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President’s Forum to feature diverse group of speakers

Fall lineup highlights the arts, international relations and the corporate world

The Fall President’s Forum Series will bring a dynamic group of guests to campus including two respected authors, a former Ambassador to South Africa and expert on race and reconciliation and one of the nation’s leading technology experts.

“Every Forum guest brings a new and exciting opportunity for discussion and sharing of ideas,” said Colleges’ President and Forum founder Mark D. Gearan. “I am honored to welcome two respected authors to open the fall series.”

The President’s Forum series begins on Monday, Sept. 18 with Professor of English and John Milton Potter Professor of Humanities Deborah Tall and former faculty member Steve Kuusisto ’78, currently an associate professor of English at Ohio State University. They will speak on “The Art of the Memoir” at 7:30 p.m. in Albright Auditorium. A book signing will follow.

Tall and Kuusisto are accomplished writers with critically acclaimed work. Tall is the author of “From Where We Stand,” a memoir about her time in Geneva, and most recently “A Family of Strangers,” which will be published this fall. Kuusisto is known for a number of books, including his most recent work, “Eavesdropping: A Memoir of Blindness and Listening.” “They collaborated, along with David Weiss, Professor of English, on “The Poet’s Notebook: Excerpts from the Notebooks of Contemporary American Poets.”

On Wednesday, Sept. 27, former Ambassador to South Africa James Joseph will address “Race and Reconciliation: What the United States Can Learn from South Africa.” The talk will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

Ambassador Joseph is currently the Professor of the Practice of Public Policy Studies and Executive Director of the United States-Southern Africa Center for Leadership and Public Values at Duke University. He has distinguished himself through a long career in public service, serving under four U.S. Presidents and as Ambassador to South Africa from January 1996 to November 1999. That year, he was awarded the Order of Good Hope, the highest honor South Africa bestows on a citizen of another country. His talk is also part of the Engaging Differences Colloquium that week at HWS.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, the Colleges will welcome back Daniel Rosensweig ’83, COO of Yahoo! Inc. for his President’s Forum presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Geneva Room.

Rosensweig is one of the nation’s leading technology executives, responsible for the global operations of the company, including the product development and marketing units. Prior to joining Yahoo!, he worked for 18 years at publishing company Ziff-Davis, developing popular magazines such as PC Magazine, where he was both vice president and publisher. With Rosensweig at the helm, the periodical became the leading computer magazine in both readership and revenue. In 2000, he spearheaded a merger with CNET Networks, where he oversaw global operations for the combined company.

The President’s Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000, brings a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as interested community members. Each program is free and open to the public.