Digital archives of convocation speakers are available through the Olin Library.
August 22, 2002
This was the annual welcome and ceremonial opening of the academic year, led by Dr. Stephen Good, vice president for academic affairs and Dean of the College.
He introduced this year's Judge Warren White Scholars and announces the faculty honorees for excellence in teaching, scholarship and leadership.
An occasion for high ceremony, the Matriculation Convocation included a procession of faculty in full regalia. And just as a bell sounded to open Drury's first day of classes in 1873, a bell sounded today to welcome and honor new and returning members of the Drury community.
Intro to Gender & Sexuality
Jo Van Arkel
September 5, 2002
Boys & Girls
Birds & Bees
Stamen & Pistil
Gay & Straight
Love & Lust
Gender & Sexuality
September 12, 2002
Tex Sample uses dry humor and plain speech as he criss-crosses boundaries between poor and rich, town and gown, wise and ignorant, believer and atheist. A professor emeritus at the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Sample explores American culture and communication. In this talk he will argue that same-sex marriages are in accord with religion’s social and societal goals.
Tex Sample is Coordinator of the Network for the Study of U.S. Lifestyles and now lives in Goodyear, AZ. He works as a freelance lecturer, workshop leader, and consultant with the church and with community, governmental, and business organizations. For many years he was the Robert B. and Kathleen Rogers Professor of Church and Society at the Saint Paul School of Theology. He now holds the Rogers Chair in Emeritus relationship.His real name is Tex. It is not a nickname. His father named him after Texanna Gillham, an African-American woman who was born in slavery and helped raise his father near Center, Texas.
Former Academic Dean at Saint Paul School of Theology, Judith L. Orr, has described Tex Sample as "a man of the people and a man of the academy...a man who can tell it like it is to a group of tough urban Job Corps participants, to an upper middle class white suburban Sunday school class, and to distressed Heartland farmers...a man who is comfortable at his daddy's taxi-cab stand and on the General Conference floor [the national meeting of his denomination]...a man of the community and a man of the church...a man who was born in the South, 'trained up' in the Northeast, who has grown to maturity in the midwest."
A native of Brookhaven, Mississippi, he attended public schools in Brookhaven and went on to receive his B.A. from Millsaps College with a major in psychology. He received his M.Div. from the Boston University School of Theology and his Ph.D. from the Boston University Graduate School.
While a graduate student, Sample was a Fellow in the Boston University Human Relations Center. He was recently named Distinguish Alumnus of the Boston University School of Theology for the year 1999.
Over the course of his life Sample has worked as a cab driver, as a laborer, and as a roust-about in the oil fields. In addition, he pastored churches for eight years and served three years as the Director of Social Relations of the Massachusetts Council of Churches. In this last capacity he was the lobbyist for the Council and worked actively in the civil rights and peace movements.
At Saint Paul School of Theology he served as Acting Academic Dean during 1987-88. In 1988 he received the John M. Swomley, Jr., Award, presented by the Ethnic Minority students of Saint Paul for "commitment to God's work and preserving human rights through non-violent social action."
Academically, Sample works and teaches in the areas of U.S. culture, social theory and social change, power, social class and theological ethics. He is a specialist in the study of blue collar and poor people.
Sample has authored six books and co-edited a seventh: Blue Collar Ministry (Judson Press, 1984), U.S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches (Westminster/John Knox Press, 1990), Hard Living People and Mainstream Christians (Abingdon, 1993), Ministry in an Oral Culture: Living with Will Rogers, Uncle Remus, and Minnie Pearl (Westminster/John Knox, 1994), White Soul: Country Music, the Church and Working People (Abingdon Press, 1996), The Spectacle of Worship in a Wired World (Abingdon Press, 1998), and an edited book with Amy DeLong, The Loyal Opposition: Struggling with the Church on Homosexuality (Abingdon, 2000).
Sample is a member of the Society of Christian Ethics and a member and Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church (UMC), he is a member of the Missouri West Conference. He served as a delegate to the General Conference of the United Methodist Church on four occasions and to the South Central Jurisdictional Conference five times. He served as the Chairperson of his Conference Board of Church and Society and a member of the Conference Council of Ministries. From 1988-92 he served on the United Methodist General Council on Ministries Committee to Study Homosexuality. During 1992-1996 he was a member of the General Board of Church and Society at the national level of his denomination. Presently, Sample serves on the Executive Board of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. The Samples attend and participate in the Asbury United Methodist Church in Phoenix.
