Abolitionist Career of John Willis Menard

This lecture explores the life of the pioneering African-American abolitionist John Willis Menard. Though little-known today, Menard participated in two of the great liberating moments of the 19th century: the end of slavery in the United States and the Morant Bay Rebellion in Jamaica. He holds the distinction of being the first African-American to win an election to the United States Congress after campaigning for a seat from Louisiana shortly after the end of the Civil War, although he was refused his seat on account of his race. Later in life Menard achieved distinction as a newspaper publisher and author of the book of poetry, “Lays in Summer Lands.”

Phillip W. Magness

Acting Shakespeare

A freewheeling discussion of the actor’s life working on the great plays of Shakespeare, based on 25 years of experience.

Edward Gero

African American Families

Dr. Hattery has published a book that examines the state of the Black family after the election of the first African American president, Barack Obama. She can speak to issues including education, marriage, teen childbearing, incarceration, poverty and wealth, politics and so forth.

Angela Hattery

African Immigrants’ Acculturation Dreams and Challenges

This presentation highlights the societal challenges that characterize the acculturation process of African immigrants in the United States.

Elavie Ndura

Aging in Place: Do Not Blame the House

Easy to do modifications to more complex suggestions will be addressed for better aging in place. We will also address how to work with changes in sight, balance and physical abilities that may come with aging and how you can make your house work for you

Patrice Winter

Aging Well

Aging well is not a spectator sport. Be an active participant in your healthy future. We will address the strategies on how to do this with flare. Wear comfortable shoes and clothes you can move freely in.

Patrice Winter

Alien Language

How do science fiction languages differ from real human language? What is it that makes the aliens on Star Trek sound alien?

Steven Weinberger

America and the World: The Challenge of Foreign Policy

Since its founding, the United States has wrestled with the challenge of creating a foreign policy that would protect the American people and the American republic, and be true to America’s values, without destroying America as a democratic republic. This conversation explores the historical and intellectual roots of American foreign policy — from Washington’s “Farewell Address” and the Monroe Doctrine through the self-confident imperialism of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson’s war to “make the world safe for democracy” to today’s debates over American military intervention and the war on terror.

Edward Rhodes

Ancient Greek Philosophy

A general introduction to Greek philosophy, discussing major figures and their ideas, questions, concerns, and writings. Specific philosophers and issues could be presented, including Plato, Aristotle, and Pythagoras. Areas of discussion include foundations of science, ethics, political theory, cosmology, justice.

Rose Cherubin

Apocalyptic Beliefs

Studying other cultures helps to understand the social forces that lead to apocalyptic and related messianic, prophetic, and millenarian religious beliefs. Are these forces present in our society today?

Mary McCutcheon

Application of Math Modeling in the Airline Industry

This talk explains how mathematical and economic modeling is used in almost every aspect of an airline’s operations, including scheduling, pricing, facility location and layout, and capital investments and will also highlight recent FAA activities in handling congestion at the busiest airports.

Karla Hoffman

Appreciative Inquiry for Organizational Change and Development

Most approaches to understanding organizations are embedded in a “problem solving” paradigm. This deficiency model of organizations calls for the development of techniques and tools to accurately identify and diagnose problems. In contrast to this clinical focus, appreciative inquiry focuses on what works in an organization. By exploring events when people are at their best, appreciative inquiry identifies the core values and finds ways to build on them to enhance organizational sustainability. This talk will introduce the audience to the basic tenets of appreciative inquiry and help them gain the experience of using it in various organizational setting. He will also share from his experience of having conducted many AI engagements in public, private, nonprofit, and international organizations.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Appreciative Intelligence®: Develop Leadership, Transform Difficult Conversations, and Discover Common Ground

Appreciative Intelligence is the ability to see the generative potential in any situation and to actualize it. It is a leadership skillset that will enable you to step into conflict mindfully, and to transform difficult conversations into positive outcomes. As a leader by improving your Appreciative Intelligence you will have expanded abilities to reframe conflict situations and help move affected parties to a common ground. While challenging projects and difficult conversations will always be there, your approach to dealing with them will be more mindful, transforming conflict into opportunities to create better understanding, gain mutual respect, and create shared goals.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Auction Use by the Federal Government

A variety of government agencies use various auction strategies to both buy and sell goods and services. This talk will discuss auction designs and their uses within the federal government.

Karla Hoffman

Back Care

Fitness tips for a healthy and strong back are presented. The form and function of the back, as well as back problems, are learned. Opportunities are provided to participate in self-assessments and strength/flexibility exercises.

Rich Miller

Balance: Shuffle Now, Fall Later

Have you fallen twice in the past year? You could be a ‘fall risk’. Falling is not something that just ‘old people’ do. Balance often needs to be worked with and improved on throughout this journey called life. The older we get the harder we fall. If you are over 20, this session has your name on it.

Patrice Winter

Basics of Conflict Resolution

How are conflicts recognized and dealt with? What’s the difference between ending and resolving a conflict? Does it matter if a conflict is resolved or not?

Richard Rubenstein

Biblical Villains and Villainesses

Biblical villains and villainesses:  This talk reviews some of the notable bad characters in the Old and New Testaments, including Cain, Jezebel, Athalea, Nebuchadnezzar, King Herod, and many others.

Steve Ruth

Blogs, Social Media and the Twitter Effect – Where Does it all End?

Blogs, social media and the Twitter effect – where does it all end? This talk reviews the challenges of blogs and social media, including cyber bullying, fake news, filter bubbles, and many others.

Steve Ruth

Book Design

The elements that make a book as beautiful to hold as it may be to read.

Roger Lathbury

Boosting Teacher Effectiveness through Performance

Given the challenges facing public education today, using enhanced performance skills in the classroom may produce students who exhibit better attention, interest, and response. Teacher enthusiasm is a pedagogical necessity, and the communicative style of a teacher can have an affect on the degree to which students learn.

Susan Tomasovic

Building Software that People can Use

“User Friendly” is a subjective, qualitative term that serves marketers, but not managers, programmers or users. This talk focuses on specific problems with existing software user interfaces and points out measurable ways to make software of all kinds more competitive for users in the global marketplace

Jeff Offutt

Business Incubators/Accelerators

Discussion on the pros/cons of establishing business incubators and accelerators in your community. Does the investment have a positive return on the economy? Plus, how to develop public-private partnerships in support of a new incubator/accelerator launch.

Keith Segerson

Business Internationalization

Discussion on trends and issues facing small-to-medium sized companies as they move to compete on an international marketplace.

Keith Segerson

Business Management and Strategic Thinking

Professor Joshi can address the following topics: Strategic Decision making, effective strategic thinking, Managing Innovation Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship; Strategy Formulation and Strategy Implementation, Global Strategies, Managing Change, Business Model Analysis, Cross Cultural Management

Mahesh P. Joshi

Classroom Communication

Features the concept of defining the teacher as a manager of a communication environment and the resulting consequences. (Good for school workshops, in-service training, and teacher groups.)

Don Boileau

Climate Change in the Commonwealth of Virginia

“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that everybody is inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of the changes observed in the past half-century. The citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth of Virginia are not exempt from the changes Earth will experience during the rest of this century – there will be a new normal and we all need to prepare for it. Knowing where, when, and by how much climate will change in the Commonwealth, and where and how to exploit natural resources, are critically important aspects of planning and preparing for changes that are decades in the making. Dr. Kinter will describe Mason research that is focused on these questions, emphasizing what we have learned about predicting future weather and climate in the mid-Atlantic region and what remains to be done to advance our understanding to actionable predictions

Jim Kinter

College Access

Topics: Well-Being, student transition, retention, and engagement.

Lewis E. Forrest, II

Color in Architecture

An international survey of Contemporary architecture and the role of the colorist in working with architects and designers to provide inspirational color treatments for interiors, exteriors and urban spaces

Harold Linton

Communicating Evolution

It does no good to argue with people who don’t believe evolution. But since it is the foundation of modern biology and represents constructive critical thought in science, it is useful to know how to teach evolution without confrontation. This is not so much a lecture as a discussion.

Mary McCutcheon

Computational Sciences: The third pillar of empirical Science

For hundreds of years, empirical sciences as we know them today were based on either direct measurement of objects (or scaled models) or on simple analytic solutions of partial differential equations. The advent of supercomputers in the 1980s added a third option: computational sciences. The talk will explore the origin, outlook and consequences of this third pillar of the empirical sciences.

Rainald Lohner

Computational Social Science and Socio-Natural Systems

The study of complex societal process by means of computer-based approaches, such as simulation models, databases, and other computational models. Topics include conflict, terrorism, governance, complex humanitarian crises, and the space program.

Claudio Cioffi-Revilla

Computers and Communication

A closer look at social and individual aspects of the computer revolution, focusing on communication skills, distance learning, and the variety of social issues surrounding the Internet.

Star Muir

Computers and the Bible

Is there a link between automation and scripture? Professor Ruth discusses possible connections between modern technology and themes from the Old and New Testament

Steve Ruth

Conflict and Climate Change Policy

Conflict over climate change is generated by the interaction of the storylines that people use to describe their positions and advocate polices. Understanding these storyline dynamics is the first step toward the design and implementation of forums where they can be explored and addressed in ways that support learning, as well as the resolution of this conflict. From this perspective, good policy is as much about the quality of the dialogue and exchange between groups as it is about the substantive issues that need to be addressed.

Sara Cobb

Connecting with Your True Self at Work

Financial Advisor is John’s second career. His first career was in the field of telecommunications where he held multiple roles from customer service, project management, and ultimately a Senior National Account Manager assigned to the largest account in the company. It was a good job and he felt lucky to have it, but it lacked fulfillment and that is what led him to reinvent himself into a financial advisor.

Learn from John’s personal story how he devoted the first 8-years of his adult life to successfully accomplishing the wrong goals and then pivoting his career into a new direction that was more in-line with his true self. As a point of comparison, in the first 8-years of his adult life he held seven (7) different jobs while chasing money and happiness. In the 15-years that followed, he held only one job with the same firm the entire time. The happiness was immediate and then the money followed.

For an audio of a recent delivery of this talk, please visit his Soundcloud page here:

John W. Crane

Could Einstein Have Been Wrong?

Einstein in his theory of relativity claimed that faster-than-light speeds are impossible. But some physicists are no longer so sure about that notion. This talk will take a look about what faster-than-light speeds imply, and the evidence as to whether faster-than-light particles might actually exist.

