LAFF Society

SPOTLIGHT

Coming Events In New York City

 

LAFF’s New York chapter has scheduled two events later this year.

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NEWSLETTER

Hold the Date!

 

Event for September 18: Building a Career in Social Justice: Journeys of Former Ford Foundation PAs and “Recollection Collection”

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The LAFF Family Gathers in New York

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Nearly 100 people—LAFF members, family and friends, and Ford Foundation staff—attended the get-together March 21 at the renovated Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice in New York City.

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Syrian Family Comes Home To Town Ravaged By War

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By Christopher Reardon

The author, who worked for Ford Foundation’s Office of Communications from 1992 to 2006, is Chief of Content for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. This article, is a poignant description of the human toll of eight full years of war in Syria.

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The New American Orchestras: Engines of Fresh Energy, Ideas

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By George Gelles

In a phenomenon of which Mac would surely have approved, a new breed of orchestra has emerged, providing an antidote to the perceived symphonic stuffiness that might partially explain audience attrition.

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Learning Not to Hate: Lessons From Aunt Lucy

By Sally  Kohn

The more I got out of my own liberal bubble, the more I met other conservatives who were neither stupid nor hateful, or at least no more deliberately hateful than I was.

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My Life at Ford and in Politics: “Pursuing the Audacious”

 

Susan Hairston explores how the successes and “bumps in the road” she encountered while working at the Ford Foundation prepared her for the “wild wild west” of local politics in New Jersey.

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Letter from Mexico

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Eight former Foundation staff who had participated in EDAG meetings, and four of their spouses, gathered in Oaxaca, Mexico, last August for an amazing and enjoyable week of activities.

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Making Schools Better: “What it Means to be a Human Being”

By Greg Farrell

Greg Farrell, founding president and CEO of EL Education, writes about the “radical and surprisingly successful national school reform organization and public school network”.

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Among the Makassae in East Timor

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Shepard Forman, president of The LAFF Society, presented this paper on his experiences as a young research anthropologist at a meeting of the Timor Studies Association in July in Brasilia.

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Wielding the Purse Strings of Southeast Asian Civil Society

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By Rosalia Maria Emanuela Sciortino

As democracy experiences a global decline, and Southeast Asia oscillates between authoritarian endurance and democratic rollback, civil society in the region is facing a bleak future.

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Where Are All the American Orchestra Conductors?

By George Gelles

George Gelles wonders why Leonard Bernstein’s breakthrough has led to a dead end, in a country as vast as ours and as artistically rich in homegrown talent.

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From LAFF’s Archive: A Tribute to Marvin Feldman

 

In the Summer 1994 issue, the late Edward Meade, co-founder and first president of LAFF, paid tribute to Marvin Feldman, who had died in November 1993. 

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Visit Our Facebook Page

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Many of our members post photos on our Facebook page, personal notes on their lives and work, that are well worth checking out.

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Newsletter Index

 

Nellie Toma, LAFF’s secretary-treasurer, has completed the arduous task of indexing every newsletter since the Society’s inception in 1991.

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Rohingya Refugees Seek Hope in a “City of Despair”

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Local and international officials strive to ease the burdens of Rohingya refugees, including LAFF members Natalia Kanem and Gowher Rizvi.

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Economic Policy for Human Rights

By Radhika Balakrishnan

In a talk at a Carter Center forum on “Restoring Faith in Freedom”, Radhika Balakrishnan poses the question “what is the economy for?”

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An Initiative Towards a New Ecology for the Human Rights Movement

 

An assessment of the Ford Foundation’s Strengthening Human Rights Worldwide global initiative, written by Barbara Klugman and Denise Dora., offers a detailed analysis of lessons learned.

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From LAFF’s Archive: Environmental Odyssey

 

An article from an early issue of this newsletter takes a look at the Foundation’s conservation and environmental programs in the last half of the twentieth century.

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LAFF PARADE

News About Former Ford Foundation Staff

6/16/2019

Emmett Carson, Courtney J. Martin, and Kavita Ramdas are in the news.

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CLIPPINGS

Selection Of Articles Published Elsewhere

Profile of Darren Walker In The New York Times

7/26/2019

The Ford Foundation’s new emphasis on giving to combat inequality is explored in a profile of the foundation’s president, Darren Walker, in the July 12 issue of The New York Times.

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OCT 31 EVENT: Creative Process in Dialogue: Art and the Public Today

10/4/2018

Poet and President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Elizabeth Alexander and painter Amy Sherald. Discussion presented by Bard College.

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Risks and Benefits of the U.S. Speaking Out About Iran

1/4/2018

Gary Sick is interviewed by Robert Siegel of NPR about U.S. policy options on Iran.

