March 5, 2012

Vol. 27 , No. 10   

Whither the Euro: Some Reflections from the History of Fiscal and Monetary Unions
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Michael D. Bordo is Professor of Economics and Director of the Center for Monetary and Financial History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. He has held previous academic positions at the University of South Carolina and Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton University, Harvard University, Cambridge University where he was Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions, and a Visiting Scholar at the IMF, Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Cleveland, the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, the Bank of Canada, the Bank of England and the Bank for International Settlement. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee. He has a B.A. degree from McGill University, a M.Sc.(Econ) from the London School of Economics and he received his Ph.D. at the University of Chicago in 1972. He has published many articles in leading journals and ten books in monetary economics and monetary history. He is editor of a series of books for Cambridge University Press: Studies in Macroeconomic History (1993).

Recent publications include: with Barry Eichengreen, A Retrospective on the Bretton Woods International Monetary System (University of Chicago Press, 1993); with Claudia Goldin and Eugene White, The Defining Moment: The Great Depression and the American Economy in the Twentieth Century, (University of Chicago Press, 1998); Essays on the Gold Standard and Related Regimes, (Cambridge University Press, 1999); with Alan Taylor and Jeffery Williamson, Globalization in Historical Perspective, (University of Chicago Press, 2003).

Professor Bordo is a guest of the Lowe Center for Political Economy.

The Big Picture: Beyond Hot Spots & Crises in Our Interconnected World

Recently, international news and attention has been focused on dramatic crisis and hot-button international phenomena, such as revolts in the Middle East or debt crisis in Europe. But, in an age where every country’s actions affect other regions as well, how do these issues relate to our world as a whole? Professor Anne-Marie Slaughter will examine the answer to this question in her talk, “The Big Picture: Beyond Hot Spots & Crises in Our Interconnected World.”

Anne-Marie Slaughter is the Bert G. Kerstetter '66 University Professor of Politics and International Affairs at Princeton University. From 2009 to 2011 she served as Director of Policy Planning for the United States Department of State, the first woman to hold that position. Upon leaving the State Department she received the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor conferred by the State Department, for her work leading the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. She also received a Meritorious Honor Award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Prior to her government service, Dr. Slaughter was the Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs from 2002 to 2009, where she rebuilt the School's international relations faculty and created a number of new centers and programs. She has written or edited six books, including A New World Order (2004) and The Idea That Is America: Keeping Faith with Our Values in a Dangerous World (2007), and over 100 articles. She was also the convener and academic co-chair, with Professor John Ikenberry, of the Princeton Project on National Security, a multi-year research project aimed at developing a new, bipartisan national security strategy for the United States. From 1994 to 2002, Dr. Slaughter was the J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School.

Dr. Slaughter is a frequent contributor to both mainstream and new media, publishing op-eds in major newspapers, magazines, and blogs around the world and curating foreign policy news for over 16,000 followers on Twitter. She also writes Notes from the Foreign Policy Frontier, a blog for, and appears regularly on CNN, the BBC, NPR, and PBS. She lectures widely and has served on boards of organizations ranging from the Council of Foreign Relations and the New America Foundation to the McDonald's Corporation and the Citigroup Economic and Political Strategies Advisory Group. Foreign Policy magazine named her to their annual list of the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2009 and 2010. She received her B.A. from Princeton University, her J.D. from Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford.

Anne-Marie Slaughter comes to CMC as a guest of President Pamela Gann and a participant in the President’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Creating New Visions of the Middle East
LUNCHEON 11:3P a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Esra'a Al Shafei is the founder and Director of, an organization that aims to amplify diverse and progressive voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media. She is also the founder of, a user-powered service that tracks voices of protest from around the world by crowdsourcing information. In 2010 she founded, a platform for underground musicians in the Middle East who are using music as a tool for social change. In 2011 she founded, a bilingual tool for LGBTQ youth in the Middle East that leverages game mechanics to facilitate high-quality interactions.
She is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society for "outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society," and is currently a Senior TED Fellow. Her project won a ThinkSocial Award for serving as a "powerful model for how social media can be used to address global problems." In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business." Most recently, she was awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity. She lives in Bahrain.

