American politics has reached a new level of dysfunction. The House of Representatives is suing the President. The President, frustrated by Congressional inaction on a number of issues, has threatened to move forward with significant policy changes that, he argues, are within his authority. One of the major issues that has riled up House Republicans is immigration. Rumor has it that the President will soon announce major changes to the way the administration enforces immigration law, including a temporary legal status for some of the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants who live in America. Aarti Kohli provides historical and political context for recent and impending battles over immigration policy. An undocumented student will join her, providing a window into the life of real people who are caught in the cross hairs of the immigration divide. Bring your burning questions and join the discussion!
Aarti Kohli is the incoming Deputy Director at Advancing Justice, Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of API communities. She is an experienced nonprofit lawyer, manager, and philanthropic adviser with expertise in issues impacting low-income and undocumented immigrants. Recently, she analyzed and conducted advocacy on pending immigration reform legislation in Congress with various national organizations, including the National Immigration Law Center and the Emerson Collective. Formerly, she was the Director of Immigration Policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law where she developed new projects, engaged funders, managed teams of researchers, and organized strategic roundtables and conferences. She was also proud to serve on the UC Berkeley President's task force on undocumented students. Before moving to California, she worked in Washington, DC as Judiciary Committee to counsel to Representative Howard Berman (D-CA) and as Assistant Legislative Director at UNITE union where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers.
Modern western societies regard reason as the ultimate source and test of knowledge and look upon science as the primary arbiter of rationality. This is the result of an intellectual attitude that became mainstream during the age of Enlightenment (late seventeenth-late eighteenth centuries). Towards the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century, scholars discussed the relationship between science, religion, and magic. For example, Sir James George Frazer, one of the founding fathers of modern anthropology, posited that human belief evolved from primitive magic to religion to science. This talk will explore magic as an experimental science within the learned traditions of the ancient Graeco-Roman and the medieval and early modern Mediterranean worlds.
Maria Mavroudi received her BA in Classics from the University of Thessaloniki and her Ph.D. in Byzantine studies from Harvard University in 1998. She started teaching at Berkeley in 2002. Her research focuses on the contacts between Byzantium and the Arabs, the medieval reception of ancient Greek learning in the Byzantine and the Islamic worlds, and the history of Byzantine science. Her publications include A Byzantine Book on Dream Interpretation: the Oneirocriticon of Achmet and its Arabic Sources (Leiden 2002), Artemidorou Oneirocritica (Athens 2002), and the edited volume The Occult Sciences in Byzantium (Geneva 2007), She is the recipient of a MacArthur fellowship (popularly nicknamed as "the genius grant").
Life and literature, teaching and learning, laughter and seriousness are
the elements which combined contribute to the work of Dr. Cushman and
Dr. Tinnemeyer of the CPS English Department. Though their academic
interests and specialities differ, they share the liveliness and
commitment to their students which their work reveals.
Richard Cushman studies 16th- and 17th- century English lyrics and
drama, with special attention to amatory and religious poetry. His
additional interests include classical literature, medieval poetry and
drama, and Italian and French renaissance humanism. Dr. Cushman holds
the Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. At Stanford, he received the Walter J.
Gores Faculty Achievement Award for excellence in teaching and was named
to the "Professorial Honor Roll" by the Stanford Review. Dr. Cushman
has been an active member of the College Prep English Department since
2002, where he offers seminars in classical and renaissance literature.
Also an organist, Richard Cushman directs the Tallis Singers, an
amateur choral group devoted to performing renaissance sacred music.
Andrea Tinnemeyer received her BA in English from the University of Houston, specializing in recovered literature from the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Project. Her PhD in Nineteenth-Century American and Chicano/a literature was awarded from Rice University. She taught at Rice University, The University of Houston, and Utah State University before joining the English department at College Prep. She has authored two books: Identity Politics and the Captivity Narrative and the first volume of The Students' Encyclopedia of Great American Writers and edited Random House's edition of Helen Hunt Jackson's Ramona. She is currently the head of the English department.
Join us for one of the most entertaining and beloved evenings in the LiveTalk series. Renowned film historian Harry Chotiner will guide us through an in-depth preview of Academy Awards 2014. This annual College Prep tradition features New York University film history professor and former Twentieth Century Fox vice president Harry Chotiner. Professor Chotiner's informed perspective offers an inside look at the nominees, along with plenty of lively, interactive audience participation. We add hot popcorn, soda, candies, and door prizes!
Bring your opinions and get a copy of Harry's picks for the best movies, actors, and directors of the year.