November 8, 2010

Vol. 26 , No. 05   

Gay Marriage: The Road to Equality- To Be Rescheduled in the Spring

Nature, Nurture, and Financial Decision-Making

Dr. Henrik Cronqvist is the McMahon Family Chair in Corporate Finance, George R. Roberts Fellow, and Associate Professor of Financial Economics at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.
Cronqvist earned his Master’s degree in Economics and Business and an Ekonomie Licentiat degree from the Stockholm School of Economics in 1997 and 1999, respectively. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in 2005. Before coming to CMC, he taught in the Finance Department of the Fisher College of Business at Ohio State University from 2004-2008.

Henrik Cronqvist is a member of the American Finance Association and the American Economic Association. He has also been a research affiliate with the Swedish Institute for Financial Research (SIFR) since 2005. His research has been published in prestigious financial and economic journals, including the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, and Journal of Financial Economics. Furthermore, during his time at Ohio State, he received the Pace Setters Outstanding Research Award, Fisher’s highest award for research contributions, in 1997. Cronqvist’s research and teaching focuses on empirical corporate finance, behavioral finance, and individual investor behavior. He (along with two others) published “Nature or Nurture: What Determines Investor Behavior?” this year, and it has already received the Best Paper Award at three international conferences.

AIDS: Thirty Years of Silence
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Nearly thirty years ago in 1981, Dr. Michael Gottlieb was the first physician to describe a new disease that we now know simply as AIDS. Dr. Gottlieb has been involved with AIDS for the life of the epidemic — observing its scientific, medical, and sociologic aspects and to this day remains prominent in HIV treatment and research.

How did HIV become a global epidemic? Could it have been prevented? Where did HIV come from? Will there be a vaccine or cure? What is the prognosis for the HIV epidemic in Africa? Dr. Gottlieb will answer these and many more questions in his talk titled, “AIDS: Thirty Years of Silence.” He will also address what AIDS has taught us about public health, the power of basic science research, tolerance, and our responsibility to all humanity.

Gottlieb was the physician to 1950s and 60s’ American film and television’s romantic leading man Rock Hudson and following Hudson’s death in 1985. He later joined with Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor to launch the American Foundation for AIDS Research. He was also instrumental in the founding of Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation and has served on the boards of AIDS Project Los Angeles and the Pasadena AIDS Services Center. Since 1987, Dr. Gottlieb has been in the private practice of medicine and currently teaches at the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School. Dr. Gottlieb is a trustee of the Global AIDS Interfaith Alliance (GAIA,, a not-for-profit organization which does community work on HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa.

Dr. Gottlieb is the recipient of the Lifetime Science Award from the Center for the Study of Immunology and Aging (1995), the Caregiver of the Year Award from AIDS Healthcare Foundation (1993), the Spirit of Hope Award from Being Alive (1994), and the Dr. Howard Brown Award from Christopher Street West (1988). He is a member of the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni and in 2007 was awarded the University of Rochester’s highest honor, the Charles Force Hutchison and Marjorie Smith Hutchison Medal.

The Ethical Lives of College Students in the Digital Age

On our campus, Jefferson Huang is a man who needs no introduction. As Dean of Students, professor of philosophy, and now Vice President for Student Affairs, Huang has garnered as much love and popularity as perhaps any figure in CMC’s history.
This past September, Huang completed his Ph.D. in Philosophy at Claremont Graduate University. In his dissertation, titled “The Ethical Lives of College Students in the Digital Age,” he explored the question of whether new technologies are changing the ways college students view ethics.
Huang explains that today’s traditionally-aged college students grew up knowing the internet, laptops, and cellular phones to exist all along, and therefore, are very different than older generations. There can be little doubt that technological changes have reshaped our society, but, Huang asked, what can we say about “right” and “wrong”? Through extensive interviews with students at CMC, he explored issues related to intellectual property and piracy, privacy and trust, “internet addiction,” multitasking, and the notion of “the individual” in a connected world.
During his presentation at the Athenaeum, Huang will share the results of his research on these topics, while providing a glimpse of what the ethical landscape might look like if technology continues to evolve in these ways.

Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point

The Athenaeum has a long tradition of recognizing November 11th as the day to honor and thank all who have served in the United States Armed Forces. This year's Veterans Day speaker, Elizabeth Samet, is professor of English at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Her most recent book, Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature through Peace and War at West Point (2007), discusses her experience as a civilian teaching literature and poetry to the young men and women who are future members of the U.S. Army's officer corps. She makes the case that studying literature is valuable, even for students whose immediate future is on a battlefield or foreign base, not in graduate school. Among other topics, she discusses honor, esprit de corps and the role of women in the military.

Professor Samet received her doctorate in English literature from Yale University and her B.A. from Harvard University. Her other works include Willing Obedience: Citizens, Soldiers, and The Progress of Consent in America, 1776–1898, which was published by Stanford University Press in 2003.

So You Think You're Invincible
BRUNCH 10:00 a.m.; LECTURE 11:00 a.m.

Adam Ritz has been a TV and Radio personality in Indianapolis for nearly two decades. A former Purdue football player, Adam also gives alcohol awareness talks on high school and college campuses across the country. Adam’s presentation at several local campuses this fall is sponsored by Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC); however, all members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

Adam also works with the NFL rookie orientation program and has received praise from Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning, who said that in 13 years in the NFL Adam’s life skills talk was the best he’s heard.

Adam’s talk focuses on students making decisions, good or bad, that will affect the rest of their lives. Using current and relevant stories, including his personal history of alcohol abuse, will spark conversations long after he has left our campus.

Brunch begins at 10:00 a.m. and Adam will speak at 11:00 a.m. Please sign up online to reserve a place for brunch. If you wish to attend just the talk, seating is on a first come basis and open to all.

The Constitution in the Headlines: Gay Marriage, Immigration, and Health Care Reform

As the Supreme Court begins its new term Monday, its sixth with John G. Roberts Jr. as chief justice, the reality is that this is the most conservative court since the mid-1930s. Since Richard Nixon ran for president in 1968, conservatives have sought to change constitutional law, and they have succeeded in virtually every area.
(Erwin Chemerinsky, Los Angeles Times, October 4, 2010)

Erwin Chemerinsky is recognized as a leading scholar on the Constitution, civil rights, and civil liberties. In his Athenaeum address, Professor Chemerinsky will discuss the role of competing claims to the Constitution — debates about gay marriage, immigration policy, and the health care reform policies enacted in the past few years.
Chemerinsky is the founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law, where he is also a Distinguished Professor of Law. Before his work at UCI, which opened its doors in fall 2009, he also taught at the law schools of Duke University, DePaul University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. He received his B.S. from Northwestern University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. He frequently argues cases before the nation's highest courts, and also serves as a commentator on legal issues for national and local media.

Chemerinsky's most recent book, published less than two months ago, is titled The Conservative Assault on the Constitution which discusses conservative attempts to overturn precedent the Warren Courts in order to favor corporations and government power over individual citizens and consumers. He is also the author of six other books, including Empowering Government: Federalism for the 21st Century (2008) and textbooks on the Constitution and on criminal procedure.

The Politics of Too Big to Fail

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a leading voice regarding Wall Street and corporate America. As The New York Times chief mergers and acquisitions reporter and columnist, his recent bestseller, Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System—and Themselves (2009), details the behind-the-scenes, moment-by-moment story of how the financial crisis developed into a global tsunami.

Sorkin began writing for The Times in 1995 while still in high school. He continued to write for the paper during his college days and while studying abroad in London, publishing 71 articles on media, business, and technology before he graduated from Cornell University. DealBook, which Sorkin created in 2001, began as one of the first financial news aggregation services on the Web. He developed it into an award-winning blog, providing exclusive interviews, original analysis, and breaking news about mergers and acquisitions, IPOs, private equity transactions, and venture capital deals.

