A Public College Funds the Left: Report on DuPage · 20 February 2009

By Sara Dogan and John Perazzo

The following report examines the politics and background of the speakers who were invited to give lectures at the College of DuPage from 2004-2009. These lectures took place through 5 separate programs: Living Leadership, the College Lecture Series, International Speakers, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and the Multicultural Center for Student Services. For each speaker, we have attempted to provide a brief biography and characterize (to the best of our ability) the political leanings of the speaker and his or her presentation. For speakers who spoke more than once (there were several) we counted each campus appearance as a separate presentation.


Out of a total of 117 speakers, we found that 64 speakers or presentations (55% of the total) leaned to the left politically – often far to the left. 20 speakers or presentations (17%) were judged to have been neutral. In 33 cases (28% of the total), we were unable to identify the political leanings of the speaker or presentation.


Not one of the 117 speakers or presentations at DuPage was found to represent conservative views or views to the right of center even though roughly half the nation holds such views.


Additionally, several political forums involving more than one speaker were found to be entirely one-sided. A forum entitled “Jerusalem Women Speak: 3 Women, 3 Faiths, One Shared Vision” featured Dr. Nina Mayorek, Aitemad Mater Muhanna, and Diana Kattan. Though these three women belong to different faiths—Judaism, Islam, and Christianity respectively—they each hold the view that Israel is the aggressor in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Partners for Peace, the sponsor of the forum, is an organization which claims to be raising awareness of “peace and justice in Palestine/Israel” but which vilifies the Israeli military and “has researched cases of human rights abuse by Israel against American citizens of Arab origin” but does not appear to research Palestinian terrorism, human rights abuses or attacks on Israeli and American citizens.


Other speakers who appeared on the DuPage campus during 2004-2009 also held an anti-Israel/anti-American perspective including Arun Gandhi who called Jews and Israel “the biggest players” in a global culture of violence, ignoring al-Qaeda, Hizbollah, Hamas, and the terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq. Not one pro-Israel speaker was invited to speak at DuPage.


Living Leadership:

Bill Ayers (Left)
“education, activist”
Ayers is a professor of education and a Senior University Scholar at the University of Illinois. He has longstanding ties to Barack Obama. Along with his wife Bernardine Dohrn, he was a 1960s leader of the homegrown terrorist group Weatherman, a Communist-driven splinter faction of Students for a Democratic Society. A full profile of Ayers can be found here: http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=2169

Mary Tillman (unable to identify politics)
She is the mother of former professional football player Pat Tillman, who enlisted in the military and was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in April 2004. She has written a book about her son’s death, saying that the military tried to cover up the facts about his death in an effort to prevent the public from developing negative opinions about the war. She says her son was killed by fellow US soldiers who were trigger-happy and mentally unbalanced because of the difficult circumstances in which they found themselves. She says: "These soldiers [with Pat] were not in a fog of war but in a lust to fight.… None of us have ever been in these soldiers' shoes, being fired upon in a canyon. But they didn't do their jobs, and there should be ramifications.” She says the Army “made up a story…. It was presented on national television. And we believe they did that to promote the war.”

Rev. Carroll Pickett (Left)
“death penalty”
He is a death-row prison chaplain who has ministered to almost 100 condemned men in Texas. He says he’s not officially against the death penalty (because if he were to say he opposed it, he would not be permitted to work as a prison chaplain anymore). But if we read between the lines, it’s quite apparent that he opposes capital punishment. He has written a book titled Within These Walls: Memoirs of a Death House Chaplain, which gives vivid details of the condemned men’s executions. He says: “Today the biggest problem about the whole procedure is the length of time they must wait, between the time they get convicted and the time they carry it out. That to me will always be a problem. They want you to have to stay years and years and years...that's not living. That's really not living…. [T]o have to live your last 15 years in a 5 x 9 [cell], that's worse [than the actual execution], and a lot harder in my opinion.”

Mason Tvert (Left)
“activism, legalize marijuana”
He is a 23-year-old Colorado man whose promotes the legalization of adult possession and use of marijuana. In 2008 he led a push to get the 68,000 valid signatures needed to place a marijuana initiative on the ballot. Their effort was referred to as SAFER, or Safer Alternative For Enjoyable Recreation. Tvert says that marijuana is a safer recreational intoxicant than alcohol.

Allison Hantschel (Left)
Saying that Hillary Clinton’s politics are “too centrist,” Hantschel describes herself as “a bleeding-heart, borderline-socialist, anti-war liberal who believes corporate wealth is the source of most of the country's problems.” An anti-war activist and a former newspaper reporter in Chicago, she is the editor of Special Plans, a collection of anti-war blogs that condemn the “manipulation of intelligence and ideology in the run-up to our present state of war.” She supported Howard Dean for President in 2004.

Tom Krieglstein (Left)
“technology”; “Average to All-American”
This 28-year-old Chicago resident started his first company, an online retail store, as a junior in college at age 20. At its peak, it was selling $1.5 million of product annually. He graduated from the College of DuPage and Aurora University and gave the commencement speech at each graduation. On November 3, 2008, he made news when he showed up 24 hours early – so as to be the first person in line – for an election night rally in Chicago’s Grant Park celebrating Barack Obama’s presidential victory. He said: “It’s history. Having Obama as president is history, and that’s why I wanted to be the first person in line…. I wasn’t there for the civil rights [era]. But my connection to this is if I’d imagine 40 years from now that a gay man or a gay woman would become president, I feel like that’s what it’s like for Obama to become president right now. I want to be a part of history…. I hope that Obama sets a plan not just for America, but for the world. I feel like he’s showcasing himself and the United States to what his presidency is going to look like for the next eight years. And then Michelle Obama in 2016.”

Patrick Collins (unable to identify politics)
A partner in the Perkins Cole law firm's litigation practice and a former federal prosecutor, he has led teams conducting internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies and public entities. Most notably, he led the eight-year Operation Safe Road investigation that culminated in the six-month trial and conviction of Illinois’ former Republican governor George Ryan.

Michael Miller (unable to identify politics)
“conflict resolution”
This attorney is a corporate partner at the California law firm of Alschuler, Grossman, Stein & Kahan. A substantial part of his practice involves pro-bono legal assistance for what he terms “disaffected youth throughout the world.” He has worked as counsel for Whole Chile International, the Quincy Jones We Are the Future Foundation, the Museum of Tolerance, Bet Tzedek Holocaust Reparations, Jewish Big Brothers, the East Meets West Foundation (Vietnamese youth and infrastructure projects), and California Lawyers for the Arts.

