November 6, 00

Vol. 16 , No. 04   

Korean Capitalism in Search of New Paradigms

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to sponsor a lecture on Korean capitalism by Dr. Sang Mok Suh. During his address Suh will examine the causes of the recent financial crisis in South Korea and evaluate the government's response from the perspective of paradigm shift in economic management.

A visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Suh has a distinguished record of scholarly research, legislative leadership, and public service-both at home and abroad. After receiving his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University, he worked at the World Bank as an economist (1973-78) and at the Korea Development Institute (a government think-tank in Seoul) as a senior fellow and vice president (1978-88). Suh wrote a number of articles, reports, and books on Korean economic issues, including Structural Adjustment in a Newly Industrialized Country: Lessons from the Korean Experience (Oxford Press, 1988).

Suh served as a member of the South Korean National Assembly for 12 years and as Minister of Health and Welfare from 1993 to 1995. He focused on issues such as finance, environment, population, national health insurance, and national pension plans. In 1997 he managed the presidential campaign of Hoe Hang Lee, who was defeated by President Dae Jung Kim. Suh also served as a high-level advisory board member to the U.N. Secretary General on sustainable development. After leaving the National Assembly in 2000, Suh is now writing a book with emphasis on new paradigms for Korean capitalist development

Election Night Commentary
Election Night Celebration

The American Republic at work! As this year's presidential election rolls around, we at the Athenaeum thought it important to foster the atmosphere of bipartisanship, respect, community and dignity that should accompany this historic election year... until we realized that we were dead wrong. So, if you're looking forward to having some good, ol' fashioned, partisan, biased, and heckle-filled fun, the Ath is the place to be on election night. Plans for the evening include watching the results as they appear on the major networks and cable while dining on traditional American cuisine- including apple pie! Also, you may expect short speeches from the College Republicans, Democrats, and anyone else who has a (reasonably suitable) comment to make. Red, white, and blue clothing is encouraged.


The cover of the June 3, 1991 issue of Time magazine pictured a thoroughly distraught-looking Katie Koestner. During the previous school year, Koestner had been dating a fellow schoolmate for a few weeks. One night after a dinner date, they returned to her dorm where he raped her. Unlike so many other young women in the same situation, Koestner went public, thus helping to bring about discussion of this "crime of silence."

Ms. Koestner holds degrees in public policy and women's studies from William and Mary College, where she graduated magna cum laude, and is a certified peer educator and sexual assault counselor. Since 1990, she has presented her acclaimed program "No/Yes" at over 800 colleges and universities. She has also been featured on the Oprah Winfry Show, Larry King Live, Good Morning America, and more than 35 other programs. In 1993 she completed a project with HBO's Lifestories Docudramas titled No Visible Bruises: The Katie Koestner Story.

Ms. Koestner was partly responsible for the passage of the Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Bill of Rights, which President Bush signed into law in 1991. She has coauthored a number of books and manuals on sexual assault, and is working on a new book, tentatively titled Without Consent (2001), chronicling her travels and talks during her crusade against sexual assault on college campuses. Katie Koestner's visit to CMC is cosponsored by the Dean of Students and Women's Forum

Wrongful Convictions: Causes and Remedies; What Is to be Done?

In the last ten years DNA testing has uncovered stone-cold proof that in the United States eighty innocent people have been sent to prison and death row. Yet no intense investigation of the criminal justice system has ensued. Peter Neufeld, as cofounder and director of The Innocence Project, represents more than two hundred inmates seeking post-conviction release through DNA testing. Since its beginnings, The Innocence Project has been responsible in whole or in part for exonerating more than forty clients. Actual Innocence: Five Days to Execution, and Other Dispatches from the Wrongly Convicted, coauthored by Barry Scheck and Peter Neufeld, was published in February 2000. This nonfiction book grew out of the cases and stories of The Innocence Project. The Washington Post says it "ought to be required reading for anyone who believes that only the guilty are put to death."

