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Past Semester Schedules

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 11:45am
2017 MLK Commemorative Speech
Cornell William Brooks
President and CEO of the NAACP Cornell Brooks will offer his thoughts on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Cornell William Brooks is the 18th president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). A civil rights attorney, social justice advocate, and ordained minister, Brooks upholds the mission of the NAACP to secure political, educational, social and economic equality for all Americans. His vision is an NAACP that is multiracial, multiethnic, and multigenerational.

A graduate of Head Start and Yale Law School, Brooks considers himself “an heir” of the Brown v. Board of Education decision. Born in El Paso, Texas, and raised in Georgetown, South Carolina, he earned a B.A. with honors in political science from Jackson State University, a Master of Divinity from Boston University School of Theology, where he was a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar; and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where he served as senior editor of the Yale Law Journal and member of the Yale Law and Policy Review. 

Brooks served a judicial clerkship with then-Chief Judge Sam J. Ervin III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also worked as a staff attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and as Executive Director of the Fair Housing Council of Greater Washington. In 1998, honoring his grandfather’s 1946 bid for Congress, Brooks ran as the Democratic nominee for Congress for Virginia’s 10th District – advocating for public education, affordable healthcare, and fiscal responsibility.

Immediately prior to joining the NAACP, Brooks led the Newark-based New Jersey Institute for Social Justice as president and CEO. During his tenure there, the Institute passed a constitutional amendment, bail reform, “Ban the Box,” foreclosure reform, and prison re-entry legislation, which The New York Times hailed as “a model for the rest of the nation.”  Brooks also produced an award-winning documentary on criminal justice.

Mr. Brooks is CMC's 2017 MLK Commemorative Speaker and his talk is co-sponsored by the President's Leadership Fund.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 5:30pm
Tectonic Shifts in Turkey's Domestic and Foreign Policies: How Did it Come to This?
Birol A. Yesilada
Events in Turkey in the last decade suggest a potential nightmare for Turkish democracy, relations with Western Allies, and regional stability in the Greater Middle East. Briol Yesilada will consider how this happened and where it might lead. 

Birol A. Yesilada is a professor of political science and chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. An expert on Turkish politics and the European Union, he is the author of EU-Turkey Relations in the 21st Century, Islamization of Turkey Under the AKP Rule, and The Emerging European Union, among others.

Yesilada has been an invited policy consultant at various departments of the U.S. government, the Council on Foreign Relations, the RAND Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton, the Nathan Associates, Barclays Capital, and the World Bank; he is also an academic associate of the Atlantic Council. In 2003, the White House invited him to take part on a commission that drafted the new constitution of Afghanistan.

In his Athenaeum talk, Yesilada will examine how Turkey, once a model of democratic development, fell apart in front of the world’s eyes. What are the underlying causes of the breakdown of democracy in Turkey and what are the likely consequences of recent political developments for Turkey’s place in the European Union and NATO?

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 5:30pm
Publishing and Diversity: A Panel Discussion
Camille Griep ’99, Kima Jones, Rachel Kahan, and Yi Shun Lai ’96, panelists (pictured clockwise from upper left)
Authors and CMC alumni Camille Griep ’99 and Yi Shun Lai ’96 will join executive editor Rachel Kahan of William Morrow and Company and book publicist Kima Jones of Jack Jones Literary Arts for a panel discussion regarding the state of the book publishing industry and the representation of diverse voices and genres in the field. 

Camille Griep '99 is the author of Letters to Zell and New Charity Blues; she is also a senior editor at the Lascaux Review. She graduated from CMC with a dual degree in biology and literature. After a career in corporate communications, Griep has devoted herself to writing. Yu Shun Lai '96 is the author of Not a Self-Help Book: The Misadventures of Marty Wu; she is also a literary editor at the Tahoma Literary Review and the Los Angeles Review. 

Along with publishing professionals Rachel Kahan and Kim Jones, the evening will feature readings by novelists Griep and Lai and a moderated conversation regarding the panelists' recent experiences with publishing.

This literary panel discussion at the Athenaeum is co-sponsored by CMC's Center for Writing and Public Discourse (CWPD).

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:30pm
Science Going Bad and How to Improve It
Lee Jussim
Is science going off the rails? Lee Jussim will review scientific failures, and their causes, across the natural and social sciences, and will argue that promising solutions to counter this trend include intense skepticism, intellectual diversity, accountability, and transparency.

Lee Jussim is a social psychologist and former chair of psychology at Rutgers University. He led the Best Practices in Science Group at Stanford University’s Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2013-2015). His book Social Perception and Social Reality: Why Accuracy Dominates Self-Fulfilling Prophecy and Bias (Oxford University Press) received the American Publisher’s Association award for best book in psychology of 2012. He is a co-founder of the Heterodox Academy, which strives to increase viewpoint diversity in academia.

In addition to continuing his work on stereotypes, prejudice, and social perception, his current research focuses on the scientific study of how scientific processes lead to erroneous conclusions, and identifying processes that limit and rapidly correct such errors, and lead to more valid conclusions.

Replay: CMC YouTube Channel

Free Food (For Thought) Podcast

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 5:30pm
"Theatre is truth, journalism is not."
J.T. Rogers (in conversation with Eric Helland P'20)
Internationally recognized playwright J.T. Rogers and CMC professor Eric Helland debate and discuss politics and art, and the role of the theater in shaping public policy.

J. T. Rogers is an award-winning playwright whose works have been seen across the U.S. and the world. His latest play Oslo was sold at Lincoln Center Theater in 2016 and reopens on Broadway in the spring of 2017. He is the only American playwright to have two plays debut at the National Theatre, London, with Blood and Gifts (National Theatre, London; Lincoln Center Theater, Drama Desk Award Nominee, and Lucille Lortel Award Nominee) and The Overwhelming (National Theatre, London and Roundabout Theatre, NYC). Rogers’s other plays include White People (Off Broadway with Starry Night Productions); and Madagascar (SPF Festival in NYC and Melbourne Theatre Company).

As one of the original playwrights for the Tricycle Theatre of London’s The Great Game: Afghanistan, he was nominated for an Olivier Award. His works have been staged throughout the United States and in Germany, Canada, Australia, and Israel, and are published by Faber and Faber and Dramatists Play Service.

He is a 2012 Guggenheim fellow in playwriting and is under commission from Lincoln Center Theater and the Royal National Theatre. Recent awards include, NEA/TCG and NYFA fellowships, the Pinter Review Prize for Drama, the American Theater Critics Association’s Osborne Award, and the William Inge Center for the Arts’ New Voices Award. Rogers serves on the board of the Dramatists Legal Defense Fund. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and holds an honorary doctorate from his alma mater, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. 

Photo credit: R. Ashley

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 5:30pm
History of the Caribbean/Writing from History
Marlon James
Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, Marlon James explores Jamaican history through the perspectives of multiple narrators and genres in his Booker Prize award winning novel, A History of Seven Killings. 

Marlon James is the first Jamaican author to take home the U.K.’s most prestigious literary award. In the award winning work, James combines masterful storytelling with brilliant skill at characterization and an eye for detail to forge a bold novel of dazzling ambition and scope. He explores Jamaican history through the perspectives of multiple narrators and genres: the political thriller, the oral biography, and the classic whodunit confront the untold history of Jamaica in the 1970’s, with excursions to the assassination attempt on reggae musician Bob Marley, as well as the country’s own clandestine battles during the cold war. James cites influences as diverse as Greek tragedy, William Faulkner, the LA crime novelist James Ellroy, Shakespeare, Batman, and the X-Men. 

A recipient of many literary awards, James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in Language and Literature, and from Wilkes University in Pennsylvania in 2006 with a masters in creative writing. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota and teaches English and creative writing at Macalester College. 

James will talk about "writing from history," specifically Caribbean history, and will also read from his works.

Mr. James' Athenaeum presentation is the 2017 Golo Mann Lecture and is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Racial Disparity in the Criminal Justice Court System
Phyllis Morris-Green
Phyllis Morris-Green, the public defender for San Bernardino County, will examine how implicit bias can affect jury selection, negotiations, and sentencing in the criminal justice system.

Phyllis K. Morris-Green, a graduate of U.C. Davis School of Law, was appointed Public Defender for San Bernardino County in 2012, after having served two years as the County’s Interim Public Defender. Leading an office staffed with approximately 245 employees, her department handles over 55,000 cases annually.  Ms. Morris has served the Public Defender’s Office since 1984, representing clients on a range of cases that included serious and violent felonies at courthouses located in Redlands, Victorville, Barstow, Big Bear, Crest Forrest, Joshua Tree, and San Bernardino. She also served as a treatment court deputy for the defense in the Victorville Drug Court. In 1994, Ms. Morris was promoted to Supervising Deputy Public Defender, serving in the Desert region; and in 2002, she was promoted to a divisional manager, serving first in the Central Division (San Bernardino) and then in the Desert Division. In both 1994 and 2004, she received the County’s Public Service Recognition Award.

Friday, February 3, 2017 - 11:45am
From Jobs to Joules: The Current and Future State of Energy
R.F. "Bob" Hemphill
As the keynote speaker for CMC's Third Annual Green Careers Conference, R.F. "Bob" Hemphill will speak about renewable energy and a sustainable future, challenges and opportunities to renewable energy job growth, and global entrepreneurship in this critical space. 

A global energy entrepreneur, Bob Hemphill was a co-founder in 1981 of AES Corporate, a global electric power generating and distribution company. A $1M, 6-person startup in 1981, today AES employs approximately 27,000 employees and owns and operates 38,000 MW (megawatts) of power plants in 21 countries, is publicly listed on the NYSE, held $39B in assets and $17B in revenues in 2014.

In 2004, Hemphill initiated and led the transaction by which AES entered the wind power business with the purchase of SeaWest, a 90 MW wind company. He also started the AES utility battery storage business, which has since grown to be the largest such utility effort in the world. Hemphill was also a founder and served as CEO of AES Solar Power Ltd from its inception until his retirement in December 2013. The company, formed in March 2008, is a joint venture of the AES Corporation and Riverstone LLC, an energy focused private equity fund. AES Solar is a leading developer, owner, and operator of utility-scale photovoltaic solar plants connected to the electric power grid. These installations, ranging in size from less than 2 MW to more than 250 MW, consist of large arrays of land-based solar photovoltaic panels that directly convert sunlight to electricity. Under his leadership, the company designed, permitted, and constructed 51 solar plants in seven countries (Spain, France, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, India and the US) and holds a portfolio of $2.5B. 

In addition, Hemphill served as an airborne infantry officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam as well as in the U.S. Special Forces; as a senior policy official at the U.S. Department of Energy; and as deputy manager of power at the Tennessee Valley Authority. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Yale University and earned a masters from UCLA, and an M.B.A from George Washington University. 

Since leaving AES Solar, Hemphill has published two books focused on his energy, international, and business experience: Dust Tea, Dingoes and Dragons and Stories from the Middle Seat. He is a columnist for Huffington Post, and advises several small renewable energy companies.

Mr. Hemphill is the keynote speaker for CMC's Third Annual Green Careers Conference sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center. 

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 11:45am
Smart Cities, Dumb Opportunities: How the Internet of Things and Smart Cities Are Transforming Our Lives
Darin Andersen '87
As the kickoff speaker for CMC's Entrepreneurship Week, Darin Andersen '87 returns to his alma mater to discuss the complex, dynamic, and consequential realties of cybersecurity.

Darin Andersen is a distinguished professional in cybersecurity and the Internet of Things (IoT) with over 15 years of experience in the security industry.

In 2013, Andersen founded CyberTECH (CyberHive and iHive Incubators), a global cybersecurity and IoT network ecosystem providing cybersecurity and IoT resources, strategic programs, and quality thought leader IoT Forums across the nation.

Andersen also founded CyberUnited, a cybersecurity, big data and predictive analytics firm that applies a behavioral psychology framework via machine learning, data, analytics, and inferential algorithms to determine and prevent identity and insider threats within the enterprise, academic, and government organizations. Before founding CyberUnited, Andersen was the GM, North America for Norman Shark, a forensics malware analytics company, later acquired by Blue Coat Systems.

Prior to Norman Shark, Darin served as COO at ESET, an award- winning antivirus solutions company. He was a leading driver in growing the company to over 800 employees worldwide and building an extensive network of malware research centers in nine countries, as well as a network of partners spanning more than 180 countries.

While COO at ESET, Andersen created the “Securing Our eCity” initiative. The initiative, now an independent foundation, was recognized by the White House as the “Best Local/Community Plan” in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Challenge.

Andersen was recently named a Distinguished Fellow by the Ponemon Institute, a research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policies. He received the Internet of Things award at the 2014 Cybersecurity Awards and was named Top Influential by The San Diego Daily Transcript for 2015.

A graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Andersen earned an MBA in Finance and Operations Management and a second masters in Information Systems and Operations Systems, both from the University of Southern California.

Mr. Anderson's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship as part of Entrepreneurship Week at CMC.

Monday, February 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Enforcing Laws, Maintaining Order: Policing in the U.S.
Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.
A professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr.'s teaching and scholarship include social and political philosophy with particular interest in African-American philosophy and race in socio-political life.  

Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr., is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, where he has also served as director of the African American Studies Program (2000-2003) and associate provost for undergraduate education (2003-2011). Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 2000, Outlaw was the T. Wistar Brown Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College where he had been a member of the faculty since 1980. Prior to joining the faculty at Haverford, Outlaw was a faculty member at his alma mater Fisk University (1970-1976), and subsequently at Morgan State University (1977-1980).

His teaching and scholarly interests include race in socio-political life, in the United States in particular, and in legacies and practices of European and Euro-American philosophy; social and political philosophy; Africana philosophy (African; African American, for example, Martin Delany, W.E.B. Du Bois, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, among others); and American philosophy.

Professor Outlaw's Athenaeum presentation is part of the Race and Law Enforcement in America series.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 11:45am
FinTech: Making Regression Analysis Cool & the Implication of Portfolio Stress Testing
Raj Udeshi
Raj Udeshi will speak about the Fintech industry, with a special focus on the risk associated with investment portfolios and specifically address potential for disruption and future growth.

Raj Udeshi has a background in Emerging Markets sales and trading, at Bank of America Securities, GFI Group, and Enlace S.A (boutique LatAm inter-bank broker). On the Street, Udeshi dealt in interest rate swaps, credit risk derivatives, inflation-linked bond swaps, and FX options for the G7 and Latin America. He was previously a member of Xolia, a fin-tech startup whose decision-making technology helped users choose the right online broker, life insurance policy, and credit card for their needs (Xolia acquired by in 2001). He now works at HiddenLevers, a portfolio stress testing platform for financial advisors everywhere. Advisors use the correlations engine and easy user interface to help clients understand risk in portfolios, showcase hedging strategies, and compare portfolios in context of several macro-economic outcomes. The stress testing toolkit also includes macro themes for those interested in using scenarios and economic trends to effect tactical asset allocation. Prior to HiddenLevers, Udeshi was head of business development for Social Amp, a social media analytics startup and Facebook Preferred Developer (Social Amp acquired by Merkle Inc. in 2012). He is a graduate of Northwestern University and the Pepperdine School of Law.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads And Men
Tyrone B. Hayes
Tyrone B. Hayes' research interests lie in the impact of chemical contaminants on environmental health and public health. In this lecture, he will examine the impact of endocrine disrupting environmental contaminants on environmental and public health.

Tyrone B. Hayes  was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina where he developed his love for biology. He followed his passion and is now a professor of integrative biology at the University of California, Berkeley where he has taught since 1994.

Hayes received his Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in 1989 and his Ph.D. from the department of integrative biology at U.C. Berkeley in 1993. After completing his graduate work, he began post-doctoral training at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Laboratories at U.C. Berkeley (funded by the National Science Foundation). Within a year he had joined the Berkeley faculty.

Hayes’ research focuses on developmental endocrinology with an emphasis on evolution and environmental regulation of growth and development. For the last 15 years, the role of endocrine disrupting contaminants, particularly pesticides, has been his major focus. Hayes is interested in the impact of chemical contaminants on environmental health and public health, with a specific interest in the role of pesticides in global amphibian declines and environmental justice concerns.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dismantling Terrorist Networks and Countering Violent Extremism in sub-Saharan Africa
Adotei Akwei
Boko Haram, al Shabaab, al Qeada in the Islamic Maghreb further challenge the nations of sub-Saharan Africa. Adotei Akwei of Amnesty International USA will address how the nations of sub-Saharan Africa have faced the intrusions of violent extremism and terrorist organizations, explore the implications for human rights and governance, and consider and examine the role of the international community.

Adotei Akwei is managing director of government relations for Amnesty International USA where he has focused on human rights and U.S. foreign policy toward Africa since 1988, with occasional forays at other NGOs. When not at Amnesty, he worked at CARE USA, the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, the American Committee on Africa, and The Africa Fund.

At CARE, he served as the senior policy advisor for CARE USA. In this capacity, Akwei helped develop and implement advocacy on CARE USA's priority issues. He also served as the regional advocacy advisor (RAA) for CARE's Asia Regional Management Unit. As an RAA, Akwei supported CARE country offices in Asia in the development and implementation of national level advocacy strategies as well as regional advocacy priorities. He also served as the Africa director for the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, now Human Rights First, and prior to that as the research and human rights director for the American Committee on Africa and the Africa Fund.

Akwei received his Master's degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary and his Bachelor's degree from the State University of New York College at Purchase.

Mr. Akwei’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 11:45am
The Gendered Transformation of Work in Latin America, 1890-1910
Lee Skinner
At the turn of the last century, as urbanization and new technologies in Latin America enabled women to move into the workplace, their new lifestyles, financed by their ability to earn and spend their own money, in turn helped transform social expectations for women. Lee Skinner's talk explores some of the ways in which men and women writers represented this radical cultural change.

Lee Skinner is associate professor of Spanish at CMC. Her research focuses on nineteenth-century Spanish American texts, both fictional and nonfictional, with a particular emphasis on questions of identity at the individual, community, regional, and national levels.  She is the author of Gender and the Rhetoric of Modernity in Spanish America, 1850-1910 (2016), which examines the ways in which discourses of and about modernity interacted with representations of gender in fictional and non-fictional texts alike and crafted new ways for women to gain power and agency in the public sphere. Skinner's Athenaeum talk will draw on this expertise.

Skinner has also published a book on the nineteenth-century historical novel, History Lessons: Refiguring the Nineteenth-Century Historical Novel in Spanish America (2006) and numerous articles examining nineteenth-century debates over national consolidation and identity through the lenses of gender and sexuality, ecocriticism, and cultural geography, to name but a few topics. Her writings have appeared in periodicals such as Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos, Symposium, Revista Iberoamericana, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos, and Latin American Literary Review, among others. She teaches courses on Spanish language and Latin American literature and cultures, including “Gender in 19th Century Spanish America” and “Revolutions and Revolutionary Thinking in Spanish America”. 

In addition to teaching at CMC, Skinner serves as an associate dean of faculty at the College. She holds a B.A. in comparative literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Spanish from Emory University. She was assistant and associate professor at the University of Kansas prior to coming to CMC in 2008. 

Professor Skinner’s Athenaeum talk is part of the Gender and Sexuality Studies luncheon lecture series.

Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 5:30pm
Abundance without Attachment
Arthur Brooks
Is capitalism a great blessing and a fundamental force for good? Or does it encourage greed? The truth is that both perspectives are onto something. Free enterprise has lifted billions out of poverty worldwide. But while we fight for prosperity at home and around the world, we must defend against materialism in our own hearts. 

Arthur C. Brooks has been president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) since January 1, 2009. He is also the Beth and Ravenel Curry Scholar in Free Enterprise at AEI.

Before joining the AEI, Brooks was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of Business and Government at Syracuse University, where he taught economics and social entrepreneurship. Before pursuing his work in academia and public policy, he spent 12 years as a classical musician in the United States and Spain.

Brooks is a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a bestselling author of 11 books on topics including the role of government, fairness, economic opportunity, happiness, and the morality of free enterprise. His latest book is the New York Times bestseller “The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America” (Broadside Books, 2015). He has also published dozens of academic journal articles and the textbook “Social Entrepreneurship” (Prentice Hall, 2008).

Brooks has a Ph.D. and an M.Phil. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He also holds an M.A. in economics from Florida Atlantic University and a B.A. in economics from Thomas Edison State College.

Mr. Brooks is the Spring 2017 speaker for the Res Publica Society Speaker Series.

Photo credit: Jay Westcott

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
America’s Long War in Afghanistan: Fifteen Years after 9/11
Karl W. Eikenberry
Fifteen years after America's military intervention in Afghanistan, the Afghan government remains fragile and Taliban insurgents control significant amounts of territory outside of major urban areas. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry, drawing from his own diplomatic and military experience, will provide an assessment of the situation in Afghanistan and speculate on the future course of the war.

Karl Eikenberry is the Oksenberg-Rohlen Distinguished Fellow and Director of the U.S-Asia Security Initiative at Stanford University’s Asia-Pacific Research Center. He is a Stanford University Professor of Practice, and an affiliate at the FSI Center for Democracy, Development, and Rule of Law, Center for International Security Cooperation, and The Europe Center.

Prior to his arrival at Stanford, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 2009 until July 2011, where he led the civilian surge directed by President Obama to reverse insurgent momentum and set the conditions for transition to full Afghan sovereignty. 

Before his appointment as Chief of Mission in Kabul, Eikenberry had a thirty-five year career in the United States Army, retiring in April 2009 with the rank of Lieutenant General. His military operational posts included commander and staff officer with mechanized, light, airborne, and ranger infantry units in the continental United states, Hawaii, Korea, Italy, and Afghanistan as the Commander of the American-led Coalition forces from 2005 to 2007. 

He has served in various policy and political-military positions, including Deputy Chairman of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium; Director for Strategic Planning and Policy for U.S. Pacific Command at Camp Smith, Hawaii; U.S. Security Coordinator and Chief of the Office of Military Cooperation in Kabul, Afghanistan; Assistant Army and later Defense Attaché at the United States Embassy in Beijing, China; Senior Country Director for China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Mongolia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Deputy Director for Strategy, Plans, and Policy on the Army Staff.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, has master’s degrees from Harvard University in East Asian Studies and Stanford University in Political Science, and was a National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He also earned an Interpreter’s Certificate in Mandarin Chinese from the British Foreign Commonwealth Office while studying at the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense Chinese Language School in Hong Kong and has an Advanced Degree in Chinese History from Nanjing University in the People’s Republic of China. 

The recipient of multiple military awards, he has also received the U.S. Department of State Distinguished, Superior, and Meritorious Honor Awards, Director of Central Intelligence Award, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joint Distinguished Civilian Service Award as well as other awards for his public service.

Ambassador Eickenberry’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Keck Center for International & Strategic Studies at CMC.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 11:45am
Dissent in Democracy
Halim Dhanidina
The Honorable Judge Halim Dhanidina will address the crucial role that dissent plays in all aspects of democratic life, with a special focus on the role of the dissent in judicial decision making.

