Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

2014-2015 Program Calendar

FALL SEMESTER 2014

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

A speaker name that is highlighted indicates a link to a streaming video

Thursday,
September 11

Robert Valenza, Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and the Humanities, CMC; author, The Best of Civilization (2007) and Linear Algebra: An Introduction to Abstract Mathematics (1999); "What We'll Do To You If You Let Us"

Monday,
September 15

Janet Mock, transgender rights activist; author, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (2014); Nancy S.B. Williams, associate professor of chemistry, W.M.Keck Science Center, CMC; moderator; "Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More"

Tuesday,
September 16

Mary Weatherford, artist; Robert Faggen, Barton Evans and H. Andrea Neves Professor in Literature, director, Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies; author, forthcoming, Sparks Fly Up: The Life of Ken Kesey and co-editor, The Letters of Robert Frost, Volume 1: 1886 - 1920 (2014); "Celebration and Conversation with the Artist"

Wednesday,
September 17

Film Screening: Walesa: Man of Hope (2013); by Janusz Glowack; directed by Andrzej Waijda

Thursday,
September 18

August Kleinzahler, poet; author, The Hotel Oneira (2013) and Sleeping It Off in Rapid City (2008); "Poet Reads from His Work"

Monday,
September 22

Barbara Metcalf, professor of history emerita, U.C. Davis; president, American Historical Association (2009-2010); author, Islamic Revival in British India: Deoband, 1860-1900 (2014) and Islam in South Asia in Practice (2009); "Dogs Speaking and Women Writing: A Muslim Queen on Islamic Law and Empowerment in 19th Century India"

Tuesday,
September 23

John J. Pitney, Jr., Roy P. Crocker Professor of American History and Politics, CMC; co-author, American Government: Deliberation, Democracy, and Citizenship (2011) and co-author, Private Anti-Piracy Navies: How Warships for Hire will Change Maritime Security (2013); "What's At Stake in the Mid-Term Election?"

Wednesday,
September 24

Thomas Leppert '77, president and CEO, Kaplan, Inc.; Mayor, Dallas, Texas (2007-2011); "Contrasting Leadership in Public and Private Sectors" (12:00 p.m.)

Wednesday,
September 24

Anis Mojgani, spoken word poet; National Individual Poetry Slam Champion (2005 and 2006); Individual World Cup Poetry Slam winner (2007); author, Songs From Under the River: A Collection of Early and New Work (2013) and The Feather Book (2011); "Poetry Slam!"

Thursday,
September 25

Manisha Priyam, ICSSR Fellow, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library; author, forthcoming The Contested Politics of Education Reforms in India: Aligning Opportunities with Interests (2014) and co-author, Human Rights, Gender and the Environment (2009); "Analyzing the Election in India" (12:00 p.m.)

Thursday,
September 25

Charles Ogletree, Jr., Jesse Climenko Professor of Law; founder and executive director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice, Harvard University; co-editor, Life without Parole: America's New Death Penalty? (2012) and author, The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America (2010); "Race, Racism, and Discrimination in America"

Monday,
September 29

Ronald Herring,professor of government and international professor of agriculture and rural development, Cornell University; editor, Oxford Handbook on Food, Politics, and Society (2014) and contributor, Social Movements in India: Poverty, Power, and Politics (2013) ; "Genes in the Food! What’s At Stake in Global Battles over Biotechnology?"

Tuesday,
September 30

Andrew Sullivan, blogger, The Daily Dish, author, Intimations Pursued: The Voice of Practice in the Conversation of Michael Oakeshott (2008) and The Conservative Soul: Fundamentalism, Freedom, and the Future of the Right (2007); "The Future of the Media"

Wednesday,
October 1

Robert Ross M.D., president and CEO, The California Endowment; "The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Way Forward"

Thursday,
October 2

Uri Caine, piano; Composer-in-Residence, Mannes College the New School for Music (2013-2014); artist, Sonic Boom (2012) and Siren (2011); "Uri Caine in Concert"

Monday,
October 6

Isabella Burch '16; Nadeem Farooqi '15; Timothy Plummer '17, moderator; "Claremont Colleges Debate Union: This House Would Restrict the President's War Powers"

Wednesday,
October 8

Critical Mass Performance Group: AMERYKA (2010), by Critical Mass Performance Group, playwright, director and founder Nancy Keystone; Play performance Bridges Auditorium 7:30 p.m.

