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Values, Persuasion, and Leadership in the Public Sector: Conversation with Ira Michael Heyman, former Chancellor of UC Berkeley and former Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; 8/1/00 by Harry Kreisler.

This interview is part of the Institute's "Conversations with History" series, and uses Internet technology to share with the public Berkeley's distinction as a global forum for ideas.

Welcome to a Conversation with History. I'm Harry Kreisler of the Institute of International Studies. Our guest today is Ira Michael Heyman, who is an Emeritus Professor of Law and of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. Professor Heyman was Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley, from 1980 to 1990; Counselor to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy at the U.S. Department of Interior, 1993 to 1994; and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution from 1994 to 1999.

  1. Background ... influence of parents ... books ... sports ... mentors ... on the staff of a senator ... decision to become a lawyer
  2. The Law and Public Service ... legal training ... ideals and reality ... the law as process ... working for Chief Justice Earl Warren ... serendipity
  3. Leadership and the Management of Public Institutions ... Marine Corps officer ... leading from own personal style ... working with people ... clear objectives ... leader as educator
  4. Goals and Values: Leading Berkeley ... affirmative action ... Berkeley's culture of inclusiveness and equality ... California's diversity ... bringing about change ... reorganizing the biological sciences
  5. Goals and Values: Leading the Smithsonian ... Enola Gay exhibit ... inclusiveness ... museums as places of discussion ... places of secular prayer
  6. Lessons Learned ... enthusiasm ... openness to serendipity ... hard work

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