Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

2012-2013 Program Calendar


Unless noted, all programs begin at 6:45 p.m. in the Athenaeum

A speaker name indicates a link to a streaming video

Thursday, September 13 Rye Barcott, author, It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace (2011)
Monday, September 17 Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; Emmy Award-winning producer/correspondent, PBS Frontline; author, Who Stole the American Dream? (2012) C-SPAN
Tuesday, September 18 Andrew Chasin '97, Associate General Counsel for Health Reform,  Blue Shield of California; former health policy counsel, U.S. Senate Republican Policy Committee; “An Insider’s View of the Politics and Policy of Health Care Reform”
Wednesday, September 19 Manfred Keil, associate professor of economics; chairman, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, CMC; Andrew Busch, Crown Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow, CMC; David Menefee-Libey, professor of politics, Pomona College; “Presidential Election 2012:  And the Winner is . . .?”
Thursday, September 20 CAST (Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking); Kanthi Salgadu, CAST Survivor Advisory Caucus member; "Hidden in Plain Sight: Personal Testimony of Human Trafficking, Rescue, and Redemption"
Monday, September 24 John Chiang, California State Controller; “Leadership and Accountability for California” (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, September 24 Tom Daschle, United States Senator (D-South Dakota) (1987-2005); U.S. Senate Majority Leader (2001-2003), member, Health Policy and Management Executive Council, Harvard School of Public Health; co-author, Critical: What Can We Do About the Health-Care Crisis (2008); "Getting It Done: What's Next for Health Care Reform?"
Tuesday, September 25 Film Screening: "The Invisible War" (6:00 p.m.);  Kirby Dick, director, discussion to follow screening
Wednesday, September 26 Frederick R.  Lynch, associate professor of government, CMC; author, One Nation under AARP: The Fight for Medicare, Social Security, and America's Future (2011); "The Fight Over Medicare and Social Security: Aging Boomers, AARP, and America's Future"
Thursday, September 27 J.D. Crouch II, United States Deputy National Security Advisor (2005-2007); "Nothing Happens For No Good Reason: The Scholarship and Teaching of Harold W. Rood" (12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, September 27 Lucy Shelton, soprano; Gayle Blankenburg, piano; lecturer in music, Scripps College; "Olivier Messianen's Harawi: Chant d'amour et de mort (Song of Love and Death)"
Friday, September 28 Wayne Slavitt '80, president and CEO, The PrimeMark Group, Inc.;  “Lunch with An Entrepreneurial Leader”(12:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 1 Robert Massie III, Pulitzer Prize-winner; author, Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman (2011) and Peter the Great: His Life and World (1980); "History, Biography, and Human Agency"
Tuesday, October 2 Vinay Lal, associate professor of history, UCLA; author, Deewaar: The Footpath, the City, and the Angry Young Man (2011) and Political Hinduism: The Religious Imagination in Public Spheres (2009); "Gandhi, the Politics of Visual Representation, and the Art of Dying"
Wednesday, October 3 Lisa Maatz, director of public policy and government relations, American Association of University Women (AAUW); "Stories from the Frontlines: The War on Women, Fact or Myth?"
