evil, resulting in a tendency to demonize our enemies. Dr. Elaine Pagels' study of the origins of our religious traditions illustrates how the world's major religions developed their tenets - their concept of evil, belief structure and definition of gender roles - and how these beliefs shape our society today. Her work challenges both traditional believers and those who reject  the value of structured religion.

Dr. Pagels is the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and the author of a number of books, including The Origin of Satan and Beyond Belief: The Gospel of Thomas.Co-sponsored by the Moll Chair in Faith and Life.
 Join us as Baldwin Wallace welcomes Dr. Elaine Pagels   


 September 11, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.
John Patrick Theater, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Every nation has "something to be ashamed of, has something that it needs to question. The point is that every nation in the world has the right to change." Dr. Azar Nafisi, a witness to the Iranian revolution, contemplates the personal and political implications of literature and culture. In her writings about the complex relationship between Western and Islamic societies, she encourages us to view each other, not as members of monolithic nations or cultures, but as individuals. She is a champion of universal rights that transcend cultural differences and cautions us against turning a deaf ear to transgressions against our common humanity.

Dr. Nafisi is on the faculty of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and is best-selling author of Reading Lolita in Tehran.   


October 30, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.
Ballroom of Strosacker Hall College Union

As Kermit the Frog said, "It's not easy being green." That's the conclusion Dr. Tyrone Hayes drew from his research on the effects of low levels of chemical pollutants on the development of frogs. His data also offer a means to help us understand how the health of our environment directly relates to public and personal health. His research has spawned a debate about the use of some common pesticides and has led the EPA, farmers, citizens, and corporations to weigh the benefits of their use against the harm they may cause to both animals and humans.

Dr. Hayes is on the faculty of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Co-sponsored by the Division of Mathematics and Natural Science Strosacker Distinguished Lecture Series.                         


January 16, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.
John Patrick Theater, Kleist Center for Art & Drama

Why does the black-white achievement gap exist? What are the effects of racism on individuals and societies? Dr. Roland Fryer answers these broad social questions by applying theoretical economic analysis. His stated goal is "to study - and maybe help fix - the condition of being black in America." His research quantifies the reality of race in our society and helps us to define those things that both help and hinder our quest for multicultural respect and equality.

Dr. Fryer is on the faculty of Department of Economics at Harvard University. Co-sponsored by BW Campus/Community MLK Week Committee and the Buckhorn Chair in Economics Distinguished Lecture Series. 





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