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.

Hon. Hans Jörg Neumann has served as German Consul General in Los Angeles since July 2015. Prior to this, he was German Ambassador to Benin in West Africa. His extensive knowledge of the United States was acquired during his time as an exchange student with the American Field Service in Pennsylvania in 1974, and while serving as Political Advisor and Head of Consular and Legal Affairs at the German Embassy in Washington from 2001 to 2005. Mr. Neumann joined the German Foreign Service in 1987. He has served as Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy in Bucharest, Head of Consular and Legal Affairs in Prague as well as in the Economic Department of the German Embassy in Cairo and as Foreign Desk Officer for the Maghreb countries. Mr. Neumann studied law in Frankfurt and Lausanne, Switzerland. Hon. Hans Jorg Neumann was a guest speaker at the Justice & Democracy Forum on refugee crisis held at the University of Neavda on February 15, 2017.
Hon. Christophe Lemoine is Consul General of France in Los Angeles. He has a doctorate in International Law and International Organizations Law from University "Panthéon – Assas" (Paris II). Before assuming his position as Consul General of France in Los Angeles, Mr. Lemoine served in the Human Resources Branch of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Third Secretary of the French Embassy in Berlin, Representative of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in European Union, Auditor in the Diplomatic and Consular Institute, Representative in the Office of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Head of Office in the Foreign Minister's cabinet. Hon. Christophe Lemoine was a guest speaker at the Justice & Democracy Forum on refugee crisis held at the University of Neavda on February 15, 2017.
Hon. Bernadette Greene is the Deputy Consul General at the British Consulate-General Los Angeles, where she works to enhance UK/US ties by developing, promoting and facilitating local relations across a wide spectrum of areas – political, commercial, consular, cultural, non-profit and civil society. Prior to arriving in Los Angeles, in mid-July 2013, Ms Greene was Deputy Consul General at the British Consulate-General in Erbil, in the Kurdistan Region of Northern Iraq, where her priority was in helping foster strong relations in this developing part of the world.  Ms Greene has a degree in Business Studies (Caledonia University, Glasgow); a degree in Psychology (Open University); and is a fully accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (MCIPD). Hon. Bernadette Greene addressed the Justice & Democracy Forum on refugee crisis held at the University of Neavda on February 15, 2017.



Dr. William Alex Pridemore is Distinguished University Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. A graduate of SUNY-Albany (Ph.D, 2000), he spent a year as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard University and was Professor of Criminal Justice and Director of Graduate Studies at Indiana University from 2009-2013. He has been PI or co-PI on research grants totaling more than $2.5 million, funded by National Institutes of Health, National Council for Eurasian and East European Research, National Institute of Justice, and the American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation. He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, including leading journals in criminology (Criminology, Journal of Quantitative Criminology, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, Justice Quarterly), public health and epidemiology (American Journal of Public Health, Addiction), and sociology (Social Forces, Social Science and Medicine, forthcoming in Annual Review of Sociology). Professor Anderson gave a talk co-sponsored by the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture, Department of Sociology, and Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology: "A Skeptic's Take on Studying Cross-National Homicide Rates: Things Are Not What They Seem."


Dr. Elijah Anderson is professor of sociology at Yale University and the director of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project. Anderson's recent ethnographic work, "The Cosmopolitan Canopy: Race and Civility in Everyday Life," was published in March 2012. His other books include "Code of the Street: Decency, Violence, and the Moral Life of the Inner City" (1999), winner of the Komarovsky Award from the Eastern Sociological Society; "Streetwise: Race, Class, and Change in an Urban Community" (1990), winner of the American Sociological Association's Robert E. Park Award for the best published book in the area of Urban Sociology; and the classic sociological work, "A Place on the Corner" (1978; 2nd ed., 2003). Professor Anderson is the 2013 recipient of the prestigious Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award of the American Sociological Association. On March 13, 2013, Professor Anderson gave a talk sponsored by the UNLV Center for Democratic Culture, Student Union, and Department of Sociology: "The Iconic Ghetto and the Promise of Urban Ethnography."

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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.

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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.

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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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