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Theme: Respecting Our Humanity

This event occurred on
October 15, 2011
3:00pm - 9:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Amherst, MA
United States

This event was free and open to the public with limited seating on a first come, first serve basis. It took place in the Main Lecture Hall in Hampshire College's Franklin Patterson Hall. There were live feeds to the East and West lecture halls.

Hampshire College
893 West Street
Franklin Patterson Hall - Main Lecture Hall
Amherst, MA, 01002
United States
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Jay Vogt

Jay W. Vogt founded Peoplesworth, a private practice in organizational development, in 1982. Jay has facilitated thousands of meetings and retreats, and specializes in facilitating large groups of 35 to 350. His clients include nonprofits, small businesses, corporations, and governments. Jay is the author of Recharge Your Team: The Grounded Visioning Approach and Board Roles to Board Goals: Creating an Annual Board Workplan. He holds a master’s degree in counseling from Antioch/New England and a B.A. from Hampshire College. Recent clients include corporations such as Nortel Networks and NSTAR, small businesses such as Stonyfield Farm and Applegate Farms, state agencies such as the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, colleges such as Harvard University and Bunker Hill Community College, national trade associations such as the Organic Trade Association and the Social Venture Network, and nonprofit organizations such as the Massachusetts Horticultural Society and the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Title of TEDxHampshireCollege talk: The Art of Facilitation: Changing the Way the World Meets

Jay Smooth

Jay Smooth is host of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, the Underground Railroad on WBAI 99.5 FM in NY, and founded one of the first and most influential hip-hop blogs at hiphopmusic.com. In recent years Jay has won acclaim for his incisive video commentaries on culture and politics at illdoctrine.com, listed in 2008 as one of iTunes "Best Podcasts of the Year." He can also be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition every week, talking music and culture.

Chuck Collins

Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He co-edits the web resource, www.inequality.org, an online resource with data, analysis and commentary. He is co-founder of Wealth for the Common Good and Business for Shared Prosperity, two national networks of business leaders, small business owners, and wealthy individuals concerned about tax fairness and shared prosperity. In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy, where he worked served as co-director and program director until 2006. He is co-author, with Bill Gates Sr., of Wealth and Our Commonwealth, (Beacon Press, 2003), a case for taxing inherited wealth and preserving the federal estate tax.). He is an expert on U.S. inequality and the economic crisis and co-author of the Economic Meltdown Funnies (www.economicmeltdownfunnies.org), an engaging comic book on the causes of the Great Recession. His other books include Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005) and The Moral Measure of the Economy (Orbis, 2005). He is a graduate of Hampshire College, where he studied history and political economy. He received a masters in business and community economic development from Southern New Hampshire University. TEDxHampshireCollege Talk Title: Taxing the Wealthy

Saleem Ali

Saleem H. Ali is Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the Director of the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security at UVM's James Jeffords Center for Policy Research. He is also on the adjunct faculty of Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies and the visiting faculty for the United Nations mandated University for Peace (Costa Rica). Dr. Ali's research focuses on the causes and consequences of environmental conflicts and how ecological factors can promote peace. Much of his empirical research has focused on environmental conflicts in the mineral sector. His most recent book is titled Treasures of the Earth: Need, Greed and a Sustainable Future. He is also the author of Mining, the Environment and Indigenous Development Conflicts. Volumes where he has served as editor include Earth Matters: Indigenous Peoples, The Extractive Industries and Corporate Social Resposibility (edited with Ciaran O'Fairchellaegh) and the widely acclaimed volume Peace Parks: Conservation and Conflict Resolution (MIT Press, September, 2007), which has received cover endorsements from environmental scientists E.O. Wilson, George Schaller and UNEP executive director Achim Steiner, and a foreword by IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefevre. The World Economic Forum chose him as a "Young Global Leader" in 2011. He has also been selected by the National Geographic Society as an "emerging explorer" and was profiled in "Forbes magazine" in September, 2009 as "The Alchemist." Professor Ali received his doctorate in Environmental Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), an M.E.S. in environmental law and policy from Yale University, and his Bachelors in Chemistry from Tufts University (summa cum laude). Professor Ali is on twitter at @saleem_ali Title of TEDxHampshireCollege talk: Humanizing Environmental Ideals: How Cautious Consumerism is Essential for Planetary Citizenship

Jane Couperus

Dr. Jane W. Couperus, associate professor of developmental cognitive neuroscience at Hampshire College, received her B.A. in psychology and music from Wesleyan University, an M.A. in applied developmental psychology from Claremont Graduate University, and a Ph.D. in child development with a minor in neuroscience from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota. Her primary research interests are in the development of attention, learning, memory, and their neurological substrates. Her research uses both behavioral and physiological techniques (primarily event related potentials) to gain a better understanding of the brain over the course of development.

Sarah Mullens

Sarah Mullens is a 4th year student at Hampshire College working on her Div III (senior thesis) in mathematical logic. She founded an organization in high school which gave books to the homeless population of Austin, TX. She is an active member of the outdoors' community in Western Massachusetts and an officer for the Hampshire College Climbers' Coalition. When she's not proving theorems, you'll find her whitewater kayaking on the Gauley, reading about goats and making yogurt, or rock climbing.

Jim Ferrell

Jim Ferrell is a managing partner and founding partner of The Arbinger Institute. He is the author or coauthor of several bestselling books, including Arbinger’s international bestsellers, Leadership & Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace. He has degrees in economics and philosophy and is a graduate of Yale Law School. Arbinger is a worldwide institute that helps organizations, individuals, and communities to solve the problems that have been created by the little-known but pervasive problem of self-deception (the problem of not knowing, and resisting the possibility, that one has a problem). Arbinger’s work is organized into two broad practice areas where overcoming the self-deception problem is the key to achieving lasting solutions: leadership and accountability services and conflict transformation services. Arbinger’s clients range from individuals who are seeking help in their lives to many of the largest companies and governmental organizations in the world. Arbinger now has operations in twenty countries.

Betsy Hartmann

Betsy Hartmann is the director of the Population and Development Program and professor of development studies at Hampshire College. A longstanding activist in the international women’s health movement, she writes, speaks, and teaches on the intersections between international population, migration, environment, and security concerns. She is the author of the feminist classic, Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control, co-author of A Quiet Violence: View from a Bangladesh Village, and co-editor of the anthology, Making Threats: Biofears and Environmental Anxieties. She is also the author of two political thrillers about the far right, Deadly Election and The Truth about Fire. She is a frequent online and radio commentator and has appeared on CNN and BBC television. She is featured in French director Mathilde Damoisel’s recent documentary about forced sterilization in Peru, A Woman’s Womb. Her recent scholarship and activism focus on the politics of climate change; she is currently working on a book about the roots of apocalyptic thinking in American environmentalism. She received her B.A. magna cum laude in South Asian Studies from Yale University and Ph.D. in development studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Organizing team


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  • Thom Long
    Organizer/Set Design