A Triumphal Trilogy: Blowback, Sorrows of Empire, and now Nemesis a conversation with Chalmers Johnson.
Sponsored by The Center for The Pacific Rim at The University of San Francisco in association with The Commonwealth Club.
Chalmers Johnson, one of America's leading public intellectuals, was awarded chairs by both U.C. Berkeley and U.C. San Diego during his long academic career. Among his two dozen books he set the standard for the study of the Chinese revolution (Peasant Nationalism) and the Japanese economy (MITI and the Japanese Economic Miracle). Upon retirement from U.C., Johnson founded the Japan Policy Research Institute in order to publish cutting-edge essays on current topics. His trilogy is a monumental study of American foreign and military problems in the 21st century. This program celebrates the publication this month of Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic.
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher
Patrick Lloyd Hatcher is a professor at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim and formerly a Kiriyama Fellow, Center for the Pacific Rim for Spring 2001.
A military historian by profession, Hatcher taught in both the history and political science departments at the University of California at Berkeley prior to his retirement. One of Cal's most sought after guest speakers, he was honored with the MacArthur Award from the Institute of International Studies at Cal in 1987 and was the recipient of the UC Berkeley Instructor of the Year Award in 1988.
Patrick Hatcher received his Ph.D. in history from the University of California at Berkeley. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he had risen to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. From 1996 to 1999 Hatcher served as a judge for the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize and in 1999 he chaired the panel of nonfiction judges. He has taught at other Bay Area institutions, including St. Mary’s College, UC Davis, and Golden Gate University.
Chalmers Johnson is president of the Japan Policy Research Institute, a non-profit research and public affairs organization devoted to public education concerning Japan and international relations in the Pacific.
He taught for thirty years, 1962-1992, at the Berkeley and San Diego campuses of the University of California and held endowed chairs in Asian politics at both of them. At Berkeley he served as chairman of the Center for Chinese Studies and as chairman of the Department of Political Science. His B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in economics and political science are all from the University of California, Berkeley.
Father Stephen Privett
Rev. Stephen Privett, S.J., began his tenure as the 27th president of the University of San Francisco on September 15, 2000. Father Privett was born in San Francisco. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1960 and is a graduate of The Catholic University of America, the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley and Gonzaga University. His doctorate is in Catechetics and his particular expertise focuses on the Hispanic community in the Catholic Church.