February 11, 2013

Vol. 28 , No. 08   

Using Entrepreneurial Education as an Educational Strategy for Low-income Youth
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Steve Mariotti’s visit to Claremont McKenna college is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute’s Social Innovation Distinguished Speakers Series.

Considered one of today’s leading experts in education for at-risk youth, and a 2012 inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, Steve Mariotti changed career paths in 1982 when he decided to move from the corporate sector and become a special education teacher in the New York City school system. Mr. Mariotti’s first assignment was in the East New York section of Brooklyn, and his last was in the Fort Apache section of the South Bronx.

While teaching in this hard-hitting environment for six and one half years, Mr. Mariotti gained insight into how to successfully motivate his tough students – teaching them how to run a business. His perceptions and learnings inspired him to create a program to bring entrepreneurial education to low-income youth. In 1987 the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed.

Now, 25 years later, NFTE’s mission is to provide entrepreneurship education programs to young people from low income communities. The program has a proven track record of success. It is frequently used as a model for other programs to teach business knowledge and the resulting business formation. NFTE has reached 500,000 young people since its founding and has programs in 18 states and 9 other countries.

Mr. Mariotti, in addition to recognition as a 2012 inductee into the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, is the recipient of numerous awards. These include an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the Bernard A. Goldhirsh Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, the New York Enterprise Report's 2012 Founders Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the National Director’s Entrepreneurship Award from the Minority Business Development Agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Association of Education Publishers’ Golden Lamp Award, the ACE/Currie Foundation Humanitarian Venture Award, the USASBE Entrepreneurship Educator of the Year, the CEO Club’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, and America’s Top High School Business Teacher. He has been the subject of many national media profiles on programs including ABC Evening News and 20/20. In addition, he is the co-author of 28 books on entrepreneurship that have sold over one million copies. NFTE is an active member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Mariotti has attended The World Economic Forum and has been a frequent speaker at Davos as well as other business forums.

A native son of Flint, Michigan, Mr. Mariotti received his B.B.A in business economics and his M.B.A. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has also studied at Harvard University, Stanford University, and Brooklyn College. He started his professional career as a treasury analyst for Ford Motor Company before founding his own company, Mason Import/Export Services.

A Reading

Sharon Olds is one of contemporary poetry’s leading voices. After graduating from Stanford University, Olds moved east to earn a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University on the prosody of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s poems.

Through several volumes of poetry, including One Secret Thing (2008) and Strike Sparks: Selected Poems 1980-2002 (2004), Olds has carved out a unique place in contemporary American poetry. Today, she is known for writing intensely personal, emotionally scathing poetry, which graphically depicts family life as well as global political events.

Olds has been the recipient of many awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Book Critics Circle Award. She was Poet Laureate of the State of New York from 1998 to 2000. Her most recent book, Stag’s Leap (2012), was awarded the T.S. Eliot Prize for Poetry.

In awarding the T.S. Eliot Prize, Carol Ann Duffy, chair of the final judging panel, said: “This was the book of her career. There is a grace and chivalry in her grief that marks her out as being a world-class poet. I always say that poetry is the music of being human, and in this book she is really singing. Her journey from grief to healing is so beautifully executed.”

Sharon Olds is currently the Erich Maria Remarque Professor of English at New York in the Graduate Creative Writing Program and helped to found the NYU workshop program for residents of Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island, and for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sharon Olds visit to CMC and reading of her work at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.

My Journey from Evil to Heroism

As a child growing up in the inner city ghetto of the South Bronx, Phil Zimbardo wondered why some of his good friends turned bad, while others did not. Later as a research psychologist, he framed that earlier curiosity as a testable research question: When good people are put in a bad place, does their good personality and character dominate, or are they dominated by powerful, subtle situational forces? His now classic Stanford Prison Experiment generated the negative conclusion that bad barrels corrupt good apples. He was recently called upon to use this argument as an expert witness defending one of the MP prison guards at Abu Ghraib.

