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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - Lunch Program
Planning with the New Tax Law and Avoiding Mistakes Under the Old Law
Peter Maier '49 GP'21 GP'21

Peter Maier '49 GP'21 GP'21, a member of CMC’s second graduating class in 1949, has 36 years of experience in both real estate and securities management, as well as a distinctive career in real estate and tax law. Maier '49 will offer a review of the new tax law recently enacted by Congress and will share some ideas on how the imposition of income, estate, and gift taxes can be lessened or, in some cases, avoided.      

Peter Maier '49 GP'21 GP'21 received a B.A. with honors in economics from Claremont McKenna College, a Juris Doctor degree from UC Berkeley, and a Masters of Law in Taxation from NYU.   

From 1965, Peter Maier was a senior partner of Winokur, Maier & Zang, a San Francisco tax law firm, and chairman and founder of Property Resources, Inc., now a division of Franklin Resources. Maier was also professor of law at the Hastings College of the Law from 1967 to 1995.

In 1981, he was co-founder of Wood Island Associates, an SEC-registered investment advisory firm. This company was purchased in 1998 by U.S. Trust Company and he became a managing director of U.S. Trust. Maier also co-founded a real estate investment advisory firm in 1981 that eventually also became a division of U.S. Trust Company. In 2005, Peter reacquired the securities firm from U.S. Trust and renamed the company “Private Wealth Partners, LLC.” Maier now serves as it chairman.  

Maier is active in various charitable organizations: he is chairman of the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at the University of San Francisco and is president of the John B. Huntington Foundation. In addition, he serves as a trustee of the Alfred and Hanna Fromm Fund, the University of San Francisco and the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. 

View Video: YouTube with Peter Maier '49 GP'21 GP'21

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - Lunch Program
Coming "Home": Documenting 100 years of Displacement of Syrian-Armenians
Anoush Baghdassarian '17

Over half of the Armenian population in Syria fled the Syrian Civil War, leaving their strong communities in danger of being lost to history. This displacement uprooted people and changed the communities they called home, but it did not change the home they found in their communities. Anoush Baghdassarian ’17 (with her Pomona colleague Ani Schug) spent summer 2017 in Armenia collecting testimonies from 81 Syrian-Armenians refugees who have found sanctuary in their ancestral Armenia. Along with sharing some narratives, she will discuss the importance of testimony collection in preserving the history of a displaced people.

Anoush Baghdassarian is a 2017 CMC graduate who dual majored in psychology and Spanish with a sequence in Holocaust and human rights studies. While at CMC, she made the most of the opportunities at the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights, working with asylum seekers, victims of human trafficking, holocaust survivors, and scholars on genocide and crimes against humanity. She was invited to international conferences like Poland's Model International Criminal Court, and presented her research at UCLA's Undergraduate Colloquium in Armenian Studies. With the help of the Mgrublian Center, Anoush has interned at various human rights organizations throughout her undergraduate career including the Cardozo Law Institute in Holocaust and Human Rights and Human Rights Watch.

In addition to these experiences, Anoush is a published author of a historical fiction play about the Armenian Genocide entitled FOUND which has been presented at book events in California, New York, Uruguay, and Argentina, as well as has been produced for stage productions in New York and California (including at the Athenaeum). She has also written a play in Spanish about Argentina's last military dictatorship, and is in the beginning stages of writing a play about the experience of Syrian-Armenians as her Action Project for the Humanity in Action fellowship based on the testimonies she collected this summer through a Davis Projects for Peace Grant.  

Next month, Anoush will return to Armenia to intern with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and continue to document the testimonies of Syrian-Armenian refugees. With the goal of working on international cases of genocide, forced migration, and crimes against humanity, Anoush plans to continue her education. She will pursue a Masters in Human Rights Studies in September of 2018 before attending law school the following year to study human rights law. 

Anoush is extremely humbled to have received this unique and invaluable opportunity to return to speak at the Athenaeum and give back to the institution that helped to shape her interests and make this research possible. 

Anoush's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

View Video: YouTube with Anoush Baghdassarian '17

Wednesday, February 07, 2018 - Evening Program
California Squashes its Young: How the Golden State’s Economic Policies Are Driving Out a New Generation
Joel Kotkin

Many progressives see California as a model of enlightenment and the Golden State’s post-2010 recovery has won plaudits in the progressive press. Yet, Joel Kotkin, Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, contends that if one looks at the effects of the state’s policies on key Democratic constituencies— millennials, minorities, and the poor—the picture is dismal especially when adjusted for housing costs, and that California leads all states—even historically poor Mississippi—in the percentage of its people living in poverty. 

Joel Kotkin is the Presidential Fellow in Urban Futures at Chapman University, executive director of the Center for Opportunity Urbanism, and senior advisor to the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. He is executive editor of the widely-read New Geography website and writes the weekly “New Geographer” column for He is a regular contributor to the Daily Beast and Real Clear Politics. The author of seven books, Kotkin has been described by the New York Times as “America’s uber-geographer.”

Mr. Kotkin’s talk is sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.


View Video: YouTube with Joel Kotkin


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