on the Eve of the New Millennium
450 COLLEGE WAY
Nobel Peace Prize winner and Boston University Professor Elie Wiesel has worked on behalf of oppressed people for much of his adult life. His personal experience of the Holocaust has led him to use his talents as an author, teacher, and storyteller to defend human rights and peace throughout the world.
A native of Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), Wiesel and his family were deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz when he was fifteen years old. His mother and younger sister perished there; his two older sisters survived. Wiesel and his father were later transported to Buchenwald, where his father died. After the war, Wiesel studied in Paris and later became a journalist in that city; yet, he remained silent about what he had endured as an inmate in the death camps. During an interview with French writer Francois Mauriac, Wiesel was persuaded to end that silence and he subsequently wrote Night. Since its publication in 1958, it has been translated into twenty-five languages and millions of copies have been sold.
A devoted supporter of Israel, Wiesel has also defended the cause of Soviet Jews, Nicaragua's Miskito Indians, Argentina's "disappeared," Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, South African apartheid victims, famine victims in Africa, and more recently the victims and prisoners in the former Yugoslavia. His efforts have earned him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal and the Medal of Liberty Award, the rank of Grand Officer in the French Legion of Honor, and, in 1986, the Nobel Peace Prize. He has received more than ninety honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning.
Wiesel has written over forty books including A Beggar in Jerusalem (1978), The Testament (1982), The Fifth Son: A Novel (1985), and All Rivers Run to the Sea: Memoirs (1995).
Since 1976, Wiesel has been the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University where he also holds the title of University Professor.
Elie Wiesel's address at Bridges Auditorium is sponsored by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, the Res Publica Society of Claremont McKenna College, and the Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies as part of the Athenaeum speaker series Questions of Civilization.
The lecture by Elie Wiesel is free and open to all. No reservations are required.
On the night of her graduation from high school, Allyson Kurker was sexually assaulted by a classmate. Only after she learned that her perpetrator had been expelled from college for another assault did Allyson find the courage to press criminal charges against him. Her case received national media attention when the administrators from her former high school rallied to his defense. Since then, Allyson has transcended the limits of victim and has become an activist by speaking to college and high school audiences.
Allyson graduated from Connecticut College in May 1997 with a B.A. in economics. She has postponed any graduate school plans or future career goals to continue speaking on this important issue. In November 1996, Allyson's efforts were recognized by the Massachusetts chapter of the National Organization for Women, who named her the recipient of their Woman of Courage Award, an honor reserved for those who have made ground-breaking efforts on behalf of women's rights and who have taken individual actions that serve as examples for others to follow.
You are welcome to join us for a lecture and discussion on this timely topic. Ms. Kurker's appearance is cosponsored by the Dean of Students at CMC.
CHRIS FINCKEL, cello
JOHN DEXTER, viola
ERIC LEWIS, violin
After a series of concerts in Moscow and Leningrad in the fall of 1985, the quartet became the first American classical ensemble to give a full tour of the Soviet Union under the new cultural agreements. The first sold-out series of performances in 1986 was followed by an equally successful tour in 1989.
The Manhattan String Quartet has been Quartet-in-Residence at Colgate University for the past twelve years, and has also held similar posts at the Manhattan School of Music, Cornell University, Grinnell College, and the Corfu Festival in Greece. From 1981 to 1988, the Manhattan String Quartet was the resident ensemble at Connecticut's Music Mountain Festival where they gave weekly concerts on the radio to a national audience of millions and administered innovative chamber music programs for young professional string players and amateurs.
In their Athenaeum appearance, the Quartet will perform Quartet No. 2, Op. 17, by Bela Bartok and Quartet No. 2, "Intimate Letters," by Leos Janacek. This performance is part of the Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series, made possible by a generous gift from Dorothy and Ed Stotsenberg, friends of Claremont McKenna College.
Ambassador Laingen served in the Foreign Service from 1949-87, including tours in Germany, Iran, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. After serving as Deputy Assistant Secretary for European Affairs, he was Ambassador to Malta from 1977-79. When he returned to Iran for a second tour, as charge d'affaires of the Embassy, he was taken hostage in the Iranian hostage crisis.
Following his release, Ambassador Laingen served as vice president of the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., until his retirement. He was executive director of the National Commission on Public Service (the Volcker Commission) from 1987 until it completed its work in 1990. Among his many awards and citations, he holds the Award for Valor from the Department of State, the Distinguished Public Service medal from the Department of Defense, the Distinguished Alumnus award from St. Olaf College, and a Presidential Meritorious award.