Drawing on a series of examples, in her Athenaeum presentation, Esra'a Al Shafei will demonstrate how some of the untold stories of change in the Middle East are told via entertaining uses of technology. Her visit to the CMC is jointly sponsored by the department of history and the Athenaeum.

CMC Forum Idea Night at the Ath: Rolling in the Dough- How to Write a #1 Single in 2012

CMC Forum Idea Night at the Ath: Fly Me to the Moon (and Beyond)

CMC Forum Idea Night at the Ath: Technological Future- When Humans Become God

CMC Forum Idea Night at the Ath: A New Era for CMS Athletics

CMC Forum Idea Night at the Ath: Why Eating Bugs Can Save the World- The Case for Entomophagy

“Idea Night” has returned with the biggest grand prize yet: a ticket to the first weekend of Coachella. At last year’s Idea Night, attendees heard about the flaws with financial modeling, the need for a “J (January) Term,” the importance of fine tailoring, and the radical rethinking of defense policy. Jesse Blumenthal ’11 took home the title of Best Idea with a strong case for why America needs to finally fight a war that is actually profitable: invading our most logical target, Canada. The Forum is currently reviewing submissions and will select four applicants to present and compete for the grand prize.

If you don’t know what Idea Night is, it could be described as an event somewhere between a thesis-defense with a shot clock and a start-up pitch with a gourmet meal and wine for those of an “appropriate age”.

Students are invited to submit papers, projects or original research for the enjoyment and education of the CMC community. Participants and their topics will be selected by the Forum‘s editorial board for uniqueness, interest, and quality. We are looking for interesting arguments on any topic — politics, culture, CMC, etc. Although the content will vary greatly, the format will remain constant: each participant will have 10 minutes, a projector and a podium. A short Q & A session will follow each talk.

Presentation skills will be valued equally alongside content. At the end of the event, the audience will be asked to rank the speakers on their interest and persuasiveness, and while everyone will get a token of our appreciation, the winner will be awarded a free ticket to the first weekend of Coachella. The second place finisher will receive a $50 dollar gift card to the village restaurant of his/her choice. The third and fourth place finishers will each receive a $25 gift card to the village restaurant of their choice.

Women & Leadership Alliance Workshop

A Career in Law: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?
LUNCHEON 12:00 a.m.; LECTURE 12:20 p.m.

Gigi Birchfield, Esq.- Birchfield is the Managing Partner of the Southern California offices of Major, Lindsey & Africa (Los Angeles, Orange County and San Diego), and co-Global Practice Leader for the firm's In-House Practice. Gigi graduated with a B.A. in English, magna cum laude, in 1982 from Claremont McKenna College. She received her J.D. in 1986 from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law. Gigi began her legal career at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker in Los Angeles, where she practiced law for six years as a real estate transactional attorney. In 1992 she joined Citicorp Real Estate, Inc. as Assistant General Counsel in its Los Angeles office, where she was responsible for supervising the legal function for all of the CREI offices in the Western Region: Los Angeles, Orange County, and San Francisco.

In January of 2001 Gigi opened the Southern California office of Major, Lindsey & Africa and was responsible for growing and managing the office from its inception. In addition to being the Managing Partner of the Southern California offices for the past 10 years, Gigi has held various management positions such as Office Practice Leader and Regional Practice Manager (In-House), as well as her current role as co-Global Practice Leader for the In House group. Gigi’s recruiting practice has focused primarily on conducting in-house searches across industry lines, both nationwide and local, with a special emphasis on the placement of senior attorneys, including General Counsel. Gigi has also placed partners in law firms, and has assisted out of state law firm clients in opening a Los Angeles office.

