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January, 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 - Lunch Program
Making Lasting Change: The Power of Women in Public Service
Lindsey P. Horvath

Current headlines are dominated by the safety and full equality of women in all aspects of society. Movements like #MeToo and #TimesUp have helped to empower women to speak truth and seek justice. Lindsey P. Horvath, elected councilmember from West Hollywood, will talk about to truly topple sexism and turn current media campaigns into lasting change.

Councilmember Lindsey P. Horvath was elected to the West Hollywood City Council on March 3, 2015. She previously served as a councilmember for two years from 2009-2011, and as mayor from April 2015 to April 2016.

Horvath is widely known for her leadership on women’s issues. As an elected official, she led West Hollywood to create its first-ever community response team to domestic violence and to be the first city in California to take action in recent efforts on sexual harassment best practices and reporting procedures. She also serves as a global coordinator for One Billion Rising, a global campaign of the V-Day movement to end violence against women and girls. She is an advocate for A Window Between Worlds, UN Foundation, Running Start, and CARE.

Horvath was first appointed to the West Hollywood Women's Advisory Board in 2007, focusing on the issues facing women and families in West Hollywood, and has collaborated with community leaders and organizations in successfully advocating for the full funding of the backlog of untested rape kit evidence in the city and county of Los Angeles. She previously served in leadership for a variety of organizations, including as president of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC) LA-Westside as well as Young Feminist VP of California NOW.

In addition to her service as an elected official, Horvath works as an entertainment advertising executive, and has created award-winning campaigns for movies and television. She graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science and gender studies from the University of Notre Dame.

Councilmember Horvath is the keynote speaker for the inaugural Elect Her workshop sponsored by a grant from the Women and Gender Leadership Fund at CMC.

Monday, January 22, 2018 - Evening Program
From Marching to Kneeling: The Evolution of Civil Rights
Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and professor of journalism at Columbia University, writes about race, politics, and culture. He will deliver the 2018 MLK Commemorative Lecture.

Jelani Cobb, staff writer at the New Yorker and professor of journalism at Columbia University, writes about the enormous complexity of race in America. In 2015, he received the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion & Analysis Journalism for his New Yorker columns for combining “the strengths of an on-the-scene reporter, a public intellectual, a teacher, a vivid writer, a subtle moralist, and an accomplished professional historian." He is also the recipient of the 2017 Walter Bernstein Award from the Writer’s Guild of America for his investigative series Policing the Police, which aired on PBS Frontline in 2016.

Cobb was formerly associate professor of history at the University of Connecticut, where he was director of the Africana Studies Institute. He has received fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations. He is the author of Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of ProgressTo the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic, and The Devil & Dave Chappelle and Other Essays. His forthcoming book is Antidote to Revolution: African American Anticommunism and the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1931.   

Mr. Cobb is CMC's 2018 MLK Commemorative Speaker and his talk is co-sponsored by the President's Leadership Fund.


Food for Thought: Podcast with Jelani Cobb

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - Evening Program
The Closest of Enemies: The United States and Cuba
Lars Schoultz

In the history of U.S. foreign policy, no relationship has been more dysfunctional than the one with nearby Cuba. Lars Schoultz, professor emeritus of political science at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will explore the U.S. side of this abnormal relationship, focusing on the recent efforts to normalize—and now roll back—relations with a country that is often referred to as the "closest of enemies".

Lars Schoultz, William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Political Science, received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His area of special interest is inter‑American relations.

Schoultz has held a Fulbright‑Hays Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Buenos Aires to study Argentine electoral behavior, two postdoctoral research grants from the Social Science Research Council to study United States policy toward Latin America, and a Ford Foundation grant to study U.S. immigration policy. He has been a MacArthur Fellow in International Peace and Security and held residential fellowships at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and at the National Humanities Center. Schoultz is the recipient of the Tanner Award (1982), the Class of 1994 Award (1994), and the William Friday Award (2006), all for teaching excellence, and he is a member of the Order of the Golden Fleece and the Order of the Grail/Valkyries, both student honoraries.

