Women Trailblazers

Pamela Constable: Reporting from South Asia

Pamela Constable

Conversations Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Washington Post Deputy Foreign Editor Pamela Constable, who recounts her experiences as a foreign correspondent during a time of great change in South Asia.


Key Words: Journalists, Women Trailblazers, South Asia

Nell Irvin Painter: Reflections of an Historian

Nell Irvin Painter

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and artist Nell Irvin Painter for a discussion of her intellectual odyssey. Professor Painter discusses the influence of her parents, her work as a historian and the importance of art as a way to complement the traditional historical narrative.

Key Words: Historians, Art, Black Lives, Women Trailblazers

Jocelyn Cesari: Islam in the West

Jocelyn Cesari

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Harvard's Jocelyn Cesari for a discussion of the subtle and complex changes transforming Islam practice and thinking as Muslims live and work in the West. Topics covered include: Muslim women, the changes in religious practices, sharia and Western courts, the emergence of moderate voices, and political factors affecting Western perceptions of Islam.


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Joan Wallach Scott: The Politics of the Veil

Joan Wallach Scott

Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Joan Wallach Scott who traces her intellectual odyssey and recalls the impact of the women's movement on her research and teaching. She describes the intellectual influences that led her to write the now classic article, "Gender: A Useful Category of Historical Analysis." She also discusses the utility of critical history for elucidating contemporary policy debates with a focus on her recent book "The Politics of the Veil," an analysis of the political, cultural, and social factors that led to the French ban on the wearing of the veil by Muslim young women...

Jennifer Sims: Intelligence and National Security in a Democracy

Jennifer Sims

Writer, lecturer and consultant Dr. Jennifer Sims joins UC Berkeley's Harry Kreisler to discuss government intelligence and how it has changed post 9/11.


Key Words: Political Scientists, Intelligence

Jennifer Granholm: Leadership and Change

Jennifer Granholm

Harry Kreisler welcomes former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm for a discussion of lessons learned from her political career. She recalls her formative experiences, analyzes the essential qualities of leadership, and recounts the cascade of crises she confronted as a governor because of the failure of Michigan to recognize and adapt to challenges posed by international economic competitiveness and technological innovation. Leading at a time of structural manufacturing decline, she had to navigate transition to a new economy. Granholm concludes with an assessment of the strengths and...

Jane Mayer: How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Values

Jane Mayer

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes New Yorker writer Jane Mayer for a discussion of her new book, The Dark Side. She explains how, under the direction of Vice President Cheney and his Assistant David Addington,the Bush administration, contrary to American history and tradition, implemented a policy of torture and rendition in violation of U.S. and international law. She describes the resistence within the government and the military to these actions. Mayer also offers a compelling account of what happened to detainees under the Cheney/Addington regime. She also analyzes the long...

Hanna Holborn Gray: Leadership in Higher Education

Hanna Holborn Gray

Host Harry Kreisler welcomes Hanna Holborn Gray, former President of the University of Chicago, for a discussion of leadership. She reflects on the influence of her parents, her historical studies, the challenge of being the first woman president of a major American university, the values that guided her, the changing identity and mission of universities as they seek to insure equality and excellence, the problem of financing universities without threatening the integrity of research and teaching, and the impact of globalization. Finally, she offers suggestions to students on education and...

Hanan Ashrawi: A Palestinian Voice

Hanan Ashrawi

Conversations host Harry Kreisler interview Hanan Ashlar for a discussion of Palestinian nationalism and finding a Palestinian voice as a writer and political leader.

Key Words: Palestine, Writers, Women Trailblazers

Gro Harlem Brundtland: Leadership

Gro Harlem Brundtland

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Gro Harlem Brundtland, Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford, for a discussion of her lifelong commitment to public service at the national and international level. She traces her intellectual odyssey and recalls her many roles--Norwegian Prime Minister, Chair of Global Commission on Environment and Development, and Director General of the World Health Organization. She also describes the attributes of her leadership: the combination of political skills and scientific training that she developed as she worked to implement a...