This event, planned for the freshmen class, provides you with a unique opportunity to become acquainted with the Athenaeum and meet one of CMC's most distinguished professors.
FRESHMEN ARE AUTOMATICALLY SIGNED UP FOR THIS DINNER.
However, you may cancel your reservation and eat in Collins Dining Hall by calling the Athenaeum (ext. 18244).
John Farrell, a literary critic, historical psychologist, and intellectual historian, is an associate professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College, where he has taught since 1990. Professor Farrell earned degrees from Brown (AB, 1979) and Harvard (PhD, 1988). He is the author of Freud's Paranoid Quest: Psychoanalysis and Modern Suspicion (NYUP, 1996) and is presently completing a broader study of paranoia and suspicion in modern culture.
Anyone wishing to attend the lecture should arrive at 6:45 p.m.
P. EDWARD HALEY
ANDREW BREHM '03
Reservations are required for dinner. The panel discussion is open to the public without charge.
A public remembrance will be held on Zinda Field the evening of September 11th. Please check the CMC website for information (www.claremontmckenna.edu).
Krassner has been a force in the counter-culture for more than forty years, as a stand-up comic, author and essayist, and editor of the widely influential underground magazine The Realist, which he published from 1960-2001. The New York Times has written of Krassner, "He is expert at ferreting out hypocrisy and absurdism from the more solemn crannies of American culture." And the Los Angeles Times observed that Krassner "has the uncanny abilitv to alter your perception permanently." When People magazine called him "the father of the underground press," Krassner demanded a paternity test.
Krassner was also cofounder, with Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, of the Yippies. His other books include Winner of the Slow Bicycle Race: The Satirical Writings of Paul Krassner (1996) and an autobiography, Confessions of a Raving, Unconfined Nut: Misadventures in the Counter-Culture (1993). His recorded comedy performances include We Have Ways of Making You Laugh (1996), Brain Damage Control (1997), and Sex, Drugs, and the Antichrist: Paul Krassner at M.I.T. (1999).
Paul Krassner is the first speaker in a series sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies on "Public Intellectuals in American Life." Future speakers include Manhattan Project physicist and presidential advisor Herbert F. York, and literary critic Louis Menand.
William Black challenges conventional economic wisdom about the causes of the ongoing financial scandals, arguing that our "reforms" have dug ourselves into a very deep hole and we should stop digging.
Black is called a "hero of the public service" in Norma Riccucci's book Unsung Heroes (Georgetown University Press, 1995). Representative Henry Gonzalez (D-Texas) called him a hero "for courage and tremendous expertise and efficiency, and the integrity of conduct" in his uncompromising investigation into the corruption inherent to the savings and loan debacle of the 1980s, the country's worst financial scandal. By exposing abuse and fraud among S&L officials as well as members of Congress, his investigations ultimately lead to the resignation of Speaker of the House Jim Wright (D-Texas) in 1989 and a jail sentence and fine (1992) for Charles Keating, president of Lincoln Savings & Loan, Irvine, California. Black was also called before the U.S. Senate's Select Committee on Ethics to testify against the five senators (The Keating Five) who exerted pressure on him and others on behalf of Charles Keating.
Black holds a PhD in criminology, law, and society from the University of California at Irvine and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. His research and writing deal with criminal justice policy issues such as white-collar crime, financial institutions, savings and loan industry reform, public corruption and public finance. Black is assistant professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, and visiting scholar at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.
William Black's visit to Claremont is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
Rafik Mansour was born in Cairo, Egypt and moved to the United States at the age of 15. He became a U.S. citizen in 1996, one year prior to graduating from the University of California, Irvine with a B.A. in French literature and a B.S. in Biology. Mansour attended medical school for one year before leaving in 1999 to become a Foreign Service Officer. In his first posting he served as a consular officer in Port au Prince, Haiti. Currently he is serving at the U.S. Embassy in Rome as second secretary for political affairs where he is the Embassy's Middle East specialist. In 2001, the State Department designated Mansour as a "Hometown Diplomat," to raise awareness in his community (Orange County) about U.S. foreign policy and career opportunities in the Foreign Service. He is also the equal opportunity employment counselor for the three U.S. diplomatic missions in Italy.
In a brief review of the history of gay politics, Vincent talks about the appearance in the early 1990s of another gay provocateur Camille Paglia, the first feminist of her generation to take on the feminist establishment's orthodoxy, and Andrew Sullivan, the former New Republic editor.
Norah Vincent makes the case for gay individualism by giving everyone a sense of where she stands as a pro-life anti-feminist and lesbian libertarian: How did she fit into this picture in the 1990s? When did she come on the scene and how? What arguments has she made most passionately since then?
Vincent holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Williams College. A weekly columnist for the Los Angeles Times op-ed page, Vincent also writes a quarterly politics and culture column for The Advocate, the national gay and lesbian news magazine. Her essays, columns, and reviews have also appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New York Post, Lingua Franca, The Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune, and The National Review.