Steve Matuszak (unable to identify politics)
He founded the Chicago Comedy Company, which is dedicated to “clean comedy.” In his shows, there is no cursing, no alcohol served, and no smoking permitted.

Barry Scott (Left)
“M. L. King Legacy”
He is an actor, writer, producer, director, motivational speaker and voice-over artist. An authority on the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr., Scott created a tribute presentation to teach today’s students about King. In his presentation, Scott recites some of King’s speeches and then conducts Q&A sessions. He also has developed a program titled “Different Doesn’t Mean Wrong: Learning about Diversity.” He teaches students “how to recognize biases.” He says: “The first step is to recognize your feelings. Are your feelings based on fact? From where did your information come from? Have you let one negative experience affect all experiences? Once you recognize your commonality with others, bias can be overcome. This interactive presentation is designed to lead attendees through the process of identifying bias, embracing diversity, and creating respect.”

Patrick Combs (neutral)
“Major in Success”
He is a motivational speaker and author.

Kevin Prentiss (unable to identify politics)
“campus engagement”
He started his first business, a .com development firm, with a partner, while still in college. It grew to nearly 50 employees with three offices across the country and was worth $12 million at one time. After selling that company to a partner, he co-founded Userplane, an Internet software firm in Los Angeles that designed and built the instant messenger for MySpace.com. Userplane was later sold to AOL.


College Lecture Series:


Steven Prothero (unable to identify politics)

“Religious Literacy”


Prothero is a professor in the Department of Religion at Boston University. Reviewing his book, Religious Literacy, the Washington Post declared that “In this book, the author combines a lively history of the rise and fall of American religious literacy with a set of proposed remedies based on his hope that ‘the Fall into religious ignorance is reversible.’”


Arun Gandhi (left)



“Arun Manilal Gandhi (born April 14, 1934, Durban, South Africa) is the fifth grandson of Mohandas Gandhi through his second son Manilal. Following the footsteps of his grandfather, he is also a socio-political activist, although he eschews the ascetic lifestyle of his grandfather.[1] In January 2008, Gandhi resigned as director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence, which he founded, following publication by the Washington Post of an essay "calling Jews and Israel 'the biggest players' in a global culture of violence"[2], an act that sparked criticism of Gandhi, as well as criticism of his detractors.” –www.wikipedia.org



John Bul Dau (unable to identify politics)

“Lost Boys of Darfur


John Bul Dau is one of the original Lost Boys of Sudan. According to NationalGeographic.com, Dau “has committed his life to improving the availability and quality of healthcare in Southern Sudan. John is the Founder and President of the John Dau Sudan Foundation, created in July 2007 to build and sustain health clinics in his homeland.”


Helen Thomas (left)

“UPI White House Correspondent”


Helen Thomas is a reporter and long-time member of the White House Press Corps. In March 2006, Thomas asked President Bush “I'd like to ask you, Mr. President, your decision to invade Iraq has caused the deaths of thousands of Americans and Iraqis, wounds of Americans and Iraqis for a lifetime. Every reason given, publicly at least, has turned out not to be true. My question is: Why did you really want to go to war? From the moment you stepped into the White House, from your Cabinet—your Cabinet officers, intelligence people, and so forth—what was your real reason? You have said it wasn't oil—quest for oil, it hasn't been Israel, or anything else. What was it?”

The Onion (neutral)
“Satirical Journalism”

The Onion is a satirical humor magazine that publishes “fake news” and parodies actual newspapers in its format and coverage.


Delia & Mark Owens (left)

“Saving Elephants by Empowering People”


Delia Owens, Ph.D., B.S., and Mark Owens M.Ed., B.S. are zoologists who “have conducted research and conservation projects on endangered species in Africa for 23 years.” From 1986 to 1997 they developed “the North Luangwa Conservation Project (NLCP) in Zambia, a multidimensional approach to wildlife conservation and resource development.” The Owenses returned to the United States in 1997 and founded the Owens Foundation for Wildlife Conservation.

Eugene Jarecki (left)

“documentary filmmaker”


Eugene Jarecki is a documentary filmmaker who produced the films Why We Fight and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, which accuses the former secretary of state of war crimes. He is the author of the book The American Way of War: Guided Missiles, Misguided Men, and a Republic in Peril. Jarecki writes, “Unless we see our vote as part of a commitment to involve ourselves consistently and unrelentingly in the political process, our vote is wasted. This is because the forces that have led us to this economic, military, and political precipice exert such awesome power over the mechanics of Washington that no single candidate or group of legislators, whatever their intentions, can possibly go up against them unless armed with an irrepressible public mandate.”



Mark Zupan (neutral)

“disabled athletic competition”


Zupan is the captain of the United States quadriplegic wheelchair rugby team and appeared in the film Murderball.



Barbara Ehrenreich (left)

“Nickel & Dimed on (not) Getting by in America


Barbara Ehrenreich is a widely read author and columnist who has written more than 20 books, including Nickel & Dimed on (not) Getting by in America about the plight of America’s working poor. According to Wikipedia.org, “Ehrenreich is currently an honorary co-chair of the Democratic Socialists of America. She also serves on the NORML Board of Directors and The Nation's Editorial Board.” She supported Barack Obama in his run for the presidency in 2008.



Martha Nussbaum (left)

“Compassion and Global Responsibility”


Martha Nussbaum is a professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago. According to Wikipedia.org, “Nussbaum's work on capabilities has often focused on the unequal freedoms and opportunities of women, and she has developed a distinctive type of feminism, drawing inspiration from the liberal tradition, but emphasizing that liberalism, at its best, entails radical rethinking of gender relations and relations within the family.” She has argued for the legalization of prostitution and has said that former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer should not have been forced to leave office for participating in prostitution.




International Education Speakers:


Jim Baier (neutral)

“Careers in the Private Sector—UPS”


Baier is a human resources manager for UPS.


Don Garner (neutral)

“Careers in the Non-Profit, Rotary Club”


Garner is the president of the Rotary Club of Chicago. He is “an active member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a respected member of the Chicago legal community.” He is a member of the Illinois Steering Committee of the U.S. Global Leadership campaign.


Russell Maheras (neutral)

“Careers in the Military—Air Force”


Maheras is a Public Affairs Officer for the Secretary of the Air Force’s National Civic Outreach Office. His speech provided “insights into career opportunities in the Air Force in both the military and civilian sectors.”


