A well-known lecturer and spirited debater, Coontz has addressed audiences throughout Europe, the United States, and Japan. She has also testified about her research before the House Select Committee on Children, Youth and Families. Her books have been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Japanese. Her Athenaeum lecture is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.
Stephanie Coontz teaches history family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, and is the national Co-chair of the Council on Contemporary Families. A former Woodrow Wilson fellow, she has also taught at Kobe University in Japan and the University of Hawaii at Hilo. In 2004 she received the first Visionary Leadership award from the Council on Contemporary Families. She also received the Dale Richmond Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for outstanding contributions to the field of child development, the 2001-2002 Friend of the Family Award from the Illinois Council on Family Relations, and the Washington Governors Writers Award.
Ralph has devoted much of her career to finding ways to overcome these practices, first as Vice President for Health and Reproductive Rights at the National Womens Law Center in Washington D.C., and then as the head of the Womens Rights division of the prominent non-governmental organization, Human Rights Watch. Among her main concerns were to help assure that sexual violence during military conflicts would be prosecuted as a war crime, to secure recognition of gender-based persecution as grounds for asylum, and to promote womens rights in countries including Russia, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa, Pakistan and Mexico.
Since 9/11 it has become increasingly apparent that some of the gravest threats come from weak and failed states that harbor terrorists and often engage in gross abuses of human rights. But the traditional methods of state-to-state diplomacy are often unable to engage these states. It is here that the Global Fund for Human Rights and similar organizations make one of their greatest contributions. The Global Fund takes as its mission to work directly with individuals and organizations willing to challenge abuse wherever it occurs. The Fund finds and funds local human rights heroes who often work at great personal risk to strengthen and bring global attention to their struggles.
Since 2002, the Fund has disbursed over $4 million to 140 human rights organizations in 13 countries. The projects have ranged from support for a campaign in India to protect the rights and dignity of rape victims and improve their prospects for justice, support for the provision of health care, education, and training to former child soldiers, and the passage of legislation to criminalize domestic violence and marital rape in Mexico.
Ms. Ralph is a graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, and studied international law at the London School of Economics and Arabic at the American University in Cairo. She chairs the board of the Center for Health and Gender Equity and serves on the advisory council of the Womens Law and Public Policy Fellowship Program at Georgetown University Law Center. Her lecture is sponsored by The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights and the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
As a result, Ms. Cooper was named one of Time magazine's 2002 Persons of the Year, along with Sherron Watkins and Coleen Rowley. Time has been naming its Person of the Year since 1927, a designation given to the person or person(s) who most affected events during the year. Prior to Cooper, Watkins and Rowley, the designation had only been given to four women. Coleen Rowley spoke at the Athenaeum in 2004.
Cooper served as the Chief Audit Executive for MCI until July 2004. Prior to joining MCI, she worked in public accounting for PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte & Touche. Cooper received her undergraduate degree in accounting from Mississippi State University and her Masters of Accountancy from the University of Alabama. When asked if she would do anything differently today, Ms. Cooper responds, There was only one right path to take, and I would take it again.
Cynthia Cooper s visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, the accounting program at CMC, and the Athenaeum.
LUNCH, 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and The Christian Science Monitor selected his The Savage Wars of Peace: Small Wars and the Rise of American Power (2002) as one of the best books of 2002. Senator John McCain described Mr. Boots, War Made New: Technology, Warfare, and the Course of History, 1500 to Today (2006), as sweeping and erudite, while entirely accessible to the lay reader [K]ey for anyone interested in where military revolutions have taken us and where they might lead in the future.
Max Boot holds a bachelors degree in history, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley (1991), and a masters degree in history from Yale University (1992). He lectures regularly at numerous military schools and advises the Department of Defense on transformation issues.
McCoy made it into the U.S. news this past August when he wrote a letter of protest following the publication of a Washington Post article critical of U.S. nation-building efforts in Iraq. MG McCoy questioned why the reporter (who had interviewed him at length in Iraq) chose to tell a bleak story over the more optimistic one. He wrote: The reporter didnt tell you about the hundreds of dedicated military and civilian professionals he saw over here working to make Iraq better, or the Iraqis who come to work every day at their own peril because they believe in what we, and they, are accomplishing together...He never told folks back home about the thousands of children that are now in 800 new or rebuilt schools, or about oil production now being back to pre-war levels and getting better everyday, or raw sewage being taken out of the streets and put back in the pipes where it belongs, or about the thousands of miles of new roads, or post offices, police stations or courthouses...
