Andrew E. Busch is Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna College. He has authored or co-authored ten books on American government and politics, including most recently The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America's Founding Document (2007), Reagan's Victory: The 1980 Elections and the Rise of the Right (2005), and Red Over Blue: The 2004 Elections and American Politics (with James W. Ceaser) (2005). He is currently at work with James W. Ceaser and John J. Pitney on a book on the 2008 elections. Professor Busch received his B.A. from the University of Colorado and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. He taught for 12 years at the University of Denver before joining the CMC faculty in 2004.
Everyone at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum looks forward to welcoming members of the class of 2012 on this special occasion. Freshmen are automatically signed up for the dinner. If you are unable attend please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call ext. 18244 to cancel. The 5:30 p.m. reception at the Flamson Plaza fountain will be followed by a served dinner at 6:00 p.m.
Rove has advised the President on all of his political campaigns, beginning with his 1978 failed run for Congress. He started the direct-mail business Rove and Company in Austin, Texas in 1981. In the 1980s and 1990s, his business worked for the election of a number of Texas Republican candidates, including the Senate elections of Phil Gramm and Kay Bailey Hutchinson, and gubernatorial election of Bill Clements; all of these elections were noteworthy because voters had not elected Republican candidates to statewide office since Reconstruction until the 1980s. In 1993 he counseled George W. Bush to run for Governor against the popular Democratic incumbent Ann Richards. Mr. Bush won in 1994 and again in 1998, and Karl Rove was the architect of his 2000 and 2004 Presidential campaigns. In the White House, he was the Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President Bush from 2000-2007.
In the 2002 midterm elections and the 2004 reelection of President Bush, Rove made the decision to make the War on Terror a central issue of the ultimately successful campaigns for Bush and Republicans in Congress. In 2005, President Bush also made him an assistant to the President in addition to being deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, reflecting his importance in the Bush Administration. Currently, he is a contributor to Fox News.
Karl Roves visit to campus is sponsored by the Pacesetters Fund and the Res Publica Society. Dinner seating in the Athenaeum is limited to the CMC community on a first-come basis. There will be an additional sign up on the reservation page for CMC persons only to attend the talk in the Athenaeum, also on a first-come basis. If you are already in the dinner, you do not need to sign up again, as this is for those CMC people who did not get into the dinner and wish to hear Karl Rove in the Athenaeum. General public viewing of the talk will be available in McKenna Auditorium.
In addition to writing features and a popular blog for RealClearPolitics, Tom Bevan spent two years as an opinion columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times. His work has also appeared in The New York Sun and The Arizona Republic. He has also shared his vast political knowledge as a political analyst on a number of national radio and television shows including Fox News Channels' Hannity & Colmes, CNBC's Kudlow & Company, the BBC's Worldview, and C-Span's Washington Journal.
Martinez grew up in El Paso, Texas, just a stone's throw from the Mexican border. At CMC she was awarded a McNair Scholarship and served as Editor-in-Chief of The Claremont Colleges Collage newspaper. Her first appearance on the Athenaeum stage was with The Immaculate Conception of Virginia Manchado - a play she wrote, directed and produced as part of her senior thesis on Chicana Theater.
In 2002, Martinez moved to Chicago to become one of the city's youngest non-profit executives, heading up a community non-profit at the age of 24. Most currently, Martinez serves as Director of Operations and Development at the Chicago Foundation for Education - an organization dedicated to improving the educational experiences of public school children.
Her debut novel, published by award-winning Cinco Puntos Press, has been recommended by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN). It's also been featured in the Kirkus Big Book Guide 2008 and as a summer must-read by Hispanic Magazine.
In her Athenaeum presentation, Claudia will read from her new novel and talk about the importance of writing the Latino experience for a young audience. According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Latinos now account for about one in four children younger than 5 in the United States. In ten years a quarter of the 10 to 14 year-olds living in the U.S. will be Hispanic (that statistic is closer to half in California). Yet, according to the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, only about 2% of the 5,000 children's books published in the U.S. annually are by or about Latinos.
