January 20, 92
Vol. 07 , No. 05
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Forbidden Journey: The Life of Alexandra David-Neel
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30, 1992
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to welcome Barbara Foster to deliver a slide lecture on her biography of Alexandra David-Neel, whom Lawrence Durrell calls "The most astonishing French- woman of our time."
The New York Times has described Mme. David-Neel as "a compulsive traveler, an explorer, a feminist, a prolific and international writer and an acknowledged authority on Buddhist ritual." She was the first European woman to enter Lhasa, the forbidden spiritual and political capital of Tibet, by sneaking in disguised as the servant of her servant.
Mrs. Foster, a tenured assistant professor in the Hunter College library department, and her husband spent ten years following in the footsteps of this remarkable woman to write the highly acclaimed biography. The lecture includes both vintage and contemporary slides, bringing Tibetan culture and Buddhism to the Athenaeum in celebration of this "Year of Tibet."
Please join us for this fascinating presentation of Tibet and the astonishing Alexandra at 7:00, to be appropriately proceeded by a delicious authentic Tibetan meal at 6:00, and of course the reception at 5:30. Just return the enclosed slip to make your reservation.
Luther King, Jr., birthday speaker. She and her late
husband, Medgar Evers were active in Mississippi
during the Civil Rights Movement, dedicating their lives
to the cause of justice and freedom for all people.
Medgar Evers was field secretary for the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People in
Mississippi and in 1963 was struck down by an
assassin's bullet. The first two trials were deadlocked by
all-white juries. Myrlie's powerful devotion to see
justice done in the third trial is a demonstration of her
strong will and determination.
Ms. Evers graduated from Pomona College and then
became director of planning and development for the
Claremont Colleges. During this time she wrote For Us,
The Living (1967), a book describing the civil rights struggle in
Mississippi. The book was later made into a PBS
Since her days with the colleges, Ms. Evers has been
an editor for Ladies Home Journal, covering the Vietnam
peace talks; vice president of advertising and publicity
for a New York firm; and the first African-American
woman to head the Southern California Democratic
Women's Division. She was also the first African-
American woman to serve as commissioner of public
works in Los Angeles, a post she held until 1991.
Be sure to join us to hear a woman who has worked to
realize King's dreams of racial equality everywhere,
from Mississippi, to New York, to Claremont. The
evening will start with a reception at 5:30, dinner at
6:00, and the talk at 7:00. Return the enclosed slip to
make your reservation.
in the Hub
Delectable Italian Cuisine
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner
9:00 p.m.- 1:00 a.m. Hub Party
SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 1992
Sunday brunch of the semester takes place January
26 at 11:00 a.m. Sunday brunch only comes once a
month, is extremely popular, and fills up quickly.
Return the enclosed coupon as early as possible so you
don't miss Chef Dave's famous omelette bar. Sunday
brunch is limited to CMC students and one guest per
student. If your guest is from one of the other colleges,
please fill out their name and meal card number. If your
guest is from outside the Claremont colleges, please
include $7.50 with your reservation. CMC faculty and
staff are invited, of course, and encouraged to attend.
agendas are one of the biggest sources of conflict
between men and women in college, where we young
people are often living alone for the first time. Finger-
pointing is often the unproductive result. Bob Hall's approach, however, assigns responsibility to both men
and women in dating, and opens up a forum to uncover
conflicting assumptions and begin conflict-defusing
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud to
present Mr. Hall's ground-breaking presentation
designed to bring men and women together in discussion over this universal issue. Hall is a nationally known rape prevention instructor and the founder and president of Learning To Live With Conflict, a company that provides education and training in conflict resolution.
Mr. Hall's presentation includes role-playing, a touch
of humor, and a continuous dialogue with his audience.
Hall creates a relaxed atmosphere, enabling people to
talk about date rape, a topic difficult for many of us to
discuss. Hall's presentation will begin at 7:00, preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner. Please return the
enclosed slip to join us for an educational and enjoyable
gangs is one of the most serious social problems
facing America's cities. Up until now, the American
public has never had access or insight into the personal
stories of the kids who make up these close-knit gangs,
nor the opportunity to try to understand the reasons
teenagers choose the gang lifestyle. Leon Bing, who
recently published a book entitled Do or Die (1991), attempts to
change society's perception and understanding of
teenage gangs by letting gang members speak for
themselves. She offers insight into the reality of gang
life. Ms. Bing will be our first speaker in the series titled
"California: The Next Ten Years."
