Past Events

Past events hosted by the Berger Institute include Speaker Series, Conferences, Panels, and Workshops.

2014

Friday, April 4, 2014: Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University and was the keynote speaker at the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics, hosted by the Berger Institute and CMC’s Lowe Institute. He has been a leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues with his work frequently entering into the design of national and international educational policy. His research spans such diverse areas as the impact of teacher quality, high stakes accountability, equity and efficiency in school finance, and class size reduction along with the role of cognitive skills in international growth and development. His pioneering analysis measuring teacher quality through growth in student achievement forms the basis for current research into the value-added of teachers and schools. He has authored or edited twenty books, along with over 200 articles. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and completed his Ph.D. in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thursday, March 6, 2014: Film producer Sarah Johnson Redlich at the Athenaeum. Ms. Redlich was the Executive Producer on such films as Miss Representation, which explores the portrayal of women in the media and how it diminishes the influence of women in the public sphere, The Invisible War, and the upcoming The Mask You Live In, which asks: as a society, how are we failing our boys? Miss Representation was screened throughout the afternoon of March 6th in Freeberg Lounge in the Athenaeum.

February 13, 2014: Kathy DeBoer, at noon in the Athenaeum. Ms. DeBoer is currently Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association and the author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently. DeBoer examines many of the non-physical differences between the sexes (their values and fears, conversation, behavior, psychological adjustment, etc.), then helps define these and other variables as they relate to gender differences in both competitive play and competitive work environments. Finally, DeBoer offers detailed suggestions on how men and women can communicate, understand, and ultimately overcome their differences.

February 11, 2014: Rebecca Jo Plant, author of Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America. Plant is currently an associate professor in the History Department at the University of California, San Diego. Recently, she has been researching and writing about the psychological, social and political consequences of war in the nineteenth and twentieth-century U.S.

February 7, 2014: 5th Annual Women and Leadership Workshop co-sponsored by the Berger Institute, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. The workshop will take place from 11:30 am-4 pm at the Athenaeum and will feature keynote speaker Michelle Bauman ’89 in addition to a networking reception and roundtable discussion. For more information, click here to view the flyer.

February 4, 2014: Lunch with Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, and activist, best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues.”

2013

September 23, 2013: Gloria Allred, “Women’s Rights and Women’s Wrongs – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace and Sexual Assault on College Campuses.” Allred currently serves as president of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund, and Time magazine called her “one of the nation’s most effective advocates of family rights and feminist causes.” Co-sponsored with the Athenaeum, ASCMC, the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Center for Writing and Public Discourse.

September 18, 2013: Zach Wahls, “What Makes A Family?” The son of two lesbian mothers, this 19-year-old University of Iowa student shares his fresh, bold perspective on the issue of gay marriage. Co-sponsored with the Athenaeum.

April 25, 2013: The Berger Institute is pleased to sponsor a screening of Mary Trunk’s film Lost in Living. This film tells the story of four women – a painter, a filmmaker, a novelist, and a multi-media artist – in two different age brackets, and gives them room to speak about the choices and challenges of being both a mother and an artist. Screening in Pickford Auditorium from 4-6pm.

April 19, 2013: Hilary Hoynes, keynote speaker at the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics, co-hosted with the Lowe Institute of Political Economy.

March 13, 2013: Jennifer Pozner, author whose book Reality Bites Back brings attention to the negative stereotypes of women cultivated and perpetuated by reality TV.

March 1, 2013: 4th Annual WLA Women and Leadership Workshop, from 11:30am-3:30pm in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Co-sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. More information here!

February 26, 2013: Rachel Lloyd, a leading advocate for commercially sexually exploited and domestically trafficked girls and young women. In 1998, with only a computer and $30, Lloyd established GEMS: Girls Educational and Mentoring Services to support girls and young women victimized by the commercial sex industry.

February 20, 2013: Jaclyn Friedman, writer, performer, and activist, and the editor of the hit book Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape (one of Publishers’ Weekly’s Top 100 Books of 2009 and one of Ms. Magazine’s Top 100 Feminist Non-fiction of All Time list). Her latest book, What You Really Want: The Smart Girl’s Shame-Free Guide to Sex and Safety, was released in November 2011.

2012

November 8, 2012: Ann Meyers Drysdale, the only woman to sign a free agent contract with the NBA. Currently the Vice President of the Phoenix Suns (NBA), Time has called her one of the ten greatest female athletes of all time. This event, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, is sponsored by CMS Athletics, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Berger Institute, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the Center for Human Rights Leadership.

