Margaret J. Weber Distinguished Lecture Series
Emeritus Dean Margaret J. Weber established the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series at the Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) in 2010. To honor her leadership and legacy, GSEP continues this event series in her name. The lecture series helps support the GSEP mission of educating students to inspire lasting change in their communities and to lead lives of purpose, service, and leadership.
2018 -2019 - Event Schedule
Living and Learning with Civility
The 2018-19 series is centered on the quote from Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." Each event will host a speaker or panel who will explore thought-provoking ideas, anchored in civility to produce positive change.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
West LA Campus | 7-9 PM | Room 203
Race and the Internet: The Digital Shadow
Theo E. J. Wilson - YouTube activist, Speaker, Slam Poet
YouTube activist Theo E.J. Wilson was spurred by the racist comments individuals posted on his videos to assume an "alt-right" persona and pretend to be a member of the white nationalist movement. The ensuing conversations informed his presentation, "Race and the Internet: The Digital Shadow," a discussion about civil conversations, especially when people disagree.
Theo E.J. Wilson is the executive director of Shop Talk Live, Inc. The organization uses the barbershop as a staging ground for community dialogue and healing. In 2013, Wilson began speaking with "Rachel's Challenge," an organization dedicated to ending school violence through compassion. After viral video success beginning in 2015, he published his first book in 2017, The Law of Action. The book addresses some of the misconceptions about the law of attraction and the role direct action plays into manifestation.
With a passion for social justice, Wilson began his speaking career in the N.A.A.C.P at the age of 15. He attended Florida A&M University, where he obtained his B.A. in theater performance. Upon graduating, he interned as a full-time actor at the St. Louis Black repertory company. Wilson is a founding member of the Denver Slam Nuba team, who won the National Poetry Slam in 2011.
The event is free. Registration is required.
Thursday, November 8, 2018
West LA Campus | 6-8 PM | Room 333
Don't Forget About Me! The Importance of Character Development for All Generations
Dr. Ilene Bezjian, Executive Director / Western Region for the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
Established in 1861, The Medal of Honor is the highest accolade for bravery that can be awarded to members of America's armed forces for exceptional acts of valor. Recipients of the Medal of Honor founded the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation to educate and inspire Americans about the values embodied in the Medal of Honor: courage and sacrifice, commitment and integrity, citizenship and patriotism.
As the Executive Director of the Western Region for the Foundation, Dr. Ilene Bezjian develops engagement strategies and strategic alliances with west coast organizations to perpetuate the legacy for Medal of Honor Recipients.
Dr. Bezjian's background in strategy and marketing brings a unique perspective to casting vision and setting the vision into motion. She served as a senior consultant with The Genysys Group, a company assisting non-profit and for-profit organizations and universities in the midst of change. Her focus was on change management and board development.
Served as Dean of the School of Business and Management at Azusa Pacific University for 14 years and a professor of marketing for 20 years. With more than 1300 students, 6 undergraduate programs and eight graduate programs, she led the 25 faculty through the steps of AACSB accreditation process.
With 30 years of higher education experience, Dr. Bezjian has developed unique programs and opportunities for faculty and students alike, including a global program taking students around the world in one year while earning an MBA. Additional programs include a Masters in Public Accounting, an online MBA and Master of Arts in Management both online and face-to-face.
Dr. Bezjian sits on the board of Life Pacific College, The Smith Christian Foundation, Devoe School of Business and assists with the boards of A Million Thanks, and Working to Give. Additionally, she has served in support positions for the military throughout her husband's 37 years of military service.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
West LA Campus | 7-9 PM | Room 333-334
HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship
Nadine Strossen - Former President of the American Civil Liberties Union
Nadine Strossen expertly dissects constitutional law to share current challenges to our civil liberties today, stimulating thoughtful consideration of democratic ideals. With her expert knowledge of the Constitution, Strossen is a unique and valuable resource for understanding the context behind policies and legislation that curtail civil liberties, such as freedom of speech. In her new book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, she explores how speech is protected under the constitution and how free speech can be used to counter hate speech.