Monday,
October 13

Len Apcar '75, economics editor, The New York Times; Ken Greenberg '75, founder and president, Edge Communications, Inc; Michael Wilner '11, Washington bureau chief, The Jerusalem Post; David Doss '75, senior vice president for news programming, Al Jazeera America; Nicholas Owchar, Jr. '90, director of development communication and content production, CMC; former deputy book editor, Los Angeles Times; Audrey Bilger, associate professor of literature, director, Center for Public Writing and Discourse, CMC; editorial board member, Pickering, Chatto's Gender and Genre series, Burney Journal; co-editor, Here Come the Brides! Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage (2012) and co-author of An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (2003); Jeffrey Klein '75 P'08 P'11 P'14; non-executive chairman of the board, 1105 Media, Inc., moderator; "The Future of Journalism and the News Media. Is There One?"

Tuesday,
October 14

David Misch, comedian, playwright, screenwriter; author, Funny: The Book- Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy (2012); "Comedy and Morality"

Wednesday,
October 15

Susan Wood, associate professor of health policy; executive director, Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, George Washington University; "Women's Health, Health Reform, and the Coverage of Contraception"

Wednesday,
October 22

Tony Quinn, political consultant; Bob Stern, president, Center for Governmental Studies; Ken Miller, associate professor of government, CMC; author, Direct Democracy and the Courts (2009) and co-editor, The New Political Geography of California (2008), moderator; "California's Choices: 2014 Ballot Initiatives"

Thursday,
October 23

Afaa Michael Weaver, 2014 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner; Alumnae Professor of English, director, Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, Simmons College; author, The Government of Nature (2013) and The Plum Flower Dance: Poems 1985-2005 (2007); "An Evening with Afaa Michael Weaver"

Friday,
October 24

Jennifer Mattson, journalist, GlobalPost Breaking News; TheAtlantic.com; USA TODAY; The Boston Globe; The Women's Review of Books; and CNN.com; "The Craft of Writing" (12:30 p.m. Parents Dining Room)

Friday,
October 24

Ivo Welsh, J. Fred Weston Distinguished Professor of Finance and Economics, UCLA; co-author, A Review of IPO Activity, Pricing, and Allocations (2002) and Portfolio Performance Manipulations, and Manipulation-Proof Performance Measures (2002); "Corporate Capital Budgeting"(12:20 p.m.)

Monday,
October 27

Ramona Vosburg, Catholic historian and theologian; Patrick Conroy '72, chaplain, United States House of Representatives; Gary Gilbert, associate professor of philosophy and religious studies, CMC; author, forthcoming Contested Empires: Roman Propaganda and the Writing of Luke-Acts and editor, The Papers of the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology (1996); Matthew Tenney '01; Joe Fenton, Catholic chaplain, the Claremont Colleges; moderator; "Pope Francis: Can He Save the Catholic Church?"

Tuesday,
October 28

Stephen Bullock '88, Governor, Montana; "From CMC to the Governor's Mansion" (12:00 p.m.)

Tuesday,
October 28

Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland; author, The Trouble with History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution (2014) and In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe (2011); 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); "Dissidents, Then and Now" (12:00 p.m. Parents Dining Room)

Tuesday,
October 28

Adam Michnik, editor-in-chief, Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland; author, The Trouble with History: Morality, Revolution, and Counterrevolution (2014) and In Search of Lost Meaning: The New Eastern Europe (2011); "The Trouble with Democracy after Communism"

Wednesday,
October 29

Andrew Feldherr, professor of classics, Princeton University; author, Playing Gods: Ovid's Metamorphoses and the Politics of Fiction (2010) and editor, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (2009)

Thusday,
October 30

David Sandalow P'15, Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; United States Under Secretary of Energy (Acting) (2009-2013); author, Freedom from Oil: How the Next President Can End the United States' Oil Addiction(2008) and editor, Plug-In Electric Vehicles: What Role for Washington? (2009); "Can the U.S. and China Work Together to Fight Global Warming?"

