Coudert Institute Seminars of 2012-2013 Season
January 21st, 2013: "Journal-Keeping: Discovering Yourself on the Page"
From 10am-1pm with Minx Boren
What has life taught you and what might you yet discover by taking the time to reflect on paper using different journaling processes? Spend time learning and exploring ways to discover your Self on the page. This is an interactive experience and participants are invited to share only at their own comfort level. Group size is limited, so please reserve your spot early.
January 21st, 2013: Beatriz Millar, Artist
From 2pm - 3:30pm
At stake in her work are both the physical and the metaphysical, the present and the past. Gender, religion, beliefs, facts and narrative often collide – intertwine and playfully disarm the viewer of his/her certainties. This process passes through a reflection on the role of the artist in the contemporary society. Millar’s role could be described as that of the interpreter as she seems to hold a place in-between multiple worlds, able to see and to perceive the issues she investigates! This program includes a video, talk by the artist and a question and answer time.
Visit www.whitespacecollection.com to learn more about Millar's upcoming performances.
February 6th, 2013: “Coral Reefs and Human Patrimony” Dr. Richard Dodge - Read Full Article
Featuring Dr. Richard Dodge of Nova Southeastern University, this presentation will examine the nature and history of corals and coral reefs, describing the definition, distribution and geologic history of these magnificent structures known as “rain forests of the sea.” Their enormous biological and economic value will be described. It is important to realize that coral reefs face a crisis of existence. Reefs are being degraded locally and globally by many different kinds of stressors including overfishing, pollution and climate change. Solutions to ameliorate threats and restore reefs will be offered and discussed.
Authors and New York Times reporters Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker returned to review the presidential election and its impact on national security policy, along with the international situation and America’s counterstrike against Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups. They discussed the evolution of U.S. counter-terrorism since 9/11 in terms of how Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups operate as networks, as well as how the U.S. and its allies have employed a broad range of strategies and tactics to disrupt, defeat and dismantle them. Related topics included the current state of Al Qaeda, both its headquarters in Pakistan and its affiliates from North Africa to Yemen; the re-emergence of state-sponsored terrorism, including Iran’s Quds Force and Hezbollah; and the persistent concern about homegrown extremists here in the U.S.
February 28th, 2013: “Neuroscience and Art: How Art Affects the Brain” Dr. Robert Udelsman
Dr. Robert Udelsman, Chair of the Department of Surgery, Yale School of Medicine is one of the leading inventive surgeons in America who happens to be an artist. Dr. Udelsman will describe Dr. Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) from a unique perspective describing how and why illustration and the technique he learned were critical to the development of his craft. Dr. Cushing was one of the most creative and innovative physicians whose accomplishments far exceeded his chosen field.
March 19th, 2013: The Naval War College Foundation with Toshi Yoshihara
The Naval War College Foundation in conjunction with the Institute presents a breakfast and conversation with Toshi Yoshihara, John A. van Beuren professor at the U.S. Naval War College.
April 5th, 2013: Piano and Guitar Concert Featuring Matei Varga and Celil Refik Kaya
Romanian-born pianist Matei Varga is an artist whose elegant pianism often leaves the listener unprepared for the smoldering intensity and intellectual probity of his interpretations. In February 2005 he won the Mannes Concerto Competition and consequently performed the Chopin Piano Concerto No. 2 in 2006 at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall under Otto-Werner Mueller. Mr. Varga lives in New York City, where he is a teacher at the Lucy Moses Music School. Celil Refik Kaya was born in Istanbul in 1991. In 2011, Celil graduated from the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University State Conservatory with the Highest Honor Degree and ranked first in the entire conservatory that year. He was a 2012 GFA (Guitar Foundation of America) International Concert Artist Competition Prizewinner and finalist for the 2012 Concert Artist Guild. For 2013, Celil will perform his Carnegie Hall debut as a featured artist in the D'Adario Foundation Concert Series.
7:30 pm at the Royal Poinciana Chapel, call for tickets $30.00.
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2011-2012 Season
November 8th, 2012: "New Florida Initiative"
Held at the Palm Beach Convention Center and hosted with the Business Development Board. In 2010 its Board of Governors introduced the “New Florida Initiative,” part of an overall approach Frank Brogan launched to systematically transform and diversify the state’s economy from its dependence on agriculture and tourism to include and emphasize knowledge-intensive industries. This event featured a presentation by Mr. Brogan outlining the program’s goals and current directions, along with an update on companies that have located in Palm Beach County since the arrival of Scripps and Max Planck.
January 23rd, 2012: A Poetry Workshop with Sarah Brown Weitzman
A poetry workshop featuring post-Modern poet Sarah Brown Weitzman – certain to delight anyone enamored with literature and the printed word. Everyone has a story to tell, his own or someone’s who should be remembered. This workshop taught us how to write that story. Weitzman has had more than 200 poems published in journals such as The North American Review, American Writing, Potomac Review, and America. Her second chapbook, The Forbidden (2003, Pudding House) was followed by Never Far From Flesh, a full-length volume of poems (Pure Heart/Main Street Rag, 2005).
February 2 & 3, 2012: Phillips, Schmitt & Shanker "Campaign Against Al Qaeda" - Listen to Audio
February 2-3 - Eric Schmitt and Thom Shanker - These veteran correspondents for The New York Times discussed their new book, Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda, which focuses on military and civilian agency responses to terrorism. Along with insights gleaned from some of the biggest names in this field, the reporters also talked to lesser-known, yet usually more informed and informative, government officials who do much of the heavy lifting on counterterrorism. While it is too early to declare Al Qaeda defeated, Americans should take comfort from the book’s reminder that their government can adapt to meet threats as they change, keeping them safer – if not necessarily safe – from terrorism. There was a reception on the 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at the Sailfish Club where Warren Phillips, former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and CEO of its parent company, Dow Jones, spoke and answered questions about the performance of the press and his new memoir: Newspaperman: Inside the News Business at The Wall Street Journal, published by McGraw-Hill. He gave the behind-the-scenes story of his encounters with newsmakers as a foreign correspondent and later managing editor as well as publisher, and discussed his views on the future of the news business.
