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SPOTLIGHT

Fall 2014 LAFF Society New York Meeting

 

Please join your colleagues at our Fall 2014 Meeting, and come prepared to share your own recollections.

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A Video Tribute for Deborah Geithner

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Soon after Deborah Moore Geithner, wife of Peter Geithner, a former president of the LAFF Society, died on August 12, Zhang Ye of the Beijing chapter compiled a video tribute.

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NEWSLETTER

The Ford Foundation in South Africa

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In 1953 the Ford Foundation gave $50,000 to the South Africa Institute of Race Relations for educational and research activities, beginning an enduring commitment that has contributed significantly to that country’s often painful but relentless passage out of oppression.

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Pioneering Human Rights

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By Sheila Avrin McLean

The Foundation’s policy focus became helping South Africans prepare for a post-apartheid, majority-ruled South Africa, where rule of law was honored and education was a right for all.

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Developing Black Leadership
Fellowships are provided for emerging social scientists

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By David Smock

Over a ten-year period a Ford Foundation program provided scholarships to hundreds of black South Africans who earned degrees at American institutions.

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Visions of Johanna
Inside the museums, apartheid goes on trial

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By Gerard Salole

The seemingly effortless embrace of both the ugly past and optimistic future is part of the panache with which South Africans have taught the world a valuable lesson about remembrance and forgiveness.

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Contributors of South Africa articles

 

Background on Sheila Avrin McLean, David Smock, and Gerry Salole.

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A Logical Choice

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John Gerhart, pictured here with Nelson Mandela after the South African president’s release from prison, was named the Foundation’s first representative in that country in 1993, a logical choice based on his long association with the region.

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Saying it With Dance

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The Foundation’s new president has come up with a unique way to deliver a message. 

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Cleaning up After Bridgegate

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Sanford M. Jaffe has been directing his attention recently to matters concerning the Port of New York and New Jersey following the scandal known as “Bridgegate”.

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Listen to the People

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By Jon Funabiki

Listen to the people and you quickly understand that the situation in Detroit is complicated and that it didn’t sneak up on them. 

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Detroit Bankruptcy: A Work in Progress

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By James Kelly

The Ford Foundation’s new president, Darren Walker, is front and center among foundation leaders who are involved in a philanthropic initiative to help Detroit move forward to a more promising post-bankruptcy future.

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A Lively Theatrical Imagining

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Brian Mori’s play finished its month-long run April 13, but the cast can be seen discussing the play and their experiences during its creation and New York run.

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Elevator Justice

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By Richard Magat

A long-deserved tribute to the modern elevator has been issued by Daniel Levinson Wilk, an associate professor of history at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and a board member of the Elevator Museum in Queens.

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LAFF PARADE

News About Former Ford Foundation Staff

8/30/2014

News about Lisa Mensah, Robert Curvin’s, Dr. Natalia Kanem, Marta L. Tellado, Surina Khan, Tom Malinowski.

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CLIPPINGS

Selection Of Articles Published Elsewhere

Don't Let Iran Walk Away From the Table

By Gary Sick |  11/21/2014

If the November 24th deadline isn't met, everything could unravel at once.

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Strikes on ISIS. Now What?

9/25/2014

Bassma Kodmani contributed to the "Room for Debate" discussion in the New York Times.

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Brian Mori's play on Channel Thirteen

9/25/2014

Brian Richard Mori's play "Hellman v. McCarthy," will be aired on October 9th and 12th during Channel Thirteen's weekly series, "Theater Close Up".

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National Security Council Veteran Weighs In on Foley, Hostages, and ISIL's Brutality

8/21/2014

The brutal killing of American photojournalist James Wright Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (or Syria) has sparked outrage. With ISIL threatening to kill a second hostage, journalist Steven Soltoff, The Wire spoke with Gary Sick, who served on the National Security Council for President Jimmy Carter.

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Four Dimensions of Nuclear Chess Game

By Gary Sick |  5/5/2014

A government negotiating with another government is almost inevitably required to conduct a second negotiation with its own domestic constituents whose own interests will be affected by the outcome.

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Faith in Fish

By David Finkelstein |  3/20/2014

AN OUTDOOR EDITOR FRIEND OF MINE, A MAN BORN in the South but long resident in New York City, recently moved back to Alabama. Calling to say hello from his new home in a Birmingham suburb, he reported "a big difference down here from up there."

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Coalition Seeks Public's Advice on New York City's Goals

11/11/2013

As Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio prepares to succeed Michael R. Bloomberg, a coalition of leading foundations will unveil an ambitious citywide effort to enlist regular New Yorkers in sharing their views about the city’s future.

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Ubinas Reflects on Six Years as President of the Ford Foundation

8/6/2013

In a wide-ranging interview with Rahim Kanani of the Skoll World Forum, Ubiñas reflects on his tenure at the foundation, the state of philanthropy today, measuring and evaluating long-term progress, critical lessons in leadership, and much more.

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