February 27, 06
Vol. 21 , No. 07
Have the News Media Lost the Public’s Trust?
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2006
Tim Rutten’s career as a journalist spans more than 30 years at the Los Angeles Times.
Prior to becoming a columnist for the Calendar section in 2002, he held a number of positions, including city bureau chief, metro reporter, editorial writer, assistant national editor, Opinion editor and assistant editor for the Editorial Page. He started at the paper in 1972 as a copy editor in the View section.
Rutten participated in the Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning team coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. He also won a 1991 award from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club for editorial writing. As media critic, Rutten sometimes offers a critical evaluation of the LA Times itself. His most recent columns have exposed a double standard for religious sensitivity as applied to the Western and Middle Eastern press.
A native of San Bernardino, California, Rutten majored in political science while attending California State University, Los Angeles.
His Athenaeum lecture is part of the series Bias and Objectivity in the News Media.
The Light and the Dark Side of Class Actions
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2006
Traditionally, lawyers have thought that procedure is simply the means to enforce individual rights and duties. But with class actions, the balance between substance and procedure changes — sometimes for better and sometimes for worse. While class actions can be the only avenue for grievanced individuals to seek redress, the threat of knockout verdicts can also turn class actions into a club forcing innocent defendants to their knees.
Self-described as “an intellectual middle man between two cultures” — lawyers and laypeople — Professor Epstein is director of Chicago’s Law and Economics Program. He is well known for lively and impromptu lectures and a “relentlessly logical” classical liberal philosophy evident in publications on topics from criminal and liability law to George Orwell.
In his Athenaeum lecture, Richard Epstein will break down Congress’ recent Class Action Fairness Act and explain both the uses and abuses of what has been called “class action hell holes.”
A graduate of Yale Law School, Epstein is the James Parker Hall Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago and a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute. He has also worked with the American Enterprise and CATO Institutes. His books include Skepticism and Freedom: A Modern Case for Classical Liberalism (2003); Cases and Materials on Torts (2000); and Simple Rules for a Complex World (1995).
Professor Epstein’s talk is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World and the Athenaeum.
Experiences with Autism
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2006
On the path to becoming one of the world’s foremost experts on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has overcome obstacles that most people cannot imagine. Despite being born with autism during a period in which the condition itself remained shrouded in a fog of mystery and misunderstanding, she thrived during her years in school and enrolled at Franklin Pierce College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 1970. She then proceeded to earn a Master’s Degree in Animal Science from Arizona State University in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Animal Science from the University of Illinois in 1989, each educational step bringing her successively closer to a position of preeminence within her chosen field. By the 1990s she had fully established herself as a leading researcher into animal behavior, as well as a renowned spokeswoman for the humane treatment of animals, an inspiration to autistic and non-autistic alike.
Grandin is also the author or editor of several books, including Thinking in Pictures (1995), Genetics and the Behavior of Domestic Animals (1997), and Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior, published in 2005. Her research has earned her numerous awards, including the Humane Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Founders Award from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, both in 1999. Finally, she is a member of several scientific societies, including the American Society of Animal Science, the American Society of Agricultural Engineers, and the National Institute of Animal Agriculture.
Step Across This Line: An Evening with Salman Rushdie
THURSDAY, MARCH 2, 2006
Salman Rushdie is one of the most controversial and celebrated novelists of our time. His fourth book, The Satanic Verses (1988), caused an international storm when Iran’s Ayatollah Khomeni proclaimed it sacrilegious and issued a fatwa on Rushdie’s head. While under this death sentence, Rushdie went on to produce some of his most compelling work, including The Moor's Last Sigh (1996) and The Ground Beneath Her Feet (1999). Rushdie's new novel, Shalimar the Clown (2005), has been called a “magical-realist masterpiece.” In most of his writings, Rushdie draws on his unique personal history and upbringing on the Indian subcontinent to make bold statements about modern life.
In 2004, Rushdie was named the president of The PEN American Centre, the largest branch of the world's oldest human rights organization. As president, he has worked to dispel national and ethnic hatreds, defend free expression, and foster international literary fellowship.
He has won numerous international literary prizes and awards, including the Booker Prize and the “Booker of Bookers” award for Midnight’s Children (1981). His other honors include the Whitbread Novel Award, the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger, the Budapest Grand Prize for Literature, and the Austrian State Prize for European Literature.
