Cook Athenaeum, in conjunction with the Claremont Institute, are proud to present a luncheon talk by
the official biographer of one of the twentieth century's
greatest statesmen and men of letters, Sir Winston
Three years ago, Martin Gilbert, one of Britain's most
distinguished historians, completed the eighth and final
volume of Churchill's official biography. Now, drawing
on 25 years of research, Gilbert has written Churchill: A
Life (1991), the first single-volume biography to be based on
Churchill's personal, political, and secret archives. In
his remarks at CMC, Gilbert will survey Churchill's
storied career, explore his genius for statesmanship,
and respond to recent criticisms of Churchill's wartime
Born in London in 1936, Gilbert was among several
thousand British children evacuated to Canada during
the Blitz. After returning home in 1944, he attended
Highgate School, served in the British Army, and
graduated with honors from Magdalen College, Oxford.
He stayed on at Oxford as a senior research scholar for
graduate work in Soviet and British imperial history,
and in 1962 was elected a fellow of Merton College.
That same year he became research assistant to
Randolph Churchill, Sir Winston's only son, then
engaged in writing the first two volumes of the official
biography. After Randolph's death in 1968, Gilbert
began work on the six volumes that would complete the
project. Among his other books are Auschwitz and the
Allies (1982), The Roots of Appeasement (1966), a biography of Anatoly
Scharansky, and twelve historical atlases.
Please join us for lunch at noon and Martin Gilbert's
talk at 12:30 p.m.
in East Los Angeles there are eight different gangs.
Warfare is part of daily life. Some people try to ignore
the problem and live with their back to the torments on
the streets. Father Gregory Boyle is not one of those
When he arrived at the church in 1986, Father Boyle
was the youngest pastor in the Catholic Archdiocese of
Los Angeles, and the Dolores Mission was the poorest
parish. His parishioners were not quick to welcome a
young Anglo pastor into their predominantly Hispanic
neighborhood. His daily presence, walking or cycling
through the neighborhood, eventually gained him the
acceptance and trust of his parishioners. In time, even
the gangs came to accept his concern as a stable force in
their hectic lives.
Father Boyle, or "G-Dog" as the gang members call
him, addresses the social problems of the neighborhood
rather than relying on increased police power to curb
gang violence. He established an alternative school to
encourage gang members to finish high school. His
"Jobs for the Future" project found employment for 50
gang members last summer. More importantly he is
there when he is needed, as a friend, father, or
Please join us for a look at an L.A. that we don't often
see from Claremont. Father Boyle is one man making
quite a difference in the lives of many people our
age-his view of the world will undoubtedly broaden
our sights as well. Return the enclosed reservation form
and join us for a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00,
followed by his talk at 7:00.
welcome award-winning author Tim O'Brien. Mr.
O'Brien received the 1979 National Book Award for his
novel Going After Cacciato (1978). His most recent book, The
Things They Carried (1990), was selected by The New York Times
Book Review as one of the six best works of fiction in
Critics question why Mr. O'Brien continues to write
books, such as these two award winners, about a war
that ended twenty years ago, and accuse him of
exploiting the Vietnam War. This new book, however,
"is about love, and God, and life after death." He says,
"I'm hoping art will salvage the exploitation. The whole
purpose is to try to get something beautiful out of that
Mr. O'Brien graduated in 1968 from MacAlester
College in St. Paul. He served as a foot soldier in
Vietnam from 1969 to 1970, after which he pursued
graduate studies at Harvard University. His short story,
The Things They Carried, was selected for the 1987 Best
American Short Stories and was included in Best American
Short Stories of the 1980's.
Mr. O'Brien enjoys a good informal discussion; he is
sure to be as provocative as he was at his former
Athenaeum appearance. Be sure to join one of
America's great authors by returning the enclosed slip.
The reception will begin at 5:30, followed by dinner at
6:00 and the talk at 7:00.
insight into the rapidly changing state of affairs is
The Wall Street Journal. The Marian Miner Cook
Athenaeum and the Lowe Institute are proud to
welcome Gordon Crovitz, the editor of the Journal's
Mr. Crovitz has been with the Journal since 1980,
when he was a summer intern on the editorial page. He
returned in 1981 as an editorial writer. In 1982 he was
founding editor of the editorial page of The Wall Street
Journal Europe in Brussels. He took up writing for the
domestic paper two years later. In 1986, he joined the
editorial board and was appointed to assistant editor.
