Tocqueville's trip to America in 1831-32 resulted in the most celebrated analysis of American society ever written, Democracy in America (1835). Tocqueville identified the key forces at work in democracy and made a number of astonishingly accurate predictions about the future of the American democracy. He is still quoted frequently on such issues as religion, the role of the press, and the importance of local groups and local government. Witty and insightful, he provides a chance to reexamine our strengths and weaknesses as a democratic society.
Tocqueville is presented as a live performance by scholar Richard Johnson, a professor of history at California Poly Pomona. He was chosen by the Inland Empire Educational Foundation and the California Council for the Humanities to portray Alexis de Tocqueville in a series of Chautauqua programs during 1994 and 1995. Johnson has written and published articles on a number of subjects in early 19th-century American history, and he is working on a book about social and political attitudes toward the American military during the 19th century.
A Response to Deconstructionism
After graduating from San Diego State University, Soule received his advanced degrees from Stanford University, where he concentrated in population and evolutionary biology under Paul Ehrlich. He has done field work in Africa, Samoa, Australia, Yugoslavia, Mexico, and the West Indies and has held teaching positions in Malawi and at the University of Michigan. Currently, Soule is chair of environmental studies and director for the Center for Biodiversity Analysis and Management at UC Santa Cruz. His research interests include studies of morphological and genetic variation in natural populations of animals, island biogeography, and conservation biology.
The founder and first president of the Society for Conservation Biology and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Soule brings with him a depth of knowledge and understanding concerning the natural world. His expertise in biological diversity lends itself to the consultation of many agencies and organizations, including The Nature Conservancy, the U.S. National Parks Service, Forest Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service, the OTA, EPA UNEP, FAO, UNESCO, WWF-US, and the NAS/NRC.
Kevles received his B.A. in physics and his Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. After a brief period on the White House staff, he joined the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, where he is now the Koepfli Professor of Humanities and the head of the program in science, ethics, and public policy.
Kevles has contributed numerous articles and book reviews for a variety of publications, including The New York Review of Books, The Sciences, The New Republic, Harper's, and The New Yorker, as well as for many scholarly journals. His works have earned a Page One award, a National Historical Society prize, and a nomination for the American Book Award in history.
Kravis also serves on the boards of trustees of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mount Sinai Hospital, Public Television Channel 13/New York (where he is Chairman of the Board), and many other civic and charitable organizations. He is active in the prevention of drug and substance abuse and is responsible for the creation of Project High Road in New York, a highly acclaimed program in the public schools.
Closer to home, Mr. Kravis supported the founding of the Kravis Leadership Institute at Claremont McKenna College. The Institute seeks to improve the quality of leadership in contemporary society through original research, educational programs, and outreach activities. The 1995 Kravis/deRoulet Leadership Conference coincides with the inaugural meeting of the Kravis Institute Board of Governors.
Reservations for this event are available only for students, faculty, and staff from CMC.
Sommers, now an associate professor in the department of philosophy at Clark University, received her Ph.D. at Brandeis University. In addition to her book Who Stole Feminism?, Sommers has authored Right and Wrong: Basic Readings in Ethics (1986), Vice and Virtue in Everyday Life: Introductory Readings in Ethics (1985). An active speaker on feminism, Sommers has appeared on Nightline, The CBS Evening News, and Donahue. She has been awarded numerous grants. For a new definition of feminism, join Sommers as she challenges mainstream feminists and their supporters to take back the women's movement.
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Since the 19th century, Japanese Americans had made the United States their home. Despite decades of toll and investment, they found themselves prisoners in their own country. The government's justification of "national security" rang hollow as illegal aliens and citizens of Italian and German ancestry did not suffer the fate of wholesale forced removal. The Day of Remembrance speaker, historian Yuji Ichioka, will address the many questions surrounding the internment of the Japanese American, describing the episode as "our worst wartime mistake."
Ichioka, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, is an internationally-recognized scholar of Japanese American history. Educated at UCLA and Columbia University, Ichioka has taught history and Asian American studies for twenty years. The author of numerous publications, he is best known for his award-winning book, The Issei: The World of the First Generation Japanese Immigrants, 1885-1924 (1988). A native of San Francisco, Ichioka was incarcerated, along with his family, in the internment camp in Topaz, Utah, during World War II.
The Day of Remembrance commemorates a tragic and sad episode in our nation's history. Starting in 1978, Days of Remembrance ceremonies have taken place in many cities across the country each year. Most events take place on or near the 19th of February, which marks the tumult set into motion by Executive Order 9066.
As specialist on Asian Affairs, Robert Scalapino is uniquely qualified to discuss the dynamic unfolding of U.S. relations with North and South Korea. He has made several government-sponsored trips to North Korea. On the second and third trips, he was head of an American mission on Korea sponsored by the Asia Society. The report prepared by his mission had a significant impact on policies of the Bush and Clinton administrations.
Scalapino is Robson Research Professor of Government Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. He has published 38 books or monographs on Asian politics and U.S. Asian policy, including Communism in Korea (1972) (two volumes, with Chong-Sik Lee, for which they received the American Political Science Association's 1974 Woodrow Wilson Award), The United States and Korea-Looking Ahead (1979), and Major Power Relations in Northeast Asia (1987). He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and he serves on a number of prestigious academic and professional boards such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Society, the Asia Foundation, and the Atlantic Council.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is sponsoring this address by Dr. Robert A. Scalapino at the Athenaeum. You are cordially invited to attend and we encourage you to participate in the discussion after the lecture.