This lecture will explore a different question about basic human nature. He will discuss if, when, and how ordinary people can become “Everyday Heroes.” He has started a non-profit corporation in San Francisco whose mission is to explore and encourage heroic action from people of all ages and nations by internalizing and acting on a vibrant Heroic Imagination.

Zimbardo has been a Stanford University professor since 1968 (now emeritus), having taught previously at Yale, NYU, and Columbia University. He also continues to teach at the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, and is professor at the Palo Alto University. Zimbardo has been given numerous awards and honors as an educator, researcher, writer, media contributor, and for service to the profession of psychology. He has been awarded the Vaclav Havel Foundation Prize for his lifetime of research on the human condition. Among his more than 400 professional publications, including 50 trade and textbooks, is the oldest current textbook in psychology, Psychology and Life (1971), and Psychology: Core Concepts in its 7th Edition. His popular book on shyness in adults was the first of its kind, as was the shyness clinic that he started in the community and continues as a treatment-research clinic at the Palo Alto University in Palo Alto. His other trade books include, The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil (Random House, 2007, paperback, 2008), The Time Paradox: Reconstructing the Past, Enjoying the Present, Mastering the Future (with John Boyd, Free Press, 2008), The Demise of Guys (with Nikita Duncan, TED books, 2012), and Time Heals: The Dynamic New Treatment for PTSD (with Richard and Rosemary Sword, Wiley, 2012).

Zimbardo has been President of the American Psychological Association (2002), President of the Western Psychological Association (twice), Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents (CSSP), and now Chair of the Western Psychological Foundation, as well as the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Policy, Education, and Research on Terrorism (CIPERT). His visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Dean of Faculty, Kravis Leadership Institute, Psychology Department, and Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Making Our Voices Heard

Sandra Fluke made national news in February 2012 when she testified at a Democratic U.S. House committee regarding health-insurance coverage of birth control. Commentator Rush Limbaugh responded to her testimony, calling her a "slut" and a "prostitute".

In 2003, Fluke graduated from Cornell University with a major in Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies. Through her works with the Manhattan Borough President's Taskforce on Domestic Violence and co-founding the New York Statewide Coalition for Fair Access to Family Court, she successfully advocated for legislation granting access to civil orders of protection for unmarried victims of domestic violence, including teen LGBTQ victims. While in New York, she also worked at Sanctuary for Families in New York City, combating domestic violence and human trafficking.

Fluke went on to study law at Georgetown University, where she received the Women Lawyers of Los Angeles' Fran Kandel Public Interest Grant from Georgetown University Law Center, which supported her production of a video on how to take out a restraining order. During her time at law school, she also served as Co-President of the Georgetown Chapter of Law Students for Reproductive Justice and Vice President of the Georgetown Law Women’s Legal Alliance. Fluke graduated cum laude this spring and passed the California Bar exam in July.

Fluke first stepped into her role a walking symbol of the nation’s polarized politics when she was denied a chance to testify at a Republican-run House hearing on insurance coverage for birth control. Democrats characterized both the hearing at which Fluke did not testify, and Limbaugh's comments, as part of a "war on women” championed by Republican politicians.

Following this incident, Fluke spoke about the necessity of contraception for women across news outlets including The New York Times, Washington Post, TIME magazine, CNN, MSNBC, and NBC. She was also recognized with the Stand Up for Choice Award by the organization NARAL Pro-Choice America.

In the Democratic push to make reproductive rights a central issue in the 2012 presidential election, Fluke addressed the Democratic National Convention. Her speech framed the election as a choice between two leaders whose visions for the United States represented starkly different futures for women’s personal freedoms.

Recently, she testified before the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee on the need to provide access to contraception - a basic health care necessity and was named by TIME magazine as a candidate for its “person of the year” title.

