From Sharecropper’s Daughter to Surgeon General

Joycelyn Elders with LaDoris Cordell

Monday, April 14, 2003 | 7:30 - 9:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

Joycelyn Elders entered college at age 15 after growing up in a sharecropper’s shack. She attended medical school on the G. I. Bill and became a pediatrician and professor. In 1993, she was appointed Surgeon General of the United States.
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Your Body on the Line?

Julia Butterfly Hill with Rebecca Solnit

Monday, June 2, 2003 | 7:30 - 9:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

In December 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill, then age 23, climbed up “Luna,” a thousand-year-old redwood in Humboldt County, California, and did not touch ground for two years. Her dangerous and inspiring action protected this ancient redwood and the trees around it. Would you put your body on the line for something you believe in? What might each of us do to protect and celebrate the wild world that is our home? Join us as Bay Area writer Rebecca Solnit discusses these and other questions with Julia Butterfly Hill.
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Waging Peace:
Practical Approaches to a Violent World

Arun Gandhi, James Gilligan, Frances Moore Lappé, and Michael Nagler with Mark Gonnerman

Saturday, August 14, 2004 | 10:00 – 5:00 | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

At the beginning of a new century marked already by war and seemingly intractable conflicts, it is more important than ever to listen to thinkers and leaders with historical knowledge, cultivated insight, and practical approaches to peace. We have invited four such people to Stanford for a symposium on ways and means to improve our prospects for a less threatening future at home and abroad.

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Parker Palmer and the Courage to Teach

Parker Palmer with Mark Gonnerman

Saturday, February 21, 2009 | 1:30 – 3:00pm | Kresge Auditorium | Free and Open to All

First published in 1998 and reissued in a tenth anniversary edition, Parker Palmer’s The Courage to Teach takes teachers of all levels on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, and their colleagues in ways that reignite vocational passion. The book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Effective teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom and weave a life-giving web between themselves, their subjects, and students who must learn how to weave a world for themselves. Join us for a conversation with a teacher’s teacher who has a lifetime of ideas, insights and stories to share.
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