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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Lunch Program
Proposition 13—Then and Now
Joel Fox (THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.)

Proposition was appropriate for its time, is it appropriate for our time? Prop 13 passed 41 years ago. Despite California being a different place today—demographically, politically, ideologically—when pollsters ask voters if Proposition 13 is a good thing, the results are amazingly consistent. While the measure passed with almost two-thirds vote in 1978, it still enjoys that same two-to-one favorable margin in the polls. Yet, as Joel Fox, co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the website Fox and Hounds Daily, will outline, efforts to undo Prop 13 are heating up hoping to take advantage of the current political environment. 

Joel Fox is a co-publisher and editor-in-chief of the website Fox and Hounds Daily, which offers commentary and news on California business and politics. Fox and Hounds Daily was founded in 2008. The Washington Post twice named Fox and Hounds Daily one of the top California political websites.

Fox operates Joel Fox Consulting, a public affairs/political consulting firm.He served as founder and president of the Small Business Action Committee, from 2003 to 2017 battling for small business on important political issues. Prior to starting his own firm in January 1999, Fox worked for the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association for 19 years, serving as the association’s president from 1986 to 1998.

Fox has authored hundreds of opinion articles which have been published in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Diego Union, Sacramento Bee, Indianapolis Star, National Review Online, and Manchester (NH) Union-Leader, as well as other newspapers and websites. He also wrote a piece for National Public Radio and had an essay published in a Time Warner-Baseball Hall of Fame sponsored book, What Baseball Means to Me.

Fox’s book, "The Legend of Proposition 13," was published in May 2003. He has written a chapter for an anthology, "After the Tax Revolt: California’s Proposition 13 Turns 30," published by the University of California Press, 2009. His essay appears in the book of essays on the state of California titled Taxifornia 2016. His first novel, "Lincoln’s Hand," a mystery/suspense was published in Summer 2010 by Echelon Press. His second and third novels published by Bronze Circle Press are FDR’s "Treasure" and "The Mark on Eve," for which he received many starred reviews.

Fox served as a senior research associate at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College; was on the Advisory Council of the Public Policy Institute of California; and was a member of the Board of Advisors at the Initiative and Referendum Institute at the University of Southern California. He has been an adjunct professor at the Graduate School of Public Policy, Pepperdine University, since 2006.

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Revisiting the “Dark Ages” of Arabic Literature
Hilary Kilpatrick (THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED.)

The conventional account of Arabic literature in the 16th through 18th centuries is that it was repetitive, unoriginal, lacking vitality. Only in the 19th century, thanks to contacts with the West, did the spiral of continuous decline end. This account, which has no scholarly basis, has been refuted in recent research. Hilary Kilpatrick, scholar of Ottoman Arabic literature, will present some original “Dark Ages” texts in their social context.

Hilary Kilpatrick received her DPhil from Oxford for a thesis on the Egyptian novel up to 1970. She has taught at universities in the UK, the Netherlands and Switzerland and is now an independent scholar living in Lausanne. She has published a study of al-Isbahani’s Book of Songs (10th century) and many articles on modern, classical and most recently Ottoman Arabic literature. She has edited a volume on Arabic literature and music, co-edited with Glenda Abramson Religious Perspectives in Modern Muslim and Jewish Literatures, and co-edited and translated with Gerald J. Toomer  the letters of the Syrian copyist Niqūlāwus al-Ḥalabī to two 17th century Orientalists. She is a co-founder (1991) of the Swiss Society for Middle Eastern Studies.

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