Salman Rushdie’s visit to CMC is made possible through the generosity of CMC alumnus L. J. Kutten ‘74, the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, the CMC department of literature, and the Athenaeum.
The dinner and lecture at the Athenaeum are for CMC persons only, with overflow seating in McKenna Auditorium on a first-come basis.
Realizing a Legacy: The International Criminal Court, War Crimes and International Law 60 Years after Nuremberg
MONDAY, MARCH 6, 2006
The Athenaeum continues its tradition of bringing highly influential speakers to Claremont McKenna by presenting Ambassador David Scheffer and Terree Bowers. These distinguished individuals have played integral roles in orchestrating multilateral, judicial bodies. Scheffer served during the Clinton Administration as the U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues and headed the U.S. negotiating group within the U.N. Preparatory Commission for the ICC. After being on this delegation, Scheffer advocated before Congress that the United States should join the ICC, urging that the nation’s absence from the Court greatly weakened this new, promising institution. Mr. Scheffer now is the Senior Vice President of the United Nations Association for the United States, teaches at several premier American law schools, and publishes extensively on issues of international law and politics.
Former Justice Department attorney Terree Bowers participated in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 1994-98. After acting as both the Chief Deputy City Attorney for Los Angeles and as the United States Attorney for the Central District of California, Bowers recently joined a private law firm, Howrey LLP, to participate in its Global Litigation Practice Group. During his distinguished career with both domestic and international courts, Bowers helped prosecute suspects ranging from tax violators to neo-Nazi arsonists and Balkan war criminals.
This panel discussion with David Scheffer and Terree Bowers is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights and the Athenaeum.
The Future of U.S.-Japan Relations in the Post-American Century
YOICHI FUNABASHI P'94
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006
After a period of uncertainty in the post Cold War world, the U.S. and Japan have elevated their relationship from regional partners to global strategic allies. Two generations after WWII and the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is remarkable to note how far and in what ways the U.S.-Japan relationship has matured. It is also important to note in what ways they have not. In 2006, with a rising China, a probably nuclear Korean peninsula, and an energy rich Russia starting to exert its petrol power, how will the U.S.-Japan relationship further evolve? Dr. Funabashi will address the foundation for the U.S.-Japan relationship, current challenges, and future possibilities given the context of a changing balance of power in East Asia.
Yoichi Funabashi is Columnist and Chief Diplomatic Correspondent for the Japanese newspaper, Asahi Shimbun, and is currently serving as a Distinguished Guest Scholar at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C. He is also a contributing editor of Foreign Policy (Washington, DC).
He served as correspondent for the Asahi Shimbun in Beijing (1980-81) and Washington (1984-87), and as American General Bureau Chief (1993-97). In 1985 he received the Vaughn-Ueda Prize for his reporting on international affairs. He won the Japan Press Award, known as Japan's "Pulitzer Prize," in 1994 for his columns on foreign policy, and his articles in Foreign Affairs and Foreign Policy won the Ishibashi Tanzan Prize in 1992.
Dr. Funabashi received his B.A. from the University of Tokyo in 1968 and his Ph.D. from Keio University in 1992. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University (1975-76), a visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics (1987) a Donald Keene Fellow at Columbia University (2003), and has been serving as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo Public Policy Institute since 2005.
The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies is pleased to host Dr. Yoichi Funabashi's visit to CMC as a Freeman Foundation Visiting Professor in Asian Affairs.
Claremont Colleges Debate Union: Intertwined Destinies; The U.S. and the International Criminal Court
CLAREMONT COLLEGES DEBATE UNION
TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 2006
DINNER 6:00 p.m., FOUNTAIN COURTYARD, BAUER CENTER
DEBATE 6:45 p.m., MARY PICKFORD AUDITORIUM
The 5-C Claremont Debate Union maintains a roster of brilliant and eloquent members. The team regularly places among the top ten groups in intercollegiate, forensic competitions, and has received recognition as the best squad in the National Debate Tournament for policy debating. On March 7th, the team will divide and square off against each other in dialectic about the United States’ role in the International Criminal Court. The ICC, founded in 1998, has the mission of investigating and punishing those guilty of war crimes or human rights violations that occur in any location worldwide. The United States remains one of only seven nations to vote against the formation of this international, judicial body in The Hague. Although the U.S. government may support the trials of foreign criminals by the ICC, it refuses to turn over American citizens for trial in the Netherlands.
