Joseph Wilson IV has had a long and distinguished career in the service of the United States. His official career in the diplomatic corps extended over two decades, beginning in 1976 and ending in 1998: during that time he was stationed at some of the most important diplomatic positions on the international stage, including a stint as Deputy Chief of Mission in the U.S. embassy in Iraq from 1988 to 1991. Since his retirement in 1998 he has led JC Wilson International Ventures Corp., a company focused on international business development.
LUNCH- 11:45 a.m., LECTURE- 12:15 p.m.
The normalization of the relations between the United States and Vietnam prompted some rethinking of how Americans should view Vietnam. When President Clinton visited Vietnam in November 2000, Senator John Kerry said Clinton's visit "will take place against the backdrop of the past, but it will and should focus on the future and the new relationship that Vietnam and the United States are building. In the American consciousness, Vietnam is finally not just a war, but a country."
Yet it is still difficult for most older Americans to avoid looking at Vietnam with the war in mind. This talk will attempt to examine how looking at Vietnam's contemporary realities on their own terms, stripping away the historical baggage of the war, might contribute to a better understanding of that country's current situation. If we did look at Vietnam as a country, not a war, how would it affect the questions we ask and the answers to those questions? Yet, finally, in America there is no getting around the fact that most people are interested in the subject because it is inextricably linked to our own past. Thus we will conclude with some observations on what we have learned about the Vietnam War in recent years that may affect our understanding of this turbulent episode in the latter half of the past century.
Dr. David Elliott is H. Russell Smith Professor of Government and International Relations at Pomona College. He has maintained a long personal and professional association with Vietnam, including his military service (1963-65), participation in the Rand Corporation research project (1965-67), doctoral research in Vietnam (1971-72), and several visits to that country after its unification. Upon completion of his doctoral degree at Cornell University, Professor Elliott taught at Cornell for a year and then moved to Pomona College in 1977. Among his many scholarly publications is a two-volume book on the Vietnamese revolution entitled The Vietnamese War: Revolution and Social Change in the Mekong Delta (published in 2002). His lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Allen Greenberg was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and received his formal training in classical and Gothic architecture from the University of Witwatersrand. After receiving a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University in 1965, he worked for two years for the City of New Haven's Redevelopment Agency. He has also served as an Architectural Consultant to the Chief Justice of the state of Connecticut from 1967 to 1979, and during this period he was proud to become an official citizen of the United States.
In his long and distinguished career, Greenberg has taught at Yale University's School of Architecture and School of Law, as well as the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University's Division of Historic Preservation. He has written several books on traditional architecture and design, including George Washington, Architect, which was released in 1999. His latest book, Architecture of Democracy: The Founding Fathers' Vision for America, is due out in 2006.
Allan Greenberg's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
BAUER FORUM, 7:00 p.m.
Professor Garon's book, The State and Labor in Modern Japan (1987), won the American Historical Association's 1988 John K. Fairbank Award for the best book in East Asian history. His second book, Molding Japanese Minds: The State in Everyday Life (1997), analyzes the modern Japanese state's remarkable success at mobilizing its people to act in the interests of prosperity and stability. Garon's project, Fashioning Cultures of Thrift: Promoting Saving in Japan and the World (2001), is a comparative history of several nations' efforts to encourage saving among their citizens. Together with Patricia Maclachlan, he has edited the forthcoming volume, The Ambivalent Consumer (2006), which examines discontents with American-style consumer culture in Asia and Europe.
The lecture will he presented at 7:00 p.m. in Bauer Forum. For more information please contact the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, 621-8213 or 607-4225.
FILM SHOWING, 6:00 p.m.
Innocent Voices (2004) is the graphic true story of Torres's struggle to dodge the government's routine youth roundups and bear the harrowing alternative fighting for the guerilla movement, Farahunclo Marti parer la Liberation National.
This intimate, gripping portrayal of war and childhood resonates not only with the history of El Salvador but also with the estimated hundred of thousands of children currently involved in armed conflict worldwide.
Now 33 and a resident of Los Angeles, Torres co-wrote the screenplay with director Luis Mandoki. Scheduled to open in the U.S. on October 14th Innocent Voices has already received awards for best picture at international film festivals in Seattle, Berlin, and Toronto. Last year it was Mexico's entry to the Academy Awards.
The reception and dinner will be altered slightly in order to accommodate the showing of the film: the reception will begin at 5:00 p.m.. dinner at 5:30. with the film beginning at 6:00. Following the film, Oscar Torres will be interviewed by CMC Professor Gaston Espinosa and take questions from the audience.
Oscar Torres's visit to campus and the CMC screening of Innocent Voices are jointly sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights, the Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center, and the Athenaeum.
