Samuel P. Huntington is the Albert J. Weatherhead III University Professor at Harvard University, where he is also the director of' the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies and the chairman of the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He was the director of security planning for the National Security Council in the Carter administration, the founder and coeditor of Foreign Policy, and the president of the American Political Science Association. He is the author of many books and scholarly articles, including Political Order In Changing Societies: The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996); American Politics: The Promise of Disharmony (1983); and The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century (1991). Huntington Iives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dr. Benvenisti will trace the causes and describe the nature of this intercommunal conflict that involves issues of identity, absolute justice, clash of affinity to the same homeland, and conflicting myths. He will argue that such conflicts are insoluble but manageable, not necessarily because the sides can forgo their emotions but because otherwise they will destroy one another, and in such conflicts there are neither victors nor vanquished.
Meron Benvenisti has enjoyed a distinguished career as a scholar, politician, journalist, and administrator. He has served as Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem and twice as city councilor. Most recently he has been director of the Morning After project at the Truman Institute, Hebrew University. Dr. Benvenisti holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School at Harvard University. He is the author of dozens of books and articles, among which are Conflicts and Contradictions (1986); Intimate Enemies: Jews and Arabs in a Shared Land (I995); Jerusalem, City of Stone (1996); and Sacred Landscape: The Buried History of the Holy Land 1948-1998 (2000).
Dr. Benvenisti's visit to Claremont McKenna College is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, the Dean of the Faculty, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
ln his Athenaeum talk James Hilton will examine some of the rights and responsibilities that copyright law bestows on both authors and users and will explore the forces driving information commodifcation and the implications they have for academic tradition and scholarship.
As Associate Provost for Academic, Information, and Instructional Technology Affairs at the University of Michigan, Hilton is responsible for activities related to instructional technology, academic computing, intellectual property, and copyright and the associated legal issues. "It is ironic," says Hilton, "that we have been calling the recent past the 'information age.' Information is what universities have always been about, creating and transporting it to students."
Hilton has been a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan in the psychology department and at the Institute for Social Research since 1985. He is an award-winning teacher whose classes are consistently in high demand.
Hilton received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas in 1981 and a PhD. from the social psychology program at Princeton University in 1985.
James Hilton's Athenaeum lecture is the first in the series Critical Issues in the Academy sponsored by the Teaching Resource Center and the Athenaeum.
Her views on the Middle East reveal the opportunity she has had of personally witnessing the social, religious, and political changes occurring over the past half-century and the complex differences between the various Arab countries. Sabbatical leaves and summer travels have provided the chance to look at American and Middle Eastern culture reflectively and to lament the continuing lack of understanding between them. Ann's forthcoming book, Painting the Middle East (2002), is a collection of her watercolors and photographs done over many years that depict the beauty and peace that exist in a region despite violence and unrest.
A native of Santa Monica, California, Ann Kerr was educated at Occidental College, the American University of Beirut, and the American University of Cairo. She is currently at UCLA where she coordinates the Visiting Fulbright Scholar Enrichment Program for Southern California. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of the American University of Beirut, the Council on Foreign Relations, the President's Council of EARTH University in Costa Rica, and the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy.
Since its publication in 2001, The Hidden Hitler has been a lightning rod of controversy, drawing often vitriolic criticism from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, fellow historians, and legions of lay readers. Even Machtan's severest detractors, however, cannot deny the resourcefulness, originality, and cogency with which he makes his arguments.
Lothar Machtan, associate professor of modern and current history at Bremen University, is also the author of the highly acclaimed Bismarcks Tod und Deutschlands Tranen (Bismarck's Death and Germany's Tears) (1998), as well as numerous publications on 19th- and 20th-century social history. Machtan is the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies' Scholar-In-Residence for Fall 2002.
Other books by Petropoulos include The Faustian Bargain: The Art World in Nazi Germany (1999) and Art as Politics in the Third Reich (1996). A graduate of UCLA and Harvard, he is the director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and a professor of history at Claremont McKenna College. This past year, Professor Petropoulos was the recipient of the G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award at CMC. He has also served as research director for art and cultural property on the Presidential Commission on Holocaust Assets in the United States and has helped to organize several art exhibitions, including Degenerate Art: The Fate of the Avant-Garde in Nazi Germany (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991).