September 20, 2010

Vol. 26 , No. 02   



The Case for Working with Your Hands
MATTHEW CRAWFORD
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2010

Mr. Crawford is principally concerned with the effect of work on the "soul," but he can't help noting that economic trends favor the humble tradesman. Globalization and information technology are fast undermining the job security of architects, accountants, radiologists, and anyone else whose work can be outsourced abroad or (using applications like TurboTax) performed by machines. But customers in rich countries can't do without the on-site services of skilled manual workers, who, thanks to the rarity of vocational training in public schools, are in the U.S. today enviably few. 'If you need a deck built, or your car fixed, the Chinese are no help,' Mr. Crawford observes. 'Because they are in China.’
—Francis X. Rocca, Wall Street Journal

Employment as both a philosopher and as a mechanic may not seem like the most logical combination, but for Matthew Crawford, it is quite natural. In addition to working at the University of Virginia and running a motorcycle repair business, he is the New York Times-bestselling author of Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work (2009).

In Shop Class as Soulcraft, Crawford discusses the alienation felt by individuals working in cubicles, sitting in front of a computer and provides a solution: a return to an aesthetic that values manual labor and the trades. The joy of working with your hands provides a sense of self-reliance and authenticity that many feel that they lack.

Crawford's writings have been reviewed in Slate, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. He has been called a “locavore of work” and an advocate of a different and undervalued form of intelligence. They have also been praised as a solution to America's (wsj thing).

In his talk, Crawford will discuss, through the history of philosophy, how we are formed (and deformed) by our economic choices. He will illuminate the role of the psychology of consumerism and the modern workplace and turn an eye towards some of the less-known consequences of our culture's obsession with technology.

Matthew Crawford’s visit to campus is jointly sponsored by the Athenaeum and the CMC Dean of the Faculty.



Mexican Revolutionary Culture: Indians, Anthropologists, Intellectuals, and Calendar Girls
WILLIAM BEEZLEY- CANCELLED
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2010

William Beezley, Professor of History at the University of Arizona, is a preeminent historian of late nineteenth and early twentieth century Mexico. In addition to teaching at Arizona, he is the Director of the Oaxaca Summer Institute in Modern Mexican History, a graduate program in history in Oaxaca, Mexico.
Beezley received his bachelor’s degree from Chico State College in California in 1964. He went on to earn both his masters and his doctorate from the University of Nebraska in 1966 and 1969. He has given many lectures in both the United States and Latin America; in 2006 he received a U.S. State Department Grant through the Guadalajara Consulate to lecture at La Universidad de Colima.

Additionally, over the past three and a half decades, Beezley has been awarded numerous research grants, including the Mellon Grant from the Center for Latin American Studies at Tulane University from 1997-1998. In 2007, he received the Theo Crevanna Award for Distinguished Service in the Promotion of Binational Latin American Studies, presented by the Rocky Mountain Council for Latin American Studies, which is the world’s oldest Latin American academic organization. Beezley has been a major force in the organization, and currently serves as Secretariat. He edits the prestigious Oxford History of Mexico, published this year in a second edition, and the widely read Latin American Silhouette series of Rowman and Littlefield. One of his books, Judas at the Jockey Club and Other Episodes of Porfirian Mexico (2004), chosen as a selection by the History Book Club, was described by the Journal of American Folklore as “A landmark study of Mexican cultural history.”



KLI Leadership Day 2010

Entrepreneurship Across Sectors
SARAH SMITH ORR
KARA ANDRADE
MARC BRODY '83
MARC COOPER
JACK EDWARDS '66 P'01
SUNIL RAJARAMAN '01
RICK WARTZMAN
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

“Entrepreneurship Across Sectors” will feature a dialogue with leaders from different sectors discussing creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship in our ever changing and expanding world. As the capstone event for the Kravis Leadership Institute’s Leadership Day 2010: Entrepreneurship and You, a panel of outstanding leaders will look at how entrepreneurship can be found in the public, private and social sectors.

