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A distinctive
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cultural life at CMC

November, 2019

Monday, November 04, 2019 - Evening Program
What's Good: Reckoning with the Horror of One of Our Most Overused Words
Kiese Laymon

Kiese Laymon, award winning author of Heavy, will explore the unspoken traumas and joys embedded in the word "good" in his home, region, and nation.

Kiese Laymon is a southern writer, born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi. Laymon attended Millsaps College and Jackson State University before graduating from Oberlin College. He earned an MFA in Fiction from Indiana University. Laymon is currently the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. He served as the Distinguished Visiting Professor of Nonfiction at the University of Iowa in Fall 2017.  

Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose and Audible’s Audiobook of the Year, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The Undefeated, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Library Journal, The Washington Post, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times Critics.

Laymon has written essays, stories and reviews for numerous publications including Esquire, McSweeneys, New York Times, Virginia Quarterly Review, ESPN the Magazine, Granta, Colorlines, NPR, LitHub, The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, PEN Journal, Fader, Oxford American, Vanity Fair, The Best American Series, Ebony, Travel and Leisure, Paris Review, Guernica and more. 

Professor Laymon’s Athenaeum presentation is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - Evening Program
Vulnerable Leadership: Management Lessons from Facebook and Amazon
Dan Rose P'20

With 20 years of combined senior management experience both at Facebook and Amazon, Dan Rose P’20 developed—and will share—a philosophy of vulnerable leadership that guided his management style and helped him grow from an individual contributor to leading a large and transformational global organization.

Dan Rose P'20 is chairman of Coatue, a venture capital firm based in San Francisco. Prior to Coatue, Rose spent 20 years in leadership roles at both Amazon and Facebook. He was at Amazon from 1999-2006, where he managed retail divisions and helped incubate the Kindle. As vice president of partnerships at Facebook from 2006-2019, he helped grow the company from 130 employees to more than 30,000 and was responsible for early monetization strategy, business development, M&A, and community operations. In 2013, Rose joined the board of REDF, a non-profit that helps people with barriers to employment find jobs.

An avid surfer and golfer, Rose graduated from Harvard College.

Food for Thought: Podcast with Dan Rose P'20

Thursday, November 07, 2019 - Lunch Program
Bridging the Gap Between Science and Service: Clinical Research with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Marjorie Charlop

Within the next ten years, we are each likely to have a personal experience with a child with autism, underscoring the importance of aggressive clinical research focused on cutting edge interventions effective both in labs and other settings. Marjorie Charlop, professor of psychology at Claremont McKenna College and director of The Claremont Autism Center, will share her extensive experiences and impactful observations working and interacting with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are often themselves the source for ideas for evidence-based research procedures and protocols.

Marjorie H. Charlop, Ph.D., BCBA, has enjoyed a long career helping children with autism and their families. She is a professor of psychology at CMC and director of The Claremont Autism Center, her renowned research and treatment center for children with ASD and their families. As a licensed psychologist, she also maintains a private practice and consultation services.

Charlop has hundreds of professional conference presentations and publications in the field of autism and has done keynote addresses, workshops, and lectures around the globe. A dedicator contributor to the field, her most recent book is “Play and Social Skills for Children with ASD”. She is also the author of “Naturalistic and Incidental Teaching,” now in second addition.

Her research areas focus on communication, motivation, social skills, behavior problems and parent collaboration and education She has crafted several well used treatment protocols such as video modeling and used everyday technology to enhance learning. 

Professor Charlop is the recipient of the 2018-19 CMC Faculty Scholarship Award.


View Video: YouTube with Marjorie Charlop

Thursday, November 07, 2019 - Evening Program
Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction
Judy Grisel

Judith Grisel, professor of psychology and neuroscience at Bucknell University, began using recreational drugs when she was 13 and ended up in a treatment center at 23. She went on to a research career studying the neuroscience of substance use disorders, and eventually to write a recent New York Times bestseller Never Enough: The Neuroscience and Experience of Addiction. Her talk will illustrate the neural changes that underlie the development substance use disorders and make recovery so challenging.

Judith Grisel, Ph.D., is an internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Bucknell University with expertise in pharmacology and genetics. Her research focuses on determining root causes of drug addiction. She is recognized as a distinguished mentor by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for her collaboration in this research with undergraduate students, has been the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, and is the author of a New York Times Bestseller and NB Book of the Month.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Evening Program
Red State Blues: How the Conservative Revolution Stalled in the States
Matthew Grossman ‘01

Over the last quarter century, a nationalized and increasingly conservative Republican Party made unprecedented gains at the state level, winning control of 24 new state governments. Liberals and conservatives alike anticipated far-reaching consequences, but what has the Republican revolution in the states achieved? Matthew Grossman ’01, associate professor of political science at Michigan State University, argues that contrary to liberals' fears, conservative state governments, although effective at staying in power, have largely failed to enact policies that advance conservative goals or reverse prior liberal gains and, where they have had policy victories, the consequences on the ground have been surprisingly limited.