Todd Zoellick (unable to identify politics)

“Moderator, US Department of Education-Chicago”


Zoellick is a regional representative of the Deputy U.S. Secretary of Education.


Adam Carter (left)

“Global Micro-Philanthropy”


Carter is the associate director of the 100 Friends project, an organization which “which strives to ensure money raised is delivered directly to those in need, without the bureaucratic involvement of larger charities.” He travels to impoverished areas in the third world to distribute money directly to the poor.


Joy Harjo (left)

“Honoring the Native Way


Harjo is a left-wing poet who is described by poets.org as having “a consistent focus on politics, social justice, and issues relevant to Native Americans.”


Shawn HeYuxun (neutral)

“The New Face of China: Challenge/Opportunity”


HeYuxun is the chairman of MeetChinaBiz.org, an organization that encourages cooperation between American and Chinese businesses.


John MacAloon (unable to identify politics)

“Stand and Deliver: Beijing Olympic Bid”


MacAloon is the director of the Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He wrote a book titled Muscular Christianity and the Colonial and Post-Colonial World in which claims that a secularized version of this “muscular Christianity” was appropriated by the state to support imperial military and colonial projects and was a key engine of British colonialism. (source: www.amazon.com)


Z. George Hong (unable to identify politics)

“The China Uniqueness”


Hong is Chief Research Officer and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Professional Development at Purdue University. His presentation at DuPage was subtitled “China Development vs. Western Theories.”


Charles Morrison (unable to identify politics)

“Paid by East West Center


Morrison is the president of the East-West Center, an organization “created by the United States Congress in 1960 to provide an organization that would serve as a catalyst to strengthen relations and understanding between the United States and Asian and Pacific nations.”


Guy Alitto (unable to identify politics)

“Paid by East West Center


Alitto is an Associate Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He is a specialist on modern Chinese intellectual and social history.


Linda Eneix (unable to identify politics)

“History and Mystery in Malta


Eneix is author of People of The Temples-Menaidra, a work of fiction. Of her book, Eneix writes “Many people don't consider that there was a vast human history in place long before Biblical Abraham. This book is my attempt to convey that there were real people in that distant past and a human continuity that continues through millennia.”


Mike Rowse (neutral)

“Kong and China


Rowse is “currently the Director-General of InvestHK, a department of the Hong Kong Government.” According to Wikipedia.org, “Invest Hong Kong is the department of the Hong Kong SAR Government responsible for assisting overseas companies to set up and develop their business in Hong Kong.”


Judy Ledgerwood (left)

“Southeast Asian American Lives thru Literature”


Ledgerwood is an associate professor and department chair in anthropology at Northern Illinois University. “Professor Ledgerwood is a cultural anthropologist whose research interests include gender, refugee and diaspora communities, and the transnational movements of people and ideas. Her current research is focused on Cambodian Buddhism and ideas of cultural identity. Professor Ledgerwood's dissertation was on changing Khmer conceptions of gender in Khmer refugee communities in the United States.”


Soudary Kittivong Greenbaum (left)

“Laotian-Americans: Where are we Now?”


Kittivong-Greenbaum is a resource development director for the Metropolitan Group. According to the organization’s website “Soudary has a deep interest in furthering issues of human rights, the environment and social justice through philanthropy and volunteerism.” The Metropolitan Group “crafts strategic and creative services that empower social purpose organizations to build a just and sustainable world.”


Shi-Ruei Fang (unable to identify politics)

Southeast Asian American Families


Fang is a professor at Northern Illinois University among the Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences faculty. She is a member of NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities and a member of NIU’s Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute task force.


Marilyn Youngbird (left)

“Honoring the Native Way


Youngbird is “a tribal member of the Arikara and Hidatsa Nations, is a renowned holistic health care practitioner, teacher and lecturer who has presented many cultural sensitivity training seminars and traditional Native American holistic health care workshops.”


Fred Lu (unable to identify politics)

“East Asian Americans”


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Michelle Bringas (unable to identify politics)

“East Asian Americans”


Bringas is director of the Asian-American Resource Center at Northern Illinois University.


Ching-Jung Ho (unable to identify politics)

“An Intro to the Community University Movement in Taiwan


Author of The Development of the Community University Movement in Taiwan: a Critical Review. The abstract for the book states that “The Community University (CU) movement in Taiwan arose from calls for education reform and social change in the country since the last decade…social activists from areas including community building, environmental action, labour, aboriginal and feminist movements, culture and the arts etc., have found their niches in CUs. As a critical review, this paper first highlights contexts, rationales and methodologies of CUs.”


Arun Kumar (neutral)

“Commercial, Economical and Political Development of India


Kumar is Consul General of India.


Ann Kalayil (left)

“Family and Marriage in South Asian America


Kalayil was the national co-chair of Asian-American Leadership Council for Barack Obama in 2008.


Zeinab Shahin (unable to identify politics)

“Women and Gender Issues in the Middle East


Shahin is a Fulbright Scholar in residence at St. Xavier University. She is also a professor of sociology. The Saint Xavier University website reports that “Shahin received her doctorate in sociology from Cairo University and has conducted research into how Egyptian society shapes gender differences, especially as it applies to women and children. She has also worked with the Egyptian government’s Social Fund for Development, creating gender sensitization and training programs.” The Fullbright website reports that “During a visit to the College of DuPage she dispelled many misconceptions regarding women in Islam.” She co-authored a book titled The Gender Fate of Women in Rural Egypt : the Signs of the Breakdown of Cultural Collectivity and the Emergence of Individualization.


Joseph Appiah (unable to identify politics)

“Ghanian Culture: Intersection of Secular and Spiritual”


Appiah is an Associate Professor in Science Education at the University of Cape

Coast, Ghana.


Scott Nychay (unable to identify politics)

“Drawing Fire: The Art of Visual Satire and the Muslim Cartoon Controversy”


Nychay is a cartoonist who worked for The Northwest Herald until he was dismissed for budgetary reasons. He won an award for a cartoon mocking Intelligent Design.


Jalel Rehaiem (left)

North Africa and USA Interaction in the War on Terrorism”


Rehaiem is a Fullbright Scholar-in-Residence at North Central College. He is also an assistant professor of American studies and U.S. foreign policy at the University of Gabes in Tunisia. According to the North Central College website, “In 2004, he was selected to participate in the ‘Fulbright Visiting Specialist Program: Direct Access to the Muslim World,’ which involved visiting different schools to talk about the problems in the Middle East and stereotypes about Muslims.”


