Adam Michnik has authored scores of essays, articles and books, including Letters from Prison and Other Essays (1985), Letters from Freedom (1998), and The Church and the Left (1993). He writes frequently for his paper, Gazeta Wyborcza, as well as for such publications as Der Spiegel, Le Monde, New York Review of Books, and Washington Post. Recognized by nations, universities, and foundations for his lifelong struggle for Democracy, he has received many prestigious awards, most recently: Press Freedom Hero, International Press Institute (2000); the Erasmus Prize from the Royal Palace, Amsterdam (2001); Joaquin Garrigues Walker Award from Salvador de Madariaga Foundation, Spain (2001); Chevalier de la Legion dHonneur, France (2003); Dan David Prize, Tel Aviv University (2006); Honorary Senator, University of Ljubljana (2006).
Adam Michniks lecture is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC and will be given in Polish, and translated by Irena Grudzinska Gross, Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures and Executive Director of the Institute for Human Sciences at Boston University.
Rick Perlstein is the author of the New York Times bestseller Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America (2008), one of the ten best non-fiction books of the decade by the AV Club section of the Onion, and of Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus (2001), named the winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history and one of the "25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Times."
An independent historian, essayist, and journalist, his writings have been featured in publications including Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The New Republican, and the Nation. Called by Politico.com the "chronicler extraordinaire of modern conservatism," who "offers a hint of how interesting the political and intellectual dialogue might be if he could attract some mimics." He lives in Chicago.
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, Jonathan 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, Jonathan 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, Jonathan 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.
Jonathan 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.
Like the Western calendar, the Chinese Lunar Calendar is a yearly one, as the start of the lunar year is based on the cycles of the moon. Therefore, because of this cyclical dating, the beginning of the year can fall anywhere between late January and the middle of February. This year it falls on February 14th. The Lunar Calendar is the longest chronological record in history, dating from 2637 B.C. when the first cycle of the zodiac was introduced. According to legend, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals to come to him before he departed from Earth. Only twelve animals came to bid him farewell. As a reward he named a year after each one in the order that it arrived. First came the Rat, then the Ox, the Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Boar. Thus, we have the twelve animal signs of today. The animal ruling the year in which one is born exercises a profound influence on one's life. "This is the animal that hides in your heart." 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
A person born in the Year of the Tiger is brave and courageous and is ready for any challenge. Nothing can tame his adventurous and rebellious spirit. He is a rebel against authority, often championing liberal causes. A supreme optimist, he pursues his goals with fierce intensity. He commands respect from those around him. He is a born leader, and although he suffers from bouts of indiscipline and is obstinate, stubborn, and a hot-head, he often displays overwhelming generosity and draws people with his irresistible magnetism. He is likable through his usually well-mannered behavior and has a vibrant and playful personality. The tiger, to the ancient Chinese, was the king of beasts. The ferocious animal was the first to be the mount of holy personages. Later, the Tiger Lord itself was worshipped-thought to impart protection and virility to adherents.
The evening will include a multiple-course meal, not only tasty but also rife with symbolic meaning. There will be dishes to symbolize health, wealth, and good fortune, and like the decorations, it is because they are homophones with lucky words. For example, fish symbolizes prosperity because the word for fish sounds the same as the word for surplus (or profit) in Chinese. The mustard green, which is known as chang-nian-cai "long-year-vegetable" in some dialects naturally symbolizes longevity.
And wear red if you can. Tradition says that red is a bright, happy color sure to bring the wearer a bright future.
ANSELM MIN (10:30 a.m.)
ALBERT PARK (11:00 a.m.)
PARK YUN-JAE (2:00 p.m.)
CHANG KYU-SIK (2:30 p.m.)
EMILY ANDERSON (3:00 p.m.)
Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. His scholarship focuses on the interplay of law, ethics, and politics in modern society. His current research is concerned with the material and moral preconditions of liberal democracy in America and abroad.
