TONY RAMOS, City Manager, Claremont, CA
LARRY SCHROEDER, City Council member, Claremont, CA
MAUREEN ALDRIDGE, CEO, Claremont Chamber of Commerce
SCOTT LEDERHAUS, president, Association for Medical Ethics
KERRY ODELL, professor of economics, Scripps College
PROGRAM 10:00 a.m.
As Sister Simone did on the Nuns on the Bus tours and at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Sister challenges the faulty logic and erroneous opinions that undermine Christian social teaching. In 2012, Sister Simone was instrumental in organizing the famous Nuns on the Bus tour of nine states to oppose the Ryan Budget, sponsored by WI Congressman Paul Ryan, a Catholic, and approved by the US House of Representatives. Had this budget gone into effect, it would have decimated programs meant to help people in need. Another Nuns on the Bus tour in 2013 focused on comprehensive immigration reform.
As a religious leader, attorney, poet and Executive Director of NETWORK, Sister Simone has extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington she lobbies on issues of peace-building, immigration reform, healthcare and economic justice. Around the country, Sister is known as a dynamic speaker and prominent educator on these and other public policy issues.
ROB CARPENTER '06
CLARK LEE '04
NICK WARSHAW '09
JULIE WONG '94
Rob Carpenter '06 is a serial 'hybrid entrepreneur': venture capitalist, professor, writer, public speaker and social activist. While at CMC, he worked in the White House Office of Political Affairs, for a former U.S. House Speaker, and wrote for multiple student publications. Post CMC, he has served as the Special Assistant to the CEO of Teach For America; was appointed as the youngest Commissioner of Transportation in the history of Los Angeles at 24 years old, where he saved over 100 ambulance worker jobs and exposed more than $217 million in fraudulent City funds, as reported by the Los Angeles Times; served as a leader in passing a $40 billion ballot measure to build Los Angeles's "Subway to the Sea"; and has served as professor of innovation at California State University, Los Angeles. He has founded numerous ventures, including a multi-million dollar startup named an "Emerging Technology Company of the Year" by Tech America, the Global Innovation Fellows, and more recently a venture capital firm that will be launching an asteroid-mining company. Rob holds a Master's Degree from Northwestern University and his writings and ventures have appeared in The New York Times, People Magazine, CNN, NBC, ABC, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek.
Clark Lee 04 is the Political Director of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP), the largest local Democratic Party entity in the nation, representing more than 2.4 million Democrats. He oversees endorsement, campaign, and communications operations. An award-winning campaign professional, Lee specializes in targeted communications, field operations, voter education, and voter rights advocacy. He has worked with many nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and political campaigns at presidential, gubernatorial, statewide, Congressional, legislative, and local levels as a staff member, consultant, or advisor since 2001. Among other roles, he also serves as Chair of the California Democratic Party Asian Pacific Islander Caucus and was a Democratic National Convention delegate for President Barack Obama in 2012. He has been named a Rising Star by the Campaigns & Elections magazine.
In true CMC fashion, Nick Warshaw 09 is a committed "government jock." Currently a law student in UCLA Law's Public Policy and Law program, Nick has worked in politics since a young age. Most recently, Nick served as Communications Director at Rally.org, the online fundraising platform designed to empower users to fundraise and build social awareness on a large scale. Nick began working on campaigns in high school, beginning with Senator Boxers 2004 reelection efforts. Through CMC's Washington DC program, he served in then House Speaker Nancy Pelosis Office,. Nick was elected and served two terms as the President of the California College Democrats. In 2008, he coordinated earned media for President Obamas 2008 Campaigns communications operation in Missouri. Before joining Rally.org, Nick was the Government Relations Deputy for stem cell research at Californias State Stem Cell Institute, the largest funder of stem cell research in the world. Nick is active in non-profits and political organizations throughout California. He serves as a partner for the Truman National Security Project and is a former fellow and board member of the New Leaders Council.
As Director of Corporate Citizenship for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Julie Wong 94 works with the companys theme parks, resorts, and other vacation businesses around the world to develop and implement strategies for philanthropic giving, environmental stewardship, issues management, and stakeholder engagement. Prior to joining Disney, Julie led communications efforts for a number of elected officials and political candidates, including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, Congresswoman Jane Harman, and L.A. City Councilmember Eric Garcetti. As Deputy Mayor for Communications to L.A. Mayor Jim Hahn, she helped craft communications strategies during critical junctures in the city, including the terrorist attacks of September 11 and the hiring of Police Chief Bill Bratton. Julie credits CMCs Washington Semester Program and Professor Jack Pitneys American politics classes for sparking her interest in pursuing a career in public service. She holds a bachelor of arts in government from Claremont McKenna College and a master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.
Marcus grew up in the San Fernando Valley suburbs of Los Angeles before heading east to attend college. She graduated from Harvard University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1983 from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden Fellow. She also studied at Hong Kong University on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship. She worked for years as a public interest lawyer and community organizer in Los Angelesfocusing on air, water, toxics and land use mattersand was a founder of Heal the Bay, an organization that successfully pressured the City of Los Angeles to reduce its dumping of poorly treated sewage into Santa Monica Bay.
In 1993, she was appointed by President Clinton as the Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2001, she assumed the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Trust for Public Land and in November 2008, she became the Western Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a nonprofit environmental action group of over 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals dedicated to preserving the Earths natural systems. During her tenure there, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to the Delta Stewardship Council in July 2010.
Marcus currently serves and has served in the past on many non-profit boards and Advisory Councils including the Public Policy Institute of California, Urban Habitat, Kesten Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy, and the Center for Diversity and the Environment. She is also currently an Obama Administration appointee to the Commission on Environmental Cooperation-Joint Public Advisory Council (US, Mexico, Canada).
Felicia Marcuss Athenaeum presentation is second in a series on Environmental Leadership sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center and the Kravis Leadership Institute. Subsequent lunch speakers include Thomas Steyer, Climate Change Activist on April 22nd and Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board on May 6th.
Prior to Secular State, Amesbury published two books: Morality and Social Criticism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005) and Faith and Human Rights (Fortress, 2008). Professor Guy Stock writes of Morality and Social Criticism, "Richard Amesbury has produced an excellent book. . . . Amesburys central project is to preserve - as Rortys pragmatism self-admittedly cannot - the rationality of radical criticism within the spheres of moral, political and religious thought and action. In doing this he finds himself confronting issues that relate quite generally to the nature of rationality and these he takes to be linked inextricably to the philosophy of language and to be fundamentally logical.
Presently, Prof. Amesbury serves on the steering committees of both the American Academy of Religions Religion and Politics Section and Law, Religion, and Culture Group and chairs the AARs Awards for Excellence in the Study of Religion.
Santer holds a Ph.D. in Climatology from the University of East Anglia, England. After completion of his Ph.D. in 1987, he spent five years at the Max-Planck Institute for Meteorology in Germany, where he worked on the development and application of climate fingerprinting methods. In 1992, Santer joined LLNLs Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison (PCMDI).
Ben Santer served as Convening Lead Author of the climate-change detection and attribution chapter of the 1995 IPCC report. His awards include a MacArthur Fellowship (1998), the U.S. Department of Energys E.O. Lawrence Award (2002), and membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (2011). His lecture is part of a semester-long series on environmental leadership. In his talk, Santer will respond to Dr. Patrick Michaels Athenaeum lecture on February 19.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.
By effectively focusing on two critical, interrelated areas preventing blindness and malnutrition HKI has remained well-focused, developed incredible expertise, sustained well-coordinated programs, and become a global leader in its field.
Ms. Kathy Spahn is the president and chief executive officer of Helen Keller International and works closely with the organizations Board of Trustees, global leaders in public health, staff members throughout the agency, partner organizations, and HKI supporters. Ms. Spahn serves as chair of the board of directors of InterAction. She is also a member of the boards of directors of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and The Bernadotte Foundation for Childrens Eyecare. She is a founding board member of both the North America chapter of IAPB and the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies, and a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control. Ms. Spahn also serves on the Partnership Council of GAIN and on the 2020 and Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute. She joined HKI in March 2005.
Helen Keller International is the 2014 recipient of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership. In its ninth year, The Kravis Prize identifies extraordinary leaders in the nonprofit sector and celebrates their accomplishments. It aspires to impact the nonprofit sector overall by lauding strong performance and sharing recipients best practices with others. The Kravis Prize is presented and administered by Claremont McKenna College and Marie-Josée Kravis and Henry R. Kravis 67, a member of the CMC Board of Trustees. Mrs. Kravis is an economist and a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute; Mr. Kravis is the founding partner of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. The Kravis Prize also is affiliated with the Kravis Leadership Institute at CMC.
On earlier tours, Ambassador Munter established the first provincial reconstruction team in Iraq (in the city of Mosul); served as Director at the National Security Council under Presidents Clinton and Bush; was Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the State Department; and served as Chief of Staff of the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office at the State Department and in other diplomatic assignments in Washington and overseas. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Polish Army and the Czech Republics Masaryk Medal. He earned a Distinguished Honor Award, four Superior Honor Awards and seven Senior Performance Pay Awards from the Department of State. He has advised the Diplomatic Academy in Vienna and was Dean Rusk Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University in Washington. Before joining the Foreign Service, Ambassador Munter taught European history at the University of California in Los Angeles and directed European studies at the Twentieth Century Fund (now The Century Foundation) in New York.
Ambassador Munter is from Claremont, California. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, and was awarded a doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. In January 2013, Ambassador Munter became professor of international relations at Pomona College. He is concurrently non-resident fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; PROGRAM 12:00 p.m.
Her book, The Holocaust and Catholic Conscience: Cardinal Aloisius Muench and the Guilt Question in Germany, was published in 2006 by the University of Notre Dame Press in association with the Museum. Her book was among the 2006 University Press Books Selected for Public and Secondary School Libraries by the American Association of University Presses (Category of Religion). Her book chapters, essays, and articles have appeared in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, the Lessons and Legacies volumes, H-German daily internet forum, and the scholarly journals Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Kirchliche Zeitgeschichte (Contemporary Church History), and Religion in Eastern Europe. She sits on the Executive Council of the American Catholic Historical Association (2012 to 2014 Term) and the Editorial Board for the Contemporary Church History Quarterly (CCHQ).
Dr. Brown-Fleming is currently completing the manuscript Imagining ITS: The International Tracing Service Holdings and 21st Century Holocaust Scholarship (working title). Her other research project, Eugenio Pacelli and the German Catholic Bishops, 1933-1939 (working title) is based on the Vatican Secret Archive materials opened to researchers in Rome in February 2003. The Museum holds the only microfilm copy of these records worldwide.
David E. Sanger is Chief Washington correspondent of The New York Times. Mr. Sanger has reported from New York, Tokyo and Washington, covering a wide variety of issues surrounding foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation and Asian affairs. Twice he has been a member of Times reporting teams that won the Pulitzer Prize.
Before covering the White House, Mr. Sanger specialized in the confluence of economic and foreign policy, and wrote extensively on how issues of national wealth and competitiveness have come to redefine the relationships between the United States and its major allies.
Mr. Sanger appears regularly on public affairs and news shows. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group.
His most recent books are Confront and Conceal: Obamas Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (2013) and The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009).
Born on July 5, 1960, in White Plains, N.Y., Sanger was educated in the public school system there and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1982. David Sangers visit to CMC is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.
BETO JIMENEZ, musical director
ROSALIE RODRIGUEZ, violin, vocals
CATHY BAEZA, violin
DANIELA GUITERREZ, guitarron
MELINDA FRANCES, congas, percussion
JILLIAN KARDELL, violin
JASMINE LOPEZ, violin, vocals
STEPHANIE MARTINEZ, violin, vocals
WENDY ALARCON, vihuela, vocals
ANIANA MEJIA, flute, vocals
SABRINA RODGERS, trumpet
ALISSA GONZALES, violin, vocals
KARINA ZURITA, guitar, vocals
Formed in 1999, the Mariachi Divas have performed at the Arrowhead Pond, Universal Amphitheatre, and the Staples Center, and have worked with Grammy-winning artists Joan Sebastian, Marco Antonio Solis, and Paulina Rubio. Although mariachi is the root of the groups music, the Divas distinctive sound comes from its blending of traditional instrumentation the guitar, vihuela, guitarron, violins, and trumpets with timbales, congas, bongos, tambora, percussion, tres and flute.
The Mariachi Divas have recorded six CDs, the latest being Viva la Diva (2010) and 10 Aniversario (2009) in honor of their first ten years together. In 2009, they won a Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album for their Canciones de Amor CD (2008). That was also the first time that an all-female mariachi troupe has ever been nominated for and won a Grammy Award.
The Divas first performed at the Athenaeum in honor of Cesar Chavez Day in 2004. To sample their music, check out the website: http://www.mariachidivas.com. You will not want to miss this Athenaeum tradition.
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