October 7, 2005

October Events Will Explore Hurricane Katrina, International Issues, Ten Commandments

"...The fall conference of the Alabama Environmental Educators Consortium, on October 8, will focus on environmental sustainability and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. A joint presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum and scholar Radek Sikorski on October 10 will feature the topics 'Reflections on the Soviet Gulag' and 'U.S.-European Relations.' Noted Middle East expert Fawaz A. Gerges will return to Samford on October 13 to discuss 'The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global.' Beeson Divinity School and Cumberland School of Law will present the 'The Ten Commandments on Display: A Discussion on Religion, Law and Public Life' on October 13..."

Samford University campusAlabama Environmental Educators Consortium

The fall conference of the Alabama Environmental Education Consortium, to be held at Samford University Saturday, Oct. 8, will focus on environmental sustainability and the impact of Hurricane Katrina. Keynote speakers include industrialist/environmentalist Ray Anderson and author/activist Mike Tidwell. Biology professor Paul Blanchard, director of Samford's Vulcan Materials Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education will lead a discussion featuring the following panelists:

Richard Esposito
Hydro Geologist, Southern Company Services

John Floyd
Risk Management Attorney, Vulcan Materials Company

Ron Jenkins
Biology professor and Dauphin Island Sea Lab researcher, Samford University

Hugh Floyd
Sociology professor and environmental sociologist, Samford University

Lectures and sessions, beginning at 8 a.m., are free of charge and open to the public. For complete schedules and information visit www.samford.edu/groups/vmc/ALEEC_conference.html


Rushton Distinguished Lecturer Series Presents Radek Sikorski and Anne Applebaum

A joint presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anne Applebaum and scholar Radek Sikorski will feature the topics "Reflections on the Soviet Gulag" and "U.S.-European Relations." The presentation will take place in the Cumberland School of Law Moot Court Room on the Samford campus, Monday, October 10, at 3 p.m. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Applebaum has written two books: Between East and West, which was awarded an Adolph Bentinck Prize in 1996; and Gulag: A History, which was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction writing. Sikorski, a Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Executive Director of the New Atlantic Initiative, is a former Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Former Deputy Minister of Defense of Poland, and was until 2002 the Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Solidarity Party. Sikorski is the author of four books: The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland; Full Circle: A Homecoming to Free Poland; Moscow's Afghan War; and Dust of Saints: A Journey to Herat in Time of War.

Davis Lecture Series Presents Fawaz Gerges

Noted Middle East expert Fawaz A. Gerges will return to Samford to deliver the J. Roderick Davis Lecture at Samford Thursday, October 13. His topic shares the name of his new book, The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global. Gerges will be signing copies of the book after his lecture, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Reid Chapel. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

Gerges, holder of the Christian A. Johnson Chair in International Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, is the author of six books and numerous articles on Arab politics and the Middle East. He is a senior analyst and regular commentator for ABC-TV News and a commentator on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. He has taught at Oxford, Harvard and Columbia universities and first visited Samford in 2000.

The Ten Commandments On Display: A Discussion on Religion, Law and Public Life

Beeson Divinity School and Cumberland School of Law will present the conference "The Ten Commandments on Display: A Discussion on Religion, Law and Public Life" on Thursday, October 13 from 7-9 p.m. in the Moot Courtroom at Samford's Cumberland School of Law.

Guest panelists will include:

Professor Thomas C. Berg
University of St. Thomas School of Law, Minneapolis

Professor Marci Hamilton
Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York City

Mr. Jay Sekulow
Chief Counsel, American Center for Law and Justice, Washington

Dr. Ron Sider
President and Founder, Evangelicals for Social Action, Philadephia