On a controversial issue such as this, the two Claremont teams will embark on an intense discussion about our nation’s subordinating itself to multinational organizations and agreements. This topic touches upon the rights of Americans (especially U.S. servicemen) as both citizens of this country and as inhabitants of a global community. Should Americans be subject to the judgments of an international court that does not necessarily hold the same codes of conduct as required under the U.S. judicial system?
This debate with the Claremont Debate Union is jointly sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights and the Athenaeum.
Dinner reservations will be made in the usual manner through the Athenaeum website and the meal will be served in the Fountain Courtyard at Bauer Center.
The Jew and the “Other” in Antiquity
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 8, 2006
Erich S. Gruen is the Gladys Rehard Wood Professor of History and Classics at the University of California at Berkeley. A prolific writer and world renown expert in Greek and Roman history, Professor Gruen has written ten books and over fifty articles on the politics and culture of the Roman Republic and Hellenistic World, including The Last Generation of the Roman Republic (Berkeley, 1974), The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome, 2 vols. (Berkeley, 1984), Culture and National Identity in Republican Rome (Ithaca, 1992), and more recently, Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition (Berkeley, 1998) and Diaspora: Jews Amidst Greeks and Romans (Cambridge, MA, 2002). Known for his mastery of the ancient sources as well as contemporary historiographical trends, Gruen has shaped the field of ancient Mediterranean history in a variety of areas, from Roman law and diplomacy to cultural politics and ethnic identity.
Professor Gruen will speak to the Claremont community on an aspect of his more recent research: ancient Jewish history and identity in the Mediterranean Diaspora. His lecture will consider the reputation of the ancient Jews as a separatist and clannish group, keeping to their own kind, devoted to exclusivity, and rejecting gentiles as “the other.” In it, he will criticize and complicate this notion, by calling attention to a lesser known aspect of the Jewish experience: the sociability of Israel in the nation's traditions, self-conception, and history. His talk, which will engage with both modern and ancient conceptions of Jewish identity, is part of the on-going, intercollegiate series at Claremont, The Possibilities of the Past: Encounters between Antiquity and the Modern Age.
Gruen received a B.A. with the highest honors from Columbia University, was a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, where he graduated with first-class honors, and his doctorate in History from Harvard University. Gruen has been a professor at Berkeley since 1966, where he has served as the chairman of the Graduate Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology.
NAWRUZ: A CELEBRATION OF THE NEW YEAR
Persian Culture in the 6th and 7th Centuries CE and Its Significance for World Civilization
MONDAY, MARCH 20, 2006
Nawruz (New Year) has been celebrated for more than 2,500 years, perhaps for as long 5,000 years, in Iran, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and many more countries. Thanks to the efforts of a CMC student, Austan Mogharabi ’07, the Athenaeum will host its first Nawruz celebration.
In addition to the lecture by a distinguished scholar in the history and culture of Ancient Persia, the evening will include traditional food and traditional music performed by a Persian band.
Touraj Daryaee, professor of Ancient Persian History at California State University, Fullerton, was born in Tehran, Iran in 1967. His elementary and secondary schooling was in Tehran and Athens, Greece, and he took his Ph.D. in history at the University of California, Los Angeles in 1999. A prolific scholar, his most recently published articles include: “History, Epic, and Numismatics: On the Title of Yazdgerd !” (2002); “Gayomard: King of Clay or Mountain: The Epithet of the First Man in the Zoroastrian Tradition” (2003); and he is the editor of The International Journal of Ancient Iranian Studies. His books include A Middle Persian Test on Late Antique Geography, Epic, and History (2002); History and Culture of the Sasanians (2003); and Menogi i Xrad: The Spirit of Wisdom, Essays in Memory of Ahmad Tafassoli (2003) and Culture of Press, Tehran, (2003).
Renouncing Renunciation: Nineteenth-Century “Family Values” and Early Christian Asceticism
TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2006
Elizabeth A. Clark, John Carlisle Kilgo Professor of Religion and Director of the Graduate Program in Religion at Duke University, is a pioneer in the history of women and sexuality in early Christianity and late antiquity. Her early work examined the cultural and literary world of Christian authors, intellectuals and ascetics, and she produced several ground-breaking studies in this area. More recently, Professor Clark has turned her attention to modern, scholarly constructions of the late ancient and early Christian past, and to how historians of religion have both used and abused contemporary interpretive models and methodologies.
