April 2016 Scholars Gild Discussion

Is there a crisis in the humanities?

Tuesday, April 19
Lower Arden Gild Hall
7:30 PM

G Hammill

The humanities play an important role in the cultural life of the Ardens and the Arden Club (i.e., Shakespeare, the library, poetry, etc.) The April Scholars Gild speaker, Prof. Graham Hammill, will discuss whether or not there really is a crisis in the humanities in US higher education. The talk will consider humanities education in the context of current problems and challenges in US higher education and some new directions in higher education that are attempting to address the crisis of the humanities.

The Scholars Gild discussions are held at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the lower Gild Hall. If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com. Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email

BIO

Graham Hammill is Professor of English at the University at Buffalo, SUNY, where he is also Vice Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School. He has written several books on topics such as religion and politics, as well as sexuality and art.

March 2016 Scholars Gild Discussion

First Ladies: From Ceremony to Substance

Tuesday, March 15
Lower Arden Gild Hall
7:30 PM

Prof. Katherine (Katie) Sibley, Saint Joseph's University

Prof. Katherine Sibley

Please join the Scholars Gild at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, March 15, when we will discuss the role of the First Ladies of the United States of America. Professor Katherine Sibley talk will explore first ladies of the twentieth and twenty-first century, highlighting their stories through the life of an underrated first lady, Florence Kling Harding, whose term in office (1921-1923) underlines many of the important transitions in the office that have occurred over the last 100 years and which are exemplified by the current first lady, Michelle Obama. These have included growing activism, significant political influence and counsel to the president, and cultivation of popular and celebrity culture to communicate their message and desired image to the American people.

Katherine A. S. Sibley is professor and director of American Studies at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she has taught history since receiving her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1991. Her newest book, A Companion to First Ladies (Wiley-Blackwell), should appear this May. She appeared on C-SPAN’s First Ladies series to discuss Florence Harding in 2013. Her most recent publication was A Companion to Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge, and Herbert Hoover (Wiley-Blackwell 2014), and last year she also contributed a chapter on World War II and the postwar era to the Globalyceum curriculum website (www.globalyceum.com). She has published four monographs: First Lady Florence Kling Harding: Behind the Tragedy and Controversy (2009), Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War (2004); The Cold War (1998) and Loans and Legitimacy: The Evolution of Soviet-American Relations, 1919-1933 (1996). She edits a book series, the U.S. in International Perspective, with Paradigm Publishers, and serves on the editorial board of American Communist History, as well as on the Historical Advisory Committee to the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department.
The Scholars Gild discussions are held at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the lower Gild Hall. If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com. Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email.

Scholars Gild February 2016

“More Companies Than People”

How Delaware Became America’s Corporate Legal Home and Why It Matters

Tuesday, February 16

Lower Arden Gild Hall

7:30 PM

February 2016 Leader

Rick Giesenberger

Please join the Scholars Gild at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, February 16, when we will discuss the role Delaware plays as the legal home for a majority of the world’s largest corporations. Delaware is known internationally as the corporate home to 66% of Fortune 500 companies and more than 80% of all U.S. initial public offerings. Mr. Rick Geisenberger, Chief Deputy Secretary of State and manager of the Division of Corporations, will lead our discussion on the history of how Delaware earned this reputation, why Delaware’s role if important to the corporations and Delawareans, and interesting stories about managing this valuable asset for the State of Delaware.

Richard J. “Rick” Geisenberger is Delaware’s Chief Deputy Secretary of State reporting to Secretary of State Jeffrey W. Bullock. His primary responsibility is managing and marketing the state’s Division of Corporations. Mr. Geisenberger is also responsible for overall policy, planning, legislation, and administration for the Delaware Department of State — one of the most diverse departments in state government with responsibilities in Archives, Historical and Cultural Affairs, Libraries, Professional Regulation, and Veterans Affairs to name a few.

He serves on Governor Jack Markell’s Policy Group and was appointed in 2009 as Deputy Program Director of the Delaware Government Performance Review, which set in motion dozens of successful initiatives to make state government more efficient and cost-effective.

Before joining state government as an Economic Policy Advisor to Governor Thomas Carper, he held a variety of private sector positions in banking, finance, treasury, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning – first with Corestates Financial, then Manufacturers Hanover Corporation and later Delmarva Power.

The Scholars Gild discussions are held at 7:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the month (except July and August) in the lower Gild Hall. If you would like to receive email notifications and reminders, contact the Scholars Gild via ArdenScholarsGild@gmail.com. Title your email “Scholars Gild Request” and include your name, comments, and request in the body of the email.