The Honorable Halim Dhanidina is a Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge, currently assigned to hear criminal cases in the Long Beach Superior Court.  Prior to his current position, Dhanidina was a Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County for 14 years, prosecuting cases for the elite Hardcore Gang and Major Crimes Divisions before serving in the District Attorney's Special Operations Administration. As an attorney, Dhanidina served as a board member for the Asian Pacific American and South Asian Bar Associations where he developed and implemented various programs designed to provide services to traditionally underserved communities. He is currently an adjunct professor of law at Whittier Law School and Western State School of Law where he teaches Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Procedure, and Legal Ethics, and he previously taught Criminal Law at the Glendale University College of Law. He is a member of the board of the interfaith organization, Muslim-Jewish NewGround, sponsored by the Los Angeles City Commission on Human Relations, and he sits on the Advisory Board of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association, as well as the Orange County Advisory Council of Asian Americans Advancing Justice. He is a volunteer judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court’s Teen Court program, and he is the judicial branch’s representative on the California Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Power of Democracy program created to promote civic learning in public schools.

Dhanidina earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Pomona College in 1994, where he received the Senior Service Award, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 1997, which named him the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association Alumnus of the Year in 2013.  He has been recognized for his service to the community as a recipient of the Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation’s Community Leadership Award in 2013 and the Muslim Legal Fund of America’s Trailblazer in Justice Award in 2014, as well as the South Asian Bar Association Foundation’s 2016 Trailblazer Award.  As a Deputy District Attorney, he was recognized for his work on behalf of crime victims by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, and was a recipient of the South Asian Network’s Public Service Award. 

Dhanidina has been a featured guest speaker for various organizations including SABA-NC, NAPABA, Greenberg, Traurig LLP., the Los Angeles City Human Relations Commission, the Muslim Bar Association of Southern California, the Long Beach Bar Association, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the University of Southern California, and he gave the Baccalaureate Address for the 2013 commencement ceremonies at the Claremont Colleges. 

Judge Dhanidina's Athenaeum talk is made possible in collaboration with the Claremont Journal of Law and Public Policy.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey
Spencer Wells
Population geneticist Spencer Wells will provide an overview of genetic anthropology, including new developments in the field, as wells as future directions in the fast growing field of consumer genomics.

Spencer Wells is a geneticist, anthropologist, author, and entrepreneur. For over a decade he was an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and director of the Genographic Project. The project collected and analyzed DNA samples from hundreds of thousands of people around the world in order to decipher how our ancestors populated the planet. By tracing prehistoric migration patterns of human populations, Wells followed clues in human genes and traced humankind’s family tree millions of years back to when the first humans left Africa. His work has taken him to more than 100 countries, where he has collaborated with everyone from heads of government and Fortune 500 corporations, to tribal chieftains eking out a precarious living in places as remote as Chad, Tajikistan, and Papua New Guinea.

Wells graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin, received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and conducted postdoctoral work at Stanford and Oxford Universities. He has appeared in numerous documentary films and is the author of three books, The Journey of Man, Deep Ancestry, and Pandora's Seed.

Wells lives in Austin, Texas, where he is founder and CEO of consumer genomics startup Insitome, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, and proud owner of the iconic blues club Antone’s.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:30pm
Leading Intelligence Analysis
Fran Moore
Retired senior intelligence officer Fran Moore will discuss the challenges of leading analysis and producing insights to support the President and US policymakers as they formulate foreign policy and cope with national security threats; she will share lessons learned in intelligence analysis, anticipate issues likely to confront the new administration, and reflect on her experiences as a career intelligence officer.

Fran Moore runs FPM Consulting, LLC, and serves on the board of Threat Deterrence Capital, guiding businesses that support US intelligence, security, and law enforcement needs. She retired in 2015 from the Central Intelligence Agency, where she served in a variety of senior positions. Moore also serves on the board of the Studies in Intelligence, and serves on AFCEA’s intelligence committee.

Moore retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2015 as a senior executive with 32 years of leadership and intelligence analysis experience. Her most recent role at the Agency was as director for Intelligence (now Analysis) where from 2010 to 2014, she led the Agency's large-scale substantive analytic program, ensured strategic resource investment, and led a comprehensive talent management strategy to deepen expertise, leadership, and workforce agility. During a period of complex global change, she was tasked to provide timely and accurate intelligence insight for the President, senior policymakers, Congress, and law enforcement.

Ms. Moore graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Elmira College in 1982, with degrees in International Relations and Political Science.

Friday, February 17, 2017 - 5:45pm
2017 Claremont Finance Conference: The Rise of Impact Investing
Maureen Downey '93
Maureen Downey ’93 will provide an overview of what defines “impact investing” and analyze the factors driving growth and interest in this area, review the existing ecosystem and challenges, and provide an overview of existing assets across asset classes. 

Maureen Downey '93 graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in PPE and economics from Claremont McKenna College and earned an MBA in finance and entrepreneurial management from The Wharton Graduate School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Downey has more than two decades of experience in global finance and private equity investing in both developed and emerging economies. Much of her career has been spent living and working internationally across multiple cultures and she possesses a truly global perspective. She has a track record of success demonstrated through increasing levels of responsibility in investment, new business development, and capital raising roles.  

As an equity principal at Pantheon Ventures, Downey made secondary, primary, and co-investments in developed and emerging markets and was a member of the co-investment and emerging markets investment committees. She was also responsible business development in new markets, business lines, and products for Pantheon. Her strong commercial ability enabled her to identify and develop new business opportunities in Latin America, structure partnerships, create bespoke products and fundraise in multiple geographies as well as co-lead the launch of Pantheon’s first Global Emerging Markets fund.  

Prior to joining Pantheon, Downey was a vice president in Investment anking at Goldman Sachs, & Co, working in London, Paris, and San Francisco. Her execution experience includes a variety of cross-border and domestic M&A and leveraged buy-out transactions, debt restructuring assignments as well as a broad spectrum of capital market financing from equity to high yield across multiple industries. Before joining Goldman Sachs in 1998, she worked for Merrill Lynch in New York in their Fixed Income Division.  

Ms. Downey's Athenaeum event is hosted by the CMC Student Investment Fund with the assistance of Pomona College's Sagehen Capital Management. The conference is co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute and the Robert Day Scholars Program. 

Please note that Ms. Downey is replacing Erik Anderson '80 as the keynote speaker.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 11:45am
The Appel Scholarship: Writing Matters
2016-17 Appel Scholars
Funded by Joel Appel ‘87, the Appel Fellowship provides first-year students with funding to engage in independent writing projects. Join us as the inaugural Fellows read some of their work—journal entries, novels, newspaper articles and travel narratives—and reflect on their writing experiences. We will also hear about the writing projects that newest Appel scholars hope to pursue. 

The first group of fellows includes Chloe Cho ’19, Emma Henson ’19, Valerie Huang ’19, Nick LaBerge ’19, Blake Lapin '19, Bryn Miller ’19, Reyna Wang ’19, and Melia Wong ’19.

Photograph shows, pictured from left to right: Nick LaBerge, Valerie Huan '19, Emma Henson '19, Chloe Cho '19, and Bryn Miller '19

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Disbelievers – Political Behavior when Data and Personal Experience Conflict
Larry Rosin P'20
Perhaps the most used word in political circles in 2016 was “rigged." Indeed, poll results show that significant numbers of Americans believe that the system is so broken that they no longer accept many “facts” as being true. Larry Rosin P’20 will explore the phenomenon of a world where people no longer believe what they are being told by “experts”; how it led to Trump’s election; and the challenge of governing in such an environment.

Larry Rosin P'20 is the president of Edison Research, which he co-founded in 1994. Edison is best known as the company that performs exit polls for all U.S. Elections for the National Election Pool (a consortium of ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, NBC and the Associated Press). Rosin has been a primary force in building the company into one of the world’s most respected survey research companies, with a particular specialization in media and election polling. In addition, Edison is well known for its groundbreaking media research series “The Infinite Dial” which tracks developments in digital media, and “Share of Ear” which measures all audio usage in the U.S., among many other things. He has presented Edison research at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

During the campaign, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump (and others) argued that America today has been captured by small but powerful interests who have tilted the playing field in their favor. Banks, the political parties, large corporations, sitting politicians, the Obama administration and others were all accused of ‘rigging’ the system. Based on Edison's own polling, there is evidence of a profound disconnect between what statistics are saying about the state of affairs in America and what people actually feel. This phenomenon of a world where everyone questions everything, Rosin will argue, creates enormous challenges for researchers, public policy makers, media, governance, etc.

Rosin is a graduate of Princeton University where he majored in Public and International Affairs, and he received an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Mr. Rosin is the featured parent speaker for Family Weekend 2017.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
Sex, Lies and Politics in the Early Middle Ages
Yitzhak Hen
Yitzhak Hen will discuss the correspondence between Bishop Chrodobert of Tours and Bishop Importunus of Paris, which reveals a fascinating story of episcopal enmity, sex scandals, and political alliance in the Merovingian kingdoms of the seventh century.

Yitzhak Hen is the Anna and Sam Lopin Professor of History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, where he teaches late antique and early medieval history. An expert on religious and cultural history of the early medieval West, he is interested in the intellectual and religious culture of the post-Roman Barbarian kingdoms of Western Europe and devotes part of his research to the examination of early medieval manuscripts, and to the study of early medieval liturgy in its cultural, social, and religious context.

Hen is the author of Culture and Religion in Merovingian Gaul, AD 481-751 (1995), The Sacramentary of Echternach (1997), The Royal Patronage of Liturgy in Frankish Gaul (2000), and Roman Barbarians: The Royal Court and Culture in the Early Medieval West (2007). He co-edited The Uses of the Past in the Early Middle Ages (2000), The Bobbio Missal: Liturgy and Religious Culture in Merovingian Gaul (2004), among many others. 

Professor Hen's Athenaeum talk is facilitated by a Mellon Visiting Scholar grant.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
Envisioning the Vastness of Early America: The Origins of California's Early Inhabitants
Steve Hackel
For generations historians have adopted a very narrow narrative of colonial America, one that privileged events related to the American Revolution and the formation of the United States. Steve Hackel will discuss that narrative but also introduce a more recent set of ideas and events that help us to see what this narrative excludes and how the early settlement of California can contribute towards are understanding of the vastness of Early America.

Born and raised in California, Steve Hackel earned his B.A. at Stanford University and his Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University with specializations in early America and the American West. He now teaches at U.C. Riverside.

Within the larger field of early American history, Hackel's research specializes on the Spanish Borderlands, colonial California, and California Indians. He is especially interested in Indian responses to colonialism, the effects of disease on colonial encounters, and new ways of visualizing these processes through digital history.

Hackel has published a biography on Fray Junipero Serra, the principal founder of California's mission system, and a monograph on Indian life in the California missions, as well as numerous essays. He is the general editor of the Early California Population Project and the Project Director for the Early California Cultural Atlas. He co-curated the Huntington Library’s international exhibition, “Junípero Serra and the Legacy of the California Missions.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 11:45am
Racial Hierarchies and the Historical Process: A Panel Discussion
Daniel Livesay, Sarah Sarzynski, and Tamara Venit-Shelton, panelists
CMC history professors Tamara Venit-Shelton, Daniel Livesay, and Sarah Sarzynski will discuss the strategies they have used to document and analyze racism, racial hierarchies, and the experiences of under-represented groups. The discussion is intended to help students deepen their understanding of the historical process and identify new strategies as they engage in archival research and historical analysis. 

