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Claremont Discourse Schedule - Fall 2008
Claremont Discourse is a faculty lecture series sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library
All lectures will be held in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library. Discussion will follow each lecture, and refreshments will be provided.
Constitutional Discourse: A Panel Discussion of Women and the Constitution (in Remembrance of Ruth Schooley)
Susan McWilliams (Pomona Politics), Jean Schroedel (CGU Politics), Diana Selig (CMC History),
Catherine Allgor (CMC History), and Cecelia Conrad (Scripps Dean of Faculty), moderator
Wednesday, September 17th, 4:15 p.m.
Ruth Schooley, who passed away on July 15, 2008, was a member of the Claremont University Consortium and Libraries' family, and The Claremont Colleges community since 1995 when she joined the staff as a government publications librarian. Ruth was a dedicated professional who took immense pleasure in helping students with their research — particularly in the areas of government and international relations. This panel discussion is dedicated to her memory, in observation of Constitution Day.
Visualizing the Buddha for the Here and Now: Art, Religion, and Politics in Contemporary Taiwan
Shi Zhiru, Associate Professor of Religious Studies Department of Religious Studies, Pomona College
Thursday, October 9th, 4:15 p.m.
All religions have an aesthetic component, even when that aesthetic — whether music, architecture, painting, or sculpture — is austerity. Many non-Buddhists might too easily categorize Buddhism as directed towards easing the pressures of the world's imagery in hope of finding the genuine core of the self. Yet there are rich traditions of Buddhist Art, not least of which are the thousands of visualizations of the Buddha. There are also, as in many other religions, Buddhist traditions of social aid. Shi Zhiru, a Taiwanese Buddhist nun and professor of Religious Studies at Pomona College, will examine the production of visual culture by the Buddhist Compassionate Relief (Ciji) Merit Association, one of the most powerful religious movements to emerge in postcolonial Taiwan — a movement particularly renowned for its humanitarian social relief efforts. Why should a humanitarian movement, elevating social service and philanthropy as the way to Buddhahood, invest substantive economic resources to sponsor Buddhist art? How Ciji creatively reconfigures religious visual imagery so as to reinterpret and align cultic practice with the humanistic thrust in Ciji's vision of Buddhism is best understood when contextualized within the larger trends of Buddhist intellectual and social reforms in contemporary Taiwan. Studying Ciji's visual practices thus illuminates the ways in which art, doctrine, and practice are inextricably interrelated and always take shape in response to broader cultural, intellectual, political, and social changes.
Can a Lender-of-Last-Resort Stabilize Financial Markets? Lessons from the Founding of the Fed
Eric Hughson, Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor of Finance and Economics, and Director of the
Financial Economics Institute, Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, Claremont McKenna College
Wednesday, October 29th, 4:15 p.m.
The US Economy is hitting home — not only "the home" that may have been lost to foreclosure in the last year, but the metaphoric home of our daily lives. The traditional assurances of pundits about the long term behavior of the markets are no longer convincing as Americans worry about the viability of their retirement and begin to invoke the year 1929. With the espoused ideals of the free market having failed housing and credit, there has been a turn back to government, a turn that might be ironically described as socialism to save capitalism. Eric Hughson, professor at CMC, along with his research partners, CMC Professor Marc D. Weidenmier and HMC Professor Asaf Bernstein, have looked at the founding of the Federal Reserve as a historical experiment to provide some insight into whether a lender-of-last-resort can stabilize financial markets.
Teaching the Soul of a Music: Jazz and Higher Education, A panel discussion in memory of Ron Teeples
Moderator: Mark Masters, Director, American Jazz Institute, Mark Masters Orchestra and Ensemble, CMC faculty
Bobby Bradford, LA Scene cornetist and trumpeter, Ornette Coleman alumnus, Pomona faculty
Bob Keller, musician, teacher of improvisation, HMC faculty
Ntongela Masilela, English and World Literature, Pitzer faculty
Wendy Martin, Transdisciplinary Studies, Vice Provost, CGU
Thursday, November 6th, 4:15 p.m.
Jazz had its earliest scholars, historians, and musicologists outside the academy — fans who knew their favorite music not only to be a personal enjoyment and pastime, but a serious art worthy of scholarship. This world wide community of enthusiasts assembled early fanzines, sent out dispatches on performances, and painstakingly wrote the first discographies. And although they might not have fit comfortably in modernist circles or elite notions of European classicism, the early jazz musicians themselves — Louis Armstrong, Coleman Hawkins, Bix Beiderbecke, Lester Young, and Billie Holiday among them — knew very well they were creating a new form of art. Acceptance by the academy grew as street popularity waned and complexity and artistic awareness waxed — sometimes the paradoxical fate of art. What is the proper place and purpose of jazz in higher education? How does one study and hold up an art form and at the same time preserve creativity's protean liveliness? In honor of Ron Teeples, the late CMC economics professor who had a love of the music and an indefatigable dedication to spreading its gospel, we've invited three musicians/music educators and two cultural critics from The Claremont Colleges scene to explain and discuss their approaches to a higher education of jazz.