February 10, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. – Don Thompson – Don Thompson is an economist and professor of marketing and strategy at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto. He has taught at Harvard Business School and the London School of Economics. He is the author of ten books, including 2008’s The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art. Shark has been published in eleven languages. Shark delves into the economics and psychology of the very top end of the contemporary art market: dealers, auction houses, and collectors. Shark was lauded by Richard Morrison, book review editor of The Times (London) as "If you read no other book about art in your life, read the one that's gripped me like a thriller for the past two days." This event was at The Colony. We visited the home of Ruth and Ted Baum. Their collection emphasizes the late 50’s, 60’s, and early 70’s including abstract expressionism, art povera, the zero school and pop art. They have been recognized as one of the top 100 art collectors in the United States.
February 14th, 2012: A Program with the Naval War College Foundation
The Naval War College Foundation invites the Coudert Institute to a Continental Breakfast and Conversation:
“A View From The Heart of The Gulf” With Ambassador Deborah K. Jones
Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 9:30 am
The Colony Hotel
155 Hammon Avenue, Palm Beach, Florida
Ambassador Jones arrived in Newport in September 2011, following completion of her assignment as the fifteenth United States Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, from April 2008-June 2011. Ambassador Jones is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, with the personal rank of Minister-Counselor, having been with the Department of State since 1982. Prior to her assignment as Ambassador, she served as Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul, Turkey. Her previous overseas assignments include: Buenos Aires, Argentina; Baghdad, Iraq; Damascus, Syria; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Her service in Washington, D.C. includes two years as Country Director of the Office of Arabian Peninsula and Iran Affairs and assignments as Staff Assistant to Assistant Secretary for Near East and South Asia Affairs Richard Murphy; Acting Public Affairs Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Near East Affairs, Robert Pelletreau; Country Desk Officer for Jordan; and Senior Watch Officer in the Department's Operations Center. Ms. Jones was also assigned to the Foreign Service Institute's Arabic language course in Rosslyn, Virginia and the FSI Field School in Tunis, Tunisia from 1988-1990. She has also served on the Board of Examiners for the Foreign Service.
Ambassador Jones is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a B.S. in history (magna cum laude) and a "Distinguished Graduate" of the National War College of the National Defense University, with an M.S. in National Security Strategy. Her foreign languages are Spanish, Arabic and French.
March 12, 9:30 a.m. Amory Lovins – An American environmental scientist and writer, Mr. Lovins serves as Chairman and Chief Scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute. He has worked in energy policy and related fields for more than four decades. Harvard-educated, Mr. Lovins was named by Time magazine as one of the “World’s Most Influential People” in 2009. He introduced and discussed his new book, Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions to a New Energy Era.
"He is an original thinker and a visionary. He knows that the most important question of the twenty-first century is ‘the how to question ideas into working solutions’. Reinventing Fire is a wide, detailed and comprehensive blueprint for gathering the technologies for energy use and putting them to work right now to create jobs and new companies."
– Bill Clinton
March 21st, 2012: Anne Sebba "That Woman - The Duchess of Windsor..."
March 21 – 7:00 p.m. Reception for Anne Sebba
Anne Sebba is a biographer, lecturer and former Reuters foreign correspondent. She is a prolific writer and has published eight books including Mother Teresa: Beyond the Image; American Jennie, a biography of Winston Churchill’s mother; Laura Ashley: A Life by Design; Battling for News, a history of women reporters; and The Exiled Collector, the biography of William Bankes of Kingston Lacy, one of Britain’s great country houses. Her most recent book is That Woman – The Duchess of Windsor and the Scandal that Brought Down a King, published by St. Martin’s Press in 2012. Anne Sebba also writes for The Times and other publications, as well as writes and presents programs for BBC Radio. She has lectured widely in the UK and US, sits on the Committee of the Society of Authors, and has worked for many years for the Writers in Prison Committee of PEN. Her particular interests are music and the arts, freedom of expression and the ethics of biography. She lives near London with her husband. They have three children and two grandchildren.
March 29th, 2012: Yehuda Hanani & Alexander Beridze Perform Franz Liszt - Listen to Audio
On March 29 there was a special musical presentation by Yehuda Hanani (cello) and Alexander Beridze (piano) on the works and influence of Franz Liszt, the innovative genius whose compositions blazed the way for Impressionism, Romanticism and atonality. This Liszt program encompassed his pictorial piano solo works, some of the many composers he generously promoted and the works of Mendelssohn, his ideological rival, as well as four recently published works for cello and piano transcribed by Liszt himself. This program was underwritten by Peter Hoffman and Howard Lepow. This musical program was held at the Royal Poinciana Chapel at 7:00 p.m.
The Future of Chinese Seapower: Implications for U.S. Strategy in Asia
China’s rise at sea has deeply unsettled maritime Asia over the past 24 months. Beijing’s muscular displays of naval power, including the recent commissioning of its first aircraft carrier, and outright bullying of its neighbors over territorial disputes have now become regular features of the Asian security environment. What these troubling developments might mean for the United States and American preeminence in the western Pacific are the subject of Dr. Toshi Yoshihara’s lecture. Using his close knowledge of Asia, expertise on sea-power theory, and the ability to tap Chinese-language sources, Dr. Yoshihara will assess how China’s rapid ascent as a major maritime power will pose enduring challenge to U.S. maritime strategy in Asia.
