Lee's 1986 debut film, She's Gotta Have It, earned him the Prix de Jeunesse Award at the Cannes Film Festival and placed his work at the forefront of the Black Wave in American cinema. It was followed by School Daze (1988) and Do the Right Thing (1989), which explored urban racial tensions and won an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay and Best Film and Director Awards from the L.A. Film Critics Association. The critically acclaimed Jungle Fever (1991), Malcolm X (1992), and Crooklyn (1994) followed. His recent projects include the Academy Award-nominated documentary 4 Little Girls (1997), about the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in Birmingham; the film Get on the Bus (1996), about the Million Man March on Washington, D.C.; and He Got Game (1998), starring Denzel Washington. Lee has also extended his directorial efforts to music videos for artists such as Miles Davis, Public Enemy, and Tracy Chapman. His television commercial work includes the Nike Air Jordan ads and he has produced several short films for HBO, many on sports figures. His piece on Albert Belle for HBO/Real Sports received an Emmy Award.
Lee was raised in Brooklyn, where he continues to reside. He graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta and received an M.F.A. in film production from New York University. He has founded 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks (a production office), 40 Acres and a Mule Musicworks (a record company), and Spike's Joint (a retail company).
In order to accommodate as many people as possible from The Claremont Colleges and the Claremont community, Spike Lee's talk will be held at Bridges Auditorium, 450 North College Way. His talk begins at 7:00 p.m. and admission is free. Priority seating will be reserved for CMC persons with ID. There will be no dinner prior to Mr. Lee's talk.
The Athenaeum will be screening various films directed by Spike Lee during afternoon tea the week of September 23.
Prior to becoming an astronaut, Colonel Searfoss was a test pilot in the United States Air Force. Searfoss was the number one graduate in his United States Air Force Academy and Air Force Squadron Officer School classes and earned a graduate degree from the California Institute of Technology, where he attended on a National Science Foundation fellowship. He was selected for Outstanding Young Men of America and is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Air Force Fighter Weapons (Topgun) School and Naval Test Pilot School. His numerous other awards include USAF F-111 Instructor Pilot of the Year, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit, and NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. Colonel Searfoss's career and life experiences are a fine example of what academic excellence and strong leadership skills make possible. His Athenaeum talk will include spectacular slides from his travels in space. This program is the first in a series of lectures planned to celebrate 30 years of research by CMC's Aerospace Laboratory, directed by Harvey Wichman, professor of psychology emeritus.
John Rother is responsible for formulating AARP's overall strategic direction on federal, state, and international initiatives. An honors graduate of Oberlin College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Rother testifies before Congress and presents conference papers on managed care, long-term care, pensions, the managed-care revolution, and the economic challenges facing the Baby Boom generation-the latter topic a special focus of a year-long sabbatical in 1996. Cited regularly in the major news media, Rother also serves on several boards and commissions including the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation, Generations United, Health Care Quality Forum, Civic Ventures, and Citizens for Long Term Care.
The Kravis Leadership Institute has asked William H. Overholt to discuss the role of leadership, economics, and the impact of strategic governmental policies in Japan and China, based on his broad experience working and traveling in Asia and serving as advisor to major Asian political figures. Overholt holds the Center for Asia Pacific Policy Chair at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California. Educated at Harvard and Yale, he has had a distinguished career assessing political risk and financial strategy throughout Asia and other world regions.
His previous positions include Director of Research Services at the Hudson Institute, Manager of the Country Risk Team at Bankers Trust in New York, and later Regional Strategist and Head of Research for Bankers Trust based in Hong Kong. He has also served as Managing Director and Head of Research for Bank Boston in Singapore; as Asia Strategist and Executive Director of Nomura International; and prior to joining RAND was a Fellow at the Center for Business and Government at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Dr. Overholt has written extensively on political and economic risk assessment and has lent his expert testimony to congressional committees. His books include The Rise of China: How Economic Reform is Creating a New Superpower (1994), Strategic Planning and Forecasting: Political Risk and Economic Opportunity (1983), The Future of Brazil (1978), and Asia's Nuclear Future (1983).
Dr. York became involved with nuclear weapons in 1943 when he joined Ernest Lawrence's Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley. After completing his dissertation, he began his career as an experimental physicist by codiscovering the neutral pi-meson. Soon, he gave up high-energy physics to lead the California Radiation Laboratory team that was engaged in developing thermonuclear weapons and became the first director of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory. President Eisenhower appointed York as one of his science advisors during the tense post-Sputnik period, and he soon became the first Director of Defense Research and Engineering at the Defense Department. Later, York served as Ambassador to the Comprehensive Test Ban Talks from 1979-81 and as a member of the delegation to the Anti-Satellite Talks in 1978 and 1979.
