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January 31, 90

Vol. 05 , No. 06   

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The Tradition Continues

Once again it's time for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's annual Clambake. Chef Robert is preparing a plethora of delectable seafood dishes, including cioppino, steamed clams, fresh swordfish, and clam chowder. The evening also features a dessert table. To join us for a night of feasting and fun, please return the enclosed coupon. The tradition continues at 6:00.

In Defense of the Republic of Virtue

Two hundred years ago the history of Western Europe and of the modern world was forever changed by the outbreak of the French Revolution. Whether that change was for good or ill remains the subject of keen dispute-both intellectually and politically. To plumb the causes and effects of that momentous Revolution and to weigh its good and bad qualities, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum joins with the Henry Salvatori Center in launching a series of expert talks on the French Revolution.

"In Defense of the Republic of Virtue" is Katherine Auspitz's theme on Tuesday, February 6. A spirited lecturer, Auspitz has taught at Wellesley College and Harvard University, where she was associate professor and head tutor in social studies. She has written extensively on 18th- and 19th-century France, including a book on The Radical Bourgeoisie: The Ligne de L'Enseignement and the Origins of the Third Republic, 1866-1885 (1982) and her forthcoming study, Exporting Revolution: French and Foreign Jacobins, 1792-1815. Besides her academic credentials-she is a magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, a Fulbright scholar, and a Harvard Ph.D. in government-Auspitz has taken a practical interest in civic virtue by serving as chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Please join us for dinner by filling out the coupon. Dr. Auspitz's address begins at 7:00 p.m.

A Woman's Right to Choose

Eleanor Smeal is well-known throughout the United States as an advocate for women's rights. She is founder and president of The Fund for the Feminist Majority, which is sponsoring the Feminization of Power Campaign, a national effort to inspire unprecedented numbers of women to seek leadership positions, to promote a national feminist agenda, and to heighten awareness of the feminist majority. Smeal has served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She was one of the sponsors of last April's March for Women's Equality/Lives in Washington, D.C.- the largest march in the history of the women's rights movement for keeping abortion safe and legal. In addition, she worked to defeat four statewide anti-abortion referendums, and developed an aggressive legal strategy against the leaders of the anti-abortion movement, with the goal of ending violence and harassment at women's health centers.

Smeal's leadership has been acknowledged by many well-known publications. In 1983 she was chosen by the World Almanac as the fourth-most influential woman in the United States; she was named by Time magazine as one of the "50 faces for America's Future" in 1979; and she was featured as one of the six most influential Washington lobbyists in U.S. News & World Report.

Eleanor Smeal graduated from Duke University and received her master's degree from the University of Florida. She is married to Charles Smeal and has two children.

Her 7:00 lecture follows a 6:00 dinner and 5:30 reception. To join us for the dinner preceding this evening of interesting discussion, please return the enclosed reservation form to the Athenaeum.

Gorbachev's Glasnost: Authoritarianism and Democracy

The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome David K. Shipler, a distinguished speaker in the continuing series, "The Soviet Union Today and Tomorrow: A Time for New Thinking."

Mr. Shipler, who worked in The New York Times' Moscow bureau and is now a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, speaks about continuing reform in the Soviet Union under Mikhail Gorbachev. Titled "Gorbachev's Glasnost: Authoritarianism and Democracy," Mr. Shipler's speech addresses the impact of reform on the style of leadership in Moscow.

The author of the best-selling Russia: Broken Idols, Solemn Dreams (1983), Mr. Shipler received the 1983 Overseas Press Club Award for the best book on foreign affairs. An updated edition, including a new chapter on Gorbachev's liberalizations, was published in May 1989. In all, Mr. Shipler spent four years in Moscow, including two as bureau chief. In preparation for his Moscow assignment, Mr. Shipler spent a semester studying the Russian language and Soviet politics and history at Columbia University's Russian Institute.

He also served as The New York Times' bureau chief in Jerusalem (from 1979 to 1984), and received the 1983 George Polk Award for his coverage of the Lebanon war. He published his second book, Arab and Jew: Wounded Spirits in a Promised Land, in 1986 and received the Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. He served as chief diplomatic correspondent in the Times' Washington bureau until 1988.
Please fill out the enclosed reservation form, if you are interested in signing up for the dinner. The 7:00 speech is open to all.

The Pro-life Feminist View

Rachel MacNair, pro-life activist, is currently president of Feminists For Life of America (FFL), founded in 1972. FFL is a group of 2,000 members dedicated to securing the right to life, from conception to natural death, of all human beings. It seeks legal and social equality for all persons, regardless of sex, and supports a Human Life Amendment and an Equal Rights Amendment. Since 1987 MacNair has participated in more than 50 radio interviews and talk shows around the country. She has been quoted in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Examiner, Mother Jones, and National Review.

Rachel MacNair graduated from Earlham College in 1978, and in 1986 received a Paralegal Certificate at Rockhurst College. She is the mother of a one-year-old son.

If you wish to join us for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner, please return the reservation slip to the Athenaeum. The lecture is open to all and begins at 7:00.

The Tradition Continues

Once again it's time for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's annual Clambake. Chef Robert is preparing a plethora of delectable seafood dishes, including cioppino, steamed clams, fresh swordfish, and clam chowder. The evening also features a dessert table. To join us for a night of feasting and fun, please return the enclosed coupon. The tradition continues at 6:00.