Matt Grossmann '01 is director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research and associate professor of political science at Michigan State University. He is also senior fellow at the Niskanen Center and contributor at FiveThirtyEight. He is the author of Red State Blues (2019), Asymmetric Politics (with David A. Hopkins, 2016), Artists of the Possible (2014), and The Not-So-Special Interests (2012). He has published research in eighteen scholarly journals and political analysis in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Politico. He hosts The Science of Politics podcast. 

Grossman received his Ph.D. and M.A., both in political science, from the University of California, Berkeley. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 2001 where he majored in government.

Professor Grossman’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at CMC.

Monday, November 11, 2019 - Evening Program
Israeli Society at a Crossroads
Tal Schneider

Do current trends in Israeli society have the potential to bring about a new Israeli order? Could the growing divisions among secular, national-religious, ultra-Orthodox, and Arab communities be the harbinger of significant social and economic changes? How would such changes change the future of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state?  Award-winning journalist Tal Schneider has covered Israeli politics and society for almost two decades and will bring her keen insight to examine Israeli society at this transitional moment and to discuss the prospects for Israeli’s future.

Tal Schneider covers the Israeli political scene, Israeli foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East diplomacy, and the Jewish world. Between 2004 and 2009, she served as Ma’ariv’s Washington, D.C. correspondent. Her political blogs have won her the 2012 Google Digital Excellence in Journalism Award and the 2015 Ometz Award for courage in the public sphere. Before embarking on her career in journalism, Schneider worked as a media lawyer in Israel’s leading media law firm, where she was responsible for censorship cases, gag-orders, and libel court litigation. She is a founder and board member of Israel’s Journalism Association, a founding member of Israel Women Reporters Society, and a frequent commentator on Israeli radio and television. She is also a frequent visitor to the United States and will be covering the 2020 presidential campaign (including primaries and both national conventions).

Ms. Schneider’s talk is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Sequence, the department of Religious Studies, the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies, and Hillel of the Claremont Colleges.

(Parents Dining Room)


Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - Evening Program
Unflattening Thinking in Comics
Nick Sousanis

Nick Sousanis, Eisner-winning comics author and assistant professor in Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, will discuss his experiences writing and drawing his doctoral dissertation entirely in comic form. Published by Harvard University Press as “Unflattening,” the work argues for the importance of visual thinking for teaching and learning and challenges the forms of learning traditionally found in academic settings. Drawing on extensive visual examples from his own work as well as other comics authors, Sousanis will call attention to the dominance of the written word, encouraging instead an interconnected production of knowledge created from both verbal and visual forms.

Nick Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor of Humanities & Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is starting a Comics Studies program. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014, where he wrote and drew his dissertation entirely in comic book form. Titled Unflattening, it argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning, and was published by Harvard University Press in 2015. Unflattening received the 2016 American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (PROSE Award) in Humanities, the Lynd Ward Prize for best Graphic Novel of 2015, and was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Scholarly/Academic work. To date, Unflattening has been translated into French, Korean, Portuguese, Serbian, Polish, Italian, and Chinese.

Before coming to New York City, he was immersed in Detroit’s arts community, where he co-founded the arts and culture site and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee. He developed and taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools at Teachers College and Parsons in NYC, and Comics as a Way of Thinking at the University of Calgary in Fall of 2015. Since fall 2016, he has been an assistant professor at San Francisco State University.

Sousanis’s work has been featured with reviews and interviews in such places as The Paris Review, The New York Times, the LA Review of Books, PrintMag, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Publishers Weekly, Microsoft’s Daily Edventures, and Russia’s Theory & Practice for the new possibilities for scholarship that it represents. He’s been invited to speak on comics, education, and alternative scholarship at such places as the National Gallery of Art (DC), Stanford University, Harvard’s MetaLab, Microsoft Research (which also hosted an exhibition of the work), and more, along with keynote addresses at the annual conferences of the Visitor Studies Association and the International Visual Literacy Association. His work has been on display in Moscow, the Netherlands, Microsoft Research, and more.

