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LAIS Hennebach Lectures, 2014-2015
This year Hennebach is sponsoring a series of six lectures by LAIS faculty whose research has recently led to book publication. 

Spring 2015:

"The ISIS Crisis and the Future of Syria: Options for US Policy" Panel

Presented by Hussein Amery

 Wednesday, April  8th from 5-7:00pm in Ballroom C

Panel Participants:

Ambassador Frederic C. Hof  

"Chaos in Syria: Prospects for a Political-Diplomatic Settlement." 


“Ambassador Frederic C. Hof is a senior fellow in the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.  He came to the Atlantic Council after a career as a US Army officer, a private sector CEO, and a Department of State diplomat.  He is a Vietnam veteran and much of his professional life has centered on the Middle East.  As a military officer he served on the commission that investigated the 1983 bombing of the US Marine Corps headquarters at Beirut International Airport and drafted key parts of the commission's report.  While in the private sector he took a leave of absence in 2001 to serve as chief of staff of the Sharm el-Sheikh Fact Finding Commission, headed by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, and was the principal drafter of the Commission's report.  In the Department of State from 2009 to 2012 he took the lead in an effort to mediate Syrian-Israeli peace and was given the rank of ambassador in his capacity as special advisor to the secretary of state for transition in Syria.  Ambassador Hof also oversaw efforts to reconcile conflicting Israeli and Lebanese exclusive economic zone claims.  He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Naval Postgraduate School.  Ambassador Hof is the author of two works on Middle Eastern boundary issues and numerous articles on Middle Eastern political, security, boundary and water issues.  Among his military decorations is the Purple Heart.”

Nader Hashemi

 “All Roads Lead to Damascus: Why the Future of ISIS and the Future of Syria are Intertwined”


Nader Hashemi is the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an Associate Professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He obtained his doctorate from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and previously was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the UCLA Global Institute. He is the author of Islam, Secularism and Liberal Democracy: Toward a Democratic Theory for Muslim Societies (Oxford University Press, 2009) and co-editor of The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2011) and The Syria Dilemma (MIT Press, 2013).

Danny Postel  

(panel discussant)


Danny Postel is Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver. His books include The Syria Dilemma (2013) and The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran's Future (2011). He is a co-editor of PULSE and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and Critical Inquiry. His writings have appeared in The American Prospect, Boston Review, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Dissent, The Guardian, Middle East Policy, The Nation, the New York Times, openDemocracy, Salon, and the Washington Post. 

Rafif Jouejati  

 “Freedom and the Voice of the Syrian People.”


Rafif Jouejati is a management consultant by profession, but left her career to join the Syrian revolution in April 2011. She founded and is the director of the Foundation to Restore Equality and Education in Syria (FREE-Syria), and serves as spokesperson and executive committee member of the Local Coordination Committees in Syria. She also served as a spokesperson for the Syrian Opposition Coalition during the Geneva II talks. Rafif is also a member of the board of directors of The Day After Association, which developed a transitional framework for Syria in the post-Assad phase. She recently completed the Freedom Charter project, in which activists surveyed more than 50,000 Syrians to answer the fundamental question, “What do Syrians Want?”

Presented by Tina Gianquitto

"America's Darwin: Darwinian Theory and U.S. Literary Culture"--Panel Discussion

Moderated by Dr. John Spear

Panel Discussion with Authors

Three authors from the recently published collection of essays,
America's Darwin, will participate in a discussion about the
impact of Darwinian evolutionary theory in the U.S.
America's Darwin features 15 essays from authors working in
fields as diverse as anthropology, literature, biology, history of
science, geology, and entomology. Collectively, the authors of
the collection make the compelling case that the interpretation
of evolutionary theory in the U.S. has always shifted in relation
to prevailing cultural anxieties.

Invited Panelists

Dr. Lilian Carswell holds a Ph.D. in literature from Columbia University and an M.S. in Marine
Mammal Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. While completing her doctoral
dissertation, she began working as a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She currently
serves as a Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Marine Conservation Coordinator for the USFWS.

Dr. Lydia Fisher is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Portland State University. She is
completing a book project, Domesticating the Nation: Science and Home Culture in Nineteenth-
Century America. She is a co-editor of America's Darwin.

Dr. Tina Gianquitto is Associate Professor and Interim Division Director of LAIS. She works
primarily at the intersections of literature and science and has published “Good Observers of
Nature”: American Women and the Scientific Study of the Natural World, 1820-1885, as well as
articles on women and evolutionary threory. She is a co-editor of America's Darwin

4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Marquez Hall 126

Jon A. Leydens

4:00-5:00 pm, Tuesday, Febuary 24, 2015
Marquez Hall 126

Fall 2014:


Jessica Smith Rolston

Destabilizing the "Macho" World of Mining:
Gender-Integrated Workforces in Wyoming

Commentary and Response
Priscilla P. Nelson, Head, Mining Engineering, CSM

4:00pm, Thursday, September 18, 2014
Marquez Hall 126


Carl Mitcham
The True Grand Challenge for Engineering: Self-Knowledge

Commentary and Response
Andoni Ibarra, Cátedra Miguel Sánchez-Mazas, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastian, Spain

Robert-Jan Geerts, Wageningen University, Netherlands

4:00pm, Thursday, October 16, 2014
Marquez Hall 126

John Heilbrunn
Oil Development in Africa

Commentary and Response
Graham Davis, Economics and Business, CSM

4:00pm, Thursday, November 20, 2014
Marquez Hall 126


Spring 2014  Guest Lecture Series


The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Howard Goldblatt:
An interview with Howard Goldblatt will be conducted by Prof. Carl Mitcham & NHV faculty

Monday,  April 7th, 2014  at Friedhoff Hall, Green Center 7 - 8.30 PM

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Dr. Kathleen Hancock (LAIS) as lecturer:
Thursday,  March 20th, 2014  at the Boettcher Room, Colorado School of Mines Library 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: The Russian-Ukrainian Crisis in Context: Gas, Guns, and Democracy

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The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Dr. Ryan Davison (American Chemical Society/ACS) as guest lecturer:
Wednesday,  March 5th, 2014  at Student Center Ballroom B 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: Our Voice in Congress: Experiences in the Political Realm of Scientific Research

Co-sponsors: Chemistry and Geochemistry Department, ACS CSM Student Chapter

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The Hennebach Program in the Humanities welcomes Prof. Cymene Howe as guest lecturer:
Friday,  January 24, 2014  at Student Center Ballroom D 12 - 1 PM
Title of the talk: The Ethics and Ecologics of Wind Energy Development in Oaxaca, Mexico

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Fall 2013 Guest Lecture Series

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities and the MIPER Program welcome Dr. Yoichiro Sato as guest lecturer:
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Marquez Hall 126 4 - 5 PM
Title of the talk: Joint Ventures in Seabed Extractions in the Disputed Water - Cases from East Asia 

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 The United Nations declares October 11th, as Day of the Girl Child: 

The objective is to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
For its second observance, this year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”

As support to this the Hennebach Program in the Humanities with the WISEM Program on campus have planned a screening and round table discussion of "Girl Rising" 

The Hennebach Program in the Humanities and the MIPER Program welcome back Dr. Christian Burgsmueller as guest lecturer:
Friday, November 8, 2013 at Boettcher Room Arthur Lakes Library 9 - 10  AM
Title of the talk: EU Energy and Climate Policy beyond 2020

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