Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum

A distinctive
feature of social and
cultural life at CMC

 

Current Semester Schedule

 

Mon, January 23, 2023
Dinner Program
Tamara F. Lawson ’92

How do we create meaningful change, in our own lives and across society? Tamara F. Lawson ’92, the Toni Rembe Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, will explore how the principles of nonviolence can guide us—as they guided Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—toward a more just legal system and democracy, and how these principles shaped her journey from a Claremont McKenna undergrad to leading a preeminent law school.

Dean Lawson will deliver the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture.

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Tamara F. Lawson ’92 is the Toni Rembe Dean and Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. Lawson was the founding dean of the Benjamin L. Crump Center for Social Justice and holds several leadership appointments in the legal community including with the Association of American Law Schools Deans, Law School Admissions Council, Society of American Law Teachers, National Bar Association, and NBA’s Law Professors’ Division. 

Prior to joining the legal academy, Lawson served as a deputy district attorney at the Clark County District Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada. Among other prosecutorial duties, she worked on the Special Victims Unit for Domestic Violence and successfully argued multiple cases before the Nevada Supreme Court, including death penalty appeals.

A renowned teacher and scholar, her publications are extensive, and her research has appeared in prestigious law journals. Her article, “A Fresh Cut in an Old Wound – A Critical Analysis of the Trayvon Martin Killing: The Public Outcry, the Prosecutors’ Discretion, and The Stand Your Ground Law,” garnered Lawson media appearances as a legal expert, and she was selected as the Reporter for the American Bar Association’s National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws. Her timely research on excessive force cases is published in “Powerless Against Police Brutality: A Felon’s Story” and in “Awakening the American Jury: Did the Killing of George Floyd Alter Juror Deliberations Forever?”

A graduate of Claremont McKenna College where she majored in government, Lawson earned a J.D. from The University of San Francisco School of Law and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Dean Lawson will deliver the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Lecture.

(Adapted from https://www.law.uw.edu/directory/faculty/lawson-tamara-f)

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Tue, January 24, 2023
Dinner Program
Scott Akasaki ’98, Emilee Fragapane, and Michael Voltmer

Throughout a 20+ year career in professional baseball, Scott Akasaki ’98, senior director of team travel for the Los Angeles Dodgers, has witnessed a lot of changes and has collected a wide array of Major League memories. Akasaki, together with colleagues Emilee Fragapane, director of integrative baseball performance, and Michael Voltmer, director of baseball strategy and information, will share stories, talk about their daily work, discuss how the game has changed as they reflect upon their careers and lives in the front offices of professional baseball.

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Scott Akasaki ’98
Scott Akasaki ’98 enters his 22nd season and sixth as senior director of team travel for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Akasaki was the first Asian-American to be named to the post in Major League history and is just the fifth team travel representative for the Dodgers since they moved to Los Angeles in 1958. In December 2017, he was voted by his peers as the Donald Davidson Traveling Secretary of the Year.

During his tenure, Akasaki has guided the Dodgers nationwide and internationally including on trips to Beijing, Sydney, Taipei, and Mexico. In the fall of 2014, Akasaki was selected by Major League Baseball to organize a team of MLB All-Star players on a two-week, four-city, seven-game trip to Japan. In 2020, he led the Dodgers’ travel logistics as the team won at a World Championship in a bubble-environment during the pandemic in Dallas, Texas. In 2021, his work with Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts against Asian Hate was featured in ESPN.

A cum laude graduate of Claremont McKenna College, Akasaki double majored in government and legal studies. He has served on pro baseball steering committees for both The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company and Four Seasons Hotels Limited. Akasaki has been a featured speaker at the Japanese American National Museum, the Claremont Colleges, UCLA, USC, and also on various podcasts. 