Claudia Martinez is the keynote speaker for the Claremont Colleges celebration of Latino Heritage Month and her visit is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum and Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center.
Long identified for his advocacy of a two-state solution that would effect a secure division of Israel and Palestine, Oz has for more than 40 years at least since the Six-Day War of 1967, when national exaltation over Israels victory virtually quashed any discussion of compromise on the West Bank and Gaza withstood attacks from the press, government, and professional peers. As David Remnick explained, Oz is rebuked because he continues to criticize both the Israeli and the Palestinian leaderships rather than see the situation as a version of the French disaster in Algeria.
For his literary output, which, besides his novels, includes more than 450 articles and essays, Oz has received several of the world most prestigious awards and citations, including the Israel Prize for Literature in 1998 (the 50th anniversary of Israels independence), the Goethe Prize in 2005, and the Heinrich Heine Prize in 2008. His works have been translated into more than 30 languages.
Amos Ozs presentation is sponsored by the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:30 p.m.
Professor Dale specializes in and teaches courses on the history of the eastern Islamic world, specifically India, Afghanistan, Iran, and Central Asia at Ohio State University. He has conducted research on one of the oldest Muslim communities in the Indian subcontinent, the Mappilas of Malabar or Kerala in southwestern India, and on Indian merchants who conducted trade in Iran, Central Asia, and Russia in the early modern era. His publications include Indian Merchants and Eurasian Trade, 1600-1750 (Cambridge, 2002) and The Garden of Eight Paradises: Babur and the Culture of Empire in Central Asia, Afghanistan, and India (Brill, 2004). Dales talk, The Economy and Merchants of Safavid Iran: Views from the Khyber Pass, is the keynote address for a Mellon conference on The Trade and Traffic of Persia to be held at the Claremont Colleges on September 19-September 20, 2008.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m. LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
adjunct associate professor of biology, Utah State University.
Dr. Mendelson has been studying Neotropical amphibians and reptiles for 20 years, concentrating on those in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Ecuador, and Peru. Most of his work has involved systematics and taxonomy - including the discovery and description of about 35 new species of amphibians. Other research has included phylogenetic studies, field ecology, and conservation. The results of his work have been published in journals such as Science, Public Library of Science, Molecular Ecology, and Journal of Herpetology and featured in media outlets such as National Public Radio, National Geographic, Nature, New York Times, and CNN.
In recent years, as the scope and extent of global amphibian extinctions have come to light, Dr. Mendelson has redirected much of his energy into conservation programs to help save amphibians and understand the root causes of their declines, and to conceive and implement pro-active conservation programs. His professional transition included transferring from an academic appointment to a research and conservation position at a zoo.
James Fallows has worked for The Atlantic Monthly for over 25 years, and has lived and worked in Washington D.C., Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, and now Beijing. Fallows, the author of seven books, is a winner of the National Book Award for National Defense (1981), and was recently awarded the National Magazine Award for his Atlantic Monthly article about the consequences of victory in Iraq. His newest work, Postcards from Tomorrow Square: Reports from China, will be released in early 2009.
Fallows is also a well known editor and speechwriter. He edited The Washington Monthly, Texas Monthly and from 1996-1998, U.S. News & World Report. From 1977-1979, he served as President Carter's chief speechwriter. Fallows is the founding chairman of the New American Foundation, a foundation "that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States." A Southern California native, he attended Redlands High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard and studied economics at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.
The King-Crane Commission Report of 1919
While it has always been easy to deride the report as unrealistic, it remains of interest to scholars of the Middle East and foreign policy because of its detailed attempt to implement Wilsonianism in a volatile and strategic part of the world. Its recommendations carried to their logical conclusions universalist democratic principles as well as a version of Progressivism clearly inspired by Protestant theology. The King-Crane Commission Report was not realistic, and did not seek to be. Rather, it sought both to create and implement new rules of international relations that would inform American thinking about foreign policy long thereafter.