Daniel Livesay, assistant professor of history, focuses his research on slavery in the Colonial Americas, free people of color in the Atlantic world, and the intersections between ideas of race and family in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; slavery and aging in North America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Children of Uncertain Fortune: Mixed-Race West Indians in Britain and The Atlantic Family, 1733-1833, forthcoming from University of North Carolina Press. He is currently at work on a new project that explores slavery and aging in North America.

Sarah Sarzynski, assistant professor of history, research focus examines modern Brazilian cultural and political history, popular culture and film, the Amazon, the Cold War, social movements, memory and oral history, regionalism and regional identities in Brazil related to poverty, religion, race and gender. She is currently completing a book entitled Revolution in the Terra do Sol: The Cold War in Brazil, which will be published by Stanford University Press.

Tamara Venit Shelton, associate professor of history, focuses on the social history of the American West, with a particular interest in race, labor, and environment. She is the author of A Squatter’s Republic: Land and the Politics of Monopoly, 1850-1900, published by University of California Press. She is currently working on a book project about Chinese doctors in the United States between 1850 and 1945.

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 5:30pm
Art Thinking or Inventing Point B in any area of life
Amy Whitaker
Whether making sense of your career or the future of the geopolitical world order, Amy Whitaker asserts that art thinking is a way of creating space to focus on big messy questions, whether you can answer them or not.

Amy Whitaker is a writer, artist, and teacher who works at the intersection of creativity, business, and everyday life and is the author of Art Thinking, a “manifesto and a love story” for how creativity and business go together. A graduate of Williams College, she holds an MBA from Yale University and an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Fine Art at University College London. She is an assistant professor at NYU in Visual Arts Administration.

Whitaker has worked for museums including the Guggenheim, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Tate as well as for international financial institutions. She teaches and lectures widely. Her first book, Museum Legs, was selected as the common summer reading assignment for the first year class at RISD (Rhode Island School of Design) in 2010.

The premise of her most recent book, Art Thinking, is that if you are making a work of art in any field, you aren't going from a known point A to a known point B, but rather inventing point B. That process is exploratory and open-ended—and therefore sometimes at odds with the cultural pressures to succeed economically and professionally. The independent thinking behind inventing point B is closely tied to robustness of democratic exchange, to the values of a liberal arts education, and to interdisciplinary approaches to addressing the great problems of our day.

Professor Whitaker's Athenaeum talk is sponsored by the Mellon Creativity Roundtable, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), the Kravis Leadership Institute (KLI), and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse (CWPD).

Friday, February 24, 2017 - 11:45am
Choose Success: The Four Keys to Self-Leadership
Victoria Halsey
The 2017 Women's Leadership Workshop (WLW) keynote speaker, Victoria Halsey is an inspirational speaker, trainer, author, and instructional designer whose unique blend of energy, intellect, and passion engages and motivates individuals to increase personal and organizational performance.

As vice-president of applied learning for The Ken Blanchard Companies, Dr. Victoria Halsey builds leadership capacity using an inside-out approach focused on situational leadership to help individuals understand themselves so they can be effective leaders.

Halsey is the author of Brilliance by Design, an instructional design strategy with a learner-focused model. She is a co-author of The Hamster Revolution and The Hamster Revolution for Meetings. In addition, she is a co-author of Ken Blanchard’s Leading at a Higher Level, an all-inclusive reference of Blanchard leadership philosophies and teachings.

Halsey received a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of California, Davis; a master’s degree in educational administration from San Diego State University; and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from University of San Diego.

Ms. Halsey's  2017 Women's Leadership Workshop talk at the Athenaeum is co-sponsored by RDS, KLI, and the Berger Institute. 

To register for this special half-day program WLW program, please use the WLW 2017 registration form.

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 5:30pm
Arabic Classical Traditions in the History of the Exact Sciences
Nader El-Bizri
Nader El-Bizri will examine some principal aspects of the Arabic classical traditions in the history of the exact sciences, while also addressing the subsequent transmission and reception of Arabic science within the European medieval and Renaissance circles of scholarship. 

Nader El-Bizri is a professor of philosophy and director of the Civilization Studies Program at the American University of Beirut. He also serves on editorial boards of journals and book series, and is the general editor of the Epistles of the Brethren of Purity series published by Oxford University Press. He has also acted as a consultant to the Science Museum in London, the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Geneva, and the Solomon Guggenheim Museum in New York/Berlin, and has contributed to BBC radio/TV cultural programs. He received various awards including the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences Prize in 2014.

He will focus on the adaptive assimilation and expansion of the various branches of the ancient Greek sources in scientific knowledge within the Arabic intellectual milieu.

Professor El-Bizri's Athenaeum lecture is facilitated by a Mellon Global Fellowship grant.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dialogue on National and Global Events
Asuman Aksoy, Hilary Appel, Bill Ascher, Andrew Busch, Heather Ferguson, Pam Gann, Amy Kind, Albert Park, Shanna Rose, Jennifer Taw, George Thomas, and Nancy Williams, facilitators
CMC faculty across multiple disciplines will each host and facilitate dinner table conversations to discuss current political events through the lens of their area of expertise. After dinner, each table will share a summary of the discussion and answer a question or two from the audience. The event will conclude by 8 pm. (Photo credit: Connor Ortman '18)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 5:30pm
The State Against Blacks
Jason Riley
Have well-intentioned government efforts—starting with the Great Society—helped the black underclass? Jason Riley will assess the track record of these programs and argue that, more often than not, these efforts have been counterproductive and widened racial disparities in income, education, employment and other areas, and will also discuss how blacks fared in the Obama era.

Jason Riley is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and a commentator for Fox News. After joining the Journal in 1994, he was named a senior editorial writer in 2000 and a member of the editorial board in 2005. Riley writes opinion pieces on politics, economics, education, immigration, and race. A frequent public speaker, he is a longtime commentator for Fox News.

Riley is the author of Let Them In: The Case for Open Borders (2008), which argues for a more free-market-oriented U.S. immigration policy; and Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed (2014), which discusses the track record of government efforts to help the black underclass. He has also worked for USA Today and the Buffalo News. Riley holds a B.A. in English from SUNY-Buffalo.

Mr. Riley's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.

(Source: Manhattan Institute Website)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 5:30pm
Against the Loveless World: To Be Raced in America
Ayana Mathis
Does our collective American history assign race to some groups, Blacks, Latinos, people of color of various extractions, while assigning a kind of racial neutrality to whiteness? Using James Baldwin's The Fire Next Time, and her own novel, The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, Ayana Mathis will raise and answer questions about how notions of being raced and un-raced manifest historically and contemporarily; and how they impact every aspect of the American experience, from the intimacy of our hearts and minds to the law that govern us.  

Ayana Mathis is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and a recipient of the 2014-15 New York Public Library's Cullman Center Fellowship. The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her first novel, was a New York Times Bestseller, a 2013 New York Times Notable Book of the Year, an NPR Best Books of 2013, and was chosen by Oprah Winfrey as the second selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Mathis taught creative writing at The Writer's Foundry MFA Program at St. Joseph's College, Brooklyn. She is an assistant professor of English and Creative Writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

Ms. Mathis' Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

Photo credit: Elena Seibert

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 12:00pm
A New Framework for Thinking on the Middle East
Haim Koren
The political history of the Middle East faces a process of continuity and change. Identities and borders remain the foremost issues. Ambassador Haim Koren, former Israeli ambassador to Egypt, believes that the new framework for thinking about the region should include the role of globalization, a shifting of terminologies, and an understanding of the clash of world views between Islam and the West.

Haim Koren (Klein) served as Israel’s Ambassador to the Republic of Egypt between 2014 and 2016. He previously served as Ambassador to South Sudan and as the Director of the Middle East Division in the Center of Political Research in Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During his tenure with the Ministry, his positions included serving as Director of the Political Planning Division and as Deputy Spokesman of the Press Division. He has also served in various other diplomatic capacities in Chicago, USA; Alexandria, Egypt; and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Ambassador Koren earned his Ph.D. from the University of Bergen in Norway. He is an expert in the Arab World, including the Arabic language, media, and extremism. Since 2011, he has been a member of Advisory Board of IFIMES (The Slovenian Institute of Middle East and Balkan Studies) and from 2016 a member of the Board of the Ezri Center for Research of Iran and the Persian Gulf at Haifa University.

Between 1992-1994 Ambassador Koren was a member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Chicago. From 2008 to 2011, he was Instructor at the National Defense College of Israel. He has given lectures and seminars on Arabism and Islam, the Ideology of Radical Islam, the Global Dimension of the Foreign Policy in Israel, and New Framework for Thinking on the Middle East.

Ambassador Koren's Athenaeum talk is made possible in partnership with the Claremont International Relations Society.

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
Human Trafficking: Addressing a Global Issue at a Local Level
Maria A. Trujillo ’01
Human trafficking is a problem that impacts all communities across the United States: How can this complex global crime be tackled at the local level? Maria Trujillo ’01 has been working to combat human trafficking locally for over a decade and will share the on-the-ground realities of this work.  

Maria A. Trujillo ’01 serves as the Human Trafficking Program Manager at the Colorado Department of Public Safety, Division of Criminal Justice, Office for Victims Programs. In this role, Trujillo coordinates the efforts of the Colorado Human Trafficking Council that was legislatively established by the Colorado General Assembly. Trujillo joined the division in December 2014 after spending the previous six years in Houston as the executive director of the non-profit organization, United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), whose mission is to prevent and confront human trafficking by raising public awareness, training front-line professionals and empowering the community to take action. Prior to her time at UAHT, Trujillo lived in Washington, DC where she worked for the international development organization, Health Volunteers Overseas.

Trujillo has served as a speaker and expert technical advisor on the issue of human trafficking at the national, state and local levels, including at the White House. She has also been recognized for her work combating human trafficking as a “Circles of Change” honoree by Building Bridges for Peace (2012) and a “Table Talk” honoree by the University of Houston’s Friends of Women’s Studies (2015).

Trujillo graduated with an IR major from Claremont McKenna College in 2001. She obtained her master’s degree in International Communications from American University.

Ms. Trujillo’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 5:30pm
Spanish in the World, Then and Now
Rolena Adorno
Rolena Adorno, professor of Spanish at Yale University, will discuss the importance of the Spanish language, from its emergence on the world stage at the end of the fifteenth century to its status today as the world's second most-spoken language.

Rolena Adorno is the Sterling Professor of Spanish at Yale Univerrsity. Born and raised on a farm in Iowa, she began her study of Spanish-language literatures as an undergraduate at the University of Iowa and then as a Fulbright Scholar to Madrid, Spain. With a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, Adorno has taught (in Spanish) very popular courses in Latin American literature and culture of the modern and earlier periods, and she is committed to the encouragement of Spanish-language studies for non-native and heritage speakers. A recipient of the Modern Language Association’s Award for Lifetime Scholarly Achievement, she is the first awardee whose work focuses on Hispanic literary and cultural studies.

Adorno's research is devoted to Latin American literature of the Spanish colonial period. Seemingly esoteric, this field of study raises issues pertinent to those faced today. Her books, The Polemics of Possession in Spanish American Narrative, Guaman Poma: Writing and Resistance in Colonial Peru, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, and Colonial Latin American Literature: A Very Short Introduction, explore the uneasy encounters between Spanish and Amerindian cultures, the debates about the rights of conquest and colonization, the emergence of literary voices (those of Amerindian as well as European heritage), and the resonance of the Spanish colonial heritage in Latin American literature today.

Appointed by President Obama in 2009, she serves on the National Council on the Humanities (NEH). She is an honorary professor at La Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Adorno is a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar and her Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Phi Beta Kappa Society.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 11:45am
An Unlikely and Different Kind of Gay Activist
Cary Davidson '75
Cary Davidson '75 will document his personal and professional involvement in the effort to achieve LGBT equality including his role as general counsel in two major California statewide ballot measure campaigns regarding marriage, including Prop. 8.

