LUNCH 11:30 a.m., LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Linebarger began his career at Prudential Investment Corporation and became an investment manager while pursuing an MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering and an MBA from Stanfords Graduate School of Business. After graduating from Stanford, he joined Cummins as a Program Manager and held numerous positions within the firm before being selected to his current role in August 2008.
Mr. Linebarger received a B.A. in economics from Claremont McKenna College and a B.S. in engineering from Stanford, and has served as a Board Member of Pactiv Corporation since 2005. During his presentation, Mr. Linebarger will discuss his previous experience and will also share some of his strategies for success.
The United States has used the combination of a strong U.S. regional presence and a series of creative diplomatic initiatives to encourage Beijing to seek increased influence through diplomatic and economic interactions, rather than coercion, and to use that increased influence in a manner that improves the prospects for security and economic prosperity in Asia and around the world. This effort has been successful, in part, because Washington handled deftly many of the traditional issues in the bilateral relationship, such as economic frictions or tensions between Taiwan and the Chinese mainland. If we take a historically informed perspective and view U.S.-China relations as a movie, instead of a snapshot, we can see the positive evolution in Chinas foreign relations that have been fostered, at least in part, by Washingtons diplomatic approach to Beijing.
Of course, many problems remain. The talk will conclude with a review of some of the biggest problems that the new Administration will likely face in crafting a strategy toward China and East Asia.
Thomas J. Christensen is Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program at Princeton University. From 2006-2008 Professor Christensen served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs with responsibility for relations with China, Taiwan and Mongolia.
Professor Christensen received his B.A. from Haverford College, M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.
Christensen has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC is honored to sponsor Thomas Christensen as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs.
Born in Warsaw in 1946, he was expelled in 1968 from Warsaw University for his role as a student activist. He became editor of two Warsaw underground journals, Krytyka and Zapis.
He became a leading adviser to the Solidarity movement and one of the most powerful voices for nonviolent resistance to communism in the 1980s. After martial law was declared in December 1981, Michnik was imprisoned by the communist government for three years but his Letters From Prison and Other Essays (1985) attest the persistence and power of his vision.
After the Roundtable agreements resulting in democratic elections in Poland, Mr. Michnik founded Gazeta Wyborcza (Election Newspaper) which was the voice of the Solidarity movement until the 1989 elections. The paper continued as an independent daily after the elections.
Adam Michniks visit to CMC is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m. LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Jonathan Rosenberg is an industry veteran who oversees the teams that manage Google's innovative product portfolio and go-to-market strategies. In this role, Mr. Rosenberg oversees the design, creation and improvement of all of Google's products, from consumer offerings to publisher and business services. He directs the teams with a special focus on delivering exceptional user experience, continuous innovation, and highly relevant, accountable, and untraditional marketing.
Prior to joining Google in 2002, Mr. Rosenberg founded, led and managed some of the most innovative product development teams of the Internet's first era. He was the founding member of @Home's product group and served as senior vice president of online products and services after the merger of Excite and @Home. Prior to that, Mr. Rosenberg managed the eWorld product line for Apple Computer. Earlier, he was director of product marketing for Knight Ridder Information Services in Palo Alto, California, where he directed development of one of the first commercially deployed online relevance ranking engines and menu-driven Boolean search services for consumers.
Mr. Rosenberg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree with honors in economics from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.
Lohs books include A Year in Van Nuys (2001), Aliens in America (1997), Depth Takes a Holiday: Essays From Lesser Los Angeles (1997), and a novel, If You Lived Here, Youd Be Home By Now (1997), which was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 100 best fiction books of 1998. Her story My Fathers Chinese Wives received a 1997 Pushcart Prize and was featured in the 1999 Norton Anthology of Short Fiction.
She and her husband Mike Miller composed the music for Jessica Yus documentary short Breathing Lessons, which won an Oscar in 1998. Her 1989 solo piano CD is Pianovision (K2B2 Records), which still surfaces occasionally here and there as "buttons" on public radio.
