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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Lunch Program
Media Literacy 101: What Has Journalism Done For Me Lately? And Is Freedom of the Press Working Now?
Lori Kozlowski ’00

With all the talk about “fake news” and new questions arising about what to trust, Lori Kozlowski '00 will present an in-depth analysis of how the news business works, delve into journalism’s role in society, and consider how to defend freedom of the press.

Lori Kozlowski ’00 is a journalist, editor, producer, and media executive, exploring storytelling in all of its forms. 

She serves as producer for Project Empathy—a virtual reality series that combines reporting, documentary, and VR to explore social justice issues in the United States. 

Previously, she served as editorial director at entertainment company Atom Factory, leading the company’s news media division. She founded Smashd, a publication about culture and technology. She was a digital editor and columnist for Forbes, covering entrepreneurs and startups. Prior to Forbes, she served as senior editor at the Los Angeles Times. She has written for numerous national publications, has worked with MIT Media Lab startups on the merger of technology and story, and has served as adjunct faculty at Chapman University and at USC.

Kozlowski graduated with a dual major in government and literature from Claremont McKenna College in 2000. She also holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California.

Ms. Kozlowski's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse (CWPD) at CMC.

Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Evening Program
Don't Even Go There: How Misogyny Turns On Gaslighting
Kate Manne

Kate Manne, philosopher from Cornell University, will consider the ways misogyny is a self-masking phenomenon, in the sense that its nature and mechanisms counteract its own disclosure—and can even make someone who speaks out about misogyny liable to "eat her words." How is this possible and what is the role of gaslighting in this phenomenon? 

Kate Manne is an assistant professor of philosophy at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University, where she has been teaching since 2013. She was previously a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows from 2011-2013. As an undergraduate student at her hometown university, University of Melbourne, she studied philosophy, logic, and computer science. Manne now works in moral (especially metaethics and moral psychology), social, and feminist philosophy. She frequently writes opinion pieces, essays, and reviews. Her book, Down Girl: The Logic of Misogyny (Oxford University Press) will be published in October 2017.

Gaslighting, according to Manne, may make a woman willing and able not only to disbelieve her former testimony, but even reject the very questions or concerns on which it was premised. Raising the sorts of issues to which a woman's story provided answers (e.g., “Was he abusive?”) is effectively billed as a symptom of rational breakdown (e.g., paranoia, being delusional) or, just as importantly, morally bad character (e.g., ingratitude, being insufficiently forgiving, or self-pityingly “playing the victim.”) Concepts and phrases like “playing the victim” and “fishing for sympathy” make merely raising the specter of moral wrongdoing done to oneself suspect and fraught. Manne will further interrogate, break down, and resist these concepts and beliefs.

Professor Manne’s Athenaeum presentation is one of two keynote addresses for the Gaslighting and Epistemic Injustice Conference organized by CMC’s philosophy department with support from the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.



Thursday, September 21, 2017 - Evening Program
Unleashing Your Inner Entrepreneur
Ben Hamlin '07

Ben Hamlin '07, who after years on Wall Street co-founded Localwise, will provide a 5-step framework for unleashing your inner entrepreneur. With experience in politics, banking, venture capital, and non-profit management, he will juxtapose more traditional career paths with entrepreneurship through the lens of his professional story and will provide strong opinions, contrarian viewpoints, and, most importantly, insights to help you navigate your career.

Ben Hamlin is a recovering finance professional turned entrepreneur. He is the founder & CEO of Localwise, a venture-backed startup bringing relationship-based hiring online for the uncollared workforce. 

From 2010 to 2015, Ben served on the board of directors for NYPACE, a non-profit that provides pro-bono consulting services to local business owners. He is now an Advisor to NYPACE and LiftEd, a startup that improves learning outcomes for students with disabilities.

Hamlin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with Honors from Claremont McKenna College ('07) and an MBA from Berkeley-Haas (’14).

Mr. Hamlin's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Soll Center for Student Opportunities.


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