November 7, 2011

Vol. 27 , No. 05   

Fuel It Don't Fool It: Treat Your Body Right
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Leslie J. Bonci, MPH, RD, CSSD, LDN, one of the country’s most recognized sports dietitians, is the director of sports medicine nutrition for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Center for Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). She serves as the sports dietitian for the University of Pittsburgh’s department of athletics, and is a nutrition consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Toronto Blue Jays, and the Milwaukee Brewers. In addition, she is the company nutritionist for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and a sports nutrition consultant to numerous high schools and universities. Leslie is a consultant to the NCAA and is also a member of the United States Olympic Committee sports nutrition network and has worked with Bryan Clay, Garrett Weber-Gale and Tara Lipinksi.

A popular former national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association for eight years, Bonci is a frequent guest on local and national TV news programs, a commonly-quoted nutrition expert in newspapers and magazines nationwide, and serves on the editorial advisory board of Fitness magazine and the California Dried Plum Board. She has her own weekly segment, “The Winning Plate” on Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live and writes a weekly blog for Runners World; Ask the Sports Dietitian. She has done work for Campbell’s, HJ Heinz, Gatorade, Kelloggs, Kraft, and The National Dairy Council among others. Her expertise in the areas of sports nutrition, weight management, eating disorders and digestive health resulted in three book publications: Total Fitness for Women, which she co-authored, and the American Dietetic Association Guide to Better Digestion and Sport Nutrition for Coaches, both of which she was the sole author. She is the co-author of Run Your Butt Off and The Active Calorie Diet (2011 publications). An avid long-distance runner, she writes a weekly blog for Runners World; “Ask the Sports Dietitian”. Leslie has written chapters in several sports medicine textbooks and also sits on the advisory board of the Journal of Athletic Training.

Bonci is a registered dietitian and board certified specialist in sports dietetics and a Pennsylvania licensed dietitian/nutritionist with a Bachelor of Science degree in biopsychology from Vassar College and a master’s degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh. She is currently an adjunct assistant instructor in pediatric dentistry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine and also serves on the faculty of Pitt’s sports medicine fellowship training program.

American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination

America occupies a part of the mental landscape of almost every person on the globe. Ask a Chilean about his image of Finland and he may have none. America, however, is among the world’s few universally recognized terms — even if the concept of it is radically different from one mind to the next. Think of the litany of images that might simultaneously occupy the mental shelf-space of people around the world on the subject of America: free, powerful, democratic, arrogant, peaceful, dominant, land of opportunity, wealthy, imperialistic, friendly, generous, stingy, full of choices, hard working, respectful of civil and human rights, supportive of oppressive regimes, and more. Exactly how do people around the world form their views of America?

In his new book, American Avatar: The United States in the Global Imagination (2011), Sanders answers these and many others questions as he explores how people around the world form their views of the United States and what can be done to alter them. Sanders analyzes both anti-U.S. and pro-U.S. biases but focuses on the former, explaining which criticisms should be heeded when crafting foreign policy and communicating national objectives to friends and foes alike. He also offers a road map for a strategic approach to American public diplomacy that will enable the United States to better navigate a world in which it must work collaboratively with other nations.

Barry A. Sanders, who practiced law for many years at Latham & Watkins, is an adjunct professor of communication studies at UCLA. He is a member of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations and is Chairman of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games.

The Arab Spring

Dr. Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations, the preeminent independent, nonpartisan organization in the United States dedicated to the study of American foreign policy. Until June 2003, Dr. Richard Haass was director of policy planning for the Department of State as well as U.S. coordinator for policy toward the future of Afghanistan and U.S. envoy to the Northern Ireland peace process. He was also special assistant to President George H.W. Bush and senior director for Near East and South Asian affairs on the staff of the National Security Council from 1989 to 1993.

Haass is the author or editor of eleven books on American foreign policy, including War of Necessity, War of Choice: A Memoir of Two Iraq Wars (Simon and Schuster, 2009) and one book on management. He regularly writes and speaks on global issues. A Rhodes scholar, he holds a B.A. from Oberlin College and both Master and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Oxford University. He has received honorary doctorates from Hamilton College, Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, Oberlin College, and Central College.

Dr. Haass’s lecture is the first in the President’s Distinguished Speaker Series this year.