Robert Ehrlich

Crazy Ideas in Science

In this talk I consider how crazy ideas can sometimes lead to great scientific advances, and even cause us to re-examine the nature of science itself. This light-hearted talk will also serve as a template for some creative and humorous uses of PowerPoint that can add interest to your own presentations.

Robert Ehrlich

Creating Cultures of Nonviolence Through Service and Education

This presentation highlights ways that service learning and nonviolent pedagogy can help shift dispositions and behaviors to foster cultures of nonviolence.

Elavie Ndura

Creating the Triple Bottom Line for Businesses: Reframing Sustainability Practices for Strategic Advantage in Your Organization

Sustainability has become a widely held value in many walks of life and has generated new hopes for citizen involvement. It is now possible to do one’s part in creating a sustainable value as well as influence public policy that may mandate various “green” initiatives. Based on his recent book- Positive Design and Appreciative Construction: From Sustainable Development to Sustainable Value (2010)-, Dr. Thatchenkery will share practical ways for reframing various organizational challenges as opportunities for sustainability. He will share examples and lessons learned from businesses and nonprofit organizations that have embraced the sustainability as a core operational value through reframing. He will also demonstrate tools that may help the audience become active participants in creating sustainable value in their professional lives.

Tojo Thatchenkery


Why do so many people embrace creationism and reject evolution? What are their arguments and how does creationism promote community, address concerns about education and the rearing of good children, and the perceived dangerous consequences of evolutionary thinking?

Mary McCutcheon

Crime and Public Policy

Amy Murphy

Crime Victims and the Media

This session will discuss the role of the media related to crime victims. It will consider the most effective ways to disseminate news without negatively impacting victims and survivors, confidentiality, and the course of an ongoing investigation, and potential court case. Balancing the public need to know versus the privacy concerns of the victim will be discussed. Effective strategies for working with the media will be covered.

Karen Bune

Critically Assessing Public Information

Offers a critical perspective on assessing and processing the vast amount of information that comes to us through public channels. Explores ways to understand and evaluate messages constructed to influence public behavior.

Star Muir

Cross Cultural Communications, the new PR

Mr. Courtney reveals the world of government spin, how terrorists use the media, and the global political communication machines that churn across the globe. He presents a unique view of how organizations across every culture recruit, market, spin and influence using the newest technologies and oldest tricks in the book. Mr. Courtney brings a unique perspective to this topic from his wide-ranging communications career as a former senior government spokesperson, news anchor/producer and Communications Director for a high-profile Congressional member.

Garrison K. Courtney

Current Economic Developments: National, Global, and Local

Current economic and financial developments affecting industry and financial services, globally and locally.

Jerry Hanweck

Defensive Driving

Sound information, advice, and techniques are provided, based on National Safety Council material. Discussion includes defensive driving, preventing collisions and traffic violations, road rage, driving misconceptions, and state regulations.

Rich Miller

Developing Your Appreciative Intelligence® for Innovation and Leadership

Describe the new concept of Appreciative Intelligence developed by author Tojo Thatchenkery and is featured in the popular book, Appreciative Intelligence: Seeing the Mighty Oak in the Acorn.  It is a unique competitive advantage possessed by exceptional leaders and innovators. Adding to the model of multiple intelligences developed by Howard Gardner, Appreciative Intelligence provides a new answer to what enables successful people to dream up extraordinary ideas, why other stakeholders join them, and how they triumph despite various challenges. Thatchenkery will demonstrate the three components of Appreciative Intelligence (reframing, appreciating, and envisioning) and participants will learn how to apply them in their work settings. They may also learn how to assess and develop their own or others’ Appreciative Intelligence and how to bring out the best from others in difficult situations.  Lessons learned from leaders who have demonstrated a high level of Appreciative Intelligence will also be shared. See for more information.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Development of George Mason’s Prince William Campus

An overview of the development of the Prince William Campus to include new construction projects, curriculum, and partnerships with Prince William County and local business industries as well as Hylton Performing Arts Center overview.

Molly Grove

Digital Marketing

A discussion about how to create a targeted digital marketing strategy, what are the important trends in digital marketing, and how to implement a digital marketing plan for a business, event, or product launch.

*Ms. Waldron can only accept speaking engagements in Arlington/Alexandria at locations with access to public transportation.

Lauren Waldron

Discovering Common Ground in Challenging Situations

As a professional you may have been facing challenging situations that require your constant attention. You find yourselves doing more with fewer resources. You have come to the realization that many of these challenges can be effectively addressed if you can find a common ground among the stakeholders which includes your colleagues and supervisors as well. This talk is designed to introduce you to a new approach in discovering common ground and resolving conflict-laden situations. It will sharpen your Appreciative Intelligence to help you and others discover a common ground that may exist in challenging situations but difficult to recognize initially. You will develop your capacity for reframing by learning to look for agreements and possibilities instead of differences and constraints in typical conflicts. For more information, please visit

Tojo Thatchenkery

Domestic Violence: Critical Issues and Response Strategies

Domestic violence impacts families and the communities in significant ways and creates many victims. Recognition of problematic signs and symptoms of this problem is imperative in dismantling the cycle of violence. Communities must be proactive in the development of community resources and must develop cooperative and collaborative approaches. The implementation of plans and programs for intervention is essential for communities to be healthy and function effectively.

Karen Bune

Drinking and Driving: A Dangerous Combination

This presentation will provide a basic knowledge of the effects of alcohol and how it can impair driving ability. It will also focus on the victimization that ensues as a result of drinking and driving behavior and will discuss the impact on individuals and communities. Prevention strategies and proactive responses will be discussed as a means of dealing with this rampant problem in communities.

Karen Bune

Drones, Stones, and Thrones: How to Resolve the War on Terror

The global War on Terror, now more than 10 years old, threatens to become permanent. Its costs, political, financial, Constitutional, and moral, continue to escalate. Is the struggle winnable in its present form? Are there feasible alternatives? Conflict resolution theory and practice suggest that violence is not the only road to follow.

Richard Rubenstein

Dynamical Systems Change Processes

Dynamical Systems Change Processes If indeed conflicts are themselves dynamical systems with a narrative ecology that maintains dominant/marginal relations and in this way damages identity, how can the narratives in a conflict system evolve such that new relationships, new meanings, and new solutions to wicked problems could appear? Narrative theory and practice provide the foundation for a theory of change that expands not only our understanding of complexity, but also provides new tools for intervention /evolution in conflict systems.

Sara Cobb

E-Government: Is it in Our Future?

Reviews the global progress of e-government initiatives, including e-voting.

Steve Ruth

Economics of the Arts

A study on whether commercialization is good or bad for the arts, and how fame is produced in modern societies.

Tyler Cowen

Education and the Law

Susan’s current research projects are primarily focused on how the law impacts education and the special education rights of exceptional learners, particularly from an ethical perspective. She has authored and co-authored several articles about the statutory and common law rights of exceptional learners to receive educational programs and services; and about the importance of special education leadership. As part of her ongoing research agenda, Dr. Bon examines the intersection of law and ethics, special education litigation, such as inclusion, least restrictive environment, and due process hearings; special education leadership, and analyzes the legal and policy impacts of employment disputes in public school settings.

Susan C. Bon

Effective Communication and Dealing with Difficult People

This workshop is designed to enhance an individual’s ability to effectively handle difficult situations. The presentation is made using PowerPoint, however, it has several exercises to illustrate key points. The exercises will present opportunities to help participants apply helpful tools for communicating effectively and handling complicated situations.

Don Boileau

Electronic Commerce: Good News and Bad News

Examines the global impact of electronic commerce, including financial and public policy implications.

Steve Ruth

Emancipation, Colonization, and the U.S. Civil War

This lecture provides a contextual history of the abolition of slavery in the United States, focusing upon Abraham Lincoln’s route to the Emancipation Proclamation and the complex political challenges that accompanies it. Magness also specializes in the life and career of the black abolitionist John Willis Menard, best known as the first African-American elected to the United States Congress

Phillip W. Magness

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Sean Mallon is an authority on entrepreneurship and venture creation. His presentation covers his personal experiences as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and he discusses the opportunities and challenges that entrepreneurs face.

Sean Mallon

Entrepreneurship: Just open it

Can’t find a job; create one. Successful tips to open your own business and be your own boss. Business plans, marketing strategies, SWOT analysis and risk assessments are discussed to start an opportunity of a lifetime.

Theresa Coates Ellis

Ethics and Leadership in the Workplace

Professional conduct and ethical behavior is essential in today’s world and, particularly, in the workplace. Leaders who excel in the professional arena are models for employees to emulate and must provide a model of behavior encompassing a code of ethics and ethical conduct. This seminar will discuss what qualities are vital for effective leadership in an organization and will discuss the key elements of ethics and how ethics and leadership are importantly combined to result in a healthy and productive work environment.

Karen Bune

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Biography of this popular 20th century author, with highlights from his two great novels, “The Great Gatsby” and “Tender is the Night,” plus his remarkable short stories.

Roger Lathbury

Feminism at the Crossroads

This presentation examines questions about the future of equity movements in the early 21st century .

Anita Taylor

Financial Institution Capital Adequacy Issues

Issues regarding the capital requirements of global financial institutions and regulatory policies for mitigating financial and systemic institution risk-taking.

Jerry Hanweck

Financial Markets and Investment Management

Topic includes a discussion of alternative investment opportunities available to individuals and professionals.

Jerry Hanweck

Financial Regulations

Current federal and state regulations of financial services companies and their impact on financial institution and market performance.

Jerry Hanweck

Finding Balance in Busy Lives

As our lives get more and more complicated, it is easy to feel out of balance and lose perspective on what we really value. It is especially important for parents to recognize how to maintain balance and perspective while juggling the demands of work and family. The speaker will provide suggestions on how participants can seek balance and lead a less stressful life.

Janette Muir

Finding Victory & Valor Everyday! Standing Fearless in Your Personal & Organizational Journey

The lion in The Wizard of Oz wanted it. Soldiers in the face of battle exhibit it. New and seasoned business owners need it. Organizational practitioners survive because of it. What is it? Courage. Bold and daring. To be able to stand in the face of something imposing, while not knowing the outcome, stretches our mettle. At some point we all might find ourselves at this type of crossroad, particularly in today’s workplace and society. VUCA, a strategic assessment term used by military leadership, can be best applied to describe these conditions we encounter – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous. With changes in financial, structural and human resources, the hierarchy in various entities look to us as subject matter professionals for innovative solutions in navigating these realities. How do you then bravely meet these expectations, whether you’re a department of one or 100? This session will have participants explore ways to claim victory in the small to large actions of daily moving toward personal and organizational mission goals. Using communications and problem solving skills, emphasis will particularly focus on identifying and boldly standing against any resistance to implement wins.

