November 21, 2011

Vol. 27 , No. 06   

Slavery/Women/Writing: 21 Refracted Portraits Based on Writings of Eduardo Galeano

In January, Pomona College Theatre Professor Thomas Leabhart found a copy of Eduardo Galeano’s book, Mirrors, in an airport bookstore in India. A long-time admirer of Galeano’s writing, he happily devoured this most recent work during the subsequent long flight, and upon arrival in Claremont knew he’d like to spend more time with it. Scheduled to teach a course entitled Collective Creation in the fall semester, he found the material perfect for eventual transformation into performance. He obtained permission from Galeano’s North American literary agent, and he and 14 eager students and two guest artists set to work. The performance “Slavery/Women/Writing: 21 Refracted Portraits” is the result. While the students selected texts, decided among themselves who would perform which parts, and improvised and finally set blocking, Leabhart provided a framework within which these elements achieve coherence, serving as acting coach, editor and “outside eye.” This is a presentation for theatre lovers, admirers of Galeano’s deconstructed views of history, and anyone who likes to challenge preconceived notions about history and performance.

Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security

Since September 11, 2001, national rhetoric almost always seems to suggest that the greatest threats to our national security come from weak, destabilized states. But despite the prevalence of this theory, is it really true? Stewart Patrick, Director of the International Institutions and Global Governance Program at the Council on Foreign Relations, argues that it is not. According to Patrick, our assumptions about the threats posed by failing states are based on anecdotal arguments, not on a systematic analysis of the connections between state failure and transnational security threats. In his recent book, Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security, Dr. Patrick examines the relationship between state fragility and five of the most commonly worrying transnational threats: terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, cross-border criminal activity, energy insecurity, and infectious diseases.

Before his work as senior fellow and director of the international institutions and global governance program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Dr. Patrick was research fellow at the Center for Global Development from 2005—2008. From 2002—2005, he served on the Secretary of State’s policy planning staff, on which he worked with lead staff responsible for U.S. policy towards Afghanistan, and on other global and transnational issues. Dr. Patrick received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, and two masters’ degrees and his doctorate in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He is the author of multiple books and scholarly articles, including the recently published Weak Links: Fragile States, Global Threats, and International Security, and he writes the CFR blog, “The Internationalist.”

The Council on Foreign Relations is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens in order to help them better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. Since 1922, CFR has also published Foreign Affairs, the leading journal on international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. CFR takes no institutional positions on matters of policy. The International Institutions and Global Governance program aims to identify the institutional requirements for effective multilateral cooperation in the twenty-first century.

A Winter Holiday Concert
CHARLES KAMM, conductor

The Chamber Choir of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges, conducted by Charles W. Kamm and accompanied by Paul R. Bishop, will present a winter holiday concert at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum at Claremont McKenna College on Nov. 29, 2011. The program begins with three motets from the renaissance, by the English William Byrd, the Spanish Tomás Luis de Victoria, and the Dutch Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck. These motets all demonstrate the renaissance period’s high art of polyphony. The heart of the program is the Mid-Winter Songs by contemporary American composer Morton Lauridsen, settings of poems by Englishman Robert Graves for choir and piano. These five movements explore the emotions of the year’s darker months, using a musical language that is sonically complex yet still tonal. The program concludes with French, Spanish, Russian, English and American carols.

The Chamber choir was founded in fall 1977, by professor Michael Deane Lamkin. It is currently comprised of 25 members representing four constituent colleges and a wide variety of academic majors, including music as well as the sciences, social sciences, humanities, and other arts.

Charles W. Kamm received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale University. Earlier studies include a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and a Master of Music degree from Michigan State University. He has also studied in Vienna, Austria, and at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2002-2003. Dr. Kamm is director of choirs for the Joint Music Program of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges as well as associate professor of music at Scripps College where he is currently chair of the music department.

Paul R. Bishop received his B.A. (cum laude) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he majored in organ and music composition as a Regents Scholar. He continued his graduate studies at UCSB in composition with British composer Peter Racine Fricker, and at the Claremont Graduate University in piano performance with Alice Shapiro. He also pursued advanced studies in piano pedagogy at USC. From 1987 - 2007, he was the choral accompanist for the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. Mr. Bishop also serves as organist for the Chino United Methodist Church, and has been Performance Staff Pianist for the Scripps College Music Department since 1975.

