Board of Directors
Co-founder and Chairman
Harvey Silverglate was born in New York (1942) and was educated at Bogota (N.J.) High School (1960), Princeton University (1964), and Harvard Law School (1967).
As Counsel to Boston's Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP, Silverglate specializes in criminal defense, civil liberties, and academic freedom/student rights law. He has assisted students in trouble since 1969, when he represented student anti-war protesters on trial. He has taught at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (a public secondary school), the University of Massachusetts College III (in Boston), and Harvard Law School. Silverglate has also served on the Board of the ACLU of Massachusetts for over three decades, including two terms as Board president. He is a long-time affiliate of Harvard College's Dunster House, where he conducts student "law tables."
A long-time regular columnist for The Boston Phoenix, Silverglate has been published in The National Law Journal, Inc. magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Harvard Law Review, The New York Times Book Review, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Media Studies Journal, Cato Journal, Cato Supreme Court Review, Wilson Quarterly, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Reason magazine, and elsewhere. Silverglate is also the author of The Shadow University (with Alan Charles Kors, 1998) and Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent (2009). He has lectured and debated at the Ford Hall Forum, the oldest independent forum in the nation devoted to free speech.
Silverglate chaired the Independent Privacy Board of Predictive Networks, Inc., from 2000 until 2002. Earlier, he was litigation counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, advocating freedom in cyberspace. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute.Silverglate lives with his wife, portrait photographer Elsa Dorfman, in Cambridge. They have a son, Isaac.
Barbara W. Bishop is an attorney in New York, specializing in the financial services industry and regulatory and employment law. She has practiced law for 35 years. After a period in the District Attorney's Office including in the Rackets Bureau and other government jobs, Barbara joined Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc., a global investment bank, where she became a Senior Managing Director and spent 23 years. There Ms. Bishop headed the Global Futures and Foreign Exchange practices and developed the Employment practice, handling transactional, contractual, and advisory work on a global basis. She also practiced in Litigation and Arbitration, and in Regulatory areas including Internal Investigations and Anti-Money Laundering. Ms. Bishop was a member of the Internal Audit Committee, the Retail Products Committee, the Global Compliance Committee, and she created and co-chaired the Diversity Committee. Furthermore, Ms. Bishop was the firm's Acting Global Head of Human Resources, for a 16-month period during which time served on the Firm's Operations Committee. Ms. Bishop was appointed to the firm's President's Advisory Council.
Post Bear Stearns, Ms. Bishop was the general counsel of a small broker/dealer specializing in securities with some futures practice. And following that assignment, Ms. Bishop consulted with a global broker/dealer and futures commission merchant owned by two foreign banks, where she audited employment practices and developed a non cash and deferral compensation scheme for world wide implementation. After 16 months, Ms. Bishop consulted a broker/dealer specializing in mortgage backed products, providing general council services. Today, Ms. Bishop continues to consult in employment practices, investigatory matters, compensation arrangements, regulatory matters, and futures and securities matters.
Ms. Bishop is a graduate of New York University School of Law, Stanford University, and the Solebury School in New Hope, Pa. She is married and the mother of two sons, one, a Skidmore graduate, now in law school and the other a recent graduate of Stanford University.
Rebecca Walter Dunn, a community volunteer for over thirty-five years, has been immersed in the world of public policy for almost two decades. She began her involvement in public policy by developing community forums in the Tampa Bay area to increase the public awareness of national and state public policy issues. For the past fifteen years, Dunn has been a board member of the James Madison Institute, a state level think tank for the state of Florida.
In 2001, Dunn was appointed to the Florida Federal Judicial Nominating Commission by then-Governor Jeb Bush. Her civic commitments have been broad and include serving on the board of The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, University of South Florida Economic Advisory Board, Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, WEDU Public Broadcasting Station, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Palm Beach Symphony, and American Friends of the Uffizi Museum.
Dunn is a graduate of Florida State University. Married to William A. Dunn, she serves as a Trustee of Dunn's Foundation for the Advancement of Right Thinking. They reside in Palm Beach as well as Montana where she designs a line of furniture. Dunn is the mother of one son. She enjoys skiing, fly fishing, hiking, and travel.