The dialogue, following dinner at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, includes the following individuals: Dialogue Leader, Sarah Smith Orr, Executive Director, Kravis Leadership Institute, author and professor at Claremont Graduate University with a focus on social sector leadership; Kara Andrade, an Ashoka Fellow, born in Guatemala, raised in the U.S., and who has returned to Central America, has developed a citizen-based information sharing platform throughout Central America through mobile phone networks and internet “hub” sites; Marc Brody ‘83, who founded and grew the U.S.-China Environmental Fund (USCEF)--growth based upon Mr. Brody¹s ability to facilitate partnerships among government agencies, industry, universities, and non-governmental organizations, and on his commitment to build multi-disciplinary teams; Marc Cooper, who has worked across media platforms (print, broadcast, online), is an award-winning journalist and author who has written about politics and culture from across the country and around the world for more than three decades. Cooper has also done extensive writing about American politics and has reported on several presidential campaigns and is founder of Annenberg Digital News; Jack Edwards ’66 P’01, who works for Ashoka, a social sector organization which finds and supports social entrepreneurs—Edwards helps find and select social entrepreneurs from around the world, and works with some helping them with the challenges of growing the social impact of their innovative new ideas; Sunil Rajaraman ‘01, President and CEO of Scripped Inc. As President and CEO of Scripped Inc. Rajaraman oversaw Scripped's merger with web-based screenwriting software competitor Zhura.com and is the CEO of the joint entity (over 75,000 screenwriters use Scripped's software); and Rick Wartzman, director of the Drucker Institute at Claremont Graduate University, author, a columnist for BusinessWeek online, and an Irvine senior fellow at the New America Foundation, a nonpartisan public policy think tank.

Whether you are interested in social impact or profit maximization, this talk is for you! Leadership Day 2010 includes a luncheon discussion to introduce the key concepts of Social and Business Entrepreneurship, followed by two focused afternoon workshops, each delving into the specifics of Business or Social Entrepreneurship. This capstone event will connect these three events together through personal insight, practical information and encouragement for individuals considering the entrepreneurial way.

Please sign up for this exciting event through the Athenaeum website: http://www.claremontmckenna.edu/mmca/

We hope to see you there!



Robert Day School Distinguished Guest Speaker

Lunch with a Leader: Finance Software
SCOTT COOK P'11
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010
LUNCHeon 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Cook’s business career has taken him from Crisco to Quicken. He began as an assistant brand manager at Procter & Gamble assigned to the Crisco account, and later managed consulting assignments at Bain & Company, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In 1983, he created the revolutionary Quicken personal finance software that led to the founding of Intuit. Since the creation of Quicken, Intuit has grown with Cook’s guidance to offer a wide array of desktop and online products and services that provide simple solutions to people’s important problems. Flagship products include QuickBooks, the leading accounting software for small and medium-sized businesses, and TurboTax, the top-selling tax preparation software.

Today, Intuit is North America’s leading payroll service supplier and is pioneering innovations in corporate workflow automation through QuickBase. The company is also breaking new ground in helping people simply manage their health care expenses through the Quicken Health Expense Tracker. And following the $1.3 billion acquisition of Digital Insight in 2007, Intuit began providing new ways for small banks and credit unions to offer online banking services to customers.
Cook’s outside interests include efforts to transform medicine by accelerating medical research and improving patient care quality. He is a member of the boards of directors of eBay, Procter & Gamble, the Asia Foundation, the Harvard Business School Board of Visitors and the Intuit Scholarship Foundation. Since 1991 he has been a member of the Young Presidents Organization, the Young Presidents’ Organization, a nonprofit group committed to developing leadership for young chief executives.
Raised in La Canada, California, a Los Angeles suburb, Cook earned an MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Southern California, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.



A Concert of Traditional Indian Music Celebrating Gandhi’s Birthday
DEVASHISH DEY, vocal
HERMANT EKBOTE, tabla
MONDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2010

“Devashish has evolved a spirited and individual style into which he has skillfully grafted features from some maestros of today. These bring an element of novelty into his presentation. His voice production is open and modulated…His sense of enjoyment while singing conveys itself to the audience.”
–The Times of India
Devashish Dey received his Sangeet Praveen, a musical degree equivalent to a master’s, from Prayag Sangeet Samiti in Allahbad, India. His extensive and prolific studies of Indian music include classical vocal, light classical, and others. He has won several awards, including prizes in both the classical and light classical categories of the All India Radio Music Competition in 1985. He has performed all over India and in parts of Europe.
Tonight, Devashish Dey is accompanied by Shri Hermant Ekbote on percussion. Shri Hemant Ekbote is a leading exponent of the Indian Tabla drums, in the United States. In addition to performing at concerts with several highly accomplished artists, world-wide, he continues to offer tabla classes to several aspiring students at his residence in Southern California.Traditional Indian music is beautiful and transcendent; it is an honor to have such talented artists performing in commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.