Deborah L. Parker


As a growing professional I like to discuss the ups and downs of living from a personal level. Each person chooses their own path and “exercises” decision making along the way. Each decision has consequences (good/bad) and that is just part of life. When most think of me, they think of the physical aspects of exercise, but exercise begins in the mind. One must make a choice to participate and then physically go out and participate. From there, one must develop discipline in doing the appropriate things to meet their health related objectives/goals.

Life is the same way. One must develop discipline, make decisions, set objectives/goals, and then move forward. Just like in exercise, our bodies will respond differently based on who you are as an individual. Not everyone is the same. Thus one must be comfortable with themselves, their limits, and decisions. In all, life truly is an exercise of the mind, body, and soul for as long as we live.

How will you run that race of life?

Ethan Carter

Foreign Accent

A discussion on why and how adults typically have a foreign accent in their speech when they learn a new language after childhood, how native listeners judge this accent, and the ways in which the non-natives try to lose the accent.

Steven Weinberger

Foreign Intelligence

How does the U.S. conduct foreign intelligence.

Robert L. Deitz

Foreign Policy

Ambassador Kauzlarich can address any number of topics regarding foreign policy, the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, international energy and economic issues, human rights, and humanitarian aid.

Richard Kauzlarich

Forty Years of Exploration of the Surface of Mars

On the 20th day of August, 1975, the Viking 1 spacecraft was launched into space towards Mars. On the 19th day of June, 1976, the Viking 1 spacecraft reached the planet Mars. The Viking 1 Lander was to set down on the surface of Mars for the bicentennial celebration in the USA. Unfortunately, due to the ruggedness of the original chosen landing site, the Viking 1 Lander did not land on the surface of Mars until July 20th, which marked the 7th anniversary since the landing on the Moon. The robotic arm of the Viking 1 Lander malfunctioned, and, in spite of an onboard computer with only 64K of RAM, the computer was re-programmed to extend the robotic arm so that on the 28th of July, 1976, we reached out and touched the surface of Mars. We discuss the exploration of the surface of Mars from the Viking mission in 1976 to the current Curiosity rover on Mars; and, the part it all played in my own life on Earth.

Harold Geller

Gender Based Violence (Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence)

Dr. Hattery has written three books and several articles on issues of sexual violence, child sexual abuse, and intimate partner violence.  The focus of her most recent book is on gender based violence in several institutions, including the military, prisons, college campuses (fraternities and sports), and the Catholic Church.

Angela Hattery

Gender-Fair Education

Gender bias in education and ways to practice gender-fair teaching.

Anita Taylor

Gentrification in Washington, DC

Gentrification and its impact on inequalities and democratic participation in Washington, DC. From the 1940s to the present.

Johanna Bockman

George Mason

Biographical with emphasis on his strength of character and central role in forming this government. Can readily tailor to audience interests and time constraints.

Tom Moncure

Getting to Know the Great Heroes and Villains of the Old Testament

The cast of Old Testament characters numbers in the thousands—patriarchs, judges, kings, prophets, prostitutes, musicians, priests, farmers, merchants, generals, hunters, soldiers and many more. This discussion will focus on some of the best- known of these: heroic women like Sarah, Deborah, Huldah, Jael, Ruth and Esther; the Patriarchs from Adam to Joseph; Moses and Joshua; David and Solomon; the good and bad kings (and one queen) of Judah and Israel; Major Prophets (Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel); post-exilic leaders like Ezra and Nehemiah. The approach will be descriptive and historical, not doctrinal. The famous figures of the Bible will be examined in the context of their stories and themes. Persons from all faith traditions are welcome. For those who may not be aware of Bible resources on the Internet, there will be brief examples included.

Steve Ruth

Global Climate Change: The Problem and the Solution

Dr. Susan Crate has been trained by Al Gore to present his slideshow on global climate change. The show consists of PowerPoint slides covering the science of the problem and the actions we must take to avoid planetary collapse.

Susan Crate

Global Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence

Perspectives on gender-based violence on a global scale and how globalization impacts women globally.

Nancy Xiong


An overview of the major global trends and debates in the areas of politics, economics, society and culture.

Johanna Bockman

Government Accountability Through Transparency: The Government Performance and Results Act

As the former cabinet minister and ambassador to New Zealand, the presenter has developed an expertise in U.S. government reform through his experience consulting with congressional leaders and federal agency executives. He will discuss his experiences and the application of principles learned in New Zealand.

Maurice McTigue

Government Performance Management & all related subjects

The speaker’s perspective on successful strategies to improve government performance based on wide experience as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand and work with many governments in the United States and over 20 other countries around the World.

Maurice McTigue

Government Policies in Biblical Times

Government policies in biblical times.  Human rights, gender equity, inheritance rights, etc.  This talk examines governmental issues in Bible times with respect to topics that are in today’s news, like civil rights, gender equity, limits of governmental authority, and many others.

Steve Ruth

Greatest Generations: Leadership Lessons from Personal and Family History

One’s own history can be the greatest educator. A passion for understanding what each generation brings can lead to greatly helping others through writing, teaching, and inspiring. How do you extract and reconcile these powerful experiences? This is what author and speaker Deborah l. Parker has done. Join her as she maps her family and personal chronicles beginning with her pre-civil rights era upbringing in Waverly, Virginia, located in Sussex County. Raised the oldest child of a determined single mother in the home of wise maternal grandparents and surrounded by encouraging extended family that instilled in her a strong belief system, Deborah dubbed them part of that “greatest generation”. From her rural home with no indoor plumbing on to college, military service, corporate positions and entrepreneurship, she builds on these leadership stories of perseverance and success. Audiences are inspired to reflect on their own narratives to move boldly forward in spite of today’s challenges.

Deborah L. Parker

Green Information Technology–a Three Percent Solution

Discusses the effect of the green revolution on the IT infrastructure, with specific examples.

Steve Ruth

Hardcore Leadership: Master Lessons for Creating A Personal and Organizational Campaign

Leadership at its core can be a hard business. Sometimes it takes the insight gleaned from a few tough lessons to make impactful inroads on using leadership as a critical skill. Organizations such as the military build on this truth with a lessons learned approach following a major battle. Also leadership is not an entity unto itself; it blends other attributes, traits, and competencies that we bring from our roles in life and work. So how do we come to value this mix and use it for success personally and organizationally? This session explores a model similar to military service that can facilitate mastering your leadership campaign. This session will focus on understanding your role call to leadership, crafting a war story of motivation; using all to encourage others on their ‘in charge persona.’

Deborah L. Parker

Health Policy

Health Care Reform. Professor Alison Cuellar can address the following topics regarding health care reform: private health insurance, employer provided health insurance, medicare, medicaid, mental health and substance abuse treatment.

Alison Cuellar

Health Workforce Shortages

As America ages in place and its demand for health services increases, so does the shortage of qualified health professionals. The speaker does presentations on the causes and consequences of workforce shortages and what can be done about them.

P.J. Maddox

Healthy Desk Mechanics-Get Fit While You Sit

We spend so much of our life in a seated position (deskwork, driving a car, entertainment[movies, TV, sporting events]). Neck and back pain is rampant in the US. Our bodies are designed for movement. This session will address stretches, exercise and posture tips to avoid becoming a statistic.

Patrice Winter

Healthy Relationships

In order to have healthy relationships with ourselves and others, we must learn what is unhealthy and define it for ourselves.

Nancy will use a hands-on/interactive approach to guide participants in creating a healthy relationships toolkit as well as learn more about what is healthy and unhealthy relationships through the terms domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and gender-based violence.

Nancy Xiong

Hiawatha in History, Legend and Poetry

Most of us know about Hiawatha from Longfellow’s long poem. But there was a historic Hiawatha as well as Iroquois legends embellishing this person’s career. How did Longfellow come to pick Hiawatha for his poem?

Mary McCutcheon

Highways, Land Use, Transit and Transportation Policy, Planning & Finance

Transportation funding, finance, the Interstate Highway System, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), transportation and land use, technological standardization, and information systems strategic planning, infrastructure banks, secondary road policy, transportation planning and urban development, environmental impact, and decision making.

Jonathan Gifford

History, Lessons and Legacies of the Vietnam War

The history and lessons learned from the Vietnam war including a look at veteran’s issues in American Life.

Meredith Lair

Homeland Security Issues and Responding to Events of Mass Trauma and Victims’ Needs

Following the events of 9/11/01, the Beltway sniper attacks, and the Virginia Tech shootings, communities everywhere are attempting to develop strategies and plans to deal with events that evoke mass trauma. It is important to learn how to respond to victims’ needs and engage appropriate response strategies through coordinated efforts and collaboration within communities on a local, regional, and national level.

Karen Bune

Hot Topics in Nutrition

Join health, fitness, nutrition and well-being expert for a lively and interactive discussion on the latest nutrition topics on the minds of savvy consumers. Come prepared to gain some knowledge…have some fun…and learn some easy and practical ways to a lead a healthier lifestyle today!

Deanna Busteed

Housing, the Foreclosure Crisis, Racial and Ethnic Wealth Inequality, Suburbs

Housing, the foreclosure crisis, racial and ethnic wealth inequality, suburbs.

Katrin B. Anacker

How Do You Choreograph a Dance?

Discussion of the craft and artistry and happy coincidence in making a dance.

Susan Shields

How Do You Listen to Sermons?

Provides different approaches to help people focus on the message in a sermon by being aware of good listening skills and how to adapt one’s interest in the topic to the sermon process.

Don Boileau

How Paradoxes Promote Learning

Often, learning is equated with memorization, so that thinking stops when class begins. This workshop uses various paradoxes from mathematics to help participants conclude that confusion leads to comprehension. Good for high school level and above.

Michael Randy Gabel

How to Run an Effective Meeting

Can cover a variety of needed areas within the topic area: a) how to plan an agenda, b) how to stick to the agenda, c) how to use parliamentary procedure to focus on issues, and when NOT to use parliamentary procedure, and d) how to evaluate a meeting.

Don Boileau

Ibsen and the Birth of Modern Drama

A look at the revolution in drama launched by Henrik Ibsen, one of the giant figures of European letters in the late 19th century.

Rick Davis

Impact of Operations Research on U.S. Industry

The field of operations research, and its development of analytics tool that transform “big data” into useful information for management decision making is transforming the way companies perform. This talk will illustrate how the field has impacted the transformation of many companies and how the field is continuing to change with the advent of cloud computing, one-to-one marketing, and the accumulation of massive amounts of data.