Walter Russell Mead, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, is one of the country's leading students of American foreign policy. His most recent book Special Providence: American Foreign Policy and How It Changed the World (Alfred A. Knopf, 2001) was named as one of ten notable nonfiction books of 2001 by the Economist and nominated for the 2002 Arthur Ross Book Award, given to the best foreign policy book of the year.
According to Mead, the United States has had a more successful foreign policy than any of the other great powers that we have faced-and faced down. The paradox posed by Mead in this provocative book, and the focus of his lecture at the Athenaeum, is that despite this success, Americans and foreigners have routinely considered American foreign policy to be amateurish and blundering, a political backwater and an Intellectual wasteland. Mead is also researching ways in which the economic instruments that helped build an affluent middle class society in the United States-such as the development of affordable home ownership-can be used to build strong middle classes in developing countries today.
An honors graduate of Groton and Yale, Mead has traveled widely in Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America and often speaks at academic, business, and government-sponsored conferences in the Untied States and abroad, including the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (Davos, Switzerland).
William C. Thompson is professor of criminology, law and society at the University of California, Irvine. He is a psychologist and lawyer who has published widely and has served as cocounsel in several high profile cases involving DNA evidence.
This year, Professor Thompson is the first speaker in the Athenaeum's ongoing series in Psychology and Law. Upcoming speakers in the series include Gail Goodman who will discuss the accuracy and appropriate use of child witnesses in civil and criminal trials (October 29), and Saul Kassin who will discuss the social psychology of police interrogation techniques (November 12).
David Lambertson was the United States Ambassador to Thailand from 1991 to 1995. His Foreign Service career also included assignments in Vietnam, Indonesia, France, Japan, England, Australia and Korea. In Washington, Lambertson was Deputy Director of the Office of Japanese Affairs, Director of the Office of Korean Affairs, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State with responsibility for Southeast Asia. He was Diplomat-in-Residence at the University of Kansas (KU) in 1990-91, and following his retirement from the Foreign Service returned there in 1996 as its Director of International Development for three years. More recently he has been an adjunct professor at KU, and a part-time representative in North Korea of the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO), which is building two nuclear power plants there under the terms of the 1994 agreement between Washington and Pyongyang. Lambertson is a native of Kansas and a graduate of the University of Redlands.
David Lambertson is currently the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs at Claremont McKenna College. Lambertson's lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Brett A. Sokolow will cofacilitate this event as a higher education attorney specializing in campus security and sexual misconduct. Sokolow is President of the National Center for Higher Education Risk Management, based near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has founded Men Acting for Change at the College of William and Mary; interned with Victim's Advocacy Legal Organization (VALOR); is editor of the Report on Campus Safety and Student Development, and author of seven books on campus security and sexual misconduct. Koestner and Sokolow, as copresenters, have appeared at more than 700 different colleges, high schools and military institutions in United States.
Please join us at the Athenaeum for a compelling, informative, and interactive evening with Katie Koestner and Brett Sokolow. To allow adequate time for these presentations, the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Dean of Students and the Athenaeum.
Sarah is a dual major in government and literature, and will also complete the minor in Italian studies at Scripps College. In her free time she enjoys going to museums, people-watching, and eating sushi. This past summer Sarah interned at the U.S. Embassy in Rome. After graduation she hopes to enter the U.S. Foreign Service or pursue graduate study in Italian literature. Sarah hopes that the CMC community will enjoy this year's interesting and eclectic program.
On Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 p.m., Ernest Fleischmann, renowned impresario, artistic advisor, and principal executive of great orchestras and music festivals the world over, will discuss the state of classical music in southern California--from the recent "Opera Wars" involving a kiboshed Kirov production at the Dorothy Chandler; to the economics of the arts; to recording, broadcast, education, and other community outreach. Fleischmann, whose rich, Brahmin baritone is familiar to legions of classical radio listeners and other art music enthusiasts, has, over the better part of the past half-century, earned international recognition as one of the most active and influential figures in the realm of high culture.
From 1959 to 1967, Fleischmann managed the London Symphony Orchestra and directed European operations for CBS Masterworks. As manager of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1969 to 1998, he worked closely with music directors Zubin Mehta, Carlo Maria Giulini, Andre Previn, and Esa-Pekka Salonen in developing that orchestra into one of the world's elite ensembles. Also during those years, in championing such conductors as Salonen, Simon Rattle, and Kurt Sanderling, Fleischmann provided many American audiences their first experiences of the artistry of some of the brightest stars in the musical firmament.
Since 1998, Fleischmann has served as artistic director of the prestigious Ojai Festival. He remains the Los Angeles Philharmonic's principal artistic consultant, even as he serves as juror at many major musical competitions throughout the world, as panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, as consultant to numerous musical organizations, and as a member of the Salzburg Seminar-Alberto Vilar Project on Critical Issues for the Classical Performing Arts.
Mr. Fleischmann will speak in the Security Pacific Dining Room of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. All are welcome, students especially so.