Cary Davidson '75 practices political, election, and nonprofit organization law. He represents corporations, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, ballot measure campaigns, candidates and lobbyists, assisting them in complying with the various local, state and federal laws regulating campaigns and lobbying. Davidson has represented or served on the boards of many LGBT organizations, including Equality California, Access Now for Gay & Lesbian Equality, Human Rights Campaign and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Davidson has served as president of the California Political Attorneys' Association; president of Equality California and Equality California Institute; president of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association; president of Congregation Kol Ami; and chair of the Board of Overseers of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has received several awards for his civic and community involvement including the Harvey Milk Legacy Award from Christopher Street West (Los Angeles Pride); the Jack L. Stark Award from Claremont McKenna College; the Lifetime Achievement Award and State Farm Good Neighbor Award from Equality California; the Allan Tebbetts Award from the California Political Attorneys Association; and the Guardian of Justice Award from Congregation Kol Ami.

Davidson graduated in 1975 from CMC and received his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1978.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 5:30pm
Shared Humanity through Humor and Story Telling
Firoozeh Dumas
Firoozeh Dumas, following the tradition of oral storytelling that she grew up with in her Iranian-American family, will use family stories and humor to expose our shared humanity and transcend our increasingly divisive world.  

Firoozeh Dumas was born in Abadan, Iran and moved to Whittier, California at the age of seven. 

Dumas grew up listening to her father, a former Fulbright Scholar, recount the many colorful stories of his life. In 2001, with no prior writing experience, Firoozeh decided to write her stories as a gift for her children. Random House published these stories in 2003. Funny in Farsi was on the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and was a finalist for the PEN/USA award in 2004 and a finalist in 2005 for an Audie Award for best audio book. (She lost to Bob Dylan.) She was also a finalist for the prestigious Thurber Prize for American Humor, the first Middle Eastern woman ever to receive this honor. (She lost that one to Jon Stewart.) 

In 2008, Dumas published a second set of stories, Laughing Without an Accent, which also became a New York Times bestseller. In 2016, she published her first book of middle grade fiction, It Ain’t so Awful, Falafel and received high praise from readers of all ages.

Dumas has also written for the New York Times, Gourmet Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and many other outlets and has also been a commentator on National Public Radio. She has spoken at hundreds of schools, conferences and festivals. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and that everyone’s story counts.

Ms. Dumas' Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored with the Friends of Claremont Library.

Photo Credit: Francois Dumas

Monday, March 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
Islam and the Humanities & Islam and the Liberal Arts
Tariq al-Jamil and Kambiz GhaneaBassiri '94, panelists; Jamel Velji, moderator
The teaching and researching of Islam has morphed considerably in the last 15 years. Professors Tariq al-Jamil and Kambiz GhaneaBassiri '94 will discuss emerging challenges in the teaching of Islam, including how the curriculum and classroom experience are shaped by current events; how the discipline is shaped by conflict; and how they strive to address issues of inclusion in the teaching of Islam. Jamel Velji, assistant professor of religious studies at CMC, will moderate.  

Tariq al-Jamil is associate professor of religion and chair of the department of religion at Swarthmore College. He is also coordinator of Swarthmore's Islamic Studies Program. al-Jamil is an expert on medieval Islamic social history and law, with a particular focus on Shi'ism. He has conducted research on Sunni-Shi'i relations and addresses issues related to the academic study of Islam and the social history of Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia. His published works and research interests include: Islam and inter-communal violence, pre-modern religious identity, religious dissimulation, the transmission of knowledge in Islam, and women in Islamic jurisprudence. He is the author of Power and Knowledge in Medieval Islam (I.B. Tauris 2017). Al-Jamil received his B.A. from Oberlin College, M.T.S. from Harvard University, and M.A. and Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Kambiz GhaneaBassiri '94 is professor of religion and humanities at Reed College. GhaneaBassiri focuses on Islamic social and intellectual history in the classical and modern periods, Islam in America, material dimensions of religion, and religious diversity in US history. He is the author of A History of Islam in America (Cambridge 2010). In 2006 he was named a Carnegie Scholar and in 2012 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. GhaneaBassiri received his B.A. From Claremont McKenna College in 1994, and his A.M. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. 

Professors Tariq al-Jamil and Kambiz GhaneaBassiri's Athenaeum conversation is co-sponsored by the Kutten Lectureship in Religious Studies at CMC.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 11:45am
Being Muslim in America Today
Adeel Zeb
The political climate post 9/11 dramatically changed the experience of Muslims in America. With recent political developments, Muslims further find themselves in difficult and often precarious circumstances. In a TEDx style presentation, Adeel Zeb, the imam of the Claremont Colleges, will offer a first-hand perspective into the emotions, trials, and tribulations of being Muslim in America today. 

Imam Adeel J. Zeb is a Muslim chaplain, interfaith scholar, and frequent speaker. He currently serves as a co-University Chaplain at the Claremont Colleges. Before coming to Claremont in 2016, he was the Muslim Chaplain/Director of Muslim Life at Duke University. He has also served as the Muslim Chaplain/Imam at Wesleyan University, Trinity College, and American University, among others. Zeb is the president elect of the National Association of College and University Chaplains.

He has given Friday khutbah (sermons) on Capitol Hill, at the State Department, and mosques nationally. He has been featured on media including CNN, National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Time Magazine, and the Huffington Post over a 10-year span. He was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum and has completed the prestigious fellowship for the Study of Auschwitz and Preventive Ethics and has certifications in conflict management, interfaith conflict management, and mediation from the United States Institute for Peace.

Zeb holds degrees from Baylor University in business administration and Arees University in traditional Islamic studies, a master's degree in Islamic chaplaincy from Hartford Seminary, and in tajweed and Qur'anic recitation from the Blue Mosque in Istanbul.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dreamland: America's Opiate Epidemic and How We Got To Where We Are
Sam Quinones
Sam Quinones' newest book reads like fiction, but unfortunately it is not. It's the true story of descent into opiate addiction and the sweeping resurgence of heroin from coast to coast.

Sam Quinones is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist and author of three books of narrative nonfiction. His latest book is Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic (Bloomsbury, 2015), for which he traveled across the United States.

Dreamland was selected as one of the Best books of 2015 by,, the Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Seattle Times, Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Entertainment Weekly, Audible, and in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg Business by Nobel economics laureate Professor Angus Deaton of Princeton University.

Quinones’ previous two highly acclaimed books grew from his 10 years living and working as a freelance writer in Mexico (1994-2004).

Quinones, whose father Ricardo Quinones taught literature at CMC for many years, is a former reporter with the L.A. Times, where he worked for 10 years (2004-2014). He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking, and the border.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 5:30pm
Blaxicans of LA: Then and Now
Walter Luis Thompson-Hernandez
By situating the Blaxican (Black-Mexican) experience in the context of the country’s current racial climate, Walter Luis Thompson-Hernandez talk asks: What is the role of multiracial individuals such as Blaxicans in the future of a nation that is becoming increasingly multiracial, multiethnic, and multilingual as each day passes?  

Walter Thompson-Hernandez is a Los Angeles-based social documentary maker, multimedia journalist, and doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles. His stories and research have been featured by NPR, CNN, BBC, Fusion, Los Angeles Times, Remezcla, and UNIVISION. His latest academic project will be featured in a forthcoming book titled, Afro-Latinos in Movement: Critical Approaches to Blackness and Transnationalism in the Americas.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 5:30pm
President Trump as an Experiment: Disrupting Politics
James Strock
What are we learning in the early months of the Trump administration? James Strock will discuss what's new, what's familiar, and what matters most amid the disruption of American politics and governance underway.

James Strock, an independent entrepreneur and reformer in business, government, and politics, is a frequent speaker 21st century leadership, servant leadership, and presidential leadership. A student of presidential leadership, his first book, Reagan on Leadership: Executive Lessons from the Great Communicator was published in a commemorative edition for the Reagan Centennial. Strock is also the author of Theodore Roosevelt on Leadership. Both books are widely used in business and not-for profit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and the military. Strock is also a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Leadership (Goethals and Sorenson, eds.), and wrote the articles on Winston S. Churchill, Ronald Reagan, and Theodore Roosevelt.

In addition to extensive business and legal experience, he has served in senior positions in both federal and state governments. From 1991-97, Strock served in Governor Pete Wilson’s cabinet as California’s founding secretary for environmental protection. Following confirmation by the California State Senate, he led the Cal/EPA, an organization comprising 4,000 employees, achieving worldwide environmental, energy and economic impact. During this time, he also served on the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Committee to the U.S. Trade Representative. In 1989, President George H.W. Bush appointed Strock to serve as assistant administrator for enforcement (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency where he led a major expansion and reorganization of the national program, while driving civil and criminal enforcement to record levels.

Strock is a graduate of Harvard College (A.B., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Charles Joseph Bonaparte Scholarship) and Harvard Law School where he was a teaching fellow for Professor Richard Neustadt’s course on presidential leadership. 

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 11:45am
An Afternoon with Dana Ivgy
Dana Ivgy
Award-winning Israeli actress Dana Ivgy will discuss her most recent film, the high-acclaimed Zero Motivation, along with her upcoming feature film Saints Rest (to be released later this year). She will also offer some reflections on her career as an actress and recent developments and themes in Israeli cinema.

Dana Ivgy is an award-winning Israeli actress, and star of the highly acclaimed film Zero Motivation. In 2002 she garnered the attention of the Israeli Film Academy when she was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award for her portrayals of Sarit in the sports drama Beitar Provence. She also received the nomination for her role of Tikva Ida in the drama, The Barbecue People, based around a picnic celebrating Israeli Independence day. She has numerous film and television roles to her credit, including in the critically acclaimed film, Broken Wings

Ms. Ivgy’s Athenaeum appearance is part of the Western Jewish Studies Association Conference held at CMC.

Monday, March 27, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dinner Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (1st Night)
Under the Lights
Under the Lights is proud to present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. An exciting, wild comedy that takes you through false identities, marriage proposals, babies in handbags, and countless cucumber sandwiches, the play is a satire of the Victorian period, when intricate, unspoken codes of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality. Despite the passage of time, the play’s witty dialogue and timeless satire make it a perennial favorite. 

Directed by Cassie Lewis ’17, cast members include Anoush Baghdassarian '17, Evan Boyer '19, Julien Chien '17, Namrata Dev '19, Micaela Ferguson '17, Henry Minervini '19, Victor Panyarskiy '20, and Anthony Sidhom '17. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 11:45am
Ancient DNA, Evolution, and Domestication
Greger Larson '96
A canine DNA researcher—by way of a CMC education in environment, economics, and politics—Greger Larson will discuss how next generation DNA sequencing techniques are revolutionizing our understanding of human evolution and animal domestication, with a particular focus on the ancient ties between humans and dogs.

After graduating from CMC in 1996, Greger Larson spent a year in Central Asia on a Watson Fellowship before starting a job in the environmental consulting industry in Azerbaijan. Subsisting on a literary diet of Stephen J. Gould’s writings, he worked and wandered the deserts of Turkmenistan over the next three years.

Ultimately concluding that “evolution was cooler than oil,” Larson pursued his masters in archeology at Oxford University, continued further studies in ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Colorado, and completed his Ph.D. in zoology at Oxford in 2006.

Larson is currently a professor at Oxford University where he uses ancient DNA to address a wide variety of questions about evolution, migration, and domestication. He also directs the Palaeogenomics & Bio-Archaeology Research Network, also at Oxford University.

