International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture

Speakers

Jim Malarkey

Professor Jim Malarkey is an anthropologist, who over his career, taught at The University of Constantine (Algeria), at The American University of Beirut (Lebanon) and at Antioch University, Ohio (USA) until his retirement in 2015 where he taught a wide range of subjects.

 

Professor Malarkey is most known for developing a unique team-taught World Classics Curriculum which formed the core of the Humanities major at Antioch which he led and taught for 28 years. Among his administrative posts at Antioch Professor Malarkey served as long time Chair of Humanities and General Education, Chair of the Master’s Program in Intercultural Relations, and Chair of Sustainability in the undergraduate program. Over the years Professor Malarkey also taught a variety of workshops as well as courses on intercultural communication, interfaith dialogue, and the Middle East. He was also the Executive Director and teacher in The World Order Studies Summer Programs. He has written a variety of minor essays on the Middle East and North Africa. His most recent publication (with Professor Bushrui) is the anthology, Desert Songs of the Night: 1500 Years of Arabic Literature (Saqi Books, 2015).

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Nadia Malarkey

Nadia Malarkey is a garden and landscape design professional. She specializes in providing a comprehensive and personalized landscape design service throughout the American Midwest and beyond. Her work is synonymous with creating spaces that are architecturally dynamic, aesthetically pleasing and ecologically regenerative. Nadia Malarkey‘s projects incorporate environmentally friendly practices to produce landscapes that enhance biodiversity and biomass while enriching our experience of the changing seasons. Many of her gardens exemplify how regenerative design can be elegant, uplifting and ever-evolving in surprising ways.

 

She is also the founding member of the Yellow Springs Pollinator Regeneration Project. In 2015, Nadia Malarkey‘s project entitled “Regenerating Suburbia” was selected as a Finalist in the annual Society of Garden Designers Awards in London for the category ‘Planting Design.’

Pearl La Marca-Ghaemmaghami

Dr. Pearl La Marca-Ghaemmaghami is a psychologist, has a PhD in neuroscience, and works as a postdoctoral reasearcher at the Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy of the University of Zurich. She is a member of the psychotherapeutic team of the outpatient clinic for cognitive behavioural therapy and behavioural medicine and is the operations director of the Liaison-Counseling Service for the Departments of Obstetrics and Neonatology of the University Hospital of Zurich.

Kamran Namdar

Kamran Namdar, PhD. is a Senior Lecturer in Education at Mälardalen University, Sweden. He also operates an international consultancy, Nilo Nora Center for Transformative Education. Dr. Namdar has worked for some 40 years as an educator and educational consultant with schools, universities and NGOs in several countries. His areas of special interest are global and socially transformative aspects of education and teacher education, school development, youth leadership education and educational leadership.

 

Dr. Namdar has acted as an invited speaker at a number of national and international educational fora. His latest publication is a chapter in a Swedish anthology on the encounter of the school with newly arrived immigrant students.

Nikan Bergsmo Namdar

Nikan Bergsmo Namdar is a classical singer who has received her training frst at the Music Conservatory in Sweden and then at the Prague Conservatoire. She has given concerts in different parts of the world with a repertoire consisting of lieder, arias, and oratories. Nikan Bergsmo Namdar has also recorded a CD of Nordic songs in which she blends the classical European tradition with ethnic expressions.

Ulla Schuback

Ulla Schuback is a pianist who has studied in England, Finland, Italy, and Sweden, and received her diploma at the Sibelius Academy in Finland.

 

Ulla Schuback has given concerts internationally, and performed in radio and television.

Farhad Sobhani

Professor Farhad Sobhani, born in Iran, has lived in Germany since 1950. A psychologist and doctor of psychology with psychotherapeutic training, he taught for thirty-six years at the Free University of Berlin and at twelve Berlin adult education centres. The scope of his work includes lectures and seminars at home and abroad, as well as therapeutic consultations especially in what concerns human health and understanding the purpose of life.

Assad Ghaemmaghami

Dr. Assad Ghaemmaghami is the founder and director of the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture in Walenstadt, Switzerland, which encompasses the Institute of Psychology for Peace Research and Peace Education and the Psychology Counselling and Research Institute for Sexuality, Marriage and the Family. Dr. Ghaemmaghami is a psychotherapist and training analyst and is the founder of a new therapeutic and educational concept of psychology, the Psychology of the Capacity to Know and to Love, which he has developed in over thirty years of research and therapeutic practice. He wrote the standard work of this theory with his father, Ezzatollah Ghaemmaghami: Liebevoll denken - intelligent lieben / Der Beitrag der Psychologie der Erkenntnis- und Liebesfähigkeit (To Think Lovingly—To Love Intelligently/The Contribution of the Psychology of the Capacity to Know and to Love), 3rd Edition 2014.

