Welts began his NBA career as a ball boy for his hometown Seattle SuperSonics in 1969. He soon became an assistant trainer for the team and after college became the assistant director of public relations. He headed Seattles public relations during back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 1978 and 1979, the latter becoming Seattles only NBA championship.
In 1982 Welts joined the National Basketball Associations league offices as Director of National Promotions. He later became Vice President for Communications and eventually the leagues third-in-command as Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer, and President of NBA Properties. During his time with the NBA, Welts was a key part of the leagues revitalization and resurgence. In 1984, Welts created the NBA All-Star Weekend, which was quickly replicated across professional sports. In 1992, he ran the marketing for USA Basketballs Olympic Dream Team; in 1996 he helped launch the WNBA.
Weltss talk is a part of the Athenaeums ongoing series Shifting Perceptions: Celebrating the Spectrum of Leadership, which aims to foster a greater sense of inclusivity and community at CMC by celebrating the bold leadership of women, gay men, and lesbians. The series is sponsored by nine different offices and organizations on campus, including the Athenaeum, the Presidents Office, Dean of Students, and the Dean of the Faculty.
LUNCHEON 12:00 p.m.; LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Yohannes was the President of M&R Investments, a firm specializing in financial services and the renewable energy sector. Before launching M&R Investments, Mr. Yohannes was a leader in the financial services industry, working in various roles throughout his career including as Vice Chairman and member of the Management Committee of U.S. Bank, President and CEO of Colorado National Bank, and as the Executive Vice President of Security Pacific Bank (now Bank of America).
Passionate about protecting the environment and creating practical methods for implementation, in 2006, Mr. Yohannes co-founded the New Resource Bank in San Francisco, California to invest in green projects and environmentally sustainable businesses in the community. He also served as chairman of the Greenprint Council, a leadership group established by the Mayor of Denver focused on improving the environment of cities and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Yohannes is active in his community and has served on various boards and civil organizations, including the Board Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief & Equipment), the National Jewish Hospital, the Denver Art Museums Board of Trustees, the Smithsonian National Board, the Board of Directors of Media One (now Comcast), University of Washington Michael G. Foster School of Business, Pacific Coast Banking School, Boy Scouts of America, First Western Trust Bank, New Resource Bank, and the Board of Advisors for the University of Colorado Medical School.
Mr. Yohannes graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Economics and earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. Born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he is fluent in Amharic.
Ben Gurions destruction of Sharett reflects not just their conflicting ambitions and dreams for Israel but also the enduring split in Israel and among people everywhere over how Israel should respond to Arab hostility. The issues these two men embody and struggle for so combatively with one another reappear constantly today in Israel and in headlines around the world. Many of the words spoken by the two characters in the play are taken verbatim from published excerpts from their diaries or from quotations in biographies.
P. Edward Haley holds the W.M. Keck Foundation Chair in International Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College, where he directs The Center for Human Rights Leadership. He has served members of both houses of the U.S. Congress and as Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Romanian Foreign Ministry. Haley is the author of ten books and dozens of articles and is a leading scholar of and commentator on the Middle East. Moshe: Prince of Israel is his first play.
Art Horowitz is the chair of the Pomona College Department of Theatre and Dance. Horowitz joined the Pomona faculty in 2004, where his research covers the medieval Dance of Death and Shakespeare in performance with particular emphasis on international, non-English language productions and adaptations among other areas.
Alan Blumenfeld is currently a Lecturer in Theatre at Pomona College. A veteran American character actor, he is best known for his role in NBCs TV series Heroes as Maury Parkman, the telepath father of Matt Parkman. Blumenfeld began acting as a seven-year-old first grader, and has appeared in prime time television shows such as Greys Anatomy, JAG, Gilmore Girls, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace, and Judging Amy. His movie credits include The Ring, In Her Shoes, and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.