A prolific author, his books include Human Rights and United States Policy Toward Latin America (1981), The Populist Challenge: Argentine Electoral Behavior in the Postwar Era (1983), National Security and United States Policy Toward Latin America (1987), Beneath the United States: A History of U.S. Policy Toward Latin America (1998), That Infernal Little Cuban Republic: The United States and the Cuban Revolution (2009), and In Their Own Best Interests: A History of the U.S. Effort to Improve Latin Americans (forthcoming 2018). Other scholarly writings have appeared in The American Political Science Review, The American Journal of Political Science, Comparative Politics, International Organization, The Journal of Politics, The Journal of Latin American Studies, The Latin American Research Review, and Political Science Quarterly.


View Video: YouTube with Lars Schoultz


Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Evening Program
Spoken Word with Slam Poet Amal Kassir
Amal Kassir

Watching the news, it seems like ethnic divides are ever-deepening. But how can we solve these complicated problems when each side lives in fear of the other? The answer is evident, argues Syrian-American poet Amal Kassir – it starts with, “What’s your name?” 

Amal Kassir is a Syrian-American spoken word poet and artist. Born in Denver, Colorado, she comes from a "dinner table of tabouleh and meat loaf, Syrian father and Iowan-German mother, best meals of both worlds."

As a university student, Kassir designed her own undergraduate degree called ‘Community Programming in Social Psychology’ which combines child psychology, writing, and education to develop curricula for refugee children with trauma. A strong proponent for education, she is dedicated to building individual agency particularly in under-served and vulnerable populations by emphasizing the power of writing.

Kassir has performed in 10 countries and over 45 cities and has conducted workshops, given lectures, and recited her poetry in venues ranging from youth prisons to orphanages, from refugee camps to universities, from churches to community spaces. She hopes to take part in the global effort for literacy in war-struck areas and refugee camps and runs a project called More than Metaphors that focuses on the education initiative for displaced Syrian children.

Recipient of multiple awards including as winner of the Grand Slam at the Brave New Voices International Youth Competition, Kassir has performed on the TED stage and been featured on the PBS NewsHour.

When she is not studying or performing, she waitresses at her family’s Syrian restaurant in Denver.


Food for Thought: Podcast with Amal Kassir

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Evening Program
Cases and Controversies: Pivotal Legal Questions of Our Times
Jeffrey Toobin

From the travel ban to the Colorado baker, from location data to the Wisconsin gerrymandering case, among many others, the Supreme Court’s 2017-18 docket is loaded with pivotal cases concerning national security, religious freedom, privacy in the digital age, and voting rights. The Court’s decisions on these and other matters will shape the American landscape for decades to come. Jeffrey Toobin, senior legal analyst for CNN, staff writer for The New Yorker, Supreme Court scholar, and author, will address some of the important issues fermenting in the U.S. legal system and the intricate judicial doctrine that shapes our legal, political, and social lives.

A senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is noted as one of the country’s most esteemed experts on politics, media, and the law. The author of critically acclaimed best sellers, Toobin delved into the historical, political and personal inner workings of the Supreme Court and its justices in his books The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court and The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court. His recent book, American Heiress: The Wild Saga of the Kidnapping, Crimes and Trial of Patty Hearst, was released in August 2016, and examines the 1974 kidnapping of Patty Hearst.

After a six-year tenure at ABC News, where he covered the country’s highest-profile cases and received a 2000 Emmy Award for his coverage of the Elian Gonzales custody saga, Toobin joined CNN as a legal analyst in 2002 where he now serves as the senior legal analyst. Also a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1993, he has written articles on such subjects as the Bernie Madoff scandal, the case of Roman Polanski, and penned profiles of Justices Clarence Thomas, Steve Breyer, John Paul Stevens, and Chief Justice John Roberts. Prior to joining The New Yorker, Toobin served as an assistant United States Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. He also served as an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh.

Toobin received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Mr. Toobin is the Spring 2018 speaker for the Res Publica Society Speaker Series.

Photo credit: Great Talent Network


Monday, January 29, 2018 - Evening Program
Racial Bias and Discretion in Policing
Jack Glaser

Jack Glaser, professor of psychology at U.C. Berkeley, will describe the psychological science on intergroup bias that helps to explain racial disparities in police stops, searches, arrests, and use of force, and the promise of changing the decision-making landscape in order to reduce disparities.

