Marian Miner Cook

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Thu, February 22, 2024
Lunch Program
Jameson Mitrovich '24, Nate Weisberg '24, Ben Lauren PZ '25, panelists
John J. Pitney, Jr., Moderator

Join the Dreier Roundtable for a panel centering the role of student journalism on college campuses. In today’s political and social climate where free speech is under scrutiny, student newspapers play a critical role in amplifying various voices and perspectives across the campuses. In this lunch event moderated by John J. Pitney Jr., Roy P. Crocker Professor of Politics at CMC, we will have Ben Lauren, editor-in-chief of The Student Life, Nate Weisberg, editor-in-chief of the CMC Forum, and Jameson Mitrovich, managing editor of the Claremont Independent, in conversation with one another. Learn about the philosophy of reporting at our campus’s publications, free speech on college campuses, and how we can promote productive and respectful discourse. 

[Lunch served at 12:00 noon for those registered - Panel presentation open to all will begin at 12:25 PM]

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Jameson Mitrovich '24 is a senior at CMC studying Government. He is the managing editor of the Claremont Independent.

Nate Weisberg '24 is a senior at CMC studying Government and Legal Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of the CMC Forum.

Ben Lauren PZ '25 is a junior at Pitzer College studying English and Media Studies. He is the editor-in-chief of The Student Life.

John J. Pitney Jr., is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Politics at CMC. Among his extensive list of accomplishments and advisees at CMC, he has been teaching the "Politics of Journalism" course for many years. 

This Athenaeum program is co-sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable at CMC.

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Thu, February 22, 2024
Dinner Program
Minxin Pei

CMC's own Professor Minxin Pei will address his upcoming book on the endurance of China’s dictatorship. For decades China watchers argued that economic liberalization and increasing prosperity would bring democracy to the world’s most populous country. Instead, the Communist Party’s grip on power has only strengthened. Why? The answer, Professor Pei argues, lies in the effectiveness of the Chinese surveillance state. And the source of that effectiveness is not just advanced technology like facial recognition AI and mobile phone tracking. These are important, but what matters more is China’s vast, labor-intensive infrastructure of domestic spying.

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Minxin Pei is the Tom and Margot Pritzker ’72 Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College. His areas of expertise include China, comparative politics, the Pacific Rim, U.S./Asia relations, and U.S./China relations. He is also a non-resident senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. In 2019, he was the Library of Congress Chair on U.S.-China Relations. Prior to joining Claremont McKenna College in 2009, he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and served as its director of the China Program from 2003 to 2008. He is the author of From Reform to Revolution: The Demise of Communism in China and the Soviet Union (Harvard University Press,1994), China’s Trapped Transition: The Limits of Developmental Autocracy (Harvard University Press, 2006), and China’s Crony Capitalism: The Dynamics of Regime Decay (Harvard University Press, 2016).

Professor Pei's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.

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