We are grateful to the Rappolt family for founding the Forum in honor of their children Gabrielle ’93, Sarah ’96, and Bill ’99, and in recognition of the dedication, scholarship and professionalism of the Tower Hill faculty. Each year, experts and scholars are brought to Tower Hill to speak to students about themes related to history, citizenship and international affairs. Sincerely,
Dr. Ellis A. Wasson History Department Chair
Erica Armstrong Dunbar University of Delaware Martin Luther King Jr. and His Legacy for the 21st Century Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:40 a.m. Professor Armstrong Dunbar specializes in 19th century African-American and Women’s History. She received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994 and her Ph.D. from Columbia in 2000. Her first book was entitled A Fragile Freedom: African American Women and Emancipation in the Antebellum City (Yale University Press, 2008). She is currently working on two projects: “They Were Dressed in All Buttons”: African American Women in the Era of Revolution and Freedom and a second project on African Americans and mental illness in the 19th century.
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Mr. Rappolt is a graduate of Lafayette College, where he later served on the Board of Trustees, and holds an MBA from Columbia University. He was the Executive Vice President and Treasurer of the M & T Bank. He has also served as Chairman of the M & T Investment Corporation, President of the Association Cambiste Internationale in the USA and on the New York Federal Reserve Foreign Exchange Committee. He is the father of three Tower Hill graduates.
Members of the Forum Council Debate: The Importance of Leadership by Individuals Tuesday, May 8, 2012 10:40 a.m. The Forum Council is comprised of a student organization that along with the History Department faculty manages the Tower Hill Forum. Members of the Forum Council will conduct a debate for the student body on the impact that individuals have had on history. Further details will be provided later.
All lectures will be held in the Pierre S. du Pont Arts Center. Day lectures are open to the entire Tower Hill community, including alumni and friends. Dates/times for the day lectures are subject to change. If you plan to attend, please check the school calendar at www.towerhill.org or contact the school at 302.575.0550 on the morning to confirm that the lecture will take place as scheduled. Evening lectures are open to current parents, faculty/staff and trustees only. Tickets must be reserved in advance and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis. Due to limited seating, all requests may not be filled. To request tickets to the November 16 lecture at 7:30 p.m., please complete the postage-paid response card on the right. If it is possible to fulfill your request, tickets will be mailed to you by November 7. You will receive information at a later date to request tickets for the lecture on Monday, April 18, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.
Brent Glass is one of the leading public historians in the United States. He is a graduate of Lafayette College with an M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. from the University of North CarolinaChapel Hill. He has written books and articles on industrial history and on Pennsylvania and North Carolina. He joined the Smithsonian Institution as Director of the National Museum of American History in 2002.
Howard Fineman Senior Political Editor, Huffington Post Recent American Political Leadership Wednesday, April 18, 2012 7:30 p.m. Howard Fineman holds an A.B. from Colgate, an M.S. from Columbia and a J.D. from the University of Louisville. He joined Newsweek in 1980 and rose to Senior Editor before moving to the Huffington Post in 2010. His reporting helped Newsweek win numerous journalism awards. He also appears on television for NBC and is a veteran of many talk shows. He is the author of The Thirteen American Arguments: Enduring Debates That Define and Inspire Our Country (2008).
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We are particularly fortunate this year to hear directly from Mr. William Rappolt, who along with his wife Pam, endowed the Forum series. Bill and Pam have continued to show an active interest in the program.
Professor Callahan earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University and is a specialist in British history. He was the first Director of the M.A.L.S. program at UD. He has published a number of books including Churchill: Retreat from Empire (1984) and Churchill and His Generals (2007), which was a History Book Club selection.
Brent Glass Director, National Museum of American History American Makers of the 21st Century Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Speaker: Brent Glass, Director of the National Museum of American History Topic: American Makers of the 21st Century Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011 7:30 p.m.