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Former Tulane President Eamon Kelly dies

7/8/2017

Former Tulane President Eamon Michael Kelly died on Wednesday, June 28, at the Tulane Medical Center following complications from surgery. He was 81 years old.

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The Iran nuclear deal has been a Middle East game-changer

6/14/2016

By Gary Sick and Frank G. Wisner. Two years ago, a new war in the Middle East appeared very likely. The government of Iran, despite enduring the most severe international sanctions ever imposed on a noncombatant power, insisted on increasing its nuclear program.

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Opinion: Robert Curvin, and Leaving the World Better Than the Way You Found It.

By Roland V. Anglin |  10/5/2015

Celebrating and commemorating a man whose accomplishments cannot be contained by any one list.

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Now Showing: Brian Mori's Play

2/24/2015

Brian Richard Mori’s celebrated play Hellman v. McCarthy is being performed in Beverly Hills, Calif., at Theatre 40 and the Saban Theatre through Sunday, March 1. Next: Salt Lake City.

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A Musical Event with John Koprowski: Five Years That Rocked the World 1964-1969

2/16/2015

A retrospective look at an era which influenced music, culture and history for the next half century.

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Men are problem and solution to violence against women, says Breakthrough's founder Mallika Dutt

1/19/2015

In the wake of rising incidents of violence against women across the country, Iamin talked to Mallika Dutt, founder of Breakthrough.

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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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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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After a Gay Rights Victory, A New Challenge for Grant Makers

By Michael Seltzer |  7/12/2013

The Supreme Court found that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitution of the United States and that marriage equality is the law in those states where same-sex marriage is legal. It’s also time for philanthropy to reflect on its power to further social justice

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Warren Wilson president is down-to-earth guy

4/26/2013

For those of us whose leanings are toward gentler disciplines such as literature and philosophy, a quick perusal of Warren Wilson College President Steve Solnick’s curriculum vitae might invite a touch of academic intimidation.

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Reminiscences on a grantee-grantor relationship

By Rosalia Maria Emanuela Sciortino |  1/16/2013

When one reaches a certain age – as in my case – there is a tendency to look back and reflect on one’s experiences, including the transformations in one’s own career landscape over time. In the more than 20 years of working with international philanthropic and development organisations of a grant-making nature in Southeast Asia, I have seen many ideologies and trends emerge and wane.

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Ford Needs a Smarter Approach to Newspaper Grants

8/14/2012

The Ford Foundation’s announcement last month that it is providing $500,000 to help The Washington Post strengthen its coverage of government-accountability issues is inappropriate and a waste of money.

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Blame Saddam: Another Way of Seeing Iran's Nuclear Program

4/20/2012

“When the revolution happened in 1979 the Shah of course was in the midst of developing a nuclear power program, and everybody suspected that he was really going to go for a bomb,” notes Gary Sick, a Columbia University expert who was at the National Security Council when...

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Foundation Files Reveal Insights on Culture

4/9/2012

James Baldwin needed some money. It was 1959, six years before Congress created national endowments for the arts and humanities to support struggling artists and cultural institutions....Mr. Lowry had the last word in deciding which artists, writers and performers would receive grants from the Ford Foundation, the richest private source of cultural largess at the time.

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Occupy Wall Street Abandoned PR 101

By Leslie Gottlieb |  4/9/2012

I wasn’t involved in the Occupy Wall Street activities, although I followed the movement closely and admired many of its ideas and ideals. As a public relations professional, however, I was increasingly frustrated by the inability of its participants to adhere to basic PR principles. If they had, I believe they would have made a much more powerful impact on the public...

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Media Watch | Leaks Ahead of Nuclear Talks

4/8/2012

"If it's Sunday," Columbia University scholar Gary Sick wrote in an email to Gulf 2000, a listserv he moderates, "it must be time for major U.S. government 'leaks' (really planted stories) about Iran. Positioning and spinning is particularly important with negotiations possibly ready to start."

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Corporate Personhood with Fran Korten

By Frances Korten |  4/7/2012

YouTube Video - Fran Korten, Executive Director of "Yes!" Magazine talks about our relationship to corporations and how we can end corporate rule. She spoke at Chimacum High School on March 30, 2012 with Steven Reisler, President of the Seattle Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

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What It Will Take to 'Graduate' 1.2 Billion People Out of Extreme Poverty

4/4/2012

A new report from the World Bank brings welcome news on the global poverty front.

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Can Goldman Sachs Find Its Purpose?

By Judith F. Samuelson |  3/20/2012

A teacher at a prominent business school takes her students through a simple exercise each semester. Every student must register a new company, which means paying a $60 fee and describing the new enterprise's purpose on a form. The professor's teachable moment in this: Purpose is the starting point, and as the principal of the business, you get to decide.

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