Gigi resides in the Los Feliz area with her husband Mark and their three children and two dogs. She is proud to say that her eldest daughter is a senior in college, at Gigi’s alma mater, while the other two kids are in middle school and high school, respectively. In her spare time, Gigi enjoys reading, spending time with her family, and gardening (and has been known to bring the “fruits of her labor” into the LA office). Gigi is very involved with her alma mater, having been a past president and current board member of the Claremont McKenna College Alumni Association as well as an ex-officio member of CMC's Board of Trustees. Gigi is also serving on the board of the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and is proud to be a member of the Support Council for The Rape Treatment Center and Stuart House.

John P. Doyle- Doyle is a Superior Court Judge who has served on the bench since 1996. He now sits in a civil assignment in the Glendale Branch Court. Judge Doyle has served over the years in several different courthouses around Los Angeles County, and he has worked both in criminal and civil assignments at various times. During the period 2008-2009, he served as a member of the Court’s Executive Committee.

Judge Doyle has served on the Board of Dispute Resolution Services, now The Center for Civic Mediation, for many years. He began his active participation in the world of ADR as a JASOP volunteer at the downtown Superior Courthouse almost twenty-five years ago. During that period, Judge Doyle was a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Litigation Section Executive Committee, 1990-1996.

Prior to re-entering private law practice in 1987, Judge Doyle served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. He spent about half that period of time in the Civil Division of the office, before moving to the Criminal Division of the office in 1984.

Judge Doyle has been a member of Pepperdine Law School’s adjunct faculty since 1993, and has taught courses in domestic violence, trial practice, and mediation. He serves frequently at the law school on various panels and as a moot court judge, and attends as many Pepperdine continuing education programs as he can, including many at Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. Judge Doyle has also been fortunate to teach three times at Pepperdine’s London, England law program, most recently during the summer term 2011. Judge Doyle’s wife, Carol A. Chase, currently the Associate Dean for Academics at the Pepperdine Law School, served as the law faculty member in residence during that summer term in London.

In his capacity as the President of the Parent Network (the parents’ support group) at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) during 2009 and 2010, Judge Doyle served as an ex-officio member of CMC’s Board of Trustees. Judge Doyle and his wife have enjoyed frequent visits to Claremont since 2004 when their son, Warren (Pomona College ‘08), entered college there, and more recently to visit Meredith (CMC ‘11) and Harrison (CMC ‘13), and to participate in Parent Network and other activities at the College.

Judge Doyle graduated from Harvard College in 1971 and, following stints as a Naval Officer and as a fifth grade teacher, graduated from the Hastings College of the Law in 1978. Prior to his employment at the US Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles beginning in 1982, Judge Doyle worked in New York for four years as an associate at two different law firms there, Coudert Brothers and Hughes, Hubbard & Reed.

Carolyn B. Kuhl- Kuhl has served on the California Superior Court since 1995. Currently she is the Supervising Judge of the Civil Division of the Los Angeles Superior Court, a position she also held in 2003 and 2004. She was a founding judge of the Complex Litigation Program of the Los Angeles Superior Court and presided in a Complex Litigation department for eight years. Judge Kuhl has served as a Member of Judicial Council, the policy-making body for the California State Court system, and as a Member of the statewide Advisory Committee on Civil Jury Instructions. She is a member of the American Law Institute and served as an Adviser to the Institute’s project on Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation. She serves on the Board of Overseers of the Rand Institute for Civil Justice and on the Board of Trustees of Claremont McKenna College. Prior to taking the bench, Judge Kuhl was a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson. She served in the United States Department of Justice from 1981 through 1986, including service as Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States. She was a law clerk to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy when he was a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Judge Kuhl graduated with distinction from Duke Law School and received an AB degree in chemistry from Princeton University.

Judge Kuhl is married to the Honorable William F. Highberger, who also serves on the California Superior Court in Los Angeles, previously having been a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. They have two daughters, Helen Highberger, CMC ‘11, who currently works as a software development engineer, and Anna Highberger, a junior at Georgetown University.

Margaret Nagle-Nagle was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge in 1997. Prior to her appointment, she was a partner (1983-1997) and associate (1978-1983) at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP in Los Angeles and an associate at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston (1975-1978). As an attorney, Judge Nagle engaged in a broad-based litigation practice, handling antitrust, employment, environmental, intellectual property, products liability, professional malpracticeJudge Nagle graduated summa cum laude from Boston College in 1972, with a double major in mathematics and economics. She received her law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in 1975, and was a teaching assistant in property law during her third year at Columbia.