(He says that he rarely wonders what his salary would be had he stuck to oil.)

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dinner Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (2nd Night)
Under the Lights
Under the Lights is proud to present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. An exciting, wild comedy that takes you through false identities, marriage proposals, babies in handbags, and countless cucumber sandwiches, the play is a satire of the Victorian period, when intricate, unspoken codes of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality. Despite the passage of time, the play’s witty dialogue and timeless satire make it a perennial favorite. 

Directed by Cassie Lewis ’17, cast members include Anoush Baghdassarian '17, Evan Boyer '19, Julien Chien '17, Namrata Dev '19, Micaela Ferguson '17, Henry Minervini '19, Victor Panyarskiy '20, and Anthony Sidhom '17. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 5:30pm
Dinner Theatre: The Importance of Being Earnest (3rd Night)
Under the Lights
Under the Lights is proud to present Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People. An exciting, wild comedy that takes you through false identities, marriage proposals, babies in handbags, and countless cucumber sandwiches, the play is a satire of the Victorian period, when intricate, unspoken codes of behavior governed everything from communication to sexuality. Despite the passage of time, the play’s witty dialogue and timeless satire make it a perennial favorite. 

Directed by Cassie Lewis ’17, cast members include Anoush Baghdassarian '17, Evan Boyer '19, Julien Chien '17, Namrata Dev '19, Micaela Ferguson '17, Henry Minervini '19, Victor Panyarskiy '20, and Anthony Sidhom '17. 

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot: On Literature, Past and Future
Peter Dale Scott
After years of studying and writing about the two poets Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot, award-winning poet Peter Dale Scott provides a trenchant assessment of their work as part of a new study on Milosz. 

Czeslaw Milosz and T.S. Eliot were two of the most luminous figures of 20th century poetry. Milosz, who was inspired by Eliot’s work (he translated “The Waste Land” into Polish during World War II), developed his own response to the atrocities and despair of the modern world and toward literary and cultural traditions, often in contradiction to Eliot’s.  After years of studying and writing about the two poets, Peter Dale Scott provides a trenchant assessment of their work as part of a new study on Milosz.

In the 1960’s Peter Dale Scott was a professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, having previously served as a Canadian diplomat to Poland. At Berkeley he met Milosz, a colleague in the Slavic Languages department and poet then known mostly for his book about totalitarianism,The Captive Mind, and for his courses on Dostoevsky. Scott and Milosz collaborated on a landmark English translation of the selected poems of Zbigniew Herbert and eventually on stunning, witty English versions of Milosz’s own poems. Milosz went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

A poet himself, Peter Dale Scott has published numerous volumes of poetry, most notably the three volumes of his trilogy Seculum: Coming to Jakarta: A Poem About Terror (1989), Listening to the Candle: A Poem on Impulse (1992), and Minding the Darkness: A Poem for the Year 2000 (2000). In addition he has published Crossing Borders: Selected Shorter Poems (1994, published in Canada as Murmur of the Stars), Mosaic Orpheus (2009), and Tilting Point (2012). In November 2002 he was awarded the Lannan Poetry Award.

An anti-war speaker during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, he was a co-founder of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at UC Berkeley, and of the Coalition on Political Assassinations (COPA).

His poetry has dealt with both his experience and his research, the latter of which has centered on U.S. covert operations, their impact on democracy at home and abroad, and their relations to the John F. Kennedy assassination and the global drug traffic. The poet-critic Robert Hass, who has served as U.S. Poet Laureate,  wrote that "Coming to Jakarta is the most important political poem to appear in the English language in a very long time."

Peter Dale’s Scott’s lecture is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Environment of Childhood Poverty
Gary W. Evans
Most would agree that poverty is bad for children; less clear is why. Gary Evans' work suggests that one reason for the adverse developmental implications of childhood poverty is exposure to an accumulation of physical (e.g., substandard housing, chaos) and psychosocial (e.g., instability, turmoil) risk factors—with devastating long term impact.

Gary W. Evans is the Elizabeth Lee Vincent Professor of Human Ecology in the departments of design & environmental analysis and human development at Cornell University. An environmental and developmental psychologist, he is interested in how physical environment affects human health and well being in particular among children. His specific areas of expertise include the environment of childhood poverty, children's environments, cumulative risk and child development, environmental stressors, and the development of children's environmental attitudes and behaviors. 

Evans is the author of over 300 scholarly articles and chapters plus five books. He was a core member of the MacArthur Foundation Network on Socioeconomic Status and Health, the board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences, and the board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Center for Disease Control. Evans is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and received a Docteur Honoris Causa from Stockholm University. Celebrated as an award winning teacher, he has taught and lectured in over 50 countries.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 11:45am
Policy Options to Foster Smarter, Person-Centered Care for High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients
Matthew McKearn
Matthew McKearn will discuss the Bipartisan Policy Center's work on developing recommendations to improve value in the U.S. health care system, especially as it pertains to the high-need, high-cost Medicare patients.

Medicare regulations and payment rules can erect barriers to evidence-based care designs to address non-clinical needs, which are particularly important for individuals with chronic conditions and functional or cognitive impairments. Matthew McKearn, the associate director of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Health Project, will discuss BPC's work on developing recommendations to improve value in the U.S. health care system. BPC is working on policy ideas to finance long-term services and supports that have the potential to address non-clinical needs and avoid expensive hospital stays and other avoidable care episodes. BPC has partnered with CMC's Policy Lab to work in this policy area, focusing on proposals for lowering costs and improving services for people who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid coverage.

Prior to joining BPC, McKearn served as the director of the office of legislative affairs and budget for the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the Department of Health and Human Services. He also worked at the Office of Management and Budget where he was a senior analyst. His issue areas included long-term care hospitals and post-acute care, hospice, Medigap, rural Medicare payments, delivery system reform, and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.


Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
Senior Thesis Showcase
Julien Chien, Nicole Southard, Jessica Bass, Taylor Lemmons, Julia Blanco, Nicky Blumm, Alejandra Vazquez Baur, Katelyn Faust, and Kris Brackmann
The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this inaugural Senior Thesis Showcase, nine seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers!

The senior thesis requirement at CMC is challenging and rewarding and seniors endeavor to produce innovative, thoughtful, comprehensive, and well written work. In this inaugural Senior Thesis Showcase, nine seniors across the disciplines will present 5 to 7-minute synopses of their capstone project. Come hear about their research, motivation, and findings, as well as their overall thesis journey. Most importantly come support and celebrate your CMC peers!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 5:30pm
An Evening with Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill
Mary Gaitskill,  author of the widely acclaimed novel "The Mare," will read from her most recent work and reflect on the craft of fiction writing.

​Mary Gaitskill is "among the most eloquent and perceptive of contemporary fiction writers," says The New York Times. The author of several novels including Two Girls, Fat and Thin (1998) and Veronica (2006), which was nominated for the National Book Award in 2005, as well as the story collections Don’t Cry (2010), Bad Behavior: Stories (1988), and Because They Wanted To (1998), which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner in 1998, Gaitskill has been praised by the Village Voice as "reaching deep into what she calls the trapdoors in personality and obsession, and pulling what she finds there back out into the world. Past, present, future; heartbreak, desire, and loss: none of it is quite beyond her.”

Her story Secretary was the basis for the feature film of the same name. The film received the Special Jury Prize and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Granta, Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. One of her most controversial essays, "On Not Being a Victim," appeared in Harper's. In 2002, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for fiction; in 2010 she received a New York Public Library Cullman Center research grant.

She has taught at U.C. Berkeley, the University of Houston, New York University, The New School, Brown, and Syracuse University; she was the Writer-In-Residence at Hobart College William Smith College. She has also taught at Claremont McKenna College.

Her most recent novel is "The Mare" which was on the “Best Books of the Year" lists for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ms. Gaitskill’s Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

Photo credit: Derek Shapton

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Biology of Good and Evil
Robert Sapolsky
Robert Sapolsky, professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, wonders why do we do the things we do and digs deep in the history of our species and its genetic inheritance to posit answers.

Robert Sapolsky is a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, a professor of biology, neurosurgery, and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate with the Institute of Primate Research at the National Museum of Kenya. In 2008, National Geographic and PBS aired an hour-long special on stress featuring Sapolsky and his research on the subject. In addition to A Primate’s Memoir, which won the 2001 Bay Area Book Reviewers Award in nonfiction, Sapolsky has written three other books, including The Trouble with TestosteroneWhy Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, and Monkeyluv and Other Essays on our Lives as Animals. Sapolsky was awarded Rockefeller University’s Lewis Thomas Prize for Writing about Science for 2008. His articles have appeared in publications such as Discover and The New Yorker, and he writes a biweekly column for the Wall Street Journal entitled “Mind & Matter.”

His newest book entitled: Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst will be published in May 2017 by Penguin Press.

Professor Sapolsky's Athenaeum talk is part of the Science and Skepticism series co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

(Source: Steven Barclay Agency Website)

Photo Credit: Thompson McClellan Photography

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 5:30pm
The War on Police
Heather Mac Donald
The Black Lives Matter movement holds that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially-driven police shootings, and that policing is shot through with systemic bias. Contending that the central Black Lives Matter narrative is not just false but dangerous, Heather Mac Donald will explore the data on policing, crime, and race and argue that policing today is driven by crime, not race, and that the movement has caused officers to back off of proactive policing in high crime areas, leading to the largest spike in homicides in nearly 50 years, disproportionately affecting blacks.  

Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. She is a recipient of the 2005 Bradley Prize. Mac Donald’s work at City Journal has covered a range of topics, including higher education, immigration, policing, homelessness and homeless advocacy, criminal-justice reform, and race relations. Her writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and The New Criterion. Mac Donald's newest book, The War on Cops (2016), warns that raced-based attacks on the criminal-justice system, from the White House on down, are eroding the authority of law and putting lives at risk.

A lawyer by training, Mac Donald clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a volunteer with the Natural Resources Defense Council. She has testified before numerous U.S. House and Senate Committees. In 1998, Mac Donald was appointed to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s task force on the City University of New York. In 2004, she received the Civilian Valor Award from the New Jersey State Law Enforcement Officers. In 2008, Mac Donald received the Integrity in Journalism Award from the New York State Shields, as well as the Eugene Katz Award for Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration from the Center for Immigration Studies. In 2012, she received the Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication from the International Union of Police Associations. In 2016, she received the Excellence in Media Award from the National Police Defense Foundation's State Troopers Coalition.

A frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, and other TV and radio programs, Mac Donald holds a B.A. in English from Yale University, graduating with a Mellon Fellowship to Cambridge University, where she earned an M.A. in English; she also studied in Italy through a Clare College study grant. She holds a J.D. from Stanford University Law School.

Ms. Mac Donald's Athenaeum talk is co-sponsored by The Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Salvatori Center.

(Source: Manhattan Institute Website)

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 11:45am
Reformation Roundtable
Lori Anne Ferrell,  Carina Johnson, and Seth Lobis, panelists; Esther Chung-Kim, moderator
In recognition of the European Reformation's 500th commemorative year, an expert panel will discuss how religious changes affected politics, society, and culture throughout Europe and beyond in the early modern period and will also explore how the Reformations shaped social welfare reforms, responses to social discontentment, formulation of a national church, and perceptions of the world beyond Europe. 

Esther Chung-Kim, associate professor of religious studies at CMC will moderate the discussion by first setting the stage of the European Reformation by outlining the impact of religious change on social welfare reform, especially as it relates to poverty, wealth and social change. Her research interests include religious authority and conflict, as well as the religious impact on social change. Her current research project focuses on religious reform and poor relief in early modern Europe. 