Emilee Fragapane 
Emilee Fragapane is entering her 11th season with the Los Angeles Dodgers. She studied economics and statistics at Sonoma State University and at UC Santa Barbara. She joined the Dodgers as an operations intern directly out of college, and now works to help integrate analytics and baseball between the front office and the coaches and players, with a focus on the rising availability of biomechanical data.

Michael Voltmer
Michael Voltmer is entering into his eighth season with the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his second as the director of baseball strategy and information. His focus is on roster construction and ensuring the Major League coaching staff has the data needed to make excellent in-game strategy decisions. He majored in economics at the University of Louisville and earned a master’s in data science from the University of Virginia.

 

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Wed, January 25, 2023
Dinner Program
David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Interspersed with readings, Lakota author David Heska Wanbli Weiden will discuss his journey from a first-generation college student to bestselling writer. He'll also speak about the numerous criminal justice policies enacted by the U.S. government that harm Native American nations and their citizens, and how these laws contribute to the growing problem of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW). 

Mr. Weiden will deliver the 2022-23 Gould Center for Humanistic Studies' Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture.

Photo credit: Sarah Boyum

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David Heska Wanbli Weiden, an enrolled citizen of the Sicangu Lakota Nation, is the author of Winter Counts (Ecco, 2020), which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. The book was the winner of the Anthony, Thriller, Lefty, Barry, Macavity, Spur, High Plains, Electa Quinney, Tillie Olsen, CrimeFest (UK), Crime Fiction Lover (UK) Awards, and was longlisted for the Hammett Prize, Shamus Award, Colorado Book Award, Reading the West Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novel Award. The novel was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, an Indie Next pick, main selection of the Book of the Month Club, and named a Best Book of the year by NPR, Amazon, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, The Guardian, and other magazines.

Weiden has short stories appearing or forthcoming in the anthologies Best American Mystery and Suspense Stories 2022, Denver Noir, Midnight Hour, This Time for Sure, Never Whistle at Night, and The Perfect Crime. His nonfiction has appeared in The New York Times, Shenandoah,  and Writer’s Digest.

He is the series editor of Native Edge, an imprint of the University of New Mexico Press specializing in Indigenous literature. Weiden received the PEN America Writing for Justice Fellowship and is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from MacDowell, Ucross, Ragdale, Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee, and Tin House.

Weiden received his MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts, his law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. He’s professor of Native American studies and political science at Metropolitan State University of Denver and serves on the faculty of the Cedar Crest Pan-European MFA Program and also the Mile-High MFA Program at Regis University.

Mr. Weiden will deliver the 2022-23 Gould Center for Humanistic Studies' Ricardo J. Quinones Lecture.

(Adapted from https://davidweiden.com/bio/)

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Thu, January 26, 2023
Dinner Program
Omer Bartov

A historian turns to literature: Omer Bartov, the Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University, speaks about his new novel, "The Butterfly and the Axe."  Spring 1944:  A Jewish family is murdered in a remote Ukrainian village. Who were they? Who were the killers? Three generations later, an Israeli woman and a British man of Ukrainian origin set out to find out how their families were implicated in this crime. They also discover how this untold murder has warped their own lives.

Professor Bartov’s Athenaeum presentation commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th) and is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

 

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Born in Israel and educated at Tel Aviv University and St. Antony's College, Oxford, Omer  Bartov's early scholarship concerned the Nazi indoctrination of the Wehrmacht and the crimes it committed in World War II and was analyzed in his books, "The Eastern Front, 1941-1945," and "Hitler's Army." He then turned to the links between total war and genocide, discussed in his books "Murder in Our Midst," "Mirrors of Destruction," and "Germany's War and the Holocaust." Bartov's interest in representation also led to his study, "The "Jew" in Cinema," which examines the recycling of antisemitic stereotypes in film. His more recent work has focused on interethnic relations in the borderlands of Eastern Europe. 

