Young Scholars Social Science Summit (YS4)
An Examination of the World Refugee Crisis
October 24, 2003
9th floor, APA building
750 First Street, NE
Washington DC, 20002-4242
Dr. Ayittey is a distinguished economist at American University and president of the Free Africa Foundation, both in Washington, D.C. He obtained his PhD from the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada, in 1981. In 1988, he accepted a National Fellowship at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and in 1989 to join the Heritage Foundation as a Bradley Resident Scholar — one of five professors chosen across the United States for the 1989-1990 academic year. He has published four books on Africa: "Indigenous African Institutions," "Africa Betrayed," "The Blueprint for Ghana’s Economic Recovery" and "Africa in Chaos." "Africa Betrayed" won the 1993 H.L. Mencken Award for Best Book for 1992.
Deanna Beech, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with experience designing, implementing, evaluating and researching psycho-social programs in Bosnia and Kosovo. She is the treasurer of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and the chair of their action committee on trauma, resiliency, and social reintegration. Her current work in this area includes the facilitation of a series of conferences to address the need for cross-disciplinary dialogue and fertilization to enrich the applications and techniques used in fieldwork.
Dr. Dorothy W. Cantor served as the 105th president of the American Psychological Association in 1996-1997. She is currently president of the American Psychological Foundation. A 1976 graduate of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University, she has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association. She organized and chaired both the APA Committee on Urban Initiatives and the Task Force on the Changing Gender Composition of Psychology. She is a past-president of the New Jersey Psychological Association and for 5 years served as director of professional affairs for the Association.
She is a co-founder of Women in Psychology for Legislative Action, a national PAC. Dr. Cantor has a private practice in Westfield, N.J. She is also a principal in the Leadership Equation Institute, a consulting company that offers leadership and personal development seminars for executive, entrepreneurial and professional women. She has written or edited five books and numerous articles, focusing on women's issues and advocacy. Her last book, prior to "What Do You Want to Do When You Grow Up?" was "Women in Power," with Dr. Toni Bernay. Dr. Cantor has also appeared as an expert on countless television shows, including "Good Morning America," "Prime Time Live" and the "Today" show, and on CNBC and the Fox News Channel.
Roy W. Gutman
Roy Gutman has been a reporter for more than three decades, focusing on East-West relations, and is currently a Jennings Randolph senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and a Washington-based correspondent for Newsweek. From 1989 to 1994, he served as the Newsday European bureau chief, reporting on the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, the unification of Germany, and the violent disintegration of Tito’s Yugoslavia. His reports on “ethnic cleansing” in Bosnia-Herzegovina, including the first documented accounts of Serb-run concentration camps, won the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting (1993), the George Polk Award for foreign reporting, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, the Hal Boyle award of the Overseas Press Club, the Heywood Broun Award of the Newspaper Guild, a special Human Rights in Media award of the International League for Human Rights and other honors.
Roy Gutman reported for Reuters in Bonn, Vienna, Belgrade, London and Washington. He is the author of "Banana Diplomacy: The Making of American Policy in Nicaragua 1981-1987," (Simon & Schuster 1988), named one of the 200 best books of 1988 by the New York Times and the best American book of the year by the London Times Literary Supplement; and "A Witness to Genocide, The 1993 Pulitzer Prize Winning Dispatches on the ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Bosnia" (Macmillan 1993). Gutman and essayist David Rieff co-edited "Crimes of War: What the Public Should Know" (W.W. Norton 1999), which reduces the main precepts of international humanitarian law to a set of tools reporters can use in reporting conflict.
Charles B. Keely is the Donald G. Herzberg Professor of International Migration and Professor of Demography in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is also a fellow of the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM), located in the Walsh School. His research focuses on international refugee policy, U.S. immigration policy, temporary labor policies, and migration and security. He has written or edited nine books and over 50 research articles on migration. His latest book, published by the National Academy of Sciences Press, is a co-edited volume on "Forced Migration and Mortality." At ISIM, he works on international personnel movements, with a focus on firm decision making. He is editor of the policy journal, International Migration.
Dr. Lubkemann is an assistant professor of anthropology at George Washington University and adjunct assistant professor of research at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University. He received his PhD from Brown University in 2000. He has worked with the Humanitarianism and War Project and served as member of the first National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Forced Migration. His current research focuses on the social and demographic effects of displacement.
Mark Matthews has been diplomatic correspondent for The Baltimore Sun for 10 years, working at the Sun's Washington bureau. He was also the Sun's Middle East correspondent for 2 years, based in Jerusalem but traveling to Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. In 1994, he was sent to Rwanda and Burundi to report on the developing genocide. Both there and in the Middle East, he has interviewed numerous refugees. A graduate of Antioch College, Matthews entered the newspaper business in 1973 and worked for two Gannett newspapers before joining the Sun.
Dr. Rena F. Subotnik was professor of education at Hunter College and research/curriculum consultant to Hunter's laboratory schools for gifted children from 1986 to 2001. She has been awarded research and training grants with the National Science Foundation, the Javits Grant Program of the U.S. Department of Education and the Spencer Foundation. She has served on the editorial boards of Roeper Review, Gifted Child Quarterly, High Ability Studies, and Educational Horizons, and is co-editor of the Journal for Secondary Gifted Education. Dr. Subotnik also conducts featured interviews in the Journal for the Education of the Gifted under the title, "Conversations with Masters in the Arts and Sciences."
She is author of "Genius Revisited: High IQ Children Grown Up" (1993) and co-editor (with Karen Arnold) of "Beyond Terman: Contemporary Longitudinal Studies of Giftedness and Talent" (1994), (with Karen Arnold and Kathleen Noble) "Remarkable Women: Perspectives on Female Talent Development" (1997), and the second edition of the "International Handbook of Research on Giftedness and Talent" (2000) (with Kurt Heller, Franz Monks, and Robert Stemberg). From September 1997 to September 1998, Dr. Subotnik was an American Psychological Association congressional fellow in child policy, where she served as an education staffer for Senator Jeff Bingaman. Dr. Subotnik is the 2002 winner of the National Association of Gifted Children Distinguished Scholar Award.
Dr. Zeleny has been a humanitarian analyst for the U.S. government since May 2001, when she was hired to analyze the numbers, locations and needs of refugees and internally displaced persons in countries with governments that are unable to respond effectively during crises. Policymakers use her assessments to make decisions regarding the amount and kind of humanitarian aid the United States contributes. She received her PhD in geography with minors in demography and women’s studies from Penn State University in 2000. She was interested in how gendered spaces — places where women live and work — in Afghan refugee camps, affected their health, and she lived with an Afghan refugee family in Peshawar, Pakistan, while she completed her fieldwork. Prior to working on her doctorate, she taught elementary school and middle school math and science in Fairfax County, Va., and geography at George Mason University.