Jack Glaser is a social psychologist who studies racial bias in criminal justice. His research on implicit bias, motivation to control prejudice, and racial profiling reside at the nexus of psychological science and policing. In particular, he investigates the unconscious operation of stereotypes and prejudice using computerized reaction time methods, and is investigating the implications of such subtle forms of bias in law enforcement and he is interested in racial profiling, especially as it relates to the psychology of stereotyping, and the self-fulfilling effects of such stereotype-based discrimination. 

Glaser received his Ph.D. in psychology from Yale University in 1999 and joined the faculty of UC.. Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy in 2000. In addition to teaching and research, he is currently serving as the associate dean at the Goldman School. He is also a principal investigator on the National Justice Database, funded by NSF and and the author of Suspect Race: Causes and Consequences of Racial Profiling (Oxford, 2015).

View Video: YouTube with Jack Glaser

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - Evening Program
First Responders: Women as Witnesses to Mass Violence
Jo Scott-Coe

People say we are having a “moment” for women’s testimony. But listening is the labor of generations, not seconds. Although public violence is often preceded by attacks or murders in the home, private crimes continue to be treated separately in the public imagination, avoided or even erased by repeated narratives. Making room for women's voices, contends associate professor of English at Riverside City College Jo Scott-Coe, can expand and transform the narrative "canon" on mass violence.

Jo Scott-Coe is an associate professor of English composition, literature, and creative writing at Riverside City College. She is also an independent researcher on themes of gender, sexuality, and violence–in education and elsewhere. Her writing about an 8-year legal case of student-on-teacher sexual bullying and harassment appears in (Re)Interpretations: The Shapes of Justice in Women’s Experience (Cambridge Scholars Press).

Scott-Coe is also the author of Teacher at Point Blank (Aunt Lute) and MASS: A Sniper, a Father, and a Priest (forthcoming in April 2018). Her first-ever portrait of Kathy Leissner Whitman, “Listening to Kathy” (Catapult), received a Notable listing in Best American Essays. Scott-Coe's nonfiction has appeared in American Studies Journal, Pacific Coast Philology, Tahoma Literary Review, Talking Writing, Cultural Weekly, Superstition Review, Fourth Genre, Salon, and many other publications.

Professor Scott-Coe's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and Gender and Sexuality Studies.

View Video: YouTube with Jo Scott-Coe

Food for Thought: Podcast with Jo Scott-Coe

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Evening Program
What Nonfiction Narratives Reveal
Lynn Novick

One of the country’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers, Lynn Novick will discuss the creative process and the search for authenticity in her work, including her latest collaboration for PBS with Ken Burns, The Vietnam War, and her upcoming documentary College Behind Bars.

Lynn Novick is an Emmy and Peabody Award-winning documentary filmmaker. For nearly 30 years, she has been producing and directing films about American history and culture, among them some of the most acclaimed and top-rated documentaries to have aired on PBS. Her works include Prohibition, Baseball, Jazz, Frank Lloyd Wright and The War, a seven part, 15-hour exploration of ordinary Americans’ experiences in World War II.

The Vietnam War, Novick’s newest project co-directed by long-time partner Ken Burns, first aired on PBS in September 2017. An immersive, 10-part, 18-hour epic, it is the first major documentary assessment in a generation of one of the most divisive and consequential events in American history. A groundbreaking 360-degree exploration of the war, the series features testimony from nearly 100 witnesses, including many Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as Vietnamese combatants and civilians from all sides of the issue.

Novick is currently working on a two-part biography of Ernest Hemingway, co-directed by Burns and slated for completion in 2020, and College Behind Bars, a feature length documentary produced by Sarah Botstein, about a group of men and women imprisoned in New York State for serious crimes, struggling to earn degrees in a rigorous liberal arts college program, the Bard Prison Initiative. College Behind Bars asks several essential questions: What is prison for? Who in America has access to educational opportunity? Can we have justice without redemption? The film will air on PBS in 2018.

Ms. Novick's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies' Lerner Lectureship in 1960s' Culture.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Lynn Novick