DANIEL EVANS '12
CHARLES SPRAGUE '10
ABHI NEMANI '10
CARL PEASLEE '11
ADITYA PAI DHUNGAT '13
The premise is simple take a campus issue and let students debate the pros and cons. In fact, the event was inspired by an old tradition at CMC when the administration would hold open forums for student and faculty input on college policy. Together with the Ath, the Forum is recasting this tradition as fully student-driven. Students suggested topics, students voted on them online, and students will be tackling them together. This is not a panel discussion by pre-selected experts. This is an open debate by your classmates and your friends.
The topic students selected is as fundamental to the college as this event is to its character: What makes CMC, well, CMC? That is, is CMC a true liberal arts college? And if not, then what is it? Does it still emphasize general knowledge or is CMC becoming a specialized pre-professional school? These are the questions the college must ask as the Board of Trustees begins crafting a new strategic plan, and these are the questions that will be posed to the student body at the Debate Night at the Ath.
Since this is a student event, it will not be overly serious. The main event will be paired with a second, less formal, and lighter debate on something just as pressing in college life: dating culture, the Pomona rivalry, or maybe even left-handedness. To add some drama, both attendees and participants will learn of that topic upon arrival. The format for both, though, will feature one or two speakers from each side as well as full audience participation. At the end, as a true Forum, the audience will declare a winner, measured of course in cheers and applause.
E-mail the Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you're interested in speaking on Debate Night. Depending upon response, the Forum will select speakers as the format allows.
In 1993 RuPaul skyrocketed to international fame with the release of the breakthrough house/dance album Supermodel of the World (1993) which was followed by a beauty contract endorsing M.A.C Cosmetics, roles in several movies and The RuPaul Show, a variety program on VH1 with celebrity guest interviews hosted by RuPaul. Since then, RuPaul has released a total of four studio albums, written an autobiography Lettin It All Hang Out (1995), and written, produced and starred in the movie Starrbooty (2007). RuPaul, whose portrait appears as a wax model showcased at Madame Tussauds in Times Square, has raised millions of dollars worldwide for people living with HIV/AIDS.
In February 2009, RuPaul released Champion, which was the #1 downloaded dance album on iTunes, and includes songs performed in RuPauls legendary night club act. RuPaul is also the host, mentor and judge of RuPauls Drag Race, a reality show on LOGO. Season 2 will premiere early 2010. RuPauls lecture, titled Observations from the Inside, will consider the notions of gender stereotypes, sexuality and self-expression.
Also joining us is Fredericks uncle, Mr. John Doar. John is a champion of the civil rights movement, having served as the Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division for the U.S. Department of Justice from 1960 to 1967. During that time, he helped enable James Meredith, an African-American student, attend the then-segregated University of Mississippi. Mr. Doar also prosecuted the individuals who allegedly lynched three civil rights workers in the Mississippi Burning case and helped draft the Civil Rights Act of 1965. Mr. Doar also served as Special Counsel to the House of Representatives with respect to the impeachment of President Nixon and as counsel to the investigation of a sitting federal judge, who was ultimately impeached. A graduate of Princeton and Boalt Hall School of Law at U.C. Berkeley, he is now senior counsel at Doar Rieck Kaley & Mack in New York.
Republic of China
Professor Roderick MacFarquhar, one of the worlds pre-eminent scholars on China, will share his reflections and insights with us on October 1 at the Athenaeum. He is the Leroy B. Williams Professor of History and Political Science and formerly Director of the John King Fairbank Center for East Asian Research at Harvard University. His publications include The Hundred Flowers Campaign and the Chinese Intellectuals (1960); The Sino-Soviet Dispute (1963); China under Mao (1966); Sino-American Relations, 1949-1971 (1972); The Secret Speeches of Chairman Mao (1989) (with Eugene Wu and Timothy Cheek); the final two volumes of the Cambridge History of China (1991)(edited with the late John Fairbank); The Politics of China 2nd Ed: The Eras of Mao and Deng (1997); and a trilogy, The Origins of the Cultural Revolution (1999). He was the founding editor of The China Quarterly, and has been a fellow at Columbia University, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs. In previous personae, he has been a journalist, a TV commentator, and a Member of Parliament. His most recent, jointly-authored book (with Professor Michael Schoenhals) on the Cultural Revolution entitled Mao's Last Revolution was published by the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press in 2006.
Professor MacFarquhars visit, his second, to Claremont McKenna College is jointly sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Athenaeum.
He also serves on the GCIB Leadership Team and partners with Senior Bank of America Merrill Lynch professionals to deliver the full complement of the firms resources to advance its mission worldwide.
