Guest Speakers' Series offers Nevadans a chance to hear prominent public intellectuals on issues central to the local and national community. Where possible, CDC coordinates its program with the University forum series and the departments that take special interests in a particular visitor. The CDC board identified several other distinguished figures to be invited to UNLV, including legal scholar Allan Dershowitz, pragmatist philosopher Richard Rorty; judge Richard Posner; and philosopher Martha Nussbaum.


Dr. Natan Kellerman, a former executive director and chief psychologist of AMCHA, an Israeli-based international organization providing support to Holocaust survivors and their descendants, will speak about the cumulative effect of psychological, cultural, biological and family factors behind the transgenerational transmission of trauma. He uses his extensive experience with psycho- and sociodrama to show the most effective ways of dealing with the posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Kellermann is author of numerous studies, including the acclaimed book, Holocaust Trauma: Psychological Effects and Treatment. The presentation will take place on Monday, November 4, 2013, 12 Noon – 1:30 p.m., at the conference room of the UNLV Sociology Department, CBC-B-255A.


Viktoriya Sukovata, professor of Kharkiv National University, Ukraine, and Fulbright visiting scholar at California University at Berkeley, will give a talk at the UNLV Department of Sociology.  The presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 11:45-1:00 p.m., at the Sociology Department conference room CBC-B-255A.  Dr. Sukovata will speak about “The Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement in Postsoviet Societies.”  Viktoriya Sukovata is author of numerous publications in the area of cultural studies and gender research.  Her most recent book is Face of Other:  Body of “Other” in Cultural Anthropology.

kilpinnen Dr. Erkki Kilpinen, visiting scholar at the Center for Democratic Culture, will conduct a colloquium on “Pragmatist Theory of Action.” Presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 15, 4:00 p.m., at the Sociology Department conference room, CDC-B-225B. Dr. Kilpinen teaches philosophy at the University of Helsinki. One of the leading European experts on American philosophy, Dr. Kilpinen published extensively about Charles Peirce, William James, George H. Mead and the relevance of their ideas for contemporary social thought. Members of the UNLV community are cordially invited to attend.

Marietta Chudakova, a leading Russian scholar and public intellectual, will give a talk at the Center for Democratic Culture on “Vladimir Putin and the Future of Russian Democracy.” Dr. Marietta Chudakova is professor at the Moscow Literary Institute, member of the European Academy, former member of Boris Yeltsin Presidential Council, and public assistant to the head of the Russian government administration. The presentation will be given on Wednesday, April 23, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Sociology Department conference room, CBC-B 225. The event is open to the public, faculty, and students.

Allan Dershowitz is Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at the Harvard Law School. Professor Allan Dershowitz is a leading first amendment scholar, author of numerous books, and occasional TV commentator on issues involving civil liberties and criminal law.

Richard Rorty is professor of Comparative Literature and Philosophy at Stanford University. Dr. Richard Rorty is author of several books on analytical philosophy, pragmatism, and literary culture, and a leading exponent of American pragmatism.

Richard Posner is Judge of the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal and Lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School. Judge Richard Posner frequently writes about current legal and political issues, including the role of intellectuals in public life.

Martha Nussbaum is Ernst Freund Distinguished Service Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago Law School. Professor Martha Nussbaum published several studies on Greek philosophy, current issues in education, civil rights, and women and law.


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