Long a subject for speculation and science fiction, cloning animals became science fact a few years ago, when Dolly the sheep was born. Shortly after announcing her birth, Ian Wilmut, who led the team of scientists who devised the procedure, spoke at the Athenaeum. It's time for an update. Since then, clones have been made of many animals, including mice, rabbits, cats, cows, dogs, horses and goats. It's far from easy, but it's possible. And the prospect of cloning people is not far off, unless it has already happened. Why do it? Is cloning animals and people just a scientific stunt or are there actual uses for it? Looming on the horizon is therapeutic cloning, which combines it with stem cell technology, and opens up the prospect of curing damaged hearts and even brains with a patient's own tissues. While other societies have embraced these technologies, many Americans - politicians, religious leaders, and ordinary citizens - are uneasy, especially when it comes to involving humans.
Born in Canada, Sadava received his undergraduate education at Carleton University in Ottawa, and his Ph.D. in cell biology from the University of California, San Diego. Following postdoctoral work at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he joined the joint science faculty in 1972. His current research is on cancer chemotherapy on human small-cell lung cancer. The author of over 50 peer-reviewed research articles, he is a co-author of Life: The Science of Biology (1997), a leading text used at many of America's major universities.
Everyone at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum looks forward to welcoming members of the class of 2009 on this special occasion. Freshmen are automatically signed up for the dinner. If you are unable to attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 18244 to cancel.
Since coming to CMC in 1988. Robert Faggen has been interested in the interaction between science and faith in the modern world, particularly its expression in literature. He has taught seminars on that topic, including one with Podlich Distinguished Fellow, philosopher Leszek Kolakowski, as well as courses on "Literature in the Age of Darwin," and "The Bible." The author of Robert Frost and the Challenge of Darwin (Michigan 1997, 2001), his research in modern literature focuses on those writers from Robert Frost to Czeslaw Milosz and Ken Kesey for whom literature has been a way to assert independence of mind and to demand justice in light of the political, religious, and scientific pressures of their times.
Faggen is the first holder of the Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Chair in Literature, a gift to CMC given in the spirit of academic freedom and social justice. Faggen is the editor of The Writings of Robert Frost, and the first volume, The Notebooks of Robert Frost, is forthcoming from Harvard University Press. His edition of Herman Melville's poetry will be published by Penguin Classics this spring, and he is also working on a biography of novelist and renegade Ken Kesey for Farrar, Straus & Giroux. A graduate of Princeton University, Faggen earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. He has been a Graves Fellow and a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow.
Faggen is also a founder of the Czeslaw Milosz Archive and Institute.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Morality Tales is about the Anatolian city of Aintab, where Peirce was a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1960s. In Morality Tales, Peirce relies on sixteenth century court registers to delve into one year in the life of an Ottoman community, bringing to light the ways that women and men used their local law court to solve personal, family, and social problems.
Professor Peirce is speaking at the Athenaeum as part of the series Islam: Past and Present, arranged in collaboration with professor of history Arash Khazeni whose course "Gun Powder Empires" is being taught this fall semester.
Abigail Garner is writer, speaker and advocate for the estimated ten million children growing up with parents who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT). She speaks from her own experience of having a gay dad who came out to her when she was five years old. Bringing voice to a population of children that is often overlooked, she has been featured on CNN, ABC World News Tonight and National Public Radio.
Garner was raised in Minneapolis in two households by three parents: her mother, her father, and her father's partner of 23 years. She returned to her hometown after earning a bachelor's degree in anthropology from Wellesley College. In 1992 she received the Twin Cities International Citizen Award for her commitment to non-violence at the height of the nuclear arms race. She was also awarded the Rees Peace Award in 1990 by the National Council of Jewish Women.
Ms. Garner's presentation is co-sponsored by the Dean of Students at CMC and the Athenaeum.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Commissioner David Mason will tell the unusual story of a regulatory agency - the Federal Election Commission - that decided NOT to regulate, and describe the challenge he and his agency face now that a Federal Court has ordered it to write rules regulating political activity on the Internet. Political activity on the Internet has been a remarkable success. Activists of all stripes see the Internet as a revolutionary citizen tool, but others see Internet activism as a threat.
David Mason was nominated to the Federal Election Commission by President William Clinton in 1998, and currently serves as a member of the Commission's Litigation Committee. Prior to his appointment to the Commission, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, guiding base closing legislation to a successful conclusion.
Commissioner Mason is active in political and community affairs and the home education movement in northern Virginia where he resides with his wife and their ten children.
