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Gregory Eastwood, Ph.D. - Director, Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence






David L. Diles, Ed.D. - Director of Athletics and Chair, Department of Physical Education



John Grabowski, Ph.D. - Krieger-Mueller Associate Professor in Applied History, CWRU, and Director of Research at The Western Reserve Historical Society





Jospeh M. Prahl, Ph.D. - Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Faculty Director for Undergraduate Education and Student Life, CSE




Friday Febuary 1, 2008
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Crawford Hall - Room 9
Inamori Center
Case Western Reserve University

College sports was at one time promoted as a way to build character among students; yet if the stakes of competition become too large, university alumni and administrators may subordinate standards to victory.  Sports require time and effort and so students need to trade off commitment to the team with commitment to their studies and other aspects of their lives.  What, then, is it appropriate for any university to ask of its varsity athletes, and what should athletes expect from their universities?  Issues of inclusion and exclusion, of who can play and with how much support, reflect the larger social issues about race and gender. How does the edifice of college sport fit within our larger society?  This panel brings together faculty with a wide range of expertise and perspective; come join us to share your own.

The Friday Lunch is a brown-bag event open to all.  Cookies and some beverages are provided. 

The remainder of this e-mail reports what we know about the schedule for the rest of the semester. We will be sending out announcements each week. If you would prefer not to receive the announcements, please inform Dr. Andrew Lucker, Associate Director of the Center for Policy Studies, by e-mail (

About Our Guests

Dr. Gregory East wood is the Director of the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. Dr. Eastwood was the interim president of Case Western Reserve University, from June 2, 2006 through June 30, 2007, following the spring 2006 resignation of Edward M. Hundert, M.D. Dr. Eastwood received his B.A. in 1962 from Albion College (Phi Beta Kappa) and his M.D. in 1966 from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed a residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in gastroenterology at the Boston University Medical Center sponsored by the National Institutes of Health.

David L. Diles is the Director of Athletics at Case Western Reserve University where he heads a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III intercollegiate athletic program that fields 19 sports (10 men's, 9 women's) and participates in the University Athletic Association (UAA). Diles' other responsibilities on the University Circle campus include the oversight of the recreation program and physical education department.

Professor John J. Grabowsoki’s interests and research span the fields of public and academic history. He specializes in the areas of immigration and ethnicity; local (Cleveland) urban history;and public history, particularly the fields of archives and museums. He holds a joint appointment with the Department of History at CWRU and the Western Reserve Historical Society, where he serves as Director of Research. In addition to teaching at the department he also oversees the World Wide Web edition of The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History/Dictionary of Cleveland Biography, a joint project of Case Western Reserve University and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

Professor Joseph Prahl is Jospeh M. Prahl, Ph.D. - Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Faculty Director for Undergraduate Education and Student Life, CSE. His current research interests include oil-free bearings and high temperature seals in turbomachinery under grants from NASA Glenn Research Center. A Case faculty member for nearly 40 years, Prahl graduated from Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts, in 1960. He received a bachelor's degree from Harvard College in 1963 and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Harvard University in 1968. Since arriving at Case in 1968, he has received numerous awards from students and colleagues for teaching excellence.

Friday Lunch Parking News 

On February 22 no parking will be available in the Visitor Information Center Lot (located between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel) because there is a full Case Western Reserve University Board of Trustees meeting.

Friday Lunch and Other Public Affairs Upcoming Topics and Speakers:

February 8: Bo Carlsson, Frank Tracy Carlton Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Can Cleveland Be a High Tech Leader?"

February 15: Paul Gerhart, Professor of Marketing and Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve University, will talk about, "Labor Agreements in the Auto Industry--and Elsewhere."

February 22: Chris Cullis, Professor of Biology at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Lost Crops of Africa – Involving Undergraduates in their Rediscovery."

February 29: Robin Dubin, Associate Professor of Economics at Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "The Real Estate Meltdown."

March 7: Peter J. Whitehouse MD PhD. Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Science. “The Myth of Alzheimers.”

March 21: J. Adin "Jay" Mann, Professor of Chemical Engineering: "Peak Oil."

April 4: Jerry Floersch PhD, LISW, Associate Professor in MSASS, "The Psychosocial and Sociocultural Dimensions of Prescribing Psychiatric Medication to Adolescents."

April 18: Megan Whalen Turner fiction writer for young adults and author of, Instead Of Three Wishes, The Thief, The Queen of Attolia and The King of Attolia; Anne Ursu is the author of the novels Spilling Clarence and The Disapparation of James, Joe White Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy and Chair, Department if Political Science, Case Western Reserve University, will discuss, "Moral Dilemmas in Politics and Fiction."

The Friday Lunch discussions are held on the lower (ground) level of
Crawford Hall.  Visitors with mobility issues may find it easiest to take advantage of special arrangements we have made.  On most Fridays, a few parking spaces in the V.I.P. lot in between Crawford Hall and Amasa Stone Chapel are held for participants in the lunch discussion. 

Visitors then can avoid walking up the hill to the first floor of Crawford by entering the building on the ground level, through the garage area under the building.  The further door on the left in that garage will be left unlocked during the period before the Friday lunch.  On occasion, parking will be unavailable because of other university events.

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Upcoming Events

Free Speech and the Constraints of Constitutional Democracy

Speaker: Preston King

Wednesday, February 6, 2007; 4:30 p.m.
Clark Hall, Room 309, 11130 Bellflower Road, Cleveland
Case Western Reserve University
Free Public Lecture

After living 39 years in enforced exile for alleged draft evasion, Dr. Preston King received an unconditional pardon from President Clinton in 2000 from a wrongful and unconstitutional 1961 conviction and jail sentence.  While abroad he distinguished himself as a world-renown educator and scholar with such published works as The Ideology of Order, Thinking Past a Problem, and the much referenced Federalism and Federation.

Preston King is a political philosopher with research interests in comparataive politics and develpment politics. He was educated at Fisk University, the London School of Economics, and the Universities of Vienna, Strasbourg, and Paris. He has held chairs in Nairobi and Sydney; visiting appointments at the London School of Economics, McGill University and Bellagio, and teaching positions in Cameroon, Fiji, Tanzania, New Zealand, and Uganda. His published works span forty years and include "The Ideology of Order," "Thinking Past a Problem," "Toleration," and the often referenced "Federalism and Federation."

10th Congressional District Primary Debate

Speakers: Joseph Cimperman, Barbara Anne Ferris, Dennis Kucinich, Thomas O'Grady, and Rosemary Palmer

City Club of Cleveland
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 11:30 AM
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 777 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland

All Democratic candidates for the 10th Congressional district primary have already confirmed their attendance at this event.

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