October 31, 2012: Anita Hill, currently Senior Advisor to the Provost and Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University. Sponsored by the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, the Berger Institute, the Center for Writing and Public Discourse, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

October 3, 2012: Lisa Maatz, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children.

April 27, 2012:  WLA Negotiation Workshop, from 2:00-5:00pm in Pickford Auditorium at Claremont McKenna College. Co-sponsored by the Women & Leadership Alliance, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and the CMC Office of Development. This workshop targeted negotiation strategies in the areas of compensation, professional development and social interactions in three specialized sessions.  Each session was led by a professional in the respective topic area and students had an opportunity to participate in negotiation simulations based upon focused scenarios.

April 13, 2012:  Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics, co-hosted with the Lowe Institute of Political Economy and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. The Berger Institute sponsored the lunch keynote speaker, Dr. Michael Greenstone, 3M Professor of Environmental Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His talk was entitled “Can Adaptation Save Us From Climate Change?”

March 22-25, 2012:  The 4th International Conference on Adoption and Culture, Mapping Adoption: Histories, Georgraphies, Literatures, Politics. Co-hosted with the Alliance for the Study of Adoption and Culture and theIntercollegiate Women’s Studies of the Claremont Colleges.

March 7, 2012: A Career in Law: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction? At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Panelists included: Gigi Birchfield, Esq., CMC ’82, P’12, Judge John P. Doyle, CMC P’11, P’13, Judge Carolyn B. Kuhl, CMC P’11, Judge Margaret Nagle CMC P’10, P’12. Moderated by Judge Suzanne H. Segal CMC ‘82. Click here for more information on our panel members.

February 22, 2012 - Meg Wolitzer, best-selling novelist and writer. Her books, including The Wife (2004), The Ten-Year Nap (2008), and The Uncoupling (2011), have been praised in the pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, among others. In addition, Wolitzer has written a number of screenplays. Her short fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories and The Puschcart Prize, and she has also taught writing at the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop and at Skidmore College.

February 10, 2012:  WLA Women and Leadership Workshop. The keynote speaker was Jennifer Waggoner (CMC ’95), President of the League of Women Voters of California, whose talk was titled “Nobody Wants to Be A Leaderette.” Co-sponsored by the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, and members of the Women and Leadership Alliance. This event took place in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

February 5, 2012: Living Room Conversation on Work and Family, Burlingame, CA. This event was hosted at the home of Wendy Verba CMC ’82, a Berger Institute Advisory Board Member. The focus of the conversation was “Work and Family.”

2011

November 30, 2011 - Condoleezza Rice, 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). Sponsored by Res Publica, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Salvatori Center for the Study of Individual Freedom, the Lowe Institute of Political Economy, the Keck Center for International & Strategic Studies, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

October 26, 2011:  A lunch (12pm) panel discussion held in the Marian Miner Cook AthenaeumA Career in Government: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction? Panelists included Hilary Appel (Podlich Family Professor of Government and Associate Dean of the Faculty, CMC), Lisa Minshew Pitney, CMC ’88 (Government Relations, Disney Co.), Aleta Wagner (Executive Director for International Programs, CMC). Moderated by William Ascher (Donald C. McKenna Professor of Government and Economics, CMC).

September 18, 2011: Living Room Conversation, Los Angeles, CA. This event was hosted at the home of Gigi Birchfield (CMC ’82), a Berger Institute Advisory Board Member. The focus of the conversation was “Navigating Work and Family in Today’s Global Economy.”

April 15, 2011 - “Immigration:  Economics, Attitudes and Policies.” A talk by Dr. David Card, Class of 1950 Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley;  Director, Center for Labor Economics, University of California, Berkeley; and  Faculty Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. Keynote speaker at the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics, co-hosted with the Lowe Institute of Political Economy.  The Berger Institute sponsored a lunch with the keynote speaker.

March 21, 2011 - Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for twenty-five years. Her more than forty books and reports include the highly acclaimed Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 100 articles in academic journals, books and magazines.

March 2nd, 2011: Women in Finance: Can You Achieve Work/Family Satisfaction? At the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Co-sponsored with the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.  Panel members: Heidi Cruz (CMC ’94), M.B.A., Tiffany Kosch, M.B.A., and Jill Mullen (CMC P’12).  Click here for more information on our panel members.

