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Jeff Hodges
Director of Public Relations
Hollins University
P.O. Box 9657
Roanoke, VA 24020-1657
(540) 362-6503
Fax: (540) 362-6500

Office location:
Cocke Memorial Building, Third Floor

Brittany Foutz
Special Programs Coordinator
(540) 362-6021

Office location:
Bradley Hall

Hollins Biennial Conference on Women and Leadership:
Engaging Ethics

Monday, September 26, 7:30 p.m., Hollins Theatre

Wangari Maathai2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wangari Maathai [CANCELLED]

We are deeply saddened by the news that Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai passed away September 25. Dr. Maathai was scheduled to speak at Hollins on September 26, and her appearance here was cancelled last week. Maathai was acknowledged internationally as a fighter for democracy, human rights, and environmental conservation. As the founder of the Green Belt Movement, she helped African women plant millions of trees on their farms and at schools and church compounds, and campaigned vigorously against land grabbing and the predatory allocation of forest lands. In recognition, Maathai was honored with the Nobel Peace Prize. For more information on the Green Belt Movement, see http://www.greenbeltmovement.org/.


Tuesday, September 27

Check-in (coffee and pastries)
8:30 - 9:00 a.m., Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Lobby

Welcome and Plenary Address
9:00 - 10:15 a.m., Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Niederer Auditorium
After a short welcome from Jeanine Stewart, vice president for academic affairs, Michael Gettings, associate professor of philosophy, will offer an introduction to ethics.

Panel: Ethics and the Environment
10:30 - 11:45 a.m., Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Niederer Auditorium
Greg Cooper, associate professor of philosophy and director of the Society and the Professions Program in Ethics, Washington & Lee University, and Anna Lawson '65, M.A. '70, environmental activist, discuss ethical issues they have faced in their work. Moderated by Renee Godard, professor of biology and environmental studies, Hollins University.

Panel: Ethics and Journalism
1:45 - 3:00 p.m., Richard Wetherill Visual Arts Center, Niederer Auditorium
Keith Humphry, former anchor at WDBJ-7, and Beth Macy M.A. '93, the families' beat reporter at The Roanoke Times, discuss ethical issues they have faced in their professional lives. Moderated by Vladimir Bratic, assistant professor of communication studies, Hollins University.

Ethics Workshop
3:15 - 4:30 p.m., Botetourt Reading Room, Botetourt Hall
In this informative workshop, participants will have the opportunity to develop their own ethical thinking skills by working through a case study. Led by Michael Gettings, associate professor of philosophy, Hollins University.



Greg Cooper is an internationally recognized scholar in environmental ethics and philosophy of science. His book on the philosophy of ecology, The Science for the Struggle for Existence, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. He has also written numerous articles on environmental ethics, environmental policy, and philosophy of science. Dr. Cooper research interests also include practical and professional ethics, including legal ethics. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 1989, shortly after joining the faculty at the State University of New York College at Potsdam. In 1991, he moved to Duke University and taught courses on values and environmental policy and philosophy of science. In 1999, Dr. Cooper became director of the Society and the Professions Program in Ethics at Washington and Lee University. The program focuses on ethics in public policy and professional life, with an emphasis on bringing students together with practicing professionals in the fields of environmental policy, law, business, and medicine.

Broadcast journalist Keith Humphry anchored the most widely watched local newscast in Virginia on Roanoke’s CBS affiliate WDBJ-TV (News 7) until his retirement in May 2011. His work has been recognized many times by his peers over the course of a 40-year career in television news, most recently with two Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative journalism. Humphry holds a bachelor’s degree in history from The College of Wooster in Ohio and an M.A. degree in communication from American University in Washington, D.C. He has taught mass media and communication at Hollins and Roanoke College.

Anna Logan Lawson has served as a fundraiser, writer, editor, project planner, administrator, and occasionally, a lecturer for non-profit institutions, including Hollins and the Kettering Foundation. More recently, she has used her experience and expertise in volunteer work for environmental, social justice, and educational organizations. She holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from Hollins and received her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Virginia. Lawson currently serves on the boards of the Virginia Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the Virginia Environmental Endowment, and the Virginia Historical Society; in 2008 she was appointed to the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. Anna is a director of Roanoke-based Valley Bank, which she helped found in 1994. She is a past chair of the boards at Hollins, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Total Action Against Poverty, and The Nature Conservancy.

Beth Macy is a reporter at The Roanoke Times, where she has worked off and on since 1989. Her stories about aging, race, and immigration have won more than a dozen national awards. A 2010 Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, Macy produced a multimedia series called "Age of Uncertainty” about the challenges facing seniors and caregivers. The series won “Documentary Project of the Year” by Pictures of the Year International, as well as the Associated Press Managing Editors' award for online convergence, a Casey Medal for coverage of families, and the Virginia Press Association's top public-service reporting prize. Macy has taught literary journalism at Hollins and writes freelance articles and essays, most recently for O, The Oprah Magazine; Parade; The Chronicle of Higher Education; and American Journalism Review. Her November 2010 story about cholera in Haiti won the 2011 Associated Press Managing Editors award for international reporting.

All events are free. Sponsored by the Hollins University Distinguished Speakers Series. For more information, call 540-362-6491.