Red Star Over the Pacific by Toshi Yoshihara and James R. Holmes
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2010 - 2011 Season
November 19th, 2010 “Entrepreneurship to the Rescue!®-- How to Start and Build a Business”
Professor Jeremy Wiesen described how he helped to build the Financial News Network into a business that was acquired by CNBC; and, Tofutti Brands Inc. whose soy-based frozen desserts have been in supermarkets -- like Publix -- for over twenty-five years. He asked the audience to identify the elements of business infrastructure that needed to be obtained; the asudience shared business ideas and we identified what it takes to be successful.
Professor Wiesen's recent article "The U.S. Needs an Industrial Policy" appeared in the Wall Street Journal (September 13th). He presented "The Protein Economy" at an October 14th speech at the U.S. Senate on "High-Impact Entrepreneurship Outlook: Finance and Innovation Create Jobs" sponsored by the Small Business Administration.
January 26 - 27, 2011: "Homeland Security" What do we need to know? What are we doing about it? Read Full Article
Panelists, Colonel Randall J. Larsen, Dr. Dave McIntyre, Dr. Eric Rose, and Dr. Craig Vanderwagen. Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Randall J. Larsen is the chief executive officer of the WMD Center, a not-for-profit research organization he co-founded with former U.S. Senators Bob Graham (D-FL) and Jim Talent (R-MO). Larsen discussed the WMD Commission's bioterrorism threat assessment. Dr. Dave McIntyre is the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Homeland Security and Defense Programs at the National Graduate School, and a visiting fellow at the Institute for Homeland Security in Washington, D.C. David McIntyre discussed "The Strategic Direction of American Security." -- So where are we today with national and international security, and where are we headed? He offered some challenges and solutions that the audience found provocative.
Dr. Akhila Kosaraju is the Vice President for Global Development of SIGA Technologies, a company that specializes in small molecule drugs for emerging disease threats and biological warfare defense. She received her M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and her B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University. Dr. Kosaraju was a White House appointee in the Pentagon, serving as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs. In this capacity, she provided executive leadership in the management of a 42 billion-dollar Military Health System that included healthcare for military servicemembers, bio-defense, and international humanitarian assistance. She received the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the highest non-career civilian honor given within the Department of Defense. She is a member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and is a member of the Board of the Alliance for Biosecurity and the International Security and Biopolicy Institute.
Craig Vanderwagen, M.D., representing Cleveland BioLabs, is a partner with Martin, Blanck & Associates, a federal health services consulting firm based in Falls Church, Virginia. Cleveland BioLabs, Inc. is a biotechnology company leveraging its proprietary discoveries around programmed cell death to develop a robust pipeline of drugs for multiple medical and defense applications. From August 2006 until July 2009, Vanderwagen was the founding Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) for, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, responsible for the leadership and development of a new organization whose mission was preparing the Nation for response and recovery from public health and other health disasters whether natural or manmade. Dr. Vanderwagen will describe how the HHS Medical Countermeasure Enterprise is addressing the public health side of homeland security by developing countermeasures for Chemical, Biological and Radiological/Nuclear threats, and he will utilize the example of how Cleveland BioLabs is working to develop such a countermeasure for lethal radiation exposure for potential storage in the Strategic National Stockpile for use in an event.
February 3 - 4, 2011: "What is Social Media? Where is it going? Privacy and Governance on the Mobile Net"
With John Clippinger and Professor Alex “Sandy” Pentland.
John Clippinger is Co-Director of The Law Lab at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He is the author of A Crowd of One: The Future of Individual Identity, and other books and articles on artificial intelligence, language, business, and self-organizing networks. Sandy Pentland directs MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program. He advises the World Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up firms. Profiles of Sandy have appeared in The New York Times, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Newsweek, Caring Magazine (Hospice), and Odyssey Magazine (children). His most recent book is Honest Signals, published by MIT Press. John and Alex have worked together on many projects for the World Economic Forum and are collaborating on the formation of a joint MIT-Harvard Center on Governance on the Net. Dr. Clippinger will explore how traditional norms of trustworthiness, privacy, and control over one’s own persona have changed radically in an increasingly virtual society. He will discuss the most current thinking about the power of social media and the role of the individual in sharing valuable, sensitive information. Whether you are someone who has readily embraced Facebook, Twitter and other networking tools, or if you remain skeptical about their role in your life, Clippinger’s presentation will provide a unique perspective on the evolving nature of the individual in our digitized world.
February 11th, 2011: "Introduction to Postmodern Poetry" with Sarah Brown Weitzman
Sarah Brown Weitzman, a postmodern poet, has had well over 200 poems published in numerous journals including The North American Review, American Writing, Potomac Review, and America. Her second chapbook, The Forbidden (2003, Pudding House) was followed by Never Far From Flesh, a full-length volume of poems (Pure Heart/Main Street Rag, 2005). Weitzman received a National Endowment for the Arts award, was a finalist in the Academy of American Poets’ Walt Whitman Award twice, and more recently was a finalist for The Foley Prize in 2003. A former New York academic, now retired and living in Florida, she regards most postmodern poets as the grandchildren of the "Lost Generation." She will discuss the poetry of the past 50 years as it evolved in tandem with the visual arts, film, music, fashion -- even language. By examining sample poems by Charles Wright, Billy Collins, Jane Hirshfield, Reg Saner, Stephen Dobyns, Philip Levine, Sharon Olds, Maxine Kumin, Norman Dubie and several others, the group will glean the characteristics of poetry written since the 1960s -- whether surreal, alienated, solipsistic, flaunting old taboos, shockingly personal, fractive, fearful of seeming sentimental, offering no answers or distaining traditional ideas of beauty and music.