Richard Losick is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor, the Maria Moors Cabot Professor of Biology, and a Harvard College Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1965 and his Ph.D. from MIT in 1969. He was elected to the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow in 1969, and he joined the faculty of Harvard University in 1972. He is a past chairman of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and the Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology. He teaches the introductory course on molecular biology at Harvard College, and is Head Tutor for the undergraduate concentration in Molecular and Cellular Biology.
Dr. Losick is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, and a former Visiting Scholar of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He is a member of the Senior Editorial Board for Science magazine and a member of the editorial board for the journals Cell and Genes & Development. He is the 2007 winner of the Selman A. Waksman Award of the National Academy of Sciences and the 2009 winner of the Gairdner International Award for medical research.
Joseph Maline is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and a Director of Professional Services at immixGroup, responsible for the management of immixGroup's internal IT staff and computer systems, and working with the immixGroup Solutions line of business in the design, development, and implementation of technical solutions for immixGroup's clients. As CTO, Mr. Maline oversees all internal IT projects, including technical decisions, project management, and delivery of solutions for the business.
immixGroup is a government business consultancy headquartered in McLean, Virginia, delivering a variety of strategies and services designed to help IT manufacturers Grow and Manage their government business and Government customers more efficiently procure the products and services they require. Working with over 150 IT manufacturers and nearly every government agency, immixGroup has the flexibility to offer its clients the ideal program and growth strategy, whether they sell direct or through the channel, offer emerging or mature technologies, own their own government contracts, or none at all. immixGroup's clients include Fortune 1000 corporations, federal and state governments, and rapidly growing middle-market companies in the retail, distribution, manufacturing, and service industries.
Mr. Maline graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in the history and sociology of science and from Harvard University with a master's degree in the history of science. Before joining immixGroup, Mr. Maline served as the CTO of Management Information Consulting, Inc. (MIC), an e-business, systems integration, and information technology consulting firm. He is married with two children and lives in Herndon, Virginia.
Marlene Mieske is a registered nurse who has spent the past 35 years working with the mentally ill in Boston and New York City. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was involved in implementing the de-institutionalization and community mental health policies of that time. She went on to coordinate the Special Studies Clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital. During that time, the clinic conducted the NIMH fluphenazine-decanoate study along with other significant clinical research involving schizophrenia and major depression.
In New York City, Mieske became the first director of psychiatric nursing at Lenox Hill Hospital. In that role, she was instrumental in opening the first psychiatric inpatient unit as well as the first support group for hospital staff taking care of AIDS patients in the early 1980s. After leaving Lenox Hill, she continued her commitment to the mentally ill by working in a day treatment program for people challenged by mental illness and drug addiction.
Presently, Mieske's focus has shifted to supporting the mentally ill in a broader context. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Fountain House—a club house for the mentally ill in New York City—she is developing and implementing a special education project to help reduce the stigma of mental illness among health care providers and the general public. Mieske's other interests include participating on the board of PROMISE, at Columbia Presbyterian hospital which supports undeserved children with attention and learning disabilities, and serving on the board of advisers at the New York Civil Right Coalition.
Mieske is a graduate of Albany Memorial School of Nursing and earned her bachelor of science and master of science degrees in nursing from Boston College, with honors. She is married with two sons and resides in New York City.
Daphne Patai is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is the author and editor of twelve books, among them The Orwell Mystique: A Study in Male Ideology (1984), Brazilian Women Speak: Contemporary Life Stories (1988), Women's Words: The Feminist Practice of Oral History (1991, co-edited with Sherna Berger Gluck), Rediscovering Forgotten Radicals: British Women Writers 1889-1939 (1993, co-edited with Angela Ingram), and Heterophobia: Sexual Harassment and the Future of Feminism (1998). Her 1994 critique of women's studies programs, written with Noretta Koertge, was reissued in a new and expanded edition in 2003 as Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies. She also co-edited with Will H. Corral a large volume of essays criticizing contemporary theory fads. Titled Theory's Empire: An Anthology of Dissent, it was published by Columbia University Press in the spring of 2005.
Long concerned about the attack on free speech on American campuses, Patai has been involved with FIRE since its inception. Years in the academic world (including ten years spent in a women's studies program) have alerted her to the dangers of politicizing education. Her articles on these and other problems in higher education have appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Patai's most recent books are collections of her essays: 'What Price Utopia?' Essays on Ideological Policing, Feminism, and Academic Affairs was published in 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield,and História Oral, Feminismo e Política was published in 2010 by Letra e Voz in Brazil.