The Pianist as Virtuoso: A Bicentennial Franz Liszt Piano Recital

The Athenaeum will celebrate the 19th-century Hungarian Romantic era composer’s 200th birthday, and the creative and historical significance of his works in a recital by Hao Huang, internationally renowned pianist, professor of music, and artist-in-residence at Scripps College.

Hao Huang has served as a four-time United States Information Agency Artistic Ambassador, and his performances have been warmly acclaimed in eighteen countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, and North America. Winner of the Overman Foundation first prize, the Van Cliburn Piano Award at Interlochen, the Leonard Bernstein Scholarship at Harvard, the Frank Huntington Beebe Grant for European Study, Dr. Huang appeared as the China Institute in America's New York Solo Debut Artist at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall. He has received performance grants from the National Endowment of the Arts, the New York and Colorado Councils of the Arts and the California Meet the Composer Series. Founder and original executive director of the Animas Music Festival in Durango, Colorado, Dr. Huang is also active as a chamber musician with the Mei Duo and the Gold Coast Trio. Dr. Huang was honored recently by an invitation to perform a solo piano recital at the Liszt Akadémia/Emlékmuzeum in Budapest, Hungary.

Holder of degrees from Harvard University, the Juilliard School and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Graduate Council Fellow, Hao Huang has studied with Seymour Bernstein, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, and Gilbert Kalish.

The program for this recital includes:

“Widmung”, S.566, Schumann / Liszt transcription

Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke (The Dance in the Village Inn), S. 514

“Un Sospiro” from Trois études de concert, S.144

Après une Lecture de Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata (After a Reading of Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata) from Années de Pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage), Vol. II, S. 161/7

Is California K-12 Education in Crisis? If So, What Do We Do about It?

Davis Campbell, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy in Education, University of California in Davis

Davis Campbell has led a distinguished career in public education; he was the Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, and served on the CSBA from 1988-2001. Campbell served as Executive Director of the California Institute for School Improvement and managing partner of SRA Associates from 1983-1988. From 1977-1983 he served as Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of California. Campbell serves on a number of state level boards in public education including EdSource (President, 2007-2009), the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (founding Chairman), the California Institute for School Improvement, and the California Cities, Counties, Schools Partnership (founding board member). In Yolo County he also serves as a Commissioner for the Yolo County Aging and Adult Services Commission and is a member of the Board of Advisors for the UCD School of Education.

Dean E. Vogel, President of the California Teachers Association

As CTA President, Dean E. Vogel has sought to engage educators in policy decisions, and argues that the union can improve the learning conditions of all students by improving the working conditions of educators across the state. Since 1990, Vogel has been an elementary school counselor in the Vacaville Unified School District in Solano County. He was named “Advocate of the Year” by the California Association of School Counselors in 2006. He has also taught extended education courses at three California State University campuses in Sacramento, Sonoma, and Hayward and at the University of California at Davis. In addition, he spent 10 years as a resident teacher in the University of California Teacher Education Program.

Jed Wallace, President and CEO, California Charter Schools Association

Jed Wallace serves as the President and CEO of the California Charter Schools Association, a membership organization supporting the state's 912 charter schools serving approximately 365,000 students. Jed began his career in public education as a teacher at Hooper Avenue Elementary School, a 2,000-student school in South-Central Los Angeles. Serving there for seven years, he established a successful school-within-the-school that became the basis for an effort to convert Hooper Avenue to charter status. He later worked in the Office of the Superintendent at San Diego City Schools where, among other duties, he was responsible for the oversight of the District's 22 charter schools. Immediately before coming to the Association, Jed served as the Chief Operating Officer of High Tech High, where he oversaw all operational and financial aspects of the organization during a period when High Tech High grew from one school serving 400 students into eight schools serving more than 3,000 students. Jed received a Bachelor's degree in the Science of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, an MFA in playwriting from UCLA, and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Julia Brownley, State Assemblywoman (CA-41st District)

Assemblywoman Julia Brownley is serving her fourth year as Chairwoman of the Assembly Education Committee bringing a rich understanding of educational issues gleaned during her 12 years on the board of education of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, including three terms as board president. She was elected to the California State Assembly in 2006, and re-elected in 2008 and 2010 from a district that currently spans from Santa Monica in the south to Oxnard in the north. In addition to chairing the Education Committee, she serves on the Committee on Higher Education, Budget Subcommittee, the State Allocation Board, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, and the California Commission on the Status of Women, among others, Brownley has been honored as one of "12 Remarkable Women" by the National Women's Political Caucus, Los Angeles Westside in 2008, and "2005 YWCA Woman of the Year."