Recent publications include "Erased: Vanishing Traces of Jewish Galicia in Present-Day Ukraine," "Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buczacz ," winner of the National Jewish Book Award, and "Tales from the Borderlands: Making and Unmaking the Galician Past." His many edited volumes include "Shatterzone of Empires: Coexistence and Violence in the German, Habsburg, Russian, and Ottoman Borderlands," "Voices on War and Genocide: Three Accounts of the World Wars in a Galician Town," and "Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples."

Bartov’s novel, "The Butterfly and the Axe," will be published in 2023. 

Professor Bartov’s Athenaeum presentation commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day (January 27th) and is co-sponsored by the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights at CMC.

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Mon, January 30, 2023
Dinner Program
Pardis Mahdavi

It has been over four months since Mahsa Amini's death under suspicious circumstances in Tehran. Arrested for allegedly not wearing the hijab, her death activated wide-spread protests across Iran. Despite brutal pushback from the Iranian regime, the protestors, including women and girls, did not back down. They continue to seek new ways to speak their truth and to speak out against the regime. Drawing on over two decades of research on sexual politics in Iran, as well as her personal experiences at the hands of the morality police, Pardis Mahdavi, professor of anthropology and provost and executive vice president at the University of Montana, will give a front-row seat to the dramatic changes happening in Iran today.

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Pardis Mahdavi is the provost and executive vice president at the University of Montana. She previously served as associate professor and chair of anthropology at Pomona College. Her work focuses on gender and sexuality in the Muslim world, including gendered labor, sexual politics, labor migration, human rights, youth culture, transnational feminism, public health, human trafficking, and public health in the context of changing global and political structures. She is the author of "Passionate Uprisings: The Intersection of Sexuality and Politics in Post-Revolutionary Iran" (2008), "Gridlock: Labor, Migration and Human Trafficking in Dubai" (2011), and "From Trafficking to Terror" (2013). 

A lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Mahdavi has been a fellow at the Social Sciences Research Council, the American Council on Learned Societies, Google Ideas, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has consulted for a wide array of organizations including the U.S. government, Google Inc., and the United Nations.

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Tue, January 31, 2023
Dinner Program
Mary Nichols

No country or state has taken a stronger lead in fighting climate change than California.  Directing those efforts for the past decade as chair of the Air Resources Board has been Mary Nichols. Formerly at the EPA and a longtime California state official working on air quality issues, Nichols will outline how California plans to end reliance on the internal combustion engine, convert its vehicle fleet, provide adequate renewable energy to improve our air and transmit these climate-essential lessons to the other 49 states and the 200 countries in the world.

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Mary D. Nichols is widely recognized for a career as one of the world’s most important environmental regulators. Nichols currently serves as the co-chair of the Coalition for Reimagined Mobility, as vice chair of the California-China Climate Institute with former Governor Edmund J. Brown of California, holds visiting appointments at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy and Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, is a fellow at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Distinguished Counsel at UCLA School of Law.

In December 2020, Nichols completed her long tenure at the California Air Resources Board (CARB), a post she has held since 2007 and from 1979-1983. Under Republican and Democratic governors, Nichols oversaw the development and implementation of multiple globally recognized programs to cut air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions in ways that create jobs and support economic growth. During her leadership at the CARB, California became a national leader at developing clean energy and clean transportation solutions that many other states and nations have adopted.

Nichols brings a large area of expertise drawing from her many other positions, including bringing the first litigation under the then-recently passed U.S. Clean Air Act while working at the Center for Law in the Public Interest from 1971-1974. From 1993-1997, Nichols served as assistant administrator of Air and Radiation for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under President Bill Clinton. Her efforts there led to the first federal air quality standard regulating potentially deadly fine-particle pollution and the acid rain trading program.

Nichols has also served as the California Secretary for the Natural Resources Agency from 1997-2003, as executive director of Environment Now Foundation; founder of the Los Angeles Office of Natural Resources Defense Council; professor and director at UCLA Institute of Environment; and co-founder of the first environmental justice working group, a multi-ethnic forum for leaders from traditional environmental and community-based organizations to address issues of environmental equity.

