What is Happening in Indonesia?
MARK BAIRD P'01 P'04
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2001
Indonesia is often in the news these days. Unfortunately, it is
largely to report on negative developments: the violence in East
Timor, separatist movements in Aceh and Irian Jaya, and demonstrations and bombings in Takarta. Such events are very much part of daily life in Indonesia today. But they also reflect a more fundamental shift
that is taking place in Indonesian society, from an authoritarian Jakarta-based
regime to a more open and decentralized democracy. For most Indonesians,
there is no turning back. But it will also take time to build the institutions
needed to support a more just and fair society. How far has Indonesia come?
And what lies ahead for the country with the fourth largest population in the world?
Mark Baird, the World Bank's Country Director in Jakarta, will share with
us his views on the current challenges facing Indonesia. He is well placed to do
so, having closely followed events in Indonesia since 1984 and having lived in
Jakarta during 1986-89 and again since 1999. As well as managing the World
Bank program and advising the government of Indonesia, Baird is a
frequent speaker and writer on economic developments in Indonesia.
Baird, a New Zealand citizen, graduated from the University of Canterbury
with an M.A. (Hons) in Economics. During a 26-year career with the World
Bank, he has worked as a country economist on India, Tanzania, Uganda, and
Indonesia. Prior to his
Baird was Vice President of
Strategy and Resource
Management for the World
Bank in Washington DC.
He has also worked for the
New Zealand Treasury,
most recently as Economic
Adviser from 1989-91. Mark Baird is also the father of CMC students Sarah '01 and Katie '04, and is the first speaker in the Athenaeum series featuring parents of CMC seniors.
The West Chooses Quantification
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2001
In The Measure of Reality, Alfred Crosby writes that
Europeans of the late Middle Ages and Renaissance were ".... not the crudest and not the
kindest imperialists, not the earliest and not the
latest. They were unique in the degree of their success. They may
retain that distinction forever, because it is unlikely that one
division of the world's inhabitants will ever again enjoy such
extreme advantages over all the rest." Crosby attributes those
advantages in no small degree to the emergence of "a new model
of reality" and a "utilization of habits of thought that would in
time enable [Europeans] to advance swiftly in science and
technology and, in the meantime, gave them decisively important administrative, commercial, navigational, industrial, and
In his Athenaeum lecture, the second of four in
the Gould Center-sponsored series "How the West Grew Rich,"
Professor Crosby will discuss the epochal shift from the ancient
qualitative mode to the modern quantitative one, and how that new mentalite made possible not only some extraordinaly
scientific and technological advances, but also the bureaucracies
and business practices by which the West learned to create,
marshal, and manage its wealth.
Alfred Crosby, an internationally recognized specialist in the
study of comparative cultures, is the author of many books and
articles on a broad range of topics. For his Epidemic and Peace,
1918 (1976) he was awarded the Medical Writers' Association Award
for Best Book on a Medical Subject for Laymen; his Ecological
Imperialism: The Biological Expansion of Europe, 900-1900 (1986)
brought him the Ralph Waldo Emerson Prize of the Phi Beta
Kappa Society. Those and other of his books, which include The
Columbian Exchange: Biological and Cultural Consequence of
1492 (1973) and The Measure of Reality: Quantification in Western Europe, 1250-1600 (1997), have been translated into as
many as twelve languages. Crosby is Emeritus Professor of
History and American Studies at Washington State University
and the University of Texas.
Reading From His Poetry
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2001
Robert Pinsky, three-time Poet Laureate of the
United States (1997-2000) and winner of a Pulitzer Prize believes
that poetry is more alive in American culture than
most Americans are willing to believe. "Oddly," he
says, "poetry is probably more to the center of culture and more
to the fringe of university English departments."
In order to discover how Americans feel about poetry and the
poets who write it, Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project.
The purpose of the Project is to create a video archive of ordinary-
and above all, non-poet- Americans reading selections from
their favorite poems. Much to Pinsky's surprise and delight, the
Project has received over 12,000 entries since its inception in
Pinsky's books of poetry include An Explanation of America
(1980), History of My Heart (1984), his Pulitzer Prize-winning
work, The Figured Wheel: New and Collected Poems 1966-1996 (1996), and his latest collection, Jersey Rain (2000).
His critical works, Poetry and the World (1988) and The Situation of
Poetry (1978), have helped define the traditions and complexities of
Pinsky's translation of Dante's Inferno, The Inferno of Dante: A New Verse Translation (1996), has been hailed by critics as
one of the most powerful modern verse translations in print and
appeared on the bestseller lists of the Boston Globe and New York
Newsday. Pinsky has also collaborated with Czeslaw Milosz in
the translation of some of the 1980 Nobel Laureate's most
A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, Pinsky has
taught at Berkeley, Wellesley, and now at Boston University. He
is also a regular guest commentator on The Newshour with Jim
Lehrer. He is the editor of the literary magazine Slate and is
currently at work editing the Norton Anthology of Twentieth
Century American Poetry.