He is cofounder and director of the Israel Program on Constitutional Government, has served as a senior consultant to the President's Council on Bioethics, and is a member of the Policy Advisory Board at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Berkowitz is the author of Virtue and the Making of Modern Liberalism (Princeton University Press, 1999) and Nietzsche: The Ethics of an Immoralist (Harvard University Press, 1995). He holds a J.D. and a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University; an M.A. in philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem; and a B.A. in English literature from Swarthmore College. Peter Berkowitz'a visit is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study on Individual Freedom in the Modern World at CMC.
Mark Edward Lewis (Department of History, Stanford University), in his paper, China: From Empire to Nation, will draw from over twenty years of experience researching aspects of political authority and communal identity from periods of imperial China contemporary with the succession of empires in the ancient and medieval Mediterranean. His works include, among many other books and numerous articles, Sanctioned Violence in Early China (1990), Writing and Authority in Early China (2002) and Chinas Cosmopolitan Empire: The Tang Dynasty (2009). Professor Lewis received his graduate degrees at the University of Chicago and currently holds the Kwoh-Ting Li Chair of Chinese Culture.
Walter Scheidel (Department of Classics, Stanford University) will present The Rise and Demise of Universal Empire: Rome, Europe and China. Professor Scheidels research examines a wide range of topics in social and economic history, with particular emphasis on ancient demography, slavery and state formation. His many important works include the recent edited volumes, Rome and China: Comparative Perspectives on Ancient World Empires (2009) and The Dynamics of Ancient Empires: State Power from Assyria to Byzantium (2009 with Ian Morris), and seminal works for the Journal of Roman Studies and the Journal of Roman Archaeology. Professor Scheidel received his graduate degrees at the Universities of Vienna and Graz and currently holds the Dickason Chair of Humanities.
This event has been generously funded by the Athenaeum, the Department of History at CMC and the Luce Fund.
Dr. Larry Diamond, one of the leading experts on democracy in the world, will deliver a lecture on Asian values and the future of democracy in Asia at the Athenaeum on March 4. In addition to Senior Fellow, he also directs the Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. He is the founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy and also serves as Senior Consultant (and previously was co-director) at the International Forum for Democratic Studies of the National Endowment for Democracy. His latest book, The Spirit of Democracy: The Struggle to Build Free Societies Throughout the World (Times Books, 2008), explores the sources of global democratic progress and stress and the prospects for future democratic expansion. At Stanford University, Diamond is also professor by courtesy of political science and sociology. He teaches courses on comparative democratic development and post-conflict democracy building, and advises many Stanford students. He has edited or co-edited some 36 books on democracy, including the recent titles How People View Democracy (2008), How East Asians View Democracy (2010), Latin Americas Struggle for Democracy (2008), Political Change in China: Comparisons with Taiwan (2008), and Assessing the Quality of Democracy (2005). Among his other published works are, Developing Democracy: Toward Consolidation (1999), Promoting Democracy in the 1990s (1995), and Class, Ethnicity, and Democracy in Nigeria (1989). He also edited the 1989-90 series Democracy in Developing Countries, with Juan Linz and Seymour Martin Lipset.
Dr. Diamonds visit is made possible by a grant from the Freeman Foundation and sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
LUNCH 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
While his research and publications have encompassed many areas of theoretical and empirical finance, his present work focuses on experimental finance. This work borrows tools from many relevant fields, such as decision theory, general equilibrium theory, game theory, cognitive psychology, and decision neuroscience. His work has been published in top journals in finance, economics, econometrics, science and neuroscience. Bossaerts has taught undergraduate, MBA, Ph.D. and executive classes at various places across the world. He is or has been on the board of many academic journals, such as the Review of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and Mathematical Finance.
Bossaerts will discuss his theories on how financial decision making is the outcome of complex neurophysiological processes involving, among others, constant re-evaluation of the statistics of the problem at hand, balancing of the various emotional aspects, and computation of the very value signals that are at the core of modern economic thinking. The evidence suggests that emotions play a crucial supporting role in the mathematical computations needed for reasoned choice, rather than interfering with it, even if emotions (and their mathematical counterparts) may not always be balanced appropriately. He feels decision neuroscience can be expected in the near future to provide a number of effective tools for improved financial decision making.
Professor Bossaerts Athenaeum lecture is part of the Financial Economics Institute Speaker Series.
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