Nichols received her B.A. from Cornell University and her J.D. from Yale Law School.

Ms. Nichols' Athenaeum presentation is part of the Climate Solutions Series this spring.

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Thu, February 2, 2023
Dinner Program
Eswar Prasad

Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, investigates how accelerating financial change, from the end of cash to the rise of cryptocurrencies, will transform global economies, for better and for worse. With the world of finance at the threshold of major disruptions, the repercussions on nations, banks, corporations, and even individuals will be monumental. From the end of physical cash and the emergence of central bank issued cryptocurrencies to new global players in finance such as Amazon and Facebook and decentralized finance (DeFi), the new frontiers of finance promise greater efficiency and flexibility with increased customization and access but at the real risk of instability, lack of accountability, and erosion of privacy.

Professor Prasad will deliver the 2022-23 McKenna Lecture on International Trade and Economics. This program is also co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute (FEI) at CMC.

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Eswar Prasad is the Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he holds the New Century Chair in International Economics, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He was previously chief of the Financial Studies Division in the International Monetary Fund's Research Department and, before that, was the head of the IMF's China Division.

Prasad is the author of the book "The Future of Money: How the Digital Revolution is Transforming Currencies and Finance" (Harvard, 2021) which was named one of the best economics and business books of 2021 by The Economist. He is also the author of "Gaining Currency: The Rise of the Renminbi" (Oxford, 2016) and "The Dollar Trap: How the U.S. Dollar Tightened Its Grip on Global Finance" (Princeton, 2014).

Prasad has testified before the Senate Finance Committee, the House of Representatives Committee on Financial Services, and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He is the creator of the Brookings-Financial Times world economy index (TIGER: Tracking Indices for the Global Economic Recovery). His op-ed articles have appeared in the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Harvard Business Review, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post.

Professor Prasad will deliver the 2022-23 McKenna Lecture on International Trade and Economics. This program is also co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute (FEI) at CMC.

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Fri, February 3, 2023
Lunch Program
Stacey Hoppe, in conversation with Camille Doherty ’25

Stacey Hoppe, vice president for social responsibility and sustainability for Warner Bros. Discovery, oversees strategy, programs, and initiatives in the area environmental sustainability, including climate strategy, emissions reduction, and reporting. In conversation with Camille Doherty ’25, Hoppe will discuss her experience in the media industry and how she views sustainable production in this global media conglomerate.

Ms. Hoppe is the featured speaker for the Roberts Environmental Center's 2022-23 Green Careers Conference.

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Stacey Hoppe serves as vice president, social responsibility and sustainability for Warner Bros. Discovery, a leading global media and entertainment company that creates and distributes a massive range of content and brands across television, film, and streaming. Available in more than 220 countries and territories and 50 languages, Warner Bros. Discovery reaches a worldwide through its iconic brands and products including, among dozens of companies, Discovery Channel, discovery+, CNN, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Discovery en Español, Hogar de HGTV and others.

In this setting, Hoppe oversees strategy, programs, and initiatives in the area of environmental sustainability, including climate strategy, emissions reduction and reporting.

Prior to Warner Bros. Discovery and WarnerMedia (which merged with Discovery in April 2022), Hoppe spent more than 15 years at Warner Bros. holding posts in the company’s corporate responsibility, human resources, corporate communications, and special events departments.

Ms. Hoppe is the featured speaker for the Roberts Environmental Center's 2022-23 Green Careers Conference.

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Mon, February 6, 2023
Dinner Program
Robert Simonds P'24

As global content becomes increasingly localized, Hollywood producers need to navigate a complex web of cultures and business styles. From creating China’s number one TV Show to running Bollywood’s second largest streaming platform, Robert Simonds P'24, founder and chairman of STX Entertainment, will discuss the often times counterintuitive way that some deals get done and others fall apart.