Larry Colvin (unable to identify politics)

“Today—Film Discussion”


Colvin is president of the Kalahari Desert School of Theology. He led a discussion at DuPage on the film Yesterday, the story of a South African woman’s struggle with HIV in order to “analyze current HIV related projects in Africa.”


Martha Momfeather (left)

“Ancient Wisdom”


“Martha ‘Momfeather’ Kaelbli Erickson is founder and executive director of the Mantle Rock Native Education and Cultural Center in Marion, Kentucky…. serves on the Boards of Directors of the All Nations Youth Group, American Indian Mothers, Ambassador of United Native America and other organizations. She is active in civil rights issues for Native Americans, including the protection and enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. Her other affiliations include the National Native American Educational Association…”



Theophilus Okosun (left)

“Positive Conversations on Africa


Okosun is a member of the African and African American faculty at Northeastern Illinois University in “Justice Studies.” His presentation at DuPage examined “significant social and economic developments in Africa including Africa’s contributions to the rest of the world.” He is the author of Honduras and Beyond: A Memory of Inequality in which describes, in the words of one review, “how daily social struggles expose layers of micro-inequalities that diminish social well-being.”



Larry Jackson (left)

“Yesterday—Film Discussion”


Rev. Jackson is director of Mission and Spriitual Care at Advocate Bethany Hospital. He led a discussion of the film Yesterday, the story of a South African woman’s struggle with HIV. Jackson has described his work through the hospital with former convicts, saying, "We are a very holistic ministry. We talk about mind, body and soul.”


Kathleen Braden (left)

Russia’s Changing Geography”


Braden is a professor at Seattle Pacific University. Her speech at DuPage was billed as

“Ecotourism and the Environment in Russia.” In an op-ed for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, she criticized the Sierra Club (a pro-environment organization) for contributing to the problems of global warming by encouraging world travel because it burns fossil fuels and harms the environment.


Dominique Moran (left)

Russia’s Changing Geography”


Moran is a professor at the University of Birmingham, England. She spoke on “The Geography of HIV/AIDS in Russia.” In her book, Hewn from Stone: (Re)Presenting Soviet Material Cultures and Identities, she “considers [Soviet artifacts] as embodiments of the labour of their makers, and interrogates the significance of that labour for the regime for which the objects were made. It concludes that through the act of production, Soviet workers re-produced and re-presented themselves in line with the imperatives of the commissioning state.”


Tim Heleniak (unable to identify politics)

Russia’s Changing Geography”


“Tim Heleniak is a member of the Department of Geography at the University of Maryland. Prior to coming to the University of Maryland, he worked with the World Bank, the United Nations Children’s Fund, and the US Census Bureau. While at the World Bank, Heleniak was involved in a Russian project called the "Northern Restructuring Project," which is designed to assist the Russian government with out migration and restructuring of selected regions in Siberia. Heleniak, along with four others, currently has a project funded by the National Science Foundation looking at forced and voluntary migration across the circumpolar region.”



Ngawang Jorden (unable to identify politics)

“Intro to Buddhism, Tibetan Buddist Monks and Mandala”


Ngawang Jorden is a professor at the University of Chicago. He is a “Tibetan Buddhist monk/scholar….Dr. Jorden has taught courses on Buddhist Monasticism, various topics on Buddhist philosophy, and he has also worked closely with students on various levels of Tibetan and Buddhist literary and historical texts.”



KumKum Dalal (neutral)

“The Developing World: Doing Business with India


“Kumkum Dalal is President and CEO of Global Reach Consulting, an advisory firm specializing in sourcing and doing business with India...”



Roger Ames (left)

“Confucianism as an Alternative Religion”


Roger Ames is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hawaii and Co-Director of

the Asian Studies Development Program at the East West Center. He has written of Confucianism that “There are several profound differences between this kind of religiousness and that of the Abrahamic traditions that have largely defined the meaning of religion in the Western cultural experience. In my lecture, I will argue that, unlike the "worship" model which defers to the ultimate meaning of some temporally prior, independent, external agency, Confucian religious experience is itself a product of the flourishing community, where the quality of the religious life is a direct consequence of the quality of communal living. Religion is not the root of effective living, it is its flower.”



Peter Hershock (left)

“Engaging Buddhism: Poverty Alleviation”


Peter Hershock is the coordinator of the Asian Studies Development Program at the East West Center. An online biography notes that he “has focused his research on the philosophical dimensions of Chan Buddhism and on using the resources of Buddhist thought and practice to address contemporary issues, including: technology and development, education, human rights, and the role of normative values in cultural and social change.”




Robert Orr (neutral)

“Koizumi Revolution and US-Japan Relations”


Robert Orr is president of Boeing Japan.


Wahu Kaara (left)

“Drop the Debt, Invest in People”


“Wahu Kaara, a 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee, has written extensively on the problems of global poverty and economic injustice. She retired from teaching in the 1990’s to concentrate on human rights, governance and gender issues.”—DuPage Newsletter The Global Connections Tour that Kaara participated in was sponsored by the Jubilee USA Network, a group committed to “economic justice and debt cancellation for impoverished countries.”


Kusfiardi St. Majo Endah (left)

“Drop the Debt, Invest in People”


“Kusfiardi “Ardi” St. Majo Endah is coordinator of the Anti-Debt Coalition (Koalisi Anti Utang – KAU) in Jakarta, Indonesia. The mission of KAU is to free Indonesia from dependency on foreign debt and to stop harmful economic conditions imposed by creditors on Indonesia’s economy.”—DuPage Newsletter The Global Connections Tour that Endah participated in was sponsored by the Jubilee USA Network, a group committed to “economic justice and debt cancellation for impoverished countries.”


Jose Salomon Orellana (left)

“Drop the Debt, Invest in People”


“Jose Salomón Orellana is the coordinator for policy and advocacy at the Social Forum on External Debt and Development of Honduras (FOSDEH). Mr Orellana will address the benefits and drawbacks of the recent G-8 debt cancellation deal from the perspective of a country that has completed the IMF/World Bank’s Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initative.” The Global Connections Tour that Orellana participated in was sponsored by the Jubilee USA Network, a group committed to “economic justice and debt cancellation for impoverished countries.”