The Changing Arab Media Landscape: Will the New Media Lead to New Politics?
HISHAM MELHEM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Hisham Melhem is a journalist and an expert on U.S.-Arab relations and on political Islam. He is the Washington bureau chief of Dubai-based Arabic satellite news channel Al-Arabiya. He also is a regular contributor to Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar.

Notably, Melhem conducted Barack Obama's first formal interview as President in January 2009, which was aired on Al-Arabiya. Melhem and Obama spoke about Obama's plans to change America's relationship with the Arab world and Obama's appointment of George Mitchell as envoy to attempt to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He also has appeared numerous times on News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, and Nightline, as well as on NPR. His writings on inter-Arab relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East have appeared in publications across America and the world, such as Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and literary journal Al-Mawaqef.

Mr. Melhem will present two lectures, the first following the lunch format and the second after dinner. He will speak on the likely course of relations in the near future between the United States, Iraq and Iran. He will also discuss the proliferation of television and blogs as media outlets in the Arab world and their effects on the region's political discourse.

Hisham Melhem’s visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Athenaeum.



The War on Terrorism from Bush to Obama: Language, Reality and Perception
HISHAM MELHEM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2010
DINNER 6:00 p.m.; LECTURE 6:45 p.m.

Hisham Melhem is a journalist and an expert on U.S.-Arab relations and on political Islam. He is the Washington bureau chief of Dubai-based Arabic satellite news channel Al-Arabiya. He also is a regular contributor to Lebanese newspaper An-Nahar.

Notably, Melhem conducted Barack Obama's first formal interview as President in January 2009, which was aired on Al-Arabiya. Melhem and Obama spoke about Obama's plans to change America's relationship with the Arab world and Obama's appointment of George Mitchell as envoy to attempt to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

He also has appeared numerous times on News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Good Morning America, and Nightline, as well as on NPR. His writings on inter-Arab relations, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and U.S. policy in the Middle East have appeared in publications across America and the world, such as Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and literary journal Al-Mawaqef.

Mr. Melhem will present two lectures, the first following the lunch format and the second after dinner. He will speak on the likely course of relations in the near future between the United States, Iraq and Iran. He will also discuss the proliferation of television and blogs as media outlets in the Arab world and their effects on the region's political discourse.

Hisham Melhem’s visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Center for Human Rights Leadership and the Athenaeum.



Russia's Capitalist Revolution: Why Market Reform Succeeded and Democracy Failed in Russia
ANDERS ASLUND
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2010

By international comparison, Russia is an outlier. On the one hand, it has become a reasonably wealthy market economy. On the other hand, it has reverted to authoritarianism and its corruption has not declined with growth but increased. Why has this state of affairs evolved in this way? Is it likely to persist or is it a temporary anomaly?
Anders Aslund has served as a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics since January 2006. He is also an adjunct professor at Georgetown University. He has worked as an economic advisor to the governments of Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. He also worked as a Swedish diplomat in Kuwait, Poland, Geneva, and Moscow.
Aslund received his doctorate from the University of Oxford. He was the founding director of the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics and professor at the Stockholm School of Economics. From 1994 to 2005, he worked at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. There he became director of the Russian and Eurasian Program in 2005.

Aslund’s knowledge of post-communist economic transformation is perhaps unparalleled. His books, including Gorbachev’s Struggle for Economic Reform (1989), How Russia Became a Market Economy (1995), and Russia’s Capitalist Revolution (2007), offer valuable and interesting insight into the evolution and structure of Russia’s economy. Of Russia’s Capitalist Revolution, former prime minister of Russia Yegor T. Gaidar affirms, “This book depicts accurately and elegantly the manifold and complete collapse of the Soviet Union. Anders Aslund clarifies the many components necessary for carrying out reforms. Like few others, he understands the importance of a strong reform team in the government for their success.”
Anders Aslund’s visit to the Athenaeum is supported by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.



