Karam Foundation: Building a Better Future for Syria
Confessing to a Crime You Didn’t Commit: A Case Study Analysis in Interrogations and False Confession
Hope in the Nuclear Age: The Realist Case for Eliminating Nuclear Weapons
Steve Asma, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Philosophy, Columbia College Chicago, Why We Need Religion
The Upside of Digital Devices: How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent
Spinoza: Jew, Heretic, and Visionary
Nina Kraus, Ph.D., Professor of Neurobiology, Otolaryngology; Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University
Head Banging - How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health
The Polarization of Politics in America: Empirical Patterns and Moral Challenges
A Moral Fight Against Opioids in Our Backyard
About the speaker: As Lake County State’s Attorney, Mr. Nerheim oversees an office of 144 attorneys, investigators, victim coordinators, paralegals, and support staff, plus two certified comfort dogs and a corps of volunteers. He began his legal career in 1999 as an Assistant State’s Attorney. He has extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, handling every type of case including traffic, misdemeanor, domestic violence, criminal sexual assault, drug trafficking, gang-related crimes, crimes against children and the elderly, official misconduct, and murder. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Psychology from Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota and earned his Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.
David Victorson, Ph.D., Assoc. Prof. Medical School Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine, Director of the Consciousness in Health Research Lab
Does Science Back up Positive Benefits of Both Meditative Mindfulness and Yoga?
About the Speaker: Dr. David Victorson is Associate Professor of Medical School Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern, and Director of the Consciousness in Health Research Lab. Victorson, as a licensed health psychologist, researches ways to reduce symptoms of suffering within the context of illness and disease, but also finds ways to promote and accelerate healthy lives and wellness, quality of life, meaning and purpose, and overall human flourishing. He is on the team-science faculty track at Northwestern, and fully believes in the importance of trans-disciplinary collaboration with academic and community partners, often noting that while research is "me-search," important discoveries and contributions don't occur until research is "we-search." He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Miami.
Howard Learner, J.D. Harvard University, President and Executive Director, Environmental Law and Policy Center
Protecting the Midwest’s Environment and Natural Heritage
About the Speaker: Howard Learner is President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center. The Environmental Law and Policy Center is the Midwest’s premier public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. In addition to his positions at the Law and Policy Center, Mr. Learner is an (Adjunct) Professor at the University of Michigan Law School and at Northwestern University Law School, where he teaches advanced seminars in energy and environmental and clean energy law, climate change policy and sustainable development law. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School (1980) and B.A. from the University of Michigan (1976).
Ethical and Moral Aspects of Childhood Materialism
About the Speaker: Dr. Lan Nguyen Chaplin is Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She conducts research in the areas of children’s social-cognitive development, happiness, branding, and consumer behavior. Dr. Chaplin recently received the Journal of Consumer Research Best Article of the Year Award for her paper titled, “Material parenting: How the use of goods in parenting fosters materialism in the next generation.” Her research has been covered by TIME, Forbes, The New York Times, Fortune, and ABC News Radio, CBS News, The Atlantic, Washington Times, Boston Globe, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo! Parenting, Scientific American, Smithsonian Magazine, New York Magazine, Popular Science, Psychology Today, Spotify, and Glamour. She received her Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Robert Hariman, Ph.D., Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
A Time of Social Catastrophes? Living with Radical Change
*This Sunday we will meet at Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette
About the speaker:
Dr. Robert Hariman, Professor of Rhetoric and Public Culture, Dept. of Communication Studies, Northwestern University, is the author of Political Style: The Artistry of Power and of two co-authored books on photojournalism: No Caption Needed: Iconic Photographs, Public Culture, and Liberal Democracy, and most recently, The Public Image: Photography and Civic Spectatorship. His other publications include edited volumes on popular trials, political judgment, political realism, and the texture of political action, as well as journal articles on parody, allegory, banality, and other modes of public address. His work has been translated into French and Chinese. Hariman posts periodically at nocaptionneeded.com, his co-authored blog on photojournalism, politics, and culture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.
