Born to Jason and Stephanie Taylor

Jay Zenner is finally a grandfather

On December 13, 2011, Jay’s daughter Stephanie bore his first granddaughter Madison Taylor in Richmond Va.  “Maddy,” mother and dad all doing fine. Granddad is very proud.

Diane Daniel – Farm Fresh North Carolina

I had the privilege of introducing Diane Daniel for her presentation on Farm Fresh North Carolina which is also the title of her book. This also put me at the “President’s Table” near the podium. Sitting at the front always make me feel like one of those eager beavers in a class room.  I felt even more this way when Diane asked if anyone recognized the animals in one of her early slides and my hand shot up and I shouted out “alpacas!” This was not because I’d already heavily sampled her very interesting book but because my brother inNorthern Virginiahas recently acquired 3 alpacas. Last spring I spent an interesting Saturday with him at a farm wrestled 75 alpacas to the ground to be sheared.

Diane’s book is essentially a travel book and she put over 23,000 miles on her Honda visiting all the farms that she describes in the book. But what I found really interesting about the book were the stories of the people on these working farms that also open their doors to curious tourists eager to learn something about their state.  It’s also a little subversive.  The client of mine whose urban agriculture project I described in my introduction, dismissed me good naturedly as “too set in my ways” to embrace this trend that encompasses concepts of “slow food,” “sustainable farming,” “urban agriculture,” “community supported agriculture” and “farm to table.”  He’s probably right, but Diane’s book reinforces a new impulse to seek out and enjoy fresh organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products and even meat. [Read more…]

Charles Dunlop – Duke Law School’s Center for Law, Ethics and National Security

Charles Dunlap, director of Duke University Law School’s Center for Law, Ethics and National Security and retired Air Force Major General, spoke to the club on issues of the law and national security.

In earlier decades, academic study and scholarship of national security issues were largely in the domain of the political scientists. More recently, driven by rising threats of asymmetrical warfare and terrorism, legal scholars increasingly give attention to such matters as ethics and national security, human rights, rules of engagement, the laws of war, and military-civilian relations. Duke University pioneered in this field when, under the leadership of the late Law School Professor Robinson Everett, the father of club member Rob Everett, the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security was established in 1993. Having served as Chief Judge of the

U. S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Professor Everett believed the law school should focus some attention on ethics and national security. According to Dunlap’s count, some 130 law schools now offer courses dealing with national security. Back in the dark ages when I was in the inaugural class of International Studies majors at UNC, I don’t recall issues of ethics ever entering into courses on national security.

General Dunlap is one of the Center’s two professors. The other is Professor Scott Silliman whom President Obama has recently nominated—pending Senate confirmation—to the U. S. Court of Military Commission Review, the appellate court that reviews cases involving defendants held atGuantanamoBay. [Read more…]