ADAM RUSH '03
CHRISTINA CROMLEY BRUNER
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Her tenure in the government is founded on extensive field experience, which has taken her to urban and rural communities throughout the United States. She served as Director of Policy at American Forests. She is also a Research Associate for the Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative and serves on the editorial board of the Policy Sciences journal. She co-edited Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management and co-authored Finding Common Ground: Governance and Natural Resources in the American West and Adaptive Governance: Integrating Science, Policy, and Decision Making. She completed her doctorate at Yale University in 2001. She holds a certification in the Kaplan-Norton model of strategy management. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Childrens Center, where her 18-month old son attends daycare.
Lisa Minshew Pitney '88: Lisa was born in Los Angeles and raised in Northern California. Lisa currently resides in La Crescenta with her husband, Jack Pitney, and their two children.
Lisa graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Claremont McKenna College with a bachelors degree in Political Science. After completing her undergraduate work, Lisa earned a Master of Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Lisa joined The Walt Disney Company in 1996 as the Manager of Government Relations for the Disneyland Resort. Lisa now serves as the Vice President of Government Relations for The Walt Disney Company.
In this role, Lisa represents The Walt Disney Company to city, county and state government, and serves on the boards of the Valley Industry and Commerce Association, the Central City Association of Los Angeles, the Motion Picture Association of America California Group, the Valley Economic Alliance, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Public Affairs Council of the California Chamber of Commerce.
Adam Rush '03: Adam was born and raised in Corona, CA. Prior to CMC, Adam attended Santiago High School where he as a football standout. Adam graduated from CMC in 2003 with a dual degree in Government and Philosophy.
Following his graduation from CMC, Adam pursued graduate coursework in public policy and politics at Claremont Graduate University while also searching for employment. Adam landed a position as an urban planner with the County of Riverside Planning Office which helped him hone his interest in pursuing local politics as a profession. Adam was a key designer in many of the major projects associated with growing the small town of Eastvale which ultimately led to its incorporation in 2010. Adam was sworn in as the first Mayor of Eastvale on October 1, 2010. He currently resides in Eastvale with his wife, Kristin, and two daughters, Jordyn and Avery.
Aleta Wenger: Prior to joining CMC in 2008, Aleta was an Assistant Secretary of the University at Yale University with responsibility for strategic planning and outreach in the Middle East and Africa.
Before her recent positions in higher education, Ms. Wenger was a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State, retiring at the end of 2005 with 25 years of U.S. government experience. Her government career includes diplomatic assignments in U.S. Embassies in Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Qatar, and Bahrain, and in Washington, D.C. She was the Chief of the Public Diplomacy Sections and the U.S. Embassys spokesperson in Qatar and Bahrain from 1999-2005. She supervised multinational staffs and managed budgets in support of U.S. foreign policy goals, including large-scale cultural diplomacy programs.
Ms. Wenger was a Branch Chief in the Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the United States Information Agency, where she directed the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and the University Affiliations Program. She has managed U.S. government-funded academic and cultural exchange programs totaling more than $20 million per year.
Wenger began her career with the Federal Government as a Presidential Management Intern in 1985. Earlier, she was a Congressional Intern in the office of U.S. Congressman Norman D. Dicks, and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. During graduate school, she was a State Department intern in Burkina Faso in 1984.
Ms. Wenger is a recipient of the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award and several Meritorious Honor Awards. She has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and a B.A. in History and Anthropology from Pacific Lutheran University. She is married with three children who accompanied her on her overseas and domestic assignments.
Deanna Zandt is a consultant for multiple progressive media organizations, for which she creates and implements effective web strategies toward organizational goals of civic engagement and empowerment. She specializes in social media, and is also a fellow for the Progressive Womens Voices program at the Womens Media Center. Her background in linguistics, advertising, telecommunications and finances contributes to her extremely successful work.
In addition to her degree in linguistics from the University at Albany, SUNY, Ms. Zandt has studied in Germany. Her Athenaeum talk is based on her book, Share This! How You Will Change the World with Social Networking. This talk is part of the series on public discourse, sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse. Prior to her evening presentation Ms. Zandt will also be facilitating a workshop on Wikipedia editing from 4:00 pm5:00 pm in Roberts North 12.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
John Dinans Athenaeum address and visit to campus is sponsored by the Rose Institute for State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College.