Sample has also worked as a speaker and/or consultant for a wide range of business and governmental organizations such as: Hallmark Cards, the Chamber of Commerce, the Job Corps, the Department of Labor, the U.S. Army, the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Federal Reserve Bank.
In 1957 Sample married Peggy Jo Sanford. Ms. Sample is a landscape artist and works in acrylics. A retired soprano she sang professionally in churches in Kansas City and Boston. She worked for many years in community theater.
September 19, 2002
Generations of men and women have helped build Drury with their significant support. This annual convocation honors those who give at the highest levels. As Drury prepares to formally dedicate the Trustee Science Center, the support of alumni, faculty, staff and other friends of the university is especially noteworthy.
A key supporter of Drury has been Dr. Edwin T. Robberson, a Springfield physician who was one of the founding trustees of Drury College. He was one of twelve men elected to the first Board of Trustees on April 1, 1873, and he served until the spring of 1893. His signature, along with those of Samuel F. Drury, James H. Harwood, Charles E. Harwood, W. Irving Wallace and Holland B. Fry, was on the original request for the incorporation of what was then called Springfield College, dated March 29th, 1983. He also served on the first building committee for the new college.
Dr. Robberson owned large tracts of land in what was then known as “North Springfield.” According to Paul Roulet, an early faculty member and college historian, when the college opened its doors on September, 25th, 1873, the institution “actually owned only four lots (where Stone Chapel is currently located) fronting on Benton Avenue, and conveyed by Dr. E. T. Robberson, September 22, 1873, three days before the first tem opened.” Roulet also writes, “Of the Springfield trustees, mention should be made of Dr. E. T. Robberson, whose aid to the college in money, time and counsel was unstinted, constant, and valuable.”
During our convocation, descendents of Robbersons' will be presented with a plaque and specially restored portrait of the generous trustee and founder. Family members attending include: John "Jack" Haseltine, James and Joanne Haseltine, Carter and Elizabeth Haseltine Crewe, Burton and Mary Jane Johnson Haseltine, Betty Haseltine (widow of a Haseltine).
September 27, 2002
This concert is a chance for you to step out with sophistication... show off your gender with a little glamour! Dress up, and make sure your date does, too!
Jazz and Blues: The Estrogen Effect is a first-time event for Drury University. This concert combines Drury faculty along with other area talents. Tijuana Julian, the chair of the music department at Drury University, will play the trumpet. Kristi Meredith, a popular vocalist, joins in this formal event. All Drury students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend, and bring a guest. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, including plenty of chocolate, will be available. This event gives a woman’s take on jazz and blues. It is a celebration of the female role in this genre of music.
Julian began selecting music for this event in the summer. She will be playing an original piece by Wayne Johnson, a former Drury professor. A performance of Claude Boling’s jazz suite Vesperale will combine the piano, bass, and drums. Julian will also play with a brass quintet. The quintet includes trumpeter Michael Casey, hornist Lisa Timm and trombonists Mike Stine and Bill Hartman. Casey Smith, a former Drury student, will accompany both Julian and Meredith on various pieces. Pianist Meredith Taylor will also accompany Julian on some pieces.
Julian has been working at Drury for 15 years. She is the chair of the Drury music department. She runs the jazz program. She also teaches trumpet lessons and classes in African American music.
Kristi Meredith performs a large range of jazz music from the classic early jazz period to more contemporary music from the 1970s and 80s. She is originally from the southeast area of Missouri. Once she relocated to Springfield, she gained a large following. She now lives in Chicago and is working on expanding her career as a vocalist. She presently has a CD entitled Kristi Meredith. The CD will be available at the concert.
October 3, 2002
Wasn’t the Internet supposed to make it impossible to tell men from women? Susan Herring finds exactly the opposite: the gender of a user has a big impact on how they use the technology of computer-mediated communication. More troubling, the differences sometimes break loose as harassment. Herring is associate professor of information science and adjunct associate professor of linguistics at Indiana University, where she often teaches on the subject of computer-mediated communications. She has also published many articles on this subject and others. In addition to her Convocation at Drury , Herring will be the keynote speaker at the 2002 national meeting of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies, held on the Drury campus.