Páyá Ghaemmaghami

MLaw Páyá Ghaemmaghami is a member of the legal expertise services of the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture. He is author of a historical book. He is also a board member of the non-proft organizations: the International Association for Parent Education, the Support Association for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, and the International Association for Justice, Human Rights, Professional Honour and Honour of Offce.

 

Payám Ghaemmaghami

Payám Ghaemmaghami, MLaw, is an attorney-at-law at the family law frm, Swiss Law Solutions, with academic and private-sector experience. He is a member of the legal expertise services of the International Academy and a board member of the non-proft organizations: the International Association for Parent Education, the Support Association for the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture, and the International Association for Justice, Human Rights, Professional Honour and Honour of Offce.

Speakers of previous International Peace Seminars

Suheil Badi Bushrui

Professor Suheil Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator and media personality, well known in the United States, Europe, and the Arab world. Widely recognized for his seminal studies in English of the works of W. B. Yeats and for his translations of Yeats’ poetry into Arabic, Professor Bushrui is also the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran. In his capacity as an eminent Gibran scholar and as Chairman of the International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of Kahlil Gibran, Professor Bushrui actively works with a network of researchers and enthusiasts located throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. At present, Professor Bushrui – who also holds the title of Research Professor Emeritus – is the Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace in the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland. The Chair is the first academic forum in the world devoted to the preservation of Gibran’s legacy and the promotion of East-West intercultural relations.

 

Catherine Ghaemmaghami

Catherine Ghaemmaghami has helped to found and develop the International Academy for Human Sciences and Culture. She manages the administrative organisation and plays an essential role in the program development. Trained as a rhythmic teacher, she enjoys creating educational material for the Academy and expressing the theory of the Psychology of the Capacity to Know and to Love through different art mediums, often in cooperation with her children. Catherine Ghaemmaghami has a strong interest in furthering intercultural understanding and peace education. She is the mother of three grown children.

 

Vladimir Smékal

Professor Vladimir Smékal is Professor emeritus for Psychology at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. He was born in Czechoslovakia and studied psychology at the University of Brno, where he earned his PhD. His specialization is teaching and research in Psychodiagnostics and Psychology of Personality as well as Psychology of Religion. In 1997 he participated in founding the new School for Social Studies at Masaryk University. In 2000 he organized an international conference devoted to optimization of personality and cognitive development of children with special needs coming from a minority environment. From 1995 to 2005 he led the Research Centre for Personality Development and Ethnicity at Masaryk University. He is the author of numerous scientific works.

Arthur L. Dahl

Dr. Arthur L. Dahl is a marine biologist with more than forty years of experience in sustainable development. He is President of the International Environment Forum, and a retired Deputy Assistant Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Dr. Dahl has recently been consultant to the World Bank on indicators of development, Senior Advisor to a project on values-based indicators of education for sustainable development, and Co-coordinator of the UNEP Major Groups & Stakeholders Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance. He has been actively involved in a number of UN conferences on environment and sustainable development. He teaches in various university programs, lectures widely, and is author of numerous scientific works.

 

Ursula Germann-Müller

Ursula Germann grew up in St. Gallen and graduated from the Latin Grammar School there. After acquiring her teacher’s certificate and training in therapeutic pedagogy she taught for two years at a school for children with special needs. Afterwards she studied psychology at the University of Geneva and majored in developmental psychology under Jean Piaget. At the University of Zurich Dr. Germann studied education, philosophy, psychology and German language and literature. She earned her doctoral degree with a dissertation on therapeutic pedagogy.

During a later sabbatical she studied for two semesters at Stanford University where she did research on depression and aggression.

Dr. Germann had a significant responsibility in establishing and developing the Teachers Seminar at the Cantonal Grammar School in Sargans in the Swiss Canton of St. Gallen and was its director for many years. She taught psychology there in the formation and further education of teachers and in the training of special education teachers. She is a member of several cantonal and national administrative bodies concerned with school development, education research and education policy. For several years she has had a psychology practice in Sargans. She has contributed to the subjects of psychology and education in a number of publications. Her book Mutter! Mittlerin zwischen deinem Kind und der Welt! (Mother! Intermediary between Your Child and the World!), which was published in the Year of Pestalozzi, stands out as a scholarly and sensitive study of Heinrich Pestalozzi’s mother image.

Dr. Germann is married and has two sons. In her many valued activities she strives for the voice of humaneness to be heard.

Peter Held

Peter Held is a pianist and composer and is at home in both classical music and jazz. He completed his studies with Professor Arnulf von Arnim at the Detmold Musikhochschule and has been teaching at the Max-Reger-Musikschule in Hagen since 1981 where he received his state diploma for instrumental education. He has composed numerous works for piano and chamber music and abundant musical settings of texts. "From the very beginning, aside from playing set compositions, improvisation was for him an especially important form of making music" (Westfälische Rundschau 2010). Peter Held also has a highly musical family. Petra Held is a piano maker and the couple's son, Pablo Held, is also a musician and jazz pianist, who, as Die Zeit wrote "has in recent years with his Trio developed into one of the great hopes of the genre".

