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November, 2020

Monday, November 02, 2020 - Evening Program
Preview: Election Night 2020
Zachary Courser, Jack Pitney, Sara Sadhwani, and Andrew Sinclair, panelists

Please join Virtual Athenaeum for a preview of Election Night 2020. CMC’s Zachary Courser, Jack Pitney, and Andrew Sinclair, all professors in the government department, will be joined by Sara Sadhwani, professor of politics at Pomona College. As the unprecedented 2020 election draws to a close, the panel will offer insights and analysis on the presidential race as well as on other important election battles around the country.

 

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Please join Virtual Athenaeum for a preview of Election Night 2020. CMC’s Zachary Courser, Jack Pitney, and Andrew Sinclair, all professors in the government department, will be joined by Sara Sadhwani, professor of politics at Pomona College. As the unprecedented 2020 election draws to a close, the panel will offer insights and analysis on the presidential race as well as on other important election battles around the country.

 

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Tuesday, November 10, 2020
A Conversation with Charles W. Mills
Charles W. Mills

Philosopher Charles Mills has spent his career addressing issues of social class, gender, and race in moral, social, and political philosophy. From theorizing about foundations of the white supremacist state to liberalism to the metaphysics of race, Mills explores the biases that underlie western philosophy and the erasure of Black voices. In conversation with members from CMC's philosophy department, Mills will lay out his thoughts on liberalism, Marxism, racism, the state of philosophy, and more.

Photo credit: CUNY Graduate Center

Charles W. Mills works in the general area of social and political philosophy, particularly in oppositional political theory as centered on class, gender, and race. In recent years he has focused on race. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters, as well as five books. His first book, "The Racial Contract" (1997), won a Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Award for the study of bigotry and human rights in America. It has been adopted widely in hundreds of courses across the United States, not just in philosophy, but also in political science, sociology, anthropology, literature, African-American, American Studies, and other subjects. His sixth book, "Black Rights/White Wrongs: The Critique of Racial Liberalism", is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Mills is also the co-editor of "Philosophy: The Big Questions" (2003) with Ruth Sample and James Sterba, a special issue of the Du Bois Review on “Race in a ‘Postracial’ Epoch” (Spring 2014) with Robert Gooding-Williams, and Simianization: Apes, Gender, Class and Race (2015) with Wulf D. Hund and Silvia Sebastiani.  

Mills received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. Before joining the Graduate Center at CUNY, he taught at the University of Oklahoma, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Northwestern University.

Photo credit: CUNY Graduate Center

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 - Evening Program
US-China Relations After November 3
Minxin Pei

The U.S. and China have entered a period of intense mutual antagonism across the full spectrum of their relationship. Whether their rivalry will escalate in the short term critically depends on the outcomes of the U.S. presidential election to be held on November 3. Based on the election outcome, Minxin Pei, the Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, will examine where this relationship will go in the next four years with particular focus on security, trade, and human rights issues vital to the interests of both countries.

Professor Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ‘72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, chair of the government department, and former director of the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at Claremont McKenna College. In addition, he is an adjunct senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C, where he has worked since 1999 and served as director of the China Program from 2004 to 2008. His research focuses on democratization in developing countries, economic reform and governance in China, and U.S.-China relations. The author of “From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union” (1994), “China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy” (2006), and most recently, “China’s Crony Capitalism” (2016), his work has also been published in magazines and journals such as Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Modern China, China Quarterly and The Journal of Democracy. He is frequently heard on BBC News and National Public Radio.
 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - Evening Program
A Romance Gone Bad: The Chinese-American Economic Relationship
Lingling Wei

The unraveling of the commercial relationship between the U.S. and China was once thought unthinkable, but is now unfolding with relentless speed. Lingling Wei, senior China correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, in conversation with CMC's Minxin Pei, will explore the factors that triggered the U.S.-China economic decoupling, the likely economic and geopolitical impact and consequences, and China’s evolving response to the trade war and the tech war.

Lingling Wei is an award-winning senior China correspondent, who was based in the Wall Street Journal’s Beijing bureau from 2011 until China expelled WSJ reporters in the spring of 2020. Hailing from a farm province in southeastern China, she came of age as a journalist in New York and then returned to China in early 2011 to report on changes in her homeland. She is now based in New York and focuses on the intersection of Chinese politics and the economy.

Ms. Wei's Athenaeum visit is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - Evening Program
The Right to a Fair Trial in the Age of COVID: A Panel Discussion with San Bernardino County’s District Attorney and Public Defender
Jason Anderson and Chris Gardner, panelists

On March 30, 2020, California’s Chief Justice issued a sweeping emergency order suspending jury trials and implementing other changes to criminal procedure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, counties have been struggling to uphold the due process rights of the accused while simultaneously protecting defendants, jury members, and court staff from contracting the coronavirus. In conversation, Jason Anderson, 36th District Attorney of San Bernardino County, and Chris Gardner, the county’s Head Public Defender, will speak to these unprecedented challenges and highlight the collaborative work among the many actors in the criminal justice system to ensure the right to a fair trial in the age of a pandemic.

Jason Anderson is the 36th District Attorney of San Bernardino County. After graduating from Regent University of Law in Virginia in 1996 and becoming a member of the California State Bar in 1997, Anderson served as a deputy district attorney for the County of San Bernardino from 1998-2014 where he worked as a prosecutor handling a variety of serious cases. Anderson has been an adjunct professor of law at the University of La Verne College of Law since 2004 where he currently teaches a criminal procedure and trial advocacy class. Anderson was named Jennifer Brooks Lawyer of the Year from the western San Bernardino County Bar Association and he received the Above and Beyond Award from the National Crime Survivors Organization for his work on behalf of victims of crime. Most recently, he received the George W. Porter Criminal Trial Attorney Award from the San Bernardino County Bar Association in 2018.

G. Christopher Gardner was appointed Public Defender for San Bernardino County in 2018. Prior to his appointment he served as the Assistant Public Defender, and as a Chief Deputy Public Defender. Before joining the Public Defender’s Office, Gardner was a partner in a San Bernardino law firm practicing criminal defense and juvenile delinquency and dependency law. Gardner currently sits on the Board of Directors of the National Legal Aid & Defender Association and the Pacific Juvenile Defender Center; he recently was appointed by the California Chief Justice to the Judicial Council of California. A graduate of University of Redlands and the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Gardner has lectured and taught at defender conferences throughout the country.

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