Dr. Denise Johnston is the founding director of the Center and a leading national authority on children of criminal offenders. In 2002, she implemented the first Early Head Start program to be conducted in a jail in the United States. In collaboration with the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, she designed and directed the Mother-Child Reunification Program [MCRP] in California prisons. This comprehensive program of prison-based mother-child services included a leadership institute for imprisoned mothers and Californias first prison nursery.
As principal investigator, Dr. Johnston has completed 15 major research projects for the Center, including the first longitudinal investigation of the children of criminal offenders, begun in 1991 in Southeast Los Angeles County, and the landmark Jailed Mothers (1991), Children of Criminal Offenders & Foster Care (2000), and Children of Criminal Offenders in the Community (2001) studies.
Dr. Johnston is the editor of the first American text on incarcerated parents and their children and the forthcoming Working with Children of Criminal Offenders & Their Families: A Handbook for Practitioners. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated with highest honors from Mills College and received her doctorate from Stanford University School of Medicine.
The Kaiser Family Foundation is one of the nations largest and most well respected organizations devoted to health research. An independent, private philanthropy, it has no connection whatsoever with the HMO Kaiser Permanente or Kaiser Industries. Dr. Altman led a complete overhaul of the organization starting in 1999, which is credited with establishing the Foundation as a leader in health policy.
Altman is a former Commissioner of the Department of Human Services for the state of New Jersey under Governor Tom Kean (1986-1989). As Commissioner, he developed nationally recognized initiatives in welfare reform, school-based youth services, programs for the homeless, and Medicaid managed care. Prior to joining the Kaiser Family Foundation in 1990, Dr. Altman was director of the Health and Human Services program at the Pew Charitable Trusts. He was a vice president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1981 to 1986, where he led the development of the Foundations programs in HIV/AIDS, health services for the homeless, and health care financing. He served in a senior position in the Health Care Financing Administration in the Carter administration.
Dr. Altman received his B.A. from Brandeis University and Masters in political science from Brown University. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health, and taught at MIT before moving on to public service.
Drew Altmans Athenaeum lecture is in coordination with Professor Fred Lynch's Government 105 class, Organization of Health Care and Public Policy.
-Harold Bloom, author of The Western Canon (1995)
Claremont McKenna College has the distinct privilege of hosting Angus Fletcher as the Podlich Fellow for spring semester 2010 and writer in residence at the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
Angus Fletcher is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the Graduate School at the City University of New York. His research interests include theory of literature, comparative literature, allegory, the literature of nature, Edmund Spenser, and postmodernisms. Professor Fletcher is the author of several works, including Allegory: The Theory of a Symbolic Mode (1964); Time, Space, and Motion in the Age of Shakespeare (2007); A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination (2006); The Transcendental Masque: An Essay on Miltons Comus (1972); Colors of the Mind: Conjectures on Thinking in Literature (1991); and The Prophetic Moment: An Essay on Spenser (1971). In 2005 he was awarded the Truman Capote Prize in Literary Criticism, recognizing his A New Theory for American Poetry: Democracy, the Environment, and the Future of Imagination (2006). Professor Fletcher also is the recipient of a 2007 Senior Fellowship from the Endowment of the Humanities.
A previous Fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, Professor Fletcher was the recipient of a 2007 Senior Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In 2008-2009 he was the Getty Professor at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.
In this first of two lectures Professor Fletcher will revisit Sir Charles Snow's 1959 pronouncements on "The Two Cultures" and will discuss a zone of interest shared by the Arts and Sciences, the practice of counting.
Bryant Simon is professor of History and the Director of American Studies at Temple University. He is the author of four books and collections, including Boardwalk of Dreams: Atlantic City and the Fate of Urban America (2004) and Everything but the Coffee: Learning about America from Starbucks (2009).
Check out his fabulous blog at http://everythingbutthecoffee.net
DINNER 6:00 p.m., PERFORMANCE 6:45 p.m.
The play takes place in a typical dining room of a well-to-do household, and explores the lives of the families that have inhabited it over the years. It consists of eighteen independent scenes: some funny, some rueful, and some poignant. Throughout, the actors take on a range of characters: from small children to stern grandfathers to teenagers drinking when their parents are away. The scenes coalesce to tell a story about upper class American life, rich with humor and humanity.
The all-student cast features Nico Brancolini 11, Chloe Cotton 12, Shamil Hargovan 10, Will Kahn 12, Bri Riggio 10, Julia Starr 12, Max Sterling 10, Caroline Taylor 10, and Andie Wheatley 13. Cory Davia 10 directs.
Dont miss this opportunity to see your friends and classmates perform!
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m., LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
-from the publishers review of A New Theory for American Poetry (2006)
In his second Athenaeum lectures, Professor Fletcher will discuss the common belief in cycles of history, shared by many religious believers and by unbelievers like the poet James Joyce. In the context of Giambattista Vico's revolutionary treatise on history, The New Science, the lecture will suggest that today Americans need to develop what might be called "historical imagination."