October 24, 2002
Dean Hamer, Ph.D., seeks the genes that guide human behavior. In the early 1990's, that research led him to link a chunk of DNA to male homosexuality. Hamer and his work were instantly celebrated by some and subjected to the harshest criticism by others. In his lab at the National Cancer Institute, Hamer’s response has been the search for genes linked to other behaviors; he wonders if cigarette smoking, addiction, taking risks or even happiness may be at least partly determined by our genes. An intensely controversial approach, Hamer’s research addresses the deepest questions of who we are.
Dr. Dean Hamer was born in Montclair, NJ. He received his B.A. from Trinity College, Connecticut and his Ph.D. from Harvard Medical School . He has worked at the National Institutes of Health for 24 years, where he is currently the Chief of the Section on Gene Structure and Regulation in the Laboratory of Biochemistry of the National Cancer Institute.
Dr. Hamer's research has led to contributions in a variety of areas including recombinant DNA, drug and vaccine production, and gene regulation. He was a coinventor of animal cell gene transfer, and recently has begun a program on molecular therapeutics for HIV/AIDS. For the past nine years, Dr. Hamer has studied the role of inheritance in human behavior, personality traits, and cancer risk-related behaviors such as cigarette smoking. His discovery of genetic links to sexual orientation and the temperamental traits of sensation seeking and anxiety have changed the way we think about human behavior and raise a host of important scientific, social and ethical issues.
Dr. Hamer has published over 100 scientific papers and holds three patents in the biotechnology area. His book, The Science of Desire, co-authored with journalist Peter Copeland, has won widespread critical acclaim and was a 1994 New York Times "Notable Book of the Year". Their new book, Living With Our Genes, is a science best seller. Dr. Hamer's research has been described in Discover magazine and other national publications.
October 31, 2002
Camp Heartland is devoted to the needs of children living with HIV while promoting empathy and awareness.
In 1991, Neil Willenson, a native of Mequon, Wisconsin, was 20 years old and a senior at the University of Wisconsin. His life changed when Neil read the headline in his hometown newspaper: "AIDS hysteria in Mequon." A young boy with AIDS named Nile Wolff, the story related, was entering kindergarten in the small town of Mequon, and the people were up in arms. Fear and prejudice filled the air. At the center of all of this hue and cry was a five-year-old boy who only wanted to go to school, who only wanted a chance to make friends.
When Neil read this story in his hometown paper, he knew he had to get involved. For the next two years, Neil got to know Nile and his family. He compared his own life-history in Mequon to Nile's. On the sidewalks, streets and in the schools of Mequon, where Neil had found joy and friendship, Nile had found only isolation and despair resulting from ignorance and prejudice.
Nile Wolff was seven years old. Like millions of other children, he just wanted to go to school. Also like millions of other children, he wanted to go to summer camp. He wanted to run; to play in the sun with kids his own age. In 1993, inspired by that seven-year-old boy, Neil Willenson founded Camp Heartland.
Camp Heartland provides children impacted by HIV/AIDS with "the best week of their lives." Since its beginning, it has welcomed hundreds of children each year to be part of its year-round community. Campers now return year after year to summer camp, seasonal reunions and unique Life Enhancement Programs designed to help them maintain and build upon the relationships and skills developed at camp.
From silly songs and late night talks, to hikes in the woods and new challenges like scaling the climbing wall, Camp Heartland provides children forever affected by the isolation and tragedy of HIV/AIDS the opportunity to experience - sometimes for the first time - the pure joys of being a kid. At the same time, these experiences provide confidence, hope, pride, life skills, and powerful memories that give them strength when times are tough.
But the Camp Heartland experience doesn’t stop there. Through birthday and holiday gifts, phone calls, letters, newsletters, referral services, teen life skills training, crisis assistance, and reunions, campers remain part of a vital and permanent, year-round community. Additionally, campers volunteer to travel to schools and organizations across the U.S. to share messages of prevention, acceptance and hope. Year after year, parents, campers and caregivers tell how these experiences truly help to improve the quality of the campers' lives - every single day.
November 7, 2002
"Tell the ones who you love that you love them...Live every day like you're about to meet your maker."
Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni held her Drury audience rapt during a talk on Thursday, Nov. 7 in Clara Thompson Hall. While protesting that she "came to read poetry," Giovanni veered into sharply funny asides about everything from civil rights to personal relationships to abortion and capital punishment, punctuated by what quickly became a signature phrase, "I just had to mention that." Her audience responded with enthusiastic laugher, shouts and applause.
Giovanni's visit to Drury is part of the "Gender and Sexuality" Convocation series.
One of the world’s great poets, an advocate for the power of each person regardless of race or gender.
It has been more than thirty years since Nikki Giovanni roared out of the Black Arts Movement to become one of the most widely read of our living poets. Since 1968, she has inspired readers and critics and has established herself as a best-selling poet, author and essayist. In her lectures, she speaks with great humor on her life and on the creativity in everything we do. Her focus is on the individual - specifically, on the power one has to make a difference in oneself, and thus, in the lives of others. "Do something with your life!" Nikki once told an M.I.T. audience.
Several of her books have sold more than a hundred thousand copies. These books of poetry and essays include The Women and the Men, Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day, Those Who Ride the Night Winds and Sacred Cows and Other Edibles. One of her recent books, Racism 101, includes bold, controversial essays about the situation of Americans on all sides of the racism issue. The Nikki Giovanni Poetry Collection on audio cassette will be published in December 2002.
Nikki Giovanni has received a host of honorary doctorates and awards, including being named "Woman of the Year" by three different magazines. Beginning in 1987, under the Commonwealth Visiting Professor Program, she has been teaching writing, poetry and literature at Virginia Tech. She expresses her opinions about the African-American community and the value of education, and the essentiality of writing.
November 21, 2002
If there is a crisis in American culture, David Blankenhorn has a solution: strengthen the marriage institution. As a leader of the "marriage movement," Blankenhorn founded the non-partisan Institute of American Values to help spread the word. While Blankenhorn and his colleagues have identified many benefits of traditional family structure, his book, Fatherless America, stands as his strongest articulation of how to build stability and values in American families. Blankenhorn continues to focus on the need to strengthen marriage and morality as sources of improved confidence, character and citizenship.
A native of Jackson, Mississippi, Blankenhorn attended public schools in Jackson and Salem, Virginia. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1977. In 1978, he was awarded an M.A. with distinction in comparative social history from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England.
Blankenhorn helped to found the National Fatherhood Initiative in 1994. He serves as chairman of that organization's board of directors, and also serves on the board of the National Parenting Association. In 1992, he was appointed by President Bush to serve on the National Commission on America's Urban Families.
A frequent lecturer, Blankenhorn has been featured on such television programs as the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, CBS This Morning, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. His articles have appeared in scores of publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Public Interest and Newsday.
January 23, 2003
A best-selling feminist author, Christina Hoff Sommers has a warning: as society pushes to help women catch up, the boys are falling behind: 18 months behind in reading skills, and a shrinking minority among college students. Sommers' most recent book, The War Against Boys, details how men are being blamed for many of society's - and history's - problems, with little recognition of the gender's accomplishments.
Christina Hoff Sommers is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. She has been professor of philosophy at Clark University since 1981. She specializes in ethics and contemporary moral theory and has published many scholarly articles in such journals as The Journal of Philosophy and The New England Journal of Medicine.
Sommers is editor of Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life - one of the most popular ethics textbooks in the country. She became known to the wider public as the author of Who Stole Feminism? How Women Have Betrayed Women. The War Against Boys has received widespread attention and praise and was excerpted for a cover story in The Atlantic Monthly. It was included in The New York Times' "Notable Books of the Year."
Her articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The National Review, The New Republic and The Weekly Standard.
Sommers has appeared on Nightline, ABC Evening News, Crossfire, 20/20, Politically Incorrect and The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss topics such as moral education, the strengths and weaknesses of the women's movement, and the plight of boys in the nation's schools. Profiles of her have appeared in The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and The London Times.
January 30, 2003
Patricia Ireland's decades of activism began simply: as a flight attendant in the 1960s she was told her medical benefits didn't apply to her husband, even though male employees' wives were covered. She sued and won a landmark victory. As an attorney and president of the National Organization for Women from 1991 to 2001, Ireland has championed the rights of women. Her current focuses include keeping abortion legal and society's influence on how women perceive themselves.