February 24-25, 2011: A 3-part program: "Financial Crisis", “'Animal Spirits'", & "What Do We Do with Our Money Now?" Read Full Article
<p>"Financial Crisis, Problems of Enforcement" featuring Robert Monks, is the opening of a three-part program about timely and critical economic topics. Monks is founder of Institutional Shareholder Services, Inc., the author of Corpocracy, and founder of Lens Governance Advisors, a law firm that advises on corporate governance in the settlement of shareholder litigation. His principal occupation is to develop ideas which harmonize corporate energies with the long-term interests of global society. This portion of the conference will focus on one aspect of the Angelides Commission Report – problems of enforcement. It is painfully apparent that federal entities such as the Federal Reserve, the SEC, and the Department of Labor – which are responsible for enforcing existing laws -- failed utterly. How can we be sure that the new laws will be enforced? This program will take place at 3 PM, followed by dinner at 6 PM and a Cabaret Evening featuring pianist Robert Hardwick and company, Broadway singer Nancy Anderson singer Patricia Cook and others.  February 25:“'Animal Spirits' From Fear to Confidence" is the second portion of the economic conference. William Cathers moderates seminars for The Aspen Institute and has co-moderated seminars with renowned philosopher and educator, Mortimer J. Adler, on Dr. Adler’s books, Reforming Education and Six Great Ideas. Cathers also has collaborated with Alan Fletcher, president of the Aspen Music Festival, on two popular seminars, “The Meaning of Music” and “Music and the American Experience.” Cathers will lead an insightful multimedia symposium examining the ideas, music and art born of The Great Depression; and their impact on the “animal spirits” of the American public during one of our country’s darkest times. In the 1930s, British economist John Maynard Keynes, author of The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, used the term “animal spirits” to describe the “characteristic of human nature that a large proportion of positive activities depend on spontaneous optimism rather than on a mathematical expectation.” Keynesian followers believed that something more than sound economic policies is required for a society to rebound after an economic crisis."What Should We be Doing with Our Money Now?" The third economic segment will feature Robert Wiedemer and Bernard Picchi. Robert Wiedemer is co-author of America’s Bubble Economy and Aftershock. He also serves as the primary investment valuation adviser for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Investment Company division --the largest pool of private venture capital funds in the world with more than $20 billion under management in 4,000-plus investments. Bernard J. Picchi is managing director of Private Wealth Management at Palisade Capital Management, LLC. A former Wall Street energy analyst, he speaks frequently on energy and investment topics for Bloomberg, CNBC and the New York Society of Security Analysts. Other speakers and economists including Muriel Siebert will be participating. Both programs will begin at 9 AM on Friday, Feb. 25 at a private club; lunch will follow at noon.</p>
March 3, 2011: "Palm Beach Centennial Celebration"
Thursday, March 3rd
Discussion, Dinner and Music
We are part of the Centennial Commission’s 100 year celebration and as an example we are using our house to show Mizners Architecure, the rare portuguese tiles and furniture he imported. A panel will discuss architecture and style, social life, and music of the past Century. They include John Loring, John Blades, Confrey Phillips and Orator Woodward. John Loring, design director emeritus of Tiffany & Co. since 1979, is the author of many Abrams books on Tiffany's. Loring is former New York bureau chief of Architectural Digest. John Blades, Executive Director of the Flagler Museum, has developed all of its policies, procedures and forms, and completely revamped the Museum’s operation. Confrey Phillips, singer, pianist, international entertainer and society band leader. Orator Woodward, a former resident of Villa Dei Fiori, will give some fun and interesting insight into life in Palm Beach. Other invited guests include Jeffery Smith of Smith Architectural Group, Gene Pandula of Pandula Architects, and Debi Murray, Chief Curator at the Historical Society of Palm Beach County.
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2009-2010 Season
January 28th - 29th, 2010 "Global Hotspots - Crises Facing President Obama" Read Full Article
On January 28-29, 2010 we started the season with “The Global Crisis Facing Obama.” American Foreign Policy Council’s Herman Pirchner, Ilan Berman, Stephan Yates, and Robert Reilly focused on several conflicts headed toward crises-mode. Topics included Iran’s march toward nuclear capability, the ever-present threats from Al-Qaeda and Sunni terrorist organizations, China’s rising military power, Crimea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Russia’s ambitions in its former territories. The American Foreign Policy Council is widely recognized as a source of timely, insightful analysis on critical issues, and works closely with members of Congress, the Executive Branch and the policy-making community. It is staffed by noted specialists in foreign and defense policy, and serves as a valuable resource to officials in the highest levels of government.
February 7th, 2010 "The State of the Art Market"
In conjunction with Palm Beach Investment Research Group, the Coudert Institute held “The State of the Art Market”, a lecture featuring Jonathan Dodd from Waterhouse and Dodd, a leading international art dealership; and Ellen Liman from Liman Gallery in Palm Beach.
February 12th, 2010 "Economics and the Global Community in 2010"
On February 12, we presented “Economics and the Global Community in 2010.”
The main topic was “National Security and the Security of our Economic System. What should individuals consider when investing in this market?” Robert Wiedemer discussed his ideas and two books he co-wrote, “America’s Bubble Economy”, and “Aftershock”, as well as national and economic security. Gilbert Harrison, founder and CEO of Financo Inc., and Sydney Forbes, owner of the Palm Beach Gardens Mall, dissected retailing in today’s market. Bernard Picchi, managing director of Private Wealth Management at Palisade Capital Management, L.L.C., analyzed America’s energy crisis and briefed us on how we are and will remain a fossil-fuel economy for years to come.