Ambassador Laingen joins the Athenaeum to discuss his hostage ordeal, the continuing need for commitment to public service, and the current state of affairs in the Middle East.
Nearly a third of General Crouch's 34 years of Army service was in Europe, and his latest command tour included concurrent duty as Commander, Allied Land Forces, Central Europe (LANDCENT); and Commander, NATO Peace Implementation Force, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
An alumnus of CMC, General Crouch is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College. His decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star.
Please join the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies as it hosts General Crouch as the luncheon keynote speaker for its conference on "U.S. Relations with Europe." Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. General Crouch will speak at 12:15 p.m. The conference is all day Friday, April 3, in the Bauer Center Founders Room. For more information about the conference, please contact the Keck Center (909) 621-8213.
Hesselbein has been honored by presidents Bush and Clinton for her work in community service; she holds twelve Honorary Doctoral Degrees and is the winner of nine major awards, including the Distinguished Community Service Award from Mutual of America Life Insurance Company and the National Professional Leadership Award from the United Way of America. She also holds the distinguished United States of America Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Featured in numerous publications, her work as Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of America is published as a case study by the Harvard Business School. She appeared on the covers of Business Week and Savvy magazines as an example of managerial excellence, and Fortune for her leadership experience.
Her international work includes acting as Chair to the world conference in New Delhi on the Mutual Appreciation of Eastern and Western Cultural Values, Chair of the Salzburg Seminar on Managing Non-Governmental Organizations, and speaker at the Sixth Annual Johns Hopkins International Philanthropy Fellows Conference in Amsterdam.
Hesselbein's unique management philosophy and style has been cited in several books including Megatrends for Women (1992), Managing the Nonprofit Organization (1990), The Female Advantage (1990), and Toward Affirmative Action (1989).
Frances Hesselbein's talk is hosted by the Kravis Leadership Institute as part of their speaker series titled, Women Leaders: Meeting Challenges, Making Changes.
A brief look at what Mr. Stanford has done in Seattle highlights the power an individual still has in the midst of a confusing bureaucracy. Under his leadership, Seattle public schools have set quantifiable targets for student achievement, and defined exit standards for students in grades 5, 8, and 11. His city-wide Reading Campaign to make every child a reader has become a national model. The district has emphasized the importance of safe schools by providing all high school students with identification badges, expanding the district's antiviolence curriculum, and emphasizing peer mediation and intervention strategies. School district/corporate compacts in environmental education, school-to-work, the arts, and technology have been created. Test scores are up, and the student dropout rate is down.
John Stanford's appearance at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Kravis Leadership Institute, for which he has served on the Board of Governors since September 1997.
Lee holds a Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. He has been a Fellow with the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the John Simon Guggenheim
Memorial Foundation, and the American Council of Learned
Societies. He has also taught at Columbia University, the
University of California at Berkeley and the University of
Hawaii. His scholarly publications include Pine River and Lone
Peak: An Anthology of Three Choson Dynasty Poets (1991), Songs of Flying
Dragons (1975), The Silence of Love: Twentieth Century Korean Poetry (1980), and Celebration of Continuity:
Themes in Classic East Asian Poetry (1979).
Professor Lee's lecture is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies and the Modern Languages Department at Claremont McKenna College and the Asian Studies Program at Pomona College.
Sterling Stuckey completed his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, then taught elementary and high school in Chicago for six years. He later earned a doctoral degree in history from Northwestern where he was appointed Associate Professor in 1971 and Professor in 1977. Stuckey was Hill Foundation Visiting Research Professor at the University of Minnesota; Visiting Research Fellow at UCLA; Andrew Mellon Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford; Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; and Fellow at the Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine. Stuckey has published a number of books including Slave Culture: Nationalist Theory and the Foundations of Black America (1987), and Going Through the Storm: The Influence of African American Art in History (1994).
Sterling Stuckey's appearance at the Athenaeum is sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Office of Black Student Affairs in honor of the 100th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birthday.
Seating will be festival style and is limited. Sign up as soon as possible, circling your first, second, and third choice of date. You will be contacted if your first choice reservation date is unavailable.
ANDY ZHANG '98
Brandi Paige, a sophomore psychobiology major from the Los Angeles area is an accomplished violinist, runner on the cross country and track teams at CMC, equestrian-and artist. Her love of horses has led her to study and create interpretive sculptures that capture the energy, expression, and detail of "The Horse."
Andy Zhang enjoys sketching as well as music and sports in his leisure time. Andy is a senior biology-chemistry major from Alhambra and will be starting medical school in the fall.
Tea will be held in the Security Pacific room this afternoon.