Speaker Biographies and Bibliographies
The speaker biographies are for background information only and were written from information in the public domain. They were not expressly approved by the speakers themselves. The bibliographies represent only a portion of the authors’ published work.
Keynote Speaker: Kwame Anthony Appiah
Kwame Anthony Appiah, Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Philosophy and the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, was raised in Ghana and educated at Clare College, Cambridge. Faculty and students attending his lecture might read his most recent book, Cosmopolitanism: Ethics in a World of Strangers, published in 2006. His other books include In My Father’s House, Thinking It Through, and The Ethics of Identity. With Henry Louis Gates Jr., Professor Appiah is the editor of Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience.
Bob Moses is the founder and president of the national math literacy program called The Algebra Project. He is also the author of the book, Radical Equations: Civil Rights from Mississippi to the Algebra Project, published in 2001. Further information about Bob Moses and active citizenship can also be found on the PBS website.
Tanner Lecturer: Samantha Power
Samantha Power is The Anna Lindh Professor of Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. Her book, "A Problem from Hell": America and the Age of Genocide, was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for general non-fiction, the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award for general non-fiction, and the Council on Foreign Relations' Arthur Ross Prize for the best book in U.S. foreign policy. Powers New Yorker article on the horrors in Darfur, Sudan won the 2005 National Magazine Award for best reporting. Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for
Human Rights Policy (1998-2002). From 1993-1996, she covered the wars in the former Yugoslavia as a reporter for the U.S. News and World Report, The Boston Globe, and The Economist. Power is the editor, with Graham Allison, of Realizing Human Rights: Moving from Inspiration to Impact. A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, she moved to the United States from Ireland at the age of nine. She spent 2005-2006 working in the office of Senator Barack Obama and is currently writing a political biography of the UN's Sergio Vieira de Mello. See her website for further information.
Harry Boyte, a senior fellow at the Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota, co-directs the Center for Democracy and Citizenship, a University-wide resource. For eleven years, the center has focused on developing practice-based theory about how to engage citizens in public life. Boyte was national coordinator for the New Citizenship, a bipartisan effort to bridge the citizen-government gap. He presented New Citizenship findings to President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, and other administration leaders at a 1995 Camp David seminar on the future of democracy. More recently, Boyte was a senior adviser to the National Commission for Civic Renewal, headed by former Senator Sam Nunn and former U.S. Education Secretary William Bennett. Boyte holds a doctorate in political and social thought from the Union Institute.
In the 1960s, Boyte worked for Martin Luther King, Jr., as a field secretary for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. He has written seven books on community organizing, citizen action, and citizenship, including Building America: The Democratic Promise of Public Work and CommonWealth: A Return to Citizen Politics. His writings have appeared in over seventy publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor. His commentaries on democracy have aired on National Public Radio and the CBS Evening News.
Craig Calhoun has been President of the Social Science Research Council since 1999. He is also University Professor of the Social Sciences at New York University and a visiting professor at Columbia University.
Under Calhoun's leadership, the SSRC has been reinvigorated as a leader of public social science, research on critical social issues, and support for leading young researchers. He has launched new work on knowledge institutions and innovation, on information technology, on HIV/AIDS and social transformation, and on media, democracy and the public sphere.
After receiving his doctorate from Oxford University, Calhoun taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill from 1977 to 1996. He was Dean of the Graduate School and the founding Director of the University Center for International Studies. He also has taught at the Beijing Foreign Studies University, the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, and the Universities of Asmara, Khartoum, Oslo, and Oxford.
Calhoun's own empirical research has ranged from Britain and France to China and three different African countries. His study of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989 resulted in the prize-winning book, Neither Gods Nor Emperors: Students and the Struggle for Democracy in China (California, 1994). Among his other works are Nationalism (Minnesota, 1997), Critical Social Theory: Culture, History, and the Challenge of Difference (Blackwell, 1995), and several edited collections including Habermas and the Public Sphere (MIT, 1992), Hannah Arendt and the Meaning of Politics (Minnesota, 1997), Understanding September 11 (New Press, 2002), and Lessons of Empire (New Press, 2005). He was also editor-in-chief of the Oxford Dictionary of the Social Sciences. In more than ninety articles, he also has addressed topics such as: the impact of technological change; the organization of community life; the relationship among tort law, risk, and business organizations; the anthropological study of education, kinship, and religion; and problems in contemporary globalization. Calhoun's work has been translated into more than a dozen languages.
