Where the World Comes to Windham County

Up Next: February – April

marlboro_logo“Engaging the World Series,“ offered in partnerWWAC Squareship with Marlboro College
5 guest speakers will bring a wealth of experience and diverse perspectives on how to engage in the world


 Series Launch Wed. Feb. 13, 2019

The first speaker will be Michael Gilligan, President of Henry Luce Foundation.
The subject of his talk will be “Generosity and International Affairs.”
7 pm  Coffee/Tea/Conversation, 7:30  Talk Begins
Centre Congregational Church Parlor
193 Main St., Brattleboro

Gilligan, Michael - Luce - MG photoMichael Gilligan has served as President of the Henry Luce Foundation since January 1, 2003.  Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time magazine, the Luce Foundation today includes grant-making programs that support higher education, American art, Asian studies, theology, and women in science and engineering.  During his presidency, the Foundation has developed a series of new initiatives:  Religion in International Affairs, East Asian Archaeology and Early History, Asian Studies and the Environment, the American Art Renewal Fund and the Luce Fund for Theological Education. rom 1998 to 2003, Dr. Gilligan directed the Luce Foundation’s Theology Program, which promotes theological education, scholarship and leadership development.  Before coming to the Foundation, he served the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada in accrediting and leadership education.  Earlier, Dr. Gilligan was Academic Dean and Professor of English at Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Michael Gilligan received his B.A. summa cum laude from Duke University, and M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Virginia.  Dr. Gilligan serves on the boards of the Council of Independent Colleges, United Board for Christian Higher Education in Asia, and Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.  He also chairs the Ampersand Institute of Emory & Henry College.

Then, on Wed. Feb. 20, 2019:
Kirk Talbott, Expert Advisor, The World Bank, will speak on
Transparency and Corruption

Kirk Talbott heas worked on governance for over 30 years with a focus on the nexus of international development, human rights and our environment. He is a senior advisor on governance for the World Bank’s PASET initiative (Partnership for Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology) in Africa, supporting the Omidyar Network on property rights and good governance for the new Tenure Facility. Kirk, a scholar in residence at the Environmental Law Institute, has a J.D. and Masters from Georgetown University and a B.A. from Yale.


Subsequent speakers in the series will be :

  • Sharon Stash, International, Public Health Advisor and Professor, Georgetown University, “HIV/AIDS
  • Joel Rosenthal, President Carnegie Council, “Ethics and International Affairs
  •  Samuel Farr, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/Former Member of Congress, “Public Service and International Affairs

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