Remarks by Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice is currently a professor of political economy in the Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a professor of political science at Stanford University. She is also a founding partner of The Rice Hadley Group. From January 2005-2009, Rice served as the 66th Secretary of State of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice also served as President George W. Bush’s Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs (National Security Advisor) from January 2001-2005, the first woman to hold the position. Rice served as Stanford University’s Provost from 1993-1999, during which she was the institution’s chief budget and academic officer. As Provost, she was responsible for a $1.5 billion annual budget and the academic program involving 1,400 faculty members and 14,000 students. As professor of political science, Rice has been on the Stanford faculty since 1981 and has won two of the highest teaching honors — the 1984 Walter J. Gores Award for Excellence in Teaching and the 1993 School of Humanities and Sciences Dean’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.

She has authored and co-authored numerous books, including: bestseller Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010); Germany Unified and Europe Transformed: A Study in Statecraft (1995) with Philip Zelikow; The Gorbachev Era (1986) with Alexander Dallin; Uncertain Allegiance: The Soviet Union and the Czechoslovak Army (1984). Her most recent book, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, will be released in November 2011.

In 1991, Rice co-founded the Center for a New Generation, an innovative, after-school academic enrichment program for students in East Palo Alto and East Menlo Park, California. In 1996, CNG merged with the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula (an affiliate club of the Boys and Girls Club of America) of which she remains actively involved in today. In addition, she is a member of the boards of the Commonwealth Club, the Aspen Institute, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Rice’s visit to Claremont McKenna College is made possible through the support of the Res Publica Society, Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children, Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, Kravis Leadership Institute, Lowe Institute of Political Economy, and Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom.

Free Market Fairness
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.

Can libertarians care about social justice? In Free Market Fairness, John Tomasi argues that they can and should. Drawing simultaneously on moral insights from defenders of economic liberty such as F.A. Hayek and advocates of social justice such as John Rawls, Tomasi presents a new theory of liberal justice. This theory, free market fairness, is committed to both limited government and the material betterment of the poor.

Unlike traditional libertarians, Tomasi argues that property rights are best defended not in terms of self-ownership or economic efficiency but as requirements of democratic legitimacy. At the same time, he encourages egalitarians concerned about social justice to listen more sympathetically to the claims ordinary citizens make about the importance of private economic liberty in their daily lives. In place of the familiar social democratic interpretations of social justice, Tomasi offers a “market democratic” conception of social justice: free market fairness. Tomasi argues that free market fairness, with its twin commitment to economic liberty and social justice, is a morally superior account of liberal justice. Free market fairness is also particularly suited to American culture, where the moral ideal of community includes a robust commitment to private economic liberty.

Provocative and vigorously argued, Free Market Fairness offers a bold new way of thinking about politics, economics, and justice — one that will challenge readers in both the left and right.

John Tomasi is professor of political science and of philosophy at Brown University. The founding director of Brown’s Political Theory Project, Tomasi is also a research associate at the Freedom Center at the University of Arizona. He is the author of Liberalism Beyond Justice (Princeton). John Tomasi's Athenaeum lecture is sponsored by the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom.

Lunch with a Leader
LUNCHEON 11:30 p.m.; LECTURE 12:00p.m.

Javier Leon is the Managing Director of Andell Sports Group, which oversees the sports and related assets for Andell Holdings. Mr. Leon manages the business and operations of the Chicago Fire, a Major League Soccer franchise, on behalf of owner Andrew Hauptman. He works closely with Fire President Julian Posada and the franchise’s management team and staff to build and grow Andell’s sports business, both in the local and international markets.
He is involved in strategic planning, marketing, as well as the development of Hispanic, community and public relations strategies and programs. Prior to joining Andell, Mr. Leon spent three years as the Chief Executive Officer for Chivas USA Enterprises in Los Angeles.

Before his work within the MLS, Mr. Leon spent 12 years in the investment banking world as a managing director for Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and ING-Barings. He holds a bachelors degree from Claremont McKenna College and a Masters of International Management from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Leon lives in Los Angeles with his wife and four children.

During his Athenaeum talk, Mr. Leon will discuss Major League Soccer, his career in sports management, and his development as a leader in this industry. His talk is co-sponsored by the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance and the Latin American Business Council at CMC.


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