Clark's lecture at the Athenaeum presents some of her newest research on nineteenth-century interpretations of early Christian sex, marriage and ascetic renunciation. According to Clark, while scholars today acknowledge that renunciation of various sorts - of sex, marriage and children, of property and wealth - was an ethical ideal of the early Christians, nineteenth-century Protestant professors of Religion in America found this feature of early Christianity difficult to explain, much less accept. Believing as they did that God had ordained marriage and family life as a primary Christian value, they struggled to explain why ascetic renunciation was so prominent a feature of early Christian discourse. Her lecture will examine the arguments the professors devised to account for, while simultaneously critiquing, early Christian renunciation. Her visit to Claremont is part of the on-going, intercollegiate speaker series, The Possibilities of the Past: Encounters between Antiquity and the Modern Age.
Professor Clark received her B.A. from Vassar College, and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has written over two dozen articles and authored or co-authored eleven books including Ascetic Piety and Women's Faith: Essays on Late Ancient Christianity (E. Mellon Press, 1986) which won the 1986 Adele Mellen prize for distinguished contributions to scholarship, The Origenist Controversy: The Cultural Construction of an Early Christian Debate (Princeton University Press, 1992), Reading Renunciation Asceticism and Scripture in Early Christianity (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently History-Theory-Text: Historians and the Linguistic Turn (Harvard University Press, 2004).
When is a Housing Bubble Not a Bubble?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2006
Since the high-tech bubble burst several years ago, many have argued that the United States has been at the mercy of yet another bubble. The rapidly increasing price of housing, particularly on the coasts, appears to be unsustainable. However, the traditional measure — the ratio of housing price to household income — is inadequate, because it cannot determine whether housing prices are far above fundamental values. Professor Smith has collected a unique set of data that give a surprising answer to the question of whether or not we are in the midst of a housing bubble.
Gary Smith received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Harvey Mudd College and his Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. After seven years as an assistant professor at Yale and three years as an associate professor at the University of Houston, he came to Pomona College in 1981 as the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics. Professor Smith is the author of more than fifty scholarly articles, seven college textbooks, and seven educational software programs. He teaches statistics and investments and has recently written several papers on the valuation of residential real estate.
Professor Smith’s Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute.
Chaos and the Illusion That Peace Is Attainable: What Is Really Going On in Israel/Palestine
THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2006
In the wake of recent developments, both Israelis and Palestinians must now confront the weakening of the established political organizations in which they had entrusted their conflicting hopes for a resolution to the seemingly interminable cycle of violence that has overtaken their respective societies. Fatah is in complete disarray after Hamas’ shocking victory in the latest Palestinian parliamentary elections, while Ariel Sharon’s realignment of Israeli politics remains only partially complete after a debilitating stroke on January 5 left him clinging to life. What will emerge from this morass of rivalries and internal political clashes? Is there even less hope now of a successful and peaceful resolution than before? Furthermore, what role is the United States capable of playing in light of America’s struggles in Iraq and the escalating crisis in Iran?
Charles Smith, current Professor of Middle East History at the University of Arizona, brings his expertise to bear in trying to unravel the intricacies of these complex problems. He is a published author, having written Islam and the Search for Social Order in Modern Egypt (1983), as well as Palestine and the Arab-Israeli Conflict (1988), now in its 5th edition. He has also conducted extensive research in the Middle East, and has served on several committees for the American Historical Association and the Middle East Studies Association.
Professor Smith received his undergraduate degree from Williams College before earning a Master’s Degree in Middle East Studies from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.
PHI BETA KAPPA VISITING SCHOLAR
The Way We Trust Now: The Authority of Science and the Character of the Scientist
MONDAY, MARCH 27, 2006
As cultural debates over the meaning and importance of science increasingly filter into the realm of political discourse, it is more important than ever to recognize the unbreakable bonds between scientific thought and modern society. As the Franklin L. Ford Professor of the History of Science at Harvard University, Professor Steven Shapin has brilliantly traced the interaction between science and civilization as they continue to move, erratically but inexorably, into the present era. He is the author of several books regarding the subject of science within a broader societal framework, including Leviathan and the Air-Pump: Hobbes, Boyle and the Experimental Life (1986); A Social History of Truth: Civility and Science in Seventeenth-Century England (1994); and The Scientific Revolution (1996). He is also a frequent contributor to the London Review of Books, and has written for the New Yorker.