Michigan Citizens: Mary Jo Callan, BA, MSW, Executive Director of Ozone House
Mary Jo Callan was originally a student in Soc 389, serving at Maxey Boys Training School. Interested in the issues facing youth, she helped develop a drug prevention curriculum which she presented at local elementary schools in what was then our Criminal Justice Program area. After graduating with a teaching certificate, she taught public school before returning to U-M for her MSW. She is now the Executive Director of Ozone House where she continues to address her interest in the issues facing youth.
Sean de Four, BA, MSW, Judson Center, Detroit
Sean de Four was a student in SOC 389 who became a peer facilitator, establishing debate clubs at two area prisons. Upon graduation Sean took a job at Growth Works, a youth-serving agency in out-Wayne County, where he worked as a caseworker, providing counseling and educational services to delinquent and chemically-involved youth and their families. He returned to UM where he received his MSW, after which he was employed as the Associate Director of Project Community where he had oversight of many of the course’s administrative, logistical, academic, training and research outcomes. Currently he serves on the Executive Council of the Judson Center where much of his work centers on the agency’s vision and long-range planning.
Monisha Capila, BBA, MBA
Monisha was a participant and organizer in many of SERVE’s programs. She worked for two years as a consultant at Arthur Anderson, then returned to school, and earned her MBA from Harvard in 2005. She is now working for the nonprofit, ACCION, in Washington, DC, where she works to help people acquire the financial tools to work their way out of poverty.
Natasha Verhage Coulouris, BA, MPH, Director, Saginaw County Department of Public Health
Natasha was a student leader at SERVE from 1995-98, serving as an ASB site leader and as Mental Health Issue coordinator, educating others at the University about mental health and illness. She is a co-founder of Mentality, a performance and Mental Health advocacy organization. She received her MPH in 2002 and has been working since 2004 as the chief public health officer in Saginaw County.
Aubrey McFarlane-Baranowski, BA, MSW, Vice President for Programs, Judson Center, Detroit
Aubrey was a student leader at SERVE as a participant, site leader, and then lead team member of Alternative Spring Break. After completing her MSW at Michigan, she worked for several years as a program director at SERVE. Her current work at the Judson Center helps strengthen Detroit area families, and provides support and opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.
Moira Birss, Colombia Program Fellow, Fellowship of Reconciliation's Task Force on Latin America and the Caribbean
While at UM, Moira was an active member of SERVE, starting out as an Alternative Weekends participant, later an AW leader, and finally a SERVE Lead Team member coordinating education programs for SERVE participants. Currently, Moira is working with a program of long-time peace and justice organization Fellowship of Reconciliation, the Colombia Program supports peace movements in Colombia, which provides human rights accompaniment to a peace community in Colombia and informs and involves US citizens about the conflict in Colombia and US policy towards it. Moira previously served as Program Associate for the Housing Leadership of San Mateo County, an affordable housing advocacy organization in one of the most expensive housing counties in the nation.
Michael Burke, Housing Director with the Foley House AIDS Support Group (Cape Cod, Massachusetts)
Michael currently works for the Foley House, which has been home to nearly 75 men and women from all over the Commonwealth. Foley House is a ten-bed residential program operated by the ASGCC. Homeless, HIV+ adults (over 18) are eligible for this permanent, subsidized housing and the support services available on site or through the ASGCC main offices.
Mary Paul, Associate Director of Development and Advocacy, Women's Business Development Center (Chicago, Illinois)
Mary currently works for the WBDC, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on women's economic empowerment through business ownership. Services range from business start-up workshops and one-on-one counseling to assisting women owned businesses get corporate and government contracts. The WBDC also works directly with corporations and government agencies to help create and maintain fair procurement policies that focus on doing contracts with women and minority owned businesses.
Mica Doctoroff, Investigator/Paralegal with the Southern Center for Human Rights (Atlanta, Georgia)
At the Center, Mica investigates conditions and practices in prisons and jails in Alabama and Georgia. The Southern Center for Human Rights is a non-profit, public interest law firm dedicated to enforcing the civil and human rights of people in the criminal justice system in the South. The Center’s legal work includes representing prisoners in challenges to unconstitutional conditions and practices in prisons and jails, challenging systemic failures in the legal representation of poor people in the criminal courts, and representing people facing the death penalty who otherwise would have no representation.
Vanessa Mayesky, Development Director Washtenaw Literacy (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
Vanessa currently works for Washtenaw Literacy, a volunteer-based organization providing free literacy instruction customized to the needs of adults throughout Washtenaw County. Volunteers provide individual and group tutoring in reading and writing skills and in English as a second language so adults can improve their personal, family, and community lives.