Karla Hoffman

Implementing Policy/Practice Reform in U.S. Corrections Agencies

As organizations move scientific, scholarly research into work environments, our knowledge of implementation processes grows. However, scholars still know little about how managers and staff acquire knowledge about evidence-based or evidence-informed practices (EBPs/EIPs), how much they understand them and how they are used. This study examines how organizational actors understand, negotiate and implement reforms including EBPs in community corrections agencies (adult and juvenile probation/parole within federal, state and local systems). Using data from over 1000 hours of qualitative observations of and interviews with 114+ community corrections senior and middle managers and street-level staff in adult and juvenile probation/parole and problem solving courts this project extends current scholarship by combining focusing explicitly on definitions, sources, understandings and uses of scientific and scholarly research for practice and policy decisions. It also expands existing data by analyzing in-depth, follow up interviews with community corrections workers to elicit detailed narratives specifically about how community corrections managers and staff: 1) define EBPs; 2) seek/gather information regarding EBPs, 3)understand EBPs and their role in their agency, and 4) adapt/adopt EBPs to fit within existing agency policies and practices. Ultimately, this research will enhance existing knowledge about the implementation, dissemination, translation and sustainability of reforms within community supervision settings.

Danielle S. Rudes

Incarceration and Exoneration

Dr Hattery has published a book and several articles on the impact of mass incarceration on families. Additionally she has published research on the causes of wrongful conviction and exoneration.

Angela Hattery

Information Technology Skills for the 21st Century

Critical information technology (IT) skills for effective participation in an evolving economy and job market. How IT skills are measured, and how assessment of skills plays a key role in identifying different effective training strategies. Moving beyond the pitfalls of Internet surfing to make decisions based on sound information.

Star Muir

Instruments in the Attic, Mason Music Ambassadors, Mason Teaching Scholars

Instruments in the attic, a program of George Mason University’s Potomac Arts Academy, is designed to collect, repair and distribute musical instruments to the community. IIA has three missions 1. Academic- to collect and use instruments for Mason School of Music Instrumental Methods classes 2. Community – to send out students, with IIA donated instruments, into the community to teach young people, senior citizens, and other groups that would desire instrumental music instruction. 3. Professional – to partner with arts, business and civic groups to collect instruments for IIA related programs. Teaching Scholars sends Mason Music Students into the schools to teach after school enrichment programs in Music. Mason Music Ambassadors sends small chamber music groups out into the community to perform for various venues and programs.

John Kilkenny

Integrating Teacher Education and Peace Education: Broader Opportunities for Local and Global Harmony

Affirming the centrality of education in peace building, this presentation highlights ways to integrate teacher education and peace education in theory and practice to help educators develop the knowledge, skills, and commitments necessary to educate for peace and nonviolence.

Elavie Ndura

International Marriage Migration

Nancy will share parts of her thesis project on international marriage migration among Asian women where she will present the history of Asian women migrating to the United States for the purpose of marriage and how globalization, cultural factors, immigration policies, and family kinship assisted in this process.

Nancy Xiong

Intimate Partner (Domestic) Violence

Dr Hattery has written 2 books on family violence, including intimate partner (domestic) violence, child abuse, and elder abuse. She can speak on many different aspects of family violence including causes, prevention and intervention.

Angela Hattery

IP Commercialization

Discussion on public and private-sector intellectual property commercialization to include start-up support, patents, and licensing.

Keith Segerson

Irish History

I would be delighted to present on any topic of Irish history from the medieval time to the present. My primary focus is in art history and its connections to the society and overall culture of Ireland and its people. My specialty is medieval manuscript illumination (e.g. The Book of Kells).

Laura McCloskey

Is There a Digital Divide?

Review of the issues surrounding the digital divide, emphasizing public policy challenges.

Steve Ruth

Islam and the Internet

Discusses technology issues in the context of Islamic nations. Derives in part from Professor Ruth’s course Islam and the Internet, taught in the School of Public Policy.

Steve Ruth

Issues in Foreign Relations

Available to speak on various topics:

1) Brexit: what does it imply and where is it leading?
2) The case for Scottish Independence – or how to redesign an economy from scratch.
3) The future governance of the Euro.
4) Trade policy in an international context.

Andrew Hughes Hallett

Joint Health: You Rest, You Rust

Our bodies are designed for movement. Our bodies begin aging as soon as we stop growing in our early 20s. Learn about joints. What is normal, what is not? How can we assist joint health through movement, posture and exercise? We will begin from where you are now physically. If you have limited motion in a joint(s), need an assistive device or have no physical complaints and want to stay that way, this talk is for you.

Patrice Winter

Judaic Studies

Judaism and politics, Jewish-Christian, Jewish-Islamic Relations or Women in Judaism.

Randi Rashkover

Knowledge Management: Buzzword or New Frontier?

An update on the latest knowledge management trends and applications, with emphasis on government and business policy.

Steve Ruth

Latin American Film

Professor Rabin can lecture on Latin American film of the twentieth century, including the “New Cinema” of the 1960s-1980s, and educational documentaries made around the world in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Lisa Rabin


Brad Edwards

Leading Change through the Power of Appreciative Intelligence®

This talk is designed to develop your ability to reframe and perceive the generative potential in challenging situations and to engage in purposive action to transform the potential to positive outcomes.  Most of our leaders today are engaged in continuous problem solving and crisis management. Over a period of time, the firefighting mind-set inhibits whatever Appreciative Intelligence ( that they may have had and traps them to a path of a single-trajectory problem solving style. Opportunities for innovation and creativity might have been lost. As leaders they end up spending most of their time attending to what is urgent as opposed to what is important. This talk will help the audience develop their leadership for creating positive change by making use of their Appreciative Intelligence.  They will learn various tools that they can use to reframe typical challenges in their organizational context and sharpen their leadership skills.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change

Managing tacit knowledge is a core competency as well as a challenge for high intellectual capital-oriented organizations. Professionals in such organizations are mindful of the turbulence in the environment and are constantly dealing with knowledge saturation and complexity. Over the years they must have developed a refined tacit understanding of what works and what does not. They may be willing to share this organization- specific knowledge with others as well as learn from one another. Based on the learning from his books- Appreciative Inquiry and Knowledge Management (2007) and Appreciative Sharing of Knowledge: Leveraging Knowledge Management for Strategic Change (2005)- Dr. Thatchenkery will introduce the participants to a new methodology for knowledge management. The approach is highly customized for each organization where participants will be asked to consider instances when true knowledge sharing may have occurred and propose an outline to sustain an effective KM process. For more information, please visit

Tojo Thatchenkery

Leveraging Social Capital for Professional Growth and Success

The objective of this talk is to help Asian Americans leverage their human and social capital for enhancing their career advancement and professional growth. This unique seminar is offered by Dr. Tojo Thatchenkery, a consultant and researcher specializing in Asian American career advancement issues in corporate America. Based on the latest research evidences contained in his new book- Making the Invisible Visible: Understanding the Leadership Contributions of Asian Minorities in the Workplace (2011)-, and interviews with hundreds of Asian Americans in Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies, this talk will help you understand the interaction between your ethnicity, perceptions and expectations held by others about you, and ways to work through the resulting complexities. Asian Americans are known to have more difficulty in converting human capital to social capital compared to other ethnic groups. They use impression management styles that are significantly different from Caucasian Americans and least likely to lead to career advancement. Offered in an experiential style, the talk will help you address these issues and become aware of the different ways human capital is transformed into social capital and the importance of enhancing the latter.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Lived Experiences as a First Generation Hmong American Female

From a personal experience, Nancy will share the challenges and rewards of her lived experiences as a first generation Hmong American female born to war refugee parents in hopes that participants will gain more insights on the refugee family experience and how to work with them holistically.

Nancy Xiong

Local and Regional Economic Development

Discussion on strategies and practices used by economic development professionals to build their local or regional economy by attracting businesses and supporting existing businesses. Included is a discussion on workforce and housing issues that must be addressed to ensure that businesses can expand.

Keith Segerson

Looking for Life in All the Wrong Places – The Search for Life in the Universe

In recent days there has been much talk about the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in the universe. However, where are we looking and why do we look where we look, is often overlooked in the media and on the internet. We will discuss the search for life in the universe and reveal the techniques and rationale of looking for life in all the right places; in our Solar System, in our Milky Way Galaxy, and in our universe. Carl Sagan once said that “somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” There are those who argue that the discovery of life elsewhere in the universe will be the greatest discovery of them all.

Harold Geller

Maintaining Safety In A Medical Setting

Medical personnel in offices, outpatient and inpatient settings encounter a variety of people in their work environments. It is imperative they maintain the safety of the patients, their own safety and the safety of their colleagues. However, when the occasion arises in which they encounter emotionally volatile, disruptive, threatening or abusive individuals within the medical setting, they must know how to deal with those individuals and what to do. This presentation will discuss suitable means and strategies to aid those employed in medical settings to deal with situations of this nature and will offer advice on how professionals can effectively set boundaries, diffuse situations and know when to retreat and request security or police assistance. It will also discuss the potential for active shooter situations and how staff should be prepared.

Karen Bune

Management in Health Care

The evolving management requirements in today’s health care.

Ana Stoehr

Managing College, Family, and a Job

Adult Learners that are juggling three tough commitments struggle with time management. I went back to finish college full time at age 50 with seven children–two in college–while managing and operating my business, Tackle Management Corporation. I successfully finished George Mason University in two years graduating cum laude with a BIS Business Communication degree expanding my management business to include the new rules of marketing with social media and public relations.

Theresa Coates Ellis

Managing Risk

Discusses the elements of risk management, the need to manage or control risks, and risk control measures and procedures. Is insurance necessary?

Jerry Hanweck

Managing Technostress

Our fast-paced world, with information bombarding us from computers, cell phones, media advertisements, spam and other sources, can overload and stress out our lives. This presentation identifies some of the impacts of information overload, and addresses different strategies for coping with these and other pressures in our rapid-fire mediated environment.

Star Muir

Marine Conservation

Marine pollution, overfishing and climate change are all effecting marine species. Marine habitats are being degraded at an escalating rate. What are the main problems for marine conservation and what can we do to help?

Chris Parsons

Marketing Yourself for a Career

As a student, you need to follow five easy steps for a successful marketing strategy for yourself. Be prepared for life after graduation.
Resumes, online profiles, interview skills, internships and continued education are some of the important topics of discussion.