Please join us to hear one of America's most important
Podlich Distinguished Fellow
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2001
David Hull is one of the leading philosophers of science of our time and the
founder of the contemporary philosophy of biology. His philosophical insights
into evolutionary theory have led him to the bold view that the principles of
biology also apply to developments in history and to the history of science in particular. While studying the cultural history of science, Hull has argued convincingly against
views that science and its findings are mere social constructions. Nevertheless, he has shown
the ways that science itself can and should be studied scientifically, avoiding the blinders of
"great men" accounts of historical development. How does Darwin himself appear under
scrutiny of Hull's philosophy of cultural evolution? The Dressler Professor of Philosophy at
Northwestern University, Hull is the author of numerous books including Science and
Selection (Cambridge, 2001), Science as a Process: An Evolutionary Account of the Social and Conceptual Development of Science (1988) and Darwin and his Critics: The Reception of Darwin's Theory of Evolution by the Scientific Community (1973) (both from
the University of Chicago Press), and The Philosophy of Biology (Oxford 1998). He has been
president of the both the Philosophy of Science Association and the Society of Systematic
Zoology. Professor Hull will be in residence at Claremont McKenna College until February
17 as a Podlich Distinguished Fellow. This year's Podlich program focuses on the implications
of Darwin and evolution. The other fellows this year include Professors Michael Ghiselin of
the California Academy of Sciences and Richard Lewontin of Harvard University (both also in
residence in February) and Professor Dame Gillian Beer of Cambridge University (in residence
in late March and April).
Russia's Stalled Transition
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2001
Ten years ago the Soviet Union ceased to exist. The
new, post-Soviet Russia has borne out some of the
hopes that were afoot a decade ago about a smooth
"transition" from dictatorship to democracy and
from a command economy to a market economy. But many
hopes have not been fulfilled, and the accession to power of a
new president, Vladimir Putin, has raised fears that Russia may
revert to previous authoritarian ways.
Professor Timothy Colton will evaluate the new Russia's
progress from several points of view, including those of the
Russian people themselves, and assess the prospects for progress
toward a liberal society and politics.
Professor Colton received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from
University of Toronto and his Ph.D. from Harvard University.
He is the Director of the Davis Center for Russian Studies
(formerly Russian Research Center) at Harvard, and is the
Morris and Anna Feldberg Professor of Government and Russian
Studies at Harvard University.
Professor Colton is the author of several books including
Transitional Citizens: Voters and What Influences Them in the
New Russia (2000); Moscow: Governing the Socialist Metropolis (1996) (winner of
award for best scholarly book in government and political science
by the Association of American Publishers); and editor of Patterns in Post-
Soviet Leadership (1995).
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and
the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to co-sponsor
Professor Colton's visit to Claremont McKenna College.
Podlich Distinguished Fellow
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
Biologists and geneticists have been making great
claims for the Human Genome Project to answer
many if not all the mysteries of human life.
Richard Lewontin, the Alexander Agassiz Research
Professor of Biology at Harvard University and one of the
leading geneticists of our time, has vigorously challenged these
claims and attempted to show precisely what biology and
evolutionary theory can and cannot explain. Attacking reductive
misconceptions of genetic determinism, Lewontin has underscored the complex interractions of gene, organism, and environment in the development of life.
A brilliant scientist and writer, Lewontin has been called by
Clifford Geertz "the Voltaire of the Age of the Absolute Gene."
And Stephen Jay Gould has said "Lewontin is simply the
smartest man I have ever met. His knowledge and broad
humanistic perspective. . .give us the precious gift of access to his
insights, his warnings, and his distinctive view of life."
Lewontin's recent books include The Triple Helix (Harvard
University Press 2000) and It Ain't Necessarily So: The Dream of the
Human Genome and Other Illusions (2000). He is also the author of
The Genetic Basis of Evolutionary Change (1974), Biology as
Ideology: The Doctrine of DNA (1992), and The Dialectical Biologist (1985) (with Richard Levins). Professor Lewontin will be in
residence at Claremont McKenna College until February 24th as
a Podlich Distinguished Fellow. This year's other Podlich
Fellows discussing the implications of "Darwin and Evolution" include Professors Michael Ghiselin of the California
Academy of Sciences and David Hull of Northwestern
University (also in residence in February) and Professor
Dame Gillian Beer of Cambridge Univesity (in late March
An Evening with Jennifer Warnes
JENNIFER WARNES, vocalist
BILLY WATTS, guitar
SKIP EDWARDS, keyboard
DAVID JACKSON, bass
LEE SPAH, drums
HANI NASSEN, percussion
MATT CARTSONIS, mandolin
CHRIS DARRELL, mandolin
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2001
If you want to hear what woman is thinking, if you want to hear what a woman
sounds like today, listen to Jennifer Warnes.
