Previously, McGregor served as the FTs deputy news editor in London, as well as Beijing bureau chief and Shanghai correspondent. Prior to joining the FT, he was the chief political correspondent and China correspondent for The Australian. He has also reported for the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and the Far Eastern Economic Review.
McGregor has won numerous awards throughout his nearly two decades of reporting from north Asia, including a 2010 Society of Publishers in Asia Editorial Excellence Award (Excellence in Reporting Breaking News category) for his coverage on the Xinjiang Riots and 2008 SOPA Awards for Editorial Intelligence (Excellence in Opinion Writing and Excellence in Feature Writing categories). He is author of The Party: The Secret World of Chinas Communist Rulers (2010), described by The Economist as a masterful depiction of the Chinese political system. The Party was awarded the third annual Bernard Schwartz Prize by the Asia Society in New York in 2011 for nonfiction books making an outstanding contribution to understanding Asia.
Richard McGregors visit to CMC is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
To begin with, states rights federalism cannot possibly win the debate with national federalism owing to the very forum in which the requisite argument must occur a national one, thanks to the Civil War and the ordinary rules of practical argumentation. Further, the political consequences of this self-defeating logic can only hasten the loss of American sovereignty to international economic forces. Both philosophical and practical reasons compel us to consider two historical alternatives to states rights federalism. In the federalism of John Marshall, the nations most renowned jurist, the national governments duty to ensure security, prosperity, and other legitimate national ends must take precedence over all conflicting exercises of state power. In process federalism, the Constitution protects the states by securing their roles in national policy making and other national decisions. Barber opts for Marshalls federalism, but the contest is close, and his analysis takes the debate into new, fertile territory.
Affirming the fundamental importance of the Preamble, Barber advocates a conception of the Constitution as a charter of positive benefits for the nation. It is not, in his view, a contract among weak separate sovereigns whose primary function is to protect people from the central government, when there are greater dangers to confront.
Professor Barber combines interests in political philosophy and the American Constitution. He is the author of: The Constitution and the Delegation of Congressional Power (1975) (Chicago); On What the Constitution Means (1986)(John Hopkins); The Constitution of Judicial Power (1997)(Johns Hopkins); Welfare and the Constitution (2005)(Princeton); and, with James Fleming, Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions (2007)(Oxford; named an Outstanding Academic Title for 2008 by Choice magazine). With Robert George, he is the co-editor of Constitutional Politics: Essays in Constitution Making, Maintenance, and Change (2001)(Princeton). With Walter Murphy, James Fleming, and Stephen Macedo, he is co-author/editor of American Constitutional Interpretation (2008), 4th edition (Foundation Press). He has also published numerous articles in constitutional theory. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies, and he has held visiting professorships at Princeton University and the University of Michigan. His present projects include a book on constitutional failure for the University Press of Kansas and the 5th edition of American Constitutional Interpretation.
Sotirios A. Barber is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His Athenaeum talk is sponsored by the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom.
Frost's knowledge of natural history has often taken literary critics by surprise but has also captivated scientists as well. After visiting Amherst in 1931, Niels Bohr was impressed by Frost's understanding of the conceptual foundations of quantum mechanics; Stephen Jay Gould remarked often on the stunning insights he found in Frost's poems. Peter S. White, a renowned botanist and ecologist, has found in Robert Frost a remarkable compendium of dramatic insights. The director of the University of North Carlolina's 700-acre botanical gardens and a professor of biology and botany at UNC Chapel Hill, Peter White is in a unique position to reveal what flowers and poetry tell us about the world and about the interrelated worlds of poetry and science.
White is a plant ecologist with interests in communities, floristics, biogeography, species richness, beta diversity, conservation biology and disturbance and patch dynamics. In vegetation science he is interested in the composition and dynamics of plant communities, the relationship between vegetation and landscape, and role of disturbance, and the ecology of individual species in a dynamic setting. In conservation biology he is interested in the distribution and biology of rare species, the design and management of nature reserves and alien species invasions.
Under White's direction, The UNC Botanical Garden became one of the first gardens to enact policies aimed at diminishing the risk of release of exotic pest organisms in 1998 and was presented with a Program Excellence Award in 2004 by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. In 2009, the Garden opened the Education Center, a 29,000 sq ft facility designed to achieve a Platinum LEED rating.
Between teaching classes and running the North Carolina Botanical Garden, Peter White finds little time to actually stop and smell the roses. "We live in a world teeming with other species," White has observed. "We're evolved from the same cell that started it all, and we don't understand it worth beans."That quest for deeper knowledge takes him from his University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office to the Smokies in Sevier County, Tennessee, to hunt a missing Arctic wildflower last seen in 1892. His research put him before lawmakers in Congress to testify on the importance of cataloging and preserving as many species as possible: plants, bugs, bacteria, anything.
Peter White serves on the Boards of the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program, the Center for Plant Conservation and Discover Life in America.
His talk is sponsored by The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
To help us understand these extraordinary and unprecedented developments, we are fortunate this evening to hear from James Gelvin, professor of Middle Eastern history at UCLA, and a specialist in the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East). His latest book, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012), is published by Oxford University Press this year.
