Beloit College Magazine

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Fall/Winter 2010 (November 8, 2010)

Semester Brings Abundance of Visitors

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November 8, 2010

Visitors to Beloit College this fall included an internationally known economist, a retired U.S. Army colonel, a writer and well-known poker player, a range of politicians, alumni, and more.

  • Israel Kirzner served as Beloit’s 2010 Upton Scholar. The leading figure in the Austrian school of economics, Kirzner has devoted much of his career to clarifying the central role entrepreneurship plays as a driving force in the market process.
  • Paul Fishstein’76 presented a public lecture on Afghanistan. Fishstein is a fellow at the Carr and Belfer Centers of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with years of experience living and working in Kabul on USAID-funded initiatives.
  • On the team that earned a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage, Jim Simon’77 visited Beloit and spoke about what the future may hold for journalism. More about Simon, assistant managing editor of the Seattle Times, can be found in "Writing the First Draft of History."
  • Retired U.S. Army Colonel and author Ann Wright also spoke at Beloit. She is co-author of a book about government insiders and active duty military personnel who, in the lead-up to the Iraq war, leaked documents, spoke out, resigned, or refused to deploy in protest of government actions they felt were illegal.
  • James McManus was the 2010 Lois and Willard Mackey Chair in Creative Writing. Best known for his memoirs of participating in the World Series of Poker, McManus has also published seven books of poetry and fiction.
  • Survivor of the Rwandan genocide Jean-Marie Kamatali gave the third annual Weissberg Lecture in International Human Rights on legal and institutional rebuilding in Rwanda. Kamatali, a visiting assistant professor of law and assistant director of the LL.M. program at Ohio Northern University, is former dean of the law school at the National University of Rwanda.
  • Emily Eveleth, the 2010 Ginsberg Artist in Residence, presented a lecture on “Contradictions and Connections,” including a discussion of her recent work and her signature visual image, the jelly doughnut.
  • Beloit also presented political debates that were either offered as a public service or hosted by the College Democrats or College Republicans, both student organizations.

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