Alyssa Sorresso, Performing Arts Activist with Family Matters (Chicago, Illinois)
Alyssa is currently working with Family Matters, a family-centered non-profit organization in the North of Howard neighborhood that seeks to be a catalyst for change, building and strengthening the community through programs that support personal growth and leadership. Alyssa works with the Sisters of Struggle, the oldest group of Teenage Girls, encouraging them to become more active in the community around them, nationally and globally.
Vera worked for the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP) for 3 years. The organization is dedicated to developing young women leaders around reproductive health and justice issues. Vera is now part of the New York City Teaching Fellowship, a 2-year program in which fellows serve as teachers in high-need areas in New York City. This is part of a long-term vision towards achieving educational equity for all communities of children. All of her career choices stem from a commitment to social justice, a value fostered at the University of Michigan, particularly through the pedagogy of action program.
Hillary Stephenson, BA, MSA (Los Angeles, California)
Hillary works at Public Allies, a leadership development program that trains about 30 people each year (18-30 years old) to work in the area of social change. Her responsibilities include training, facilitating, and personal coaching for the 10-month program. She finds herself drawing mostly from her experiences in South Africa. Hillary also volunteers with a collective of white anti-racist folks called AWARE (Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere). She leads the workshop development group and is part of the coordination team.
Rashad graduated law school from Michigan in 2004 and decided not to practice law. The skills and qualities that he attained from law school enabled him to do other things. He pursued his true interest: assisting people on a global scale. Rashad is a policy officer with the United Nations World Food Program in Rome, Italy. He helps to design policies that distribute food during man-made or natural catastrophes throughout the world. He had a chance to work in southern and eastern Sudan (and will return there in November) to help design mechanisms to better protect our beneficiaries from being attacked or taken advantage of.
Rachel was working at a Women's Health non-profit in DC for the past year. She claims to have learned a lot about the non-profit world- good and bad. She was helping edit their academic journal, Women's Health Issues, and was officially the "Editorial and Executive Assistant." She volunteers at Planned Parenthood and plans to apply to public health schools. She just completed a half marathon and raised over $5,000 for the AIDS clinic with a friend of hers.
Stephanie is organizing with One United Michigan, a statewide campaign to defeat Proposal 2, the anti-affirmative action ballot proposal.
Jake works as a journalist and reporter for the El Paso Times in Texas and as a co-producer and lead writer for a traveling exhibit on immigration. It is often his job to be their go-between, asking each side questions and then presenting their varied points of view to foster deeper understanding of the issue among those it impacts. During the past three years, he has been covering the modern debate over immigration policy reform in production of a traveling photographic and informational museum exhibit. This recently launched at the Albuquerque Museum of Art & History and then moves to the Institute of Texan Cultures in San Antonio. The goal has been to present the issue of immigration in a way that humanizes and informs the public policy debate.
Brian is currently working as a software project manager. While this does not deal with social justice issues directly, Brian states that he uses the group skills, facilitation skills, and conflict resolution skills that he learned in IGR, skills that have been central to his success so far. Outside of his career, Brian has participated in several AIDS fundraisers in Toronto, with one particularly large one that raised a good deal of money for grassroots programs in Africa.
The Long Hairz Collective consists of Native American Joe Reilly, who is an environmental activist and musician locally. African-American Will Copeland who works at the Ginsberg Center for Project Community and is a spoken word artist. Brian Babb is also an environmental and hip hop poet activist in Oakland, California. This group did Detroit Summer here at U-M with GIEU in 2002. (See www.joereilly.org for biographies, photos and music samples for all three).
After working with the Long Hairz Collective In 2002, Jackie Bray went on to lead the movement to restore Trotter House on campus. She also was very active in the Michigan Student Assembly and lots of campus projects. Jackie is now working as field director for the Lois Murphy for Congress Campaign in the 6th District in Pennsylvania (suburban Philadelphia). Also, she wrote a chapter in the book "How to Get Stupid White Men Out of Office."
GIEU student Andrea Bachman who was so moved by the Hurricane Katrina situation that she left UM to work as a VISTA volunteer. She also is one of the founders of the Every Child is Ours relief organization based in the US and South Africa. Andrea works with displaced children from the Hurricane Katrina disaster in Arkansas and has traveled to South Africa to familiarize herself with the worldwide problem of displaced children.
Transcripts, Video, and Audio
This section provides links to available transcripts, video and audio recordings of lectures, conferences, performances, and other LSA Citizenship Theme Year events.
Anthony Appiah public lecture 9/7/06
Anthony Appiah interview with Angela Dillard, 9/8/06
Global Feminisms Project Conference, 9/14-9/15
Bob Moses presentation, "conversation," and Q&A, 9/29/06
Davis, Markert, Nickerson Lecture on Academic Freedom: Bill Keller, 10/16
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Series lectures