Charles Strain, Ph.D., Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University
Buddha Enters the Marketplace: The Birth, Flowering and Global Reach of Engaged Buddhism
*This Sunday we will meet at Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Rd., Wilmette
About the speaker: Dr. Charles Strain, Professor, Religious Studies, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, DePaul University, teaches in the areas of Liberation Theology, Socially Engaged Buddhism and their contributions to ethics of peace and justice. Strain also teaches in the Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies program. His recent book, The Prophet and the Bodhisattva: Daniel Berrigan, Thich Nhat Hanh and the Ethics of Peace and Justice (2014), received the outstanding 2016 book of the year award chosen by the Society for Buddhist Christian Studies. In 2017, Strain co-authored (with Elizabeth Collier) Global Migration: What is Happening, Why, and a Just Response. Strain is an avid swimmer and enjoys mountain hiking.
The Interactive Cosmos: Star Formation, an Evolving Web of Relationships
About the Speaker: Dr. Grace Wolf-Chase is Astronomer at Adler Planetarium, an Associate at the University of Chicago, an Affiliated Faculty member of the Zygon Center for Religion Science, and Vice President of the Center for Advanced Study in Religion and Science (CASIRAS). Her position at the Adler integrates academic research in her field of expertise (star formation) with public education, particularly through engaging people around the world in “citizen science”. Wolf-Chase holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the University of Arizona. A life-long Lutheran, she resides with her spouse in Naperville, IL and has three adult children in college.
A Conversation about Legislation to Ban Civilian High Powered Weaponry
Nancy Rotering is Mayor of Highland Park. As an attorney, Ms. Rotering joined McDermott Will & Emery working on health care matters. In 2008, she shifted her focus to government work and served as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Karen May. Rotering is the first female mayor of Highland Park, IL. She was elected in April 2011 and re-elected in 2015. A two-term mayor, she shook up City Hall with a major reform of city government that resulted in transparency, accessibility, collaboration and ethical accountability. She led the charge to pass one of the nation’s only local assault weapons bans. Nancy successfully fought the NRA all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Stanford University, an MBA at Northwestern University and a law degree at the University of Chicago. She and her husband Rob have four sons.
Connecting with the Wonders of Nature
About BackYard Nature Center: When we think of wonders of nature, at first blush, a beautiful sunset might come to mind with its myriad shades of oranges and reds. With BackYard Nature Center (BYNC), we discover a sense of exhilaration, magic and mystery in nature. To introduce children to the wonders of nature and get them off their screens, BYNC connects with teachers, school officials, New Trier Township, Winnetka Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, The Alliance for Early Childhood, Chicago Wilderness friends, service-minded and faith-based organizations, volunteers and contributors. BYNC brings to the fore the opportunities for children's unstructured play in nature.
About the Speaker: John Levine is involved in both restoration and education initiatives for BYNC. His focus on the board is in the areas of marketing, resource development, and planning. A passionate advocate for nature, John has volunteered with such organizations as The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, and Lincoln Park Zoo. He brings BYNC marketing and business management skills, having held leadership positions in the consumer products industry and founded a consulting practice in marketing and innovation. He also writes novels for children. John has a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan and an MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He lives in Northfield.
The Electoral College: Its Impact on Democracy
The Rise of Fundamentalism and the Decline of Reform Thought-Judaism, Christianity and Islam
About the Speaker: Dr. Ahmad Sadri, Professor of Sociology and Islamic World Studies at Lake Forest College, received his B.A. and M.A. degrees at the University of Tehran and his Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research. He is the author and editor of numerous books including Max Weber’s Sociology of Intellectuals and Reason Freedom and Democracy in Islam, as well as more than one hundred articles. He wrote a column for Daily Starof Lebanon, and has appeared on the BBC, Al Jazeera, and National Public Radio. In recent years Sadri wrote a weekly column for Etemad-e Melli, and Irandokht, reformist newspapers in Iran that have since been closed down. His most recent translation of the Epic of the Persian Kings has sold 15,000 copies and has been turned into a shadow play.
Fake News, Transparency and the Future of Investigative Journalism