March 26, 2012

Vol. 27 , No. 11   

The Divas Are Back!!

Mariachi Divas: A Musical Celebration in Honor of Cesar Chavez
CINDY SHEA, trumpet, founding director
GINA DURAN, trumpet
ARIANA MEJIA, flute, vocals
SANDIE CASTANEDA, congas, percussion
MELINDA SALCIDO, guitar, vocals
KARINA ZURITA, guitar, vocals
ANGEL GARCIA, violin, vocals
STEPHANIE MARTINEZ, violin, vocals
VALERIE CARLOS, guitar, vocals
MONDAY, MARCH 26, 2012

In a profession traditionally dominated by men, the Mariachi Divas have made big waves on the national and international music scene. This all female sensation swept the Athenaeum to its feet with its first performance in March 2004. This will be their 8th performance at CMC and it is difficult to imagine celebrating Cesar Chavez without the Divas.

Directed and founded by trumpet player Cindy Shea in 1999, Mariachi Divas is a unique, multi-cultural, all female ensemble. Imbued with the true flavor of Los Angeles the Divas have been represented by women of Mexican, Cuban, Samoan, Argentinean, Colombian, Panamanian, Puerto Rican, Swiss, Japanese, Honduran, Salvadorian, Peruvian, Tongan and Anglo descents. Cindy Shea states, "Music is a way of uniting our cultural backgrounds”. In 2009, Mariachi Divas won the Grammy Award for Best Regional Mexican Album of the year for their 2008 release, “Canciones De Amor.” This marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee, or of course, a winner. All seven of their CDs are distributed nationally through Shea Records and East Side Records.

The Divas were invited to perform at the inaugurations of Los Angeles mayor, Antonio R. Villaraigosa and California governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. They also performed live on C-SPAN for then Senator Hillary Clinton at her Los Angeles presidential campaign rally in 2008. Providing sound tracks for films as well as appearing as actors, since September 2003, they have been the official mariachis of Disney in Anaheim, performing 7 days a week for audiences of all ages.

CMC is fortunate that the Divas continue to make time to perform for their many fans in the Claremont community. This concert is jointly sponsored by the Center for Chicano/Latino Affairs, Maria Torres Dean.

Super Bowl XLVI: Financial Success and Community Building

Allison Melangton has been the President and CEO of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee since October of 2008. She brings over 25 years of National and International experience in sports and events management to this prestigious event.

Allison moved to Indianapolis in 1983 when the City of Indianapolis was in the beginning stages of implementing a sport tourism strategy and relocating national sports organizations to Indianapolis. USA Gymnastics moved from Texas to Indianapolis giving Allison the opportunity to leave Colorado and become a Hoosier. For 12 years she worked with USA Gymnastics directing 100 national and international events.

Following her tenure at the USA Gymnastics, Allison shared her knowledge and expertise with the Indiana Sports Corporation as Senior Vice President of Events. While at the Sports Corporation she bid on, planned, and directed numerous events including; Olympic Trials, World Championships, Women's NCAA Division I Basketball Championships, Big Ten Tournaments and administered both Indianapolis Super Bowl bids for 2011 and 2012. Allison has worked at 7 Olympic Games, 4 as an Associate Producer of the Gymnastics Competition for NBC Sports, and won 4 Emmy Awards for her work.

Allison is a native of Auburn, Maine and a graduate of Colorado State University. She has been an Indiana resident for over 25 years. Her visit to CMC is part of the Robert Day School Distinguished Speaker Series.

Breaking Down Barriers in Middle East Finance- CANCELLED

Some successful women financiers have found it easier to create their own financial firms rather than to fight to get ahead in male-dominated companies, according to Chris V. Nicholson, writing for the New York Times.

Hoda Abou-Jamra still remembers the meeting when potential investors for her private equity fund thought she was the secretary. “I would ask a question, and they would answer to the man next to me. I would answer their question, and they would look at him,” she said, laughing. “I didn’t let it bother me. I just stood up straighter and talked louder.”

Hoda Abou-Jamra is a founding partner of TVM Capital MENA, the regional healthcare private equity investment operation of TVM Capital. Her major responsibilities include the creation of the local operation, fundraising, investor relations, as well as business development for the newly formed company. TVM Capital is a global private equity and venture capital firm with a 25-year operating track record. TVM Capital MENA is currently raising its first Shariah-compliant healthcare fund, which invests in healthcare services and pharmaceutical deals in the MENA Region.

In addition to her career pursuits, Ms. Abou-Jamra has also served on several finance and fundraising committees, including Senator John Kerry's campaign finance committee and service as a board member for the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus. She is also a member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacists, American Pharmaceutical Association, the Fenway Community Health Center and BIO Business Forum Committee and the International Subcommittee.

Hoda Abou-Jamra graduated from the Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University with a degree in Pharmacy. Her visit to the CMC campus is jointly sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute and the Athenaeum as part of the series, Shifting Perceptions.

After Just War Theory

David Rodin is a leading authority on the ethics of war and conflict. He is a Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. His publications include War and Self-Defense (OUP 2002), which was awarded the American Philosophical Association Sharp Prize, numerous articles in leading philosophy and law journals, and a number of edited books.

