The daughter of an army sergeant and a member of the Womens Army Corps, Sapphire moved around the country often as a child. She dropped out of San Francisco City College to move to New York and become a hippie. She eventually graduated in 1993 from Brooklyn College with a degree in modern dance. The following year, she published American Dreams, a collection of poetry cited in Publishers Weekly as one of the strongest debut collections of the nineties.
Inspired by girls she met as a remedial reading teacher in Harlem, Sapphire wrote Push, which has since won numerous literary awards, including the Book-of-the- Month Club Stephen Crane Award for First Fiction, the Black Caucus of the American Library Associations First Novelist Award, and in Great Britain. Although Sapphire says she was hesitant to turn her book into a movie, the film has won several awards in its own right: it is the only film to win both the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals Audience Awards. Sapphire has also taught literature, fiction and poetry workshops at universities across the country.
In conjunction with Sapphires visit, Jim Nauls and the CMC Office of Student Activities will show Precious on Friday, February 5th at 9:00 PM in Pickford Auditorium.
His book in progress, From Athens to Jerusalem, provides an account of a personal and unconventional synthesis of secular study and Jewish learning. From Athens to Jerusalem details a story which began in the halls of the Ivy League and Oxford University, and led eventually to houses of study in Jerusalem. More than an autobiographical account, Kolbreners writings and lectures elaborate the relationship between Athens (Western philosophy and literature) and Torah. His current works in progress include a collection of essays, Contested Enlightenment: Gender, History and Authenticity, and a project on the intersection of theology and psychoanalysis, Open Minded Torah, to be published by Continuum in 2011.
A former Mellon Fellow of the Humanities, a Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University, and an Israel Science Foundation Fellow, Kolbrener lives in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem with his wife and children.
Professor Kolbreners visit to CMC is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
The highly acclaimed, Never Forever (2007) (starring Vera Farmiga and Jung-Woo Ha), produced by Lee Chang-dong screened in competition at the Sundance Film Festival 2007 and was awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival. Kim was nominated for Best New Director of 2008 in Koreas prestigious Daejong (Grand Bell) Awards. Martin Scorsese called Never Forever A moving experience [in which] the performances are wonderful and touching, and the style...intense and very precise.
Kims new documentary, Faces of Seoul (2009) recently had its world premiere at the 66th Venice Film Festival where she sat on the Orizzonti Jury. Repped by CAA, Gina Kim is now in development of several commercial film projects both in Hollywood and in Korea. Kim taught film production and film theory classes at Harvard University as a full-time lecturer for three years from 2004 to 2007.
The Athenaeum will show the film, Faces of Seoul, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (as dinner guests finish dessert!) and Ms. Kim will discuss the film and answer questions immediately after the screening.
The two co-editors of Three Days Before the Shooting are joining us to talk about Ellisons work and his legacy. Dr. Adam Bradley, associate professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College, is a scholar of African American literature. He has provided commentary for the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and NPR on black popular culture. Bradley has sought to define the emerging field of hip-hop poetics through his recently released Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop (2009). He is also the author of Ralph Ellison in Progress (2009).
Dr. John Callahan is the Morgan S. Odell Professor of the Humanities at Lewis and Clark College. As the literary executor for Ellisons estate, he edited Juneteenth in addition to collaborating on the publication of Three Days Before the Shooting. Callahan is a widely recognized scholar of African American literature, and he is the editor of The Collected Essays of Ralph Ellison (1995).
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The inspiration for the Gaos work is taken from the graceful curves of traditional calligraphy, the themes of Chinese legends, and the elegant movement of ancient Buddhist cave paintings. The selection of art on display is based on Chinese myths and incorporates political allegories. Included in the exhibition are two sets of calligraphy scrolls based on the poetry of Ertai.
Throughout his life, Ertai has openly advocated for freedom of expression in China. In 1957, he was sentenced to reform through labor in a camp in the Gobi Desert for writing, On Beauty, an essay which stated that freedom was essential to the creation of beauty, and that beauty was an expression of freedom. Disease and starvation killed approximately three-fourths of the inmates, but Ertai survived. His book, In Search of my Homeland: A Memoir of a Chinese Labor Camp (2009), describing his sentence to the labor camp, his fellow detainees, and the political persecution of his family. Ertai and his wife, Maya, fled China for the United States after he was wrongly arrested in the wake of the Tiananmen protests in Beijing in 1989.
For more than 30 years, Maya has worked as a professional artist and art instructor. Her work appears in the Leiyin Temple of Taiwan and has been on exhibit in New York, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.
A reception honoring Ertai and Maya Gao is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12 in the Security Pacific Room of the Athenaeum.
Beattie served as the Montreal Expos general manager from 19952001. He was also the Baltimore Orioles general manager with Mike Flanagan from 20032005.
