Events at the Vilna Shul

Havurah on the Hill with Dr. Leonard Marcus

Havurah on the Hill: Young Adults | Friday, August 19, 2011, 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Join Havurah on the Hill for a lay-led, non-denominational Kabbalat Shabbat service in Vilna Shul’s historic sanctuary.  Following the service we will hear from guest speaker, Dr. Leonard Marcus.

Dr. Marcus is founding Co-Director of the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative, a joint program of Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.  In recent years, Dr. Marcus’ research, teaching, and consultation have played a key role in national and international terrorism and emergency preparedness and response.  He has pioneered development of the conceptual and pragmatic basis for “meta-leadership”- “overarching leadership that strategically links the work of different agencies and levels of government,” and “connectivity” – the coordination of “people, organizations, resources, and information to best catch, contain, and control a terrorist or other threat to the public’s health and well-being. He has played a role in early H1N1 response, , the 2009 and 2006 wars in Israel, the 2010 BP oil spill, and in 2005, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on the Gulf Coast.  His article, “Meta-Leadership and National Emergency Preparedness: A Model to Build Government Connectivity” has garnered significant international attention as its methods and techniques are used successfully by leaders during crises. 

Prior to being recruited by the federal government following 9/11, Dr. Marcus’ primary work was in health care negotiation and conflict resolution.  Dr. Marcus is founding Director of the Program for Health Care Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at HSPH.  He is lead author of the primary text in the field, Renegotiating Health Care: Resolving Conflict to Build Collaboration.  The book was selected as co-recipient of the Center for Public Resources Institute for Dispute Resolution 1995 “Book Prize Award for Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution”.  It will be re-published in a Second Edition in July 2011.  In 1994, he co-authored Mediating Bioethical Disputes: A Practical Guide. 

Dr. Marcus completed his doctoral studies at The Heller School of Brandeis University.  He was selected as a Fellow for the Kellogg National Leadership Program from 1986-1989. In his spare time, he plays the saxophone and clarinet, is a cartoonist, and loves to travel.

Following Dr. Marcus’s talk, we hope you’ll join us for a kosher buffet dinner.