Theresa Coates Ellis

Markets for Financial Derivatives

Impact of financial derivatives for risk hedging and current market developments. What role have they played in the financial crisis of 2007-2010?

Jerry Hanweck

Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream Speech

This speech is one of the greatest speeches in US History because of its structure, word selection, and message. Even though many of the word choices are different today King’s use of metaphor and imagery reflect the needs of the time. It was an opportunity that maybe only King could have the necessary ethos to respond.

Don Boileau

Master and Counternarrative Dynamics

Master and Counternarrative Dynamics Conflicts everywhere involve a struggle over meaning, a struggle by a master narrative to maintain its primacy, as counternarratives work to unseat or destabilize them. This dynamic takes place in the context of the fight against extremism, as well as the struggle over policies, such as gun control. Understanding these dynamics is the first step in the design and development of effective counternarratives which could actually function to thicken or alter master narratives.

Sara Cobb

Mathematical Models for Population Growth

Application from mathematical modeling to the study of how biological populations change with time. Audience level: pre-calculus.

Michael Randy Gabel

Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Rodney M. Davis (USMC)

My new book, “Sgt. Rodney M. Davis: The Making of a Hero,” is a factual account of the life, death and enduring legacy of Macon, Georgia’s lone Medal of Honor recipient following that fateful afternoon in Vietnam’s Que Son Valley in which his company of 200 Marines desperately tried to withstand an onslaught by an NVA force estimated to have 2,500 men during one of the nastiest fights of the entire Vietnam War.

A member of the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Davis served as a right guide in 2nd Platoon, Bravo Company. His platoon listed 48 men at the start of Operation Swift, including two machine gunners, a two-man sniper team and a forward artillery observer. Just 11 remained by the time major combat operations concluded on Sept. 6, the rest either having been killed or wounded seriously enough to warrant a medevac out. Of those 11, eight later received Purple Hearts for gunshot and/or shrapnel wounds suffered during combat.

The time of his death in 1967 was one of the most volatile in U.S. domestic history, with Davis and other African-Americans ironically still being denied at home the very liberties they were fighting to defend thousands of miles away in Southeast Asia. More than 150 U.S. cities experienced costly and equally-as-destructive race riots that summer, and Jim Crow remained the law of the land in Davis’ hometown of Macon, Georgia as America slipped closer to anarchy than at any time since the Civil War.

That Davis still chose to jump onto an enemy grenade at the critical moment and sacrifice his own life for the lives of five fellow Marines who just happened to be white speaks volumes about Davis, his principles and his unflinching courage even in the face of certain death. It takes a special man to fight for a country that has denied him full rights as a citizen, a more extraordinary one still to willingly lay down his own life for that country.

Davis, however, didn’t care about color. The Marines sharing that trench with him were ALL his brothers, and he was no stranger to looking out after his own after coming of age in the Jim Crow South. Color had always been a contentious issue there, but it had no place along Vietnam’s frontlines, where each man depended on one another for survival no matter their race. Davis would do anything for the four siblings with whom he grew up, and would do no less for his new Marine brothers in Vietnam. He died as nobly as he lived.

Davis is one of only 88 African-Americans ever awarded the Medal of Honor and is honored at both the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, VA and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

John Hollis

Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners in Our Schools: Toward a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

This talk will present an overview of our rapidly changing demographics and provide information about the salient research supporting second language acquisition. By understanding some major points about second language acquisition, parents and policy makers will be equipped to make the informed decisions that promote a culturally and linguistically supportive pedagogy. This knowledge will also help to dispel some of the principle misconceptions about how students best acquire English for success in today’s schools.

Rebecca Fox, Ph.D.

Mindful Leadership for Innovation

If you were to analyze the top 50 of the over 1,000 leadership books published during the last five years you will find that there isn’t a single approach to leadership that will work in every situation. Ironically, many of them contradict one another. But, is there a mindset or attitude about being a leader that might work for us irrespective of our industry or specialty? I believe there is and I call it the mindful leadership. Mindful leadership does not ask us to locate ourselves in a quadrant, follow ten strategies, or practice seven steps.  It merely asks us to pay attention and notice what’s around us. The ancient Buddhist practice of paying full attention to the present moment intentionally and non-judgmentally holds significant promise for developing leadership and creating innovation without strife and stress. Mindfulness enables us to recognize simple, practical responses to difficult innovation challenges rather than reacting out of habit. However, being aware is not an easy mental state to be in for most of us. It takes practice to engage with openness and see new possibilities for innovation. Being open to experiences without judging is an act of appreciation. This talk will explore the rather paradoxical task of merely paying attention to accentuate our awareness of the socially constructed nature of organizational reality and to feel comfortable to act with simplicity, empathy, and conviction. Examples from companies such as Google, Target, and General Mills that have developed mindful leadership programs will be shared.

Tojo Thatchenkery


Introduction to one of the greatest American and world novels. What is it really about?

Roger Lathbury

My Year with Rothko

An in depth look at the research, rehearsals and production of playing Mark Rothko in the first American production of John Logan’s Tony Award winning play RED, directed by Tony Award winning director Robert Falls which opened in Chicago and transferred to Washington’s Arena Stage. An inside look at the creating of character and the making of theater and understanding the work of one of America’s most influential painter of the 20th Century.

Edward Gero

Myths, Archetypes, Campbell and Jung: An Actor’s Tools in Creating Arc of Character

The processes and approaches to “becoming a character” for performance are myriad and can be even mysterious. Actor and professor, Edward Gero, explores an approach to interpreting and creating character inspired by Jungian archetypes and mythical storytelling patterns identified by Joseph Campbell in his seminal work “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” Tracing his process in his performances in King Lear and portraying The Bastard in Shakespeare’s King John, as well as his current preparations for the title role of Sweeney Todd, Professor Gero will discuss his personal approach to mining, identifying and incorporating mythical and archetypal patterns from the text that speak to audiences in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Edward Gero

New Directions in Rehabilitation of Offenders

Restorative Justice provides a framework for more constructive approaches to breaking the cycle of crime.

June Tangney

New Zealand’s Tax Reform

An account of New Zealand’s decision to mix a sales and a flat tax system, and its reform of revenue collection (New Zealand’s equivalent to the IRS).

Maurice McTigue

New Zealand’s Telecommunications Competition and Deregulation

The story of New Zealand’s massive restructuring of its telecommunications industry, and the huge benefits enjoyed by consumers after deregulation.

Maurice McTigue

Nonprofits and Philanthropy in the U.S.-Multiple Issues

Able to speak on many issues to nonprofits and philanthropy in the U.S.

Alan Abramson

Nonsense Language

Overview of the work of Edward Lear and Lewis Carroll, author of the Alice books, with an emphasis on the ways in which these writers play with language.

Roger Lathbury

Nuclear Power — Is It green?

A discussion of the past, present and future of nuclear power, and its contribution to our quest for clean energy.

Robert Ehrlich

Organizational change

I can speak on a range of topics related to organizational change including:
-why conventional management practices are obsolete in the era of knowledge-work and why organizations struggle to make relevant changes
-how knowledge work differs from old-style factory work
-the nature of the problems knowledge workers deal with (wicked problems) and how this influences workplace practices
-what kinds of practices are needed to foster employee engagement the workplace today
-the role of consultants in organizational change
-the spread of agile practices in the workplace and why organizations are paying attention to employees self-organizing or self-managing
-the importance of collaboration and sharing knowledge at work
-why culture – values, attitudes and relationships – is more important than structures and directives

Mark Addleson

Organizational Fairness

Perceptions of organizational fairness can profoundly affect employee behavior. When employees believe they have been unfairly treated, they react with negative emotions, attitudes, and actions. These negative reactions can damage the organization. Work on organizational behavior has found that people care about fairness of outcomes, procedures, information and interpersonal treatment. These considerations have implications for organizational policies and procedures and for management behavior. Note that the focus is on perceptions of fairness rather than on whether fairness really exists according to some standard. Employee behavior is driven by perceptions, not reality.

David Kravitz

Origins of Philosophy in Ancient Greece

In seventh century B.C.E. Greece, an investigation arose that was so unusual that a new word, philosophic, was invented. This talk focuses on how philosophia differed from other ways of thinking, how it was similar, and the importance of its influence. The influences of neighboring civilizations such as Egypt, Persia, and Babylon are explored.

Rose Cherubin

Partnering with Mason, Where Do I Start?

We understand that navigating a large public research university can be confusing, and it is often difficult to figure out where to start. A company may want to start an endowed scholarship, contribute corporate philanthropic dollars to the College of Visual Performing Arts, or put their name on a building. How do they know who to talk to? What if they just want to “get to know” Mason?

The Corporate and Foundation Relations (CFR) team was formed to help corporations and foundations answer these questions and find an easy path into Mason. We are interested in learning from our partners what they would like to accomplish with a Mason partnership, and determine what we need to do in order to accomplish those goals. No two partnerships are the same, and we want to work with organizations on a model that is mutually beneficial.

Mercedes Price

Performance and Acting for the Camera

Whether announcing on the radio, delivering television news, or acting in a film or documentary, the human voice and body are your tool to inform and persuade in a broadcast performance. Techniques are introduced and skills practiced regarding how to improve vocal (paralanguage) and physical (nonverbal) delivery elements to more effectively communicate messages in a performance setting.

Susan Tomasovic

Personal Safety Risk Management

The workplace is an increasingly risky place. While it is impossible to eliminate the risk, it is possible to manage the risk. This workshop provides information to human service professionals and health care personnel on specific strategies who work with the public or specialized populations with greater risk for violence.

Molly Davis

Peru, Indigenous Populations, Conflict

Speaker will discuss current and past conditions and livelihoods of Quechua-speaking indigenous peoples in Peru.

Linda Seligmann

Polish Your Public Speaking Skills

Whether one is in the boardroom or the classroom, delivery skills are essential to get the message across to an audience. The goal is to instill key principles of delivery and organization to effectively develop and polish public communication in the business type of environment, whether an interview, a committee report, or an elevator pitch.

Susan Tomasovic

Portfolio Design for Architecture, Fine Arts and Allied Design Disciplines

An international survey of portfolio design for the arts and architecture with numerous examples and discussion of the conceptual aspects, methods and materials of planning and assembly of an original, professional presentation.

Harold Linton

Poverty, Inequality, and Conflict

How do poverty and inequality generate violent conflict even in a wealthy nation like the U.S.A.? What can be done to alter or eliminate the root causes of crime, structural violence, and war? This lecture brings the insights of conflict analysis and resolution to bear on an increasingly critical domestic problem.

