Public Viewing: McKenna Auditorium 6:45 p.m.
Liu wrote The True Patriot (2007), a national bestselling book that argues progressives must reclaim patriotism, and founded the Patriot Network to advance the books call for progressive patriotism. Previously, Liu authored Guiding Lights: The People Who Lead Us Toward Our Purpose in Life (2006), and The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker (1999), a New York Times notable book. In 2002 the World Economic Forum named Liu one of the top 100 Global Leaders of Tomorrow.
Liu recently founded Citizen University in an effort to combat the rising trend of what he calls citizen detachment. According to Liu, government works best when ordinary Americans flex their citizen muscles and play a more active and participatory role in the political process.
This dinner is only open to freshman, but additional seating will be available in McKenna Auditorium for those wishing to hear the talk. Freshmen are automatically signed up for this dinner, and must contact the Athenaeum to cancel their reservation if they do not plan to attend.
Richard Breitman received his B.A. and M.A. from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Harvard University. He is either the author or co-author of ten books and many articles in German history, U.S. history, and the Holocaust. His most recent previous work was Hitler's Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence, and the Cold War, co-authored with Norman J.W. Goda. He is best known for The Architect of Genocide: Himmler and the Final Solution (Knopf 1991) and Official Secrets: What the Nazis Planned, What the British and Americans Knew (Hill and Wang, 1998), a finalist for National Jewish Book Award.
Previously, Professor Breitman directed of historical research for the Nazi War Criminal Records and Imperial Japanese Records Interagency Working Group, which helped to bring about declassification of more than eight million pages of U.S. government records under a 1998 law. He is also an editor of the scholarly journal entitled Holocaust and Genocide Studies. At American University, he teaches courses in modern European history.
As a performer, Lizz Winstead served as correspondent on The Daily Show with Craig Kilborn and later as a host on Unfiltered, AirAmerica Radio's mid-morning show, where she recruited famous figures like Hip Hoplegend, Chuck D, and later MSNBC host Rachel Maddow. Winstead is currently touring the country from Los Angeles to New York City.
Winsteads political satire work has been featured and commented on in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly's 100 Most Creative People issue and she has made numerous television appearances, including on HBO and Comedy Central. She also appears in weekly segments on The Ed Show on MSNBC and HLN's The Joy Behar Show. When Winstead is not on stage, she writes for The Guardian, The Huffington Post and blogs at her website lizzwinstead.com.
In May of 2012, Lizz Winstead published her first book, Lizz Free Or Die, a series of personal essays. In reference to the book, comedian Sarah Silverman says, reading Lizz Winstead's hilarious collection of very personal essays somehow leaves you changed. You laugh, and yet there are nutrients in her words.
Lizz Winsteads visit to the CMC campus is sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
The son of two lesbian mothers, the 19-year-old University of Iowa engineering student had no idea that his heartfelt testimony that day would spread like viral wildfire, and even land him on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A state champion in high school debate and multiple national finalist in competitive acting, Zach was no stranger to speaking before an audience. Yet, he had never talked about his family in a public setting or in such open and candid terms.
On his way home from the public hearing, he thought that his work was, for all practical purposes, finished. Just two days after he testified during that hearing, however, a YouTube video of his testimony went viral, garnering nearly two million views with millions more via Facebook, Twitter, national and international television, and other online media. Although initially hesitant to share his story on such a vast stage, Zach remembered the famed words of his favorite superhero's uncle, Ben Parker: "With great power comes great responsibility." Never before in his life had he had such an opportunity to stand up and speak out on behalf of his family. So he did what any of us would do, deciding to advocate for family and families like his all over the country.
After appearing on numerous television programs in person and his testimony airing on MSNBC, ABC, CBS and CNN, Zach found himself working on a book, My Two Moms: Lessons of Love, Strength, and What Makes a Family (2012). Zach shares a story that has never before been told, and offers a fresh, bold perspective on a recently rekindled - and always contentious - issue: gay marriage.
Zach Wahls visit to campus is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.
DINNER: 6:00 p.m.; PROGRAM 6:45 p.m. Parents Dining Room
Since representing Kerouac, Sterling Lord has become a dean of literary agents. In his new memoir, Lord of Publishing, Lord recounts his adventures in publishing and, above all, his love of writers and writing. He has represented Ken Kesey, Frank Deford, Terry Southern, Gloria Naylor, Nicholas Pileggi, Howard Fast, and Dick Francis among many other distinguished authors. He has, inevitably, turned down many, including Lyndon Johnson.
Lord came to the New York world of publishing from Burlington, Iowa, where his father managed a small store and taught his son the art of bookbinding. Starting as a magazine editor, Lord shifted to representing authors. He has been a prime mover and witness to the major changes in book publishing over the last half century.
Please join us for a fascinating conversation.
