Fall 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.
“Ethics and the New Education: Testing, Pills, and the Future of Schooling”
Zak Stein, cofounder, philosopher of education, and senior outreach liaison at Lectica, Inc.

In his talk, Stein explores trends in educationally oriented psychopharmacology and large-scale standardized testing, and how educating children requires a more holistic and human approach.

Award-winning scholar and researcher Zak Stein focuses on issues related to human development and the philosophy of education. He has been published in several journals and is the editor for Mind, Brain, and Education. He has presented at dozens professional conferences and held teaching appointments at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy University. Stein currently teaches through Lectica, Inc., and at Harvard.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 7 p.m.
“The Obama Administration’s Use of Drones”
Medea Benjamin, political activist

In her talk, Benjamin discusses how and why the Obama administration came to rely on drone warfare, the dangers of engaging in secret wars behind the backs of the American people, and what we as citizens can do about it.

Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, and Global Exchange, an international human rights organization. Described as “one of America’s most committed–and most effective–fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and called “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, Benjamin has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement. In 2005, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010 she received the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. The author/editor of eight books, Benjamin’s latest book is Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control. She is currently campaigning to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 7 p.m.
“Ethical and Moral Issues in the Defense of Genocide Cases: Who Doesn’t Deserve a Lawyer?”
Mark Howard and David Ruoff, Howard and Ruoff, PLLC, former prosecutors providing criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation legal services

Attorneys Howard and Ruoff discuss the constitutional principle behind the right to counsel, even when you know the defendant isguilty, and the role of attorneys as teachers in geopolitics.
Mark Howard’s career in law spans more than 25 years, during which time he has worked for private law practices and served publicly, first as assistant attorney general, and later as chief of appeals for the District of New Hampshire. Over the years he has prosecuted hundreds of violent crimes, drug offenses, and white-collar crimes. Howard has been with Howard & Ruoff since he founded it in 2009. His practice consists primarily of federal and state criminal defense, complex civil litigation, and federal appellate practice at the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
David Ruoff has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, the majority of them dedicated to public service. He launched his career as staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender, and subsequently joined the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted numerous high-profile cases. Following a six-and-a-half-year stint with the state attorney general’s office, where he prosecuted homicides, environmental, and public integrity crimes, he entered into private law practice. Ruoff’s practice is focused primarily on state and federal criminal defense, as well as civil litigation.


All Sidore lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Lectures are presented in the Smith Recital Hall in the Silver Center for the Arts, unless otherwise noted. For reservations or to arrange special accommodations, call (603) 535-ARTS.

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