Peter Rutland is the Colin and Nancy Campbell Professor in Global Issues and Democratic Thought at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and an associate of the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies at Harvard University. He has a B.A. from Oxford and a D. Phil from the University of York. He is the author of The Myth of the Plan (1984) and The Politics of Economic Stagnation in the Soviet Union (1992) and editor of half-dozen books, including Business and the State in Russia (2001). He has been a visiting professor at the European University of St. Petersburg and Sophia University in Tokyo. He is currently completing a book entitled Moscow Rules: The Politics of the Post-Soviet States.
Dr. Rutlands visit to CMC is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
Ms. Nammour has her own daily political talk show, called "Behind the News," which focuses on current and political events and leading international news stories. "Behind the News" is one of the most widely watched political news and public affairs programs in the Arab World, and Ms. Nammour received an award in 2008 for being the first Arab woman to host a regular political talk show. The award was presented to her at the Women and Global Leaders Forum meeting in Dubai.
Nammour began her career in Lebanon as a news reporter and then presenter on Lebanese television channel NTV. She also worked as a producer and anchor on Lebanon's Future TV, where she launched the Arab World's first daily morning news program in the 1990's, called "The World this Morning." The program was very popular, and it became the most watched morning show in Lebanon. Ms. Nammour earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology and sociology in Lebanon. She is married and has two children, and she resides in Doha, Qatar.
Launched in 1996, Al Jazeera Satellite Channel quickly became one of the largest and most viewed Middle Eastern news channels, and the first channel in the region to offer news coverage 24 hours a day. The station's headquarters is based in Doha, Qatar, and today Al Jazeera Network has more than fifty bureaus around the world with 180 employees. More than one thousand journalists, directors, producers, and administrative staff work at the Al Jazeera headquarters in Doha. The station is viewed throughout the Middle East and internationally, and has some 75 million viewers.
Joumana Nammours visit to campus is sponsored by the Arabic Studies program at CMC and the Athenaeum.
Romney first earned his leadership credentials as Vice President with the management consulting firm Bain & Company. He then went onto found Bain Capital, one of the nations most successful venture capital and investment firms. Prior to 2002 he left the private sector to become President and CEO of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games. In this role he directed an incredible turnaround of the Olympics, at one point saddled with $379 million in debt. Romney stayed in the public sector, running successfully as a Republican governor of Massachusetts in 2002. During his administration, he managed to balance the budget and even implement universal health-care reform. In the 2006 election cycle, he raised $27 million for GOP state legislator elections as the Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Since then, he has become a political force to be reckoned with, amassing large amounts of popular support in the 2008 Republican primary and since then as a luminary in the party. He just recently published his new book No Apology: The Case for American Greatness (2010).
Governor Romney received his B.A., with Highest Honors, from Brigham Young University in 1971. In 1975, he was awarded an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was named a Baker Scholar, and a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School.
The Pacesetters Fellowship Program is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of alumni from the classes of 1948, 1949, and 1950 the Pacesetters. Governor Mitt Romney is CMCs eleventh Pacesetter Fellow.
LUNCH 12:30 p.m. LECTURE 1:00 p.m.
Before coming to Cornell, she was for many years on the faculty at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and her B.S. from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University.
Professor Blau has served as President of the Society of Labor Economists and the Labor and Employment Relations Association (formerly the Industrial Relations Research Association), Vice President of the American Economic Association (AEA), President of the Midwest Economics Association, and Chair of the AEA Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession. She is a fellow of the Society of Labor Economics, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the Labor and Employment Relations Association, and was the 2001 recipient of the Carolyn Shaw Bell Award from the American Economic Association Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession for furthering the status of women in the economics profession. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Labor Economics and the Editorial Advisory Board of The Annals, and is an Associate Editor of Labour Economics; she was formerly an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, on the Board of Editors of the American Economic Review, on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Economic Perspectives, and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Economic Perspectives.
Blau has written extensively on gender issues, wage inequality, immigration, and international comparisons of labor market outcomes. She has published articles in the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Economica, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and other major journals. She is the author of Equal Pay in the Office (1977) and, with Lawrence Kahn, of At Home and Abroad: U.S. Labor Market Performance in International Perspective (2002)(recipient of the Richard A. Lester Prize for the outstanding book in labor economics and industrial relations for 2002) and the editor, with David Grusky and Mary Brinton of The Declining Significance of Gender? (2006), and with Ronald Ehrenberg of Gender and Family Issues in the Workplace (2000). She is also coauthor, with Marianne Ferber and Anne Winkler, of The Economics of Women, Men, and Work ( 1986) currently in its 6th edition.
Francine Blaus lecture at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children.
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