Professor Gelvin graduated from Columbia University and received his Ph.D. from Harvard. Before joining the faculty at UCLA, he taught at MIT, Boston College, and Harvard. Previously, he was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholar, and has taught as a visiting professor at the American University in Beirut.
As dramatic and world shattering as they have been, the events in the Middle East have not drawn him away from examining the historical roots of modern conflict. He is currently co-editing a forthcoming book called Global Islam in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930, and has recently published articles on modernity and tradition in Damascus, and the roots of political Islam.
In his talk at the Athenaeum Professor Gelvin will discuss the current situation in the Middle East.
Samuelsons work has been consistently recognized for its excellence during the course of his career. He received the 1993 John Hancock Award for Best Business and Financial Columnist, was awarded Gerald Loeb Awards for Commentary in 1993, 1986 and 1983, received the 1981 National Magazine Award and won National Headliner Awards for Feature Column on a Single Subject in both 1992 and 1993 and for Best Special Interest Column 1987.
His most recent book, The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence, was published in 2008. In it, he asserts that the Great Inflation was the worst domestic policy blunder of the postwar era, and that the modern economy cannot be understood without considering the Great Inflation and its aftermath.
In his Athenaeum address Robert Samuelson will challenge the notion that the 2008 financial crisis resulted mostly from Wall Street greed and governmental deregulation. He argues instead that the crisis resulted from a 25-year economic boom that started in the early 1980s with the dramatic decline of inflation. Samuelson criticizes the modern assumptions of economic management--that economic knowledge had advanced to the point where major collapses or even depressions were impossible and explains that our understanding and tools of control are far weaker than had been presumed. The consequences of this include a newfound caution on the part of both companies and consumers, as well as a semi-permanent slowdown in economic growth.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Bilgers work has also appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Harpers, The New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, and numerous other publications, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, Best Food Writing, and three times in The Best American Science and Nature Writing.
Burkhard Bilger has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2001. His articles have focused on food, science, and American subcultures, and have included essays on the mysteries of time perception and the enigma of American stature (why are we smaller than Europeans?), as well as portraits of gem dealers in Madagascar, short-order cooks in Las Vegas, and a cheese-making nun in Connecticut. He continues to explore many of these topics in his first book, Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts (2000), which was a finalist for the PEN/Martha Albrand Award for First Nonfiction. His book narrates his own journey through the South, exploring time-honored traditions as moonshining and cockfighting, coonhunting and, of course noodling. Noodling, by the way, is the act of sticking your hand into the water and letting a catfish grab it, then yanking the fish out of the water.
Bilger is also co-author of The Best American Science & Nature Writing (2001). His talk will discuss the place of science writing in literary journalism and is sponsored by CMCs Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
After graduating from Harvard in 1958, he received a Masters degree from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1960, and subsequently a Fulbright Scholarship. He then joined the Times. He went from copy editor to foreign correspondent in just three years, and received an award in 1971 for his education reporting, and a 1983 award for his foreign reporting. He has served as foreign editor of the NYT, and as its managing editor.
His newest book, the topic of his discussion at the Athenaeum, is Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India, published last year. The book has earned praise as being judicious and thoughtful, yet also deep and complex for those who have only a rudimentary knowledge of Gandhis life.
Great Soul also stirred up controversy as some thought the book insinuated that Gandhi was bisexual or homosexual. Lelyveld has denied this, and has said that this is a misinterpretation of the admittedly close relationship between Gandhi and one of his disciples, bodybuilder Hermann Kallenbach.
Lelyvelds is the author of other works, and his book entitled Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (1985) won the Pultizer Prize for General non-fiction in 1986. The book was based on Lelyvelds reporting from South Africa in the 1960s and 1980s, and explores the countrys racial policies and reform processes.
This lecture by Joseph Lelyveld is made possible by the generosity of CMC alumnus L. J. Kutten '74.
SCOTT AKASAKI '98
Scott Akasaki enters his ninth season with the Dodgers and third as director of team travel. The previous six seasons he was manager of team travel following five seasons in the club's Asian Operations Department, most recently as the manager of Japanese Affairs. Akasaki, 36, was the first Asian-American to be named to the post in Major League history and is just the fifth team travel representative for the Dodgers since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958.
Wes Parker, a 1962 CMC alumnus, was the first baseman for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1964 to 1972 and earned Gold Gloves for fielding his last six years in the Majors. He retired as the finest fielding first baseman ever by both reputation and percentage. He was also the team's rookie of the year and MVP in 1970.
James Colborn pitched 10 years in the majors with the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Seattle. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1973; in 1975 he pitched a no-hitter for the Royals. He retired as an active player in 1979, but remained a star in coaching circles, starting his career with the Chicago Cubs. Colburn served as a pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers and for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Colborn now has the Jim Colborn Baseball League.
Special tribute is given to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps founding athletics director and longtime baseball coach, Bill Arce. Beginning in 1962, he used sabbaticals and summer vacations to develop baseball in various European countries including Holland and Italy, two countries for whom he coached teams to European championships. He is now widely recognized as one of the great ambassadors of the game.
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