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Athenaeum Fall 2012
David Smith Photo

September 27, 2012 

A Fulbright scholar, David Smith has worked in the field of conflict resolution, international education, and civil society and peace building. He serves on the Rockville, Maryland Human Rights Commission, has lectured on mediator practice in Sweden and India, has published articles in the International Herald Tribune and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and was awarded a Juris Doctorate from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

This program is in conjunction with the Montgomery College Peace and Justice Committee.

Peter Edelman Photo October 11, 2012

Earning both his A.B. and LL.B. from Harvard University, Peter Edelman has served in all three branches of government: Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert Kennedy; Counselor to Health and Human Services secretary Donna Shalala and later Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in the Clinton administration. He has written numerous books, articles, Supreme Court Briefs, and Congressional testimony. Edelman was interviewed in June on the Bill Moyer’s show about his latest book, So Rich, So Poor, which has received critical acclaim. One critic states: “Powerful and eloquent—should be required reading for anyone who cares about the future of our nation.” Ethel Kennedy wrote: Edelman’s “compassionate and singular voice awakens our conscience and calls us to action.”
Ambassador Nirupama Rao Picture

October 24, 2012
Before becoming Ambassador of India to the United States, Ambassador Rao held the post of Indian Foreign Secretary, the head of the Indian Foreign Service, the second woman to serve in this capacity. Previous to this position, she also served as India’s first woman Ambassador to China. Her other ambassadorial assignments include Peru, Bolivia, and Sri Lanka, where she was also India’s first woman High Commissioner.

She holds an M.A. degree in English Literature and was recently awarded the degree of Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa). She was also a Fellow at the Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University.

She is also the author of a book of poetry, Rain Rising, which has been translated into Chinese and Russian.

Jay Wilkinson Photo

November 8, 2012

Jay Wilkinson, halfback for Duke University, was named All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, and finished eighth in the voting for the Heisman trophy.

After graduating from Duke University, where he majored in political science and minored in religion, Jay Wilkerson earned a degree from the Episcopal Theological School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is the recipient of the United States Conference of Mayors Distinguished Service Award and the National Collegiate Association Silver Anniversary Award.

He is the author of Bud Wilkinson: An Intimate Portrait of an American Legend and Dear Jay, Love Dad: Bud Wilkinson’s Letters To His Son.


Chip Gladson Picture


November 13, 2012 

An English professor at Montgomery College, Stephen “Chip” Gladson also served in the Peace Corps, where he trained prospective teachers of English in Sri Lanka and taught English for academic purposes at Bahuaddin Zakariya University in Pakistan.

Fred Fisher Photo

Fred Fisher, Director of the International Development Institute, has many years experience working in societies threatened by war and civil strife, including Sarajevo. He has served as a consultant to the United Nations Center for Human Settlements (Habitat), the Economic Development Institute (EDI) of the World Bank, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

This program is hosted in conjunction with the One Maryland One Book initiative, the MC Libraries, the Paul Peck Humanities Institute, the Renaissance Scholars Honors Program, the MC Peace and Justice Community, MC Books, and the Rockville Music Department.

William Chang Photo

December 4, 2012

William Chang received his D.M.A. degree from University of Maryland at College Park. He also studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music for his M.M. degree and at the Toho School of Music in Tokyo, Japan for his B.M. degree.

He studied classical piano with Ms. Larissa Dedova and chamber music with Ms. Rita Sloan. He has performed in the Carnegie Recital Hall in NY City and internationally in Japan, Korea, and the USA. He is currently serving at Montgomery College as an adjunct faculty member and Piano Instructor at BlackRock Center for the Arts.

His teachers include Boris Slutsky, Marian Hahn, Seth Knopp, Yasusi Hirose, Shuku Iwasaki, and Akira Miyoshi.

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