January 20, 05

Vol. 20 , No. 06   

One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach for America and What I Learned Along the Way
Lunch 11:45 a.m., Lecture 12:15 p.m.

From her dorm room at Princeton University, Wendy Kopp created a plan for a new national corps, called Teach For America, that would build a movement to end educational inequity by enlisting her generation's most promising future leaders - outstanding recent graduates of all academic majors and career interests - in teaching for two years in the nation's neediest urban and rural public schools. After graduating Kopp made her plan a reality. Working with a group of other recent college graduates, she founded the corps in 1989. Since then she has served as president of Teach For America, which currently fields 3,000 corps members and involves nearly 9,000 alumni who exert continuing leadership in educational and social reform.

In her book, One Day, All Children: The Unlikely Triumph of Teach For America and What I Learned Along the Way (Public Affairs, 2001 ), Kopp describes how she created and built Teach For America as well as her thoughts about what it will take to realize Teach For America's vision that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.

Kopp serves on the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, the advisory boards of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, the National Council on Teacher Quality, and the board of directors of The New Teacher Project.

Kopp is the youngest person and the first woman to receive Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson Award (1993), the highest honor the school confers on its undergraduate alumni. In December 1994, Time magazine recognized her as one of the 40 most promising leaders under 40.

Kopp holds a bachelor's degree from Princeton University where she participated in the undergraduate program of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and the lecture will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Speaker

The Future of the Civil Rights Movement

Professor Christopher Edley, Jr., who has taught at Harvard Law School since 1981, has been recently named dean of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall). He will be the first African American dean to lead a top-ranked U.S. law school. Edley is founding codirector of The Civil Rights Project, a multidisciplinary research and advocacy think tank based at Harvard, that focuses on a number of cutting edge issues of racial justice. Among many other activities, he is serving a six-year term as a member of the bipartisan U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and he is a member of the oversight committee for the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences.

Edley's book, Not All Black & White: Affirmative Action, Race and American Values (1996), stemmed from his work as Special Counsel to President Clinton and Director of the White House Review of Affirmative Action. Between 1997-99, he served in a consulting capacity as Senior Adviser to Clinton for the President's Race Initiative.

Edley's academic work focuses primarily on civil rights, but also delves into administrative law and the role of law in the policy-making process. His courses have included environmental law, federalism, budget policy, defense department procurement law and national security law. He is author of a treatise, Administrative Law: Rethinking Judicial Control of Bureaucracy (1990).

Following graduate school, Edley began his career serving in the Carter Administration as Assistant Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff, with responsibility for welfare reform, Social Security, and other antipoverty measures. He later served as National Issues Director on the Dukakis presidential campaign. Edley re-entered the political arena in 1992 as a Senior Advisor on Economic Policy for the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition, and then served for two years in the Clinton Administration as a senior budget and policy official.

Christopher Edley's address marks the Athenaeum's 18th annual commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

All are welcome.

Confucianism and A-theistic Righteousness

"Confucianism is at once a-theistic and profoundly religious," according to Roger Ames, professor of philosophy at the University of Hawaii and one of the world's leading experts in Chinese philosophy and religion. "It is religiousness without a God, a religion that affirms the cumulative human experience itself. Unlike the 'worship' model we associate with the Abrahamic religions that defers to the ultimate meaning of some temporally prior, independent, external agency, Confucian religious experience is itself a product of the flourishing community. Religion is not the root of the thriving community, not the foundation on which it is built, but rather is its product, its flower."

Ames specializes in comparative philosophy, the philosophy of culture, environmental philosophy, and classical Confucianism and Daoism. He is the author and/or translator of over fifteen books, including: The Democracy of the Dead (Open Court: 1998); The Analects of Confucius: A Philosophical Translation (Ballantine: 1998); and Thinking from the Han: Self Truth, and Transcendence in Chinese and Western Culture (SUNY: 1997). He is also editor of the respected journal, Philosophy East and West.

This lecture by Professor Ames is made possible by the generosity of CMC alumnus L. J. Kutten '74, and is the sixth in the annual series of Kutten Lectures on Philosophy and Religion.

Realities of Fighting the Global War on Terrorism
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.

Lieutenant Colonel David B. Haight was commissioned an infantry officer and entered active duty in 1986 as a Distinguished Military Graduate of the Brigham Young University ROTC program. His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced courses and the United States Navy Command and Staff College.

Lieutenant Colonel Haight has spent most of his 18 years in uniform in elite Army units such as the 75th Ranger Regiment, 82d Airborne Division, and 25th Infantry Division. He's held key command and staff positions at all levels.