Leonard V. Smith is William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow at Claremont McKenna College for the Fall Semester 2008, and is Frederick B. Artz Professor of History at Oberlin College. At CMC, he is teaching a new course entitled International Relations Theory for Historians, and is embarking on a new research project on the Paris Peace Conference of 1919. His most recent book is The Embattled Self: French Soldiers Testimony of the Great War (Cornell University Press, 2007). He is also the author of Between Mutiny and Obedience: The Case of the French Fifth Infantry Division during World War I (Princeton University Press, 1994), co-author of France and the Great War, 1914-1918 (Cambridge University Press, 2003), and co-editor of France at War: Vichy and the Historians (Berg, 2000). Smith has held fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Humanities Center, and has been a visiting professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the Université de Paris-VII, and in the Associated Kyoto Program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan.
Professor Henry received his bachelors degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He played on the varsity football team at UNC and was a finalist in the intramural slam dunk contest in 1991. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and leads the external economic advisory group of the presidential campaign of United States Senator Barack Obama. His research has been published in top economics and finance journals including the American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Financial Economics.
Peter Henrys Athenaeum lecture is cosponsored by the Lowe Institute of Political Economy and the Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College.
LUNCH 12:00 p.m. LECTURE 12:30 p.m.
Holder of an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelors degree in economics and political science from Claremont McKenna College, Mr. Mgrublian is a member of the Urban Land Institutes Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council.
Mr. Mgrublian is a trustee of Claremont McKenna College and Westridge School in Pasadena, and a director of the Western Diocese Armenian Church Summer Camp. He is a former chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Marks School in Altadena and a former alumni association president and student body president of Claremont McKenna College.
During his Athenaeum presentation, Mr. Mgrublian will share insights gained from his experiences since graduating from CMC. He will also discuss the real estate industry while explaining the role of IDS within the industry. Finally, Mr. Mgrublian will share some of his strategies for success.
I am convinced that even Donald McKenna would enjoy the intellectual smorgasbord of speakers and programs offered to the community in 2008-2009.
Many programs are organized into series focusing on specific themes, such as perspectives on the 2008 election, the media revolution, Israel at 60, self and society, life after CMC, critical topics in world history, faculty ideas in progress, and environmental concerns. We will also host poets, writers, and musicians.
I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a gourmet meal, visit with friends and professors, and meet our distinguished guests. To reserve a place for the dinner or lunch preceding each event, please go online www.claremontmckenna.edu/mmca and make your selection. Reservations are not needed to attend just the 6:45 p.m. presentation. Our staff works to create a refined dining experience and so we expect you to dress up a bit for dinnerno shorts, jeans, or T-shirts, please.
You are also invited to drop by Parents Library for the popular daily afternoon tea featuring Sid's homemade cookies and pastries. Tea is served Monday through Friday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Athenaeum Woolley fellows for this academic year are Aaron Champagne '10 and Luke Johnson '09. You will be seeing and hearing from them soon.
Beth also produced an award-winning documentary feature film, The Believers (2006), which chronicles The Transcendence Gospel choir, the world's first transgender choir, as they influence church policy nationally and their community locally. The Believers is currently broadcast on LOGO, distributed to universities, libraries, and churches, and was named by Video Librarian as one of the top documentary films in 2007.
Burkhart has served on the SFLGBT Community Center board of directors since 2006 and is presently the board co-chair. She earned her MBA from UCLA's Anderson Graduate School of Management in 1999, her B.A. in Economics and International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 1994 and was born and reared in Phoenix, Arizona. Presently she lives in Awesometown, USA, aka San Francisco, CA and enjoys taking advantage of the Bay Area's many gifts, including the fantastic food and thriving soccer community.