Borzou Daragahi (unable to identify)

“LA Times Baghdad Correspondent”


Borzou Daragahi (born c. 1969) is a print and radio journalist and the former Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. A U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, he was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of Iraq and led the bureau that was named a 2007 Pulitzer finalist for its Iraq coverage. He has also covered Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the wider Middle East.”—Wikipedia.org


Larry Jackson (left)

“Si Muyai—We are One (AIDS in South Africa)”


Rev. Jackson is director of Mission and Spriitual Care at Advocate Bethany Hospital. Jackson has described his work through the hospital with former convicts, saying, "We are a very holistic ministry. We talk about mind, body and soul.”


Robin Murphy (neutral)

“Cross-Cultural Business Communications”


Murphy spoke on behalf of Intercultural Strategy, Inc..


Theophilus Okosun (left)

“Crisis in Sudan—What Now?”


Okosun is a member of the African and African American faculty at Northeastern Illinois University in “Justice Studies.” His presentation at DuPage examined “significant social and economic developments in Africa including Africa’s contributions to the rest of the world.” He is the author of Honduras and Beyond: A Memory of Inequality in which describes, in the words of one review, “how daily social struggles expose layers of micro-inequalities that diminish social well-being.”


David Plath (unable to identify politics)

“A Japanese Mandala”


Dr. Plath is a Professor Emeritus in Anthropology from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign. “Plath has published six books and more than 60 articles on topics in anthropology and Japan Studies. In addition to his 35 years on the faculty at Illinois-Urbana he has taught at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Iowa, and Konan University in Kobe.”


Jacquetta Hill (left)

“Dance or Change Your Religion”


Dr. Hill is a Professor Emeritus of educational psychology and of psychological anthropology from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign.”Hill has used video in her ethnographic research (beginning with reel to reel, black and white) in Puerto Rican neighborhoods and schools in Chicago, in rural schools with Latino student populations, and in schools and mountain villages in Thailand.”


Njeri Mbugua (left)

“When Elephants Fight, the Grass Suffers: The African Crisis”


Mbugua is a sociologist from Illinois Wesleyan University and “an activist for women’s rights and AIDS-related issues in Africa.”


Borzou Daragahi (unable to identify politics)

“The View from Baghdad: Dangers of Reporting from War-torn Iraq


“Borzou Daragahi (born c. 1969) is a print and radio journalist and the former Baghdad bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. A U.S. citizen of Iranian descent, he was a 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of Iraq and led the bureau that was named a 2007 Pulitzer finalist for its Iraq coverage. He has also covered Iran, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the wider Middle East.”—Wikipedia.org


Hangyul Rhee (unable to identify politics)

“The Impact of the US Election on the Korean Peninsula


Rhee is a professor and chairman of the Political Science Department at Shepherd University in West Virginia. He is president of the International Council on Korean Studies (ICKS), an organization dedicated to “the advancement of Korean studies and related academic and professional research in the field of Korean affairs in the United States.”


Marilyn Youngbird (left)

“Honoring the Native Way


Youngbird is “a tribal member of the Arikara and Hidatsa Nations, is a renowned holistic health care practitioner, teacher and lecturer who has presented many cultural sensitivity training seminars and traditional Native American holistic health care workshops.”



Dr. Nina Mayorek (left/pro-Palestinian)

Jerusalem Women Speak: 3 Women, 3 Faiths, One Shared Vision”


Mayorek is a self-described “peace activist and a member of Machsom Watch.” MachsomWatch means “Checkpoint-Watch” and “is an Israeli women's organization which carries out observations at military checkpoints located throughout the entire West Bank.” Mayorek claims that the West Bank is “occupied” land which hosts two groups: “Jewish settlers who have all possible rights and protection from Israeli national institutions” and “2.4 million Palestinians, stateless people, who are denied most basic human rights.” Her speech was organized through Partners for Peace, an organization which claims to be raising awareness of “peace and justice in Palestine/Israel” but which vilifies the Israeli military and “has researched cases of human rights abuse by Israel against American citizens of Arab origin” but does not appear to research Palestinian attacks on Israelis or Americans.

Aitemad Mater Muhanna (left/pro-Palestinian)

Jerusalem Women Speak: 3 Women, 3 Faiths, One Shared Vision”


Aitemad Muhanna is a Palestinian Muslim from Gaza's Shati refugee camp. She has been a women's rights activist, condemning the violence against women and their oppression in traditional Palestinian culture. But today her public lectures on the Arab-Israeli conflict are filled entirely with anti-Israel propaganda.”-discoverthenetworks.org

Her speech was organized through Partners for Peace, an organization which claims to be raising awareness of “peace and justice in Palestine/Israel” but which vilifies the Israeli military and “has researched cases of human rights abuse by Israel against American citizens of Arab origin” but does not appear to research Palestinian attacks on Israelis or Americans.



Diana M. Kattan (left/pro-Palestinian)

Jerusalem Women Speak: 3 Women, 3 Faiths, One Shared Vision”



“Palestinian Christian Diana Kattan….is an active member of the Sabeel Ecumenical Center, a Palestinian Protestant religious group that demonizes Israel and is struggling to pry Evangelical Christians away from their support for the Jewish State.” –www.discoverthenetworks.org

Her speech was organized through Partners for Peace, an organization which claims to be raising awareness of “peace and justice in Palestine/Israel” but which vilifies the Israeli military and “has researched cases of human rights abuse by Israel against American citizens of Arab origin” but does not appear to research Palestinian attacks on Israelis or Americans.


Michelle Brainer (unable to identify)

“Growing up in China

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JL Whitmer (unable to identify politics)

“The Russian Mafia”


Whitmer is a special agent for the FBI.


Peter Hart (left)

“Rethinking Rights, Liberties, and Securities”


Hart is activism director for Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR), an organization which scrutinizes “media practices that marginalize public interest, minority and dissenting viewpoints.”


Steve Sawyer (left)

“Rethinking Rights, Liberties, and Securities”


Sawyer is the General Counsel at Northwestern University's Center for International Human Rights. He has served as a panelist in an Amnesty International Community Forum addressing human rights abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad and spoken at a forum on the topic “The Geneva Conventions are not ‘Quaint’, They are Highly Relevant in Today’s World.”


Edwin Yohnka (left)

“Rethinking Rights, Liberties, and Securities”


Yohnka is the communications director for the Illinois American Civil Liberties Union. The advertisement for his speech notes that “Since the adoption of the USA Patriot Act post 9/11, a growing number people argue that these statutes infringe upon critical constitutional protections.”