MG McCoy has a compelling, first-hand story to tell of nation-building in Iraq, from the perspective of a professional with thirty-two years of experience. MG McCoy is now the Commanding General, U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center and Fort Leonard Wood and Commandant, US Army Engineer School.
Jared Bernstein explores these issues in his new book All Together Now: Common Sense for a Fair Economy (2006). Since 1992, he has been at the Economic Policy Institute where he is currently director of the Living Standards Program. Bernsteins areas of research include income inequality, mobility, trends in employment and earnings, low-wage labor markets, and the analysis of federal and state economic policies. From 1995-1996, he was deputy chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor. He is the co-author of seven annual editions of The State of Working America and has published extensively in popular and academic venues, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Prospect, and Research in Economics and Statistics. A frequent guest on major television news shows, Bernstein obtained a Ph.D. in social welfare from Columbia University. His lecture concludes the Athenaeum series Debating Inequality: Is America Becoming a Two-Tiered Society and is offered in conjunction with Professor Fred Lynchs course on Inequality, Politics and Social Policy.
AUDREY BILGER, moderator
LUNCH 11:45 a.m. DISCUSSION 12:15 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion with journalists who have worked in a variety of settings. Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler co-founded Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture. Bitch began in 1996 as an all-volunteer zine with a circulation of 300 and is now an internationally distributed quarterly magazine offering feminist commentary on our intensely mediated world. Jervis is also a founding board member of the media training and advocacy organization Women in Media and News. Michele Kort is senior editor of Ms. magazine and frequent contributor to The Advocate. Lauren Gard, staff writer at the East Bay Express, a Village Voice Media-owned newspaper based in Oakland, Calififornia where she focuses on health and women's issues. Prior to joining the Express in June, Gard reviewed films and edited articles on international trends, health, sex, and astrology as an associate editor at Marie Claire in New York. The panel will be chaired by Audrey Bilger, CMC associate professor of literature, who teaches Womens Magazines and the Female Journalist.
This panel is co-sponsored by the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Athenaeum.
In 2006, Roy Prosterman was awarded the inaugural Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for his pioneering work in fighting for the rights of the rural poor to own land. The Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, honors extraordinary leadership in the non-profit sector. Mr. Kravis '67 explains that "our goal in creating The Kravis Prize was to acknowledge and honor the vision, boldness, creativity, and determination required of leaders in the not-for-profit world."
Roy Prosterman is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review board of editors. Mr. Prosterman joined the faculty of the University of Washington Law School in 1965 and was named the first John and Marguerite Walker Corbally Professor in Public Service in 1991. He has been director of the law school's post-doctoral program in Law of Sustainable International Development and has published multiple books.
Spending the last year on sabbatical as the Ina Levine Invitational Scholar at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Professor Roth used the sabbatical to finish and publish five books. In addition to his career in the classroom, he has written, coauthored, or edited more than 40 books, including his latest, Ethics During and After the Holocaust: In the Shadow of Birkenau (2006).
Dr. Roth has received the Roy P. Crocker Award for Excellence four times during his tenure at CMC. In 1988, he was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He also was the recipient of the first Claremont McKenna College Presidents Award in 1987 and again in 2004. His expertise in Holocaust and genocide studies has been advanced by postdoctoral appointments as a Graves Fellow in the Humanities, a Fulbright lecturer in American Studies at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and a Fellow of the National Humanities Institute, Yale University.
Professor Roth is currently the Edward J. Sexton professor of philosophy at CMC and the director of the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. Professor Roth plans to retire after this semester; he will be sorely missed.