Ireland received her law degree from the University of Miami Law School in 1975. She was a partner in a major Miami law firm, and served as legal counsel to Dade County and Florida NOW for seven years.
Ireland was the prime architect of NOW's Global Feminist Program. At NOW's Global Feminist Conference in 1992, Ireland brought together women from more than 45 countries. She has represented NOW at six international women's conferences around the world.
Project Stand Up for Women was also developed by Ireland, and in 1992 she led in organizing a record-breaking crowd of 750,000 for NOW's March for Women's Lives. The "Elect Women for a Change" campaign Ireland initiated in 1992 played a pivotal role in making it "the Year of the Woman." The campaign provided feminist candidates with experienced organizers who trained and deployed volunteers. Several women candidates - former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun (D-IL), and U.S. Representatives Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) and Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) - say it was NOW's backing early on that made the difference in their campaigns.
Ireland has organized and served in countless other initiatives for women's rights. She has delivered testimony and organized protests on behalf of poor women, and has also continually supported efforts for lesbian and gay rights. Although she no longer serves as president of NOW, she continues to champion many international feminist issues.
February 13, 2003
R. Robin Miller, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology, is nationally known for her research on the bonds of marriage, and how they break in divorce. But since it was the day before St. Valentine's Day, she focused on how love is recognized and reinforced during American dating rituals.
Dr. Miller received her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati, and has been an associate professor of sociology at Sterling College in Sterling, Kansas. She has numerous publications and books in print on aspects of marriage, families, African-American culture, and chronic health problems and how their implications are reflected in our society.
Some of Miller's recent published articles include An Introduction and Brief Review of the Impacts of Incarceration on the African American Family and Criminal Incarceration Dividing the Ties that Bind: Black Men and Their Families, both written with Sandra Browning and Lisa Spruance. She has two forthcoming books: Impacts of Incarceration on the African American Family, written with Othello Harris, and For the Common Good: A Critical Examination of Law and Social Control, written with Sandra Browning.
February 20, 2003
Helen Fisher says women are "web thinkers," integrating details and data more quickly than men, spotting nuance more easily, more comfortable with ambiguity and placing issues in context. Men, in contrast, segment a task into jobs, chores, machines - individual units connected in sequence. Give men their due credit for invention, creativity and will to build much of modern society, says Fisher, but our increasingly complicated society may be more suited to web thinkers.
Fisher has been a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, and is now a research professor and member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in Rutgers University's department of anthropology. She received her Ph.D. in physical anthropology at the University of Colorado. Her current projects include writing a book on the primary mating emotions - lust, attraction and attachment - for Henry Holt & Co., NYC. She is also doing a research project on the brain physiology of romantic love with colleagues at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and SUNY Stony Brook.
Fisher has been on the national lecture circuit since 1983. Her topics have included the evolution of human sexuality, marriage and divorce, gender differences in the brain and behavior, and the future of men, women, business, sex and family life. She has spoken at the American Museum of Natrual History, the Smithsonian Institution, Planned Parenthood of NYC, the Women's Health Forum of NYC and the US Department of Agriculture, just to name a few. Her lecture stops have included academic and business conferences in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. During 1994-95, she lectured on college campuses as a visiting scholar of the Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Articles by Fisher have appeared in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology, the New York Times Book Review, Psychology Today, Health and many other publications.
Her consultation contracts include those with NBC's Today Show, WNET TV, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Reader's Digest and Time-Life books. For her work in communicating anthropology to the lay public, Fisher received the American Anthropological Association's "Distinguished Service Award" in 1985.
Fisher's book, Anatomy of Love: The Natural History of Monogamy, Adultery and Divorce, examined divorce in 62 societies, adultery in 42 cultures and patterns of monogamy and desertion in animals. This analysis offered a theory for the evolution of serial marriage and the future of human family life. Fisher was also the host in a four-part TV series entitled Anatomy of Love, which aired on Turner Broadcasting Systems in 1995.
Her latest work, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World, discusses gender differences in behavior and the brain. It examines the impact of women on 21st-century business, sex and family life. The First Sex was selected as a "Notable Book of 1999" by the New York Times Book Review, and has ten foreign language editions.
March 6, 2003
There's nothing quite like the Guerrilla Girls. Clad in "gorilla drag," they skewer stereotypes of women. Skits, posters, audience participation, gorilla masks; it looks like nothing is off limits.