Neufeld is in private practice, specializing in criminal defense, civil rights, and constitutional litigation. Victims of police brutality, pursuing civil rights claims in the courts and seeking systematic change, frequently retain him. Neufeld represented Abner Louima, A Hatian-American tortured by cops in a precinct bathroom. When not acting as primary council, Neufeld provides pro bono services to dozens of lawyers representing the accused in death penally cases. Neufeld is cochair of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers DNA Task Force. In 1995 he was appointed by the Governor to serve on the New York State Commission on Forensic Science with responsibility for regulating all state and local crime laboratories.

A 1972 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Peter Neufeld received his law degree in 1975 from the New York University School of Law. He appears at the Athenaeum as part of the series Psychology and Law.

History of Communications Infrastructure or From Smoke Signals to the Internet

In 1997 Newsweek listed Randy H. Katz as one of the "100 Americans for the Next Century." The editors noted that "this is not a list of the great and powerful, or the beautiful and celebritous. Our object has been to take a snapshot of the future, framing some of the personalities whose creativity or talent or brains or leadership will make a difference in the years ahead."

Katz joined the faculty of the University of Berkeley in 1983 after receiving both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from that institution. He is now the United Microelectronics Corporation Distinguished Professor in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a fellow of the ACM and the IEEE and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Katz has published over 180 technical papers, book chapters, and books. His hardware design textbook, Contemporary Logic Design (1993), has sold over 85,000 copies worldwide. He has won numerous awards, including seven best paper awards, one "test of time" paper award, three best presentation awards, the Berkeley Distinguished Teacher Award, and the 1999 ACM Karl V. Karlstrom Outstanding Educator Award.

With his colleagues at Berkeley, Katz developed Redundant Arrays of Inexpensive Disks (RAID), an $18 billion per year industry sector today. While on leave for government service in 1993-1994, he established and connected the White House to the Internet. His current research interests include Internet services architecture, mobile computing, and computer-telephony integration.

Moving Forward Without Forgetting (Avanzando y No Olvidanda)

Some high school counselors have been known to give poor advice to their students. One example of such misguided counsel was when a young Hispanic woman from Laredo, Texas, was told that, coming from a barrio (Spanish for "ghetto"), she should give up any dreams she might have for a higher education and a professional career. Little did that counselor know that this young woman would not only go on to receive degrees in both law enforcement and cybernetics, but also would become the highest-ranking Hispanic woman in the combat support field of the U.S. Army, being put on the General Officer track before her retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Following a distinguished military career, she retired in 1996 and is currently president of the consulting firm Educational Achievement Services, Inc. in San Antonio, Texas. Her main work has been with young people in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention, gang violence, and education-empowering people to make the right choices for success in both their personal and academic lives.

During her military career she was highly decorated, receiving many awards including the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (four times), the Army Achievement Medal (twice), and the National Defense Service Medal. In her civilian life she has also been honored with the YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame

Japan's Identity Dilemma in Asia
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2000 12:15 p.m.

The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to sponsor a lecture by Professor Takatoshi Kato. In his luncheon address Kato will discuss a number of important issues-such as a development of "flying-geese" and "leap-frogging" patterns in Asia, an unimpressive but steady improvement of Japan's economic outlook, a redefinition of the changing triangle among Japan, Korea, and China, and Japan's relations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As the Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor of Asian Affairs, Kato team-teaches the class "The Asian Financial Crisis and After" at CMC.

Professor Kato received a B.A. degree from Tokyo University and his M.P.A. degree from Princeton University. He had a distinguished career in the Japanese Ministry of Finance for 33 years; he served as director-general of the Bureau of International Finance and Vice Minister for International Affairs (l995-1997). He was a staff economist at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris and executive director at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Manila.

Upon his retirement from the Ministry of Finance Kato was appointed as special advisor to the Japanese Minister of Finance and as advisor to the president of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. In the 1998-1999 academic year he taught at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. Lunch is served at 11:45. Kato will speak at 12:15.

