E/RS lecture series returns to Schiff Family Conference Center for 2006-2007

Nobel Prizer winner and playwright Derek Walcott kicks off series Sunday, Oct. 8 | October 1, 2006

The ethics, religion and society (E/RS) program, kicks off its 2006-2007 lecture series, themed “Ethics and Globalization: Responding Ethically to a Changing World Community,” on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 7:00 p.m. with 1992 Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott. Walcott, an award-winning playwright and poet, is speaking on “The Impact of Globalization on Caribbean Life and Culture” in the Schiff Family Conference Center. Walcott’s works include Dream on Monkey Mountain and Other Plays, which won the Obie Award for the distinguished foreign play. Walcott’s poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Kenyon Review, The New York Review of Books, The Nation, London Magazine and Anteaus. Walcott was the winner of the 1986 Los Angeles Times book prize for his book of poetry, Collected Poems 1948-1984.

The series also welcomes Ariel Dorfman, a native of Chile, who is delivering his lecture, “Living, Feeling, Writing in Many Worlds: Reaching out to the Global Community” in the Schiff Family Conference Center on Sunday, Nov. 12, at 7:00 p.m. Dorfman was the winner of the Oliver Award for best play in London for his best-known work, "Death and the Maiden."

Deborah Lipstadt, director of the Rabbi Donald A. Tam Institute for Jewish Studies as well as professor of modern Jewish and Holocaust studies at Emory University, visits the Schiff Family Conference Center on Sunday, March 18, at 7:00 p.m. with the topic, “The New Global Anti-Semitism.” Lipstadt is author of History on Trial: My Day in Court with David Irving, which describes her libel trial in London when David Irving sued her for calling him a Holocaust denier and right-wing extremist.

Dr. Paul Farmer wraps up the series with his lecture, “HIV/AIDS Crisis: Research and Advocacy.” Dr. Farmer, director of Harvard Medical School’s program in infectious disease and social change, as well as winner of a number of humanitarian awards, works to bring innovative and life-saving healthcare to developing countries.

The E/RS lecture series aims to address issues of the world today while promoting global responsibility for tomorrow. For more information about the E/RS lecture series, contact Sarah Melcher at 513 745-2043 or Edmund Cueva at 513 745-1931.