Reform of Leninist States: Comparing Reform in China and the Soviet Union

The Keck Center for International Strategic Studies will hold a conference on "State and Society in China: The Consequences of Reform, 1978-1990." The conference assembles leading authorities on various aspects of contemporary China to analyze the underlying changes that have taken place in China since the death of Mao. The conference takes place in the Bauer Center Founders Room on February 16-17.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the Keck Center will co-host a keynote dinner for the conference in the Athenaeum at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a 5:30 p.m. reception. Thomas P. Bernstein, professor of political science, East Asian Institute, Columbia University, will speak on "Reform of Leninist States: Comparing Reform in China and the Soviet Union." Bernstein is a well-established scholar of contemporary communism and rural reform.

Please fill out the enclosed reservation form, if you wish to attend the reception and dinner preceding Dr. Bernstein's address.

For further information on the conference, contact the Keck Center (621-8213).

Evening in Vienna
MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN, conductor, Claremont Chamber Orchestra
Friday, February 16, 1990
Sunday, February 18, 1990

It is our pleasure to invite you to an evening of music, dance, and fine Viennese cuisine. Join us for dinner, a whirl around the dance floor, and the music of Johann Strauss with the Claremont Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Prof. Michael Deane Lamkin.

The festivities begin at six o'clock and will include a brief dance lesson on the waltz and the polka by Mr. Larnkin. The menu features a served dinner of

Green Bean and Red Pepper Salad with Vinaigrette Dressing
Chicken Paprika - Red Cabbage with Bacon - Orzo with Mushrooms

and a dessert table with

Apple Tarts
White Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate Sauce
Double Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Sauce
Viennese Café

Prices-please include your payment with your reservation.
Prices for Friday, February 16 - Student Night

CMC student and one guest (both with meal cards) $5.00 per person
CMC student and one guest (without meal card) $7.50 per person
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest $7.50 per person
All other students, faculty, and staff $12.50 per person

Prices for Sunday, February 18 - Community Night
CMC faculty, staff, and one guest $15.00 per person
All others $20.00 per person

Please use the appropriate form for your reservation-include payment

A New Model of Nature

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to join the Phi Beta Kappa chapter in presenting Richard Westfall, whose talk is titled "A New Model of Nature." Dr. Westfall is a professor of history and philosophy of science at Indiana University. He is the author of Science and Religion in Seventeenth Century England (1958), Force in Newton's Physics: The Science of Dymanics in the Early Seventeenth Century (1971), The Construction of Modern Science (1971), Never at Rest: A Biography of Isaac Newton (1980), and he is co-editor of Steps in the Scientific Tradition: Readings in the History of Science and Foundations of Scientific Method: The Nineteenth Century (1968). Currently Dr. Westfall is working on a social history of the scientific community of the 16th and 17th centuries. A Yale University graduate. Dr. Westfall has received grants or fellowships from the National Science Foundation, ACLS, NEH, and the Rockefeller and Guggenheim foundations.

There will be a 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and Dr. Westfall's lecture will begin at 7:00. Return the enclosed coupon to the Athenaeum, if you wish to join us for dinner.

U.S. Policy in Latin America

Elliott Abrams is an attorney who has practiced law in both New York and Washington, D.C. He spent four years in the 1970s working for the United States Senate: as assistant counsel to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations in 1975; as special counsel to Sen. Henry M. Jackson in 1975-76; and as special counsel and then chief of staff to Sen. Daniel P. Moynihan from January 1977 to June 1979.

In January 1981 Mr. Abrams became assistant secretary of state for international organization affairs. In December of that year, he was sworn in as assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs. In July 1985 Mr. Abrams was appointed assistant secretary of state for inter-American affairs, where he supervised U.S. policy in Latin America and the Caribbean until January 1989. Mr. Abrams was a leading supporter of the contra movement. In August 1988 Mr. Abrams received the secretary of state's Distinguished Service Award for his work in the department.

Elliott Abrams received his B.A. degree from Harvard College in 1969, his master's degree in international relations from the London School of Economics in 1970, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973. Mr. Abrams presently practices law in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife, Rachel, and their three children.

Mr. Abrams' address begins at 4:00 at Pickford Auditorium (formerly Bauer Auditorium). No sign-ups are necessary, because there will not be an Athenaeum dinner. Plan to attend this up-to-date presentation on U.S. policy in Latin America.


The Keck Center for International Strategic Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to continue the lecture series on "The Future of Communism in Europe and Asia." The second speaker this semester is a distinguished China scholar, Dr. Jonathan D. Pollack, who will present a lecture titled "China." He serves as chairman of the Department of Political Science at the RAND Corporation, the internationally renowned "think tank" in Santa Monica.

Dr. Pollack was born in New London, Connecticut, and was educated at Rutgers College and the University of Michigan, from which he received his doctoral degree in 1976. For the following two years, he was a research fellow of the John King Fairbank Center at Harvard University. In 1978 he joined the RAND Corporation.

Dr. Pollack has written extensively on China's foreign affairs and defense policy. His publications include Sino-Soviet Rivalry and Chinese Security Debates (1983), Military Power and Policy in Asian States (1980), and Security, Strategy, and Logic in Chinese Foreign Policy (1981). He has visited China on numerous occasions, including the summer of 1989. A 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:00 p.m. dinner precede Dr. Pollack's lecture. Please fill out the enclosed reservation form, if you wish to attend the reception and dinner.

For further information, contact the Keck Center (621-8213).


Tuesday, February 13, Cameron Munter will not be able to be with us.

Thursday, April 12, Seniors Only Dinner with William F. Buckley, Jr., followed by 7:00 speech, open to all, in McKenna Auditorium, "Reflections on Current Controversies."

Thursday, April 19, Dianne Feinstein, dinner followed by 7:00 speech in McKenna Auditorium "California in the 1990s."