With Paul Goldberger, Vladimir Kagan, Anne Fairfax, Richard Sammons and John Loring as Moderator. This was a vibrant program in March as we brought together some well known architects and designers. Paul Goldberger, architecture critic for “The New Yorker”, discussed his book, “Why Architecture Matters”. He talked about the role architecture plays in everyone’s life and where he expects architecture to be as we move into the second decade of the 21st century. Vladimir Kagan discussed extreme design and the question “Is it art or is it design?” He explained the design process of his own work and how it relates to and is inspired by architecture. Richard Sammons and Anne Fairfax of Fairfax & Sammons Architects conveyed their dedication to classical architecture and made fascinating comparisons to classic Roman and Greek works. John Loring, design director emeritus of Tiffany and Co., was our moderator for the day and he helped bridge the differences between the modernists and the devout traditionalists in reference to architecture.*
* March 18th - 19th, 2010 "A Conversation on Peace - What are we doing and is it working?"
In mid-March we explored an intense topic in “A Conversation on Peace; The Challenges to Creating and Maintaining that Peace.” Rita Hauser, President of the Hauser Foundation, served as the U.S. Representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. She discussed issues of how we maintain the peace after the withdrawal of American troops. Dr. Andrew J. Pierre, an expert on international security, discussed nuclear proliferation and arms control, the ambitious agenda of the current administration, including an arms limitation agreement with Russia, the Comprehensive Test Ban and the 40-nation summit meeting in April to prevent terrorists from acquiring nuclear materials. Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner is the executive director of the Matilda Joslyn Gage Center, a museum of conscience dedicated to dialogue on issues of peace and justice. She discussed the influence Native American (Iroquois) women had on early women’s rights activists, and how historical facts about the Iroquois might bring some hope for peace into our reality. Alfred Stepan, a specialist in comparative government, discussed Muslim nations and democracy, religious holidays among the U.S. and Muslim nations and Israel vs. the Palestinians. Elizabeth Morse, a founding director on the board of International Bridges to Justice, discussed efforts to protect human rights in the 113 “torturing” nations.*
* March 25th -26th, 2010 "Celebrating Chopin"
At Palm Beach Atlantic University, we enjoyed a beautiful concert entitled “Celebrating Chopin, 200th Birthday Celebration.” There was a spectacular piano and cello performance coupled with a discussion on Chopin’s life, his works, his beloved friends and the era in which he pursued his passion.
Yehuda Hanani, a cello professor at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, and Alexander Beridze, the Gold Medalist of the 53rd World Piano Competition, came together to celebrate the anniversary of Chopin’s 200th birthday and the spirit of Chopin’s poetic and romantic soul through his music in this unique and intimate setting.*
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2008-2009 Season
* January 28th - 29th, 2009 "The Artist in Times of Chaos"
Dr. Noel Brown acted as moderator. Participants included Donald Vega, jazz composer and pianist from Nicaragua; Diana Barrett, founder of The Fledgling Fund supporting socially conscious documentaries; Dr. Ray Robinson, director of the Palm Beach Symphony and former Palm Beach Atlantic University professor; Rolland Smith, poet and former NBC newscaster. Noel Brown is former head of the United Nations Environmental Program for North America and the Caribbean.*
February 1st, 2009 "Is There Love and Madness Under the Royal Palms?"
The Institute hosted an afternoon tea for author and island resident Laurence Leamer, who lead a discussion about his new book, Madness Under the Royal Palms; Love and Death Behind the Gates of Palm Beach.
*February 12th - 13th, 2009 "Vital Topics in Medicine"
Farah Walters, a member of the Coudert Institute, organized a seminar featuring three leaders in the fields of science and medical policy. Farah Walters is the first woman in the United States to lead an independent academic medical center, University Hospitals Health System in Cleveland, Ohio. Now the president and CEO of QualHealth LLC, Walters was selected by Modern Healthcare as one of 50 persons shaping the future of healthcare. The following participants provided a forum for members to explore global health policy, cancer, new discoveries and treatments: Dr. James Wilson, director of the Harold Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Associate Dean for Oncology Programs at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas; Dr. Sally Hodder, Professor of Medicine, Director of HIV Programs, and vice-chair of the Department of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey; Dr. Adel Mahmoud, Professor at The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and The Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University.*
February 27th, 2009 "Hello, Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio"
In his new book, Hello, Everybody! The Dawn of American Radio, author and radio expert Anthony Rudel has examined the programming and the policies that led to what he calls "The basis of all modern communication." The five central themes of his book, Politics, Entertainment, News, Religion, and Sports have been the centerpieces of programming for nearly ninety years. An important component of the special presentation for the Coudert Institute, was of the content heard over the airwaves, on talk radio, on television, on cable, and certainly over the Internet would have been deemed to be illegal and bad for the nation if Herbert Hoover had his way. Hoover was absolutely prescient when it came to the electronic media. Set against the backdrop of the Roaring 1920s and the Depression of the early 1930s, early radio provides a wonderful comparison to the 24/7 media circus of today.