LLEW MATTHEWS, piano
LUTHER HUGHES, bass
PAUL KREIBICH, drums
Llew Matthews has played and recorded with Kenny Burrell, Ernie Andrews, Lena Horne, Jackie McLean, Bobby Hutcherson, Buddy Collette, and others. In 1987 Llew became musical director, conductor & pianist for song-stylist Nancy Wilson, and served as a cohesive force on her recent musical variety television show, "Red, Hot & Kool."
Luther Hughes has performed with Quincy Jones, Joe Henderson, Carmen MacRae, Buddy DeFranco, Kenny Burrell, Mundell Lowe, Lionel Hampton, Roncho Sanchez, Pat Metheny, and others.
Paul Kreibich has performed with Mose Allison, The Woody Herman Band, Scott Hamilton, Joe Pass, Lee Konitz, Conte Candoli, Kenny Burrell, Ray Charles, and many others. Frank, Luther, and Paul were all members of the Gene Harris quartet until Harris' untimely passing in January 2000.
This evening's performance will be in the mainstream jazz style and will include selections from Frank's recent Azica releases First Takes (2005) and The Legacy (2003). It will consist of standard songs from the Great American Songbook, some original material, and some jazz classics. Jazz nights at the Athenaeum are supported with generous funding from the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
Richard P. Saller, the Edward L. Reyerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and Classics and now Provost of the University of Chicago, presents a new approach to this central question. Eschewing traditional explanations that focus upon trade and technology, Saller looks to studies by contemporary economists, who highlight "human capital"- that is education, health and nutrition - as the basic engine of growth.
Professor Saller is an eminent and highly prolific scholar of Roman social and economic history. He holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and has been teaching at the University of Chicago since 1984. In addition to numerous scholarly articles, Saller is the author of two monographs, Personal Patronage under the Early Empire (Cambridge University Press, 1982) and Patriarchy, Property, and Death in the Roman Family (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and four co-authored and co-edited books.
Professor Saller's lecture at the Athenaeum inaugurates a year long series at the Claremont Colleges entitled The Possibilities of the Past: Encounters between Antiquity and the Modern Age.
In addition to A Mathematician Plays the Stock Market, Paulos is the author of several other books, including Mathematics and Humor (1980), Once Upon a Number (1998), and Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and Its Consequences (1989), which spent eighteen weeks on The New York Times Bestsellers list. He has written numerous journal articles, and his Op-Ed pieces have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. In 2003, he received the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award for Public Understanding of Science and Technology.
Professor Paulos has been at Temple since 1973, and earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin the following year. He is a member of the Mathematical Association of America, the American Statistical Association, and the Association of Symbolic Logic. Paulos currently serves on the editorial hoards of the Journal of Humor Research and the Philadelphia Daily News.
Professor Judt was educated at King's College, Cambridge and the Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris, and has taught at Cambridge, Oxford, Berkeley and New York University, where he is currently the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of European Studies and Director of the Remarque Institute, which he founded in 1995. The author or editor of twelve books, he is a frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, The New York Times, and many other journals in Europe and the US. His new book, Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945 will be published by Penguin this year.
Robert Hass has published many books of poetry including Field Guide (1973), Praise (1980), Human Wishes (1990) and Sun under Wood (1996), as well as a book of essays on poetry, Twentieth Century Pleasures: Prose on Poetry (1984). Hass translated many of the works of Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet, Czeslaw Milosz, and was guest editor of the 2001 edition of Best American Poetry.
Awarded the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, twice the National Book Critics' Circle Award (in 1984 and 1997), and the Yale Series of Younger Poets in 1973, Robert Hass is a professor of English at U.C. Berkeley.
Brock Blomberg has been an associate professor at CMC since July 2003 with appointments in the economics department and the politics, philosophy and economics program. He has written extensively on the economics of terrorism in journals, books, and newspapers. He has held appointments on the President's Council of Economic Advisors, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, Harvard University, Wellesley College, and the University of Southern California.
Professor Blomberg's presentation is part of the Faculty Ideas in Progress series sponsored by the Athenaeum through the academic year.
JOSHUA SCHNEIDER `08
Joshua Schneider, a history and government major at CMC, spent most of his youth in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. During his sophomore year he hopes to continue to achieve success academically as well as fulfilling his responsibilities as student fellow at the Athenaeum and the Rose Institute for State and Local Government. Josh's plans for the Athenaeum tend to focus on public policy, journalism, and government.
The Athenaeum has a reputation for bringing distinguished speakers and artists to campus. You will not be disappointed this year.