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Robert Simonds P'24 is a media entrepreneur and a prolific film producers. After graduating summa cum laude from Yale University in 1985, Simonds quickly built a career as one of Hollywood’s youngest and most profitable creative producers. With his individual productions grossing over $6 billion in worldwide revenue, he boasted one of the highest ROIs of any major studio producer and has been featured in The Hollywood Reporter’s “100 Most Powerful People in Entertainment”, Variety500: Entertainment Leaders and Icons, and Variety’s “Dealmakers Impact Report”.

Simonds’ successful formula consisted of developing movies around an individual star’s personality and ethos. Frequent collaborators included Adam Sandler, Steve Martin, Dave Chappelle, and many others.

Simonds carried this philosophy into the creation of STX, a fully integrated studio, giving Simonds and the talent even greater control over the making, the marketing, and the delivery of the content. Through an innovative series of financing partnerships, Simonds is able to market and distribute his films in over 150 different countries. In the last few years alone, through his STX banner, Simonds has produced or executive produced over 70 star-driven films. This  volume of globally released output is currently more than all the other top five Hollywood producers. Notable commercial hits include Hustlers, Molly’s Game, The Foreigner, The Mauritanian, The Upside, The Gentlemen, Greenland, and the Bad Moms franchise.

Simonds is currently focused on Ecommerce, Web3 infrastructure, machine learning assisted storytelling, AI focused marketing tools, and other derivative applications of the commercial content he is making.

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Tue, February 7, 2023
Dinner Program
Tom Steyer

Committed to investing in people and solutions driving climate progress, Tom Steyer is the co-executive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a climate-focused global investment firm delivering capital and expertise to accelerate the solutions in the renewable energy space that could define the climate transition and reshape the global economy.

Mr. Steyer’s Athenaeum presentation is part of the Climate Solutions Series this spring.

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Committed to investing in people and solutions driving climate progress, Tom Steyer founded and ran Farallon Capital Management, a multi-strategy global investment business based in San Francisco, from 1986 until 2012. During that period, it grew assets from $6mm to $36bn. Over the same time, Steyer was also a partner and investment committee member at Hellman & Friedman, a multi-billion-dollar private equity firm.

In 2012, Steyer stepped away from Farallon to dedicate his time, resources, and energy to mobilizing bold climate action, including to help make California the largest jurisdiction in the world with a 100% clean energy law. 

Steyer also is the founder of NextGen America, the largest youth voter engagement organization in American history, and co-founder of Beneficial State Bank, a triple-bottom-line community development bank focused holistically on justice and sustainability.

Most recently, Steyer was a Democratic presidential candidate and in 2020 served as co-chair for Governor Newsom's Business and Jobs Recovery Task Force. He the then candidate Biden's Climate Engagement Advisory Council to help mobilize climate voters.

Today, he is the co-executive chair of Galvanize Climate Solutions, a climate-focused global investment firm delivering capital and expertise to accelerate the solutions that will define the climate transition and reshape the global economy.

Mr. Steyer’s Athenaeum presentation is part of the Climate Solutions Series this spring.

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Wed, February 8, 2023
Dinner Program
Charmaine Wilkerson

Those of us who read or write stories know that a fictional tale can have a great impact on a person’s life. But the most powerful narratives in our lives often are the stories that are shared in our daily lives, from one generation to the next, or from one region of the world to another. Stories have the power to shape our identities and influence our relationships, whether they are told or not. Taking a cue from her debut novel Black Cake, former Southern California journalist-turned-novelist and expat Charmaine Wilkerson will explore the impact of storytelling on our ideas of home, family and self, and what happens when untold stories come forward.


Ms. Wilkerson’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, both at CMC.

