Thursday, October 28, 2010

Opinion: Let's Work to Put 'Never Again' on Par With 'Never Forget' | The Jewish Exponent

A great short article by Mark Hanis, director of Genocide Intervention Network - about our need to do more in our efforts to prevent genocide.

I am hoping to get Mark to the OKC area in the forthcoming months. If you have connections that could help support that effort - that would be great! Feel free to email me personally at martymichelson (at) gmail (dot) com.

Opinion: Let's Work to Put 'Never Again' on Par With 'Never Forget' | The Jewish Exponent

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Opportunity for Civil Dicourse on Religion and Politics

Coming to Oklahoma City University - National Endowment for Humanities Chairman Coming to OCU

The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities will visit Oklahoma City University to present a lecture at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business. The lecture is free to the public.

Jim Leach is on a nationwide tour with his presentation titled “Civility in a Fractured Society.” Through his tour, Leach is hoping to heal religious and political divisiveness by promoting respect for the cultural gifts of people around the world.

“Today civilization is on trial as radical elements in distant parts of the world stoke differences between and within faith systems,” Leach said in a speech earlier this year on the topic. “In response to violent acts of various parties and the dislocating consequences of the global recession, a divisive rhetoric of anger has been precipitated in recent years in the West as well as the East.

“If we don’t try to understand and respect others, how can we expect them to respect us, our values and way of life?”

Leach was nominated to his post by President Barack Obama in 2009 for a four-year term. He previously served 30 years representing southeastern Iowa in the U.S. House of Representatives where he chaired the Banking and Financial Services Committee, the Subcommittee on Asian and Pacific Affairs, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, and founded and co-chaired the Congressional Humanities Caucus.

After leaving Congress in 2007, Leach joined the faculty at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where he was the John L. Weinberg Visiting Professor of Public and International Affairs until his confirmation as NEH chairman.

Leach holds eight honorary degrees and has received numerous awards, including the Sidney R. Yates Award for Distinguished Public Service to the Humanities from the National Humanities Alliance, the Woodrow Wilson Award from The Johns Hopkins University, the Adlai Stevenson Award from the United Nations Association, the Edgar Wayburn Award from the Sierra Club, the Wayne Morse Integrity in Politics Award, the Norman Borlaug Award for Public Service and the Wesley Award for Service to Humanity.
Leach was a three-sport athlete while in college and was elected into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater.

For more information about Leach and the National Endowment for the Humanities, visit

Toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson,ph.d.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

For Your Consideration and Application!

This past year has been meaningful and significant in many ways for me personally - but in large part I have grown, developed, learned, and been shaped as a Carl Wilkens Fellow through Genocide Intervention Network. I could enumerate numerous ways that I have grown through many opportunities opened up to me through this venue!

I want to encourage any persons interested in working toward eupan to consider their own opportunity to become a Carl Wilkens Fellow for 2011!

I wish I would have been more organized to have posted this information for your awareness earlier. But, alas, - it is not too late to apply!

Here is what you need to know:

The 2011 Fellowship application is live on Genocide Intervention Network’s website yesterday and will be due by Friday, November 5th. You may access the application

About the Fellowship

Launched in 2009, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship Program seeks to bridge the gap between thought and action in the anti-genocide movement. The Fellowship is selective, 12-month leadership development program that provides a diverse set of emerging citizen leaders with the tools and training to build sustained political will to end genocide.

In its first two years, the Carl Wilkens Fellowship has worked with thirty-eight (38) individuals from communities across the country and from a diversity of backgrounds - from retired corporate lawyers, to high school teachers and college professors, to computer programmers and communications specialists.

Through the Fellowship, each one of these individuals has committed to growing as a leader and taken it upon themselves to acquire the tools and resources to build sustained political will within their communities for the prevention and cessation of genocide.

Interested in More Information?

I encourage you to check out the Fellowship pages on our organization's website:

§ Overview

§ Program components:

§ Carl Wilkens Fellowship network:

§ Carl Wilkens Fellows – stories from the field:

What’s Next?
Your application!

If you are interested in applying but have questions you’d like answered before beginning the process, let me know. I’m happy to exchange substantive emails with you and/or to hop on to a phone call. I also encourage you to join one of the conference calls Jessica Reveri will be facilitating about the Fellowship between now and the November 5th deadline. Note that these are stand alone calls – no new/different information will be shared on any one.

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010 (8AM ET & 8PM ET)

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010 (8AM ET & 8PM ET)

Call-in information:
Number: (712)432-1601 & Code: 020909

Wishing you the best - toward eupan.

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

October Advocacy Work - Derek Sparks

It was a great  to have Derek Sparks share his insight with numerous audiences over 2 days.

His past work in D.C. with Senator Coburn, and his current work with Congresswoman Mary Fallin - along with a host of other keen insights from his life and study, made him an excellent conversationalist on many issues.

He offered critical and solid information on issues regarding Muslim relationships, key issues for discerning southeast Asia, and insight into thinking about what it means to have a Christian perspective while being involved in politics.

Toward eupan!

~ marty alan michelson, ph.d.

Posted via email from Eupan Global Initiative