She has been a regular commentator on NPRs "Morning Edition" and on Ira Glass "This American Life." Currently, KPCC (89.3 FM in Los Angeles) broadcasts her daily segment The Loh Down on Science and her weekly segment The Loh Life. American Public Medias "Marketplace" broadcasts her monthy segment The Loh Down. She is currently a contributing editor for The Atlantic Monthly and was a 2006 finalist for the National Magazine Award.
Loh received her B.S. from Caltech in physics and is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California.
Sandra Tsing Lohs visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION 12:00 p.m.
Anne Hastings has been the Executive Director of Fonkoze Haitis largest microfinance institution since May 1996. The institution now has 30 branches throughout rural Haiti, with over 120,000 clients, more than 45,000 of whom have microcredit loans. In July 2004, Fonkoze spun off its financial services component to form a commercial financial institution. Anne serves on the board of directors of that institution. She also continues to manage the foundation, which is now devoted to monitoring the impact of microfinance on the lives of clients, eliminating illiteracy among its clients, incubating new branches that reach ever poorer and more rural clients with microfinance services, and continually testing and developing innovative new products for the clients of both the commercial entity and the foundation. She is the recipient of the 2005 Pioneer in Microfinance Award of the Grameen Foundation USA. In 2006, she was honored in the First Annual Chiapas Project Recognition Dinner in Dallas, Texas.
Before coming to Haiti, Anne had fifteen years of experience in providing strategic management services to executives and in managing young organizations for high performance and steady growth. She was Senior Partner and Managing Director of Scanlon and Hastings, a management consulting company in Washington DC, from 1985 to 1996 and a Senior Analyst at Advanced Technology in Reston, Virginia from 1982 to 1985. Anne holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and an Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership from Duquesne University. She completed research fellowships at the Brookings Institute and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, both in Washington, D.C.
Hastings will be joined on the panel by: Nzinga Broussard, assistant professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and author of the forthcoming articles (Why) Do Self-Employed Parents Have More Children? and Aid and Agency in Africa: Explaining Food Disbursements Across Ethiopian Households, 1994-2004; and Jorge Aguero, assistant professor of Economics at University of California Riverside and co-author of Motherhood and Female Labor Force Participation: Evidence from Fertility Shocks (1987).
Curries ground breaking book The Invisible Safety Net: Protecting the Nation's Poor Children and Families (2006) highlights both the importance and the fragility of this safety net, arguing that, while not perfect, it is essential to fighting poverty. Currie writes how America's safety net is threatened by growing budget deficits and by an erroneous public belief that antipoverty programs for children do not work and are riddled with fraud. By unearthing new empirical data, Currie makes the case that social programs for families with children are actually remarkably effective.
Janet Currie is a professor of economics and Chair of the Department of Economics at Columbia University. For the past decade, her research has focused on evaluating programs aimed at poor children and families. Currie has served on several National Academy of Sciences panels including the Committee on Population, and on the Executive Committee of the American Economics Association. She has also served as a consultant for the National Health Interview Survey and the National Longitudinal Surveys. Currie is currently a Fellow for the Society of Labor Economists, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an affiliate of the University of Michigans National Poverty Center, and an affiliate of IZA in Bonn. Professor Currie is a member on the advisory board of the National Childrens Study and on the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of Labor Economics, and the Journal of Public Economics.
Janet Curries Athenaeum appearance is sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m., LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Kenneth B. Pyle is the Henry M. Jackson Professor of History and Asian Studies at the University of Washington. He is Founding President of The National Bureau of Asian Research, an independent non-partisan research institute to promote an informed and effective American policy toward Asia.
Professor Pyle is author and editor of numerous books on modern Japan and its history. His most recent book is entitled Japan Rising: The Resurgence of Japanese Power and Purpose (2007). He took his B.A. from Harvard College and his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He has been a visiting faculty member at Stanford and at Yale.
From 1978 to 1988 Professor Pyle was Director of the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington. He was founding editor of the Journal of Japanese Studies from 1974 to 1986.
From 1992 to 1995, he was chairman of the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission. He was co-chairman of the U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange, the official bi-lateral organization established by President Kennedy in 1962 to oversee cultural and educational relations between the two countries.
From 1996 to 1999, he was chairman of the American Advisory Committee of the Japan Foundation and is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City.