Sorkin, who has appeared on NBC’s Today Show and on PBS’ Charlie Rose, is a frequent guest host of CNBC’s Squawk Box. In 2004, he won a Gerald Loeb Award, the highest honor in business journalism, for breaking news. Sorkin also is the recipient of a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for breaking news in 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the World Economic Forum named him a Young Global Leader.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is a guest of the Res Publica Society of Claremont McKenna College.

The Tent of Nations: The Road to Peace in Israel and Palestine
LUNCHEON 11;30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian farmer and activist, is the organizer of Tent of Nations, a free and open enclave that serves as an educational and cultural facility for local Palestinians and for 4,000 international tourists annually.
Tent of Nations is located on the Nassar family's ancestral land, purchased in 1924, and located between Bethlehem and Hebron in the West Bank and sandwiched between the Palestinian village of Nahalin and three Jewish settlements. Tourists, students and volunteers plant trees and harvest olives, as well as assist with summer camps for children and job training for women from Nahalin.

Nassar is a Palestinian Christian who is fluent in Arabic, German, and English. He has a B.A. in Business from Bethlehem University and a degree in Tourism Management from Bielefeld University in Germany.

Daoud Nassar’s visit to CMC is jointly sponsored by the Arabic Studies Program and the Athenaeum.

American Values and American Health Care

Alex Rajczi is the Debora and Kenneth Novack ’67 Associate Professor of Ethics and Leadership and George R. Roberts Fellow in the Department of Philosophy here at CMC. Since joining the faculty in 2004, he has taught courses on a range of topics, including women’s rights, ethics of war and peace, and bioethics.

In 1993, Rajczi graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy. He later earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the same institution in 1994 and 2000. Rajczi specializes in moral and political philosophy. He has written about abstract ethical theory as well as concrete political issues such as poverty, war, and same-sex marriage. From 2002-2004 he was a fellow at the National Institutes of Health, and there he developed a lasting interest in medical ethics and health policy. He is currently writing a book on national health policy in the United States. Furthermore, he has published his work in journals such as American Philosophical Quarterly, The Journal of Law, Medicine, & Ethics, and Public Affairs Quarterly. Also, he is a member of the American Philosophical Society as well as Phi Beta Kappa.

Raczji has studied the philosophical implications of national health care for several years. In 2005, he delivered a talk on “The Ethics of National Health Care” at the University of California, Irvine. Additionally, he published “A Critique of the Innovation Argument Against a National Health Program” in Bioethics in 2007. His talk this evening will focus on the debate over health reform. In the first part of the talk, he will show that Americans are not as deeply divided about health reform as the media says. Instead, Americans of all ideologies share some basic goals for our health system. In the second part of the talk, Professor Rajczi will offer some suggestions about how we can reform the health system to better meet these goals. The result would be a national health system that all Americans could embrace.

More Power to the Pill: Economic Implications of the Birth Control Pill for Women in the Labor Force

“The movement she [Margaret Sanger] started will grow to be, a hundred years from now, the most influential of all time. When the history of our civilization is written, it will be a biological history, and Margaret Sanger will be its heroine.” – H.G. Wells, 1931

In 1960, the first birth control pill became available to women in the United States. Such a success for the feminist movement, the widespread availability of contraceptives, opened the door to numerous opportunities for women, including, asserts Martha Bailey, economic liberation. In her paper, “More Power to the Pill: The Impact of Contraceptive Freedom on Women’s Life Cycle Labor Supply” (2006), Bailey demonstrates that legal access to the pill before age 21 significantly decreased the likelihood of a first birth before age 22, increased the amount of women in the paid labor force, and raised the number of annual hours worked.

Martha J. Bailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan. She is a research affiliate with both the National Poverty Center and the Population Studies Center. Bailey earned her B.A. in Mathematics-Economics and German Literature from Agnes Scott College in 1997. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D., both in economics, at Vanderbilt University in 2003 and 2005, respectively.
Bailey has received numerous grants for her research, including the University of Michigan Population Studies Center’s Eva Mueller Award for the past three years. Her paper on “The Impact of U.S. Family Planning Policy on Women’s Economic Advancement and Labor Markets,” received the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Research Award in 2005.


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