Judge Nagle and her husband, Rex Heinke, were classmates at Columbia Law. Their son, Will Heinke, graduated from CMC in 2010. Their daughter, Meghan Heinke, is a senior at CMC.

Suzanne H. Segal-Segal was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of California on July 31, 2002. As a Magistrate Judge in the Central District, Judge Segal presides over federal civil and criminal proceedings. Magistrate Judges serve as the judge for all purposes in civil cases where the parties have consented to the Magistrate Judge. In addition, Magistrate Judges in the Central District of California are referred discovery matters, habeas petitions, certain civil rights cases, and social security benefits actions. Magistrate Judges preside over settlement conferences in many civil cases.

Before taking the bench, Judge Segal served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the Los Angeles U.S. Attorney’s Office, from 1990 to 2002. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, Judge Segal represented individuals and federal agencies in employment, civil rights, tort, and other litigation involving the United States. From 1999 to 2002, she served as the Chief of Civil Appeals for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In this position, she supervised all matters before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the Civil Division. Prior to serving in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Segal was an associate at Dewey, Ballantine in Los Angeles.

Judge Segal is a member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the Los Angeles County Bar and the Board of Governors for the Association of Business Trial Lawyers. Judge Segal previously served as the coordinator of the Central District of California’s Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel and is a member of the Central District’s Pro Bono and ADR Committees. Judge Segal received her bachelor of arts from Claremont McKenna College in 1982 and a Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School in 1987. She maintains her chambers in Los Angeles.

The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology

At five years old, Ray Kurzweil decided to become an inventor. Over the six decades since, he became one of the leading inventors of our time. The Wall Street Journal has called him “the restless genius;” Forbes described him as “the ultimate thinking machine;” Inc. magazine declared him “rightful heir to Thomas Edison.”

Kurzweil was the principal developer of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments, and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition. Kurzweil has received nineteen honorary Doctorates and honors from three U.S. presidents. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Technology, the nation's highest honor in technology, from President Clinton in a White House ceremony. In 2002, he was inducted into the U.S. Patent Office’s National Inventors Hall of Fame.

As Kurzweil studied technology trends and their implications, he’s stuck to a crucial meta-idea: “that the power of ideas to transform the world is itself accelerating.” In recent years, he has been among the foremost voices declaring: “the singularity is near.”

Kurzweil is the author of four national bestsellers, including The Age of Spiritual Machines: When Computers Exceed Human Intelligence (2000) and The Singularity is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology (2005) – which was both a New York Times bestseller, and has been Amazon’s top book in both science and philosophy.

Ray Kurzweil’s evening presentation at the Athenaeum is jointly sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies and the Athenaeum.

An Evening with the Author

A year after he graduated from Harvard College, Ian Frazier began writing for The New Yorker, and he has been doing so nearly ever since. Now a staff writer for the magazine and regular contributor to The Atlantic and Outside, he is a bestselling author, humorist, and journalist.

Frazier’s books include Great Plains (1989), Family (1994), and On the Rez (2000). His most recent book, Travels in Siberia, chronicles a decade of fascinating, exciting, bizarre, and entertaining adventures across eastern Russia. The New York Times described it as “On the Road meets The Gulag Archipelago,” praising Frazier’s “skillful storytelling, acute powers of observation, and wry voice.” Barnes & Noble Review called it “the genius Siberian Travelogue you should not miss.”

Frazier is currently co-teaching a class on travel narratives with Professor Jamaica Kincaid in the Claremont McKenna Literature Department as a Podlich Distinguished Scholar.