Mr. Crovitz's weekly column, "Rule of Law," has
gained much acclaim, earning him the 1990 Gerald Loeb
award and the New York State Bar's highest honors for
commentary. Crovitz wrote extensively for the Journal
concerning Clarence Thomas. In addition, he co-edited
the book, The Fettered Presidency: Legal Constraints on the Executive Branch (1989), published by the
American Enterprise Institute.
After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from the University
of Chicago in 1980, Mr. Crovitz studied at Wadham
College of Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship.
To do so, he had to decline a Marshall scholarship. He
returned to the states to earn his law degree from Yale
University in 1986.
Please join us for the reception, dinner, and Mr.
Crovitz's presentation by returning the enclosed reservation form. It is his job to have an opinion on legal
matters, so bring vour questions.
Queen Ida and her Zydeco band will be appearing in
an infinitely more personal setting at the Marian Miner
Cook Athenaeum. "Queen Ida's brand of Cajun music
was so exhilarating that you could see waves of pleasure
and release passing through the crowd like a string of
exploding firecrackers," said the Utah Holiday Magazine.
To make the evening complete, a delicious Cajun/Creole
meal straight from Queen Ida's own cookbook, Cookin'
With the Queen (1990), will be served.
Zydeco is the native music of Queen Ida's homeland,
the bayou country of Louisiana. It blends the spiciest
parts of Cajun music, rock 'n' roll, rhythm and blues,
country and Western, and even a polka or two. You
could call it musical gumbo.
In 1983, Queen Ida won a Grammy Award, and since
then she has enjoyed immense popular appeal. She has
appeared on "Saturday Night Live" and even taken
Zydeco to Japan. She and her band will give a short
performance as a preview to the Bridges concert, and
then Queen Ida will answer questions about her life,
music, and culture.
Do not miss this unique event! Return the enclosed
reservation form for the reception at 5:30, dinner fit for
the Queen at 6:00, and the performance at 7:00, in
probably remember shorter showers, fewer
baths, brown grass, and dirty cars. Water rationing had
hit the Southland. The Northerners, who "love to hate
southern Californians," treat rationing as a common
occurrence, yet it is relatively new to southern California. But Marc Reisner is returning to tell us that we had
better get used to it: "We will be using as much water in
2030 as we are today."
Mr. Reisner, who is a writer, lecturer, and consultant
on Western water issues has been exceptionally active.
He recently authored the book Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water (1986), a history
of water and the American West, which is considered
one of the twelve best non-fiction books published in
Mr. Reisner is a native of Duluth, Minnesota, where
his parents escaped the Nazi regime in Germany
through sponsorship of Quakers. He is a graduate of
Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, where he
received a B.A. in history and politics. Following college
he spent two years on a communal farm: "I found out
how hard farmers have to work." He then went on to
write for the Natural Resources Defense Council. A few
years later, following a road trip to the West, he decided
to move to San Francisco, where he's been ever since.
Once again we are excited to welcome Mr. Reisner to
the Athenaeum to speak on the controversial topic of
water. Please take the opportunity to learn about this
vanishing resource. The dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m.,
following a 5:30 reception. The speech will begin at 7:00.
controversy. This time the focus of these disputes
is not foreign war or domestic partisanship but the
politics of race and sex-in student recruitment and
social life, and in faculty hiring and curriculum.
Few people have succeeded in ventilating these issues
to the wider world so well as Dinesh D'Souza, the third
and final speaker in the Gould and Salvatori centers'
series on "The Common Good: Unifying Elements in
the American Experience." D'Souza, a research fellow
at the American Enterprise Institute and former White
House domestic policy analyst, is the author of the
controversial best-seller, Illiberal Education: The Politics of
Race and Sex on Campus (1991). Now in its sixth printing,
D'Souza's book argues that multiculturalism and
preferential-treatment admissions policies produce not
enlightened harmony but ignorance, intolerance, and
racism on campus. And D'Souza warns that the
rhetorical excesses and coercive tactics of the Politically
Correct confront us with nothing less than a struggle for
the soul of the American academy.
Dinesh D'Souza graduated Phi Beta Kappa from
Dartmouth College in 1983, where he was editor of The
Dartmouth Review. He has written for Harpers, The
Atlantic, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal, and he is
currently editor of Crisis magazine.
Please join us for Mr. D'Souza's lively talk at 7:00
p.m., preceded by a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00.
will be held on Wednesday, December 4; Friday, December 6; Saturday,
December 7; Tuesday, December 10; and Wednesday, December 11.