In an era of ballooning corporate campaign expenditures, unleashed by the Supreme Court in Citizens United, trust in our government is at an all time low. More than ever before, Americans believe that money buys results in Congress and that our Republic has been lost. Republic, Lost not only makes clear how the economy of influence defeats the will of the people, but offers cogent strategies to correct our course from a constitutional convention to a Regent Presidency.
Lessig is one of Americas foremost intellectuals, and an expert on ethics. He is the author of six books on the law and technology. He is also the Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and a Professor at Harvard Law School. Prior to returning to Harvard, Lessig was a Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. Lessig has clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia on the United States Supreme Court.
Middle East correspondent John R. Bradley was born in England in 1970. He was educated at University College London, Dartmouth College, and Exter College, Oxford. Fluent in Egyptian Arabic and widely published in the United States and Britain, he is best known for his book Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) that accurately predicted the Jan. 25 uprising. He is also the author of Saudi Arabia Exposed: Inside a Kingdom in Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005), Behind the Veil of Vice: The Business and Culture of Sex in the Middle East (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), and The Mythical Arab Spring (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming, 2012).
John Bradleys visit to CMC is sponsored the Center for Human Rights Leadership.
Professor Gangulys talk will focus on some laboratory experimental research, including his own, on how economic decision makers including investors, auditors and managers might use information while making judgments and reaching decisions. He will focus particularly on discoveries of some very predictable patterns of human cognition that may lead to business judgments and decisions contrary to predictions of standard economic models. He will also relate these aberrations to a variety of other social contexts.
Ganguly earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996. Prior to joining the faculty at Claremont McKenna, he served on the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at Purdue University. He has won numerous awards and recognition for outstanding teaching, and currently teaches Financial Accounting and Strategic Cost Management.
In the year 1999-2000, he took a leave of absence from academia to serve as a Director and Academic Research Fellow at KPMG LLP at their international Assurance and Advisory Services Center (AASC) in Montvale, New Jersey. The task force to which he was assigned was charged with re-inventing KPMGs business model for assurance services in the 21st century.
Back in academia, his primary research interest lies in examining decision making in economic and accounting settings. His Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Pittsburgh won the prestigious Arthur Andersen Foundation fellowship, and he has since published in highly-ranked academic journals such as Accounting, Organizations and Society; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory; Contemporary Accounting Research and the Journal of Risk and Uncertainty. He is a referee for a number of prestigious journals including some of the above, as well as The Accounting Review, Journal of Experimental Economics, Management Science, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, etc. In addition, he has presented papers and served as a discussant or moderator at numerous conferences and universities, and given talks to industry bodies on managerial and investor judgment and decision making.
Ananda Ganguly is a member of the American Accounting Association, and the Society for Judgment and Deicison Making. He is an avid photographer and hiker, a member of Mensa, and listed in Whos Who in America and in Whos Who Among Americas Teachers.
The story of the California Suffrage Campaign shows how the fight for the vote was waged in a uniquely Californian way: suffrage workers took to the streets and street cars of the big cities, as well as small towns, mines, factories, and farms all over California. In this battle for enfranchisement, the weapons were handbills and billboards, soapbox speakers, press releases, door to door canvassing, drama and music, innovative marketing items, clubs and classrooms, all buoyed up by individuals ardent commitments. This was no heavily financed campaign; it relied only on funds from bake sales and personal donations in dimes and dollars. But Californias frontier tenacity and resourcefulness prevailed.
Martha Wheelock directed, researched, co-produced, and co-wrote California Women Win the Vote. This is her eleventh film since founding Ishtar Films in 1978. She is also the president of Wild West Women, whose mission is to produce educational materials about women, and a teacher of American literature, ethics, and womens studies at Harvard Westlake School in Los Angeles.
Diana Selig is an associate professor of history at Claremont McKenna College. Her scholarship and teaching focus on U.S. political history particularly ethnicity, race, and gender. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. from Yale University.