Richard Rubenstein

President v. Congress: The Constitution and the Growth of Presidential Powers

An analysis of the evolution of presidential powers and what Congress can do to check presidents who overreach their authority.

Mark J. Rozell

Priming the Pump: Staying Motivated in Tough Times

What do we do when our dream seems to be delayed in our lives or careers? Resumes don’t always turn into job interviews, business leads in this economy can run dry, and the day’s deluge of challenges can wear us down. Our wellspring of inspiration is low. Then it’s time to “prime the pump” and find a gush of motivation! Many may have had the experiences of using a community well in their early years and remember sometimes it was hard to get the pump going. Either the water table was too deep, or more energy was needed to bring the water forward so a lot of priming was needed. The same can be true in how we put in our energy to get the gush of opportunity. This session will help attendees identify those factors that keep them going in spite of tough times.

Deborah L. Parker

Promoting Development Across the Lifespan

This presentation will provide an overview of field of life-span human development, with an emphasis on both individual and family development. Emphasis will be given to both childhood/adolescence and adulthood. A focus of the presentation will be on strategies and techniques that enhance one’s life development in a manner consistent with our understanding of and concepts/theories that explain developmental challenges we all face.

Mark R. Ginsberg

Promoting Peace and Security for Women in African Nations

This presentation examines the impact of war and violence on women in Africa, and outlines ways to promote peace and security for women in policy and practice in African nations and beyond.

Elavie Ndura

Public Policy Solutions for Alleviating Hunger: A Citizen’s Agenda

A practical approach to assist in the fight against global hunger. Emphasis is on the power of individual citizens in alleviating world hunger. Includes discussion of hunger in US, where USDA report indicates over 17 percent of the population is “food-insecure”.

Steve Ruth

Public Relations, Strategic Communication, Risk and Crisis Communication, History of Public Relations and Media Relations

A range of topics pertaining various aspects of public relations. This includes providing an overview of the evolution of public relations and discussion of the most effective strategies for establishing and maintaining good relations with your public. The challenges of serving as your institution’s spokesperson: pitfalls and challenges.

Public Relations/Affairs

A discussion about how to serve as a spokesperson, how to create a tailored public relations strategy, and how to build relationships with reporters and influencers for an organization.

*Ms. Waldron can only accept speaking engagements in Arlington/Alexandria at locations with access to public transportation.

Lauren Waldron

Public Sector Management Reform

Details how performance-based management and accountability helped New Zealand radically improve the quality of its government-delivered services.

Maurice McTigue

Quality Management through Debate

Explains the value of debate as a means of increasing discussion and insight into problems and decisions faced by different organizations. Provides advice on incorporating debate as a part of quality management and innovative business techniques.

Star Muir

Quiet Leadership: Discovering the New Strategic Advantage and the Hidden Talent in Your Organization

“A leader is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind,” wrote Nelson Mandela in his autobiography. In the United States, leadership is closely connected to charisma and visibility. If you are not visible, you are not a leader. In many other parts of the world, especially in Asian cultures, leadership is not about being visible. It is the opposite: quietly doing your work and assuming that rewards will come. Can tacit assumptions about leadership lead to different outcomes regarding who occupies top leadership positions in corporate America and other organizations? What is the reason that despite founding one fourth of firms in the Silicon Valley during the technology boom, Asian Americans are still perceived as not “leadership material?” The evidence suggests that Asian Americans, a mere five percent of the U.S population has contributed a significantly high proportion of entrepreneurs and innovators. But they practice a form of quiet or invisible leadership because of an unconscious, deep rooted cultural assumption that leadership is about enabling and empowering, not about bringing attention to oneself and shining. Based on Dr. Thatchenkery’s new book on this topic the talk will highlight the leadership contributions of Asian Americans in organizational settings. It will show that empowering such invisible leaders can create meaningful and positive change in organizations.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Quiet Leadership: Valuing Different Ways of Leading and Creating Innovation

Based on his brand new book on invisible leadership (2011), Dr. Thatchenkery will show that the time has come to value quiet leadership again. Most of our understanding of leadership comes from research and theories developed in the United States. The assumption is that leaders are highly charismatic and very visible. However, genuine leadership is not about charisma or visibility. A significant amount of real accomplishments in organizations are made possible by “quiet leaders,” those who complete their tasks with commitment and often go above and beyond the call of duty, without seeking or receiving visibility. Such leaders create innovation and new products because they are good in creating positive synergy in teams as well as valuing others. Empowering such “invisible leaders” can create meaningful and positive change in your organization. Smart organizations must embrace a global view of leadership which values multiple styles and cultural practices. The talk will share approaches and tools to recognize, grow, and sustain quiet leadership. Examples will be shared from highly innovative organizations such as Apple and Google where invisible or quiet leadership has played a key part in their growth and success.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Raising Intellectually Gifted Children

Professor Offutt is an award winning college teacher and keeps busy raising three gifted kids. This talk shares his knowledge from a wide reading on the subject of educating gifted children, his experience with his own kids and their friends, and coaching Odyssey of the Mind teams. All Children challenge committed parents, and intellectually gifted children bring their own unique challenges. One of the first principles is that they are “better at” but not “better than” other kids. Professor Offutt will discuss theories behind AAP programs, give practical advice for parents, and offer insights into the FCPS AAP program and Thomas Jefferson. This talk is designed for parents and teachers of gifted children of all ages.

Jeff Offutt

Re-Envisioning Multicultural Education in Diverse Academic Contexts: The Heart of the Academic Achievement Debate

This presentation re-conceptualizes multicultural education to broaden the conversations surrounding diversity, equity and social justice, and address the achievement gap.

Elavie Ndura

Reasons to Kill: Why Americans Choose War

Based on the speaker’s 2010 book. The arguments and images that persuade Americans to consent to wars, and how we can clarify our thinking about self-defense, evil enemies, moral crusades, and war as a last resort.

Richard Rubenstein

Religious Conflicts and Their Resolution

Why do religious conflicts sometimes become lethal? What is causing the current spread of violent religious conflicts worldwide? What can be done to resolve these conflicts?

Richard Rubenstein

Renewable Energy, Nuclear Energy and Climate Change

This talk considers the impetus to move away from fossil fuels and towards greater usage of renewable energy. It also considers the advantages and problems associated with renewable energy, a possible future for nuclear energy, and the best science-informed policy with regard to our energy future.

Robert Ehrlich

Running a Small Press

The speaker presents his experience in publishing poetry and neglected work, and in making unlikely books into a respected and self-sustaining publishing company, Orchises Press.

Roger Lathbury

Scaling Scalia

An in depth discussion of the preparation and performance of Justice Antonin Scalia in John Strand’s world premiere political drama The Originalist. An inside look at creating the character of one the most polarizing and influential Supreme Court Justice’s in the history of the Court.

Edward Gero

Scandal at Bizarre: Sex, Rhetoric, and Reality in Jefferson’s Virginia

This talk tells the story of a scandal the engulfed the Randolphs of Virginia in the 1790s, placing the alleged sexual liaison between Richard Randolph and his sister-in-law in a wider historical context. Relations between women and men, masters and slaves, and gentry and commonfolk were unstable and contested in the decades following the Revolution. In this environment, rumors of sex–and perhaps murder, too–gave rise to a full-blown scandal that touched Virginians ranging from the slaves of Cumberland County to future president Thomas Jefferson.

Cynthia Kierner

Scientific Racism: Is this an Oxymoron?

Despite efforts by anthropologists and biologists to temper the application of race labeling, it continues to thrive. What’s wrong and what’s right with the concept of race? Why does our society crave race categories? How do people confuse the recent use of DNA-based labeling systems with the scientific reality of race?

Mary McCutcheon

Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate

Seamus Heaney is Ireland’s fourth Nobel Literature prizewinner. His poetry is accessible, immediately appealing, and skillfully crafted. As it draws on the Irish cultural tradition for its references, it celebrates the joys of ordinary life: childhood, family relations, work, and community. The presentation will examine a few radiant examples from this work.

Coilin Owens

SEEN vs. SHADOW: Maneuvering Stressful Games of Organizational Politics

High-level, new, and soon-to-be organizational leaders must learn to maneuver stressful business politics with integrity. In many challenging organizational changes, businesses and people problem solve ethically or unethically through business politics. At higher levels of decision making, leadership, management, and influencing maneuvering business politics are similar to maneuvering games. Although not all businesses contain an unethical or manipulative (SHADOW) side, businesses and professionals prepared for confrontations with SHADOW politics have higher chances of surviving compromising situations with their morality, integrity, and health intact.

Sazara R. Johnson

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama

What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as Playboy bunnies or car- show models? What if the second most powerful person in the country, the top advisor and speechwriter to the President, could not vote and had no right to own property or bring a legal case? This was the situation in ancient Athens in the fifth and fourth centuries BCE, and we can trace aspects of this back to Homer three centuries earlier. Today we might find some features of this picture paradoxical: the fact that a person was expected to be cute and dumb at first and then was supposed to become an intelligent and responsible leader; the fact that a community would think it acceptable for a person to be a top political advisor yet prohibit this person from voting and bringing a legal case. Indeed, even at the time some people found these inconsistencies troubling, and suggested alternatives – some of which influenced modern political and social thought. By reflecting on the peculiarities of the ancient Greeks’ ideas about sex and gender, we can gain some perspective on our own.

Rose Cherubin

Shame and Guilt: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Shame and guilt are moral emotions that can be useful in fostering moral behavior. I discuss ways in which to minimize the destructive aspects of these human emotions.

June Tangney

So What is Intercultural Communication?

In the current globalization people frequently meet other people from different cultures. This presentation covers some of the basic principles and vocabulary to help us understand why what we said is not what is heard by a person from the other culture.

Don Boileau

Social Identities through an Intersectionality Framework

Through a hands-on/interactive approach, participants will be able to learn more about social identities and how these identities intersect and impact them and others on a daily basis in order to work towards an inclusive environment.

Nancy Xiong

Social Media: Using Today’s Tools to Communicate with your Stakeholders

The way businesses and organizations communicate with their constituents has changed dramatically over the last few years. With social media, organizations now have additional tools to generate real-time, online conversations, which both help spread your message and enhance customer service. Learn more about how to effectively use these tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Slideshare and more.

Jeremy Lasich


I would discuss socialism in Eastern Europe, as well as global socialist movements, such as that of Yugoslavia. I could also discuss postsocialism and current notions of socialism.