Balz Manhart

The Hon. Balz Manhart served from 1983 until 2011 as the Mayor of Quarten, a lovely community on Lake Walensee in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland and geographically one of the largest communities of St. Gallen. He is a distinguished and esteemed personage in the canton, and for many years he was the Cantonal Representative of his home region. In 1997/1998 he served as the President of the Cantonal Parliament. As former President of the Region of Sarganserland-Walensee, Balz Manhart is actively involved in furthering the quality of life and development in the area. He is well respected for his efficiency, for his personal leadership, as well as for his commitment to community well-being. Balz Manhart is married and has three grown daughters.

 

Gerhard Müller

Gerhard Müller is a professor of physics at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, USA. He was born in Switzerland and studied physics at the University of Basel, where he earned his Ph. D. in 1980. Prof. Müller did postdoctoral research work at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the State University of New York at Stony Brook for two years before he joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island. Prof. Müller has published over a hundred research articles and one book in the areas of magnetism, statistical mechanics, and quantum chaos. He has presented numerous papers at international conferences and held talks at universities and research laboratories in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prof. Müller served as Chairman of the URI Physics Department for three years. For some fourteen years Prof. Müller and his wife, Christine Müller, a pianist and music teacher, were hosts, editors, and producers of a weekly radio interview show, “Many People – One Planet”, on WRIU Kingston 90.3 FM. Prof. Müller’s website can be found at www.phys.uri.edu/people/muller.html.

 

Rolf Widmer

The Hon. Dr. Rolf Widmer is a State Councillor of the Canton of Glarus, Switzerland and Director of the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Environment. He studied economics at the University of St. Gallen with several semesters abroad at the University of California and Oxford University. In 1999 he received his PhD and subsequently founded the SWC SA, a consulting enterprise that specialised in administration, social insurance and empiricism. He is President of the communal branch of the Swiss Christian Peoples Party and a board member of the Glarus Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Widmer is among the most popular politicians in his canton, because he values the qualities of honesty and reliability, integrity and mutual respect. He is married and has a baby son.

 

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Suheil Badi Bushrui

Professor Suheil Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator and media personality, well known in the United States, Europe, and the Arab world. Widely recognized for his seminal studies in English of the works of W. B. Yeats and for his translations of Yeats’ poetry into Arabic, Professor Bushrui is also the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran. In his capacity as an eminent Gibran scholar and as Chairman of the International Association for the Study of the Life and Works of Kahlil Gibran, Professor Bushrui actively works with a network of researchers and enthusiasts located throughout the world, including Asia, Africa, North America, and Europe. At present, Professor Bushrui – who also holds the title of Research Professor Emeritus – is the Director of the Kahlil Gibran Chair for Values and Peace in the Center for Heritage Resource Studies at the University of Maryland. The Chair is the first academic forum in the world devoted to the preservation of Gibran’s legacy and the promotion of East-West intercultural relations.

 

Vladimir Smékal

Peter Held

Balz Manhart

The Hon. Balz Manhart served from 1983 until 2011 as the Mayor of Quarten, a lovely community on Lake Walensee in the Canton of St. Gallen, Switzerland and geographically one of the largest communities of St. Gallen. He is a distinguished and esteemed personage in the canton, and for many years he was the Cantonal Representative of his home region. In 1997/1998 he served as the President of the Cantonal Parliament. As former President of the Region of Sarganserland-Walensee, Balz Manhart is actively involved in furthering the quality of life and development in the area. He is well respected for his efficiency, for his personal leadership, as well as for his commitment to community well-being. Balz Manhart is married and has three grown daughters.

 

Gerhard Müller

Gerhard Müller is a professor of physics at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, USA. He was born in Switzerland and studied physics at the University of Basel, where he earned his Ph. D. in 1980. Prof. Müller did postdoctoral research work at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the State University of New York at Stony Brook for two years before he joined the faculty at the University of Rhode Island. Prof. Müller has published over a hundred research articles and one book in the areas of magnetism, statistical mechanics, and quantum chaos. He has presented numerous papers at international conferences and held talks at universities and research laboratories in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prof. Müller served as Chairman of the URI Physics Department for three years. For some fourteen years Prof. Müller and his wife, Christine Müller, a pianist and music teacher, were hosts, editors, and producers of a weekly radio interview show, “Many People – One Planet”, on WRIU Kingston 90.3 FM. Prof. Müller’s website can be found at www.phys.uri.edu/people/muller.html.

 

Rolf Widmer

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