An Evening with Robert Caro

For his biographies of Robert Moses and Lyndon Johnson, Robert A. Caro has twice won the Pulitzer Prize for Biography, twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Best Nonfiction Book of the Year, and has also won virtually every other major literary honor, including the National Book Award, the Gold Medal in Biography from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Francis Parkman Prize, awarded by the Society of American Historians to the book that best “exemplifies the union of the historian and the artist.” In 2010, he received the National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama.

Caro’s first book, The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York (1974), everywhere acclaimed as a modern classic, was chosen by the Modern Library as one of the hundred greatest nonfiction books of the twentieth century, and by TIME magazine as one of the hundred top nonfiction books of all time. It is, according to David Halberstam, “Surely the greatest book ever written about a city.” And The New York Times Book Review said: “In the future, the scholar who writes the history of American cities in the twentieth century will doubtless begin with this extraordinary effort.”

The first volume of The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power (1983), was cited by The Washington Post as “proof that we live in a great age of biography . . . [a book] of radiant excellence . . . Caro’s evocation of the Texas Hill Country, his elaboration of Johnson’s unsleeping ambition, his understanding of how politics actually work, are — let it be said flat out — at the summit of American historical writing.” Professor Henry F. Graff of Columbia University called the second volume, Means of Ascent (1990), “brilliant. No review does justice to the drama of the story Caro is telling, which is nothing less than how present-day politics was born.” The London Times hailed volume three, Master of the Senate (2002), as “a masterpiece . . . Robert Caro has written one of the truly great political biographies of the modern age.” The Passage of Power (2012), volume four, is “Shakespearean … A breathtakingly dramatic story [told] with consummate artistry and ardor” (The New York Times) and “as absorbing as a political thriller …By writing the best presidential biography the country has ever seen, Caro has forever changed the way we think about, and read, American history” (NPR). And on the cover of The New York Times Book Review, President Bill Clinton praised it as “Brilliant . . . Important . . .Remarkable. With this fascinating and meticulous account Robert Caro has once again done America a great service.”

“Caro has a unique place among American political biographers,” according to The Boston Globe. “He has become, in many ways, the standard by which his fellows are measured.” And Nicholas von Hoffman wrote: “Caro has changed the art of political biography.”

"Lunch with a Leader: Industrial Development in Africa"
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Hinh T. Dinh is currently the Lead Economist in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to this assignment, he served as a Lead Economist in the Africa Region at the Bank (1998-2008), in charge of advising its management and staff on strategy, economic policy, and related operational issues for Southern Africa, Central and West Africa. In that capacity, he worked on Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Benin, Niger, Togo, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea. Between 1991 and 1998, he served in the Finance Complex at the Bank, working on countries in Asia (China, India, and Indonesia) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina). His work on portfolio concentration led the Bank to change its lending policy on largest borrowers. Between 1979 and 1991, he worked on Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, and Egypt.

Dinh’s latest books include Light Manufacturing in Africa: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs (World Bank 2012) and Performance of Manufacturing Firms in Africa: An Empirical Analysis (World Bank 2012). He is completing three other books on China, Vietnam, and Tanzania to be published this year by the World Bank.

Dr. Dinh received a B.A. in economics and B.S. in mathematics from the State University of New York, as well as a M.A. in economics, M.S. in industrial engineering, and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh (1978). He joined the World Bank Group through its Young Professionals Program in 1978.

Preparing America and Yourself for the 21st Century Workforce

Avy Stein P’14 co-founded Willis Stein & Partners in 1994. As the chief executive officer, he is responsible for managing the affairs of Willis Stein and the firm’s private equity funds, which includes initiating investment opportunities, structuring acquisitions, coordinating due diligence, negotiating debt financings, and working with portfolio company management teams on an ongoing basis, among other responsibilities.

Stein has had a distinguished career: from 1989-1994, he was a managing director of Continental Illinois Venture Corporation, a subsidiary of Continental Bank Corporation; from 1980-1983, he was an attorney with Kirkland & Ellis LLP; and from 1984-1985, he was president of Cook Energy Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company, and vice president of corporate planning and legal affairs at Cook International, Inc. In 1985, Stein founded and was the chief executive officer and majority shareholder of Regent Corporation, which focused on making and managing acquisitions in the electronic security and personal emergency response industries. From 1988 until joining Continental Illinois Venture Corporation in 1989, he served as a special consultant on acquisitions, dispositions and restructurings to the chief executive officer of NL Industries, Inc. and its affiliates.