Thursday, October 4 Paul Elie, Senior Research Fellow, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, Georgetown University; author, Reinventing Bach (2012) and The Life You Save May Be Your Own: An American Pilgrimage (2003); "Reinventing Bach"  (6:45 p.m. Parents Dining Room)
Monday, October 8 Raymond Dowd, partner, Dunnington, Bartholow, & Miller, LLP; New York; author, Copyright Litigation Handbook (2010); "Murder, Mystery, and Egon Schiele’s Dead City"(12:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 8 James Millstein, chief restructuring officer, U.S. Department of Treasury (2009-2011); chairman, Millstein & Co., LLC;  "Hangover: The Financial Crisis of 2008 and its Fiscal Consequences"
Tuesday, October 9 Hilary Appel, Podlich Family Professor of Government and George R. Roberts Fellow; Associate Dean of the Faculty, CMC; author, Tax Politics in Eastern Europe: Globalization, Regional Integration and the Democratic Compromise (2011) and A New Capitalist Order: Privatization and Ideology in Russia and Eastern Europe (2004); "The Intensifying Capitalist Revolutions of Eastern Europe"
Wednesday, October 10 Charles Waigi, founder, Jeremy Academy, Kenya; Erna Grasz, CEO; founder, Asante Africa Foundation; "From Kenya to America: Leadership Without Borders - Think Globally, Lead Locally" (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 10 Jesse Blumenthal '11; Allison Westfahl Kong '07; Anna Joseph '13; Nadeem Farooqi '15;  "Claremont Colleges Debate Union: Strengthening Free Speech or Undercutting Democratic Elections? A Debate on Citizens United"
Thursday. October 11 Victoria Rodriguez, Ashbel Smith Professor of Public Affairs, LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas; author, Women's Participation in Mexican Political Life (2008) and Women in Contemporary Mexican Politics (2003); “Women in Contemporary Mexican Politics”
Monday, October 15 Bill Emmott, editor, The Economist (1993-2006); author, Changing World, Lagging Japan (2010) and Rivals: How the Power Struggle between China, India, and Japan Will Shape Our Next Decade (2008); "Good West Bad West"
Tuesday, October 16 Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz, professor of law, Georgetown University; author, The Subjects of the Constitution (2012) and The Objects of the Constitution (2011); "The Subjects of the Constitution" (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 16 Preethi de Silva, fortepiano; professor emerita of music, Scripps College;  author, Fortepiano Writings of Streicher, Dieudonne and the Schiedmayers (2008); M. Anne Rardin, baroque violin; faculty ensemble, Claremont Graduate University;  Stephen Schultz, baroque flute; associate professor in music history and flute, Carnegie Mellon University; Shanon Zusman, viola da gamba; adjunct professor of viola da gama and violine, University of Southern California and Claremont Graduate University; "Con Gioia Early Music Ensemble:Bach's "Musical Offering" for the Court of Frederick the Great: Selections from the Musical Offering, and Works by the King, C.P.E. Bach, and J.J. Quantz "
Wednesday, October 17 Nick Schultz, DeWitt Wallace Fellow, American Enterprise Institute; co-author, From Poverty to Prosperity: Intangible Assets, Hidden Liabilities, and the Lasting Triumph Over Scarcity (2009); Nassim Arzani, immigration attorney, American Law Center; Anna Eames '13; Sarah Servin '15; "The DREAM Act: Perspectives on its Social and Economic Impact" (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, October 17 Ethan Bronner, national legal affairs correspondent; Jerusalem bureau chief (2008-2012), The New York Times; author, Battle for Justice: How the Bork Nomination Shook America (1989); "Looking Back and Thinking Ahead on Journalism, Objectivity and the Middle East: Reflections on Four Years as Jerusalem Bureau Chief for The New York Times"
Wednesday, October 24 Chris Hughes, co-founder, Facebook; publisher and editor-in-chief, The New Republic; "The Changing Media Landscape: How Social Media is Transforming News and Information"
Thursday, October 25 Yaron Shemer, assistant professor of Modern Hebrew literature and Israeli Culture, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; author, forthcoming Identity, Place, and Subversion in Contemporary Mizrahi Cinema in Israel; documentary director and editor, The Road to Peace: Israelis and Palestinians (1994); "Fissures in the Collective National Narrative and the Privatization of Memory in Contemporary Israeli Cinema"
