Four years ago as he prepared to teach Visions of the Divine Feminine, a new course offered by the department of philosophy and religious studies at CMC, Professor Deepak Shimkhada chose Arousing the Goddess: Sex and Love in the Buddhist Ruins of India (2003) as one of several texts for the course. His students enjoyed the book, a narrative written as the author grappled with the divine feminine within the context of his own personal desires and spiritual search for Nirvana.
Aside from his erotic journey in the ruins of India recounted in his best-selling book, Ward is also the author of numerous other books, including What the Buddha Never Taught (1993) and Savage Breast: One Man's Search for the Goddess (2006), bringing fresh perspectives to the study of the female.
This lecture by Tim Ward is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus, L.J. Kutten 74, and is the seventh in the annual series of Kutten Lectures in Philosophy and Religion.
The subject of many interviews, articles, and the recent book by Sharon Daloz Parks, Leadership Can Be Taught (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), Heifetz speaks extensively in the U.S. and abroad and consults widely with presidents and senior executives in government, business, and nonprofit organizations. Heifetz is a founding principal in Cambridge Leadership Associates (www.cambridge-leadership.com).
A graduate of Columbia University, Harvard Medical School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Heifetz is both a doctor and a musician. He trained initially in surgery before deciding to devote himself to the study of leadership in politics and business. Heifetz completed his medical training in psychiatry. As a cellist, he studied with the great Russian virtuoso, Gregor Piatigorsky.
Dr. Heifetz visit to CMC is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute as part of Leadership Day 2007. KLI invites broad participation in Leadership Day, which includes a luncheon, panel, and other activities capped by Heifetz evening lecture. His topic for the lecture is "Leadership, Authority, and the Paradox of Trust".
Williams writing reflects her willingness to take in the world from many different angles. From exploring the wilderness of Utah or Alaska, to working as a barefoot artist in Rwanda, Terry Tempest Williams has developed a fervent belief in the links between environmental issues and issues of justice. Williams work represents an attempt to stake out a claim in the natural world and cultivate a benevolent power to support an ethical stance. Drawing on the power that she sees in the environment around her, Williams urges citizens to question, to speak, and to act, and to work towards the restoration of environmental, spiritual, and social links in the world.
Williams classic book, Refuge An Unnatural History of Family and Place (1991), mingles memoir and environmental history as it discusses her mothers fight against cancer as well as the flooding and near-destruction of the Bear River Migratory Bird Ridge. Her other books include An Unspoken Hunger Stories from the Field (1994); Desert Quartet: An Erotic Landscape (1995); Leap (2000); Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert (2001); and The Open Space of Democracy (2004), as well as the forthcoming MOSAIC: Finding Beauty in a Broken World (2008).
Terry Tempest Williams currently serves as the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah. She has been named as one of Utne Readers Utne 100 Visionaries, and has received numerous awards, including the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association, and the Wallace Stegner Award from the Center for the American West. Williams has also received the prestigious Lannan Literary Fellowship, as well as a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction.
Terry Tempest Williams lecture is presented as part of the Athenaeums series Leadership in Times of Crisis: The Envrionment. This series is funded by a generous grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation and the Roberts Environmental Center at CMC.
SAMANTHA STECKER 08
NATALIA BAILEY '10
OSIE LEON WOOD, JR.
Continuing in the vein of Jabari Asims talk on Burying the N Word earlier this fall, the Athenaeum will host a panel discussion on the topic Using the N Word: Should Anyone? The discussion is part of a series of programs and speakers organized by the Dean of Students to facilitate dialogue and provoke thought on this controversial issue. As such, the panel will be moderated by CMCs own Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Jefferson Huang. The panel itself will include Adam Bradley, an assistant professor of literature at CMC and author of the forthcoming Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (2008); Pastor Osie Leon Wood, Jr., director of the Ronald McNair Scholars Program at CGU and pastor and founder of North Long Beach Community Prayer; and Samantha Stecker 08, who is active in the Dean of Students and Admission offices at CMC; Natalia Bailia '10; and Warren Griffin III, better known as Warren G, an American West Coast rapper, hip hop producer, and step brother of Dr. Dre.
Amanat is professor of modern Middle East history at Yale University where he has been teaching since 1983. He earned his degrees at Tehran University and at the University of Oxford. Among his publications are Resurrection and Renewal: The Making of the Babi Movement in Iran (Cornell University Press, 1989) and Pivot of the Universe: Nasir al-Din Shah Qajar and the Iranian Monarchy (University of California Press, 1997). His edited volumes include Cities and Trade: Consul Abbott on the Economy and Society of Iran (1983); Crowning Anguish: Memoirs of Taj al-Saltana from the Harem to Modernity (1993) and more recently Imaging the End: Visions of Apocalypse from Ancient Middle East to Modern America (2002). His forthcoming book, to be published by Yale University Press, is titled In Search of Modern Iran. He is currently writing a biography of the nineteenth-century theologian and poet Qurrat al-'Ayn (Tahira), the first woman to publicly unveil herself in Iranian history, and a study of nonconformity in the Persianate world. Included among his are 'Mujtahids and Missionaries: Shi'i Responses to Christian Polemics in the Early Qajar Period' in Religion and Society in Qajar Iran (2004), and forthcoming 'Memory and Amnesia in the Historiography of the Constitutional Revolution'.