Jims daughter Sarah is a junior at CMC and it is a great privilege to host Sarahs father at the Athenaeum as part of Family Weekend festivities.
The following timeline provides a view of Beatties career path through professional sports and beyond:
Grew up in Maine
1976 - Graduated from Dartmouth College
1975 - Drafted and signed with NY Yankees. Played parts of two years (1978-79) in NY after time in minor leagues.
1978 As a rookie, pitched and won the first game of the American League Playoffs vs KC Royals. Pitched and won 5th game of World Series vs. LA Dodgers.
1980-1986 Traded to Seattle Mariners and played there through 1986 season.
1989 -Earned MBA from University of Washington.
1989-1995 - Minor League Director, Seattle Mariners Baseball Club
1995-2001 - General Manager, Montreal Expos Baseball Club
2002 Assistant to General Manager, Montreal Expos
2003-2005 Executive Vice President, Baltimore Orioles Baseball Club
Present Lives in Boston and works for Bernstein Global Wealth Management as Financial Advisor.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m., LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Thomas W. Lentz is the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard Art Museum. He oversees one of the leading arts institutions in the United States, with a collection of more than 260,000 objects and a staff of over 260. A 1985 graduate of Harvards doctoral program in art history, Lentz is a specialist in Persian painting.
After serving as curator of Asian art at the Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, he moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he headed the Department of Ancient and Islamic art. Lentz returned to the East Coast in 1992 to the Smithsonian, initially as head of research and collections at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, later becoming deputy director, before being appointed director of the Smithsonians International Art Museums Division in 2000. He assumed his position as Director of the Harvard Art Museum in November 2003.
Dr. Lentz will speak at 12:00 p.m. about the Changing Roles of the Museum Director after an 11:30 a.m. lunch. Reservations for lunch can be made at the Athenaeum website.
Dr. von Hallberg received a doctorate in English and American Literature from Stanford University, and has since taught there and the University of Chicago, having also completed short professorships in Germany as well. He is a recipient of numerous research fellowship, including the Guggenheim, Alexander von Humbolt, and Fulbright awards.
In his address at the Athenaeum, he will consider Love Songs of Serial Desire, based on his knowledge of the genre written in both English and German. As in the courses that he teaches, he explores the relationship between poetry and song and other general questions of poetics.
Professor von Hallbergs Athenaeum lecture is sponsored the Gould Center of Humanistic Studies at CMC.
Professor Keils research focuses on aggregate labor market outcomes, comparative economic performance of countries and region, issues in finance, politico-economic interaction, and the study of business cycles. His publications have appeared in the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Macroeconomics, Oxford Economic Papers, and Weltwirtschaftliches Archiv among others. Most recently he has started work with students at the Lowe Institute on economic issues facing the local economy.
Manfred Keil received his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics. He joined the faculty of Claremont McKenna College in 1995. He has taught in the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance (formerly the Department of Economics) since then, primarily in the fields of macroeconomics, econometrics, and statistics. In the summer of 2009, he completed his three year term as the Chairman of the Faculty of the RDS. Before coming to CMC, he held appointments in Boston, Montreal, and England. In addition to being a faculty member at the RDS, he is a research fellow of both the Lowe and the Rose Institute.
Dr. Black was named the Best Thoracic Surgeon for the past ten years by the countrys physicians as reported in San Francisco magazine and awarded the Computerworld Medal of Honor Achievement in Medicine in 2002. His unique program attracts patients both nationally and internationally. Dr. Black received his MBA in 2008 from the Haas School of Business Berkeley and was nominated the Turner Fellow in Entrepreneurship and was the class valedictorian. Since graduation, Dr. Black has founded several companies that are delivering innovative products to improve the lives of millions.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m., LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Dodds retired from The Charles Schwab Corporation in May 2007 after 21 years with the firm. From 1999 through 2007, he served as Schwabs Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, responsible for strategic planning; financial planning and analysis; treasury; taxation; corporate accounting; external and regulatory reporting; mergers and acquisitions; investor relations; risk management; and corporate real estate.
Prior to his position as CFO, Dodds served as Corporate Controller from 1997 to 1999, Corporate Treasurer from 1993 to 1997 and Vice President of Corporate Finance and Mergers and Acquisitions from 1989 to 1993. Dodds joined Schwab in 1986 and held a variety of financial positions in treasury, financial planning and analysis and corporate development.
Before joining Schwab, Dodds served in the treasury departments of Gulf Oil, Exxon, and American Hawaii Cruises.
Dodds graduated magna cum laude with a bachelors degree in business from Clemson University, where he was captain of the men's varsity basketball team. He earned his Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Pittsburgh.
During his presentation, Mr. Dodds will discuss the seven rules for successful financial executives.