March 27th - 28th, 2009 "INFLECTION POINT: The Manhattan Project on Human Consciousness"
On March 27th and 28th the Coudert Institute, in collaboration with Dr. Lisa Miller of Columbia University Teachers College, hosted a seminar on "Consciousness, Wellness and Mental Health: Towards a Post-Newtonian Psychology." Ten distinguished scientists and psychologists convened for an intensive two-day think tank at The Breakers to explore the latest empirical evidence for non-local consciousness and its implications for models of health and healing that can move beyond the limitations of mechanistic reductionism to incorporate the impact of consciousness on health and healing through prayer, intention, and meditation. Participants included Dr. Larry Dossey, author of nine best selling books on the integration of mind and medicine; and Drs. Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunne of Princeton University's Engineering Anomalies Research laboratory, authors of "Margins of Reality: The Role of Consciousness in the Physical World." Other participants included Drs. Bruce Greyson and Jim Tucker, of the University of Virginia's Department of Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences, the world's leading researchers in near-death studies and reincarnation; Dr. P. Scott Richards, Professor of Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University, an expert in spirituality and religion in psychotherapy; Dr. William Hathaway, Director of the Program in Clinical Psychology at Virginia's Regent University; Dr. Len Sperry, Professor of Mental Health Counseling at Florida Atlantic University; and Dr. Ruth Rosenbaum, of the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis.
Dr. Larry Dossey is a former physician of internal medicine and former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital. Dossey has lectured at medical schools and hospitals throughout the United States and abroad. In 1988 he delivered the annual Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Lecture in New Delhi, India, the only physician ever invited to do so. He is the author of eleven books dealing with consciousness, spirituality, and healing, including the New York Times bestseller HEALING WORDS: THE POWER OF PRAYER AND THE PRACTICE OF MEDICINE, and most recently THE POWER OF PREMONITIONS. Dr. Dossey is the former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He is the executive editor of the peer-reviewed journal EXPLORE: The Journal of Science and Healing. Dr. Dossey lectures around the world. He lives in Santa Fe with his wife Barbara, who is a nurse-consultant and the author of several award-winning books. During a seminar at the Coudert Institute March 26-28, Dr. Dossey presented evidence for the role of the mind in healing, and discussed a model of consciousness that is nonlocal in nature. This image of consciousness asserts that consciousness is not confined or localized to specific points in space, such as brains or bodies, or in time, such as the present moment, but is nonlocal or infinite in space and time. Dr. Dossey presented scientific evidence supporting such a view. His latest book, THE POWER OF PREMONITIONS: HOW KNOWING THE FUTURE CAN SHAPE OUR LIVES, explores the nature and scientific evidence for premonitions and intuition.
Dr. P. Scott Richards reported the results of an open-ended survey he conducted with Dr. Kari A. O'Grady of 450 natural and behavioral scientists from a variety of spiritual backgrounds concerning their beliefs and experiences about the role of non-rational intuitive insights and inspiration in science. The finding of the study indicated that these scientists and scholars have experienced inspiration throughout all stages of the research process, including when they were: (1) choosing a career or scholarly focus, (2), choosing a research study topic, (3) finding resources to support their research, (4) taking a break from their research, (5) during data analysis, (6) while writing manuscripts, (7) seeking new insights or solutions, (9) during their academic training, and (10) while instructing and assisting others. The scientists also reported that they believe that certain practices and virtues, such as openness to spirituality, humility, altruistic motives, hard work, dialogue with others, and seeking a relationship with the divine can help scientists and scholars be more prepared to experience non-rational intuitive insights and inspiration in their work. Dr. Richards is a Professor of Counseling Psychology at Brigham Young University. He is the past-President of the Psychology of Religion division of the American Psychological Association. He is the author and editor of several books about the topics of spirituality and psychotherapy that are published by the American Psychological Association. His website address is http://education.byu.edu/cpse/faculty/richards_scott.html and he can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
April 30th, 2009 "Breakthrough Ideas for Coping with the Next Ten Years"
Jeremy Wiesen led a roundtable discussion of the new book, "I, Daphne Simone, World Leader (a true story)." The author, a black and white American cocker spaniel, conveys her observations of human interaction – from politics, to economics to child raising. The canine sniffed out some wrong directions in which the nation is headed but also had some answers. We explored different ideas on how to possibly change the world's current position by discussing the topics provided by this intelligent canine from 2015.
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2007-2008 Season
January 25th, 2008 Jewelry Exhibit featuring Patrick Mauboussin
Kazanjian Brothers presented
He talked about his new jewelry collection and the creation of jewelry as an art form and collectible. This event was done in conjunction with the Institute and a percentage of the proceeds from the sales paid for a Grande Piano which was used for our Musical Event on March 28th Featuring Yehuda Hanani, Alexander Beridze. This event also incorporated the children's music program initiated by Mrs. Coudert and Mr. Hanani.
January 27th, 2008 "The Drug War – An Assessment"
Featuring speaker Jerry Cameron who has spent a considerable part of his seventeen-year law enforcement career in fighting the 'War on Drugs.' Bill Davis was Moderator for a lively discussion on this major problem facing our country and the rest of the world.
February 10th, 2008 Ahmed, Siebert and Wiesen
Barbar Ahmed, Film Director and son of Akbar Ahmed who is the world's best-known scholar on contemporary Islam spoke about what is happening in Pakistan today and where is it going. Muriel Siebert, Founder of Siebert & Co discussed Economics, Sub Prime and what are the possible solutions to solve the problems in America today. Jeremy Wiesen, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Retired from Stern School of Business, New York University. He spoke about a free market solution to the housing crisis.
February 15th, 2008 "The world in 2008 – 2009, What will our new President have to deal with"
Presented by the American Foreign Policy Council.
