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Public Figures and the Humanities: The Grand Inquisitor

With his discussion of a Dostoevsky masterwork, CMC Pres. Jack L. Stark concludes the series of "chats" by public figures on the impact that great works of Western literature have had on their private and professional lives. The series, sponsored by the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, has already featured Donald McKenna; Edward Gould; and CMC research institutes vice president Donald Henriksen.

President Stark, who graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1957 with a B.A. in humanities, was an officer in the Marine Corps from 1957 through 1960. Following his return to CMC in 1961 as director of alumni affairs, Mr. Stark became, in 1963, administrative assistant to the president, in which capacity he served until 1970. In July 1970 he was appointed acting president, and was elected president of CMC in January 1971.

Throughout his tenure as president, we have seen Mr. Stark complement his estimable administrative skills with a personable demeanor and accessibility that most eloquently bespeak his continuing commitment to making CMC a civil and humane exemplar among institutions of higher learning. Mr. Stark's Athenaeum address begins at 7:00 p.m., following a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.