Johanna Bockman

Sports Industry, Sport Management and Coaching

Willing to talk about the sports industry, sports management program at GMU, college athletics, professional sports, youth sports, the coaching profession, basketball and basketball coaching.

Craig Esherick

Sports Management and Coaching Education

Addressing the management of sport business enterprises; sport diplomacy and development; various segments of the sport industry including school-based and professional sport; coaching and/or sport management education; sport leadership; impacts of sport; and/or any issues of interest in sport management and coaching.

Robert Baker

State and Local Government

Dr. Shafroth can speak on a variety of topics regarding state and local government.

Frank Shafroth

Steven Spielberg’s Movie: “The Bridge of Spies” Fact or Fiction

One hour presentation with Q&A on the U-2 Incident of May 1, 1960, the Spielberg movie “Bridge of Spies,” and the need to preserve Cold War history, honor Cold War veterans, and educate future generations about the Cold War. During the talk, Mr. Powers will separate fact from fiction as it relates to the movie “Bridge of Spies,” dispel the misinformation surrounding the U-2 Incident and his father, and help to set the record straight. In addition, he will talk about why he founded The Cold War Museum and the efforts currently underway to memorialize and commemorate this time period.

NOTE:  Mr. Powers requires $50 reimbursement for travel expenses as he resides in Richmond, VA, and he is not available to speak prior to 10:00 AM.

Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

Storytelling: A Tool for Community Engagement and Social Justice

Through a hands-on/interactive approach, participants will learn the importance of storytelling and how it can be used to engage community members and different social group dynamics towards an inclusive working environment.

Nancy Xiong

Strategies for Thriving in a Changing Environment

Continuous innovation in information technology had led to unprecedented efficiencies at work. However, in an environment of economic crises and downsizing the same technology that helps you do things more efficiently also sets up expectations for accomplishing more with fewer resources. You are overwhelmed by the demands on your job, experience stress, and recognize the need to develop coping strategies to stay resilient, effective and healthy. Dr. Thatchenkery will introduce you to new developments on how to reframe and embrace change with a positive mindset as opposed to resisting and fearing it. You will also learn new ways of thinking about stress and develop resilience.

Tojo Thatchenkery

Stress Management

The nature of stress is explored, along with its relevance to audience members. A variety of hands-on stress management techniques are offered. Resources in stress management are included.

Rich Miller

Subprime and Alternative Mortgage Instruments and Effects on Housing and the Economy

What has been the effect on residential property sales and prices as a result of the creation of alternative mortgage instruments usually designated as subprime or Alt-A? This discussion will focus on the effects of these types of housing finance on the housing and financial markets and the global economy and economic stability.

Jerry Hanweck


A history of the intriguing counterfeit $100 notes now circulating in Europe and Asia and sometimes in America, with amusing speculations by others about their source.

Roger Lathbury

Surviving World War II

Harry Butowsky speaks about his book:  I Survived: My Name is Yitzkhak. This is a history of a man who served in both the Russian and Polish Armies during World War II.

“Americans don’t really understand the war. Here you go to war and read about it in the newspapers. You eat well and sleep well, and no one bombs you. Over there it was different.” Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman

When the Second World War began in 1939, more than 3.5 million Jews lived in Poland. By 1945, 90 percent of them would be dead.

I Survived: My Name Is Yitzkhak presents the remarkable story of one man who made it out alive.

Born in 1912, Yitzkhak (Isadore) Neiman began life as a handyman’s son in the rural village of Czuczewicze, on the eastern border of Poland. The town’s Jewish community and gentile farmers lived together in relative harmony until the war came to them in 1941. One year later, almost every member of the Neiman family would be dead, and only Yitzkhak’s conscription into the Russian Army would save his life.

Interviewed by Dr. Harry Butowsky in the 1970s, Mr. Neiman narrates his service in two armies, imprisonment in a Soviet work camp, and escape to the United States in stunning, heartbreaking detail. At every turn Mr. Neiman’s memories reveal the struggles, ingenuities, and small kindnesses of everyday life under total war as he crisscrosses borders, battles hunger, and escapes violence.

I Survived represents a unique and invaluable addition to the oral history of World War II and to the great wealth of stories that let us know and honor the grit, determination, and intelligence of regular people in extraordinary circumstances.

Harry A. Butowsky

Tales of the Grandmothers: Women and Work

It is commonly believed that women in the U.S. first started entering the workforce in large numbers during, and as a result of, the “women’s liberation” movement of the 60s & 70s. Although many know how the “Rosies the Riveter” of World War II showed women they could hold nontraditional employment, they do not know the long history of other income-earning labor by women prior to 1940. In this presentation, Taylor fills in many missing spaces in the myth and story of women and work, using the lives of women in one part of her own family tree.

Anita Taylor

Tea and the Politics of Protest in Early America

This talk examines the role of a single commodity–tea–in the culture of British colonial America and its role in the eventual dissolution of the imperial bond between Britain and its colonies in America. Special emphasis is placed on the role of women and working men in the tea-related protests that led to the American Revolution.

Cynthia Kierner

Teacher Professional Development

A discussion of ways teachers can develop the skills to enhance their relationships with students, become more effective reflective practitioners, and create vibrant professional learning communities in their schools.

Betsy DeMulder

Teaching from a Multicultural Perspective to Enhance Students’ Academic Performance

This presentation explores ways to integrate multicultural education in everyday instructional practices in order to improve student academic achievement in culturally diverse schools.

Elavie Ndura

Teaching Writing and Using Writing to Learn

As director of the Northern Virginia Writing Project from 1978 to 2011, I’ve been involved with improving the teaching of writing in area schools, public and private K-University. This talk is intended for teachers, parents and educators interested in improving writing in their institutions.

Don Gallehr

Teaming in Cyberspace: What Works and What Doesn’t

Reviews the success stories of companies that have truly leveraged the use of dispersed teams in day-to-day operations.

Steve Ruth

Telecommuting–does it really work?

Discusses the current state of telework, with particular emphasis on the local region.

Steve Ruth

The Art of Choreography

Uses lecture, video, and/or live performance to look at dance.

Susan Shields

The Beautiful and the Just: Inquiry, Justice, and Value in Alain Locke and Aristotle

Alain Locke was a 20th-century African American philosopher, Chair of the Philosophy Department at Howard University, and the guiding force behind the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. His work in philosophy, politics, education, and arts criticism was guided by the notion of culture as a goal. To see this we must look to his roots in classical Greek philosophy. “Culture,” in Locke’s sense, is an engagement of self-expression and intellect, valuable for its own sake and for the sake of understanding. This recalls Aristotle’s account of theoria (contemplation) and its objects, the kala (beautiful or noble things). Culture for Locke can transform both lives and social orders. It is not aimed solely at gains within the status quo, and is always self-critical and investigative. Self-expression for Locke requires an interrogation of presuppositions about the world, one’s place in it, and what should be. This reintroduces the question of what a life and a society should be for. Locke’s conception of culture thus addresses deficiencies in current discussions of the relationships between education, democracy, and social justice.

Rose Cherubin

The Business Case for Diversity

As business becomes increasingly global and the U.S. workforce becomes increasingly diverse, opposing claims about the presence or absence of the business case for diversity are mounting. Research on the business case is similarly inconsistent. Simple arguments about the business case for diversity are naive–the issue requires more thoughtful exploration. In this presentation, Professor Kravitz leads the audience to consider why and under what circumstances might there be a business case for diversity and, perhaps more importantly, for diversity management.

David Kravitz

The Business of (Tech) Startups

Entrepreneurship is the fundamental driver of growth at the personal, local, regional and national levels. This talk is broken into three key things Mr. Singh has learned over the past 10 years:

1. How startups have changed.
2. How their success is changing local economies across North America.
3. And what entrepreneurs, investors and communities can do to encourage more of it all.

Paul Singh

The Disaster/Emergency Preparedness of Professional Nurses

As the U.S. is challenged to increase local capacity to improve disaster/emergency preparedness, professional nurses (the back bone of the U.S. health system) and the front line of first receivers are critical.

P.J. Maddox

The Discovery Process in Mathematics

How mathematics is discovered/created. This audience participation activity requires only basic arithmetic knowledge. Good for high school students, teachers, administrators, and others who wish to understand the creative process in math.

Michael Randy Gabel

The Evolving Role of a First Lady

Since the beginning of American political history, women have played important roles in supporting their presidential spouses. This talk highlights the changing role of First Ladies and the way the Office of the First Lady has evolved over time.

Janette Muir

The Fuss about James Joyce

James Joyce is generally regarded as the most influential writer of the 20th century. This brief introduction to his life and work will look at a brief sample passage from each of his works to illustrate what all the fuss is about.

Coilin Owens

The Gift of Forgiveness

There are many psychological and health benefits to forgiving (the self and others).

June Tangney

The Hylton Performing Arts Center: a community’s dream comes true

This talk describes the distinctive origins and current program of the innovative, state-of-the-art Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus. The result of creative collaboration between political jurisdictions (City of Manassas, Prince William County, and the Commonwealth of Virginia) and a major university, the Hylton Center expresses a community’s sense of cultural pride and aspiration to excellence in the visual and performing arts.

The Impact of Cultural Identity on Teachers’ Instructional Practices

The presentation highlights the importance of exploring cultural identify and how teachers’ cultures are reflected in their instructional practices and relationships with their students.

Elavie Ndura

The Importance of Safe Spaces

No matter if it’s within a student body, a company, a family, or a religious organization, individuals members need to feel valued. They need to be emotionally safe–where they can express their disappointments, frustrations, joys, accomplishments, etc. without judgment or fear of ostracization. This is the only way where all parts of the team can work together and carry the vision forward in a healthy, effective way.

Jessica Smith

The Informal Economies of Andean Market Women

Speaker will address the informal economies of the Peruvian Andes, with special attention to gender relationships and the impacts of neoliberali economic policies, tourism, and decentralization. Addresses intersection of informal and formal economies.

Linda Seligmann

The Ladies Mason – George’s Two Anns

An examination of the two women most closely associated with George Mason–his mother and wife–whose historical reputations would have been highly regarded but for their association with the “unknown” founder.

Tom Moncure

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) – Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask

Dr. El-Shazle can speak on the current state of affairs in MENA countries and their governments; international relations between MENA countries and the West; Arab literature and culture as a way to understand their politics; Islam and Politics; Labor Migration issues in MENA; and the Arab Uprisings – reasons and impact.