Recent comics include “Against the Flow” and “Upwards” in The Boston Globe, “The Fragile Framework” for Nature in conjunction with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord co-authored with Rich Monastersky, and “A Life in Comics” for Columbia University Magazine – for which he received an Eisner Award for Best Short Story in 2018.


Food for Thought: Podcast with Nick Sousanis


Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Evening Program
Trillion Dollar Coach: Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley
Jonathan Rosenberg ’83 P ’14

Renowned as the ultimate coach, the legendary Bill Campbell mentored some of the best and brightest tech entrepreneurs, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In honor of Bill Campbell, Jonathan Rosenberg ’83 P’14, along with co-authors Eric Schmidt and Alan Eagle, wrote “Trillion Dollar Coach”—simultaneously a #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today Bestseller—which highlights some of Campbell’s most valuable lessons in forward-thinking business and management and gives a unique glimpse into the fast-paced environment of Silicon Valley.

Jonathan Rosenberg ’83 P ’14 first met Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in 2000 and finally accepted a job at their company the third time they offered it, more than two years later. He served as senior vice president at Google and ran the Google product team until April 2011. In that expansive role, he oversaw the design, development, and evolution of Google’s products for consumers, advertisers, and partners. He helped develop the company’s hiring processes and was influential in setting its communications and marketing practices. Rosenberg is now an advisor to Alphabet management. Along with the recently released “Trillion Dollar Coach," he is the author, along with Eric Schmidt, of the New York Times best-selling book “How Google Works.”

Prior to joining Google, Rosenberg ran products and services at Excite@Home, managed the eWorld product line for Apple Computer, and directed product marketing for Knight Ridder Information Services.

Rosenberg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree with honors in economics from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa.

View Video: You Tube with Jonathan Rosenberg '83 P'14

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 - Evening Program
France: How Can One Be Black in a Country Where Race Does Not Exist?
Rokhaya Diallo

In France, race does not exist. French people are raised believing that there is only one race: the human race. Despite this belief, racial disparities operate at every level of French society, which creates a major contradiction. Rokhaya Diallo, an award-winning French journalist, will discuss how millions of Black French citizens reconcile their existence with the non-acknowledgment of their experience.

Rokhaya Diallo is a French journalist, writer, filmmaker, and activist for racial, gender, and religious equality. TV host and a pundit on several French and international networks, Diallo is also a contributor to several newspapers and magazines. She has produced and/or has directed TV and radio programs and documentaries including the award-winning Steps to Liberty. She has published Racism: a guide; France Belongs to Us; France: One and Multicultural, How to talk to kids about racism, Afro!; and a graphic novel Pari(s) d'Amies.

Ms. Diallo's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the department of Modern Languages and Intercollegiate Department of Africana Studies.

Photo credit: Mario Epanya

(Freeberg Dining)


Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Evening Program
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: How the United States and China Fail the Global Environmental Governance System
Robert Dry

In the fifty years of the global environmental governance system, UN member states have negotiated and implemented dozens of multilateral environmental agreements (MEA’s) to address critical planetary challenges, from climate change to transportation of hazardous substances to species extinction. Yet, many of these agreements fail to halt the underlying crisis they seek to address. Using case studies, Robert Dry, adjunct professor of international relations at New York University and William F. Podlich Distinguished Fellow at CMC this fall, will demonstrate American and Chinese recalcitrance in meeting obligations in this global system.

Trained as a lawyer, Robert Dry served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer in the Middle East, East, and Southeast Asia. He teaches international relations at New York University and is at Claremont McKenna College this fall as a Podlich Distinguished Fellow. His research interests include diplomatic studies (the study of diplomacy as an institution of international society), the Persian Gulf, and U.S. foreign policy in that region, and both public and private international law.

Dry began his career at the U.S. Department of State as the judicial assistance officer (practitioner of private international law) and participated in the claims process against Iran following the 1979 Iranian revolution. He implemented aspects of the then just enacted Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. In his first overseas assignment in the Foreign Service, he was posted in the U.S. Interests Section of the Belgium Embassy in Baghdad to serve as consul during the Iran/Iraq war. Subsequent foreign assignments included including Muscat, Guangzhou, Jakarta, Riyadh, Hanoi, Muscat, and Paris, among other postings including in the the State Department.

Dry holds a Master of Arts degree in British legal history and classical Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Glasgow in Scotland and a J.D. from George Washington University’s National Law Center. In the Foreign Service, Dry studied economics, Middle Eastern, and Southeast Asian area studies, and successfully tested in Arabic, Chinese, French, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.


Food for Thought: Podcast with Robert Dry



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