President's Annual Report
A HEIGHTENED GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE
Today's sweeping global changes have created an even more interdependent world. Everything from communications, financial investments and commerce, to politics, science, and technology, must now be viewed not only in an American, but also a global, context.
In response to these challenges and as discussed in the Strategic Plan, the College has strengthened its globalization focus. In 2002-2003, CMC and Pitzer College completed the first of a four-year Freeman Foundation grant to develop a program in Asian political economy. As part of this program, two distinguished visiting scholars were on our campus: David Lambertson, former U.S. ambassador to Thailand, and Chong-Wook Chung, former senior secretary for foreign policy and national security in the office of the president of the Republic of Korea, and his nation's first ambassador to the People's Republic of China.
Last spring we were also pleased to host the 2003 Podlich Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Michael Berenbaum. A renowned and eloquent scholar and leader, Dr. Berenbaum is the former director of the United States Holocaust Research Institute at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and former director of Steven Spielberg's Shoah Foundation.
As the world around us continues to change, the College evolves to meet the needs of educating tomorrow's global leaders. Examples of new classes developed last spring for the 2003-04 academic year reflect this commitment:
- Economics of Population examines demographic changes in both industrialized and developing nations through an economic perspective.
- International Security in South Asia, introduces students to the security environment of South Asia and the impact of nuclear proliferation.
- God and Money, Religion and Violence, and Religious Autobiography and the Quest for Self-Knowledge, three new courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies, focus on the role of affluence in shaping moral and religious values, as well as the personal quest for meaning and its relationship to images, ideas, and institutions.