Michael Lynch (left)

“Truth, Power and Democracy”


Lynch is a professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut. In a 2004 article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, he wrote, “Like most left-leaning intellectuals who attended graduate school in the '90s, I have certainly had my own fling with cynicism about truth….The events of the last three years have put the lie to that strategy. The fact that our government has deceived us, misled the nation into war, and passed legislation that threatens to infringe upon our basic human rights doesn't call for ironic detachment. It calls for outrage.”


Chicago Council Global Affairs:

Stephen Kinzer (Left)
“Rwanda: From Genocide to Star of Africa”; “America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq”
He is an author and a veteran New York Times correspondent who has written several books about Turkey, Central America, Iran, the U.S. overthrow of foreign governments from the late 19th century to the present, and, most recently, about Rwanda's recovery from the genocide of the 1990s. He has spoken out widely against a potential U.S. attack on Iran, warning that it would destroy the pro-US sentiment that has become widespread among the Iranian populace under the repressive Islamic regime. In his book Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq , Kinzer says the US has engaged in preemptive war many times – in Hawaii, the Philippines, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Honduras, Vietnam, Iran, Guatemala, Chile, Grenada, Panama, Afghanistan, and Iraq. He holds that in each case, a threat to U.S. corporate interests was falsely presented to the press (and then trumpeted to the public) as an act of humanitarian grace, paired with a move to protect American lives.

Michael Scheuer (Left)
“Marching Toward Hell:
America and Islam After Iraq
He was a CIA employee for 22 years. He is currently a news analyst for CBS News and a terrorism analyst for The Jamestown Foundation's online publication Global Terrorism Analysis. He is now known to be the formerly anonymous author of two books: (a) Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror: This books says that from bin Laden's perspective, the U.S. was attacked on 9/11 and will continue to be attacked because of a number of grievances against the U.S. and other western countries. These grievances include: U.S. support of Israel and its indifference to the Palestinians, the presence of U.S. and western troops on the Arabian Peninsula, the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan by the U.S. and its allies, U.S. support of countries that oppress Muslims (such as Russia, India and China), and U.S. political pressure on Arab states to keep oil prices low and U.S. support for tyrannical governments. In a videotape released around September 7, 2007 by Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader personally recommended that anyone who wants to understand why the United States was losing the war against him should read Imperial Hubris. (b) Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America: Scheuer describes this book’s thesis: "[T]he crux of my argument is simply that America is in a war with militant Islamists that … is motivated in large measure by the impact of U.S. foreign policies in the Islamic world, one of which is unqualified U.S. support for Israel."

Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart (neutral)
“Failed States”
Ashraf Ghani is Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. He is the Chairman of the Institute of State Effectiveness, an organization set up in January 2005 to promote the ability of states to serve their citizens. As Afghanistan's finance minister between July 2002 and December 2004, he set the path for Afghanistan's attempted economic recovery after the collapse of the Taliban. Clare Lockhart is co-founder and Director of the Institute for State Effectiveness, advising a number of countries on their approaches to state-building. Between 2001 and 2005, she worked as UN adviser to the Bonn Agreement in Afghanistan and advised the Government of Afghanistan, where she led a number of national initiatives.

Rachel Bronson (Left)
“Old Ties, New Crises:The Strategic Rationale for the U.S.-Saudi Relationship”
She is Vice President of Programs and Studies at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to that, she served as Senior Fellow and Director of Middle East Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. She says: “Today's fight against al-Qaeda and other Islamic radical groups flows directly from policy choices American decision makers and their Middle Eastern counterparts made in order to win the Cold War. In Afghanistan in the 1980s, American leaders were convinced that bringing down the Soviet Union was worth the costs of empowering religious radicals…. More recently, policies designed to restrain Saddam Hussein deeply damaged American standing in the Middle East in general, and in the Gulf in particular. In the early 1990s the Clinton Administration engaged in a policy of ‘Dual Containment’ against Iran and Iraq. Washington was forced to rely heavily on Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and the Arab Gulf States. The willingness to allow Saddam Hussein to stay ‘in his box’ while millions of Iraqis suffered severe deprivation, had a profoundly negative effect on America's regional standing…. Anti-Americanism did not begin after September 11th. It had been steadily growing in the Gulf for a decade.”

Kevin Bales (neutral)
“Ending Slavery”
Bales is an expert on modern slavery and is President of Free the Slaves, the US Sister organization of Anti-Slavery International. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Roehampton University in London. He has written two books on modern slavery: Ending Slavery and Disposable People.

Mark London and Brian Kelly
“The Last
Forest” (Left)
London is an attorney, and Kelly is the executive editor of U.S. News and World Report. They co-authored The Last Forest: The Amazon in the Age of Globalization. They say that vast swaths of the Amazon rainforest have been destroyed by road development, cattle ranching, soy farming and clear-cut logging. They lament that because some types of wood are more valuable than others, it is not unusual for a logger to carve a road into the rain forest just to reach a single tree. "The scars left behind," London and Kelly write, "do not heal. These tiny trails are often visible from the air, their pattern resembling a river watershed in reverse. The end of the line is the tiny white vein that stops at the base of what was once a mahogany tree." They call for drastic measures to prevent the Amazon from disappearing altogether.

Andrew Tabler (Left)
“Unintended Consequences:
U.S. Relations with Lebanon and Syria
Tabler has lived in Damascus for more than four years. He is a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and the editor in chief of Syria Today magazine. He frequently writes on Syrian economic matters. He says the US should open diplomatic channels with Syria, and that this might lead Damascus to rein in and disarm Hezbollah. He writes: “Yes, American support for Syrian reform might perpetuate President Assad’s grip on power in the short term, but over time it would erode Syria’s reasons for backing Iran and Hezbollah. It would undermine the widespread and increasingly corrosive suspicion in the region that Washington’s democracy agenda is a cover for an Israeli-inspired plan to spread chaos in the Arab world, so as to break up Arab states and neuter their threat to Israel. And it would finally demonstrate that the United States is committed to spreading liberty, even in the face of great adversity.”

