Cantor is a professor of English at the University of Virginia. He has taught at Harvard University and at Davidson College in North Carolina. In 1992 he was appointed by President Bush to the National Council on the Humanities, the 26-member advisory board for the National Endowment of the Humanities.
Cantor is the author of several books on Shakespeare and Romantic literature, including Creature and Creator: Myth-Making and the English Romanticism (1985) and the Hamlet (1989) volume in the Cambridge Landmarks of World Literature series. He has recently published essays on contemporary authors Don DeLillo and J.M. Coetzee, as well as on hyperinflation and hyperreality in Thomas Mann's Disorder and Early Sorrow (1925).
Paul Cantor's appearance at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Salvatori Center.
Russell Leong's poems capture, in striking imagery, the Asian American experience. Indeed, his poems tend toward the personal and historical narrative with a decidedly political edge.
Russell Leong attended San Francisco State College, where he became active in Chinese for Social Action. He also was a member of the Kearny Street Asian-American Writers Workshop, an organization that has spawned many well-known Asian American writers, poets, and filmmakers. Leong went on to obtain his M.F.A. in filmmaking from UCLA, where he became editor of UCLA's Amerasia Journal, a position he still holds today.
Leong's fiction and verse can be found in: Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian American Writers (1991); The New England Review (1991); The Buddhist Review (1991); Charlie Chan is Dead: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (1993); and Positions: East Asia Cultures Critique (1992). In addition, his collection of poetry, The Country of Dreams and Dust (1993), has received much acclaim.
Hugh Hewitt is a lawyer by day and a talk show host by night. A partner in the Newport Beach law firm Hewitt and McGuire, he is a natural resources lawyer and columnist for the Orange County Business Journal On Sunday nights Hewitt can be heard on The Hugh Hewitt Show, KFI-AM radio's weekly talk show devoted to conservative politics and free-market economics. Hewitt formerly served as an executive director of The Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Foundation. He contributes frequently to newspapers and magazines and is the author of the book First Principles: A Primer of Ideas for the College-Bound Student (1987).
Ruben Martinez is a poet, journalist, teacher, and performer. His poetry has received many awards, including a Chicano Literary Contest Prize at the University of California at Irvine and a Santa Monica Arts Council Award. His most recent collection of essays and poetry, The Other Side: Notes from the New L.A., Mexico City, and Beyond (1993), has been widely praised. Martinez is the Los Angeles bureau chief for Pacific News Service and is a staff writer and editor for L.A. Weekly. His articles have appeared in many newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, La Opinion, Los Angeles Times, Mas, and The Nation. Martinez is also a well-liked professor in the literature department at Claremont McKenna College, where he teaches journalism and creative writing.
Patt Morrison is a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. She has written on numerous topics and is a member of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Times team honored this year for its coverage of the Los Angeles riots. Morrison is also a columnist and contributing editor for the Los Angeles Times Magazine. She has won many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press Newspaper Editors' Association, the Los Angeles Press Club, the Best of the West Association, and the Times, among others. Morrison is also on the faculty of the USC School of Journalism.
Hewitt, Martinez, and Morrison host the critically acclaimed news and current affairs weeknight series Life & Times on KCET, Channel 28.
Fairchild has been in many exotic countries pursuing a fascination with running rivers. This fascination has taken Fairchild to the Himalayas of Nepal where he was a guide and a photographer. He also visited Turkey and Chile for the specific purpose of whitewater rafting and kayaking. He is currently in Chile rafting the Bio Bio and Futelefu rivers. Fairchild spent this past summer as a guide on various rivers in California for Whitewater Voyages.
Fairchild's slide presentation will focus on the essential experience of river trips in Nepal, Chile, and California. The slide show will also include shots of whitewater, indigenous people, scenic shots specific to each country, camp scenes, and portrayals of the expeditions abroad. The final segment of the slide show will illustrate the difference between naturally-flowing and dam-controlled rivers. The preservation of rivers, particularly naturally-flowing rivers, will be an essential aspect of Fairchild's presentation.
It is a privilege for the Athenaeum to host an alumnus of the College who has distinguished himself in this unique career. Come share the adventure!
Kotkin is an international fellow of Pepperdine University School of Business in Los Angeles, a senior fellow of the Center for the New West in Denver, and a senior fellow of the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington, DC. He is also founder of the New Visions Business Council of Southern California, a coalition of growth companies and emerging ethnic groups in the Greater Los Angeles area. Kotkin has lectured widely in the United States, Japan, and Europe and has addressed both Democratic and Republican Congressional groups.
In addition, Kotkin has written numerous articles on global competition and the emerging significance of regional trading blocs that have appeared in such publications as The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Kotkin has appeared on Donahue, CNN's Crossfire, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, and Tony Brown's Journal on PBS.
Called before the House committee in 1958, he pleaded the First Amendment, claiming the committee's mandate to investigate anything "un-American" did not give it license to violate all First Amendment freedoms. He was arrested for contempt of Congress and spent a year in prison.
Now 77, Frank Wilkinson lives in Los Angeles and is executive director of the First Amendment Foundation. In his luncheon address Wilkinson will show a segment of the BBC documentary The Un-Americans, which deals with his case and discusses the broader implications of this era.
Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. Mr. Wilkinson speaks at 12:15.
"Stone's characters, their lives frequently reduced to a desperate and elemental level, are driven to cope with basic questions of existence," wrote James Finn in Commonweal last November.
Believed by many to be one of America's five or six best living novelists, Stone studied under Wallace Stegner at Stanford in the early 1960s, along with Ken Kesey, John McPhee, and Larry McMurtry. He subsequently became one of the Merry Pranksters who traveled around the country in a bus with Kesey.
His most recent novel, Outerbridge Reach (1992), was greeted with praise by English-language newspapers and magazines around the world. Stone was described as one of the reigning masters of English prose.
"His language is a gift and an attainment," wrote one critic, the glory and strength of his novels. It charges the story, propelling the reader into the most violent action even as it invites reflection on that action. It can draw on sensual imagery and evoke the most delicate or the most sinister atmosphere."
A Hall of Mirrors (1967), Stone's first novel, painted a dark picture of political paranoia and conspiracy in New Orleans. His second novel, Dog Soldiers (1973), brought readers a chilling view of the American drug culture of the early 1970s and the Vietnam War.
In A Flag for Sunrise (1977) Stone delivered an apocalyptic vision of Central America during a period of violent disorder. Children of Light (1985), his fourth novel, was Stone's devastating portrait of Hollywood, and Outerbridge Reach (1992) is a study of how a few characters attempt to salvage their lives in a world that rewards images but ignores reality.
"In a sense, I am a theologian," Stone has said. "And as far as I know the only one [writing novels today]."
Join us for the finale of our Wallace Stegner Retrospective.
FRIDAY, APRIL 8, 1994
The Under the Lights theater group consists of and is entirely organized by CMC students.
Prices for Dinner Theater
CMC student with meal card $ 7.50
CMC student without meal card, CMC faculty and staff $10.00
Other Claremont Colleges students, faculty, and staff $13.00
Community persons and all others $18.00
Play only $4.00
Cornish Game Hen
Wild Rice Pilaf
Apple Tart with Calvados