Photo credit: Sian Trenberth

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Author of the debut novel Black Cake, Charmaine Wilkerson is originally from New York, has lived in Jamaica, and currently does most of her writing in Italy. A former news and communication professional, Wilkerson lived in California for several years, working as a television news reporter and anchor in Los Angeles and Bakersfield. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies. She currently working on a second novel. Wilkerson is a graduate of Barnard College and Stanford University.

Ms. Wilkerson’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, both at CMC.

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Thu, February 9, 2023
Dinner Program
Christopher Reid

Christopher Reid, a London-based poet and editor, will read his poems and talk about some of the great poets with whom he worked at the publisher Faber and Faber in the 1990s. Winner of  the Hawthornden Prize for his first collection, Arcadia (1979) and more recently the Costa Book of the Year Award 2009 for A Scattering, a collection of elegies for his wife, he edited Letters of Ted Hughes (2007) and Christopher Logue’s War Music (2015) and is now preparing his selection of Seamus Heaney’s correspondence for publication. His comic narrative poem The Song of Lunch was turned into a BBC film starring Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson.

Mr. Reid's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

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Christopher Reid was born in Hong Kong in 1949, educated in England, and studied at Oxford University from 1968-1971.

He then worked as a freelance journalist and as book review editor of Crafts magazine. He won an Eric Gregory Award for his poetry in 1978. A year later his first poetry collection, Arcadia (1979) was published, winning the 1980 Somerset Maugham Award and the Hawthornden Prize. This has been followed by Pea Soup (1982); Katerina Brac (1985); In The Echoey Tunnel (1991); Expanded Universes (1996); For and After (2002) and Mr Mouth (2005). A selection of his poems was published in the US as Mermaids Explained (2001). He is often cited as co-founder with Craig Raine of the 'Martian School' of poetry which employs exotic and humorous metaphors to defamiliarize everyday experiences and objects. He has also written two books of poetry for children: All Sorts (1999) and Alphabicycle Order (2001).

He is the editor of two Faber and Faber collections: Sounds Good: 101 Poems to be Heard (1998) and Not to Speak of the Dog: 101 Short Stories in Verse (2000).

Reid has also published illustrations in Punch and London Magazine, worked as Poetry Editor at Faber and Faber for eight years, and runs his own independent publishing house, Ondt & Gracehoper. He received a Cholmondeley Award in 1995, the 2000 Signal Poetry Award for his children's collection All Sorts, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

His latest collections are The Song of Lunch (2009); A Scattering (2009), in memory of his late wife, Lucinda; Nonsense (2012); Six Bad Poets (2013); and Anniversary (2015). A Scattering was shortlisted for the 2009 Forward Poetry Prize (Best Poetry Collection of the Year) and the 2009 T. S. Eliot Prize, and won the 2009 Costa Book of the Year.

Source: Excerpted extensively from British Council: Literature

Mr. Reid's Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

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Thu, February 9, 2023
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Lisa Forman Cody

Lisa Forman Cody, associate professor of history and author of "Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Construction of Eighteenth-Century Britons," will address the history and culture of abortion in the United States, tracing the transformation of reproductive healthcare from a private secret to a public debate.

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Lisa Forman Cody is an associate professor in CMC's history department and the author of the multi-award winning "Birthing the Nation: Sex, Science, and the Conception of Eighteenth-Century Britons" (Oxford University Press, 2005; pb 2007), and many articles in medical, legal, women’s, and cultural history. She is an elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and Royal Society of Arts and is the recipient of the Graves Award for Teaching, the Walter Love Article Prize, fellowships from the Mellon Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the AHA, the NEH, and the Huntington Library, in addition to other prizes and awards. She was appointed by the California State Bar to serve as a commissioner on the Judicial Nominees Commission (2018-2021, pro tem).