Jeff Stark P'11, Vice President, Claremont Unified School District Board of Education

Jeff Stark is a Registered Principal and partner in an investment advisory firm he co-founded in 1994. He earned an Economics degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara, and currently serves on the following community boards: the Claremont Senior Foundation, the Claremont Educational Foundation, and the L.A. County Fair Association. He has also served on the Claremont Community Foundation, the District Asset Advisory Committee, the UCC Early Childhood Center, the Pilgrim Place Finance Committee and Claremont AYSO.

David Abel ’68, Chairman and Managing Director, VERDEXCHANGE Institute (Moderator)

David Abel is Chairman and Managing Director of the VERDEXCHANGE Institute, an environmental think tank and publisher that informs innovators wishing to employ and deploy green technology. Abel is also president and CEO of ABL Inc., a California-based public policy consulting firm which publishes The Planning Report, focusing on land-use issues in Southern California, VERDEXCHANGE News, and the Metro Investment Report, which covers infrastructure. Abel chairs a number of civic organizations, including the Los Angeles County Economic Develop Corporation's Green Economy Task Force, New Schools Better Neighborhoods, and the University of Southern California's Masters in Public Policy Advisory Board. He is also on the board of USC's Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise and the Trust for Public Land California, among others. He is a lecturer on regionalism at the University of California, San Diego.

An Evening with the Poet

Poet Atsuro Riley’s work is lauded as some of the most promising and groundbreaking in contemporary poetry. His recent 2010 collection of poetry, titled Romey’s Order, is an engaging work of poetry within the unifying framework of a story. The vivid imagery, compelling descriptions, and expressive language of Romey’s Order have left critics and readers alike singing Atsuro Riley’s praises. His unconventional style yields exciting and fresh works, and his poems are loved in part for the rhythmic and percussive feel that many of his works reflect.

While Romey’s Order is his first book, Riley’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and The McSweeney’s Book of Poets Picking Poets. He has also received grants from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, and many awards and honors for his innovative and engaging work, including Witter Bynner Fellowship from the Library of Congress, and the Wood Prize from Poetry magazine. Many of his poems reflect themes from Riley’s upbringing in South Carolina; now he lives in California.

Atsuro Riley is the author of Romey's Order (University of Chicago Press, 2010), winner of the Kate Tufts Discovery Award (administered by Claremont Graduate University), The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress. His work has also been honored with the Pushcart Prize, the Wood Prize given by Poetry magazine, and a Lannan Foundation Marfa residency.


Tibet Transformed: How Modernization is Affecting the Culture and Traditions of Tibet

In the last three decades, China’s rapid economic development has also penetrated Tibet. Infrastructural projects, tourism, and communication networks have made Tibet more closely integrated with the Chinese economy and society. Inevitably, these changes have affected the culture and traditions of Tibet. Professor Melvin Goldstein, one of the world’s most knowledgeable and respected experts on Tibet, has spent decades studying Tibetan culture in general and its nomadic population in particular. In this lecture on contemporary Tibet, Professor Goldstein will provide a fascinating account of how modernization is transforming the lives of Tibetan nomads. He will also analyze how socioeconomic changes on the ground in Tibet are shaping the political future of Tibet.

Dr. Goldstein is the John Reynolds Harkness Professor of Anthropology and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Tibet at Case Western Reserve University. He is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a specialist in Tibetan society and history, and has conducted extensive fieldwork in Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region of China) on a range of topics including nomadic pastoralism, oral history, monasticism, and socio-economic change in rural Tibet. Dr. Goldstein's current projects include: a large Tibetan Oral History WebArchive that will be permanently housed at the Library of Congress, Volume Three of his series on Modern Tibetan History, and an NSF funded longitudinal study of modernization and change in rural Tibet. He is the author of 12 books and over 100 articles including A History of Modern Tibet, Volume One, (1913-51, the Demise of the Lamaist State), A History of Modern Tibet, Volume Two, (1951-1955, The Calm Before the Storm), The Snow Lion and the Dragon: China, Tibet and the Dalai Lama, Nomads of Western Tibet, On the Cultural Revolution in Tibet: The Nyemo Incident of 1969, and A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life of Bapa Phüntso Wangye.