In the first of the Athenaeum Economics and the Law series, Professor Eric Helland will analyze the tort system the body of law that prevents and punishes accidents. He will discuss three of the key players juries, judges, and lawyers and examine the social costs of class action lawsuits, medical malpractice insurance, workers' compensation, and punitive damages. Professor Helland will also compare the possibilities for reforming the tort system through award caps, federalization, or outright abandonment.
Eric Helland has taught in the economics department at CMC since 1998. He is also a senior economist at the RAND Corporation's Institute for Civil Justice. In 2003, he was a senior economist at the President's Council of Economic Advisers following a year as the John M. Olin Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. in economics from Washington University.
Loftus' research, concentrating on human memory with a specific focus towards the dangers of flawed memories in the criminal justice system, has earned her great recognition and countless awards, including the 1995 Distinguished Contribution to Basic and Applied Scientific Psychology Award from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology and the 2001 Williams James Fellow Award from the American Psychological Society. Her lecture at the Athenaeum will detail the power of imagination and suggestion in the formation of personal memory, as well as the fascinating effects these forces can have on long-term thought and future behavior. She will also discuss the legal ramifications of flawed memories and false beliefs as they relate to the role of the witness in modern legal systems.
In 1999, Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Gluck. Besides the Pulitzer Prize he is also the recipient of the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, as well as the beneficiary of the prestigious Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2005 he was honored as laureate of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival in Macedonia, and in the process he received the Golden Wreath Award, a prominent award in international poetry.
Merwin finds much of his motivation in the natural world, and his deeply held environmentalist and pacifist beliefs seamlessly blend together to discover the relationship between nature and the language of mankind. His lecture at the Athenaeum will delve into these personal beliefs that shape the writings of one of America's premier literary minds.
A native of La Canada, CA, George Swaner was first introduced to magic through his dad. He began learning and performing magic at the young age of eight.
Now in his fourth year wowing the CMC community, George performs close up style magic with coins and playing cards. He is a member of and performer at the Magic Castle, an exclusive club in Hollywood and home to the Academy of Magical Arts. He has also performed for organizations such as the Rotary Club and Habitat for Humanity.
At CMC, George is a psychology and French dual major. He also plays on the CMS men's soccer team.
After George's show at the Athenaeum, the Halloween festivities will continue with palm and tarot card readings by Psychic Linda in Frazee Game Room.
Abigail Thernstrom is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute in New York, a member of the Massachusetts State Board of Education, and a vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. She received her Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University, in 1975.
Stephan Thernstrom is the Winthrop Professor of History at Harvard University where he teaches American social history. He graduated with highest honors from Northwestern University in 1956, and was awarded the Ph.D. by Harvard in 1962. He held appointments as assistant professor at Harvard, associate professor at Brandeis University, and professor at UCLA before returning to Harvard as a professor in 1973. In 1978-1979 he was the Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions at Cambridge University and Professorial Fellow at Trinity College.
The Thernstroms are the co-authors of America in Black and White: One Nation, Indivisible (1997)(Simon & Schuster), which the New York Times Book Review, in its annual end-of-the-year issue, named as one of the notable books of 1997. Their latest book, No Excuses: Closing the Racial Gap in Learning, was published by Simon & Schuster in October 2003. They are also the editors of a Beyond the Color Line: New Perspectives on Race and Ethnicity (1997).
Abigail and Stephan Thernstrom's Athenaeum presentation is sponsored by the Salvatori Center at Claremont McKenna College.
Professor Rashid Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies and Director of the Middle East Institute at Columbia University, is internationally recognized as one of today's premier experts in both the formation of and the present developments within the Middle East. He is the author or co-editor of a number of books analyzing the complexities of the Middle East, including Palestinian Identity: The Construction of Modern National Consciousness (1998); The Origins of Arab Nationralism (1991); and, most recently, Resurrecting Empire: Western Footprints and America's Perilous Path in the Middle East (2004).
Professor Khalidi's talk is the second in the series Islam: Past and Present, a year long series at the Athenaeum focusing upon the confluence between historical forces of the Middle East and their implications for the present day.
Since receiving his Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge has been teaching moral and political philosophy and Kant at Columbia University. His recent publications include Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, edited, Oxford forthcoming: World Poverty and Human Rights, Polity 2002; and with Sanjay Reddy "How Not to Count the Poor," in Anand and Stiglitz, eds.: Measuring Global Poverty, Oxford forthcoming.
Pogge is editor for social and political philosophy for the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science, and is currently Professorial Research Fellow at the ANU Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.
The Madrigal dinner is back! The Twenty-third Annual Madrigal Feast returns to the Athenaeum featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges and the medieval cuisine of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.
There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 6. 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 31. 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 to people.
CMC students with meal card $15.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $20.00 per person
CMC faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $30.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $20.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $30.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $35.00 per person
Community persons $40.00 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 Twenty-third Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.