Silvers influential role in political forecasting was by no means a given for an economics major from the University of Chicago interested in baseball. In 2002, Nate Silver was working as a consultant for the accounting firm KPMG when he developed a new method for predicting the performance of baseball players, which was quickly acquired by the Web site Baseball Prospectus. Using his knowledge of statistics, Silver engaged himself for a time playing professional poker before becoming interested in political predictions. After the 2008 presidential election when he correctly predicted the results of the primaries and the presidential winner in 49 states, his blog became an overnight sensation.
While only 35, Nate Silver has earned numerous awards and accolades. In September 2008, FiveThirtyEight became the first blog to be selected as a Notable Narrative by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Silver has been named among TIMEs 100 Most Influential People of 2009 and Rolling Stones 100 Agents of Change. in 2012 and 2013. He was also named OUT magazines person of the year in 2012.
In September 2012, Silver published, The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Failbut Some Dont. Reviewing the book for The New York Times, Noam Scheiber predicted, it could turn out to be one of the more momentous books of the decade. Upon release, the book became a best seller on The New York Times list for nonfiction and Amazon.com named it as the best nonfiction book of 2012.
Nate Silver is the inaugural Res Publica Speaker for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Allred currently serves as president of the Womens Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Time magazine called her one of the nations most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes. In 1986 President Reagan awarded her the Presidents Volunteer Action Award for her development of a child support amnesty program in California. Allred is the author of Fight Back and Win My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice and How You Can Win Your Own Battles (2006), where she shares lessons from her extensive experience fighting for victims.
Allred has gained prominent national attention for her involvement in high profile cases. She represented the family of OJ Simpsons slain wife; Mel Brown (Scary Spice) in a paternity suite against Eddie Murphy; and women harassed by Tiger Woods, Anthony Wiener, and Herman Cain, among many others. Allred also took on the case of a Miss Universe contestant who was ousted after it was discovered she was born male, Meg Whitmans undocumented housekeeper after it was suspected she was fired for political reasons, and victims of sexual assault at Occidental College.
Ms. Allreds Athenaeum talk is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum, ASCMC, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
Currently Truax writes a weekly column titled Si Muero Lejos de Ti (If I Die Away From You) for Huffington Post Voices, and is a freelance contributor for several Spanish-Language publications. She also founded a video productions company called Malaspina Producciones, and is the Los Angeles correspondent for Gatopardo magazine. Truaxs first book is titled Dreamers: A Generation's Struggle for the American Dream (2013), is about undocumented students in the United States.
Truax was born in Mexico City, and moved to Los Angeles in 2004. She received her Masters degree in Communication and Politics from Universidad Autònoma Metropolitana, and was a recipient of the Scripps Howard Immigration Training Program fellowship.
This talk is jointly sponsored by the CLSA (Chicano/Latino Student Affairs Center) and is in recognition of Latino Heritage Month.
Professor Chae-Jin Lee is Professor Emeritus of Government at CMC and plans to teach U.S. Policy in Asia spring semester 2014. He is also a Visiting Professor at Korea National Diplomatic Academy. A prominent scholar of U.S. foreign policy and East Asia (Korea, China, Japan), Professor Lee was Bank of America Professor of Pacific Basin Studies and Director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC for 20 years. He also taught at University of Washington, University of Kansas, UC (San Diego), and U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Professor Lee received B.A. from Seoul National University and Ph.D. from UCLA A prolific scholar, his publications include: A Troubled Peace: U.S. Policy and Two Koreas (2006); China and Korea: Dynamic Relations (1996); Zhou Enlai: The Early Years (1994); and The United States and China: Changing Relations and Regional Implications (1991). He also serves on editorial boards for several journals, including Asian Survey, Asia Policy, Asian Perspective, Journal of Pacific Asia, Journal of Peace and Unification, and International Journal of Korean Studies.
DINNER 6:00 p.m.; PROGRAM 6:45 p.m.
For his own part, Kleinzahler doesnt like to call himself a poet. He says most poets are shiftless, no-account fools. Yet he has been very successful avoiding this stereotype; his work has been described by The New York Times as a modernist swirl of sex, surrealism, urban life and melancholy with a jazzy beat.
Kleinzahler was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1949, and raised in Fort Lee, New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Victoria, he wrote a music column for the San Diego Reader before starting his career as an author, essayist, and poet. He is the author of ten books of poetry, including: The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (2004), winner of the International Griffin Poetry Prize; Live from the Hong Kong Nile Club: Poems: 1975-1990 (2000); Green Sees Things in Waves (1999); and Red Sauce, Whiskey and Snow (1995). He is also the author of the meditative memoir Cutty, One Rock: Low Characters and Strange Places, Gently Explained (2004).
His reputation as a divisive, opinionated figure was confirmed in 2004 when he wrote a scathing response to Garrison Keillors poetic taste on his NPR segment in Poetry Magazine. He critiqued Keillor for his persistent selection of only anecdotal and wistful poems.
Kleinzahlers honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lila Acheson-Readers Digest Award for Poetry, an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Berlin Prize Fellowship, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and the post of poet laureate in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
August Kleinzahler is a visiting lecturer in the department of literature and a Gould Fellow.
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