Maureen Webb (Left)
“Global Surveillance and Democracy in the Post 9/11 World”
She is a Canadian human rights attorney and author. She has spoken extensively on post-September 11 security and human rights issues. She is co-chair of the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and also the Coordinator for Security and Human Rights issues for Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada. She opposes the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program that tries to uncover evidence of terrorist communications. She says “these data-mining programs … they’re not sifting through masses of information to find known terrorists or people who are suspected of terrorism on reasonable grounds. What they’re doing is they’re sifting through all this information they’re collecting about us all to predict who might be a terrorist…. Well, it’s very frightening, because, of course, when you’re looking at prediction, at preemption, you’re not really concerned with accuracy, so that all of the normal protections that we have about our virtual identities, about our personal information, are thrown out of the window. If you’re flagged by a data-mining program, you’ll never know what information has been used against you, you’ll never be able to correct or contextualize it, you won’t even know the criteria by which you’re being judged, because they are also secret.”

Michael M. Gunter (unable to identify politics)
“The Changing Kurdish Dynamics in the
Middle East
Gunter is an authority on Kurds in Turkey and Iraq; he has written seven books on the Kurdish struggle. He is a professor of political science at Tennessee Technological University.

Sylvia Puente (Left)
“The Changing Faces of Our Region: Immigration and Metropolitan
Puente is the director of the Metropolitan Chicago Initiative for the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. Supporting expanded rights and privileges for illegal aliens, she writes: “As a society, we enjoy the conveniences and savings produced by hard-working, low-wage employees who toil in restaurants, as nannies, landscapers and construction workers. Their work subsidizes our high quality of life, which we often take for granted as our new American Manifesto of comfort, convenience and service. Yet, in taking for granted these privileges, we overlook that many of their providers are immigrants. Most of them work diligently, growing the retirement base for future retirees…. Participants in the public debate also seldom acknowledge that the overwhelming percentages of the children of these immigrants were born in the United States and are U.S. citizens. It is in our collective interest that these children obtain a high-quality education and are prepared for the 21st century.”

Geneive Abdo (Left)
“Muslim Life in
America After 9/11”
Abdo is an author and analyst, and serves as the Liaison for the United Nation’s Alliance of Civilizations. She authored the book Mecca and Main Street. She writes, “[T]he real story of American Muslims is one of accelerating alienation from the mainstream of U.S. life, with Muslims in this country choosing their Islamic identity over their American one…. A new generation of American Muslims -- living in the shadow of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks -- is becoming more religious. They are more likely to take comfort in their own communities, and less likely to embrace the nation's fabled melting pot of shared values and common culture…. [T]he Sept. 11 attacks [made] American Muslims feel isolated in their adopted country, while pushing them to rediscover their faith. From schools to language to religion, American Muslims are becoming a people apart. Young, first-generation American Muslim women … are wearing head scarves even if their mothers had left them behind; increasing numbers of young Muslims are attending Islamic schools and lectures; Muslim student associations in high schools and at colleges are proliferating; and the role of the mosque has evolved from strictly a place of worship to a center for socializing and for learning Arabic and Urdu as well as the Koran…. Almost without exception, they recall feeling under siege after Sept. 11, with FBI agents raiding their mosques and homes, neighbors eyeing them suspiciously and television programs portraying Muslims as the new enemies of the West. Such feelings led them, they say, to adopt Islamic symbols -- the hijab, or head covering, for women and the kufi, or cap, for men -- as a defense mechanism…. U.S. foreign policy persists in dividing Muslim and Western societies, making it harder still for Americans to realize that there is a difference between their Muslim neighbor and the plotter in London or the kidnapper in Baghdad.”

In March 2007, Abdo wrote this in the Washington Post: “...The self-proclaimed secularists represent only a small minority of Muslims. The views among religious Muslims from CAIR more closely reflect the views of the majority... The secular Muslim agenda is promoted because these ideas reflect a Western vision for the future of Islam... Since the Sept. 11 attacks, everyone from high-ranking officials in the Bush administration to the author Salman Rushdie has prescribed a preferred remedy for Islam: Reform the faith so it is imbued with Western values -- the privatization of religion, the flourishing of Western-style democracy -- and rulers who are secular, not religious, Muslims. The problem with this prescription is that it is divorced from reality... I traveled to Florida to serve as the keynote speaker at an annual convention hosted by CAIR. On my way to the event, I spoke with Imam Siraj Wahaj, a charismatic intellectual... who has thousands of followers here and abroad...”

(CAIR has numerous ties to terrorism and is an outgrowth of Hamas. Even Democrat Senator Dick Durbin Senator Dick Durbin observes that CAIR is “unusual in its extreme rhetoric and its associations with groups that are suspect.”

Sunil Chand (Left)
“Policy Issues Concerning Asian and Pacific Immigrants”
Chand is the former president of the College of DuPage. He was abruptly fired in May 2008. Chand's tenure was not without controversy. Of Indian origin, Chand says that new immigrants to the US will find “a tough environment that is not forgiving” and that has “few safety nets.”

Milton Viorst (Left)
“The Long Struggle: The Arab World and the Christian West”
This journalist has authored six books on the Middle East, including his 2001 book In the Shadow of The Prophet. In that book, says one review, Viorst examines France's large Muslim community, “which faces xenophobic prejudice [and] restrictive immigration policies.” Viorst is highly critical of AIPAC and the Israel lobby. He says the Lobby members “function, in effect, as the U.S. arm of Likud, serving Israel's right wing in rejecting the exchange of land for peace with the Arabs, in standing up for the Jewish settlements that blanket the territories conquered in 1967, in condoning the mistreatment of the Palestinians of the occupied lands, whose life grows more onerous each day.”

Frank Safford (neutral)
“The Decline of the
United States’ Continental Leadership: Patterns of Resistance and Dependence among Latin American States?”
He is a historian specializing in Latin America. His research in economic and political history deals with Colombia throughout its history but also spans Spanish America as a whole in the nineteenth century. He currently serves as Director of Northwestern's undergraduate major in International Studies.

Guy Alitto (neutral)
“The Rise of
He is a history professor at the University of Chicago. Most of his courses, and all of his graduate courses, are in the area of modern Chinese history.

Sunil Khilnani (neutral)
“Global Transitions: Shifting Power Centers”
He is the Director of the South Asia Studies Program at Johns Hopkins University.

Khedija Arfaoui (Left)
Tunisia and Islam”
Arafaoui is a native of Tunisia. In 2005 she was a resident specialist at Lake Forest College as part of the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Direct Access to the Muslim World Program. The program was designed “to promote understanding of the Muslim World and civilization by providing opportunities for U.S. higher educational institutions to host specialists from the Muslim World for short-term programs of intensive lecturing and public outreach.” One of Dr. Arfaoui’s main goals was “to give the American people another picture of Islam and Muslim culture. A picture that is different from the one that is being given by some [terrorists] who pretend to be acting under the name of Islam.”

