President's Annual Report
PROMOTING VIBRANT PROGRAMS AND CURRICULUM ENRICHMENT
A hallmark of the Claremont McKenna College experience is the important role of our research institutes, which allow our students to work closely with faculty scholars across a broad range of interests. As approved last spring by the Board of Trustees, the College has launched its tenth institute, The Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights. Founded and led by Professors John Roth, the Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy, and Jonathan Petropoulos, the John V. Croul Professor of European History, the Center will provide an important leadership voice in this rapidly evolving field of scholarship.
The study of the Holocaust has been part of the CMC curriculum for nearly 30 years, placing the College among the forerunners in these rapidly emerging fields of study. Central to the mission of educating future leaders is instilling our students with the knowledge and compassion necessary to interpret and succeed within a world rife with cultural and spiritual conflict, terrorism, and human rights violations. Although focusing primarily on study of the Holocaust and genocide, the Center's intellectual range will also include recent discussion and human rights legislation developed in response to the Holocaust. In the CMC institute tradition, the Center will engage students by supporting undergraduate research and internships, and involving students in graduate-level scholarship.
Since the founding of its first institute nearly 35 years ago, the extent of the programming offered by CMC's institutes remains virtually unparalleled among liberal arts colleges. Highlights include:
- The Kravis Leadership Institute, together with the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children, hosted the 13th annual Kravis-de Roulet Conference, examining the efficacy of work/life corporate policies, and perspectives on work and family life.
- The Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the European Union Center of California sponsored a two-day conference on Evaluating Success and Failure in Postcommunist Reform.
- The Gould Center's spring seminar, Democracy and Art, featured a wide range of speakers, field trips and other special events.
- The Lowe Institute of Political Economy hosted an international panel examining The Macroeconomics of Low Inflation and the Prospects for Global Deflation. The Institute also hosted Paul Volcker, who delivered the annual McKenna Lecture on International Trade and Economics.
- The Reed Institute of Decision Science co-sponsored two conferences with the Southern California Chapter of the American Statistical Association last October and November. The Institute also originated a student-faculty colloquium, Probability and Statistics, with Pomona College. In other welcoming news, Director Janet Myhre, the Dengler-Dykema Professor of Mathematics and Mathematical Economics, was elected president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Statistical Association, effective fall 2003.
- The Roberts Environmental Center recently involved 12 students in EEP clinics, analyzing corporate environmental and sustainability reports; employed four students--three during the academic year, and one in the summer; and supported seven students with summer internships. The Center also gained visibility in the corporate world, analyzing 170 corporate environmental and sustainability reports from the Fortune Global 500 and Fortune 500, and posting the results to a new REC Web site, a major work product of the Center's research. On campus, the Center sponsored five speakers at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, and last year negotiated a $60,000, five-year grant from the U. S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, to study the efficacy of reseeding following forest fires.
- The College's first institute, founded in 1969, the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern World, examined American Citizenship in the Age of Multicultural Immigration in a three-day conference co-sponsored with the Claremont Institute.
- The Rose Institute for State and Local Government hosted its annual conference on California's water challenges, and also made news by teaming with the prestigious Kosmont group for the new Kosmont-Rose Institute Cost of Doing Business survey.