Lori Anne Ferrell is the John D. and Lillian Maguire Distinguished Professor in Humanities at Claremont Graduate University. She is the author of Government by Polemic: James I and the King’s Preachers (Stanford University Press) and The Bible and the People (Yale University Press) as well as many articles on Renaissance literature and the Reformation, the early modern sermon, and the early modern Bible. Her revisionist analysis of the role scripture played in the English Reformation is featured in the new Oxford History of Anglicanism (2017). She will present the concept of conversion to a national church as sincerely and religiously (rather than politically) motivated. Her case study for this concept is the poet and Church of England priest John Donne, whose corpus of St Paul’s sermons she has edited for the Oxford Edition of the Sermons of John Donne (forthcoming 2018), work that allows her also to discuss the nature and importance of literary evidence in Reformation studies.

Seth Lobis is an associate professor of literature at CMC. He is the author of The Virtue of Sympathy: Magic, Philosophy, and Literature in Seventeenth-Century England (Yale University Press) as well as essays on Erasmus, Milton, and others. He will cover the topic regarding "The Disenchantment of the World." This phrase, which Weber borrowed from Schiller, has long been associated not only with the progressive rationalization of western culture but also, more specifically, with the particular significance of the Reformation in that broader process. On this account the reformers opposed and sought to eliminate the magical, or more magical-seeming, elements of Christianity. In recent decades, historians have challenged Weber's thesis from different angles even as the idea of modernity as a complex configuration of ideas about magic, science, and religion has remained entrenched.

Carina Johnson is a professor of history at Pitzer College. Her current research focuses on cross-cultural encounters, proto-ethnography, memory, and the experience of violence in the 16th century Habsburg Empire. She is also interested in questions of material and visual culture, religious and cultural identities, and theorizing colonialism in the early modern era. She will present on Reformations in the European, Mediterranean, and global contexts. The Reformation is often described in terms of its profound religious, social, and political impacts within Europe, or as counter-Reformation Catholicism and Protestantism moved across the globe through European colonial structures. Her presentation focuses on two other important components of the Reformation era: the parallel confessionalization process occurring in the Islamic Ottoman and of the extra-European world, Safavid empires and the Reformation’s impacts on European conceptualizations of the extra-European world.


Monday, April 10, 2017 - 5:30pm
Are there limits to what we can imagine?
Kathleen Stock
Occasionally, novels and stories ask us to imagine certain things, yet readers have difficulty complying. That is, they experience difficulty in imagining what they are supposed to. Kathleen Stock, philosopher from the University of Sussex, will explore a range of cases, and survey some possible explanations.

Kathleen Stock is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. She is the author of the monograph 'Only Imagine: Fiction, Interpretation and Imagination', forthcoming with Oxford University Press in summer 2017; and the editor of 'Philosopher on Music' (Oxford, 2007). She has published widely on questions concerning the imagination, fiction, and art, as well as on the nature of sexual.

objectification. In the past she has been the recipient of an Arts and Humanities Research Council research grant; a trustee of the American Society of Aesthetics; and the Secretary of the British Society of Aesthetics. She continues to be an Editorial Consultant for the British Journal of Aesthetics.

Professor Stock’s Athenaeum talk is facilitated by a Mellon Global Liberal Arts Visiting Scholar grant.


Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 5:30pm
California Deincarceration Experiment
Michael A. Hestrin
With over twenty years of experience as a prosecutor, Michael A. Hestrin, the district attorney for Riverside County, will address the impact of recent California initiatives aimed to reduce incarceration and criminalization rates in the state. 

Elected in 2014, Michael A. Hestrin has served as district attorney of Riverside County since January 2015.

Born in the Coachella Valley, Hestrin graduated in 1993 from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in history. After college, he spent a year living in Mexico with relatives working as a reporter for a small newspaper based in Guadalajara. He then returned to the United States to begin his legal studies at Stanford University, graduating in 1997 with both a JD and a master’s degree in Latin American studies.

Hestrin spent 18 years as a line prosecutor in the DA’s Office before being elected as district attorney. During his years as a prosecutor, he represented the people of Riverside County in many difficult and challenging cases. He has completed more than 100 jury trials during his career. As trial team leader for the DA's Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit, he prosecuted those who target and abuse children. For most of his last 10 years with the DA’s Office prior to becoming district attorney, Hestrin was assigned to the Homicide Unit where he conducted more than 35 murder trials including seven successful death penalty cases.

Hestrin has been recognized for his achievements during his legal career. In 2003, 2005, and again in 2010, he was named Countywide Prosecutor of the Year for Riverside County. In 2008, Hestrin was chosen by the legal publication, The Daily Journal, as one of California’s “Top Twenty Lawyers Under Forty.” In 2009, he was honored as the Statewide Prosecutor of the Year by the California District Attorney Investigators Association. In 2010, the California District Attorneys Association recognized him as California’s Outstanding Prosecutor of the Year.

In addition to prosecuting cases, Hestrin conducted trainings for prosecutors, paralegals, law enforcement officers, Riverside County Bar Association members, and social workers in ethics, trial advocacy, sex offender prosecution, homicide prosecution, and capital case litigation. He has also been an adjunct professor at Azusa Pacific University for the last 10 years teaching American Government, Introduction to Criminal Law and Procedure and Latin American History.

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

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 5:30pm
Politics on Campus—Yes and No
Jay Stephen Nordlinger
Campus life can be hard enough. Do we really need to be embroiled in politics? Jay Nordlinger, senior editor at National Review, will discuss the ins and outs of being political, and apolitical, on campus.

Jay Nordlinger is a senior editor of National Review. He writes on a variety of subjects, including politics, foreign affairs, and the arts. He is also the music critic of The New Criterion. He is the author of “Peace, They Say,” a history of the Nobel Peace Prize, and “Children of Monsters,” a study of the sons and daughters of dictators. A native of Michigan, he lives in New York.

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 5:30pm
War Powers in the 21st Century
John Yoo
Author of a forthcoming book on drones, cyber warfare, and coercion, John Yoo, professor law at Berkeley Law, will respond to Charles Lofgren's scholarship on war powers in the context of the security challenges of the 21st century.

John Yoo is the Emanuel Heller Professor of Law at the University of California at Berkeley where he has been on the faculty since 1993. He is the co-director of the Korea Law Center and also acts as faculty director for the California Constitution Center and the Program in Public Law and Governance. 

Yoo received his B.A., summa cum laude, in American history from Harvard University. Between college and law school, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Professor Yoo clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. He served as general counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee from 1995-96 under Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah. From 2001 to 2003, he served as a deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on issues involving foreign affairs, national security and the separation of powers.

Yoo is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. He held the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Law at the University of Trento in Italy, and he has also been a visiting professor at Keio Law School in Japan, Seoul National University in Korea, Chapman Law School, the University of Chicago, and the Free University of Amsterdam. Professor Yoo also has received the Paul M. Bator Award for excellence in legal scholarship and teaching from the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.

He is the author most recently of Point of Attack: Preventive War, International Law, and Global Welfare (Oxford University Press, 2014). His new book, Embrace the Machines: Drones, Cyberwar, and Coercion is forthcoming in spring 2017.

Professor Yoo's Athenaeum talk co-sponsored by the Salvatori Center’s Lofgren Program in Constitutionalism.

(Information adapted from the Berkeley Law faculty pages.)


Monday, April 17, 2017 - 5:30pm
The New Era of Diplomacy
Cameron Phelps Munter
The new administration approaches foreign policy and diplomacy in unexpected ways. Yet, the rest of the world continues to face unprecedented challenges regardless of the style it sees in Washington, D.C. Ambassador Cameron Munter will reflect on how we are to promote understanding of global challenges in such a situation.

Cameron Munter is President and CEO of the EastWest Institute (EWI) in New York. The EastWest Institute works to reduce international conflict, addressing seemingly intractable problems that threaten world security and stability. 

Ambassador Munter served as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for nearly three decades, having served in some of the most conflict-ridden areas of the globe. He was Ambassador to Pakistan (2010-2012) guiding U.S.-Pakistani relations through a period of crisis, including the operation against Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad. He was Ambassador to Serbia (2007-2009), where he negotiated Serbia domestic consensus for European integration while managing the Kosovo independence crisis. He served twice in Iraq, leading the first Provincial Reconstruction Team in Mosul in 2006 and then handling political-military affairs in Baghdad in 2009-2010. Previous overseas postings included Deputy Chief of Mission in Poland (2002-2005) and in the Czech Republic (2005-2007), as well as numerous other assignments at the State Department and at Embassies overseas. 

In Washington, he was Director for Central Europe at the National Security Council (1999-2001), Executive Assistant to the Counselor of the Department of State (1998-1999), Director of the Northern European Initiative (1998), and Chief of Staff in the NATO Enlargement Ratification Office (1997-1998).

After his retirement from the Foreign Service, Munter was professor of international relations at Pomona College from 2013 to 2015, and served as a consultant to the equity funds KKR and Mid Europa Partners. He was a senior advisor to the Albright Stonebridge Group; and advised the Gates Foundation project on polio eradication. He came to Pomona from Columbia University Law School in New York, where he was visiting professor during the fall term of 2012. He is a non-resident fellow of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a member of the American Academy of Diplomacy.

Munter graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1976 and earned a doctoral degree in modern European history from the Johns Hopkins University in 1983. He was a Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy in 1991. He taught European history at UCLA and directed European studies at the Twentieth Century Fund (now the Century Foundation) in New York before joining the Foreign Service.

Ambassador Munter's Athenaeum presentation is the 2017 Lectureship in Diplomacy and International Security in Honor of George F. Kennan.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 5:30pm
Senior Voice Recital: Works of Bach, Schubert, Barber, and others
Grace Stewart '17
An evening of solo vocal works, from Baroque opera to present-day musical theater, performed by graduating CMCer Grace Stewart.

Grace Stewart '17 is a CMC senior majoring in Environmental Analysis. She spends most of her time at the Athenaeum, the Keck Science Department, and the Joint Music Department, a co-production of CMC, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer and Scripps. Throughout her college career, Grace has been a dedicated member of the Claremont Concert and Chamber Choirs of the Joint Music Program under the direction of Professor Charles Kamm. In addition to choral training, the majority of her solo vocal training has occurred over the past four years under the direction of Professor Anne Harley.

Grace is thrilled to present this program to the Claremont community.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 5:30pm
Secrecy and the Self
Peter Galison
Historian of science Richard Galison will speak about how surveillance has shaped our current sense of self by comparing the effects of censorship during World War I on Freudian concepts of self to how we frame our sense of self one hundred years later in the midst of a massive digital infrastructure that archives and mines personal data.

Peter Galison is a professor of history of science at Harvard University where he teaches courses in history and philosophy of 20th-century physics; history and philosophy of experimentation; fascism, art and science in the interwar years; among others. His primary work explores the complex interaction between the three principal subcultures of twentieth century physics: experimentation, instrumentation, and theory. He also delves into many other scientific topics and their implications including secrecy, security, and surveillance and technoprivacy.

Galison has launched several projects examining the powerful cross-currents between science and other fields. For example, his book (with Lorraine Daston), Objectivity (Zone Books, 2007) asks how visual representation shaped the concept of scientific objectivity, and how atlases of scientific images continue, even today, to rework what counts as right depiction. Further work on the boundary between science and other fields includes his co-edited volumes on the relations between science, art and architecture.

A MacArthur Foundation Fellow, he is also a winner of the Max Planck Prize given by the Max Planck Gesellschaft and Humboldt Stiftung.