Avy Stein currently serves on the boards of directors of Education Corporation of America®, Interval Leisure Group, Roundy’s Inc, Strategic Materials, Inc., and Velocitel. He is also the chairman of the audit and risk committee of Ravinia Festival and serves on its executive committee and board of trustees; a member of the Harvard Law School Leadership Council of Chicago; a foundation member of the University of Illinois Foundation; and a director for the Western Golf Association.

Stein has lectured at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the University of Illinois, Columbia University, New York University, Princeton University, and the Venture Capital Institute. He received a juris doctor degree from Harvard Law School and received his bachelor of science degree in accountancy from the University of Illinois.

This presentation is sponsored by the President’s Leaders Forum.

Israel’s 2013 Elections and the Future of U.S.-Israel Special Relations
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Ilai Z. Saltzman is the Schusterman-AICE visiting Israeli Assistant professor of government at Claremont McKenna College. In his Athenaeum talk, Dr. Saltzman will describe and evaluate the results of the recent elections to the Israeli parliament (Knesset) and attempt to project their influence on the U.S.-Israeli “special relationship” during President Obama’s second term.

In the past academic year Saltzman taught at the International Relations (IR) department and the Rothberg International School in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (magna cum laude) and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Haifa. Dr. Saltzman was a research fellow at the International Security Program (ISP), Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2010-2011). He is the author of Securitizing Balance of Power Theory: A Polymorphic Reconceptualization (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012). Currently, he is working on projects dealing with American foreign policy, cyberwarfare, U.S.-Russian relations and the rise of China.

Whence Sanskrit? (kutah samskrtamiti): The Rise (and Fall) of Sanskrit in the West

Sanskrit is the classical language of ancient India; composed texts in Sanskrit represent a continuous literary tradition that reaches back at least 3500 years and consists of thousands upon thousands of works. Today, most Westerners have only the slightest familiarity with this great tradition, aware perhaps of a few words stereotypically related to the notion of karma or the practice of yoga. Yet, there was a time when the study of Sanskrit was of great significance in the history of Western education, holding a central place in the development in the early 1800s of the first graduate schools and academic Ph.D. programs in both Germany (where such programs originated) and later in the United States of America. To understand the “rise and fall” of the study of Sanskrit in the West leads us back to the nineteenth century experience of the British colonial administrators and the European Orientalists who first brought Sanskrit studies into the West, that is, to ask, “Whence Sanskrit”? Fundamental to this project is the broad awareness that, in modern colleges and universities in the West, the choices we make in our studies — what we choose to study as well as how we study it — are frequently uninformed; and, as we shall see in the case of Sanskrit, beneath an individual field of study may be found surprising (and sometimes insidious) roots.

Herman Tull has been a faculty member at Princeton University, Rutgers University, and Lafayette College, where he taught courses on the history of religions with a focus on the study of India and its classical language, Sanskrit. Professor Tull’s interest in studying India began during an undergraduate year spent in India, where, as a student at Andhra University, he studied the Telugu language, the mrdangam (the traditional drum of South Indian classical music), and Indian philosophy. In graduate school, at Northwestern University and at the University of Chicago, Tull focused on the study of the religious and philosophical literature of ancient India (both Sanskrit and Pali), writing his dissertation, under the direction of Wendy Doniger, on the origins of the Indian doctrine of karma. Along with a book and several articles on the Indian doctrine of karma, Professor Tull has published widely in the area of Indian studies. Among his recent projects are a study of the goddess Kali and a grammar of the Sanskrit language.

