Mia MacDonald | Charles Maier | Alexandros Mallias | Adam Martin | Barbar Masin | Jack Matlock | James McCann | Walter Russell Mead | Askold Melnyczuk | Sabine von Mering | Michael Mertes | Krzysztof Michalski | Adam Michnik | Peter Muzila
Mia MacDonald is a public policy analyst and writer who has worked as a consultant to a range of international non-governmental organizations—including the Ford Foundation, the World Wildlife Fund, the Green Belt Movement, the Sierra Club, and Save the Children as well as several United Nations agencies, among others—on issues of environment, gender, sustainable development, women’s rights and gender equality, reproductive health and population, and conservation and animal protection. She is founder and executive director of Brighter Green, a non-profit public policy “action tank.” Brighter Green aims to raise awareness and encourage dialogue on and attention to issues that span the environment, animals, and sustainable development both globally and locally.
Mia has published many articles in popular and environmental media, authored a number of policy papers and reports, and has contributed to three books, including Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai’s best-selling autobiography, Unbowed. She is a Senior Fellow of the Worldwatch Institute and has taught in the human rights program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. (2009)
Charles Maier is the Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History at Harvard University. His research interests include US and European international politics since World War II, early modern and modern international history, modern social and economic history, and German and Italian History. His most recent publications have focused on Mahler the composer and on alternative narratives for the modern era. His current projects include a history of the world in the twentieth century, specifically the rise and decline of territoriality as a resource for state organization in the modern era. (2003)
Alexandros P. Mallias, Greece’s Ambassador to the United States, presented his credentials to President Bush in October 2005. Joining the Greek Foreign Service in 1976, Ambassador Mallias has been at the forefront of Greece’s stabilizing role in the Balkans, serving as Director of the Southeastern Europe (Balkan Affairs) Department at the Foreign Ministry in Athens in various capacities, and as Ambassador to Albania, Head of the first Mission in FYROM, and Head of the European Community Monitor Mission Regional Office in Sofia. He also served in Libya and at the Greek Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York, as First Counselor for Political Affairs.
A proponent of public diplomacy, Ambassador Mallias has made people-to-people diplomacy an integral part of his mission in the United States, reaching beyond the bounds of Washington politics. To this effect, he continues to travel extensively throughout the United States, meeting with state officials and citizens, speaking at universities, colleges and think-tanks, not only on issues relating to Greece, but the broader Southeastern European region, to create links between the people of that region and the United States. Ambassador Mallias also continues to devote much effort to the promotion of human rights and to combating human trafficking. (2007)
Barbara Masin is the author of Gauntlet: Five Friends, 20,000 Enemy Troops, and the Secret That Could Have Changed the Course of the Cold War.
She has been a featured speaker in Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany. Her book has been translated into three languages. Inspired by the testament of celebrated World War II resistance leader, Czech general Josef Masin, father of two of the young men in the story and grandfather of the author, this is a dramatic true story of courage and daring against overwhelming odds; a story that addresses policy and moral dilemmas facing the world even today. (2007)
Jack Matlock, Jr.
Jack Foust Matlock, Jr. is a former American ambassador, career Foreign Service Officer, a teacher, a historian, and a linguist. He was a specialist in Soviet Affairs during some of the most tumultuous years of the Cold War, and served as U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987 to 1991. He is a historian of the Cold War and scholar of Russian history and culture. (2006)
Professor McCann is author of Maize and Grace: Africa’s Encounter with a New World Crop (2005); Green Land, Brown Land, Black Land: An Environmental History of Africa (1999); People of the Plow: An Agricultural History of Ethiopia (1995); From Poverty to Famine in Northeast Ethiopia: A Rural History (1987). His book Maize and Grace won the 2006 George Perkins Marsh Prize as the best book in environmental history for 2005 from the American Society for Environmental History. His current book project is “Stirring the Pot: The Tastes and Textures of African Cookery.”
Professor McCann is also author of numerous articles and book chapters in the area of agricultural and environmental history. He has held residential fellowships at the DuBois Institute (Harvard University, 2005-2006), the Program of Agrarian Studies (Yale University, 1998-1999), and the National Humanities Center (1991-1992). His research has been supported by the Ford Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, Fulbright-Hays, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He currently leads a joint research team investigating the link between malaria and maize cultivation in Africa supported by the Rockefeller Foundation and including the Harvard School of Public Health, the World Health Organization, and the Ethiopian Ministry of Health.
He has served as consultant to Oxfam America, Oxfam (U.K.), the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, the Carter Center, Norwegian Save the Children, the United Nations Environmental Program, American Jewish World Service, the International Livestock Research Institute, and the International Centre for the Improvement of Maize and Wheat. He has twice testified before the United States Congress as well as to the U.K House of Parliament. (2009)
Walter Russell Mead
Walter Russell Mead is the Henry A. Kissinger Senior Fellow in US Foreign Policy at Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World. (2003)
Askold Melnyczuk is founding editor of AGNI and contributes a series of essays called “Shadowboxing.” He is professor of creative writing at The University of Massachusetts-Boston and a member of the core fiction faculty of the graduate Bennington Writing Seminars. His third novel, The House of Widows, was published by Graywolf Press in 2007. His second novel, Ambassador of the Dead (Counterpoint, 2001) was called “exquisite, original” by The Washington Post, and his first, What Is Told (Faber and Faber), was a New York Times Notable Book for 1994.
In 1997 he received a Lila Wallace-Readers’ Digest Award in Fiction. Winner of the McGinnis Award in Fiction, he has also been awarded grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. He has published stories, poems, translations, and reviews in The New York Times, The Nation, The Partisan Review, Grand Street, Ploughshares, Poetry, and the Boston Globe. His poems have been included in various anthologies, including The McGraw-Hill Book of Poetry, Literature: The Evolving Canon, and Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets. He has edited three volumes in the Graywolf Take Three Poetry Series, as well as a volume of tributes to Father Daniel Berrigan and a livre d’artiste on painter Gerry Bergstein. He also coedited From Three Worlds: New Writing from Ukraine.
He previously taught at Harvard University and Boston University, where he edited AGNI until its thirtieth anniversary year in 2002. A research associate of the Ukrainian Institute at Harvard, he has served on the boards of the New England Poetry Club and PEN–New England and has been a fellow of the Boston Foundation. In 2001 he received PEN American Center’s biennial Nora Magid Award for Magazine Editing as well as PEN-New England’s “Friend to Writers” Award.
Sabine von Mering
Michael Mertes is State Secretary, Commissioner for Federal, European and Foreign Affairs, State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is an author and former partner at dimap consult, a commercial think-tank based in Bonn and Berlin. Mertes was a senior speechwriter and director general for social and political analyses and cultural affairs for Chancellor Helmut Kohl from 1987 to 1998. He was foreign editor of the German weekly Rheinischer Merkur. (2006)
Krzysztof Michalski is Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna, Chairman of the Board of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University, and Professor of Philosophy at Boston University.
Adam Michnik, historian, writer, lecturer, and former dissident, is the best known Polish public intellectual and one of Poland’s leading journalists. In 1989 Michnik helped found the first independent Polish daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, which he has since served as editor-in-chief. A life-long activist for human rights, he was detained many times between 1965 and 1986, spending a total of six years in prison for his opposition to the communist regime. An adviser to the Solidarity trade union in 1980 and 1981, he was part of the Solidarity team during the Round Table negotiations of 1989 between the opposition and the government. He is the author of many essays, articles and books, including two collected volumes Letters from Prison and Other Essays and Letters from Freedom. (2005)
Honorary Consul of Slovakia in Boston (2007)