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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Lunch Program
Jerry Brown Redux
Dan Walters

Jerry Brown was a political presence in California for more than a half-century, including two eight-year stints as governor and encompassing a time of great social and economic evolution. Dan Walters, longtime journalist covering California and its politics, will assess "What is Governor Brown's legacy?"

Dan Walters has been a journalist for nearly 60 years, spending all but a few of those years working for California newspapers. At one point in his career, at age 22, he was the nation’s youngest daily newspaper editor.

He joined The Sacramento Union’s Capitol bureau in 1975, just as Jerry Brown began his governorship, and later became the Union’s Capitol bureau chief. In 1981. Walters began writing the state’s only daily newspaper column devoted to California politics, economics, and social events.

In 1984, he and the column moved to The Sacramento Bee and in 2017, Walters and his column shifted to He has written more than 9,000 articles and his column appears in dozens of California newspapers.

Walters has written about California and its politics for a number of publications, including The Wall Street Journal, and in 1986, his book, "The New California: Facing the 21st Century," was published in its first edition. The book later underwent revisions and became a widely-used college textbook about socioeconomic and political trends in the state.

He is the founding editor of the California Political Almanac and the co-author of "The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento". Walters frequently appears on CNN, Fox, and other networks, commenting about political developments in California.

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

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Evening Program
China’s Changing Wartime Past and How It Will Affect the Future: History, Memory And Politics in China Today
Rana Mitter

Beijing’s policies continue to dominate the news in the Asia-Pacific region. Will China and Japan clash in the seas of East Asia? Will China be able to implement social welfare policies to calm dissent and social unrest? Why did it take so long for China to become a major power? One unexpected but crucial story that helps illuminate these different questions is the wrenching history of China’s experience during World War II, in the epic war against Japan from 1937 to 1945, when over 14 million Chinese died and some 80 million became refugees. Rana Mitter, professor of history and politics of modern China at Oxford University, will outline how and why the battered China of wartime became today’s superpower-in-the-making and explore the impact of the memory of that war to effectuate domestic and international politics in present day China.

Rana Mitter is director of the University China Centre at the University of Oxford, where he is a professor of the history and politics of modern China.

He is the author of several books, including the award-winning “A Bitter Revolution: China’s Struggle with the Modern World” (Oxford, 2004). His most recent book “Forgotten Ally: China’s World War II” was named as a 2013 Book of the Year in the Financial Times and the Economist, won the 2014 Duke of Westminster’s Medal for Military Literature, and was a finalist for the Bernard Schwartz prize of the Asia Society of New York.

In the UK he is a regular presenter of the arts and ideas program Free Thinking on BBC Radio 3. He comments regularly on contemporary Chinese politics and society in media around the world and has spoken at forums including the World Economic Forum at Davos. His reviews and essays have appeared in newspapers including the Financial Times, International New York Times, Guardian, Telegraph, Caijing, and South China Morning Post. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.

Professor Mitter’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for Strategic and International Studies.