What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day
than spending an evening with Jennifer
Warnes, contemporary pop and country
singer/songwriter who "sings with a voice
unlike any other-one of the purest in popular music."
Jennifer Warnes first received public notice when she
became a regular on the television show "The Smothers
Brothers Comedy Hour" in 1967. In 1968 she played in
the original cast of the Los Angeles production of the
musical Hair. Warnes achieved perhaps her greatest critical
success with "Famous Blue Raincoat," her 1986 tribute to
Canadian poet, Leonard Cohen. This album remains a
favorite among audiophiles and fans, who also remember
Warnes for her string of hit movie themes.
In April of 1980, Jennifer's recording of "It Goes Like It
Goes," from the film Norma Rae (1979), was awarded the "Best
Original Song" prize at the annual Acadmey
Awards presentation. It would be the first of four Oscar-
nominated movie themes for Warnes, all but one of which
would take the award. Her other Oscar awards include
"Up Where We Belong," with Joe Cocker, from 1982's An
Officer and a Gentleman; and "The Time of My Life," with
Bill Medley, from 1987's Dirty Dancing. In addition to her
three Academy Awards, Warnes has collected a pair of
Grammys and a dozen chart hits, including three number
ones and three top ten singles.
Warnes' successful career began early. She was offered
her first recording contract at the age of seven (her father
turned it down), and made her professional debut two
years later when, wrapped in an American flag and
accompanied by three hundred accordions, she sang "The
Star Spangled Banner" at LA's Shrine Auditorium. By age
fourteen, Jennifer was a member of Actors Equity and,
after high school, was offered an opera scholarship to
Immaculate Heart College. She opted instead to pursue a
less conventional singing career.
Jennifer Warnes is busy these days putting finishing
touches on her newest album. Please join the Athenaeum
for a concert of acoustic music that will include the familiar as well as original songs from her new album.
F. Scott Fitzgerald and Hollywood
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2001
The year 1937 found F. Scott Fitzgerald destitute,
drunk, and physically and creatively dissipated.
Heavily in debt and despondent over a stormy
marriage and the failing health of his
Fitzgerald approached his agent, Harold Ober, about writing for
the movies. Ober came through with a six-month contract with
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer at $1,000 a week. That summer,
Fitzgerald set out for Hollywood, leaving behind Zelda, who had
been committed to a sanitarium in 1936, and his daughter
Scottie, for whom Fitzgerald's agent and Mrs. Ober had become
surrogate parents. The windfall of the MGM deal enabled
Fitzgerald to pay off most of his financial debts, but the writer
never could meet what he saw to be his more important obligations. His efforts to aid in his wife's convalescence failed
miserably, and horrific guilt over having squandered his talent
troubled him for the remainder of his tragically short life.
Fitzgerald died at age 44, believing himself a failure.
In his Athenaeum lecture, Barry Menikoff will discuss the
travails and excesses of Fitzgerald's sojourn in Hollywood-his
tentative efforts as a screenwriter, his tumultuous romance with
movie columnist Sheilah Graham, and the genesis of his novel,
The Love of the Last Tycoon, still incomplete when the author
succumbed to a heart attack in Graham's apartment in December, 1940.
Barry Menikoff, Professor of English at the University of
Hawaii, has written extensively on English and American
literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. His recently published
critical edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Kidnapped; Or the Lad
with the Silver Button (2001) is the first ever to be based on Stevenson's
original manuscript. Menikoff is currently a Mayers Fellow at
the Huntington Library.
Monday, February 19, 2001
Steven Pinker, professor of cognitive
science, MIT, "How the Mind Works:
Words and Rules"
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Robert Goldich '71, Library of Congress,
"Civil/Military Relations" (12:15 pm)
Tuesday, February 20, 2001
Ray Drummond '68, jazz bassist,
Wednesday, February 21, 2001
Robert George, McCormick Professor
of Jurisprudence, Princeton University,
author of Making Men Moral: Civil
Liberties and Public Morality and In
Defense of Natural Law (1995), "Civil Liberties
and Public Morality"
Thursday, February 22, 2001
Ralph Rossum, professor of government,
Claremont McKenna College, "Federalism and the I7th Amendment"
Monday, February 26, 2001
Michael T. Ghiselin, senior research
fellow, California Academy of Sciences,
MacArthur Prize Fellow, "Darwin's
Ancestors and Descendants" (Podlich
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
John Wooden, former men's head basketball coach, UCLA, author of They
Call Me Coach (1972) (recipient of the
Kravis Leadership Award), Mary
Pickford Auditorium (7:00 pm)
Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Interact Theater Company, a performance
of Antigone (1944) by Jean Anouilh
Thursday, March 1, 2001
Mary Rose O'Reilly, author of The Barn
at the End of the World: The Apprenticeship of a Quaker, Budhist Shepherd (2000), "Women and
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