He was the editor-in-chief of Iranian Studies (1992-1998), consulting editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica since 1984 and general editor of the Persia Observed series (Mage Publishers). Amanat served as the director of the Center for Middle East Studies at Yale Center for International and Area Studies between 1992 and 2005. He has recently been elected as Fellow of the Carnegie Scholar Program for 2006-2008.
Professor Amanats lecture at the Athenaeum continues the series of speakers arranged in collaboration with CMC professor Arash Khazenis course Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Miemie Winn Byrd is an associate professor of economics at Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu, Hawaii. Prior to her current position, Major Byrd was recalled to active duty under Operations Enduring Freedom (OEF) and served as the Deputy Economic Advisor for the Strategic Planning and Policy Division, Civil-Military Operations Plans Officer for OEF-Philippines, Interagency Operations Officer for Joint Interagency Coordination Group for Combating Terrorism (JIACG-CT) at U.S. Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii from 2003 to 2007.
Prior to the mobilization, Ms. Byrd was the Controller for Law and Economics Consulting Group (LECG) in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her sixteen years of civilian professional experience include a wide range of auditing, accounting, and financial management positions with multinational corporations such as Gillette, GTE, and Ernst & Young and also with a Silicon Valley start-up firm, Wyzdom.com. Her unique blend of experiences in the private sector and military gave rise to her current interest and research area of leveraging the private sector in U.S. Pacific Commands counterterrorism strategy for the Asia Pacific Region.
Ms. Byrd received a B.A. in Economics and Accounting from Claremont McKenna College and holds a MBA with emphasis in Asia-Pacific Economics and Business from University of Hawaii.
Miemie Byrd's lecture is sponsored by The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Christopher Clark was educated at Sydney Grammar School and studied at Sydney University, the Freie Universität Berlin, and the University of Cambridge, where he is currently Reader in Modern European History. He has written widely in the field of modern German and European history. He co-edited Culture Wars: Catholic-Secular Conflict in Nineteenth-Century Europe (CUP: Cambridge, 2003). He is the author of The Politics of Conversion: Missionary Protestantism and the Jews in Prussia, 1728-1941 (OUP: Oxford, 1995), Kaiser Wilhelm II (Longman: Harlow, 2000) and Iron Kingdom: The Rise and Downfall of Prussia, 1600-1947 (Penguin: London, 2006), which won the Wolfson Prize for History, the HSK Buchpreis für Neuere Geschichte, and the Queensland Premier's History Prize in 2007.
Professor Clarks visit to campus is sponsored the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at CMC.
Amity Shlaes is a syndicated columnist for Bloomberg and a senior fellow at the Council for Foreign Relations. She was a columnist for the Financial Times and a member of the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal, serving as the Journals op-ed editor in the early 1990s. Her work has appeared in National Review, the New Republic, Foreign Affairs, the American Spectator, the Suddeutsche Zeitung and Die Zeit.
Shlaess books include The Greedy Hand (2000), a national bestseller on tax policy, Germany: The Empire Within (1991), about German national identity, and Turning Intellect to Influence (2004) (co-authored with the late Robert L. Bartley), chronicling the progress of free-market ideas. In 2002 she was co-winner of the Frederic Bastiat Prize for writing on political economy. Her talk at CMC is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.
Rudi Mathee teaches Middle Eastern history, with a research focus on early modern Iran and the Persian Gulf. He received his Ph.D. in 1991 from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the author of The Politics of Trade in Safavid Iran: Silk for Silver, 1600-1730 (Cambridge University Press, 1999) and The Pursuit of Pleasure: Drugs and Stimulants in Iranian History, 1500-1900 (Princeton University Press, 2005). He is also the author of Iran and Beyond: Essays in Honor of Nikki R. Keddie (2000), co-edited with Beth Baron, and Iran and the Surrounding World, 1501-2001: Interactions in Culture and Cultural Politics (2002), co-edited with Nikki Keddie. In addition, he has published numerous articles on aspects of Safavid and Qajar Iran (c. 1500-1900). He was the President of the Association for the Study of Persianate Societies, 2003-2005. Following the publication of his most recent book, The Pursuit of Pleasure (2005), Matthee was the recipient of the 2006 Albert Hourani Book Prize, awarded by the Middle East Studies Association of North America, and winner of the Said Sirjani Book Prize, 2004-2005, awarded by the International Society for Iranian Studies.
Professor Matthees lecture at the Athenaeum continues the series of speakers arranged in conjunction with CMC professor Arash Khazenis course Gunpowder Empires: Ottomans, Safavids, and Mughals.
LUNCH 12:00 p.m.
Ward Elliott is a charter menber of the WordsWorth Society. The Burnet C. Wohlford Professor of American Political Institutions at CMC, Professor Elliott was awarded the Roy C. Crocker Prize for Merit in 1984 and a Presidential Award for Merit in 1999 by Claremont McKenna College. A wordsmith also known for the singing parties at his home, Ward, as keeper of the flame, looks forward to learning some new words.
The only requirement for the lunch 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!
Before joining Yahoo!, Budde was the founding editor and publisher of The Wall Street Journal Online. Buddes career began with a decade of experience as an editor and reporter at The Richmond Times-Dispatch, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and USA Today. Budde earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism from Western Kentucky University and an MBA from the University of Louisville. Budde is on the board of directors of the Online News Association and is its treasurer in 2007-08. He also is on the board of the California First Amendment
Neil Buddes Athenaeum lecture is part of the series Governance in 21st Century Organizations sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute at CMC.