Most recently, Lieutenant Colonel Haight commanded the 2d Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment ("White Falcons"), 82d Airborne Division that conducted operations in Iraq from March 2003 to February 2004. While in Iraq, Lieutenant Colonel Haight and his 850 soldier task force conducted the full spectrum of military operations that included very specific special operations missions, close quarters urban combat against Fadayeen Saddam forces in the Battle of As Samawah, establishment of local governments in several Iraqi cities, infrastructure and community reconstruction projects, security of key infrastructure nodes and daily raids against known terrorists and insurgents.

Currently, Lieutenant Colonel Haight is commanding the 2d Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Fort Lewis, Washington. He and his unit are an integral part of America's global war on terrorism.

Lieutenant Colonel Haight's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal with 3 oak leaf clusters. His skill badges include the Combat Infantryman's Badge-2nd Award, Master Parachutist Badge with combat jump star, Ranger Tab, Pathfinder Badge, Air Assault Badge and Thai, Korean, and German foreign parachutist badges.

In his Athenaeum talk Lieutenant Colonel Haight will discuss his experience leading paratroopers and Army Rangers in combat and his units' missions, successes, and challenges in America's Global War on Terrorism.

No Need for Miracles: Simulation and the Supernatural

What is the nature of humanity? What does it mean to be conscious? How can we live the best life possible? These are just some of the big questions explored by philosopher Richard Hanley in his work on philosophy and science fiction. From Star Wars to Star Trek, Manley mines the science fiction literature for important philosophical insights. He is perhaps best known for his book Is Data Human? The Metaphysics of Star Trek (1997), a philosophical enterprise aimed at providing his readers with an introduction "to the contemporary debates concerning humankind's place in the world, as they apply to the diverse fiction that is Star Trek."

In recent pieces on The Matrix (1999), he takes on diverse subjects ranging from the Christian notion of heaven to Baudrillard's conception of post-modernism. Related to this recent work, in this talk Hanley will explore the theological implications of the so-called "simulation argument," a skeptical argument that concludes that we may be living in a computer simulation of the sort proposed by the Matrix trilogy. As he will suggest, this argument has a surprising consequence for some standard claims about mircalcs. Apparently knock-down possible evidence for the existence of God turns out to be undercut, because miracles may be just glitches in the simulation.

Having received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Maryland, Hanley is professor of philosophy at the University of Delaware. In addition to his work on philosophy and science fiction, he has coedited the forthcoming Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Language and has published numerous articles in leading philosophical journals such as Philosophical Studies, Synthese, and Pacific Philosophical Quarterly.

His talk is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies as part of the series Philosophy through Science Fiction.

Ethical Decision-Making in Bioscience Companies

Is there a standard of conduct governing the bioscience industry? How do companies make prudent business decisions while at the same time considering the ethical implications of these decisions? In his Athenaeum address David Finegold will summarize the results of a three-year international study of ethical decision-making in 13 bioscience companies, ranging from global corporations such as Merck, Monsanto, and Novo Nordisk to biotech start ups. The detailed case studies of each company and cross-case findings will he published in a new book, BioIndustry Ethics, by Elsevier in spring 2005.

Finegold is associate professor of management at the Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences (KGI) in Claremont and has taken the lead in developing their strategy, management, and business ethics curriculum. His current research includes: models of ethical decision-making in bioscience firms; international comparison of the factors fostering the development of clusters of successful life science businesses; managing people in science-based firms; and the elements of effective corporate governance.

Professor Finegold received a B.A., summa cum laude in social studies from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University where he received a DPhil in political science.

Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda

The 1994 Rwandan genocide introduced a whole new level of horror to the international community. Since its inception, the United Nations had never faced a humanitarian tragedy of such magnitude. The speed of the killing was five times greater than that of the Nazis at the height of the Holocaust.

When Romeo Dallaire was called on to serve as force commander of the UN Assistance Mission for Rwanda, he believed that his assignment was to help two warring parties achieve the peace they both wanted. Instead, he was exposed to the most barbarous and chaotic display of civil war and genocide in the past decade, observing in just one hundred days the killings of more than eight hundred thousand Rwandans. With only a few troops, his own ingenuity and courage to direct his efforts, Dallaire rescued thousands, but his call for more support from the world body fell on deaf ears. General Dallaire will recount the powerful story of betrayal, naivete, racism and international politics that exposes the failures by humanity to stop the genocide in Rwanda, despite timely warnings. His message is simple and undeniable: "Never again."

General Romeo Dallaire is a bilingual, highly decorated artilleryman, senior executive and human resources generalist, and an outspoken leader for the 21st century. He served in the Canadian Forces in a series of increasingly demanding command and staff appointments before retiring after over three decades of service.

General Dallaire's visit to CMC is sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights as part the series Torture, Human Rights, and the Geneva Convention.