Arab Spring and Arab Winter: The Fate of Democracy in the Middle East
MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2012

The Arab Spring has brought the downfall of several autocrats who were American allies, and most Americans applauded. The Bush Administration’s “Freedom Agenda” posited that the stability of many U.S. non-democratic allies in the Middle East was illusory and that we should be promoting democracy. But will free elections bring real democracy or Islamist regimes that narrow political and social space? Are we doomed to choose between friendly dictators and hostile elected governments? Elliott Abrams will examine these questions in his talk: “Arab Spring and Arab Winter: The Fate of Democracy in the Middle East.” The choices that face the United States, and how American policies might affect outcomes in the region, will also be discussed.

Elliott Abrams is Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C. He served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor in the Administration of President George W. Bush, where he supervised U.S. policy in the Middle East for the White House. After serving on the staffs of Sen. Henry M. Jackson and Daniel P. Moynihan, he was an Assistant Secretary of State in the Reagan Administration and received the Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award from Secretary George P. Shultz.

Mr. Abrams was president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., from 1996 until joining the White House staff. He was a member of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom from 1999 to 2001, and Chairman of the Commission in the latter year. Mr. Abrams is currently a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council, which directs the activities of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, and teaches U.S. foreign policy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He is a graduate of Harvard College, the London School of Economics, and Harvard Law School.

Elliott Abrams’ Athenaeum lecture is part of the President’s Distinguished Speaker Series and is jointly sponsored by the Salvatori Center at CMC.

Does the Past have a Future? On the Fate of Classical Cultures

With so much recent focus on the fate of current nations in the midst of cultural upheaval, little attention has been given to the history that can inform us on the issues. Sheldon Pollock, however, will remind us of the importance of these ideas in his talk, “Does the Past have a Future? On the Fate of Classical Cultures.”

Sheldon Pollock is the William B. Ransford Professor of Sanskrit and Indian Studies at Columbia University. Sheldon Pollock is the founding editor of the Murty Classical Library of India (Harvard University Press, 2013) and joint editor of South Asia across the Disciplines (the university presses of California, Chicago, and Columbia, 2010). His most recent monograph, The Language of the Gods in the World of Men: Sanskrit, Culture, and Power in Premodern India, was recently issued in paper (U. of California Press, 2009)), and two edited volumes are: Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern Asia: Explorations in the Intellectual History of India and Tibet, 1500-1800 (Duke University Press, 2011), and, with Benjamin Elman and Kevin Chang, World Philology (Harvard University Press).

He is currently working on Liberation Philology and Reader on Rasa: A Historical Sourcebook in Indian Aesthetics, the first in a new series of sourcebooks in classical Indian thought that he is editing for Columbia U. Press. He was recently awarded a Distinguished Achievement Award from the Mellon Foundation, which awards for excellence in higher education in cultural affairs. He has also recieved the President's Certificate of Honour for Sanskrit and the title Padma Sri for distinguished service in the field of letters from the Government of India.

Professor Sheldon Pollock’s lecture at the Athenaeum is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus, L.J. Kutten ’74, founder of the annual Kutten Lecture in Religion and Philosophy.

2011 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership

Transforming the World Through Leadership and Social Innovation
GENE FALK- mothers2mothers
ROBIN SMALLEY- mothers2mothers
DIVYA VISHWANATH '11- alumni moderator
NICHOLAS EGGER-BOVET '12- student moderator
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership recognizes and celebrates extraordinary accomplishment and bold leadership in the nonprofit sector. This year, in an unprecedented decision, two winners were selected to receive $250,000 each for their respective organizations. The award recipients are Soraya Salti, regional director of the Arab educational mentoring program INJAZ Al-Arab and senior vice president of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, and mothers2mothers (m2m), an organization that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS through the education and support of mothers with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Established in 2006, the Prize is presented and administered by Claremont McKenna College and Marie-Josée Kravis and Henry Kravis. Mrs. Kravis, an economist, is a senior fellow of the Hudson Institute; Mr. Kravis, founding partner, co-chairman and co-CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., is an alumnus and trustee of Claremont McKenna College. The Prize is affiliated with the Kravis Leadership Institute, one of CMC’s 10 distinguished research institutes.

This luncheon is co-sponsored by the Kravis Prize and the Kravis Leadership Institute and is part of a series of workshops scheduled on March 21 featuring Kravis Prize Recipients.