Bing, who was a well known fashion model before
becoming a journalist, first began writing about gang
life in 1987. Through her determined efforts, she was
able to penetrate the war-torn streets of South Central Los
Angeles and meet many gang members. Bing interviewed them at length to learn their personal stories and
to understand what it is that drives them to do what
they do. Bing developed close relationships with several
gang members and keeps in contact with them to this
Besides Do or Die, Bing has written stories on gang life
for L.A. Weekly, Harper's and Rolling Stone magazines.
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum wishes to invite
you to this enlightening evening which will begin with a
reception at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:00 and the
speech at 7:00.
welcome Schyleen Qualls. Through her dramatic
presentation, titled "The Last Word," she aims to
encourage students of all backgrounds to explore the richness and diversity of American culture and to
become more knowledgeable and open-minded world
citizens. The show includes a fun-filled collage of
thought-provoking poetry and prose by celebrated
Ms. Qualls is an accomplished actress with an
impressive list of credits in the arts. Her unique
theatrical style has delighted audiences in hundreds of
performances in the United States and abroad. She is
co-founder of the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance
Ensemble and for many years has performed her
dramatic vignettes in concerts with the highly acclaimed
dancers. This versatile actress has also appeared as a guest artist with jazz ensembles, symphony orchestras,
and gospel choirs.
Ms. Quails has travelled extensively in Europe, the
Caribbean, and Central and South America. In 1977 she
was a member of the American delegation to the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture
held in Lagos, Nigeria. She was also the scriptwriter for
the powerful film, "Family Reunion, Americans at
Festac," which documented the Nigerian festival and
has been shown in 74 countries. Recently she produced
a documentary film on legendary jazz artists Cannonball and Nat Adderley, and currently is working on
other film projects.
Please join us for a fun evening of intellectual
entertainment. Return the enclosed reservation slip for
the 5:30 reception, 6:00 dinner, and 7:00 talk.
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welcome Barbara Foster to deliver a slide lecture on
her biography of Alexandra David-Neel, whom
Lawrence Durrell calls "The most astonishing French-
woman of our time."
The New York Times has described Mme. David-Neel
as "a compulsive traveler, an explorer, a feminist, a
prolific and international writer and an acknowledged
authority on Buddhist ritual." She was the first European woman to enter Lhasa, the forbidden spiritual and
political capital of Tibet, by sneaking in disguised as the
servant of her servant.
Mrs. Foster, a tenured assistant professor in the
Hunter College library department, and her husband
spent ten years following in the footsteps of this
remarkable woman to write the highly acclaimed
biography. The lecture includes both vintage and
contemporary slides, bringing Tibetan culture and
Buddhism to the Athenaeum in celebration of this
"Year of Tibet."
Please join us for this fascinating presentation of Tibet
and the astonishing Alexandra at 7:00, to be appropriately proceeded by a delicious authentic Tibetan meal at 6:00, and of course the reception at 5:30. Just return the
enclosed slip to make your reservation.
early eighties. In its short career it has become the
most feared disease of our time. Our generation has
grown up with the HIV virus on the news, in the
papers, possibly even in our communities. It has
infiltrated our culture. The Athenaeum would like to
welcome back Dr. Theresa Crenshaw to discuss how deeply the HIV virus has affected the lives of our
generation and our society.
As one of the most prominent sex therapists in the
nation. Dr. Crenshaw has devoted most of her time to
educating the public about this deadly disease. She is
the first speaker in the Athenaeum series "AIDS: Its
Implications Today." This series will address the medical, economic, and political aspects of AIDS.
Dr. Crenshaw graduated from Stanford University
and the University of California at Irvine medical
school. She then continued her specialty training at the
Masters and Johnson Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. In
July of 1987, President Reagan appointed her to his
presidential commission on the Human lmmunodeficiency Virus (HIV). She is president and founder of the
Ehrenborg Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of HIV infection. The two AIDS
Awareness Day programs Crenshaw developed won
Golden Mike Awards and an International Gold Medal
in New York.
In this day and age, you really can't afford to miss this
speech entitled "AIDS: Its Implications Today." There
is never too much information when it comes to AIDS.
Please join us for a reception at 5:30, followed by dinner
at 6:00. Dr. Crenshaw's remarks will begin at 7:00.
thing and do another? Or why college students
will humiliate themselves just to get into a fraternity or
sorority? Or why students learn more effectively in
cooperative environments than in competitive ones?
The man to ask is Eliot Aronson, the first speaker in our
Academic Leaders series. Dr. Aronson was selected to
speak by the psychology department, as he is one of the
leading social psychologists of our time.