An Encounter with the Writer

Daniel Maximin, poet, essayist, novelist, and statesman, was born and raised at the base of the volcanic La Soufriere in Saint-Claude (Guadeloupe). Geography is an essential component in his work— the hurricanes, the volcano, the multiple islands and languages of the archipelago. Maximin's novels are those of a poet who develops diverse motifs, composing more like a musician than a writer. He resists traditional structures, composing polyphonic narratives that register several voices and several points of view. Many have commented that his first novel, L'Isole soleil (1981), has the feeling of a jazz improvisation. Maximin reminds us that solidarity and music are the weapons of resistance.

His most well-known works include the romantic trilogy -- L'Isole soleil (1981); Soufrieres (1987); L'Ile et une nuit (1996) -- which many have called a true lovesong to the West-Indian culture. A Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (1993); Chevalier of Arts and Letters (1995); recipient of the Prix Arc-en-ciel for his poetry collection, L'Invention des Desirades (2000), and most recently, recipient of the coveted literature prize (Prix Maurice Genevoix) of the Academie Franeaise for his autobiographical novel, Tu, c'est l'enfance (2004), Mamimin is one of the major writers that the French Antilles has produced.

After completing his studies in letters and social sciences at the Sorbonne in Paris, Maximin served as lecturer at the Institute of Social Studies and a professor literature and anthropology at Orly. In 1997 he was appointed as the president of the interministerial mission for the national celebration of the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in 1848. He is currently serving as Counsel of the Arts and the Culture Mission with the Ministry for National Education.

Daniel Maximin's lecture is in French, with translation by CMC Professor June Miyasaki. His visit to Claremont is planned in collaboration with the modern language departments of CMC, Pitzer, and Scripps.

A Recital of Arias and Art Songs
MIJA KANG, soprano
GARY GRAY, clarinet

By 1980, when, at the invitation of legendary voice teacher Oren Brown, soprano Mija Kang came to New York to further her studies at Juilliard, she was already a celebrated artist in her native South Korea after graduating from Seoul National University. Even at that early stage of her career, Kang revealed extraordinary communicative powers befitting her considerable vocal gifts. Hence, she was soon performing at Alice Tully and Carnegie Recital Halls, and in several opera productions—as Mimi in Puccini's La Boheme (1896) and as Liu in that composer's Turandot (1926). Of one Lincoln Center performance, The New York Times enthused, "Ms. Kang has a bright, attractive voice and surprising versatility. She seemed equally at home in Vivaldi motets, Liszt, Rossini, De Falla, and Rodrigo ... [She has] a graceful stage presence ... and convincing dramatic gifts."

Mija Kang has somehow managed to combine an international performance and recording career with teaching. She has sung in all of the most prestigious venues in Korea, including Seoul's Sejong and Hoam Art Hall (and at the opening ceremony of the 1988 Olympiad), and many worldwide: the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Music Center and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, and the Konzert Haus in Berlin, to name but a few. She has made several recordings, including a CD in which she is accompanied by the London Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Sir Colin Davis. On leave from her permanent post at Kyungnam University in Korea, Kang is currently visiting professor of voice at UCLA.

In her Athenaeum recital, Professor Kang will present arias and songs by Bellini, Caccini, Dvorak, Grieg, Puccini, Schubert, and Weill, as well as several Korean art songs. Pianist Judith Hansen (UCLA) and clarinetist Gary Gray (principal of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra) will provide accompaniment. This recital is cosponsored by the Keck Center and the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

San Francisco Values + a CMC Education = San Francisco's Most Moderate Politician

How does a CMC graduate end up with Willie Brown on his speed dial? Is Instant Run-Off Voting the future of our democracy? Does a district elected legislature provide better representation than an at-large elected legislature? How much money does it take to run a successful local campaign? How many hands do you actually have to shake, and how many babies do you really need to kiss to win a local campaign? San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd '97 will attempt to answer these questions and more during his Athenaeum discussion.

Sean Elsbernd is a fourth-generation San Franciscan. While a student at Claremont McKenna College, Elsbernd participated in the Washington D.C. Semester program, interning for Congressman Tom Lantos (D-CA). Additionally, he worked at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government, serving as assistant student manager during his senior year.

Upon graduating from CMC, Elsbernd attended the University of California Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, graduating in 2000, and was subsequently admitted into the California Bar in December 2000.

In January 2001, San Francisco Supervisor Tony Hall named Elsbernd as his Chief of Staff. In January 2004, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom appointed Elsbernd as his Liaison to the Board of Supervisors. To fill the vacancy left upon Supervisor Hall's resignation, Mayor Newsom appointed Elsbernd to finish the remainder of Hall's term on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on August 5, 2004. Elsbernd then earned his own four-year term in the November 2, 2004 election.