Continuing more than a decade of excellence, the President’s Forum Speaker Series will bring to campus prominent politicians, journalists, entrepreneurs and social activists throughout the 2012-2013 academic year. This fall, the President’s Forum will welcome physicist Amory Lovins, political journalist Eleanor Clift, social entrepreneur Alan Khazei, political analyst Jamal Simmons, and college president Christopher Howard.
The first President’s Forum speaker of the academic year will be renowned physicist Amory Lovins, who will discuss his work at the Rocky Mountain Institute and alternate energies. Lovins will join the campus on Thursday, Sept. 13, delivering his talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Vandervort Room of the Scandling Campus Center.
For nearly 40 years, Lovins has been an active figure in the realms of energy, resources, environment, development, and security in more than 50 countries. The former MacArthur Fellow who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world is considered by many to be the world’s leading authority on energy with particular attention to its efficient use and sustainable supply. As an adviser to governments and major companies throughout the world, he has briefed 20 heads of state on issues of advanced energy and resource efficiency. Learn more about Lovins’ work here.
Newsweek contributing editor, regular panelist on “The McLaughlin Group,” and author Eleanor Clift will offer a talk at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Albright Auditorium. The special talk is held in conjunction with Homecoming and Family Weekend.
Currently assigned to the White House for Newsweek, Clift writes about politics and policy in Washington, and the partisan clashes that are the result of divided government. Clift has covered every presidential campaign since 1976 and now brings her perspective to analyze President Barack Obama’s race against former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. In May, her most recent book “Selecting a President” was released, offering a view of the U.S. presidential electoral system that draws on rich historical anecdotes from past campaigns. Formerly Newsweek‘s White House correspondent, Clift served as congressional and political correspondent for six years. She was a key member of the magazine’s 1992 election team, and served as Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. As a reporter in Newsweek‘s Atlanta bureau, Clift covered Jimmy Carter’s bid for the presidency. She followed Carter to Washington to become Newsweek‘s White House correspondent. Clift began her career as a secretary to Newsweek‘s national affairs editor in New York. She was one of the first women at the magazine to move from secretary to reporter. She also covered the Iran-Contra scandal under the Ronald Reagan’s administration.
On Thursday, Oct. 11, co–founder of City Year and founder of Be the Change, Inc. Alan Khazei will talk about his work as one of the nation’s foremost social entrepreneurs at 4 p.m. in the Vandervort Room. The full-time community service initiative City Year, which began shortly following Khazei’s graduation from Harvard Law School, served as the inspiration for President Bill Clinton’s AmeriCorps program and continues to operate in 22 cities.
Following a successful campaign to gain funding for AmeriCorps, Khazei was inspired to create the non-profit Be the Change, Inc. Through grassroots efforts and national issue-based campaigns that stress inclusion, collaboration and collective impact, Be the Change works to find solutions to the most pressing issues facing society today.
Political analyst and journalist Jamal Simmons will join the series on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library. Serving as a strategic and communications leader to The Raben Group, Simmons has had a successful career in Washington, D.C. that has also included work as an analyst for CNN and CBS News.
After years spent aiding local campaigns in his hometown of Detroit, Simmons joined the 1992 Clinton campaign. Simmons served as deputy communications director for Al Gore during his presidential campaign, and acted as a spokesperson for Gore during the Florida recount. His work has also extended to advising the Democratic National Committee on the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign.
The final speaker for the fall President’s Forum Series will be President of Hampden-Sydney College Christopher Howard. Howard’s talk has been canceled due to travel complications caused by Hurricane Sandy. His talk will be rescheduled for the spring; details to come.
The 24th President of the Virginia institution, Howard is one of the youngest U.S. college presidents to serve. Following graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a distinguished military career, Howard earned his doctorate as a Rhodes Scholar and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Howard spent many years in various divisions of Bristol-Myers Squibb, working in marketing, sales, strategic planning, consulting and business development. Throughout his career, Howard has fostered leadership through organizations such as the Aspen Institute, where he serves as a Henry Crown fellow, and the International Speakers Bureau. He has also worked to support entrepreneurs in the developing world, and founded the Impact Young Lives Foundation, which provides scholarship and travel opportunities for South African University students of color.
Established in the winter of 2000 by President Mark D. Gearan, the President’s Forum Series is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as with interested community members. Recent speakers include ABC Chief Political Correspondent George Stephanopoulos, public health expert Dr. Helen Epstein, Reverend Harold Middlebrook, and journalist E.J. Dionne.