The Current State of Health Care Reform in the United States
GEORGE HALVORSON
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2010

George Halvorson is chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, but also an author and advocate of health care reform. He has written numerous books, including Health Care Reform Now!: A Prescription for Change (2007) and the recently released Health Care Will Not Reform Itself: A User's Guide to Refocusing and Reforming American Health Care (2009).

Based in Oakland, Kaiser Permanente is the nation’s largest nonprofit health plan and hospital system, serving about 8.6 million members and generating $42 billion in annual revenue. Halvorson has more than 30 years of health care administration experience, having led HealthPartners and BlueCross BlueShield of Minnesota.

At Kaiser Permanente, Halvorson has pioneered new cost-saving electronic medical record (EMR) implementations for more than 10 million patients. The medical records are designed to provide information to the patients and coordinate their care among doctors, nurses, and other caregivers. Kaiser Permanente has also developed electronic “e-visits” that save costs by reducing in-person clinic visits. Through these innovations, Kaiser Permanente has reduced complications and improved heart disease survival rates, as well as reduced costs.

In addition to advocating health care reform in the United States, Halvorson has served as an advisor to the governments of Uganda, Great Britain, Jamaica, and Russia. He has also served on numerous committees, including serving as chair of the World Economic Forum's Health Governors meeting in Davos, Switzerland.



MARIAN MINER COOK ATHENAEUM
RECORDING POLICY

  • It is the policy of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum that no lecture, appearance or performance by any speaker or performer at the Athenaeum is to be videotaped, audiotaped, or otherwise recorded and/or broadcast without the prior written permission of the relevant speaker, performer, or other authorized owner of the intellectual property rights to the event.

  • Anyone requesting permission to record an event is required to submit an “Event Recording Request Form” to Bonnie Snortum, the Director of the Athenaeum, at least 48 hours in advance of the relevant event.

  • It is understood that the speaker, the performer, the Athenaeum, and any other event sponsor, as appropriate, reserve all intellectual property rights for each Athenaeum event.

  • If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Bonnie Snortum at bsnortum@cmc.edu or at (909) 607-4180.



ATHENAEUM ETIQUETTE

  • The Athenaeum serves as a gathering place where ideas, inquiry, and fellowship bring students, faculty, staff, other scholars, and nationally prominent speakers together.

  • Attendance at any event may be limited to persons associated with CMC, to the people who signed up for the dinner, or to the maximum number of people allowed by fire regulations.

  • On some occasions the speaker may address the group in another forum or the College may set up a video feed to handle an overflow crowd. All programs at the Athenaeum are filmed. Individuals attending should understand that their image might appear on the videotape.

  • House rules and common courtesy prohibit disruptive actions inside the building during an Athenaeum sponsored program.

  • Time allowing, there will be a period set aside for questions. Students will have priority during this portion of the program.

  • Guests are expected to dress appropriately in all dining rooms. Shorts, jeans, and t-shirts are not acceptable at dinner; more casual attire is acceptable for lunch and tea. No bare feet at any time.




Lunch with a Leader: Investment Management
MICHAEL LARSON '80
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2010
LUNCHEON 12:00 p.m.; LECTURE 12:45 p.m.

Michael Larson is the chief investment advisor to William H. Gates, III. He is responsible for all of Mr. Gates’ non-Microsoft investments as well as all of the investments of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. Prior to his current position, Michael was at Harris Investment Management, Putnam Management Company, and ARCO.

Michael currently serves on the Board of Directors for AutoNation, FEMSA SAB, Republic Services Inc, Grupo Televisa SA, and Pan American Silver Corp. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Hamilton Lane Advisors, L.L.C. and is Chairman of the Board of Trustees for both the Western Asset/Claymore Inflation Linked Securities & Income Fund and the Western Asset/Claymore Inflation-Linked Opportunities & Income Fund.

Larson is a trustee at Claremont McKenna College and Lakeside School and Chairman of the Investment Committees at both schools. Michael also serves on the Investment Committees for the University of Washington and the UNCF Gates Millennium Scholars fund.

Michael earned an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Claremont Men’s College.