Full Athenaeum Schedule for Fall 2011

We hope our Athenaeum teaser list has whetted your appetite for this semester’s stellar lineup of speakers. The full Athenaeum Program Calendar for Fall 2011 has been released, and, in true Ath style, the Claremont Colleges community is in for a real treat. Online dinner reservations will be open to CMC students at a date to be announced soon. As always, reservations are not required to attend just the presentation. Go here for reservations. For more information, visit the Ath site.

Thursday, September 8

Deogratias Niyizonkiza, founder, Village Health Works-Seed of Hope,  Burundi; “Where There is Health; There is Hope”


Monday, September 12

Jacqueline Calkin '89 , MD; faculty, U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine; fellow, American Academy of Dermatology;  "What a Violinist Knows about Leadership"


Tuesday, September 13

Joshua Landis, associate professor of Middle East studies, director, Center for Middle East Studies, University of Oklahoma; author, Will Failure to Solve the Arab-Israeli Conflict Mean a New Cold War in the Middle East? (2010) and Can a Syrian-Israeli Peace Agreement Be Reached? (2008); "Syria and the Arab Spring: What It Means for the United States"


Wednesday, September 14

James Stewart, Pulitzer Prize-winning business columnist, The New York Times; author, Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff (2011) and DisneyWar: The Battle for the Magic Kingdom (2006); "Leadership and Ethics"


Monday, September 19

Anthony Julius, attorney, deputy chairman, Mishcon de Reya, London; author, Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Anti-Semitism in England (2010) and Transgressions: The Offences of Art (2002); "Literary Lies about Jews"


Tuesday, September 20

Gregory Hess, vice president for academic affairs, Dean of Faculty, James G. Boswell Professor of Economics, George R. Roberts Fellow, CMC; editor,  forthcoming Guns and Butter and co-author, Where Have All the Heroes Gone? A Self-Interested, Economic Theory of Heroism (2008);

S. Brock Blomberg P'13, Dean, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance; Peter K. Barker '70 professor of economics and George R. Roberts Fellow, CMC; co-author, Terrorism and the Economics of Trust (2011) and On the Duration and Sustainability of Transnational Terrorist Organizations (2010)


Wednesday, September 21

Audrey Bilger, associate professor of literature & faculty director, Center for Public Writing and Discourse, CMC; author of Laughing Feminism: Subversive Comedy of Frances Burney, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen (2002) and co-author of An Essay on the Art of Ingeniously Tormenting (2003); "From Jane Austin to Feminist Hulk: Gender Studies in a Digital Age"


Monday, September 26

Deborah Buck, violin; Robert Thies, piano; gold medal winner (1995), Second International Sergei Prokofiev Competition, St. Petersburg, Russia; artist on album Live in Recital (2006); "A Concert of Work by Beethoven, Dvorak, and Brahms for Violin and Piano"


Tuesday, September 27

Luis Alberto Urrea, professor of creative writing, University of Illinois-Chicago; author, Into the Beautiful North (2009) and The Devil's Highway (2004); "An Evening with the Author"


Wednesday, September 28

Brett Hoebel '93, founder, Hoebel Fitness; trainer, NBC's The Biggest Loser; "Join the Revolution"


Thursday, September 29

Benjamin Bagby, vocalist and harpist, co-founder and director, Sequentia; associate professor of medieval music performance practice, Sorbonne University; artist on CD Fragments for the End of Time (2008) and Chant Wars (2005); "Beowulf: The Epic in Performance"


Friday, September 30

Tom Campbell, dean, Donald P. Kennedy Chair in Law and professor of economics, Chapman University School of Law; "Uneasy Compromise" (12:00 p.m.)


Monday, October 3

Paul Hurley, Edward J. Sexton Professor of Philosophy and Religous Studies, CMC; author, Beyond Consequentialism (2009) and co-author, History of Philisophy (1993); "Adam Smith's Dirty Little Secret: The Curiously Intimate Relationship between Markets and Morality"


Tuesday, October 4

Maestro Soler, guitar; "Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca: Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of His Death"


Wednesday, October 5

Melissa Harris-Perry, professor of political science, founding director, Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics of the South, Tulane University; author, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (2011) and Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought (2006); "For Colored Girls Who've Considered Politics When Being Strong Isn't Enough"


Thursday, October 6

Geoffrey Hartman, Sterling Professor Emeritus and senior research scholar of English and comparative literature, Yale University; author, The Third Pillar: Essays in Judaic Studies (2011) and A Scholar's Tale: Intellectual Journey of a Displaced Child of Europe (2009)


