11th Biennial Juliet Hollister Awards Ceremony
50th Anniversary Celebration
Chris Anderson is the curator of the TED Conferences, a platform for identifying and disseminating innovative, impactful and visionary ideas. After graduating from Oxford, Mr. Anderson explored a career in journalism before launching his own publishing company, Future Publishing. He would eventually expanded his entrepreneurial efforts to the US, building a second company, Imagine Media. The combined companies spawned over 100 monthly magazines, employed over 2,000 people, and allowed Anderson to create a private nonprofit foundation, the Sapling Foundation, which hopes to find new ways of tackling tough global issues by leveraging media, technology, entrepreneurship, and ideas.
Dr. Marcus Braybrooke
Dr. Marcus Braybrooke is a retired Anglican parish priest and the President of the World Congress of Faiths, of which he has been a member for over 50 years. He is a co-founder of the Three Faiths Forum, Patron of the International Interfaith Centre at Oxford and a Peace Councillor. In 2004, Rev. Braybrooke was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Divinity by the Archbishop of Canterbury “in recognition of his contribution to the development of inter-religious cooperation and under-standing throughout the world.” He is also the author of over forty books on world religions and Christianity. Publications include: Pilgrimage of Hope, Faith and Interfaith in a Global Age; How to Understand Judaism; and Christian-Jewish Dialogue: the Next Steps.
Professor Suheil Badi Bushrui
Professor Bushrui is the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management at the University of Maryland. A distinguished author, poet and critic, he is the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran. Professor Bushrui has taught at Oxford, York and Ibadan Universities, and was the first Arab national to be appointed Chair of English at the American University of Beirut. He is a founding member of the International Dialogue on Transition to a Global Society.
Professor Suheil Badi Bushrui is a distinguished author, poet, critic, translator, and media personality. Bushrui was the first incumbent of the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management’s (IDCM) Bahá’ì Chair for World Peace, a position to which he was appointed from 1992 to 2005. He is the founder and current Director of UM’s Kahlil Gibran Research and Studies Project. Well known for his seminal studies in English of the works of W.B. Yeats and for his translations of Yeats’ poetry into Arabic, Bushrui is also the foremost authority on the works of Kahlil Gibran.
Having taught at universities around the world, including Oxford (U.K.), York (Canada), and Ibadan (Nigeria), Profesor Bushrui is a Professor Emeritus and Senior Research Scholar who continues to lecture in the University of Maryland’s CIDCM.
Professor Bushrui’s published work is extensive, in both English and Arabic; his work on Gibran, in particular, has been translated into French, Italian, Spanish and Chinese. His most recent publications include: The Ethical Dimensions of Science, Art, Religion, and Politics (1996, co-edited with Miles Bradbury), Spiritual Heritage of the Human Race: An Introduction (2010), as well as an up-to-date biography of Gibran entitled Kahlil Gibran: Man and Poet.
Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes
The Rev. Dr. James A. Forbes served as Senior Minister of The Riverside Church for 18 years and is currently President of the Healing of Nations Foundation. Before serving at the Riverside Church, Rev. Forbes taught at Union Theological Seminary, where he first served as the Brown and Sockman Associate Professor of Preaching until he became Union’s first Harry Emerson Professor of Preaching in 1985. Dr. Forbes has been lauded by Newsweek and Ebony and is globally recognized as one of the most effective preachers in the English-speaking world. He is ordained as a minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America.
Master of Ceremony
Mr. Rolland Smith has over forty-five years of professional broadcast experience as an anchorman, reporter, writer, producer and commentator for local and national programs airing on CBS and documentary series Eye on New York and the Ten O’clock News on WWOR-TV in New York. He is the recipient of 11 Emmy Awards and has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences with 35 Emmy nominations.
He is a seasoned journalist, having conducted interviews with many world figures and political leaders, frontline coverage of the Vietnam War during the Tet Offensive, anchored the international broadcast feed of Live Aid, and reported on many other historical event around the world.
In addition to Smith’s on-air accomplishments, he is the former President of the Foundation for Global Broadcasting, a non-profit organization encouraging the use of television and radio to further cross-cultural understanding. Currently, he is writing poetry as well as writing and producing independent documentaries.