Annual Themes (Archive)

Theme of 2011-2012: Globalization and Sustainability

Hot Spots:

— Dr. Issam Ghazzawi, Associate Professor of Management; Dr. Jason Neidleman, Professor of Political Science; Dr. Yehia Mortagy, Professor of Information Technology and Dr. Yousef Daneshbod, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, “Democracy in the Middle East? Hopes and Challenges (II) The Debate Continues…,” September 22, 2011

—  Dr. Jay Jones, Professor of Biology & Biochemistry; Dr. Robert Neher, Professor of Biology; Dr. Matthew Witt, Associate Professor of Public Administration;  Dr. Omid Furutan, Assistant Professor of Management; Dr. Al Clark, Associate Vice  President for Academic Affairs, “Sustainability:  A Global Perspective,” October 27, 2011

Theme of 2010-2011: Globalization and Sustainability

Hot Spots:

–Dr. Gitty Amini, Department of History and Political Science, “Globalization and National Security,”  September 23, 2010

–La Verne Debate Team, “How Sustainable Are We?  The Environment vs. the Economy,”  October 28, 2010

–Dr. Roberto Andreoni, Fulbright Scholar in Residence, Scripps College, “Italy: Modern Art-Music in Global Context,” November 23, 2010

–Mr. Christopher Viers, Senior Planner, City of Claremont, “Think Global, Act Local: Claremont’s Response to Sustainability,”  February 24, 2011

–Dr. Naeema Ali Abdelgawad, Egyptian Fulbright Scholar, “Egypt: Between Freedom and Chaos,”  March 24, 2011

Theme of 2009-2010: Immigration

• Books and Articles
• Hot Spots:

–Dr. Kenneth Marcus, Dept. of History and Political Science, “Why We Need to Rethink Immigration,” Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009

–La Verne Debate Team: “Immigration and Amnesty,” Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009

–Dr. Omid Furutan, College of Business and Public Management: “Immigration and Tolerance,” Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009

–La Verne Model United Nations, “Human Trafficking in the Middle East,” Thursday, March 25, 2010

• Guest Speakers:

—  Ms. Celine Cousteau, “Sustainability in the Age of Globalization,” April 26, 2012

— Mr. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., “Our Environmental Destiny,” Thursday, April 14, 2011

–Dr. Bill Rankin, Global Aids Interfaith Alliance, “Reaching African Rural Villages with HIV Prevention and Care,”  Wednesday, February 24, 2010

For more information on Bill Rankin and GAIA visit

–Dr. Noreen Green, Adam del Monte and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Ladino music and lecture, Wednesday, March 3, 2010  see event flyer

–Dr. Arun Gandhi, Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute, “Nonviolent Responses to Terrorism,” Benazir Bhutto and Ahmed Ispahani International Lectureship, Thursday, April 22, 2010 :

–Symposium: “Immigration and Acculturation,” Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Immigration film series, in partnership with Growing with Diversity Committee


College of Law


• Colloquium: Law and Immigration, February 19-20, 2010