A lifelong educator, York became the first Chancellor of the University of San Diego, and he directed the Institute of Global Conflict and Cooperation there. He is one of the authors of some of the most widely influential books on the history, science, and politics of nuclear weapons development and arms control, including: The Advisors: Oppenheimer; Teller and the Superbomb (1989); Making Weapons, Talking Peace: A Physicists Journey from Hiroshima to Geneva (1987); A Shield in Space? Technology, Politics and the Strategic Defense Initiative (1989); and Arms and the Physicist (1995). This is the second talk sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies in conjunction with Professor Robert Faggen's seminar Public Intellectuals in American Life.
Because of these views, Lomborg has gained much notoriety in environmental circles, where scientists feel that he misrepresents the data from their fields of study and only uses data that supports his claims. This is ironic, as one of Lomborg's main objectives is to emphasize that environmental organizations make selective and misleading use of scientific data in order to form environmental policy decisions. Currently, Bjorn Lomborg is on leave from the University of Aarhus, where he is a professor in the department of political studies, to act as director of Denmark's National Environmental Assessment Institute. In November 2001 he was named Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum and in June 2002 one of the 50 Stars of Europe by Business Week. Most recently, Lomborg was involved with negotiations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johanneshurg, South Africa. Lomborg's lecture is the first talk in the series The Environment in Crisis, sponsored by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Roberts Environmental Center.
Please join special guest Bruce McKenna, Donald's grandson, in exploring the joy of a rich vocabulary. The only requirement is that you bring along an interesting word that you have researched: history, derivation, meaning, and usage. Come by for lunch and celebrate a true McKenna tradition!
A copy of the Fortnightly newsletter will be placed in your mailbox every two weeks with articles describing these special programs. Reserving space for a meal is easy. You may sign up at www.claremontmckenna.edu/mmca, return the form printed in the Fortnightly, or fax your request to ext. 18579. If you choose not to attend the dinner, you are always welcome to show up at 6:45 p.m. for the program, no reservation needed.
Afternoon tea began Monday, September 16th and is open every weekday from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Pastry Chef Sid Vichaita is busily baking his famous cookies, cakes, and pastries for your enjoyment.
It is also a pleasure to introduce Megan Baesman and Sarah Ciaccia, selected by the Athenaeum Advisory Committee to serve as Student Fellows for the academic year 2002-2003. The Fellows play a major role in shaping the direction of the programming at the Athenaeum, having the opportunity to explore their own creative ideas as well as serving as liaison to CMC students.
The Athenaeum's mission is to enhance the intellectual life and add to the richness of your experience at CMC. Come enjoy the fun.
There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 5 and Tuesday, December 10. Due to the popularity of the Madrigal, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Seating is on a first-come basis. The CMC community-students, faculty, and staff-will get a preferential sign-up period through October 23. After that all other Claremont Colleges students may sign up.
Use the reservation coupon to sign up and be sure to include your payment and meal card number when turning in your reservation at the Athenaeum office- If you wish to sit with a group, please turn in a list of all names and meal card numbers with your payment. We have a limited number of tables that can seat 8 or 10 people.
CMC students with meal card $10.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $15.00 per person
CMC Faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $20.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $15.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $20.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $25.00
Community persons $32.50 per person
Seating for each Madrigal Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:00 p.m. after the concert following each meal. All guests to the feast are expected to remain for the concert.
Where you sit at the Madrigal is entirely dependent upon when your paid reservation is received. Get a group of friends to sign up to sit together so that you may all have an unforgettable time at the Twentieth Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
American Neutrality laws of the 1930's, and how they encouraged American companies and banks to work for both sides in furthering their own narrow self-interests.
How inconsistencies in American and British foreign policy allowed global investment strategies to flourish in the newly created Gross Wirtschaftsraum Deutschlands (New Economic Order of Europe) of 1940.
How current trends in globalization compare with those in force prior to World War II, and whether the similarities indicate a need to develop different policies to cope with issues of international trade and finance that might compromise our own national security.
Reginbogin's presentation will be the second in the Gould Center's series of "Afternoons at the Ath," which features visiting scholars and public figures making brief (20 minutes or so) presentations, followed by question-and-answer, conversation, and debate with faculty and students. All are welcome, students especially so.