Lily Geismer is an assistant professor of United States history at Claremont McKenna College. A scholar of modern American political history, she focuses on gender and sexuality, liberalism, and national political realignment. She earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Brown University.
This presentation is sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and the Claremont McKenna Gender Studies Program. The film will be shown at 6:30 p.m. and followed immediately by the discussion.
Kahneman is an eminence grise for the Freakonomics crowd. In the mid-1970s, with his collaborator Amos Tversky, he was among the first academics to pick apart exactly why we make "wrong" decisions. In their 1979 paper on prospect theory, Kahneman and Tversky examined a simple problem of economic risk. And rather than stating the optimal, rational answer, as an economist of the time might have, they quantified how most real people, consistently, make a less-rational choice. Their work treated economics not as a perfect or self-correcting machine, but as a system prey to quirks of human perception. The field of behavioral economics was born.
Kahneman was awarded the Nobel Memorial prize in 2002 for his work with Tversky, who died before the award was bestowed. In a lovely passage in his Nobel biography, Kahneman looks back on his deep collaboration with Tversky and calls for a new form of academic cooperation, marked not by turf battles but by "adversarial collaboration," a good-faith effort by unlike minds to conduct joint research, critiquing each other in the service of an ideal of truth to which both can contribute. "Amos and I shared the wonder of together owning a goose that could lay golden eggs -- a joint mind that was better than our separate minds."
In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman illuminates what he calls the machinery of the mind. Two systems drive the way we think and make choices: System One is fast, intuitive, and emotional: System Two is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Examining how both systems function, Kahneman exposes both the extraordinary capabilities and also the faults and biases of fast thinking, and the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and our choices.
Daniel Kahneman is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Princeton University and Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus at Princetons Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Greenwald writes prolifically at Salon, typically on topics of civil liberties, national security and media criticism. Greenwald also appears frequently on TV, web and radio news programs such as MSNBC's Morning Joe, The Young Turks, and Democracy Now!, as well as on Salon's own Salon Radio. Greenwald joined Salon in 2006 after blogging independently. Before his career as a blogger, Greenwald was a civil rights and constitutional law litigator in New York.
Glenn Greenwald has written three books, How Would a Patriot Act?: Defending American Values from a President Run Amok (2006), A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the Bush Presidency (2008) and Great American Hypocrites: Toppling the Big Myths of Republican Politics (2008). He has also written a much-cited report (2009) for the Cato Institute on Portugal's successful drug decriminalization policy.
- It is the policy of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum that no lecture, appearance or performance by any speaker or performer at the Athenaeum is to be videotaped, audiotaped, or otherwise recorded and/or broadcast without the prior written permission of the relevant speaker, performer, or other authorized owner of the intellectual property rights to the event.
- Anyone requesting permission to record an event is required to submit an Event Recording Request Form to Bonnie Snortum, the Director of the Athenaeum, at least 48 hours in advance of the relevant event.
- It is understood that the speaker, the performer, the Athenaeum, and any other event sponsor, as appropriate, reserve all intellectual property rights for each Athenaeum event.
- If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Bonnie Snortum at email@example.com or at (909) 607-4180.
- The Athenaeum serves as a gathering place where ideas, inquiry, and fellowship bring students, faculty, staff, other scholars, and nationally prominent speakers together.
- Attendance at any event may be limited to persons associated with CMC, to the people who signed up for the dinner, or to the maximum number of people allowed by fire regulations.
- On some occasions the speaker may address the group in another forum or the College may set up a video feed to handle an overflow crowd. All programs at the Athenaeum are filmed. Individuals attending should understand that their image might appear on the videotape.
- House rules and common courtesy prohibit disruptive actions inside the building during an Athenaeum sponsored program.
- Time allowing, there will be a period set aside for questions. Students will have priority during this portion of the program.
- Guests are expected to dress appropriately in all dining rooms. Shorts, jeans, and t-shirts are not acceptable at dinner; more casual attire is acceptable for lunch and tea. No bare feet at any time.