Prof. Kevin Klose, Former Dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, former head of NPR, former Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post, and former head of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

This seminar will introduce leaders whose lives, words, and deeds who have shaped today’s world and who will continue to have influence in the future. Participants will read, reflect, write, and engage in an exploration of the struggles, values, and actions of men and women whose efforts have strengthened civil society and spirit our times.

The leaders to be discussed include many whom Professor Klose knows (or, in the case of Havel, now deceased, knew) including: Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State; Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post editor who led the Watergate Investigation that forced President Nixon to resign; Vaclav Havel, the Czech playwright-essayist who emerged from prison to lead his country from Communist repression to parliamentary democracy. Additional leaders will also be considered.

The seminar features guest speakers who are prominent leaders. And students will develop informed views regarding the kinds of fresh leadership our society needs today.

Seminar assignments will include: Participation (attend each class and be prepared to participate); oral presentations; three short papers, of no less than 3 double-spaced pages; a summary research and exposition easy, no less than 12 pages.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

• describe and internalize for themselves principles and goals of meaningful leadership in civic life

• become versed in the historic backgrounds of leaders who have made fundamental contributions to civil society in our world today

• develop informed views and opinions on issues in our societies needing fresh leadership

• improve writing and speaking skills through class presentations, discussion participation, and brief writing assignments

• be conversant with trends in civil freedoms of voting, speech, religious worship, in America and elsewhere in the world