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Mon, February 13, 2023
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Mehrsa Baradaran

Since the Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1863, the total wealth held in the Black community in the U.S. has barely budged. In The Color of Money, Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at UC Irvine, investigates the persistence of this racial wealth gap by focusing on the generators of wealth in the Black community: Black banks. Studying these institutions over time, she challenges the myth that Black communities could ever accumulate wealth in a segregated economy. Instead, housing segregation, racism, and Jim Crow credit policies created an inescapable, but hard to detect, economic trap for Black communities and their banks. This conversational style format will consider this history and suggest the bold policies necessary to remedy this legacy.

Nishant Dass, the Charles M. Stone Associate Professor of Finance and director of  the Financial Economics Institute at CMC, will facilitate the conversation.

Professor Baradaran’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute at CMC.

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Mehrsa Baradaran, professor of law at UCI Law, was previously the Robert Cotten Alston Chair in Corporate Law and Associate Dean for strategic initiatives with a focus on diversity and inclusion efforts and national and international faculty scholarship recognition at the University of Georgia School of Law.

Baradaran writes about banking law, financial inclusion, inequality, and the racial wealth gap. Her scholarship includes the books How the Other Half Banks and The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, both published by the Harvard University Press. The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap was awarded the Best Book of the Year by the Urban Affairs Association, the PROSE Award Honorable Mention in the Business, Finance & Management category. Baradaran was also selected as a finalist at the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year Awards for the book in the category of history/biography.

Baradaran has also published articles including "Jim Crow Credit" in the Irvine Law Review, "Regulation by Hypothetical" in the Vanderbilt Law Review, "It's Time for Postal Banking" in the Harvard Law Review Forum, "Banking and the Social Contract" in the Notre Dame Law Review, "How the Poor Got Cut Out of Banking" in the Emory Law Journal, "Reconsidering the Separation of Banking and Commerce" in the George Washington Law Review and "The ILC and the Reconstruction of U.S. Banking" in the SMU Law Review. Of note, her article "The New Deal with Black America" was selected for presentation at the 2017 Stanford/Harvard/Yale Junior Faculty Forum.

Nishant Dass, the Charles M. Stone Associate Professor of Finance and director of the Financial Economics Institute at CMC, will facilitate the conversation.

Professor Baradaran’s Athenaeum presentation is co-sponsored by the Financial Economics Institute at CMC.

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Wed, February 15, 2023
Dinner Program
Tom Linebarger '86

Finding your purpose is not an easy thing to do and not often found in a single experience or moment. For Tom Linebarger '86, executive chairman of Cummins, Inc.—a global power technology company that pioneers new technologies to sustainably meet the world’s growing power needs—working for an employer whose values aligned with his own was the key to finding his purpose.

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Tom Linebarger '86 was appointed as executive chairman of Cummins Inc. in August 2022. Cummins Inc., a global power technology company, pioneers new technologies to sustainably meet the world’s growing power needs. Prior to this role, Linebarger served as chairman and CEO for 10 years. Before that, he served as president and COO from 2008 to 2011, executive vice president and president, Power Generation Business from 2003 to 2008, vice president and CFO from 2000 to 2003, and vice president of supply chain management from 1998 to 2000.

Linebarger was initially attracted to Cummins’ purpose-driven approach to business reinforced during a summer internship at the Cummins MidRange Engine plant in Walesboro, Indiana. Prior to Cummins, he was an investment analyst and investment manager at Prudential Investment Corporation, working in both Singapore and Hong Kong.

In addition to his work at Cummins, he is actively involved with several global and local organizations. He has been a member of the board of directors of Harley Davidson since 2008. He is a member of the Business Roundtable (BRT), an association of chief executive officers of America’s leading companies working with government officials on crafting legislation impacting American businesses.

In 2021, he was appointed chair of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP) and co-chair of the Global Hydrogen Council. He previously served as chair of the U.S.-China Business Council from 2020 to 2022.

A native Californian, Linebarger received joint undergraduate degrees in management engineering from Claremont McKenna College and mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He later returned to Stanford University to earn a master’s degree in manufacturing systems from the School of Engineering and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Business.

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