Robert Fairlie Presents for Chancellor Blumenthal

January 30, 2014

On Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, Robert Fairlie had the opportunity to present at Chancellor Blumenthal's event, a Great Minds Dinner. This was a small dinner party that provoked conversations that illuminate and inspire.

Alan S. Christy and Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz were also faculty speakers that were invited to present.

ALAN S. CHRISTY, Associate Professor of History
Alan Christy is an Associate Professor of History. His publications include Ethnographies of the Self. His book A Discipline on Foot: Japanese Native Ethnography, 1910-1945 and was published in 2012. A translation of Amino Yoshihiko’s Rethinking Japanese History also came out in 2012, and he published various essays on modern Okinawan history and war memory in Japan. He teaches courses on Japanese and East Asian history, Okinawa, and historiography and memory. He is currently researching transnational memories of World War II in the Pacific between 1945 and 2005, as well as continuing his work on the history of ethnography in Japan.

ROBERT W. FAIRLIE, Professor of Economics
Robert Fairlie’s areas of specialization include labor economics, entrepreneurship, public policy, and applied econometrics. He has held visiting positions at Yale University, UC Berkeley, Australian National University, and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Germany. His research interests include entrepreneurship, technology, inequality, labor economics, education, and immigration. He has received funding for his research from numerous government agencies and foundations, and has testified to the U.S. Congress, U.S. Department of Treasury, and the California State Assembly regarding the findings from his research.

ENRICO RAMIREZ-RUIZ, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics
A theoretical astrophysicist, Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz is developing the conceptual framework needed to understand the observational data coming from new telescopes and astronomical surveys. Ramirez-Ruiz uses computer simulations to explore violent phenomena such as stellar explosions, gamma-ray bursts and the accretion of material onto black holes and neutron stars. At 35, Ramirez-Ruiz was the youngest person to be inducted into the Mexican Academy of Sciences. Since joining the UC Santa Cruz faculty in 2007, he has earned numerous awards including a Packard Fellowship and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award.