To register for this luncheon and the workshops, please visit the Kravis Prize Web Site or contact the Kravis Prize Office at (909) 607-9303.

Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership Award Ceremony

The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership recognizes and celebrates extraordinary accomplishment and bold leadership in the nonprofit sector. This year, in an unprecedented decision, two winners were selected to receive $250,000 each for their respective organizations. The award recipients are Soraya Salti, regional director of the Arab educational mentoring program INJAZ Al-Arab and senior vice president of Middle East/North Africa for Junior Achievement Worldwide, and mothers2mothers (m2m), an organization that helps to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS through the education and support of mothers with HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa. This special evening formally honors this year’s recipients and highlights their extraordinary work.

Please note that this event is open to CMC Students only. To register for the dinner and program, please contact the Kravis Prize Office at (909) 607-9303 or

The Entrepreneurial Imperative
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

The secret strength of the U.S. economy, Carl Schramm is showing governments, policy makers, and academics, is that entrepreneurs can perform the same economic miracles in other parts of the world, even in the most underdeveloped nations.
While the head of the Kauffman Foundation, world’s leading foundation fostering entrepreneurship, Schramm offered a program of policy reforms and initiatives to make starting and growing businesses easier and less costly. He also advanced a new field of inquiry called expeditionary economics, which focuses on rebuilding the economies post-conflict nations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.
An entrepreneur himself, Schramm has founded several successful companies in the health care finance and information technology industries. Has advised govern¬ment leaders worldwide on promoting job growth and economic expansion, and he writes and speaks widely, encouraging people everywhere to unleash the power of entrepreneurship.
He is a Founding Board Member of Startup America Partnership, a private-sector alliance intended to dramatically increase the development, prevalence and success of innovative, high-growth U.S. firms.

Schramm’s two books, The Entrepreneurial Imperative: How America's Economic Miracle Will Reshape the World (and Change Your Life) (2006) and Good Capitalism, Bad Capitalism and the Economics of Growth and Prosperity (2009), are important blueprints for economic growth. In them, he shows how less developed nations can accelerate growth through entrepreneurship, while urging the U.S. itself to reinvigorate its own commitment to small business as the force that made it the world’s leading economy.
Carl Schramm’s work has appeared in many publications, including Foreign Affairs, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Business Week, USA Today. He frequently appears on CNBC and Fox Business News.

Schramm's talk is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute.

Fair Food for All: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All

Oran Hesterman wants everyone to know: “Our food system is as broken as our health-care system.” It doesn’t serve our health, it doesn’t support the broad economy, and it unfairly keeps quality, healthy food out of the reach of much of the population. “If you have enough money and access,” he says, “you can make-believe that’s not a problem, but we know that doesn’t mean there’s not an issue.”

Hesterman is the President and CEO of Fair Food Network, and a leading national voice advocating for dramatic reform and reimagination of the American agriculture and food systems. Fair Food Network is a national non-profit dedicated to building a more just and sustainable food system. They aim to foster access to healthy, fresh, and sustainably grown food – particularly for underserved and low-income communities. Hesterman previously served as the inaugural president of Fair Food Foundation, an organization that performed similar work before losing its financial base in the Madoff scandal.

Oran Hesterman was the program director for food systems for 15 years at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and played a large role in establishing the Michigan Food Policy Council. He has also been a leader of the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, now a project of Community Partners.

Before entering the non-profit sector, Hesterman researched and taught forage and cropping systems management, sustainable agriculture, and leadership development in the crop and soil sciences department at Michigan State University. He served as a fellow in the Kellogg National Fellowship Program and at the National Center for Food and Agriculture Policy. Hesterman has published more than 400 reports and articles on food and agriculture and in 2011 authored Fair Food: Growing a Healthy, Sustainable Food System for All. The book was called “an important accessible book on a crucial subject” in The New York Times.

CMC’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE), which opened its doors in September 2011, is sponsoring Oran Hesterman’s visit to campus as part of its inaugural speaker series.


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