Monday,
November 3

Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright; author, All the Way: A Play (2012) and The Dream Thief: A Play in Two Acts (1999); "The Great Society: Writing the 1960's in Drama" (12:00 p.m.)

Monday,
November 3

Ann Gold, Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and professor of anthropology, Syracuse University; co-author, In the Time of Trees and Sorrows: Nature, Power, and Memory in Rajasthan (2002) and Listen to Heron's Words; Reimagining Gender and Kinship in North India (1994)

Tuesday,
November 4

Zachary Courser '99, visiting assistant professor of government; associate director, David Drier Roundtable, moderator; Tyler Finn '17; Chris Gaarder '15; ; "Midterm Crossfire: Election Night Panel Discussion"

Wednesday,
November 5

Dan Nabel, visiting assistant clinical professor of law and interim director, Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic, USC Gould School of Law; "Laws of Creativity: An Overview of How Intellectual Property Laws Shape Creativity and Innovation in Our Society" (12:00 p.m.)

Wednesday,
November 5

Christopher Kelly P'18, co-author, America Invades: How We've Invaded or Been Militarily Involved with Almost Every Country on Earth (2014); "America Invades"

Thursday,
November 6

Stephen Walt, Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University; author, Taming American Power: The Global Response to U.S. Primacy (2005) and co-author, The Israel Lobby (2007)

Friday,
November 7

David Dreier '75, Distinguished Fellow, Brookings Institution; California Congressman, (R- 35th, 33rd, 28th, 26th district) (1981-2013); Chairman of the House Rules Committee (1999-2007, 2011-2013); William Antholis, Managing Director, governance studies program, Brookings Institution, moderator; Mike Murphy, political consultant; partner, Revolution Agency; Peter Skerry, professor of political science, Boston College; Nonresident Fellow, governance studies program, Brookings Institution; author, Counting the Census? Race, Group Identity, and the Evasion of Politics (2000) and Mexican Americans: The Ambivalent Minority (1993); Jacob Goldstein, correspondent, NPR, Planet Money podcast host; "Immigration for the 21st Century" (12:00 p.m.)

Monday,
November 10

Jeremy Huw Williams, baritone; principal singer, Welsh National Opera; Paula Fan, piano, Tucson Symphony; Regents' Professor of Music, University of Arizona; "The Great War in Poetry and Song"

Tuesday,
November 11

J. David Velleman, professor of philosophy and bioethics, New York University; author, Foundations for Moral Relativism (2013) and The Possibility of Practical Reason (2009); "Morality Here and There: Aristotle in Bali"

Wednesday,
November 12

Peter Hayes, Theodore Zev Weiss Holocaust Educational Foundation Professor of Holocaust Studies, professor of German, professor of history, Northwestern University; co-author, The Oxford Handbook of Holocaust Studies (2013) and Behemoth: The Structure and Practice of National Socialism, 1933-1944 (2009)

Thursday,
November 13

Edward Watts, professor of history, U.C. San Diego; co-editor, Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity (2012) and From the Tetrarchs to the Theodosians: Essays on Later Roman History and Culture, 284-450 CE (2010)

Monday,
November 17

William Deresiewicz, essayist and book critic; author, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life (2014) and A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter (2011)

Tuesday,
November 18

Philipp Kaiser, visiting professor, CMC; senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA) (2007-2011); “Sculpture as Place”

Wednesday,
November 19

Geoffrey Megargee, senior applied research scholar, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; author, War of Annihilation: Combat and Genocide on the Eastern Front, 1941 (2007) and Barbarossa 1941: Hitler's War of Annihilation (2008)(12:00 p.m.)

Thursday,
November 20

Ashley Merryman, co-author, Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing (2014) and NutureShock: New Thinking about Children (2011)

Tuesday,
December 2

Charles Kamm, associate professor of music, Scripps College; conductor, Claremont chamber choir; "A Winter Holiday Concert"

Wednesday,
December 3

Regan Hofmann, health consultant; former editor-in-chief, POZ; author, I Have Something to Tell You: A Memoir (2013)