Professor Gailson will deliver the the 2017 Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:45am
From Acceptance to Allyship: Creating a Supportive Environment for Trans and Non-Binary Co-Workers and Students
Nancy Williams, Amy Peterson, Al Forbes, and Mo Dyson; panelists
Organized by the Gender and Sexuality Studies Sequence at CMC, this panel will offer insight and strategies that move beyond simple conversations (“Trans 101”) around trans and non-binary people to more challenging and complex situations, in order to move beyond typical assumptions and to create positive environments where trans and non-binary students and colleagues can really thrive.

Nancy Williams is an associate professor of chemistry at the Keck Science Department where she has been for 14 years; she is a graduate of Harvey Mudd College. She has been a volunteer with the Leadership LAB of the LA LGBT Center since 2013, and has door-to-door canvassed on trans rights in LA, Miami, and Tacoma when “bathroom bills” threatened equal rights laws that protected trans people. She sings with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, and is on the planning committee for the Resist March, which will replace the LGBT+ Pride Parade in LA in 2017.

Amy Peterson (they/their/them) is assistant to the dean of the faculty and staff fellow at the CARE Center. They also volunteer with the Los Angeles LGBT Center on prejudice-reduction projects and with the committee for the Resist March, which will take the place of this year’s Los Angeles Pride Parade.

Al Forbes is the interim director at the Queer Resource Center of the Claremont Colleges. Before coming to Claremont, Forbes worked at Syracuse University, U.C. Santa Cruz, and Onondaga Community College. He currently serves on the executive board of the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals and has given presentations on Queer and Trans* inclusivity at NASPA, the association for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

Mo Dyson is a 12-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. During his time in the military, his main job was as a euphonium instrumentalist in the field music program. Mo deployed to Iraq from 2004-2005 and served as an augment to the personal security detail for the commanding general of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. Now a sophomore at Pomona College, Mo plans to pursue a career in public health policy.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 11:45am
Stalking: Preventing Murders in Slow Motion
Laura Richards
Laura Richards will discuss stalking and the best measures to combat it, developed through her time at Scotland Yard and as founder of Paladin. 

Laura Richards is an internationally recognized expert and award-winning victims' advocate in the fields of domestic violence, stalking, sexual violence, risk assessment, and homicide. After a decade of analyzing violent crime at New Scotland Yard, she became the violence adviser to the National Police Chiefs Council. Trained by world leaders as a criminal behavioral analyst at the Behavioral Analysis Unit, National Centre for the Analysis of Violent Crime at the FBI and New Scotland Yard, Richards has applied her psychology degrees to analyze violent crime from a behavioral and preventative perspective. She has a BSc in Psychology and Sociology and an MSc in Forensic and Legal Psychology, with a background in intelligence-led policing. She places the victim’s voice at the center of her work, was the architect of the stalking and domestic violence legislation in the UK. She has won numerous awards for her pioneering work.

In 2013, Richards launched Paladin, the world’s first National Stalking Advocacy Service  following the highly successful All Party Parliamentary Stalking Law Reform Campaign which she spearheaded, and which led to stalking becoming a criminal offence in 2012. Paladin supports, advises and co-ordinates the response to better protect high-risk victims of stalking. More recently she spearheaded the Domestic Violence Law Reform Campaign, which resulted in coercive control becoming a criminal offense, advising on the new law and the statutory guidance in the U.K.

Richards is the lead author of the booked entitled ‘Policing Domestic Violence’ published by Oxford University Press and has also published other numerous papers and articles.

Read more about Ms. Richards and find out more about Paladin.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 5:30pm
The Young Turks to the Young Nazis: The Genocides that Scar Us Still
Chris Bohjalian
Chris Bohjalian, author of New York Times bestselling novels about both the Armenian Genocide (The Sandcastle Girls) and the Holocaus (Skeletons at the Feast) discusses the links between these historical cataclysms. In a presentation that travels between Anatolia and Auschwitz, between the ruins of Armenian civilization in eastern Turkey and the rise of virulent nationalism in Weimer Germany, Bohjalian discusses the work of such scholars as Stefan Ihrig (Justifying Genocide) and Khatchig Mouradian as he highlights some of the parallels and connections while also touching on his family’s history, his writings, and how he has tried to make sense of genocide in his own books.  

Critically-acclaimed novelist Chris Bohjalian's writings explore contemporary social issues and the ways in which they play themselves out in the lives of ordinary people. His work covers topics as diverse as midwifery, transsexual surgery, animal rights, homelessness, domestic violence and human trafficking, and the personal, moral, and ethical dilemmas that arise from them. The author of 18 books, most of which were New York Times bestsellers, his work has been translated into over 30 languages, and three of his books have become movies.

In his novel The Sandcastle Girls, Bohjalian explores the Armenian genocide, in which 1.5 million Armenians were killed during the First World War. The genocide is seen from the perspective of Elizabeth Endicott, who joins her father in traveling to Aleppo, Syria, to provide aid to deported Armenians. There she falls in love with Armen Petrosian, an Armenian engineer searching for his wife and child despite being certain they are dead. Publishers Weekly says that “Bohjalian’s storytelling makes this a beautiful, frightening, and unforgettable read.”

Bohjalian’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Hartford Courant, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, Bookpage and Salon. Among dozens of awards, Bohjalian has received the ANCA Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian Genocide; the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, as well as the Saint Mesrob Mashdots Medal, among many others.

Bohjalian graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from Amherst College.

Mr. Bohjalian’s will deliver the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights’ Third Annual Lecture on Armenian Studies.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:45am
This Creative Life: How to Survive and Succeed without Breaking Your Heart and Losing Your Mind
Gabriela Pereira
Here’s the secret no one tells you: survival (and also success) as a creative entrepreneur has little to do with talent or technique, it’s all about mindset and attitude. In her talk, Gabriela Pereira shares her experiences as founder of and discusses mindset shifts that have helped her succeed in her career. Her talk will energize and inspire, and also give you tools you can apply to find that elusive work-life balance.

Gabriela Pereira is a writer, speaker, and self-proclaimed word nerd who challenges students to find their voice and use their words for the power of good. As the founder and instigator of, her mission is to empower writers, artists, and other creative individuals to take an entrepreneurial approach to professional growth.

Pereira earned her MFA in creative writing from The New School and teaches at national conferences and regional workshops, as well as online. She also hosts DIY MFA Radio, a popular podcast where she interviews bestselling authors. Her book DIY MFA: WRITE WITH FOCUS, READ WITH PURPOSE, BUILD YOUR COMMUNITY is out now from Writer’s Digest Books. When she’s not teaching or developing new courses, Gabriela enjoys writing humor essays, middle grade and teen fiction, and a few "short stories for grown-ups" thrown in for good measure. A New Yorker born and raised, she lives in her beloved city with her husband, two kids, and office cat.

Ms. Pereira Athenaeum's talk is co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family & Children at CMC.

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 11:45am
A Moderated Conversation with Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari
Neel Kashkari, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will make some opening comments before a brief moderated conversation. The majority of the program will be dedicated to audience questions.

Neel Kashkari took office as president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis on Jan. 1, 2016. In this role, he serves on the Federal Open Market Committee, bringing the Fed’s Ninth District’s perspective to monetary policy discussions in Washington. In addition to his responsibilities as a monetary policymaker, Kashkari oversees all operations of the bank, including supervision and regulation, and payments services.

Kashkari began his career as an aerospace engineer at TRW in Redondo Beach, Calif., where he developed technology for NASA space science missions. Following graduate school, he joined Goldman Sachs in San Francisco, where he helped technology companies raise capital and pursue strategic transactions.

From 2006 to 2009, Kashkari served in several senior positions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. In 2008, he was confirmed as assistant secretary of the Treasury. In this role, he oversaw the Troubled Assets Relief Program (TARP) during the financial crisis. Kashkari received the Alexander Hamilton Award, the Treasury Department’s highest honor for distinguished service.

Following his tenure in Washington, Kashkari returned to California in 2009 and joined PIMCO as managing director and member of the executive office. He left the firm in 2013 to explore returning to public service.

In January 2014, Kashkari was a gubernatorial candidate in the state of California, running on a platform focused on economic opportunity.

Kashkari earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

(Source: The Minneapolis Fed's Website)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 11:45am
LGBTQ Inclusion at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
Helen Carroll
Helen Carroll has devoted her efforts towards fighting homophobia in sports by directing the National Center for Lesbian Right’s Sports Project and will join Kris Brackmann '17 in an interactive discussion on the current participation and visibility of LGBTQ student-athletes. 

Helen Carroll is the director of the NCLR’s Sports Project, which aims to ensure fair and equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender players, coaches, and administrators at all levels of sport. Before joining the NCLR in 2001, Carroll served as the athletic director at Mills College for 12 years and won an NAIA National Championship as a player with the University of North Carolina-Asheville women’s basketball team in 1984.

Carroll will be joined by Kris Brackmann ‘17, an anthropology and psychology dual major at CMC, who played four years of Athena basketball at CMS. Brackmann completed her senior thesis on the “Gender Division in Sport: Through the Eyes of Female Student-Athletes at CMS” and is proud to present her findings with this discussion led by Carroll in hopes of cultivating a more inclusive culture for the LGBTQ community at the 5Cs. 

This Athenaeum program is co-sponsored by the Women and Leadership Alliance and CMS Athletics.   

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 11:45am
A New Vision for the City of Pomona
Tim Sandoval
Running on a campaign of creating a One Pomona vision and embracing servant leadership model, Tim Sandoval was elected mayor of Pomona and took office in December 2016. 

Tim Sandoval attended Pomona High, Claremont McKenna College, and University of California Riverside. After completing his education, Sandoval returned to Pomona to help others in the community access college as well. He led Pomona Valley Community Center’s youth programs and then taught English at Charter Oak High School from 1999-2002. In 2001, Sandoval became a founding member of Bright Prospect, a mentoring organization that has helped more than two thousand low-income youth become part of the first generation of their family to complete their college degrees. Sandoval served as the program director for Bright Prospect from 2002 through 2016.

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 11:45am
Law and Legitimacy: Legal and Policy Innovation in California
Kevin de León (Pitzer '03)
Senator Kevin de León (Pitzer '03), president pro tempore of the California State Senate, will speak about the challenges and opportunities presented by legal and policy innovation in California.

With a focus on using the public policy process to empower the least fortunate and voiceless, Senator Kevin de León, a Democrat from Los Angeles who represents California's Senate District 24, leads an agenda to increase economic opportunity for all Californians focused on education, equity for women, immigrants and low-wage workers, public safety, and on maintaining the state’s leadership in building a clean-energy economy that benefits everyone.

Senator de León has authored groundbreaking legislation on a variety of issues that have become national models and exemplify his ambitious approach to policymaking. He employs this today as he leads the upper house in California’s legislature.

As leader of the Senate, pro tempore, de Leόn also serves as chair of the Rules Committee, which is responsible for vetting the Governor’s appointments that are subject to confirmation by the Senate.

De León served four years in the Assembly before his election to the Senate in 2010. He is the first person in California history to serve as the chair of the Appropriations committees in both the Assembly and Senate. In 2014, he became the first Latino elected leader of the Senate in over a century. He was the first in his family to graduate from high school, later earning a degree with honors from Pitzer College. He is a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute and a guest lecturer at the University of Southern California.

Senator De León is the keynote speaker for the 2017 Southern California Law and Social Science Forum (SoCLASS) which is sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable. 

Read more information about Senator De León.


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Unless otherwise noted, lunch begins at 11:45 a.m.; speaker presentations begin at 12:15 p.m.
Evening receptions begin at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is served at 6 p.m.; speaker presentations begin at 6:45 p.m.