Distinguished Practitioners

Michel Noureddine Kassa, Country Team Leader for the Initiative for a Cohesive Leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Title: “National Cohesion in Insecure States: Experiences from Africa.” Sponsored by Alain Lempereur, Director of the Master's Program in Coexistence and Conflict, Heller School. (October 2012)

Dr. Rosa Elena Bello, founder and director of Community Medical Services of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua, who has developed comprehensive social programs resulting in enormous changes in health, education, and welfare, especially for children and women. Title: “Village by Village, Barrio por Barrio: Integrated Development in Nicaragua.” Sponsored by Kelley Ready of The Heller School and Margaret Morganroth Gullette of the Women's Studies Research Center. (September 2011)

Hoseob Yoon, a Korean artist specializing in incorporating environmental themes into his work in education and design. Title: “The Green Canvas: The Artist As Environmental Activist.” Sponsored by Eric Olson of the Heller School. (February 2010)

Dr. Brian Williams, epidemiologist for the World Health Organization in Geneva. Title: “Fighting AIDS in Africa: Public Health vs. Human Rights.” Sponsored by Irving Epstein of the Chemistry Department. (February 2009)

Dr. William Haglund, United Nations Senior Forensic Advisor for the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and Senior Consultant to Physicians for Human Rights. Title: “Forensic Anthropology, International Justice, and the Quest to End Crimes Against Humanity.” Sponsored by Elizabeth Ferry of the Anthropology Department. (October 2007)

Dr. Mohamed Bakarr, Director of Strategic Initiatives at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in Nairobi, Kenya. Title: “Saving Species, Saving Lives: Balancing Biodiversity And Human Needs In Sub-Saharan Africa.” Sponsored by David Engerman of the International and Global Studies Department, and Dan Perlman of the Biology Department. (February 2007) 






Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Program


Hoseob Yoon with Eric Olson

Hoseob Yoon (left) introduced by faculty sponsor Eric Olson of the Heller School during Yoon's 2010 Distinguished Visiting Practitioner Residency.

In collaboration with Brandeis faculty members, the Center’s Distinguished Visiting Practitioner program brought respected practitioners in any field to campus for several days to examine the ethical challenges and dilemmas of that field. Distinguished Practitioners were in residence at Brandeis from three to five days, to offer public events, visit classes, and engage students interested in pursuing a career in their field. (See sidebar for the full list of Distinguished Visiting Practitioners.)

This program is in keeping with one of the guiding principles of the Ethics Center: to build bridges between scholarship and practice. Enhancing dialogue between the worlds of the academy and the professions is a central aim of the Center. Distinguished Visiting Practitioners were proposed by a Brandeis faculty member, who coordinated the visit and supported the residency.

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the Distinguished Visiting Practitioner program.