Friday, October 26 Meghan Daum, opinion columnist, Los Angeles Times, author, Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House (2010) and The Quality of Life Report (2004); "Making Art in the Age of Rage: Does Online Hate Threaten the Creative Process?" (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 29 Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent and analyst, The Jerusalem Post;  "The U.S.-Israel Relationship under Obama and Netanyahu and the Election's Impact on Iran and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict " (12:00 p.m. Parents Dining Room)
Monday, October 29 Ira Shapiro, international trade attorney, GreebergTraurig, LLP; former staff director and chief counsel, U.S. Senate committee on official conduct; author, The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis (2012); Mike Pettit, administrative assistant and chief of staff, U.S. Senator Bob Dole (1981-1987); "U.S. Political Dysfunction: Will the Elections Change It?" (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, October 29 Bob Stern, president, Center for Governmental Studies; Tony Quinn, former policy director, CA Assembly Republican Caucus; "California's Choices:  2012 Ballot Initiatives"
Tuesday, October 30 Jay Flatley '74 P'03, president and CEO, Illumina, Inc.; "Lunch with a Leader: Life Sciences" (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, October 30 William Deresiewicz, essayist and book critic; author, A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011) and forthcoming Excellent Sheep: Thinking for Yourself, Inventing Your Life, and Other Things the Ivy League Won't Teach You; “A Jane Austen Education”
Wednesday, October 31 Anita Hill, senior advisor to the Provost, professor of social policy, law, and women's studies, Brandeis University; author, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home (2011) and Speaking Truth to Power (1997); "Reimagining Equality"
Thursday, November 1 Jon Huntsman, Jr., Governor of Utah (2005-2009); U.S. Ambassador to China (2009-2011); 2012 Republican presidential candidate; distinguished fellow, Brookings Institution; "2012 Elections and the Challenges Facing America Today"
Monday, November 5 James Cuno, president and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust; author, Museums Matter: In Praise of the Encyclopedic Museum (2012) and Who Owns Antiquity?; Museums and the Battle Over Our Ancient Heritage (2010); "Encyclopedic Museums in the Post-Colonial Present"
Tuesday, November 6 Ken Miller, associate professor of government, CMC; author, Direct Democracy and the Courts (2009) and co-editor, The New Political Geography of California (2008); and Andrew Busch, Crown professor of government and George R. Roberts Fellow; director, Rose Institute for State and Local Government, CMC; co-author,  Epic Journey: The 2008 Elections and American Politics (2009) and author, The Constitution on the Campaign Trail: The Surprising Political Career of America’s Founding Document (2007);  "Election Night Commentary"
Wednesday, November 7 Il SaKong, Chairman, Korea International Trade Association; Special Assistant to the Korean President; co-editor, The Korean Economy: Six Decades of Growth and Development (2010) and co-author, Reconstructing the World Economy (2010); “Lunch with a Leader:The Role of Asia in the Global Setting" (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 7 August Kleinzahler, poet; author, Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008) and The Strange Hours Travelers Keep (2004); "The Poet Reads from His Work"
Thursday, November 8 Ann Meyers Drysdale, vice president, NBA's Phoenix Suns; president and general manager, WNBA's Phoeniz Mercury; author, You Let Some GIRL Beat You?: The Story of Ann Meyers Drysdale (2012)
Monday, November 12 Richard McGregor, journalist; author, Party: 1.3 Billion People, 1 Secret Regime (2011) and The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers (2010); "Reporting on American Democracy and Chinese Autocracy in the 21st Century"
Tuesday, November 13 Sotirios Barber, professor of political philosophy and the American Constitution, Georgetown University; author, Welfare and the Constitution (2005) and co-author, Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions (2007); "The Fallacies of States' Rights" (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 13 Peter White, professor of biology; director, North Carolina Botanical Garden, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; "Turn the Poet Out of Doors: A Natural History of Robert Frost"
Wednesday, November 14 James Gelvin, professor of modern Middle Eastern history, UCLA; author, The Arab Uprisings: What Everyone Needs to Know (2012) and forthcoming Global Islam in the Age of Steam and Print, 1850-1930; "The Arab Uprisings"
Thursday, November 15 Robert Samuelson, opinion writer and syndicated columnist, The Washington Post; author, The Great Inflation and Its Aftermath: The Past and Future of American Affluence (2008) and Untruth: Why the Conventional Wisdom Is (Almost Always) Wrong ( 2001); "Why We Don't Take Prosperity for Granted Anymore; The Real—And Lasting—Consequences of the Financial Crisis and Great Recession"