Heba F. El-Shazli

The New Atheism: a Reply

The books by Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens have been best sellers for good reasons: they are superficially well written and attack obvious weaknesses in some aspects of institutional religions. They do not examine their own assumptions, are selective in their use of evidence, and rather than engaging in serious philosophic argumentation, indulge in popular entertainment and Oxbridge rhetoric.

Coilin Owens

The New Rules of Marketing: Social Media Strategy Plan

Especially beneficial for the business owners/managers that are not polished on user-friendly websites, social media, and blogs to establish an online presence to promote their business.

Theresa Coates Ellis

The New Zealand Experience

An overview of New Zealand’s radical economic and political reforms, including lessons for American decision- makers interested in achieving similar results in the United States.

Maurice McTigue

The Promise of Web Services: Fact or Fiction

The concept of a web service sounds wonderful- computers communicating and solving problems directly without troubling humans. Parts are ordered, papers are translated, and reservations are made, all without human intervention. This innovative model of business has many advantages but we still have numerous problems, some of which may be insurmountable, to turn the science fiction into reality. This talk analyzes some of these problems and outlines possibilities for solutions.

Jeff Offutt

The Queen Bee Syndrome

It is often said that women help women in the workplace. However, in many cases that becomes a myth when the Queen Bee Syndrome evolves. A pattern of hostile and destructive behavior occurs when supervisor and those in leadership positions become insecure, envious and intimidated by accomplishments and positions of those under them who become targeted victims. As a consequence of their perception–however ill perceived–they employ destructive tactics that victimize those under them and their actions can result in a destructive outcome. Victims of this syndrome frequently suffer from significant emotional distress, develop physical health problems, build up measurable anger, and may even be demoted, forced out of their jobs, or motivated to leave of their own volition. The effects of this syndrome cause profound victimization that can have lasting consequences and can jeopardize their future career prospects and potential.

Karen Bune

The Role of Religion and Church in Mediating Peace in Africa

This presentation examines the engagement of churches in Africa’s conflicts and quest for peace as well as the role that religion plays in post-conflict healing and reconciliation processes.

Elavie Ndura

The Sharing Economy – Do Uber and Airbnb Make Economic Sense?

The sharing economy – do Uber and Airbnb make economic sense?  Uber and Airbnb are part of what is called the online platform economy, currently valued at well over $100 billion. What’s the prognosis for the future?

Steve Ruth

The Spanish Golden Age–a Dramatic Legacy

Cervantes, Tirso de Molina, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and many more great writers define the”Siglo de Oro” or Golden Age in Spanish literature, a period spanning portions of the 16th and 17th centuries that coincides with Spain’s decline as a world power. This talk addresses Spanish views of love, honor, power, religion, and other lively issues as reflected in the dramas of the time.

Rick Davis

The Tea Party and Its Signs: What Can We Learn From Their Own Words?

Using a unique data set of 1331 Tea Party signs, I analyze what the Tea Party believes. Who are their heroes and villains, and what are the main issues that concern them? I conclude by speculating on where the movement is headed.

Jeremy Mayer

The Trouble with Israel: A Human Rights Critique

The State of Israel, both in theory and practice, is incompatible with ideas of democracy and respect for human rights. Yet American public opinion continues to uncritically support a regime at fundamental odds with our own values and even our own self-interest. This presentation raises some morally uncomfortable but vitally important questions that bear upon the public interest and national security.

Coilin Owens

Themes in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Sermons

Most of our knowledge about MLK, Jr. is through his political speeches. This presentation focus on spiritual themes found in 8 of his sermons. While one can see many links to his political life, Dr. King was an ordained minister who started his career as a person who gave sermons.

Don Boileau

There’s More Than Just Code: Four Things You Can Do Now To Pivot into Tech!

People need guidance on the first steps to take to enter into the Tech field. I have spoken to MBAs, Financial Analysts, Attorneys (just to name a few); all who want to know where and how should they start (remember, you don’t need a computer science, information technology or software engineering background to get into this tech space!) As a result, here are the top 4 things you can do now to begin your journey into the tech field!

Tammy L. Davis

Transforming Education to Foster Ubuntu and Sustainable Peace: Africa’s Post-Colonial journey and the Challenges for the Future

This presentation affirms the role of traditional philosophies and customs in mediating peace in Africa.

Elavie Ndura

Transforming Violent Systems: How Structural Conflicts Can Be Resolved

Richard Rubenstein

Transnational and Transracial Adoption and the Changing Faces of American Families

Speaker has completed major project on changing faces of American family. Will discuss multiple impacts of transnational and transracial adoption on family-making in the U.S. Seligmann’s book, Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation (Stanford University Press, 2013) examines the experiences of families who have adopted from China, Russia, and those who have adopted African American children transracially in the U.S., including the experiences of the children themselves.

Linda Seligmann

Transportation and Air Quality

The role of transportation on regional air quality, mitigation and policy implications.

Mohan Venigalla

Transportation Planning

A discussion on issues related to short- and long-term transportation planning and highway capacity.

Mohan Venigalla

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships (P3)

Funding and procurement models, financing, renegotiation, case studies, legislation, policies, political issues, international P3s, US P3 market conditions, P3s experience in Virginia, economic rationale, government support, project arrangement, evaluation and risks.

Jonathan Gifford

Turning Points in Negotiation and Conflict Process

All negotiations have critical moments, or episodes, when the potential exists for increased understanding or its opposite: blaming, stereotyping, withdrawal, and even violence. How can we recognize turning points in negotiation and conflict processes? How can we create turning points that lead to collaborative and sustainable agreements? This presentation will enable participants to learn to identify a turning point in a negotiation process, and respond so as to increase options.

Sara Cobb

Understanding Culture and Difference: A New Approach

It is important to understand models that allow us to understand and be comfortable with difference. This speech will provide new strategies to understand differences and reduce our anxiety about being culturally competent.

Molly Davis

Understanding Digital Natives

Growing up with internet has changed the way youth and young adults learn, socialize, interact, and live their lives. This has inspired a growing literature about these new “digital natives,” about the “digital immigrants” that are teaching and raising them, and about the impact of these changes on brain development and habits of mind. This topic will feature discussion of characteristics of digital natives, identification of strategies for interacting with them, and exploration of how technology is changing the learning environment.

Star Muir

Urban and Metropolitan Affairs

Urban and metropolitan development, land use, urban sprawl.

Jonathan Gifford

Using Writing to Grieve the Loss of a Loved One

I learned how to using writing to grieve after the loss of my late wife. I wrote about us for two years and afterward was able to move on with my life, which is exactly what she would have wanted. In 2014 I published a book about her last 17 months called Finished Business.

Don Gallehr

Utopian Communities

We all dream of living in the perfect society. What is the history of utopianism and what kinds of experiments have there been in the U.S.? Why do a few succeed but most fail? What social conditions make people want to escape into a utopia?

Mary McCutcheon

Victimization of the Elderly and Senior Population

This presentation will discuss critical issues concerning criminal victimization of the elderly population and the impact it has in their lives. It will also discuss the variable factors that impact the elderly and the need for proactive efforts and the development of preventative strategies to deal with this problem.

Karen Bune

W. H. Auden

A brief overview, with sample poems, of one of the sanest and wittiest poets of the 20th century.

Roger Lathbury

War Memorials on the National Mall

I can do this as a talk or a walking tour. I provide historical background about the development of various war memorials on the National Mall, as well as interpretation of their design and meaning in American culture.

Meredith Lair

Whales and Dolphins

The diversity of whales and dolphins and their adaptations to living in a marine environment. The threats that whales and dolphins face and ways to help conserve them.

Chris Parsons

What is a Planet? Mars, Pluto and Exoplanets as Examples

A major topic on the internet today is the question of the definition of a planet. In 2006 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) officially changed the definition of a planet. No longer was Pluto to be called a planet, but a dwarf planet. We will examine examples of objects inside and outside our solar system; addressing the issue as to whether or not they should be considered an example of a planet. We will review the definition of planet as laid out by the IAU in 2006. We will also address a newly proposed definition of a planet. This definition not only includes Pluto, but adds dozens more to the party of planets.

Harold Geller

What’s Ahead in Politics

Bill Schneider is available to speak about anything related to the current political scene.

Bill Schneider

White House Czars and the Decline of Democratic Accountability

Presidents increasingly have appointed so-called czars to make policy, administer programs, and allocate budgets. The practice is controversial given that these newly created offices are not confirmed and not subject to testify. The presentation covers the history and growth of presidential use of czars and then assesses the Obama Administration’s continued and expanded use of czars.

Mark J. Rozell

Who is this Lady?

Explanation of the symbolism represented in the Seal of Virginia.

Tom Moncure

Why College?

Discusses how the total experience of college helps students learn how to learn, balance knowledge of the good life and good society, and develop a sense of right, wrong, truth, and beauty.

Don Boileau

Why College? Why now?

As college costs increase, greater concern is placed on the value of a college education in light of competing for-profit models and the long-term prospects of job security. This talk explores some of the current debate with a focus on creating a deeper understanding of the value of liberal arts, the development of life long learners and the somewhat intangible benefits of being a college educated person in today’s global arena.

Janette Muir

Why Everyone Should Care About the Problem of the Healthcare Uninsured

The number of health care uninsured continues to grow, adding to the problem of growing health care costs, public health problems and growing business sector personnel costs. This presentation outlines the causes and consequences of health uninsurance and what public and private sector options can be used to address this complex problem.

P.J. Maddox

Women Running for Elected Office

A conversation about how to encourage women to run for office, how to support women who are running for office, and how to ensure women have a level playing field when running for office.

*Ms. Waldron can only accept speaking engagements in Arlington/Alexandria at locations with access to public transportation.

Lauren Waldron

Workplace Harassment and Hostile Work Environments

This presentation will discuss workplace issues including violence, stalking, and interpersonal harassing behavior that can detrimentally affect individuals in the workplace. Hostile work environments and its various components will be discussed as well as the impact on victims and other employees. Strategies and solutions to deal with the problem will be discussed.

Karen Bune

Writing and Meditation

Meditation has long been considered an allied activity with writing. Both include focusing of the mind and a watching of inner speech. This talk also includes the use of secularized koans or word puzzles to tap the writer’s intuition to solve the more perplexing problems facing the writer.

Don Gallehr

Your neighbor next door-How intercultural communication helps one understand differences.

In most neighborhoods of Northern Virginia one finds residents of several cultures. This presentation presents several themes from intercultural communication to help people improved their understanding of how messages vary among cultures because of the ways we send and receive messages.

Don Boileau