Dr. Aronson authored the popular social psychology
textbook, The Social Animal (1972), now in its fourth edition,
printed in eleven languages. He wrote the book as an
"anti-textbook" to grab students' attention and draw
them closer to the material. It's his colloquial style that
draws students in and makes him a good teacher,
through his writing as well as in the classroom. He is the
only psychologist to have won both the distinguished
teaching and the distinguished research award from the
American Psychological Association. Currently he is a
professor of psychology and director of the graduate
program in psychology at the University of California at
Santa Cruz. He has also taught at Harvard, the
University of Minnesota, and the University of Texas in
It was in Austin that Dr. Aronson performed his
experiments of jigsaw classrooms. He showed that
school children in integrated classrooms learned better
when put into small groups, each reflecting the racial
make-up of the class. Each child was given a task that
was integral to the lesson for the group. Dr. Aronson
applied this cooperative method to adults through encounter groups. These groups stressed communication between intimate adults.
The main focus of his work of late has been energy
conservation and public policy. Dr. Aronson is trying to
help economists understand the way people will react
within economists' models. He suggests that telling
people what they are losing by not conserving will more
effectively inspire conservation practices than telling
people what they have to gain if they do conserve. In
many public policy situations, social psychology is a
crucial, yet overlooked, perspective.
Dr. Aronson's presentation entitled "Adventures in
the Application of Social Psychology" really is the "in"
thing to do. (He'll probably address peer-pressure, too.)
Please join us for the reception at 5:30, followed by
dinner at 6:00 by returning the enclosed reservation
form. Remarks will begin at 7:00.
welcome Frederick N. Merkin as the first speaker in
the "Legal Eagles" series. Mr. Merkin is a senior
assistant city attorney with the Los Angeles City
Attorney's Office and heads that office's Employee
Relations Division. Mr. Merkin received a Bachelor of
Arts degree from Claremont McKenna College in 1967
and a Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Stanford University Law School in 1972. He joined the City Attorney's
Office in the following year and, since 1980, has headed
that office's Employee Relations Division.
During his time in the City Attorney's Office, Mr.
Merkin has played a significant role in a number of the
major controversies and legal problems that have arisen
in Los Angels City Hall. In the late 1970s he represented
the city in resolving a dispute with federal and state
authorities over the discharge of wastewater into Santa
Monica Bay. He represented the city in a case involving
police "chokeholds"-Los Angeles v. Lyons-was
ultimately decided on justiciability grounds in the city's
favor by the United States Supreme Court. In 1985 he
counseled city government on the adoption of its
anti-apartheid divestment program. Most recently, he
led the city's successful defense against litigation
brought to block the city council's settlement of the
lawsuit filed by Police Chief Daryl Gates concerning the
police commission's decision in April, 1991, to place him
on administrative leave. Mr. Merkin is currently the
office's lead legal advisor to Los Angeles city government with regard to implementation of the recommendations made by the Independent Commission on the
Los Angeles Police Department, known as the Christopher Commission.
Please join the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum in
welcoming Mr. Frederick Merkin for his speech entitled
"Perspectives on the Christopher Commission." The
reception is at 5:30, followed with dinner at 6:00. Mr.
Merkin will speak at 7:00.
people in the early eighties, we have been bombarded
with a variety of "facts" about the disease, how it
spreads, and how it kills. In some cases it is difficult to
weed the truth from the myths. The Athenaeum
would like to welcome Dr. Alexandra Levine to clear
the air and set the record straight.
Dr. Levine specializes in hematology and diseases of
the blood. Her major areas of research include AIDS
and the malignancies associated with the disease. (Were
you aware that you don't die from the AIDS virus, but
from one of the rare diseases, such as PCP or KS, found
almost exclusively in AIDS patients?) Her recent research of the virus includes a study of HIV-related
lymphoma and the treatment of such lymphoma. She is
also on the board of governors of AIDS Project Los
A native of the Southern California area. Dr. Levine
received her bachelor's degree from the University of
California, Berkeley, and went on to medical school at
the University of Southern California. She has taught at
USC since 1977. In addition, she has lectured at the
University of Toronto Medical School, University of
Puerto Rico, and the Boston University School of
Medicine. Currently she is chief of the Division of
Hematology at USC.
AIDS has proven itself inescapable, and knowledge is
our only defense. Please join us for Dr. Levine's
remarks at 7:00, preceded by a reception at 5:30 and
dinner at 6:00. Simply return the enclosed reservation
Sign-ups are accepted only after that Fortnightly is out.
Then it is "First-come, First-serve."
Write a note that includes your name, date, speaker
name, and extention number.
Make note to Scott Palmer.
Drop note off at the Athenaeum office.
Telephone confirmation will follow.
Must arrive at 5:45 on the night of that speaker.