Make a Purpose of Your Ability
LUNCH 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Tareq Azim was born in Germany in 1982, the country to which his parents fled from the Soviet communist occupation of Afghanistan and the disappearance of his maternal grandfather as a prisoner of war in 1978. Azim and his family immigrated to San Francisco, CA shortly after his birth, and in 2004 he graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Environmental Science and Agribusiness from Fresno State University.

In 2004, Azim co-founded the nonprofit organization, Hope of Mother, with his Mother, Mina Wali. The organization assists Afghani people through three projects including the Shawl Patcha Academy of Education, a private coed school for young men and women in the largest Opium cultivated region of Nengrahar and the first school in the area to allow female students; Shawl Wali Khan Center for Orphans, a recreation center with tutoring, mentoring, and other activities, as well as protection from potential kidnapping into terrorist organizations; and Lily’s Medical clinic, the first facility of its kind in a town called Surchroad Village.

His most unique contribution to growing and strengthening the Afghan nation comes from his establishment in 2007 of the Afghani Women’s Boxing Federation. Azim explains that he started the Federation because the world wants Afghanistan to stand on its own two feet. “Well how do you expect it to stand on its own two feet,” he asks, “if it’s a male dominated society and women have nothing to say? Women have to be the second foot.” Strengthening that foot and balancing the national posture are an end result of building relationships, he says, and now that the process has begun it will most likely perpetuate itself as the program continues.

Azim has learned to apply the basics of success from one area in his life to another, fulfilling a responsibility he accepts to represent himself, his family, and their country of origin in a dignified manner. He does so through the exercise of his talents in boxing and other combat sports, as well as in social and political activism aimed at uniting, serving, and empowering the people of Afghanistan.

Tareq Azim’s visit to the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is sponsored by the Center for Human Rights Leadership at Claremont McKenna College.

The Arabic Language and Language Anxiety

Is the standard of Arabic language failing? The speaker will address this theme and the theme of the Arabic language anxiety. The media often describe Arabic as being in danger, reflecting folk linguistic views about the language and expanding them through enhanced dissemination. Conferences on the state of Arabic in the modern world reiterate the same theme. Teachers and parents often bewail the falling standards in the language in schools, attributing it to a variety of factors.

Arabic language teaching reforms in the last decade are related to this language anxiety and to the role of language as proxy. The language anxiety is a factor in all languages, including English and French which are often offered as examples of dominant and secure languages in the Arabic speaking milieu.

Yasir Suleiman is Professor of Modern Arabic Studies at the University of Cambridge, Professorial Fellow of King’s College, Cambridge, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is Head of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies and Director of the Prince Alwaleed Centre of Islamic Studies at Cambridge. Professor Suleiman held the Iraq Chair of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland (1990-2007). His published works include, Living Islamic History (2010), A War of Words: Language and Conflict in the Middle East (2004), The Arabic Language and National Identity: A Study in Ideology (2003).

Professor Yasir Suleiman's visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Arabic Studies program and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

What You Really Want

Jaclyn Friedman is a writer, performer, and activist, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape (2008) (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009 and one of Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Non-fiction of All Time list). Her latest book, What You Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, was released in November 2011.
As a college undergraduate, Jaclyn thought she was too smart to become a victim of sexual assault – until another student proved her wrong. That experience eventually led her to become a student and instructor of IMPACT safety training. At IMPACT, she helped bring safety skills to the communities which most need them, including gang-involved high school student and women transitioning out of abusive relationships. Being the victim of a campus sex assault also fueled her passion to write about and advocate for safer communities for women everywhere.

Jaclyn’s article “Drinking and Rape: Let’s Wise Up About It,” originally published by Women’s eNews in February 2007, was reprinted in several major online outlets and has become a popular reference for new thinking about preventing rape without shaming or blaming women. The article – and the public response to it – was the inspiration for Yes Means Yes.