February 25,  2011:  WLA Women and Leadership Workshop. They keynote speaker was Dr. Lois Frankel, President of Corporate Coaching International, whose talk was titled “See Jane Lead.” Co-sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, the Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children, and the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance.  This event took place in the Founders Room (Bauer Center North) from 9 – 11:30am, followed by lunch in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

2010

September 22nd, 2010:  Women in Science and Medicine: Can You Achieve Work/Life Satisfaction? A lunch panel discussion, 11:45am – 1:15pm at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Panel members: Stephanie Cropper, M.D., Jean Doble, M.B.S., Nina Karnovsky, Ph.D., and Angelika Niemz, Ph.D.  Co-sponsored with the Joint Science Department and the 5 College Women in Science Club.  Click here for more information on our panelists.

April 16, 2010 - “Gender, Source Country Characteristics and Labor Market Assimilation Among Immigrants.” A talk by Dr. Francine Blau, Frances Perkins Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Labor Economics and Academic Fellows of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA). Keynote speaker at the Southern California Conference in Applied Microeconomics, co-hosted with the Lowe Institute of Political Economy.

March 10, 2010 - Joanna Strober, author of Getting to 50/50: How Working Couples Can Have It All By Sharing It All 

2009

October 5, 2009 - Sylvia Ann Hewlett, author of Off-Ramps and On-Ramps: Keeping Talented Women on the Road to Success (2007)

April 19, 2009: Living Room Conversation on Work and Family, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

March 23, 2009 - Dr. Janet Currie, Professor of Economics and Chair of the Department of Economics, Columbia University

March 11, 2009 - Sandra Tsing Loh, writer/performer, regular commentator on NPR’s “Morning Edition”

March 2, 2009 - Dr. June Carbone, Edward A. Smith/Missouri Chair of Law Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

February 23, 2009: Alumni Panel on Work and Family

February 8, 2009: Living Room Conversation on Work and Family, Atherton, CA (Bay Area)

2008

November 9 , 2008:  Living Room Conversation on Work and Family, Orange County, CA

September 14, 2008:  Living Room Conversation on Work and Family, Los Angeles, CA

April 15, 2008 Dr. Ross D. Parke, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Family Studies, University of California, Riverside

March 25, 2008 Dr. Shelly Lundberg, Castor Professor of Economics and Directos of the Center for Studies in Demography and Ucology, University of Washington

February 18, 2008 - Dr. Raka Ray, Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies, Associate Professor of Sociology and South and Southeast Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley

2007

March 24, 2007:  CMC Women in Real Life: The Work/Family Challenge. A first-ever conference for CMC women (and men) of all ages, stages, and choices, exploring the ways we struggle for balance on the work/family spectrum.

2006

November 6, 2006 Dr. Stephanie Coontz, Professor of History and Women’s Studies, The Evergreen State College

October 24, 2006 - Dr. Kathryn Edin, Professor of Sociology and Research Associated at the Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania

October 9, 2006 – Hon. Eugene Hyman, Santa Clara Superior Court Judge

September 26, 2006 Jeremy Rifkin, Founder and President of the Foundation on Economic Trends

March 25, 2006:  Work and Families: Changing Realities, 23rd Annual Claremont Symposium.

March 16-17, 2006: Biology and Beyond: Siblings in Foster Care and Adoption Conference.

2005

November 7, 2005 - Dr. Carollee Howes, Professor of Education University of California, Los Angeles

September 26, 2005 - Julie Fletcher, Vice-President, Human Resources and Learning Option One Mortgage

2004

March 11, 2004 - Dr. Phyllis Moen, Professor of Sociology, University of Minnesota

March 1, 2004 - Amelia Tyagi, Co-Founder of HealthAllies

February 26, 2004 - Dr. Bernardo J. Carducci, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast

2003

April 7, 2003 - Dr. Rosalind Barnett, Women’s Studies Research Center, Brandeis University

March 31, 2003 - Dr. Michael Lamb, Head, Section on Social and Emotional Development, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

March 3, 2003 - Dr. Ted Bergstrom, Professor of Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara

February 22, 2003:  Leadership in Work/Family Balance Conference.

January 27, 2003 - Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School – Co-sponsored with the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

2002

April 15, 2002 - Duncan Thomas, Professor of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles

April 2, 2002 - Cathy Guisewite, Cartoonist, “Twenty-five Years with Cathy”

April 1, 2002 - Hedrick Smith, Film Maker, “Juggling Work and Family”

March 4, 2002 - Barbara Schneider, Co-chair, Chicago Center on Working Families, University of Chicago

February 18, 2002 - Ann Crittenden, Author, “The Price of Motherhood”

January 30, 2002 - Diane F. Halpern, Director, Berger Institute for Work, Family, and Children and Professor, Claremont McKenna College

2001

October 4, 2001 - Maya Ajmera, Founder, Global Fund For Children

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