In 1999 the Government of Japan decorated Professor Pyle with one of its highest imperial honors, the Order of the Rising Sun, for his contributions to scholarship and cultural exchange.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC is honored to sponsor Kenneth Pyle as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs.
Semion Lyandres is currently associate professor of history and Faculty Fellow of Kellogg and Nanovic Institutes at the University of Notre Dame. Lyandres received his Ph.D. in Russian history from Stanford University in 1992 and has previously taught at East Carolina University and Stanford. He is the founder and North American editor of the international series Modern and Contemporary Russian History: Monographs and Documents and co-editor of the Journal of Modern Russian History and Historiography. His publications include: The Bolshevik's German Gold Revisited: An Inquiry into the 1917 Accusations (1995); The Memoirs of Alexander Guchkov, President of the State Duma and a Minister of War in the Provisional Government (1993), with A. V. Smolin; A Chronicle of the Civil War in Siberia and Exile in China: The Diaries of Petr Vasil'evich Vologodskii, 1918-1925 (2002; second, expanded edition published in 2007), in 2 volumes (with Dietmar Wulff). He has held major fellowships from the German-American Academic Council Foundation, John M. Olin Foundation, Stanfords Hoover Institution, and the Earhart Foundation; and has published articles and essays in The Slavic Review, Kritika, The Soviet and Post-Soviet Review, Russian History, Berliner Jahrbuch für osteuropaische Geschichte, and Otechestvennaia istoriia. Lyandres' current research focuses on the intellectual origins of the revolutionary regime in 1917 and the politics of the February Revolution.
ADDIE BENAVIDES, trumpet
ARIANA MEJIA, flute
CLAUDIA CUBIDES, congas
DIANA MCCONNELL, guitarron
MARTHA RAMIREZ, vihuela and vocals
VALERIE CARLOS, guitar and vocals
MELINDA SALCIDO, guitar and vocals
LETICIA SIERRA, violin
CATHY BAEZA, violin
CINDY REIFLER, violin
ANGEL GARCIA, violin
ROSALIE RODRIGUEZ, violin
DIANA REYES, violin
The Mariachi Divas are a truly multi-cultural ensemble, represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Swiss, and Anglo decent. "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds, says founder and director Cindy Shea. Our foundation and roots are mariachi, but we have added extra elements to reflect our diversity." Their lively sounds incorporate jazz, cumbia, salsa, and meringue into traditional mariachi music.
The Divas have performed at venues throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to many televised performances, they also appeared on film in the documentary, Viva El Mariachi (2005). The Divas have performed at the inaugurations for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. In addition, the Divas performed in Sacramento in February of 2008 with Governor Schwarzenegger and the President of Mexico. Also in 2008, the Divas performed at a campaign rally for Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and at an event for the President of South Korea. In 2009, the group won a Grammy for Best Regional Mexican Album for their latest CD Canciones de Amor.
Maurice Obstfeld is the Class of 1958 Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for International and Development Economic Research (CIDER). He joined Berkeley in 1989 as a professor, following appointments at Columbia (1979-1986) and the University of Pennsylvania (1986-1989). He was also a visiting professor at Harvard between 1989 and 1991. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1979. He has published in all the top journals including American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of Monetary Economics. Obstfeld along with Paul Krugman authored eight editions of International Economics: Theory and Practice. In 2004 Obstfeld and Alan Taylor wrote Global Capital Markets: Integration, Crisis, and Growth.
Professor Obstfeld serves as honorary advisor to the Bank of Japan's Institute of Monetary and Economic Studies. Among Professor Obstfeld's honors are the Carroll Round Keynote Lecture, Woodward Lecture, and Bernhard Harms Prize and Lecture in 2004. Professor Obstfeld is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is active as a research Fellow of CEPR, a research associate at NBER, and an International Research Fellow at the Kiel Institute of World Economics.
The Athenaeum's presentation of the McKenna International Trade and Economics speaker is made possible by a grant from the Philip M. McKenna Foundation, which supports public policy research and economic education. The McKenna Foundation was incorporated in 1967 by Philip M. McKenna, late brother of CMC founding trustee Donald McKenna. Chairman of Kennametal, Inc., Philip McKenna was highly interested in economic and trade issues.