Club Member Claes G. Ryn is the Founding Director of the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America (C.U.A.), where he has also been Professor of Politics. He was Chair of his department for six years. He has taught also at Georgetown University, the University of Virginia, and Louisiana State University. He was a doctoral and undergraduate student at Uppsala University in his native Sweden. His teaching and research have combined study of ethics, culture, epistemology, and the history of Western political thought with study of American political thought, U.S. foreign policy, and international relations. He is Editor of the scholarly journal Humanitas.
Claes was chairman and co-founder of the National Humanities Institute, President of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, and President of the Philadelphia Society. He has lectured widely in the United States, Europe, and Asia, especially China. A frequent visitor to China, he gave the Distinguished Foreign Scholar Lectures at Peking University in 2000. These lectures were published as a book in Chinese translation by Peking University Press in 2001. In 2012 he was named Honorary Professor at Beijing Normal University. Three of his books and many of his articles have been published in China in Chinese translation. He is an Honorary Member of Sweden’s oldest and largest student association, Heimdal, at Uppsala University.
Liz Banach — a hunter’s daughter — grew up in rural Virginia. She is proud to be at the helm of an organization that focuses its attention and resources on those individuals who are disproportionately affected gun violence: people who use a gun to commit suicide and young men and women of color living in urban areas.
MARYLANDERS TO PREVENT GUN VIOLENCE:
OUR MISSION: To reduce gun violence in Maryland through evidence-based solutions.
OUR VISION: A society where gun violence is the exception, not the norm.
OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLE: We believe all Marylanders have a right to live free from gun violence. We pursue the goal of gun violence free communities through policy development, empowerment through strategic education, and effective advocacy at the community and legislative levels.
Amy Ginsburg, who has spoken to our club several times over the past few years, is the Executive Director of Friends of White Flint. She’ll be joining us at the Marriott to give us an update on our rapidly-changing neighborhood. Amy, who has lived within two miles of White Flint for most of her life, possesses three decades of pragmatic experience in advocacy, nonprofit management, marketing, and fundraising. She previously served as the Executive Director of Neediest Kids, Executive Director of Manna Food Center, and Executive Director of the Low Vision Information Center.
Amy has also been the Director of Development and Director of Marketing for a wide variety of nonprofit organizations. Amy is part of the Leadership Montgomery Class of 2010 and was formerly the President of her HOA. She graduated with a B.A. in Public Relations and Psychology from Syracuse University and an M.A. in Nonprofit Management from the University of Maryland University College.