In 2010, Friedman redefined the concept of “healthy sexuality” with two landmark pieces: the interview “Fucking While Feminist” and the highly polemic “My Sluthood, Myself,” which together inspired thousands of responses and explorations across the blogosphere and beyond. Her insistence that authentic sexual liberation is both compatible with and necessary for combating the systemic sexualization and violation of women, led Lyn Mikel Brown (co-founder of SPARK and Professor of Education and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Colby College) to call her “this generation’s version of Dr. Ruth.”

'The Ear is the Last Face’: Reading Dickinson in Lyrical Time

Cristanne Miller is a leading Emily Dickinson scholar, praised for being an “exciting reader” of Dickinson with “close and thoughtful interpretation” of Dickinson’s poems. She is the Edward H. Butler Professor of English and Chair of the Department at the University at Buffalo in New York. She received her PhD in 1980 from the University of Chicago, and was for many years the W.M. Keck Distinguished Service Professor at Pomona College. She has also served as past President of the Emily Dickinson International Society, and currently edits The Emily Dickinson Journal. She has been a fellow at the Free University of Berlin, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Oxford, and was President of the Modernist Studies Association from 2006-07.

Miller established her reputation as a foremost scholar of Emily Dickinson with the publication in 1987 of Emily Dickinson: A Poet's Grammar. David Porter praised Miller for showing "readers what is actually at stake in this idiosyncratic verse and maps better than anyone to date the links between the grammatical choices and literary identity”. Other reviewers were similarly enthusiastic.

Cristanne Miller has also published extensively on Marianne Moore, modernist poetry, gender, poetry and theory, American Civil War poetry, women and language, feminism and poetry, and Walt Whitman.

Her most notable publications include Reading In Time: Dickinson in the Nineteenth Century (2012), Cultures of Modernism: Marianne Moore, Mina Loy, Else Lasker-Schüler. Gender and Literary Community in New York and Berlin (2005), and Marianne Moore: Questions of Authority (1995).

The Development of Federalism in the Obama Administration
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

The relationship between U.S. state governments and the federal government under President Obama’s administration has been complicated. While the president’s brand of federalism has included health care, financial regulation, and stimulus bills—examples of massive, forceful federal power—this very legislation has also demonstrated detailed sensitivity to the issues of governing at the state level by offering numerous incentives to states and allowing for a high degree of state flexibility in implementing federal programs. With the recent re-election of President Obama, the examination of the president’s approach to federalism has remained as important a topic as ever. Tim Conlan, a leading scholar of American federalism, will provide expert analysis of this timely issue.

Timothy J. Conlan is professor of public and international affairs at George Mason University. Dr. Conlan's research focuses on U.S. and comparative federalism, and his book, New Federalism: Intergovernmental Reform from Nixon to Reagan (1988), received the American Political Science Association's Martha Detrick Book Award in 1998.

Politics, Economics, and the Euro Area Crisis

Athanasios Orphanides is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

His research interests are on central banking, finance, and political economy and he has published extensively on these topics over the past two decades. More recently, he has contributed to the ongoing debate on the euro area crisis. He is coeditor with Mike Bordo of The Great Inflation (NBER), forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press.

Orphanides served as governor of the Central Bank of Cyprus from May 2007 to May 2012. As governor he oversaw the introduction of the euro in Cyprus and subsequently served as member of the Governing Council of the European Central Bank between January 2008 and May 2012. Following the creation of the European Systemic Risk Board in 2010, he was elected a member of its first Steering Committee.

Prior to his appointment as governor, Orphanides served as senior adviser at the Federal Reserve Board, where he had started his professional career as an economist in 1990. While at the Federal Reserve he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in macroeconomics and monetary economics at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Athanasios Orphanides obtained his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and economics as well as a Ph.D. in economics from MIT.