McMahon joined Merrill Lynch in 1983 and has held various leadership positions in Global Markets and Investment Banking, including co-head of the Global Corporate Finance group from 1996 to 2003 and Senior Vice President and Vice Chairman from 2003 to 2008. His broad base of deal experience includes leading teams on more than 300 projects involving either merger-and-acquisitions advisory work or corporate finance.
From 1975 to 1983, McMahon worked for the Northern Trust Bank of Chicago in international cash management, commercial lending and corporate finance.
He received an MBA with a concentration in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1980, and a B.A. in economics in 1975 from Claremont McKenna College, where he currently Chairs the Board of Trustees. During his presentation, Mr. McMahon will discuss the investment banking industry while reflecting on his experiences during the recent financial crisis. He will also share some of his strategies for success.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m.
From 2001-2004, Bullock practiced law with the Washington, DC firm of Steptoe & Johnson. He has case management and trial experience in matters involving disputes from $500,000 to $50+ million. Early in his career, he practiced law in New York City.
Stephen Bullocks undergraduate education at Claremont McKenna prepared him for his studies at Columbia University Law School, where he received his law degree with honors. Bullock has practiced law in New York City; Washington, DC; and Helena, Montana. He began his public service career in 1996 when he served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Montana Secretary of State. Since then, he has held several positions with the Montana Department of Justice, and he became Attorney General for Montana on January 5th, 2009. Can a single lawyer make a difference?
Steve Bullocks visit is sponsored by The Center for Human Rights Leadership.
Dr. Hewlett is the author of nine critically acclaimed nonfiction books, including When the Bough Breaks (1991)(winner of a Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Book Prize), The War Against Parents (1998)(co-authored with Cornel West), Creating a Life (2004)(named as one of the best books of 2002 by Business Week), Off-Ramps and On-Ramps (2007)(Harvard Business School Press, named as one of the best business books of 2007 by Amazon.com) and Top Talent: Keeping Performance Up When Business Is Down (Harvard Business Press) to be published in October 2009. She is the author of numerous Harvard Business Review articles including: "Leadership in Your Midst: Tapping the Hidden Strengths of Minority Executives" (2005), "Extreme Jobs: The Dangerous Allure of the 70-Hour Workweek" (2006), "Stopping the Exodus of Women in Science" (2008) and "How Gen Ys & Boomers Will Reshape Your Agenda" (2009). Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Veja, and the International Herald Tribune. She is a featured blogger, appearing monthly on Harvard Business Online and ForbesWoman.com.
Dr. Hewlett has taught at Cambridge, Columbia, and Princeton universities and held fellowships at the Institute for Public Policy Research in London and the Center for the Study of Values in Public Life at Harvard. In the 1980s she became the first woman to head up the Economic Policy Council a think tank composed of 125 business and labor leaders.
Sylvia Ann Hewletts visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children; the Lowe Institute for Political Economy; Robert Day School of Economics and Finance; CMC President Pamela Gann and Dean of the Faculty Gregory Hess.
Brookhiser is the author of several books, many of them about the principles and history of the U.S. founders. He adapted his biography Founding Father: Rediscovering George Washington (1996) to a 2002 PBS documentary that he also hosted, and he is currently working on adapting Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton (2007) to a film as well. He has written for several magazines besides the National Review, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, and The New York Observer, where he wrote a column from 1987 to 2007. In 2005, he received the National Medal for the Humanities Medal.
Mr. Brookhisers talk is jointly sponsored by the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World and the Athenaeum.
Mr. Lauren has delivered invited addresses before the Smithsonian Institution, the Nobel Peace Institute, and the United Nations. He served as the founding director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, where he is the Mansfield Professor of Ethics and Public Affairs. Paul Lauren is first Regents Professor named by The University of Montana. He has published many articles, chapters, and eleven books, all or portions of which have been translated into seven different languages, including the widely-read Force and Statecraft (1983), the highly-acclaimed The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen (1998) nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and the award-winning Power and Prejudice: The Politics and Diplomacy of Racial Discrimination (1996).
Professor Laurens lecture is part of the Athenaeum series Human Rights and the Law.
Professor Carrolls most recent book, Remarkable Creatures: Epic Adventures in the Search for the Origin of Species (2009), is an account of some of the most dramatic adventures and important discoveries the history of evolutionary thought. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. A recipient of the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shaw Scientist Award of the Milwaukee Foundation, and numerous honorary lectureships, Professor Carroll was also named one of Americas Most Promising Leaders under 40 by Time Magazine in 1994.
Sean Carrolls lecture at the Athenaeum is made possible through the generosity of the David E. French Lectureship.