Mia Bloom (Left)
“The Future of Suicide Terrorism”
She was previously an assistant professor of political science at the University of Cincinnati and consulted for the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of Counter Terrorism. She is currently an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. With research specialties in ethnic conflicts, rape in war, and child soldiers, Bloom is also a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She authored the 2007 book, Dying to Kill: The Allure of Suicide Terror, wherein she explains suicide bombings as the logical result of oppression by a greater force against groups of people.

Sonia Khush (Left)
“Developing Global Partnerships:How Organizations Work Together in a Crisis”
Khush is a manager for Save the Children's Middle East Program. At the outset of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, Khush, who opposed the invasion, said: “Well, we would hope the situation regarding international sanctions could be resolved by diplomatic means, because war is going to have a severe effect on children. Women and children are disproportionately affected by war.”

Michael Klare (Left)
“The Permanent Energy Crisis: Oil, Depletion and War”
Klare is a Five Colleges professor of Peace and World Security Studies, whose department is located at Hampshire College, defense correspondent of The Nation magazine, and author of Resource Wars and Blood and Oil: The Dangers and Consequences of America's Growing Petroleum Dependency. Klare also serves on the boards of directors of Human Rights Watch and the Arms Control Association. He is a regular contributor to many publications including The Nation, TomDispatch, and Mother Jones. In November 2005, Klare alleged that a major factor motivating the George W. Bush administration to wage war overseas was its desire to distract attention from domestic political difficulties and to increase popularity for the President.

Clark Miller (Left)
“Impacts of Global Warming: Why Should We Be Concerned?”
Clark Miller is a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment in the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. He is also a member of the Robert and Jean Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies. He co-edited the book Changing the Atmosphere: Expert Knowledge and Environmental Governance. He believes that human industrial activity contributes to global warming.

Roméo Dallaire (neutral)
“The United Nations in Crisis: Where are the Middle Powers?”
He is a Canadian senator, author, and retired general. Dallaire is widely known for having served as Force Commander of UNAMIR, the ill-fated United Nations peacekeeping force for Rwanda between 1993 and 1994, and for trying to stop the genocide that was being waged by Hutus against Tutsis.

Ajay Bhatt (Left)
U.S. Global Partnerships: The Multilateral and International Human Rights Context”
Bhatt is a human rights adviser in the U.S. Department of State. He is responsible for several issues with human rights implications: the death penalty, detentions, deportations, and torture, among others.

Daniel Drezner (Left)
U.S. Global Partnerships: Overview and Assessm”
Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and he is a senior editor at The National Interest. He is the author of All Politics is Global: Explaining International Regulatory Regimes (which calls for state control over global markets); U.S. Trade Strategy: Free Versus Fair (which argues against unfettered capitalism); and The Sanctions Paradox, which examines when states are likely to employ economic sanctions and when they are likely to work.


Multicultural Center:

Ed Young (Left)
“Native American Heritage”
He authored Moon Mother: A Native American Creation Tale, which tells how the first woman spirit person leaves her daughter on earth as a gift to the first mortal men. He also has illustrated books by and about American Indians.

Michael Heralda (Left)
“Hispanic Heritage”
He is a songwriter, artist, storyteller, poet, and graphic artist. Since 1994 he has researched and studied the culture and history of ancient Mexico. That research led to the completion of his spoken and musical CD recordings - "Aztec Stories" in 1996. The stories, ballads, and narratives presented in this program are all true and are based on documented accounts and “oral tradition” -- stories handed down through families, generation after generation. He seeks to promote “the culture of ancient Mexico and the indigenous worldview of the Mexika (me-shee-ka)/Aztecs,” to help Mexican Americans “to reconnect to a wonderfully rich legacy that unfortunately lies dormant within them, buried for many, many years and generations.”

Patricia Williams-Lessane (Left)
“Black History”
She is a prominent law critic and a proponent of critical race theory, an offshoot of 1960s social movements that emphasizes race as a fundamental determinant of the American legal system. She is currently a Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, and writes a column for The Nation magazine titled "Diary of a Mad Law Professor." Her research focus includes African Diasporan religion, identity, and culture; Black Nationalism; She currently teaches full time in the Humanities Department at Wright College in Chicago.


Livia Davis (unable to identify politics)
“Self-esteem workshop”
background unknown

DanceAbility International (Left)
“Differently Abled Dance Troupe”
DanceAbility International’s mission is “to encourage the evolution of mixed-abilities dance [including disabled people] by cultivating a common ground for creative expression for all people.” The mission “is accomplished through performance, educational programs, teacher training and workshops.” The ultimate goal is to “decrease prejudice and misconceptions about diversity in the field of dance, and by extension in society.”

Brian R. King (neutral)
“Life Team Strategy - The Autism Spectrum”
He works with children, adolescents and adults who are plagued by Asperger’s Disease and High-Functioning Autism. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Illinois.

Randy Borst (unable to identify politics)
“Assistive Information Technology”
Borst is blind. He is the Immediate Past-President and Acting Secretary
of the Association on Higher Education And Disability. As a pioneer on technology access, he has been on steering committees throughout the country in preparing guidelines for Web access for persons with disabilities.

Jeff Howard (unable to identify politics)
“Deaf People's Own Language, Culture & Community”
He is a counselor and professor at Chemeketa Community College and Western Oregon University. He was born deaf, and he speaks on the importance of Deaf culture to raise awareness. He performs counseling and instruction with students through the use of a sign-language interpreter. He is also an actor and a comedian.

Paula Kuhn (neutral)
“Teaching Students w/Autism”
She is an attorney and an expert on autism.

Garrard McClendon (Left)
“African-American Experience”
He is a professor of education and a television host based in Chicago. He says he admires Barack Obama for caring about health care, poverty, education, and “social justice.”

Tyrone Bledsoe (Left)
“African-American Men's Issues”
This motivational speaker and lecturer founded the Student African American Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), a national organization established “to enhance the experiences of, and instill a ‘spirit of care’ in, African American males in high schools, colleges and universities around the country.” He is a contributing author of the recently released book African American Men in College.

Students for Academic Freedom was founded by David Horowitz to fight for academic diversity on America's college campuses.