Professor Goldstein’s Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for Internationl and Strategic Studies at CMC.

The Larry King Case: Lessons on Juvenile Justice
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

On February 12, 2008, Brandon McInerney, a 14-year-old eighth grader at E.O. Green Junior High School, shot his 15-year-old classmate Larry King twice in the head. King died two days later. The shooting prompted a national conversation about hate crimes, gun violence, and the experiences of young gay Americans. Newsweek called the incident “the most prominent gay-bias crime since the murder of Matthew Shepard 10 years ago.”

This year, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office tried Brandon McInerney – as an adult – for first-degree murder and a hate crime. That trial ended in a hung jury last month; a new trial, without the hate crime charge, will begin November 21.

Catherine Saillant began covering the story for the Los Angeles Times in the days after the shooting and has covered it since. She is an award-winning journalist with 25 years of experience. She has been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times since 1998, primarily covering local, regional, and state government issues – but also writing features and reports on selected legal issues. She covered the McInerney murder trial this summer in Chatsworth and is slated to cover McInerney’s retrial. Saillant was raised in the San Fernando Valley and graduated from UCLA with a bachelor’s degree in political science. She resides in Thousand Oaks.

Colonial Korea and the Pleasures of Vicarious Book Collecting: The Secret Story of the Frederick McCormick Korean Collection at the Claremont Colleges

James Scarth Gale (1863-1937) was one of the earliest Westerners to reside in Korea for any length of time, and did pioneering work in the fields of Korean language, linguistics, and literature. The significance of his accomplishments in these areas is clear already from his published works, which include the mother of all Korean-to-English dictionaries, his Korean Grammatical Forms, and his translations of Ch’unhyang chon and Kuunmong. Professor Ross King’s research has uncovered an astounding wealth of translations, both from Literary Sinitic (hanmun) and from vernacular Korean, and both in prose and poetry. Moreover, Gale spent much time and energy from the early 19-teens until his retirement from the mission field in 1927 purchasing old Korean books for collections and collectors in the U.S. — hence the ‘vicarious book collecting’ in the title.

In his Athenaeum lecture, Professor King contextualizes Gale’s vicarious book collecting and salvific translation projects within early 20th-century and colonial period Korean intellectual history, paying particularly close attention to the McCormick Collection of old Korean books housed at the Honnold Mudd Library at the Claremont Colleges — a collection that was assembled and indexed by Gale in the 19-teens with funding from the Asiatic Society of New York, the secretary of which was Mr. McCormick. ( King compares Gale’s book-collecting and hanmun translation activities with the contemporary and competing projects of the (Korean) Choson Kwangmunhoe and the (Japanese) Chosen Kosho Kankokai in the second decade of the 20th century. His conclusion is that Gale served as – indeed, saw himself as – a mouthpiece for a dying breed of literary scholars and for a great, but now dead, literature.

Ross King serves as Professor of Korean and Head of Department in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia. A linguist by training, awarded M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from Harvard, Dr. King is the author of several Korean language teaching resources, as well as of numerous works on the social and cultural history of language and writing in Korea, and of the ethnic Korean minority in the former USSR. Dr. King’s current research interests focus on the history of language, writing and literary culture in the Sinographic cultural sphere, with a specific focus on medieval Korea and the interplay of cosmopolitan and vernacular and in other regions of the Sinographic cosmopolis.

From the Clay Tablet to the Electronic Tablet: The Medium Keeps Changing, but Does the Message?
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Over the last decade, plenty of concerns have been raised about the negative influence of the internet on reading and news coverage, but are these justified? What are they? Owchar offers some historical perspective, as well as providing observations on the benefits – and pitfalls – facing any journalist in an increasingly wired-up world.

Nick Owchar ’90 graduated from CMC with degrees in Economics and Literature and received a Master’s Degree in English and American Literature from Boston University. He has worked at the Los Angeles Times since 1996, where he is deputy editor of the paper’s book and literary coverage.


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