Professor Shapin graduated from Reed College in 1966 and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1971. Before joining the faculty at Harvard in 2004 he taught at the University of California,San Diego and at the Science Studies Unit of Edinburgh University. He has received numerous awards during his career, including the J.D. Bernal Prize of the Society for Social Studies of Science, the Robert K. Merton Prize of the American Sociological Association, and the Herbert Dingle Prize of the British Society for the History of Science. In 2005 he was presented with the Erasmus Prize, awarded to those who make exceptional contributions to European culture, society, or social science.
Mariachi Divas: A Musical Celebration in Honor of Cesar Chavez
CINDY SHEA, trumpet, founder, director
SUSIE GARCIA, violin
KEIKO OKAMOTO, flute
MAYRA MARTINEZ, vihuela
NELLY CORTEZ, guitarron
LETICIA SIERRA, violin
LORENA PANELLA, guitar, vocals
CLAUDIA CUVES, congas
LORRAINE FEESAGO-PEREZ, violin, vocals
MELINDA SALCEDO, guitar, vocals
ANGEL GARCIA, violin
CATHY BAEZA, violin
LISA PAUL, trumpet
GABBY RAMIREZ, vocals
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006
In a profession traditionally dominated by men, the Mariachi Divas are making big waves on the Los Angeles scene. Founded in 1999, this all-female sensation swept the Athenaeum to its feet with performances in March 2004 and 2005 — and it is our good fortune to host them once again to celebrate the birthday of Cesar Chavez.
The Mariachi Divas are a truly multi-cultural ensemble, represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Japanese, Puerto Rican, Swiss and Anglo decent. "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds,” says founder and director Cindy Shea. “Our foundation and roots are mariachi, but we have added extra elements to reflect our diversity." Their lively sounds incorporate jazz, cumbia, salsa, and meringue into traditional mariachi music.
The Divas have performed at venues throughout the United States and Mexico. In addition to many televised performances, they also appeared on film in the documentary, Viva El Mariachi (2005). Most often, they appear at restaurants and street fairs in the city of Los Angeles. But the Divas' success is not pure luck; nearly all the women have college degrees and several have degrees in music. These talented female musicians are professionals with a highly contagious spirit and energy. Their performance this year promises to be a lively tribute to Hispanic heritage and the life of Cesar Chavez.
Mexico’s Presidential Election, What do Voters Want and Who They Will Vote For?
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
On July 2, 2006, Mexican voters will go to the polls to elect the first president since beginning an extraordinary democratic transformation under President Vicente Fox in 2000. The previous election was about change, the decisive variable which determined the defeat of the incumbent party. Professor Camp is a participant in a National Science Foundation project which is surveying a selected group of Mexican voters before and after the election, to determine the influence of presidential campaigns in the selection process, and to understand why voters choose individual candidates. At present, the leading candidate is from Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), the major part of the Mexico’s center-left. What do surveys of voters reveal about his chances for winning, thus changing significantly the policy direction of presidential politics? Camp, the Philip M. McKenna Chair of the Pacific Rim at Claremont McKenna College, is the author of more than twenty books on Mexican politics, is frequently consulted by the national and international media, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute in Washington, D.C.
Democracy Derailed in Russia
M. STEVEN FISH
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29, 2006
“A decade and a half after the collapse of the Soviet system, Russian democracy lies in tatters,” writes Dr. M. Steven Fish, one of the leading experts on Russia in the United States today. After impressive strides in expanding political freedoms and democratic rights in the Gorbachev and early Yeltsin period, the current state of Russian political development is dismal at best. Under President Putin’s reign, Russia has gone from being partially free to unfree, with human rights, the right of association and the freedom of the press under attack. Moreover, the strength of representative bodies and the efficacy of the political opposition are being undermined, as Putin effectively centralizes power and control. In Professor Fish’s talk, he seeks to explain why Russia has failed thus far to advance to democracy as some of its post-Communist neighbors have successfully done.
Dr. Fish is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. In 2000-2001, he served as a Fulbright Fellow and Professor of Political Science at the European University in St. Petersburg, Russia. He is the author of Democracy Derailed in Russia: The Failure of Open Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2005), Democracy from Scratch: Opposition and Regime in the New Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 1995) and the coauthor of Postcommunism and the Theory of Democracy (Princeton University Press, 2001). He has also published dozens of articles in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Comparative Political Studies, Current History, Diplomatic History, East European Constitutional Review, East European Politics and Societies, Europe-Asia Studies, The Journal of Communist Studies, Journal of Democracy, Peace and Change, Post-Soviet Affairs, Slavic Review, World Politics and numerous edited volumes.