Friday, November 16 Burkhard Bilger, staff writer, The New Yorker, author, Noodling for Flatheads: Moonshine, Monster Catfish, and Other Southern Comforts (2000) and co-author, The Best American Science & Nature Writing 2001  (2001) "The Place of Science Writing in Literary Journalism" (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, November 19 Joseph Lelyveld, executive editor, The New York Times (1994-2001); Pulitzer Prize- winner; author, Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India (2012) and Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White (1985); "Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle with India"
Tuesday, November 20 Wes Parker '62,  professional baseball player, Los Angeles Dodgers (1964-1972); Jim Colborn, professional baseball player, Chicago Cubs (1969-1978); Milwaukee Brewers (1972-1976); Kansas City Royals (1977-1978); Seattle Mariners (1978); Scott Asasaki '98, director of team travel, Los Angeles Dodgers; "The Business of Baseball"
Monday, November 26 Marcus Rediker, Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History, University of Pittsburgh; author, The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom (2012) and The Slave Ship: A Human History (2007); "The Amistad Rebellion: A History from Below"
Tuesday, November 27 Kris James Mitchener, professor of economics, Warwick University (UK); "What Does History Have To Teach Us about Banking Panics and Central Bank Responses to Them?" (12:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, November 27 Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA; author, Academic Legal Writings: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting on Law Review (2003) and The First Amendment and Related Statutes: Problems, Cases, and Policy Arguments (2001); "Mechanisms of the Slippery Slope"
Wednesday, November 28 Selma James, founder, International Wages for Housework Campaign; co-author,  Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning, A Selection of Writings 1952-2011 (2012) and The Power of Women and the Subversion of the Community (1973); "Sex, Race, and Class: The Perspective of Winning" (12:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 28 Paul Krassner, satirist, editor, The Realist; author,  Who's to Say What's Obscene: Politics, Culture, and Comedy in America Today (2009)  and In Praise of Indecency: The Leading Investigative Satirist Sounds Off on Hypocrisy, Censorship, and Free Expression (2009); "Who's to Say? A Life Lived on the Edge"
Thursday, November 29 Richard Eaton, professor of history, University of Arizona; co-editor, Slavery and South Asian History (2006) and author, Social History of the Deccan, 1300-1761: Eight Indian Lives (2005); "Sufis and the Growth of Islam in India—Two Patterns" (12:00 p.m.)
Thursday, November 29 Students in Theater 50: Collective Creation class; Tom Leabhart, professor of theater arts, Pomona College; director; "Broken Borders/earth's imagined corners"
Monday, December 3
Jonathan Bolton, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, Harvard University; author, Worlds of Dissent: Charter 77, The Plastic People of the Universe, and Czech Culture under Communism (2012) and editor and translator, Wernisch, In the Puppet Gardens: Selected Poems, 1963-2005 (2007); "Narratives of Dissent" (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, December 3
Jason Felch, investigative reporter, Los Angeles Times; co-author, Chasing Aphrodite: The Hunt for Looted Antiquities at the World's Richest Museum (2011) and The Journal of Art Crime (2012); "Hunting for Looted Antiquities at the World's Museums"
Tuesday, December 4 Claremont Chamber Choir; Charles Kamm, associate professor of music, Scripps College; conductor, Claremont chamber choir; "A Winter Holiday Concert: Mass for Four Voices by William Byrd and Holiday Carols"
Wednesday, December 5 Colin Camerer, Robert Kirby Professor of Behavioral Finance and Economics, California Institute of Technology; co-author, Neuroeconomics: Decision Making and the Brain (2008) and author, Behavioral Game Theory: Experiments in Strategic Interaction (2003); "Neuroeconomics: How Brains Decide What Stocks to Trade and What Foods to Eat"
Friday, December 7 Gary Biszantz '56 P'08, president and owner, Cobra Farm;  "Lunch with a Leader: Entrepreneurism" (12:00 p.m.)
Monday, December 10 Jonathan Neril, founder and director, The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development; "Environmental Sustainability and Interfaith Eco Cooperation in the Holy Land" (12:00 p.m. Parents Dining Room)