Speakers were Herman Pirchner, Jr., Ilan Berman, Stephen Yates and John Wobensmith
February 22nd, 2008 "What is happening in the sciences of Stem Cell Biology, Genetics and Genomics"
Presented by the New York Stem Cell Foundation
Speakers Dr. Eggan and Susan Saloman
March 19th, 2008 "Comparing the Campaigns of two past Presidents and how that Relates to the Coming Election"
With Thomas W. Evans Author of "The Education of Ronald Reagan"
March 28th, 2008 "Architecture Reflected in Music"
World renowned Cellist Yehuda Hanani and Pianist Alexander Beridze presented: "Architecture Reflected in Music" This evening was the debut for the Coudert Institute's new Grand Piano and the start of program designed to introduce children to fine classical music.
March 28th, 2008 "The Big Three – Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin"
Our speakers were: Author, Susan Butler "My Dear Mr. Stalin"
- Author, Lynne Olson "Troublesome Young Men"
- Author, Stanley Cloud
- Winston Churchill Jr., the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill.
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2006-2007 Season
December 22nd, 2006 "The Rich: A New Study of the Species"
The first speaker of 2006-07 was the Institute's own Bill Davis, author of the recently published book, The Rich: A New Study of the Species. A former editor of Punch magazine and speechwriter for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he said that London has become a magnet for wealthy foreigners, attracting so many Russians in recent years that wags have dubbed it "Londongrad." Dismissing the notion of "compassionate conservatism," he suggested that "wealth has to be created before it can be distributed. I don't believe in an equitable distribution of assets; that's a socialist fantasy." *
* January 17th - 18th, 2007 "Iran - The Iranian Challenge"
Ilan Berman, vice president for policy at the American Foreign Policy Association in Washington, D.C., and an expert on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Russian Federation, addressed the Institute Jan. 18 on "The Iranian Challenge." A consultant to both the Central Intelligence Agency and the Department of Defense, he described Iran as the greatest current threat to the United States. Igniting a spirited debate, Berman warned that failure to employ economic leverage to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions will leave us with two distasteful options: "acquiesce to the emergence of an atomic Iran or use military force to prevent it from happening." *
Other guest speakers included Coco Blaffer, whose new book deals with finding and collecting the works of major artists in the most unlikely places, and Ethan Cohen, an expert in contemporary Chinese art, who reviewed the works of some of that country's hottest new artists.
* February 1st - 2nd, 2007 "Brain Preservation and Functional Enhancement"
Dr. David Perlmutter told the Institute on Feb. 2 that even though people who reach the age of 85 have a 50-percent chance of developing Alzheimer's, "we have a 70-percent success rate in slowing cognitive decline." The Naples, Fla.-based neurologist and frequent guest on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" recommended a three-pronged approach: building a better brain through nutrition, lifestyle changes and brain workouts; coping with specific brain disorders such as stroke, dementia, Alzeheimer's, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease; and individually tailoring a diet and supplementary program. *
February 12th, 2007 "The Education of Ronald Reagan"
Thomas W. Evans, author of The Education of Ronald Reagan: The General Electric Years and the Untold Story of His Conversion to Conservatism, visited the Institute on Feb. 12 and offered a unique perspective on the former president and the origins of his political philosophy. More than anything else, he said, Reagan's ideological transformation from New Deal liberal and president of the Screen Actors Guild to Goldwater supporter and conservative politician can be traced to his nine-year stint as spokesman for General Electric and host of its popular Sunday night TV show, "GE Theater." It was at GE, Evans insisted, where Reagan became immersed in free market economics, low taxes and other conservative principles, which in turn would influence him both as California governor and President of the United States.
* February 15th, 2007 "Is There an End to Chaos in the Middle East"
A leading expert on international affairs told the Institute on Feb. 15 that "there appears to be no end to the chaos in Iraq and the Middle East generally." Rita Hauser, who served on the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory and Intelligence Oversight Boards as well as U.S. Representative to the U.N. Commission on Human Rights, offered a grim but realistic assessment of the situation in the Middle East. After tracing the region's centuries-old history of sectarian strife, she suggested that we concentrate on "protecting the oil lanes" and "base our policy on geopolitics, not ideology." A senior partner and now of counsel to the New York law firm of Stroock, Stroock & Lavan, Dr. Hauser has served on commissions affiliated with the Department of State, The Brookings Institution and the International Center for Peace in the Middle East. *
* March 23rd, 2007 "Is Fashion Alive or Dead?"
Guest speakers included collector and fashion icon Iris Apfel, designers Alfred Fiandaca and Duro Olowu, and Vogue editor Sally Singer. Among the many issues covered were what constitutes fashion and what is the difference between fashion and style. Ms. Apfel, whose "Rare Bird of Fashion: The Irreverent Iris Apfel" exhibit was as enthusiastically received at West Palm Beach's Norton Museum of Art as it was at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, provided her refreshingly candid take on a wide range of subjects. An American original in the truest sense, her personal style has been described as "both witty and exuberantly idiosyncratic. She combines colors, textures, and patterns without regard to period, provenance and, ultimately, aesthetic convention." *
* April 4th - 5th, 2007 "American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer"
Another highlight of the 2006-07 season featured author Martin J. Sherwin, whose American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer (written with Kai Bird), was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2006. Dr. Sherwin, the Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History at Tufts University, traced and analyzed the mercurial life and times of the man widely considered to be the father of the atomic bomb. Rather than focusing primarily on scientific issues, however, Sherwin approached Oppenheimer as a prism through which to understand 20th century American history, including the Manhattan Project and McCarthyism. *
Dr. Steven Rose
Featuring the bronze sculptures of Dr. Steven Rose. Iris Apfel: With top designers and fashion writers. Charlie Firestone: Moderator at The Aspen Institute, "Citizen Diplomacy vs. Government Diplomacy."
* March 31st, 2006 "Climate Change, Severe Weather and Coastal Devastation"
"Climate Change, Severe Weather and Coastal Devastation" moderated by Noel Brown with speakers Dr. Stephen Leatherman, Dr. Frank E. Muller-Karger and Dr. Ellen Prager.