Aria first compiled this program for a benefit concert held in the summer of 2005. With the Kravis Institute sponsoring her trip to Iran, she was able to use the proceeds from her concert to give directly to victims of the 2003 Bam earthquake. This winter, she will graduate from Claremont McKenna College with her undergraduate degree in psychology. Though she will miss her school and her piano teacher, Gayle Blankenburg, she hopes to move to New York in the spring. There, she would like to take the first steps toward achieving her ultimate goal: a joint JD-MBA that would enable her to practice International Human Rights Law. Authentic Persian desserts will be available to all who attend her performance.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
John O'Sullivan covered the Reagan presidency as a Washington columnist, was a special adviser to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and has written regularly on Pope John Paul II and the Catholic Church's influence on international relations. A veteran journalist in Britain and the United States, he has been the editor in chief of National Review, The National Interest, Policy Review, and United Press International; editorial page editor of the New York Post; op-ed and editorial page editor for the London Times; and an editor with the London Daily Telegraph. He is currently editor at large for National Review, a weekly columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, and a senior fellow with the Hudson Institute.
WILLIAM JEFFREY, drums
CHUCK MANNING, saxophone
ROBERTO MIRANDA, bass
DON PRESTON, piano
KEN ROSSER, guitar
MICHAEL VLATKOVICH, trombone
His career is distinct from so many other jazz musicians because of his refusal to move to the East Coast and make a name for himself in New York City. Many of his friends and contemporaries migrated, but Bobby Bradford always remained faithful to his home and his family, forgoing the fame he could have easily earned. If no one can actually estimate the jazz worlds loss, many can appreciate Southern Californias gain Bradford has been a vital catalyst of adventurous music on the West Coast for more than 25 years, and is a local treasure at Pomona College, where he teaches jazz history and directs jazz ensembles.
The Motet is comprised of distinguished musicians from the Los Angeles area who have recorded and performed extensively at jazz venues throughout the country and abroad, most recently at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Jazz Concert Series. Bobby Bradford performed at the Athenaeum in 1994, along with former student, saxophonist David Murray. As described in a review by David Scott, this music is not easy listening jazz or aural wallpaper. It commands your attention and rewards the effort, a work of modern art that keeps up with its company.
This concert is jointly sponsored by the Gould Center and the Athenaeum.
4:00 p.m. MARY PICKFORD AUDITORIUM
Of his many works, perhaps his most insightful is What Went Wrong? The Clash between Islam and Modernity in the Middle East (2003), an attempt to document the troubled past of the Middle East that led to current tensions. His work brings the reader through hundreds of years, showing how world events played out in the deteriorating imbalance between Islam and the West. Most importantly, he addresses the critical historical events and political changes that have led to both a desire for retaliation and hatred for the Western world in many Muslims. Resulting from this ideology, he shows how the Middle East turned its attention to understanding European weapons and military tactics, commerce and industry, government and diplomacy, and education and culture. What emerges from his book is a portrait of a culture in turmoil.
Bernard Lewis received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of London, and served there as Professor of History of the Near and Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1949 until 1974. His publications include The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror (2003); The Shaping of the Modern Middle East (1994); The Muslim Discovery of Europe (1994); and The Political Language of Islam (1991); Race and Slavery in the Middle East (1992); Islam and the West (1994).
Photo credit: Dan Porges http://www.porges.net/dan.porges.html.
RECEPTION 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Tanners work has been displayed in galleries, magazines, and jazz clubs in all parts of the U.S. and abroad, including The Jazz Gallery (New York City), Vision Gallery, Kimball's East, The Jazz Image, and Yoshi's jazz club (San Francisco). He recently donated a vast print collection to the American Jazz Institute.
Tanners fourth art book, The Jazz Image: Masters of Jazz Photography 1935-1965 (Abrams, fall 2006), a compilation of works drawn from twelve leading jazz photographers, is a personal tribute to such artists as Bill Claxton, Ray Avery, William Gottlieb, Jan Persson, Milt Hinton, Herman Leonard, Herb Snitzer, and Chuck Stewart. As Tanner observed, We (were) photographing the moment. Thats what the essence of jazz is the moment.
The American Jazz Institute and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies are proud to have assisted Lee in bringing this magnificent book to fruition. We invite the Claremont community to join us in meeting Lee Tanner in the relaxing environment of the M.M.C. Athenaeum, celebrating and discussing the books contents, viewing a display of photographic prints from the Tanner collection, and perhaps, obtaining an autographed copy of his new book. Refreshments will be served.
The Athenaeum signing party will be followed, later in the evening, by a live jazz performance by the Bobby Bradford Mo'tet. All are invited. Of course, only those who attend will experience this unique exposure to Lee Tanner, his art, and the "iconic, candid, explosive, and intimate" sights and sounds of jazz.