The Guerrilla Girls are an anonymous group of women artists, writers, performers and film-makers who fight discrimination. Dubbing themselves the conscience of culture, they declare themselves counterparts to the mostly male tradition of anonymous do-gooders like Robin Hood, Batman and the Lone Ranger. They wear gorilla masks to focus on the issues rather than their personalities. They use humor to convey information, provoke discussion and show that feminists can be funny. In sixteen years they have produced over 80 posters, printed projects and actions that expose sexism and racism in the worlds of art, film and theater, and in the culture at large. Their work has been passed around the world by kindred spirits who consider themselves Guerrilla Girls too. The mystery surrounding their identities has attracted attention and support. They could be anyone; they are everywhere.
In the beginning, the Guerrilla Girls were criticized and discredited by the people they attacked, but now with increased awareness of feminism and multiculturalism, their early work seems prophetic. Thousands of individual supporters own copies of their posters, and so do institutions like the Museum of Modern Art, the Library of Congress, the Getty Museum and the New York Public Library.
They have been the subject of countless feature articles in newspapers and magazines here and abroad, including Vogue, Esquire, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation and The New Yorker. They have been featured on NPR, PBS, CBS, CNN, and local radio and TV stations around the world. The film Guerrillas In Our Midst is a documentary about the Guerrilla Girls, and has won many awards. Hundreds of colleges, universities, conferences and art museums have hosted their appearances in the U.S., Europe, South America and Australia. Thousands of peole crowd into auditoriums to hear them talk about their work and its impact. They have received awards from the National Organization for Women, the New York City Borough president, the National Library Association, the Center for Women's Policy Studies, New York Woman magazine and the Ministry of Culture in Berlin.
In 1995, the Guerrilla Girls published their first book, Confessions of the Guerrilla Girls. It was followed in 1998 by The Guerrilla Girls' Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art. In 2002, they will publish their third book, Bitches, Bimbos and Ballbreakers: The Guerrilla Girls' Illustrated History of Female Stereotypes.
March 27, 2003
How can men and women build better lives together? Dr. Cal LeMon and his wife of 36 years, Dr. Kathy LeMon, shared their thoughts about the structures and patterns for stronger life relationships.
Cal LeMon is a nationally-known speaker and corporate trainer, and Kathy is a clinical psychologist. Using the latest research from their forthcoming book, Loving...For The Long Run (available in November 2003), the LeMons communicated their findings about the characteristics of an intimate relationship that will endure.
According to the Society of Human Resource Management, Dr. LeMon is one of the "Ten Best Speakers in America." "The best" is easy to write and slap on someone's picture, but creating a speaking career that captures and then changes the audience is another story.
After an acclaimed career in the ministry that included serving as a chaplain at Harvard University, Dr. LeMon made a professional shift to become a senior faculty member with the National Seminar Group. Cal traveled across the United States, Canada and Europe and quickly became the highest rated (from audience evaluations) male presenter for NSG. He blends the business savvy learned from working with his Fortune 500 clients and a wonderful, unrehearsed sense of humor to create an experience audiences remember.
Dr. LeMon is the president of Executive Enrichment, Inc., a corporate education and consulting firm. Cal's client list includes Texas Instruments, Marsh & McLennan Insurance, El Paso Corporations, Clarins Cosmetics, Gannett Newspapers and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. His newspaper columns have appeared regularly on the Opinion Page of USA Today. His articles have been printed in periodicals like HR Magazine and journals such as Employment Relations Today.
Dr. Kathy LeMon received her Doctorate of Psychology from Forest Institute. She has been a staff psychologist for St. John's Regional Health Center, and has provided service for both Hammons Heart Institute and the Marian Center. She has also served Springfield Psychological Associates as a clinical psychologist practicing in women's issues, behavioral medicine, and individual, marital and family therapy.
Currently, Kathy has a private practice, and is a contract provider for St. John's. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Missouri Pyschological Association, and the Ozark Psychological Association.
The LeMons have lived in the Springfield area for over 30 years, and are known as a professional couple who have balanced demanding careers with time for each other, their two children and their community.