* February 24th - 25th, 2006 "The Art and Joy of Collecting"
"The Art and Joy of Collecting" moderated by Bruce Helander and John Loring. Presenters included Iris Apfel, Susan Borchardt, Susie Elson, Mickie Kaplan, Ellen Liman, Murray Gell-Mann, Edwina Sandys and Ralph Wanger.
February 23rd, 2006 "You and Your Money"
"You and Your Money" (What should you be doing with it now?) presented by Muriel Siebert and Ralph Wanger.
February 5th - 6th, 2006 "Spirituality and Health"
"Spirituality and Health" presented by Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Allen H. Neims and Giulia Plum, CSB.
January 25th - 26th, 2006 "Ethical Challenges in a Contemporary World"
"Ethical Challenges in a Contemporary World" presented by Dr. Lee Bycel.
Coudert Institute Seminars of 2001-2005
March 22nd, 2005 "U.S. - European Rlations after the President's Visit"
"U.S. - European Relations After the President's Visit" presented by His Excellency András Simonyi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Republic of Hungary. Ambassador Simonyi was introduced by Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker.
* March 12th, 2005 A Cabaret Evening
A Cabaret Evening with dinner featuring singer K. T. Sullivan with her accompanist, James Followell was enjoyed by all.*
February 17th - 18th, 2005 "Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Disorders"
"How To Nourish Your Brain to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease and Other Related Disorders" presented by Dr. Alarik Arenander Ph.D, a Director at the Brain Institute. Also, Dr. Jeffery Kelly of the Scripps Institute in La Jolla, California presented "Amelioration of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Related Diseases."
February 1st, 2005 Layalina Productions
Ambassador Richard Fairbanks, Chairman of the Board of Layalina Productions, Inc. Layalina develops and produces culturally appropriate Arabic-language television programming for licensing to satellite and cable TV networks throughout the Arab Middle East and North Africa. Their programming is in association with top Hollywood talent. Layalina's efforts represent the first private sector initiative to establish new lines of communication and dialogue with citizens and key opinion leaders throughout the Arab world.
January 13th - 14th, 2005 "Einstein's 100th Anniversary of The Discovery of Relativity"
"Einstein's 100th Anniversary of The Discovery of Relativity" presented by Professor Murray Gell-Mann in conjunction with the South Florida Science Museum. Jim Rollings, CEO and President of the South Florida Science Museum was our moderator.
April 18th, 2004 "What is Human Potential? Myths, Maps and Methods"
"What is Human Potential? Myths, Maps and Methods", the understanding of TM on one's health and brain, presented by Dr. Alarik Arenander.
March 19th - 20th, 2004 "The American City"
"The American City", presented by Paul Goldberger and Robert A. M. Stern, moderated by Dr. Noel Brown.
February 6th, 2004 "Simple Regularities In Human Affairs"
"Simple Regularities In Human Affairs", presented by Professor Murray Gell-Mann accompanied by his wife, Marcia Southwick, who presented a small seminar on poetry writing.
January 9th - 10th, 2004 "Conciliation In A Terror Driven World"
"Conciliation In A Terror Driven World", presented by Professor Akbar Ahmed, Rabbi Hillel Levine, The Very Reverend James Parks Morton and Dr. Noel Brown.
December 19th, 2003 "The New Global Goals"
"The New Global Goals" presented by Jeremy Wiesen.
April 3rd - 4th, 2003 "Spirituality and Health in A Scientific Age"
"Spirituality and Health in A Scientific Age", presented by Dwight Allison, Alarik Arenander, Dr. Lisa Miller and Dr. Joseph Wagenseller.
March 7th - 8th, 2003 "Restoring the Confidence of American Investors in Equity Securities"
"Restoring the Confidence of American Investors in Equity Securities", presented by Robert Monks, Professor Charles Elson, Jeremy Wiesen, Allan Towers and Muriel Siebert.
February 2nd - 3rd, 2003 "A Conversation with Murray Gell-Man"
A conversation with Nobel Prize Recipient Professor Murray Gell-Mann.
January 31st - February 1st, 2003 "The Effects of Genetics and Medicine in The 21st Century"
"The Effects of Genetics and Medicine in The 21st Century" presented by Dr. French Anderson and Dr. Kathryn Anderson.
January 5th, 2003 "The War on Terrorism"
"The War on Terrorism", presented by Dr. Andrew Pierre.
April 4th - 6th, 2002 "The Responsibility of The Media for The Public Good"
"The Responsibility of The Media for The Public Good" presented by Newt Minow, former FCC Chairman, and former President of NBC, PBS, the RAND Corporation and Carnegie Corporation of New York.
March 15th - 16th, 2002 "911 Aftermath - Security vs. Freedom"
"911 Aftermath - Security vs. Freedom" and "Making Our Destiny by Choice NOT Chance" presented by Dr. Robert Solomon, President of Intellergy, Inc.
February 6th, 2002 "Modern Man in Search of His Soul"
Round Table discussion with Mr. George Elder on "Modern Man in Search of His Soul".
November 29th - December 1st, 2001 "Age In Transition"
"Age In Transition" presented by George Elder who discussed Jungen Psychology. Mr. Van Wishard also presented "Between Two Ages" which was written up in the Vital Speeches of the Day.
April 6th - 7th, 2001 "Transcendent Spirit and The Ethical Order"
"Transcendent Spirit and The Ethical Order" presented by Declan Murphy, President of Inpresario, Ltd., Washington D.C., and Molly Pyle, a consultant for the U.S. Department of Commerce.