Twice named one of "The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal, Strossen draws from her two decades as president of the American Civil Liberties Union and current post as professor at New York University Law School to highlight the dangers that follow efforts to serve justice by limiting civil rights. She also offers useful and applicable strategies for achieving positive outcomes without violating Constitutional rights. From government surveillance and decriminalization of drugs to sexual harassment and more, Strossen makes even complex issues accessible through the use of illuminating statistics and true-life stories.
Join us for this important conversation around freedom of speech.
Nadine Strossen's book, HATE: Why We Should Resist It With Free Speech, Not Censorship, will be available for purchase and signing.
Thursday, January 24, 2019
West LA Campus | 7-9 PM | Room 203
The Triple Bottom Line of Social Entrepreneurship in Today's Climate
Christine Simmons - President & Chief Operations Officer of the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks
Simmons is in her fifth season with the team and the fourth in her official capacity. She leads all aspects of the team's business operations including ticket and sponsorship sales and service, marketing, game operations, communications, community relations, and finance. Under her leadership, the team has seen a 50% increase in ticket sales, increased viewership on Spectrum SportsNet and impacted nearly 70,000 lives through community programs.
Her life philosophy has always been "do more - do good - do well." In her view, her responsibility is more than leading a franchise to win championships, but also elevating girls and women to be leaders and make a cultural impact.
Prior to joining the Sparks, Simmons was an Executive Vice President with Magic Johnson Enterprises where she evaluated investment opportunities and was responsible for business development. She has worked with many Fortune 500 corporations and multi-million dollar companies and has been on the business side of entertainment for over a decade working for organizations such as Disney and NBCUniversal.
The event is free. Registration is required.
2017 -2018 - Event Schedule
Civility: The Intersection of Faith, Intellect, and Culture
GSEP aims to be a think tank for higher education. With the Distinguished Lecture Series, we focus on important topics with civility. Collectively, we can have civil disagreements and civil discourse, all leading us to take action in a direction that will bring about a better self, society, and world. The 2017-18 lecture series will continue to explore the themes of faith, intellect, and culture and host individuals to inspire and challenge.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
West LA Campus | 7-9 PM
The Intersection of Clinical and Commerce
Dr. Karen Khaleghi - co-founder of Creative Care Mental Health Treatment Centers
Dr. Karen Khaleghi and her husband Dr. Morteza Khaleghi founded Creative Care Mental Health Treatment Centers, one of the first recovery centers in Malibu, CA. Creative Care was the first to treat individuals with co-occurring disorders. Their inpatient, dual-diagnosis treatment programs and dedicated, in-patient psychiatric facility has been guiding patients to the path of recovery since 1989.
Dr. Khaleghi shared her personal and professional experience in effectively working as a clinician in the field. As a practitioner and business owner, Dr. Khaleghi guided those in attendance to couple their education and training with business savvy to achieve success.
Friday, March 9, 2018
Sheraton Gateway Los Angeles | 7-9 PM
Dr. Cornel West - Philosopher, Author, Activist, and Endowed Visiting Professor at Pepperdine GSEP
GSEP welcomes back Dr. Cornel West, professor, philosopher, author, and activist, who is now a visiting professor at Pepperdine GSEP for the Spring semester in the Doctor of Philosophy in Global Leadership and Change, and Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership programs. Dr. West was invited to speak at the Weber Distinguished Lecture Series for his ability to offer ideas, spark discussion, and move our community to reflect on humanity and act with civility. His lecture Prophetic Fire is open to the public and will encourage attendees to live and inspire through more than ordinary means. His melodic words often soothe, yet his content drills down to the most salient point of the issues of our day. Bookmark this link to watch a portion of the 2018 lecture live.
"These are the times that test women and men's souls. Thomas Paine was right." - Dr. Cornel West
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