Virginia Postrel is an author, columnist, and speaker whose work spans a broad range of topics, from social science to fashion, all with an eye toward understanding the personal and social meaning of life in a dynamic, commercial culture.
Writing in Vanity Fair, Sam Tanenhaus (now the editor of The New York Times Book Review) described her as "a master D.J. who sequences the latest riffs from the hard sciences, the social sciences, business, and technology, to name only a few sources."
Postrel is the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She is writing a book on glamour, to be published in early 2013 by The Free Press, and is a biweekly columnist for Bloomberg View.
She teaches a seminar on "Glamour: Theory and Practice" in the Branding MPS program at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
From July 1989 to January 2000, Postrel was the editor of Reason magazine and vice president of the Reason Foundation.
She has been a columnist for The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Forbes and its companion technology magazine Forbes ASAP. Her work was featured in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2009 and The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2004.
Daniel Shuchman is a money manager at MSD Capital, LP, the personal investment office of Michael S. Dell. Prior to that Daniel worked at Goldman Sachs & Co., and at Gotham Partners, a private investment partnership. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied history and philosophy. After graduation, Daniel worked at the Manhattan Institute, a non-profit public policy organization. Daniel has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Reason magazine, The Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and Survival (the journal of the International Institute for Strategic Studies.) He is a trustee of the Horace Mann School and he lives in New York City with his wife and two young children.
In Memoriam: Dr. Kenny J. Williams
by Alan Charles Kors, Co-founder and Chairman Emeritus, FIRE
It is with immeasurable sadness that I report to you the death of Kenny J. Williams, a member of FIRE’s Board of Advisors from our first day, and a member of our newly expanded Board of Directors. Kenny died, at the age of 76, after a heroic struggle against cancer, late on December 19, 2003. The world is diminished.
Kenny received her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1959, where she had been greeted by surprise that she was both female (the “Kenny” was after “Kentucky,” where she’d been born) and black. Her first advisor said to her, “I’ve never taught colored before. How should I teach you?” Kenny replied, “Why not teach me the way you would teach anyone else?” Her advisor answered, “That's a wonderful idea.” It is typical of everything about Kenny that she ended the narrative, “Within a semester, we were fast friends.”
I met Kenny in 1992, when we both were named to the Council of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We met in D.C. four times a year, socializing often, and talking about the Humanities, the catastrophes befalling academic life, the sad re-segregation and balkanization of our universities, life, urban architecture (of which her knowledge and appreciation were legendary), art, the world, dolls (of which her collection was legendary), and the cosmos. She was inimitable. We served on the same Committee for Scholarships and Fellowships, where her extraordinary critical mind, her tolerance, and her insistence that individuals actually know what they were talking about all worked wonders. She threw the best parties in the South, by the way, where one met the most diverse cross-section of people that any college town could ever offer, and out-of-towners galore. Kenny’s kindness had few bounds. Her piety and her spiked punch did not seem to go together, but Kenny was always joyously surprising.
Kenny was hired by Duke University’s Department of English in 1977, and she taught there until the end. A beloved teacher, she ignored fads, and she gave a rare love of literature to a generation of students. She was a prolific author, publishing They Also Spoke: An Essay on Negro Literature in America, 1787-1930 (1970); In the City of Men: Another Story of Chicago (1974); Prairie Voices: A Literary History of Chicago (1980); and A Storyteller to a City: Sherwood Anderson’s Chicago (1988). She co-edited Chicago’s Public Wits (1983). At the time of her death, she was at work on a major study of American writers during the Civil War. She published articles on Sherwood Anderson, Phillis Wheatley, the politicization of the study of Afro-American literature, Mark Twain, Gwendolyn Brooks, Paul Laurence Dunbar, the predecessors of the Harlem Renaissance, Chicago humor, and Herman Melville.
In honor of her father, who had been president of the Baptist Convention, Kenny founded and administered a charitable foundation that gave especially to education in cities where her father had been a pastor. Her generosity to FIRE, in all respects, was inspirational.
Kenny Williams was one of a kind, and she graced us at FIRE with her moral passion, her belief in human dignity, her commitment to an integrated and tolerant America, and her love of liberty. She saw through nonsense. She spoke truth. She believed that free human beings define themselves. She cared about the things that were precious. FIRE will miss her more than words can express, and I shall feel her presence in everything that we do right.