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Lecture Series

All members of the Westminster community are welcome to take part in a variety of lectures on campus. These lectures cover current issues in a variety of fields. From the Diversity Series to lectures in business and the history and philosophy of religion there is something of interest for all.

Kim T. Adamson Lecture on International Studies

Because the world is becoming increasingly globalized, this annual lecture is designed to help people reflect on challenging international issues.The lecturers are drawn from a pool of scholars, writers, and thinkers with national and international reputations, without regard to ethnic, religious, or ideological considerations. Each annual lecturer delivers a public lecture and conducts seminars.

The annual lecture is funded through the proceeds of the Kim T. Adamson Endowment, a gift from Kim T. Adamson, alumna and long-time friend and supporter of Westminster College.

Reporting on Terrorism from the Frontlines: Perceptions vs. Realities

November 8, 2004
Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

Foreign Policy and National Security Correspondent for USA Today, Steven Komarow, will share his insights on Iraq, terrorism, the role of the press, and the 2004 presidential election at a public lecture. His lecture will be illustrated by remarkable photos that he took in war-torn areas.

Komarow's specialty is reporting on terrorism and from hostile environments and he is, indeed, well schooled in both. Most recently he has been in Baghdad covering the formation of the new government, the capture and trial of Saddam Hussein, and the reconstruction. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, he was an embedded reporter with Lieutenant General William S. Wallace, Army Group Commander. Since September 11, 2001, he has reported from Europe, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Yemen, Djibouti, and the Persian Gulf states. Before that, he accompanied ground troops into action in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Haiti.

Komarow's views on the U. S. political system stem from his extensive experience in that arena as well. For almost a decade, Komarow was a congressional correspondent for the Associated Press, serving as its chief congressional correspondent from 1989-93. He traveled with Vice-presidential candidate, Lloyd Bentsen, covering the 1988 election campaign; then in 1992, he covered the campaign of then-candidate Bill Clinton.

Join us for Komarow's riveting presentation followed by a question and answer session. For more information about the Kim T. Adamson Lecture Series, contact Professor Richard Badenhausen at (801) 832-2460 or visit the Honors site.

Westminster Tanner-McMurrin Lecture on the History and Philosophy of Religion

The lecture brings notable scholars in history and philosophy of religion to the college.The lecturers are appointed based on the national and international recognition of their scholarly achievements without regard to ethnic, religious, or ideological considerations.The lectures and seminars cover basic issues in religious thought and practice.

The lectureship is funded in perpetuity by an endowment gift from Grace Adams Tanner and the late Dr. Obert Clark Tanner, professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Utah.

The lectureship is also named in honor of the late Dr. Sterling McMurrin, who was the E. E. Eriksen distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Utah and a former United States Commissioner of Education. Dr. McMurrin was a trustee of Westminster College and a former colleague of Dr. Tanner.

Can We Succeed in Iraq? The 7,000-Year Perspective

October 26, 2004
Gore Auditorium

We're happy to announce that Edwin Black is coming to campus to investigate the question: "Can We Succeed in Iraq? The 7,000-year perspective." Black is a noted journalist and author who has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize 8 times. His new book is "Banking on Baghdad: Inside Iraq's 7,000-Year History of War, Profit, and Conflict."

For more information on Mr. Black, log onto www.bankingonbaghdad.com

For more information regarding the Tanner-McMurrin Lecture Series, call Dr. Michael Popich at 832-2411.

Weldon J. Taylor Executive Lecture Series

The Weldon J. Taylor Executive Lecture Series is a learning-lecture experience that features distinguished speakers who consult with local business leaders and students enrolled in Westminster College's graduate and undergraduate business programs. Those invited to lecture represent excellence in sectors such as business, government, education, community service, and the arts. The series is sponsored in part by American Express, the Associated Students of Westminster College, and the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business.

For information, call 832-2602.

Clayton Christensen

The Transformation of our Healthcare and Education Systems: Can We Make Them Better, Less Expensive, and More Convenient?"

7:30 PM
Friday, November 12, 2004
Vieve Gore Concert Hall
Emma Eccles Jones Conservatory

Clayton Christensen, D.B.A., Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, will speak on The Transformation of our Healthcare and Education Systems: Can We Make Them Better, Less Expensive, and More Convenient?

Generally the forces that bring us higher quality, more affordable and accessible products and services are not the leading firms in their industries. Dr. Christensen examines how these forces could make healthcare and education higher in quality, lower in cost, and more

Clayton M. Christensen is the Robert and Jane Cizik Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School, with a joint appointment in the Technology & Operations Management and General Management faculty groups. His research and teaching interests center on the management issues related to the development and commercialization of technological and business model innovation. Specific areas of focus include developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies.

Professor Christensen became a faculty member at the Harvard Business School in 1992. He taught courses in Technology and Operations Management, General Management, and Operations Strategy. He then developed a course called Managing Innovation. Professor Christensen currently teaches an elective course he designed called Building a Sustainably Successful Enterprise, which teaches managers how to build and manage an enduring, successful company or transform an existing organization.

Professor Christensen is the author of the bestselling books The Innovators Dilemma (1997), which received the Global Business Book Award for the best business book published in 1997, and The Innovator's Solution (2003). His forthcoming book, Seeing What's Next, will be published in fall 2004. In addition, he edited two casebooks on Innovation: Innovation and the General Manager (1999) and Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation.

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