April 3, 2003
A concert with singer/songwriter Randi Driscoll inspires social awareness and the call for social justice. Bringing a compassionate message of hope and tolerance, she shares views on issues from the role music has in creating social change, to censorship, hate speech and freedom of speech.
Randi Driscoll blends music and words to inspire social awareness among college students. She is a singer who has made her name not only as an artist, but also as a leader in social justice issues.
One of her greatest accomplishments has been What Matters, a song she wrote in memory of slain gay college student Matthew Shepard. The song has been adopted by the Matthew Shepard Foundation, and Randi is a frequent guest of Judy Shepard at national media events. Working in collaboration with Brent Scarpo on the "Journey to a Hate Free Millennium" project has also brought Randi fantastic acclaim as a singer, songwriter, performer, social activist, and humanitarian.
Each of Randi’s songs is one of compassion and hope. Her goal is to use songwriting to create a positive and inspirational message, rather than advocating the use of hate speech, which we often find in today’s lyrics.
Randi turns a concert into an educational program by mixing storytelling with her music. She has chosen to take her message to young adults across the nation in hopes of inspiring them to positively influence one another.
April 10, 2003
A lingering image of Islam is women in veils. The liberation of oppressed women was a supposed benefit of the war in Afghanistan. But how do Western attitudes about feminism mesh with Islam? Hooshang Pazaki, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Drury who was born in Iran, opens a cultural door onto how men and women relate.
Dr. Pazaki's convocation covered some of the Islamic laws and principles in regard to women, as put forth in Quran, as well as applications of Islamic laws in countries like Iran. Dr. Pazaki also discussed some of the recent women's movements and others who challenge conservative interpretations of Islamic principles.
Hooshang Pazaki received his baccalaureate degree from the University of Esfahan (Iran) and his master's degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Before coming to Drury in 1991, Dr. Pazaki taught sociology at Southwest Missouri State and the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he was involved with many committees.
The journals in which Pazaki has published include The Sociological Quarterly and The Nurse Practitioner: The American Journal of Primary Health Care. He has presented numerous papers and organized data bases for several research projects. He is a member of the Center for Iranian Research and Analysis, Rutgers University, the Midwest Sociological Society, the Middle East Studies Association and the American Sociological Association.
Pazaki's areas of expertise include development and change in third world countries and social and political changes in the Middle East.
April 17, 2003
Men and women begin as boys and girls. What we say to children helps determine who they will be when they grow up. David Harrison, a 1959 Drury graduate, has published more than 50 popular children's books; he offers the wisdom of his experience in what we should say to children and how.
When David Harrison made up his first poems, he didn't know he would grow up to be a poet. But when he graduated with degrees in biology from Drury College and Emory University, he took the advice of a special teacher to become a writer. He wrote stories for adults until 1969. Then his life changed in an important way when he wrote a book for children called The Boy With a Drum. It sold two million copies.
Now Harrison's list of published children's books includes titles like The Book of Giant Stories, Little Turtle's Big Adventure, Somebody Catch My Homework, When Cows Come Home, The Purchase of Small Secrets, and Wild Country. The list is over 55 books long. Harrison's stories and poems have been translated into many languages, seen on television and CD-ROM, heard on radio and cassettes, and read in dozens of anthologies. They have received a Christopher Award, a Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year, four Children's Choice Awards, and been nominated for Best Books for Young Adults and the Kentucky Blue Grass Award.
Harrison lives with his wife Sandy in Springfield, MO. Though his children are grown, he continues to read his stories to his grandsons. He still gets up at 6 am to write. The early hours are tough, but he says, "As long as people read my books, I'll keep getting up."
April 29, 2003
Painter Kurt Kauper is best known for his large, traditional-looking series of paintings, Diva Fictions. The Diva series are "portraits" of fictional opera divas. The subjects of the pieces are constructed identities - composites of many people.
Mr. Kauper has had several solo shows and has participated in many group exhibitions, including the 2000 Whitney Biennial. He has received numerous awards, including a Tiffany Foundation Grant in 1999, the Pollack-Krasner, and two Elizabeth Greenshields grants.
Kauper received a B.F.A. from Boston University in 1988 and an M.F.A. in painting from UCLA in 1995. He has taught at Orange Coast College, Otis College of Art and Design, and the Museum School in Boston. Mr. Kauper was appointed to the Yale faculty in 2000 as assistant professor of painting/printmaking.