On Deadline: Writing and Reporting in the 21st Century

Jennifer Mattson is a former radio producer for "The Connection" and worked as an editor for National Public Radio. She spent over six years as a producer for CNN, where she was responsible for CNN's daily live newscasts and producing CNN's international coverage. Jennifer came to CNN to work in the Washington bureau's political unit during the 1996 U.S. presidential election. She later moved to Atlanta, where she worked first as a writer and then as a newscast producer at CNN International. Prior to joining CNN, Jennifer worked as a reporter based in Budapest, Hungary covering Eastern Europe, where she reported on a number of regional stories for USA TODAY including a piece on George Soros and the Clinton-Yeltsin CSCE Summit. She has also reported, most recently, from Asia.
Her work has appeared in TheAtlantic.com, USA TODAY, The Boston Globe, The Women's Review of Books, AsianCorrespondent.com, Tablettalk.com and CNN.com. She is the former Managing Editor of AsiaSociety.org. Follow her on Twitter at @jennifermattson.

Jennifer Mattson’s visit to CMC is sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse with generous support from the BLAIS Foundation Challenge Award. For more information please contact Professor Audrey Bilger. abilger@cmc.edu.

Why is the Demand for Welfare-Improving Technologies and Behaviors Low in Developing Countries? Lessons from Field Experiments in Asia and Africa
LUNCDHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Mushfiq Mobarak is an associate professor of economics at the Yale School of Management, where he is a development economist with interests in environmental issues. In his Athenaeum talk, sponsored by the Lowe Institute for Political Economy, Professor Mobarak will present results from a research agenda inspired by the observation that the poor are often unwilling to invest in new products, behaviors and technologies that (we think) are apparently welfare-enhancing. This suggests that either we need to re-visit our assumptions, or that we need to better understand the constraints to behavior change facing the poor, both rational and ‘behavioral’. Understanding these constraints is necessary to design economic and marketing strategies to help poor consumers overcome these sources of aversion to behavior change. The talk will draw on state-of-the-art evidence generated from randomized controlled trials conducted in Bangladesh, India and Malawi to market improved cook stoves, toilets, new agricultural technologies and seasonal migration.

Mobarak has several ongoing research projects in Bangladesh, India, Malawi and Brazil in which he conducts field experiments exploring ways to induce people in developing countries to adopt technologies or behaviors that are likely to be welfare improving. He co-chairs the Urban Services Initiative at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, and leads the Bangladesh Research Program for the ‘International Growth Centre (IGC)’ at LSE and Oxford. He has previously worked as an economist at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the World Bank, and at the International Monetary Fund.

Professor Mobarak advises several PhD economics candidates working on development issues, and he won the 2006 Most Outstanding Faculty Advisor Award at the University of Colorado. He teaches MBA courses focused on the challenges to doing for-profit or non-profit business in developing countries and on marketing products and behaviors to poor consumers. He also leads Yale SOM ‘international experience’ trips to developing countries.

Risk, Regulation & Return – The New State of the Financial Services Industry
DINNER 5:30 p.m.; LECTURE 6:30 p.m.

The fifth annual Claremont Finance Conference, set for February 23, is expected to attract hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni from across the business sector. Advanced registration is required for all events and can be found here.

The Conference will begin with a welcome lunch and keynote address delivered by Peter Sasaki, Portfolio Manager at Centara Capital. It will then be followed by two afternoon panels, with networking breaks throughout.

The Investing Panel will be moderated by Sean Flynn, Professor of Finance at Scripps College. Panel participants include executives from hedge funds, private equity, private wealth, and fixed income among others. The final afternoon panel will be on Corporate Strategy & Entrepreneurship and be moderated by Janet Smith, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Claremont McKenna. It will feature executives from venture capital, private equity, and a variety of entrepreneurs involved in start-ups from healthcare, online gaming, and telecommunications.

The Conference finale event will be cocktail reception followed by a concluding dinner and keynote address at the Athenaeum. The keynote will be delivered by Doug Peterson (CMC ’80), President at Standard & Poor’s. Doug will relate his executive experience at leading financial institutions to his talk on risk, regulation & return – the new state of the financial services industry.

The 2013 Claremont Finance Conference is co-sponsored by the Robert Day School and Financial Economics Institute at Claremont McKenna.


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  • 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.