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ELIZABETH BLUMENSTOCK, violin
Elizabeth Blumenstock is widely recognized as a violinist of unique musical intelligence and expressive range. She has performed as concertmistress and soloist with the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra and has regularly participated in various summer festivals, like the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival. In addition, she is a founding member of several of California's finest original instrument chamber music groups, including Concerto Amabile and the Arcadian Academy.
Elaine Thornburgh performs on harpsichord and fortepiano throughout the United States as both a soloist and in chamber ensemble, and teaches at Stanford University. She received her graduate degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and is a frequent lecturer- recitalist on historic instruments. She has performed concertos at various festivals and has been artistin-residence at many conferences and universities. Thornburgh has studied with such notable musicians as Alan Curtis and Malcolm Bilson.
The harpsichord for this evening's performance was provided courtesy of the Pomona College Department of Music. This concert is part of the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series made possible through the generosity of Ed and Dorothy Stotsenberg, friends of the College.
A prolific writer, Carter has authored Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby (1991), The Confirmation Mess: Cleaning Up the Federal Appointments Process (1994), Integrity (1996), The Culture of Disbelief (1994) and most recently, Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy (1998) and The Dissent of the Governed: A Mediation on Law, Religion and Loyalty (1998). He also contributes regularly to law reviews and publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, and The New Yorker.
Carter has enjoyed a distinguished career as a legal scholar. He received his bachelor's degree from Stanford University and went on to attend Yale Law School. Afterward, he clerked for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson, III, U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Washington, D.C. Circuit. He then was a law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Currently, he teaches contracts, law and religion, and a seminar on intellectual property at Yale University School of Law.
Carter's presentation is part of the Athenaeum series Integrity, Commitment, Achievement.
Sir Michael was born in London and educated at Oxford. He served with the British Army in Italy during World War II; twice wounded, he was awarded the Military Cross. He taught at King's College, University in London, before moving to All Souls College, Oxford, in 1968. Sir Michael is president and founder of the International Institute for Strategic Studies (London), which soon became one of the world's leading organization of its kind. He is a fellow of the British Academy and a Foreign Corresponding Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Among his honors are the NATO Atlantic Award and the Paul Nitze Award (U.S. Center for Naval Analyses).
In his scholarship and teaching, Sir Michael Howard has specialized in modern European history. Above all, he has illustrated the wide compass of military affairs-from single battles to grand strategy, from plans to politics, from weapons to ideals and ideology, from immediate decisions to long periods of social and cultural development. In an age when political scientists and economists dominate think tanks, Sir Michael reminds us all that history is full of precedents, warnings and guidelines, that strategic theory always needs grounding in the past.
Sir Michael is the third guest invited by the CMC history department to inaugurate the William F. Podlich Distinguished Visitors Program, endowed by CMC alumnus and trustee William Podlich'66.
Eastin sits on many boards and commissions in her capacity as State Superintendent. She is the Executive Officer and Secretary of the State Board of Education and Director of the California Department of Education. She is also a member of the Regents of the University of California and trustee of the California State Colleges and Universities.
Eastin received her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Davis and a master's degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After completing her degrees, Eastin spent years teaching and then worked in the private sector.
Prior to her election as State Superintendent, Eastin served four terms in the State Assembly representing the 20th District, which includes sections of Alameda and Santa Clara counties. As an assemblywoman, Eastin chaired the Education Committee and sponsored legislation to reform the K-12 system. She also supported charter schools, vocational training, and public libraries.
Eastin's presentation will conclude the series Education Reform.
After being approached by his family and with the assistance of the Guggenheim Fellowship, Berg spent the next eight and a half years researching the life of Samuel Goldwyn, which eventually culminated in Goldwyn: A Biography, published in 1989. The book became a bestseller not only did it detail the life of one of America's leading movie moguls, but it also extensively examined the American movie industry from its origin to the present. The book has also been published in Japanese, Spanish, French, and Italian editions.
Berg has lectured extensively across the United States and Great Britain. He is a member of the Author's Guild, the Writer's Guild of America, PEN Center USA West, and the Century Association. His lecture at the Athenaeum will focus on his new biography on Charles Lindberg. Berg was granted unfettered access to the Lindberg family's archives and was able to painstakingly examine the life of one of America's great 20th century icons. You are welcome to join us as we hear this renowned biographer speak about one of this country's most famous adventurers.
to Psychotropic Drugs
Our guest speaker notes that until the last few years "suggestions regarding possible cross-cultural/cross-ethnic differences in psychotropic responses were typically brushed aside as either unlikely or unimportant. Consequently, remarkable recent progress notwithstanding, much remains unknown regarding the influence of ethnic and cultural factors on the practice of modern psychopharmacology."
In 1974 Lin came to the United States from his homeland Taiwan. He completed residency training in psychiatry and earned his M.P.H. degree at Washington University, Seattle. Upon completion of his psychiatric residency, he was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Today, Lin is professor of psychiatry at UCLA and founder/director of the NIH Research Center on the Psychobiology of Ethnicity at Torrance. He is an internationally recognized authority in pharmacogenetics and cross-cultural psychiatry. This lecture is part of the Brain, Mind, and Medicine: Cross-Cultural Perspectives Program sponsored by CMC, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer Colleges.
Mukherjee's other honors and grants include a Guggenheim Fellowship, a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a Canada Council Senior Arts Fellowship.
Born in Calcutta, Mukherjee attended the University of Baroda in India where she studied English and ancient Indian culture. She earned a master of fine arts and a doctorate in English and comparative literature from the University of Iowa. She has taught creative writing at Columbia, New York University, and Queens College. She now holds a distinguished professorship at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mukherjee is the first of three authors in the Athenaeum series on the American Epic, featuring works of large historical scope that attempt to discover who we are and where we are going.
Professor Zoltan Abadi-Nagy's talk is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.