Schell began his freelance journalism career over thirty years ago, while working on a South Seas freighter in the 1960s. After working for a number of papers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Schell began a regular column with The New Yorker, covering events in China. China had always fascinated Schell, and it was to become his subject of expertise in the world media. Schell produced Emmy Award-winning editions of 60 Minutes on the subject of China's economy and human rights issues. He became a regular commentator on China for ABC, NBC, and CBS, and created documentaries on developments in China for PBS's Frontline.
In between his travels, Professor Schell has found the time to write fourteen books, including Discos and Democracy: China in the Throes of Reform (1988), and Watch Out for Foreign Guests!: China Encounters the West (1980). He currently serves as the Dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley. After living the life of a freelance writer, Schell now sees an opportunity at Berkeley to help students learn "what writing with integrity really is" and has dedicated himself to imparting the experience of a battle-worn veteran and the skill of an acute observer of the world to a new generation of journalists. To accomplish his task, Schell need only lead by example, as his writing is noble, fair, objective, and engaged. A journalist who is both instinctual and intelligent, Schell embodies the goals of his profession.
Orville Schell comes to the Athenaeum to discuss the tenuous peace that has been established between China and Tibet. Will these two very different cultures ever reconcile their differences while under Chinese rule? Schell will offer his opinions based on his firsthand experiences in China and Tibet, and over 30 years of experience writing on China's social and economic policy.
Though only a high school graduate, Lois Gibbs educated herself about the biochemistry of toxic materials, and became a self-trained leader and organizer. In 1981, Gibbs created the Center for Health, Environment, and justice, a nonprofit organization which has assisted over 8,000 grassroots activist groups with organizational strategy, technical advice, and lobbying support.
Gibbs is the author of Dying From Dioxin (1995) and Love Canal: The Story Continues (1998) and is the subject of a CBS Prime Time Movie "Lois Gibbs: The Love Canal Story" (1982). Gibbs has dedicated her life to fighting for environmental justice and serves as a model for what a single concerned citizen can achieve through grassroots political action.
This luncheon address' is sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center as part of the series Environmental Activism.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. Lois Gibbs will speak at 12:15 p.m.
Prior to editing The Weekly Standard, Kristol directed the Bradley Project on the 90s, a Bradley Foundation program to survey America's social, economic and cultural landscape during the past decade. He also chaired the Project for a Republican Future where he played a key role in the defeat of Clinton's health care plan and in the 1994 Republican Revolution.
Kristol served as Chief of Staff to Vice President Quayle during the Bush administration and to Cabinet Secretary William Bennett from 1985 to 1988. Prior to serving in the Executive Branch, Kristol was Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, where he had received his A.B. and Ph.D. degrees. Kristol currently serves on the Henry Salvatori Center's Board of Directors. He joins us for a lunch, cosponsored by the Salvatori Center, to discuss liberalism, conservatism, and the 2000 elections.
Professor Greenfeld has been the recipient of many research awards, including a Mellon Fellowship in 1984, and a John M. Olin Research Fellowship in 1987. A prolific writer, Dr. Greenfeld's books include Center: Ideas and Institutions (1989), Different Worlds: A Study in the Sociology of Taste, Choice, and Success in Art (1989), and Nationalism: Five Roads to Modernity (1992). Dr. Greenfeld is currently studying national identity and political change in Russia, as well as a comparative analysis on the economic implications of nationalism. Greenfeld will be joining us at the Athenaeum to discuss the effect of nationalism on ethnic conflict as part of the series Ethnic Conflict in the Modern World cosponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Donald Kagan of Yale University has called The Other Greeks the most original and important contribution to an understanding of the ancient Greeks I have ever read." In addition to being a classical scholar and historian (he is Professor of Greek at California State University, Fresno), Hanson is also a fifth-generation California vine and fruit grower. He has written powerfully on the implications of the imminent extinction of the family farm. His other books include Warfare and Agriculture in Classical Greece (1983) and The Western Way of War: Infantry Battle in Classical Greece (1989).
Professor Hanson's lecture is the first of three this year on the theme of Ancient Greece and Modernity: Australian poet Les Murray (Fredy Neptune) and translator Robert Fagles (The Iliad, The Odyssey, The Theban Plays) of Princeton University will be speaking this spring. Please join us for a talk by one of the world's most provocative and vital classical scholars.
ERIC CHARNOSKY, piano
Violinist Deborah Buck has toured throughout the United States and Europe, sharing her exquisite talent with music lovers everywhere. She performs the most difficult pieces flawlessly, combining a crisp style with the vigor of youth. Nine years after she began studying the violin, she was awarded a scholarship to the prestigious Julliard School, where she studied under Dorothy DeLay. In 1995, she earned her Master's degree from the University of Southern California. There she studied under Robert Lipsett and received the 1995 Jascha Heifetz Violin Prize. Buck has performed at Lincoln Center, Paul Hall, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. She has played with the La Jolla Symphony, the St. Matthew's Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Concert Orchestra. Her recitals have been broadcast on television and radio, and she has won numerous competitions including the 1996 National Contemporary Record Society Competition.
Please join us as Deborah Buck performs music by Brahams, Debussy, and Poulenc. This concert is the second program in the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series, made possible through the generosity of Ed and Dorothy Stotsenberg, friends of Claremont McKenna College.
Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, National Marriage Project, Rutgers University, "Marriage and Children: Looking at the Data"
Tuesday, November 9, 1999
Loren Finkelstein, director, Free the Planet!, "Environmental Activism"
Wednesday, November 10, 1999
Thomas Ehrlich, senior scholar, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, author of forthcoming "Civic Responsibility and Higher Education" (2000)
Thursday, November 11, 1999
Ron Lehman II '68, assistant to the director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, "Dealing with Russia's Nuclear Issues"
Monday, November 15, 1999
Mort Sahl, political satirist
Wednesday, November 17, 1999
California Air Resources Board, open meeting
Thursday, November 18, 1999
Walter Zelman, president and CEO, California Association of Health Plans, author of The Managed Care Blues ... and How to Cure Them (1998)
Monday, November 22, 1999 Lunch
Michael Goldstein, School of Public Health, UCLA, "The Future of Alternative Health Care"
Thursday, December 2, 1999
Friday, December 3, 1999
Saturday, December 4, 1999
Sunday, December 5, 1999
Tuesday, December 7, 1999
The Seventeenth Annual Madrigal Feast, featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges