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Unique in U.S. higher education, the Athenaeum brings today’s leading scholars and activists, innovators and entrepreneurs, politicians and poets, scientists and musicians to engage our community in an intimate and relaxed setting.

Here is a list of open events at the Ath. If no sign up button appears under the event, it is because the event is no longer accepting reservations.

Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. Evening programs typically begin with a reception at 5:30 pm; dinner is served at 6 p.m; and the talk begins at 6:45 p.m. Reservations are required for the meals.

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Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot: On Literature, Past and Future
Peter Dale Scott
After years of studying and writing about the two poets Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot, award-winning poet Peter Dale Scott provides a trenchant assessment of their work as part of a new study on Milosz. 

Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot were two of the most luminous figures of 20th century poetry. Milosz, who was inspired by Eliot’s work (he translated “The Waste Land” into Polish during World War II), developed his own response to the atrocities and despair of the modern world and toward literary and cultural traditions, often in contradiction to Eliot’s.  After years of studying and writing about the two poets, Peter Dale Scott provides a trenchant assessment of their work as part of a new study on Milosz.

In the 1960’s Peter Dale Scott was a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, having previously served as a Canadian diplomat to Poland. At Berkeley he met Milosz, a colleague in the Slavic Languages department and poet then known mostly for his book about totalitarianism,The Captive Mind, and for his courses on Dostoevsky. Scott and Milosz collaborated on a landmark English translation of the selected poems of Zbigniew Herbert and eventually on stunning, witty English versions of Milosz’s own poems. Milosz went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A poet himself, Peter Dale Scott has published numerous volumes of poetry, most notably the three volumes of his trilogy Seculum: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror (1989), Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992), and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000 (2000). In addition he has published Crossing Borders: Selected Shorter Poems (1994, published in Canada as Murmur of the Stars), Mosaic Orpheus (2009), and Tilting Point (2012). In November 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award.

An anti-war speaker during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, he was a co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA).

His poetry has dealt with both his experience and his research, the latter of which has centered on U.S. covert operations, their impact on democracy at home and abroad, and their relations to the John F. Kennedy assassination and the global drug traffic. The poet-critic Robert Hass, who has served as U.S. Poet Laureate,  wrote that "Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time."

Peter Dale’s Scott’s lecture is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges.
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Environment of Childhood Poverty
Gary W. Evans
Most would agree that poverty is bad for children; less clear is why. Gary Evans' work suggests that one reason for the adverse developmental implications of childhood poverty is exposure to an accumulation of physical (e.g., substandard housing, chaos) and psychosocial (e.g., instability, turmoil) risk factors—with devastating long term impact.

Gary W. Evans is the Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Ecology in the departments of design & environmental analysis and human development at Cornell University. An environmental and developmental psychologist, he is interested in how physical environment affects human health and well being in particular among children. His specific areas of expertise include the environment of childhood poverty, children's environments, cumulative risk and child development, environmental stressors, and the development of children's environmental attitudes and behaviors. 

Evans is the author of over 300 scholarly articles and chapters plus five books. He was a core member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, the board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences, and the board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Center for Disease Control. Evans is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and received a Docteur Honoris Causa from Stockholm University. Celebrated as an award winning teacher, he has taught and lectured in over 50 countries.

Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:45am
Policy Options to Foster Smarter, Person-Centered Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients
Matthew McKearn
Matthew McKearn will discuss the Bipartisan Policy Center's work on developing recommendations to improve value in the U.S. health care system, especially as it pertains to the high-need, high-cost Medicare patients.

Medicare regulations and payment rules can erect barriers to evidence-based care designs to address non-clinical needs, which are particularly important for individuals with chronic conditions and functional or cognitive impairments. Matthew McKearn, the associate director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Health Project, will discuss BPC's work on developing recommendations to improve value in the U.S. health care system. BPC is working on policy ideas to finance long-term services and supports that have the potential to address non-clinical needs and avoid expensive hospital stays and other avoidable care episodes. BPC has partnered with CMC's Policy Lab to work in this policy area, focusing on proposals for lowering costs and improving services for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Prior to joining BPC, McKearn served as the director of the office of legislative affairs and budget for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked at the Office of Management and Budget where he was a senior analyst. His issue areas included long-term care hospitals and post-acute care, hospice, Medigap, rural Medicare payments, delivery system reform, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
An Evening with Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill,  author of the widely acclaimed novel "The Mare," will read from her most recent work and reflect on the craft of fiction writing.

​Mary Gaitskill is "among the most eloquent and perceptive of contemporary fiction writers," says The New York Times. The author of several novels including Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1998) and Veronica (2006), which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2005, as well as the story collections Don’t Cry (2010), Bad Behavior: Stories (1988), and Because They Wanted To (1998), which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, Gaitskill has been praised by the Village Voice as "reaching deep into what she calls the trapdoors in personality and obsession, and pulling what she finds there back out into the world. Past, present, future; heartbreak, desire, and loss: none of it is quite beyond her.”

Her story Secretary was the basis for the feature film of the same name. The film received the Special Jury Prize and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. One of her most controversial essays, "On Not Being a Victim," appeared in Harper's. In 2002, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction; in 2010 she received a New York Public Library Cullman Center research grant.

She has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, The New School, Brown, and Syracuse University; she was the Writer-In-Residence at Hobart College William Smith College. She has also taught at Claremont McKenna College.

Her most recent novel is "The Mare" which was on the “Best Books of the Year" lists for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ms. Gaitskill’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Senior Thesis Showcase
Julien Chien, Nicole Southard, Jessica Bass, Taylor Lemmons, Julia Blanco, Nicky Blumm, Alejandra Vasquez Baur, Katelyn Faust, and Kris Brackmann
The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this inaugural Senior Thesis Showcase, nine seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers!

The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this inaugural Senior Thesis Showcase, nine seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Biology of Good and Evil
Robert Sapolsky
Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, wonders why do we do the things we do and digs deep in the history of our species and its genetic inheritance to posit answers.

Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic and PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Sapolsky and his research on the subject. In addition to A Primate’s Memoir, which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, Sapolsky has written three other books, including The Trouble with TestosteroneWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008. His articles have appeared in publications such as Discover and The New Yorker, and he writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Mind & Matter.”

His newest book entitled: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst will be published in May 2017 by Penguin Press.

Professor Sapolsky's Athenaeum talk is part of the Science and Skepticism series co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

(Source: Steven Barclay Agency Website)

Photo Credit: Thompson McClellan Photography

This event is full. If you would like to be put on a waiting list, please contact the Athenaeum.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
The War on Police
Heather Mac Donald
The Black Lives Matter movement holds that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially-driven police shootings, and that policing is shot through with systemic bias. Contending that the central Black Lives Matter narrative is not just false but dangerous, Heather Mac Donald will explore the data on policing, crime, and race and argue that policing today is driven by crime, not race, and that the movement has caused officers to back off of proactive policing in high crime areas, leading to the largest spike in homicides in nearly 50 years, disproportionately affecting blacks.  

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

A lawyer by training, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations. In 2016, she received the Excellence in Media Award from the National Police Defense Foundation's State Troopers Coalition.

A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English; she also studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Ms. Mac Donald's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by The Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Salvatori Center.

(Source: Manhattan Institute Website)

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:45am
Reformation Roundtable
Lori Anne Ferrell,  Carina Johnson, and Seth Lobis, panelists; Esther Chung-Kim, moderator
In recognition of the European Reformation's 500th commemorative year, an expert panel will discuss how religious changes affected politics, society, and culture throughout Europe and beyond in the early modern period and will also explore how the Reformations shaped social welfare reforms, responses to social discontentment, formulation of a national church, and perceptions of the world beyond Europe. 

Esther Chung-Kim, associate professor of religious studies at CMC will moderate the discussion by first setting the stage of the European Reformation by outlining the impact of religious change on social welfare reform, especially as it relates to poverty, wealth and social change. Her research interests include religious authority and conflict, as well as the religious impact on social change. Her current research project focuses on religious reform and poor relief in early modern Europe. 

Lori Anne Ferrell is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Government by Polemic: James I and the King’s Preachers (Stanford University Press) and The Bible and the People (Yale University Press) as well as many articles on Renaissance literature and the Reformation, the early modern sermon, and the early modern Bible. Her revisionist analysis of the role scripture played in the English Reformation is featured in the new Oxford History of Anglicanism (2017). She will present the concept of conversion to a national church as sincerely and religiously (rather than politically) motivated. Her case study for this concept is the poet and Church of England priest John Donne, whose corpus of St Paul’s sermons she has edited for the Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming 2018), work that allows her also to discuss the nature and importance of literary evidence in Reformation studies.

Seth Lobis is an associate professor of literature at CMC. He is the author of The Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England (Yale University Press) as well as essays on Erasmus, Milton, and others. He will cover the topic regarding "The Disenchantment of the World." This phrase, which Weber borrowed from Schiller, has long been associated not only with the progressive rationalization of western culture but also, more specifically, with the particular significance of the Reformation in that broader process. On this account the reformers opposed and sought to eliminate the magical, or more magical-seeming, elements of Christianity. In recent decades, historians have challenged Weber's thesis from different angles even as the idea of modernity as a complex configuration of ideas about magic, science, and religion has remained entrenched.

Carina Johnson is a professor of history at Pitzer College. Her current research focuses on cross-cultural encounters, proto-ethnography, memory, and the experience of violence in the 16th century Habsburg Empire. She is also interested in questions of material and visual culture, religious and cultural identities, and theorizing colonialism in the early modern era. She will present on Reformations in the European, Mediterranean, and global contexts. The Reformation is often described in terms of its profound religious, social, and political impacts within Europe, or as counter-Reformation Catholicism and Protestantism moved across the globe through European colonial structures. Her presentation focuses on two other important components of the Reformation era: the parallel confessionalization process occurring in the Islamic Ottoman and of the extra-European world, Safavid empires and the Reformation’s impacts on European conceptualizations of the extra-European world.


Meal reservations now open to everyone in the Claremont Colleges.
Monday, April 10, 2017 - 5:30pm
Are there limits to what we can imagine?
Kathleen Stock
Occasionally, novels and stories ask us to imagine certain things, yet readers have difficulty complying. That is, they experience difficulty in imagining what they are supposed to. Kathleen Stock, philosopher from the University of Sussex, will explore a range of cases, and survey some possible explanations.

Kathleen Stock is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of the monograph 'Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination', forthcoming with Oxford University Press in summer 2017; and the editor of 'Philosopher on Music' (Oxford, 2007). She has published widely on questions concerning the imagination, fiction, and art, as well as on the nature of sexual.

objectification. In the past she has been the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council research grant; a trustee of the American Society of Aesthetics; and the Secretary of the British Society of Aesthetics. She continues to be an Editorial Consultant for the British Journal of Aesthetics.

Professor Stock’s Athenaeum talk is facilitated by a Mellon Global Liberal Arts Visiting Scholar grant.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Benefits and Dangers of “Data Driven” Policing and Prosecution
Michael A. Hestrin
With over twenty years of experience as a prosecutor, Michael A. Hestrin, the district attorney for Riverside County, will reflect both on the advantages and the pitfalls of using data-driven policing and prosecution.  

Elected in 2014, Michael A. Hestrin has served as district attorney of Riverside County since January 2015.

Born in the Coachella Valley, Hestrin graduated in 1993 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in history. After college, he spent a year living in Mexico with relatives working as a reporter for a small newspaper based in Guadalajara. He then returned to the United States to begin his legal studies at Stanford University, graduating in 1997 with both a JD and a master’s degree in Latin American studies.

Hestrin spent 18 years as a line prosecutor in the DA’s Office before being elected as district attorney. During his years as a prosecutor, he represented the people of Riverside County in many difficult and challenging cases. He has completed more than 100 jury trials during his career. As trial team leader for the DA's Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, he prosecuted those who target and abuse children. For most of his last 10 years with the DA’s Office prior to becoming district attorney, Hestrin was assigned to the Homicide Unit where he conducted more than 35 murder trials including seven successful death penalty cases.

Hestrin has been recognized for his achievements during his legal career. In 2003, 2005, and again in 2010, he was named Countywide Prosecutor of the Year for Riverside County. In 2008, Hestrin was chosen by the legal publication, The Daily Journal, as one of California’s “Top Twenty Lawyers Under Forty.” In 2009, he was honored as the Statewide Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. In 2010, the California District Attorneys Association recognized him as California’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year.

In addition to prosecuting cases, Hestrin conducted trainings for prosecutors, paralegals, law enforcement officers, Riverside County Bar Association members, and social workers in ethics, trial advocacy, sex offender prosecution, homicide prosecution, and capital case litigation. He has also been an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University for the last 10 years teaching American Government, Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure and Latin American History.

Mr. Hestrin's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
Politics on Campus—Yes and No
Jay Stephen Nordlinger
Campus life can be hard enough. Do we really need to be embroiled in politics? Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, will discuss the ins and outs of being political, and apolitical, on campus.

Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review. He writes on a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is also the music critic of The New Criterion. He is the author of “Peace, They Say,” a history of the Nobel Peace Prize, and “Children of Monsters,” a study of the sons and daughters of dictators. A native of Michigan, he lives in New York.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
War Powers in the 21st Century
John Yoo
Author of a forthcoming book on drones, cyber warfare, and coercion, John Yoo, professor law at Berkeley Law, will respond to Charles Lofgren's scholarship on war powers in the context of the security challenges of the 21st century.

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is the co-director of the Korea Law Center and also acts as faculty director for the California Constitution Center and the Program in Public Law and Governance. 

Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Yoo clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96 under Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Yoo is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy, and he has also been a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

He is the author most recently of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2014). His new book, Embrace the Machines: Drones, Cyberwar, and Coercion is forthcoming in spring 2017.

Professor Yoo's Athenaeum talk co-sponsored by the Salvatori Center’s Lofgren Program in Constitutionalism.

(Information adapted from the Berkeley Law faculty pages.)


Monday, April 17, 2017 - 5:30pm
The New Era of Diplomacy
Cameron Phelps Munter
The new administration approaches foreign policy and diplomacy in unexpected ways. Yet, the rest of the world continues to face unprecedented challenges regardless of the style it sees in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Cameron Munter will reflect on how we are to promote understanding of global challenges in such a situation.

Cameron Munter is President and CEO of the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York. The EastWest Institute works to reduce international conflict, addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten world security and stability. 

Ambassador Munter served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades, having served in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He was Ambassador to Pakistan (2010-2012) guiding U.S.-Pakistani relations through a period of crisis, including the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad. He was Ambassador to Serbia (2007-2009), where he negotiated Serbia domestic consensus for European integration while managing the Kosovo independence crisis. He served twice in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul in 2006 and then handling political-military affairs in Baghdad in 2009-2010. Previous overseas postings included Deputy Chief of Mission in Poland (2002-2005) and in the Czech Republic (2005-2007), as well as numerous other assignments at the State Department and at Embassies overseas. 

In Washington, he was Director for Central Europe at the National Security Council (1999-2001), Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State (1998-1999), Director of the Northern European Initiative (1998), and Chief of Staff in the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office (1997-1998).

After his retirement from the Foreign Service, Munter was professor of international relations at Pomona College from 2013 to 2015, and served as a consultant to the equity funds KKR and Mid Europa Partners. He was a senior advisor to the Albright Stonebridge Group; and advised the Gates Foundation project on polio eradication. He came to Pomona from Columbia University Law School in New York, where he was visiting professor during the fall term of 2012. He is a non-resident fellow of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Munter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1976 and earned a doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983. He was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 1991. He taught European history at UCLA and directed European studies at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation) in New York before joining the Foreign Service.

Ambassador Munter's Athenaeum presentation is the 2017 Lectureship in Diplomacy and International Security in Honor of George F. Kennan.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
Senior Voice Recital: Works of Bach, Schubert, Barber, and others
Grace Stewart '17
An evening of solo vocal works, from Baroque opera to present-day musical theater, performed by graduating CMCer Grace Stewart.

Grace Stewart '17 is a CMC senior majoring in Environmental Analysis. She spends most of her time at the Athenaeum, the Keck Science Department, and the Scripps Joint Music Department. Throughout her college career, Grace has been a dedicated member of the Claremont Concert and Chamber Choirs of the Scripps Joint Music Program under the direction of Professor Charles Kamm. In addition to choral training, the majority of her solo vocal training has occurred over the past four years under the direction of Professor Anne Harley.

Grace is thrilled to present this program to the Claremont community.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
Secrecy and the Self
Peter Galison
Historian of science Richard Galison will speak about how surveillance has shaped our current sense of self by comparing the effects of censorship during World War I on Freudian concepts of self to how we frame our sense of self one hundred years later in the midst of a massive digital infrastructure that archives and mines personal data.

Peter Galison is a professor of history of science at Harvard University where he teaches courses in history and philosophy of 20th-century physics; history and philosophy of experimentation; fascism, art and science in the interwar years; among others. His primary work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics: experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. He also delves into many other scientific topics and their implications including secrecy, security, and surveillance and technoprivacy.

Galison has launched several projects examining the powerful cross-currents between science and other fields. For example, his book (with Lorraine Daston), Objectivity (Zone Books, 2007) asks how visual representation shaped the concept of scientific objectivity, and how atlases of scientific images continue, even today, to rework what counts as right depiction. Further work on the boundary between science and other fields includes his co-edited volumes on the relations between science, art and architecture.

A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he is also a winner of the Max Planck Prize given by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Humboldt Stiftung.

Professor Gailson will deliver the the 2017 Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:45am
From Acceptance to Allyship: Creating a Supportive Environment for Trans and Non-Binary Co-Workers and Students
Nancy Williams, Amy Peterson, Al Forbes, and Mo Dyson; panelists
Organized by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence at CMC, this panel will offer insight and strategies that move beyond simple conversations (“Trans 101”) around trans and non-binary people to more challenging and complex situations, in order to move beyond typical assumptions and to create positive environments where trans and non-binary students and colleagues can really thrive.

Nancy Williams is an associate professor of chemistry at the Keck Science Department where she has been for 14 years; she is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College. She has been a volunteer with the Leadership LAB of the LA LGBT Center since 2013, and has door-to-door canvassed on trans rights in LA, Miami, and Tacoma when “bathroom bills” threatened equal rights laws that protected trans people. She sings with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and is on the planning committee for the Resist March, which will replace the LGBT+ Pride Parade in LA in 2017.

Amy Peterson (they/their/them) is assistant to the dean of the faculty and staff fellow at the CARE Center. They also volunteer with the Los Angeles LGBT Center on prejudice-reduction projects and with the committee for the Resist March, which will take the place of this year’s Los Angeles Pride Parade.

Al Forbes is the interim director at the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges. Before coming to Claremont, Forbes worked at Syracuse University, U.C. Santa Cruz, and Onondaga Community College. He currently serves on the executive board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and has given presentations on Queer and Trans* inclusivity at NASPA, the association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Mo Dyson is a 12-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the military, his main job was as a euphonium instrumentalist in the field music program. Mo deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005 and served as an augment to the personal security detail for the commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Now a sophomore at Pomona College, Mo plans to pursue a career in public health policy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Young Turks to the Young Nazis: The Genocides that Scar Us Still
Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian, author of New York Times bestselling novels about both the Armenian Genocide (The Sandcastle Girls) and the Holocaus (Skeletons at the Feast) discusses the links between these historical cataclysms. In a presentation that travels between Anatolia and Auschwitz, between the ruins of Armenian civilization in eastern Turkey and the rise of virulent nationalism in Weimer Germany, Bohjalian discusses the work of such scholars as Stefan Ihrig (Justifying Genocide) and Khatchig Mouradian as he highlights some of the parallels and connections while also touching on his family’s history, his writings, and how he has tried to make sense of genocide in his own books.  

Critically-acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian's writings explore contemporary social issues and the ways in which they play themselves out in the lives of ordinary people. His work covers topics as diverse as midwifery, transsexual surgery, animal rights, homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking, and the personal, moral, and ethical dilemmas that arise from them. The author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers, his work has been translated into over 30 languages, and three of his books have become movies.

In his novel The Sandcastle Girls, Bohjalian explores the Armenian genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the First World War. The genocide is seen from the perspective of Elizabeth Endicott, who joins her father in traveling to Aleppo, Syria, to provide aid to deported Armenians. There she falls in love with Armen Petrosian, an Armenian engineer searching for his wife and child despite being certain they are dead. Publishers Weekly says that “Bohjalian’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.”

Bohjalian’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage and Salon. Among dozens of awards, Bohjalian has received the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal, among many others.

Bohjalian graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College.

Mr. Bohjalian’s will deliver the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights’ Third Annual Lecture on Armenian Studies.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:45am
A Moderated Conversation with Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will make some opening comments before a brief moderated conversation. The majority of the program will be dedicated to audience questions.

Neel Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Jan. 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank, including supervision and regulation, and payments services.

Kashkari began his career as an aerospace engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he developed technology for NASA space science missions. Following graduate school, he joined Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where he helped technology companies raise capital and pursue strategic transactions.

From 2006 to 2009, Kashkari served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2008, he was confirmed as assistant secretary of the Treasury. In this role, he oversaw the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) during the financial crisis. Kashkari received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor for distinguished service.

Following his tenure in Washington, Kashkari returned to California in 2009 and joined PIMCO as managing director and member of the executive office. He left the firm in 2013 to explore returning to public service.

In January 2014, Kashkari was a gubernatorial candidate in the state of California, running on a platform focused on economic opportunity.

Kashkari earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

(Source: The Minneapolis Fed's Website)

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:45am
This Creative Life: How to Survive and Succeed without Breaking Your Heart and Losing Your Mind
Gabriela Pereira
Here’s the secret no one tells you: survival (and also success) as a creative entrepreneur has little to do with talent or technique, it’s all about mindset and attitude. In her talk, Gabriela Pereira shares her experiences as founder of and discusses mindset shifts that have helped her succeed in her career. Her talk will energize and inspire, and also give you tools you can apply to find that elusive work-life balance.

Gabriela Pereira is a writer, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who challenges students to find their voice and use their words for the power of good. As the founder and instigator of, her mission is to empower writers, artists, and other creative individuals to take an entrepreneurial approach to professional growth.

Pereira earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences and regional workshops, as well as online. She also hosts DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors. Her book DIY MFA: WRITE WITH FOCUS, READ WITH PURPOSE, BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY is out now from Writer’s Digest Books. When she’s not teaching or developing new courses, Gabriela enjoys writing humor essays, middle grade and teen fiction, and a few "short stories for grown-ups" thrown in for good measure. A New Yorker born and raised, she lives in her beloved city with her husband, two kids, and office cat.

Ms. Pereira Athenaeum's talk is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children at CMC.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:45am
LGBTQ Inclusion at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Helen Carroll
Helen Carroll has devoted her efforts towards fighting homophobia in sports by directing the National Center for Lesbian Right’s Sports Project and will join Kris Brackmann '17 in an interactive discussion on the current participation and visibility of LGBTQ student-athletes. 

Helen Carroll is the director of the NCLR’s Sports Project, which aims to ensure fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players, coaches, and administrators at all levels of sport. Before joining the NCLR in 2001, Carroll served as the athletic director at Mills College for 12 years and won an NAIA National Championship as a player with the University of North Carolina-Asheville women’s basketball team in 1984.

Carroll will be joined by Kris Brackmann ‘17, an anthropology and psychology dual major at CMC, who played four years of Athena basketball at CMS. Brackmann completed her senior thesis on the “Experience of Female Student-Athletes at CMS” and is proud to present her findings with this discussion led by Carroll in hopes of cultivating a more inclusive culture for the LGBTQ community at the 5Cs. 

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:45am
A New Vision for the City of Pomona
Tim Sandoval
Running on a campaign of creating a One Pomona vision and embracing servant leadership model, Tim Sandoval was elected mayor of Pomona and took office in December 2016. 

Tim Sandoval attended Pomona High, Claremont McKenna College, and University of California Riverside. After completing his education, Sandoval returned to Pomona to help others in the community access college as well. He led Pomona Valley Community Center’s youth programs and then taught English at Charter Oak High School from 1999-2002. In 2001, Sandoval became a founding member of Bright Prospect, a mentoring organization that has helped more than two thousand low-income youth become part of the first generation of their family to complete their college degrees. Sandoval served as the program director for Bright Prospect from 2002 through 2016.

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:45am
Law and Legitimacy: Legal and Policy Innovation in California
Kevin de León (Pitzer '03)
Senator Kevin de León (Pitzer '03), president pro tempore of the California State Senate, will speak about the challenges and opportunities presented by legal and policy innovation in California.

With a focus on using the public policy process to empower the least fortunate and voiceless, Senator Kevin de León, a Democrat from Los Angeles who represents California's Senate District 24, leads an agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians focused on education, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers, public safety, and on maintaining the state’s leadership in building a clean-energy economy that benefits everyone.

Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models and exemplify his ambitious approach to policymaking. He employs this today as he leads the upper house in California’s legislature.

As leader of the Senate, pro tempore, de Leόn also serves as chair of the Rules Committee, which is responsible for vetting the Governor’s appointments that are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

De León served four years in the Assembly before his election to the Senate in 2010. He is the first person in California history to serve as the chair of the Appropriations committees in both the Assembly and Senate. In 2014, he became the first Latino elected leader of the Senate in over a century. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, later earning a degree with honors from Pitzer College. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California.

Senator De León is the keynote speaker for the 2017 Southern California Law and Social Science Forum (SoCLASS) which is sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable. 

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Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m.
Evening receptions begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m.; speaker presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.