A Rhodes Scholar from New Zealand, David has a B.Phil. and D.Phil. from Oxford University. He was previously Senior Research Fellow at the Australian National University. He was the inaugural Director of Research at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a founding member of the Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War. His research interests include war and international conflict; terrorism and asymmetric war; torture; business ethics and international justice.

David has a busy teaching and consulting schedule and is a regular lecturer at the UK Joint Services Command and Staff College where he provides ethics training for senior officers up to the rank of two-star General.

He has worked as consultant and advisor to NATO, UNESCO, ICRC, the European Science Foundation, the British Military and MOD, Norwegian State Pension Fund, Oxford Analytica.

The 2012 Golo Mann lecture by David Rodin is sponsored by the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies at CMC.

As Texas Goes…How California Lost Its Edge

Erica Grieder is the southwest correspondent for The Economist, based in Austin, Texas. She covers the key issues for Texas and the surrounding states, including politics and the economy, energy and the environment, and immigration and border security. Her work has also appeared in Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, The Spectator (UK) and the New York Daily News. She holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy from Columbia University and a master's degree in public affairs from The University of Texas at Austin.

Eric Helland is the Robert J. Lowe Professor of Economics, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, CMC, and Senior Economist, Institute for Civil Justice, RAND Corporation, Santa Monica, CA. Helland holds a B.A. (1991) from the University of Missouri and an M.A (1992) and Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis (1995).

Chuck DeVore '85 is a Visiting Senior Scholar for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Prior to his recent move to Texas, he had lived in California for most of the past 36 years. DeVore served in the California State Assembly from 2004 to 2010, where he was Vice Chairman of the Committee on Revenue and Taxation. Before his election, he was an executive in the aerospace industry. DeVore is a lieutenant colonel of military intelligence in the U.S. Army (retired) Reserve. He also served as a Special Assistant for Foreign Affairs in the Reagan-era Pentagon.

A 2009 article in The Economist entitled “California v Texas: America’s Future” argued that the Golden State’s golden age is in its past. It contrasted California’s declining economy and dysfunctional government with the Texas pro-growth, small government model. The article kicked off a lively and ongoing debate among journalists, politicians, political analysts, and academics. Erica Grieder, Eric Helland, and Chuck DeVore '85 continue that discussion by examining the Texas model and asking what lessons California can learn from it.

Remarks by Robert Gates

Dr. Robert M. Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) and is the only Secretary of Defense in U.S. history to be asked to remain in that office by a newly-elected President. President Barack Obama is the eighth president Gates has served. He previously served under President George W. Bush. On Gates’ last day in office, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America’s highest civilian honor.

Before becoming Secretary of Defense in 2006, Gates was the president of Texas A&M University. Prior to assuming the Texas A&M presidency, on August 1, 2002, he served as interim dean of the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M from 1999 to 2001. He joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1966 and spent nearly 27 years as an intelligence professional. Gates served as director of Central Intelligence from 1991 until 1993. He is the only career officer in CIA’s history to rise from entry-level employee to director. He served as deputy director of Central Intelligence from 1986 until 1989 and as assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser at the White House from January 20, 1989, until November 6, 1991, for President George H.W. Bush.

Gates has been awarded the National Security Medal, the Presidential Citizens Medal, has three times received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and has three times received CIA’s highest award, the Distinguished Intelligence Medal. He is the author of the memoir, From the Shadows: The Ultimate Insiders Story of Five Presidents and How They Won the Cold War.

The Pacesetters Fellowship Program is the culmination of the hard work and dedication of alumni from the College’s first three graduating classes of 1948, 1949, and 1950 — the Pacesetters. This program attracts distinguished leaders in business, academia, and public affairs to Claremont McKenna College for one-on-one interactions with students. Gates is the thirteenth Pacesetters Fellow.

Mexico's Presidential Election, What it Means for the Future

In October 2009, Roderic Ai Camp, CMC’s Philip M. McKenna Professor of the Pacfic Rim, was awarded a Doctor of Humane Letters by St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

By recognizing him, we are reaffirming that a teacher at a liberal arts college can make a major contribution to an area of specialization, that a scholar devoted to interdisciplinary work can be recognized internationally for expertise developed over decades, and that a professor can both greatly value teaching and contribute significantly in the public sphere
-Leon Narvaez, professor of Spanish at St. Olaf

Camp is the author of more than 120 referred scholarly articles and essays and 29 books, including two novels and Politics in Mexico. His publications reflect an interdisciplinary body of work that covers Mexican intellectual life, religion and politics, civil-military relations, the private sector, public opinion, democratic values, socialization, elites and elite recruitment.

In addition to being a frequent media expert on issues of Mexico and Mexican politics, Camp has spoken to the incoming members of Mexico’s Congress on the subject of democracy and has interviewed eight presidents of Mexico. The format of his biographical work on Mexican political leadership was used for the official directories of the Office of the Presidency of Mexico, and the official biographies of Mexican Supreme Court justices who have served from 1917-89 are based, in part, on Camp's work.

Among the Minnesota college’s other reasons for honoring the CMC professor, Camp has briefed five of the last six U.S. ambassadors to Mexico for the U.S. Department of State, and has made presentations about topics related to Mexico at more than 100 non-governmental agencies, human rights organizations, governmental agencies, and universities in a number of countries, Narvaez says.

Camp began his teaching career as a professor at Central College of Iowa, then went on to Tulane University before joining the faculty at Claremont McKenna 1998.

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