Welcome to the 14th year of the Tower Hill Forum. Our theme for 2011-2012 is “Makers of the Twenty-First Century.” A committee of students and teachers selected this topic. The intention is to focus on individuals who made important decisions that affect the century in which we live in the belief that history is not merely a flow of inevitable events. People make a difference, and their stories are both interesting and instructive.
William C. Rappolt M & T Bank (Retired) The Makers of the 21st Century Financial System Tuesday, March 6, 2012 11:30 a.m.
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Raymond Callahan University of Delaware Winston Churchill and His Legacy for the 21st Century Tuesday, October 11, 2011 10:40 a.m.
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From the History Department
Our Past Forums
2007-2008: Leadership: Yesterday and Today Samuel S. Beard, Founder of the Jefferson Awards - Economic Development Martin Luther King III, Civil Rights Leader - Civil Rights “The Sisters,” Founders of the Wilmington Arts Coalition - Arts Ellen Kullman (THS ‘74), CEO, DuPont Company - Values Based Leadership David Roselle, Former President of University of Delaware - Education Charlie Copeland (THS ‘81), State Senate Minority Leader - Government Michael Beschloss, Presidential Historian and TV commentator - Presidential Leadership 2006-2007: Achieving Peace in the Middle East Laurie Mylroie, Information for Democracy - The Middle East Afif Safieh, Ambassador of the Palestinian Authority to the US - The Palestinian View H.R.H. Prince Turki Al-Faisal, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the U.S. - Achieving Peace Cathy Matson, University of Delaware - Democracy and the Early American Republic David Long, U.S. State Department - The Arab World William D. Quandt, University of Virginia - Arab-Israeli Conflict Bernard Reich, George Washington University - Arab-Israeli Conflict Dr. Ward Casscells (THS ‘70), Asst. Sec. of Defense for Health Affairs - The Situation in Iraq Avraham Burg, Speaker of the Israeli Knesset - Struggling Towards Peace 2005-2006: Restructuring Diversity: Access to Opportunity Harold Eugene Batiste III, Ntl. Asn. of Independent Schools - Diversity and Opportunity Irene Monroe, Harvard University - Racism, Sexism, and Homophobia Niger Innis, CORE, and Cory Booker, Civic Activist - Affirmative Action Debran Rowland, Legal Journalist - Women’s Rights in America Raymond Wolters, University of Delaware - Right Turn at the Crossroads: William Bradford Reynolds (THS ‘60) and the Civil Rights Policies of the Reagan Administration Rafael Bejarano, Musician - Indigenous Peoples and the Developed World
Twenty First Century
2002-2003: American Foreign Policy Since World War II David Gergen, Presidential Advisor - Post War Foreign Policy Scott Ritter, UN Weapons Inspector - Understanding Roots of Terrorism Donald L. Miller, Lafayette College - WWII and American Memory Joseph Biden, U.S. Senator - Current American Foreign Policy Rory Kennedy, Filmmaker - Global AIDS Project
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2003-2004: Making Government Work Mark Green, New York Mayoral Candidate, and Alan Keyes, Presidential Candidate - Cam paign Finance Reform Bert Ammerman, Educator and Activist - Citizen Activism Erskine Bowles, White House Chief of Staff - The Executive Branch Chris Coons (THS ‘81), President, New Castle County Council - Local Government Edward Black, Lobbyist, Washington, DC - Lobbyists Professor Jonathan Russ, University of Delaware - The G.I. Bill