Monday, October 10

Brenda Patterson, mezzo soprano; Donald Berman, piano; David Bowlin, violin; Darrett Adkins, violoncello;  Jamaica Kincaid, Josephine Olp Weeks Chair and Professor of Literature, CMC; author, Among Flowers: A Walk in the Himalayas (2005)  and Mr. Potter (2002); "Jamaica's Songs: A Song Cycle"


Tuesday, October 11

Dan Walters, political columnist, The Sacramento Bee; author,  The New California: Facing the 21st Century (1986) and co-author,   The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento (2002); "Is California Ungovernable?"


Wednesday, October 12

George Lakoff, professor of linguistics, U.C. Berkeley; author, The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain (2008) and Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Importent Idea (2006); "Writing and Public Discourse"


Friday, October 21

Thomas Leppert '77, former mayor, Dallas, Texas (12:00 p.m.)


Friday, October 21

Niall Ferguson, Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History, Harvard University; William Ziegler Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School; author, Civilization: The West and the Rest (2011) and High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg (2010) (3:00 p.m.)


Monday, October 24

Rick Welts, president and CEO, Phoenix Suns, National Basketball Association


Tuesday, October 25

Daniel Yohannes '76 (12:00 p.m.)


Tuesday, October 25

Art Horowitz, chair, department of theatre, Pomona College; Alan Blumenfeld, lecturer in theatre, Pomona College; "Moshe: Prince of Israel" by P. Edward Haley (2010)


Wednesday, October 26

Lisa Minshew Pitney '88, Vice President, Government Relations, The Walt Disney Company; Aleta Wenger, executive director, International programs, CMC; Adam Rush '03, mayor, Eastvale, California; Christina Cromley Bruner '91, Northern Rockies Conservation Cooperative; "A Career in Government: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction?" (12:00 p.m.)


Wednesday, October 26

Deanna Zandt, media technologist, South Brooklyn Home for Wayward Girls; research fellow, Center for Social Media, American University; author, Share This! How You will Change the World with Social Networking (2010); "Writing and Public Discourse"


Thursday, October 27

John Dinan, professor of political science, Wake Forest University; author, The Virginia State Constitution (2011) and The American State Constitutional Tradition (2006); "The History of State Resistance to Federal Policy" (12:00 p.m.)


Monday, October 31

John Bradley, author, Behind the Veil of Vice: The Business and Culture of Sex in the Middle East (2010) and Inside Egypt: The Land of the Pharaohs on the Brink of a Revolution (2008); "Revolution and Radical Islam in the New Middle East"


Wednesday, November 9

Hao Huang, associate professor of music, Scripps College; "Liszt Bicentennial Concert"


Thursday, November 10

Davis Campbell, senior research fellow, Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed), U.C. Davis; Dean Vogel, president, California Teachers Association; Jed Wallace, president and CEO, California Charter Schools Association; Julia Brownley, State Assemblywoman (CA-41st District); Jeff Stark, vice president, Claremont Unified School District Board of Education; David Abel '68, chairman and managing director, VERDEXCHANGE Institute; "Is California K-12 Education in Crisis? If So, What Do We Do about It?"


Monday, November 14

Atsuro Riley, author, Romey's Order (2010); "Poet Reads from His Work"


Tuesday, November 15

Christopher Clarke, former chief, China division, Bureau of Intelligence and Research, U.S. State Department


Thursday, November 17

Ross King, professor of Korean, University of British Columbia; co-author, Continuing Korean (2002) and Elementary Korean (2000); "Colonial Korea and the Pleasures of Vicarious Book Collecting: The Secret Story of the Frederick McCormick Korean Collection at the Claremont Colleges"


Monday, November 21

Thomas Leabhart, professor of theater arts, Pomona College; director; "Mirrors: Stories of Almost Everyone" by Eduardo Galeano (2009)


Tuesday, November 29

Charles Kamm, associate professor of music, Scripps College; conductor, Claremont chamber choir; "Music for the Holidays"


Wednesday, November 30

Condoleezza Rice, professor of political economy, director, Global Center for Business and Economy, Stanford Graduate School of Business; Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy, Hoover Institution; professor of political science, Stanford University; former United States Secretary of State (2005-2009) and former United States National Security Advisor (2001-2005); author, No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington (2011) and  Extraordinary, Ordinary People: A Memoir of Family (2010)