The lecture by Professor Fish is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies at CMC.
Mexican Americans and Their Contributions to the United States
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2006
LUNCH 11:45 a.m. LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
In March 1968, nearly 10,000 Mexican American students from five Los Angeles high schools walked out on their classes to protest the disparaging conditions of their education system. During the historic ten-day “Blowouts,” students brought the Los Angeles school system to a standstill. This event signified the beginning of the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sal Castro was a motivating force in these protests. He inspired students to reach their potential and took the time to educate them about their Mexican American heritage. When his high school students expressed their concerns about limited resources and opportunities, he listened. He strongly believed in the importance of education and supported them as they fought for a better education system. Shortly after the protests, Mr. Castro and twelve others were prosecuted by the county Grand jury for conspiring to instigate the walkouts. They were freed on bail thanks to monetary contributions from Robert Kennedy and Eugene McCarthy, 1968 presidential candidates.
Although he is now a retired teacher and counselor in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Sal Castro continues his commitment to youth through his coordination of the Chicano Youth Leadership Conference. Featured in the documentary, “Chicano!” (1996) he was invited to the White House by President Clinton in May 1996.
During his lecture, Mr. Castro will share his own experiences during the time of the “Blowouts” and discuss the contributions of other Mexican Americans to the United States. In collaboration with Sal Castro’s lecture, the HBO movie, “Walkout” (2006), will be shown on Wednesday, April 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Broad Performance Space at Pitzer College. Directed by Edward James Olmos and produced by Moctezuma Esparanza, “Walkout” brings to life the dramatic protest that served as the driving force of the Chicano civil rights movement.
Sal Castro’s lecture is sponsored by the Dean of Students Office at CMC and the Athenaeum as part of the 2006 Cesar Chavez Commemoration program.
Perspectives on Product Innovation and Technology: A Silicon Valley Insider’s Report
JONATHAN ROSENBERG ’83
THURSDAY, MARCH 30, 2006
As part of the Athenaeum’s continuing look at the successful careers of CMC Alumni, we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Rosenberg ’83 back to Claremont McKenna. Mr. Rosenberg is the Vice-President of Product Management at Google, which he joined in 2002 with responsibility for the development and management of Google’s varied product lines encompassing consumer offerings and personalized services. He brings more than 15 years experience to Google in the fields of information services, software, and online consumer services, including his tenure as Senior Vice President of Online Products and Services for Excite@Home in Redwood City, California, where he was the founding member of @Home's product group.
Prior to joining @Home, Rosenberg managed Apple's eWorld product line and served as Director of Product Marketing for Knight-Ridder Information Services in Palo Alto, California. In this role, he directed development of one of the first commercially deployed online relevance ranking engines and menu-driven Boolean search services for consumers.
Rosenberg holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, with honors, from Claremont McKenna College. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from CMC as well. His lecture is part of the Athenaeum’s on-going series, Life after CMC: Alumni on the Move.
STUDENT FELLOW APPLICATIONS
Application forms for the position of Athenaeum Fellow for the 2006—2007 academic year will be available in the Athenaeum office on Friday, March 3, 2006. Completed applications must be returned by Friday, March 24, 2006, at 5:00 pm. Students desiring to be considered for the following year (2007—2008) but who will be away from campus during the next year's selection process may submit their application now in order to be considered for the future position.
The Next 25 Years of The Modern Conservative Movement
TUESDAY, MARCH 28, 2006
LUNCH 11:45 a.m., LECTURE 12:15 p.m.
Grover Norquist examines the modern conservative movement and predicts the trends that will dominate the next 25 years. He argues that the movement’s goal is to expand liberty in America, which requires principled adherence to the cause of limited government. Limited government, in turn, requires a firm commitment to halt tax increases and to reduce government interference with private enterprise. The Republican Party will dominate national politics, he concludes, so long as it remains committed to reducing the size of government.
Mr. Norquist, a native of Massachusetts, has been one of Washington’s most effective issues management strategists for over a decade. He is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals, and businesses opposed to higher taxes at both the federal, state and local levels. Norquist serves on the board of directors of the National Rifle Association of America and the American Conservative Union, and as president of the American Society of Competitiveness. He was the Economist and chief speech-writer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (1983-1984), a member of the Campaign staff on the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Republican Platform Committees, and executive director of the College Republicans.
The 11:45 a.m. lunch to be followed by the 12:15 talk is sponsored by the Henry Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World.