2009-10: Morality vs. the Public Interest Jack Markell, Governor of Delaware – The Budget Crunch Virginia A. Seitz (THS ’74), Sidley Austin LLP – Freedom of Speech John Pierce, Vice President, DuPont Co. - Food, Fuels and Materials Andrew C. von Eschenbach, U.S. Commissioner of Food and Drugs – Govt. Regulation Michael Scheuer, CIA and Matthew Alexander, USAF – Torture as a Method of Interrogation Lance L. Weaver, University of Delaware – Business Ethics Hugh Bender (THS ’03), Washington University – Stem Cell Research John Osborn, U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy – Public Diplomacy Gary May, U. of Delaware – Informants and the Legal System Gabrielle Rappolt-Schlichtmann (THS ’93), CAST, Inc. – Psychological Research Zachary Karabell, River Twice Research – Ethics vs. Profit in Business 2008-2009: America in the 60s Arturo Bagley, Tower Hill School Faculty - Setting the Scene John Lewis, U.S. Congressman - Civil Rights Paul Lyons, Richard Stockton College -The Impact of the Vietnam War John Scott, University of Delaware - Transformation of American Culture John Robinson, Timothy B. Golding Chair in English, Tower Hill - Romance and Anarchy Senator Harris Wofford, Former U.S. Senator; Aide to Kennedy - Founding the Peace Corps “1968: The Siege of Wilmington” - WHYY Documentary Andrew Krepinevich, President of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments - Developments in Military and Space Technology in the 1960s Panel of Tower Hill Alumni from the 60s - Tower Hill in the 60s Robert Dallek, U.S. Historian - The Life and Career of John F. Kennedy Linda Gordon, U.S. Historian - The Woman’s Movement
Makers of the
2004-2005: American Empire Linda Colley, Princeton University - Early American Empire Hall Gardner (THS ‘72), American University of Paris - The Present Global Crisis Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor - The American Empire Jessica Stern, J. F. Kennedy School of Govt., Harvard Univ. - The Terrorists’ Perspective Niall Ferguson, Harvard University - The American Empire
2010-11: The Bill of Rights Today Joseph R. Biden III, Attorney General of Delaware – Privacy in Schools Orin S. Kerr (THS ’89), George Washington Law School – The Fourth Amendment Kristine A. Huskey, National Security Clinic, University of Texas – Justice at Guantanamo Student Debate – Gun Control Bryan A. Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative – Capital Punishment Martha Minow, Dean of the Harvard Law School – Education and the Constitution
2001-2002 : Making History Come Alive Elie Wiesel, Author - Remembering the 20th Century InterAct Theatre Company - “Nixon’s Nixon” Bette Bao Lord, Novelist - Writing Historical Fiction Simon Schama, Columbia University – TV Documentary Making Owen Boyer, Recreationist – First Person History – 1778 Pierre S. du Pont IV (THS ‘52), Governor - Political Memories Gary May, University of Delaware - History on Film 2000-2001: The American Century Alan Brinkley, Columbia University - Henry Luce and the American Century Todd Brewster, ABC News - The Century Anne M. Boylan, Univ. of Delaware - Women in the American Century Buzz Aldrin, Astronaut - American Achievements in Space/Technology Joseph Biden, Senator - American Foreign Policy Sonia Sanchez, Poet - American Literature John Lewis, Congressman - The Civil Rights Struggle Norman Cantor, New York University - Culture and the Arts 1999-2000: The Use and Abuse of History Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. - The Multiculturalism Debate DeeDee Myers and Marlin Fitzwater, Press Secretaries to Clinton and Reagan/Bush Political Spin Mary Lefkowitz, Wellesley College - The Afrocentrism Debate John Lewis Gaddis, Yale University - Presidents and History Robert Brent Toplin, University of North Carolina - Movies and History Annette Gordon-Reed, New York Law School - Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson Christina Hoff Sommers, American Enterprise Institute and Bonnie G. Smith, Rutgers University - Debate over Feminist History Arthur Waldron, U. of Pennsylvania - Communist Versions of History 1998-1999: What is Distinctive About American Society? George F. Will - Political Philosophy Stephen Ambrose - The Frontier and the Military Doris Kearns Goodwin - The Presidency Danny Glover and Felix Justice - An Evening with Langston and Martin David Em - The Computer and the Arts Michael Castle (THS ‘57), Congressman - Government Arthur J. Rothkopf, President, Lafayette College - Education Charles Cawley, Chairman, MBNA - Business Yvonne Williams (THS ‘74), U. of Pennsylvania - Diversity
2011 - 2012
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