The Threshold of Objectivity

In a New York Times review acclaimed journalist Amy Wilentz writes of the author of The Immaculate Invasion (1999): "[Bob] Shacochis is not objective, and his goal is not to be objective. His goal is to tell the truth, as best he can." Of just how capable Shacochis is of reaching that objective, Wilentz offers that, in his report on the 1994 American invasion of Haiti, the author "proves that he is a writer of rare grace and intuition. . . . Depicting the United States mission that returned Haiti's first democratically-elected President [to power], Shacochis never stumbles and never turns a blind eye."

Shacochis took an unconventional path to his Caribbean beat. "I had been attracted by photographs in Surfer magazine of the waves down there," he admitted in a recent interview. "I wanted to go surf and the pictures of palm trees seduced me." A stint in the Peace Corps and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writer's Workshop preceded Shacochis authoring several books, including the novels Swimming in the Volcano (1993) and Easy on the Islands (1985), which won the American Book Award for Short Fiction. Shacochis is currently a contributing editor at Harper's and coeditor of the New Virginia Review.

In his Athenaeum presentation, the fourth of five in the Gould Center series Freedom, Power, and Persuasion: New Directions in Political Journalism in the 21st Century, Shacochis will describe how his journalism and fiction writing inform and complement each other. "There certainly is a sense of balance and a sense of release going from one discipline to the other," he asserts. "Writing fiction involves you with an aesthetic landscape that is not at all a priority in writing journalism. Writing journalism allows me to engage with the world in a way that I can never do writing fiction . . . ."

Making Peace in Northern Ireland

Senator George Mitchell had an illustrious career in the United States Senate that spanned 14 years. He was first appointed in 1980 to complete the unexpired term of Senator Edmund Muskie, who resigned to become Secretary of State. He was elected to a full term in the Senate in 1982. In 1988 he was reelected with 81 percent of the vote, the largest margin in Maine history. For six consecutive years he was voted "the most respected member" of the Senate by a bipartisan group of senior congressional aides. In 1995 he left the Senate as the Majority Leader, a position he had held since January 1989.

Recently, Senator Mitchell served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland. Under his leadership a historic accord was agreed upon by the governments of Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the political parties of Northern Ireland. In 1998 the voters of Northern and Southern Ireland endorsed this agreement. Senator Mitchell's leadership in Northern Ireland earned him praise worldwide.

Senator Mitchell is the author of several books including Not For America Alone: The Triumph of Democracy and The Fall of Communism (1997), and World on Fire: Saving an Endangered World (1991). After leaving the Senate, Senator Mitchell joined the Washington firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand. He now serves as a director of Walt Disney Company, Federal Express Corporation, Xerox Corporation, UNUM Insurance Corporation, KTI Inc., Unilever, Staples, and Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Senator George Mitchell appears at the Athenaeum as one of the Claremont McKenna College Res Publica speakers.

Freedom, Power, and Persuasion

In a University of Missouri survey veteran reporter Paul Duke was named "most fair and respected reporter" among national network news correspondents. Duke's thoroughness and impartialitv have also won him the respect and admiration of his colleagues and brought him numerous awards and citations, including induction into the Washington Journalism Hall of Fame.

Duke, the last of five speakers in the Gould Center series Freedom, Power, and Persuasion: New Directions in Political Journalism in the 21st Century, describes a disquieting trend in contemporary journalism: "The tabloid press is increasingly driving the regular press. The lower common denominator is starting to prevail within the national media." He is especially pessimistic and critical of the direction that television news coverage ("an illustrated headline service," in his words) has taken. "The whole idea that news is entertainment is one of the worst trends which has happened in my profession."

For twenty years Duke was the moderator of the PBS news program Washington Week in Review. Since the early 1960s, he has interviewed virtually every important political leader and covered nearly all of the major Washington news stories. Duke, who has also written for The New York Times, The New Republic, The Saturday Evening Post, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal, says of his career: "The greatest freedom is to be able to do what you like to do, and to me, there's nothing more rewarding than being able to pursue and publicize the truth."