TOM DAWSON '99
and returning members of the CMC community to the Athenaeum.
Dawson majors in government and economics. He spent this past summer researching charter schools and
education reform at the Pacific Research Institute for Public Policy in San Francisco. This topic will also be
the focus of his senior thesis.
Brody is a PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics) major. This summer, she interned at the Alliance for
Children's Rights with the support of a CMC Community Service Grant. Brody also worked as the
scholarship coordinator at United Friends of the Children. She will research emancipated foster youth for
The Athenaeum strives to offer an eclectic mix of speakers and subjects, as well as encouraging dialogue.
We welcome your suggestions and feedback.
CRAIG HANDY, saxophone
PAUL NAGEL, piano
SHERMAN FERGUSON, drums
Residence for the 41st Annual Monterey Jazz Festival this month, where he will premiere a commissioned
suite. "My writing comes from a couple of streams," explains Drummond. "It's as if they're two separate
types of music that on the surface don't appear complementary: neo-bop and a percussive Afticanized style."
Drummond notes that he wasn't fully aware of how strong the African component of his music was until he
worked with famed percussionist Mor Thiam. "He's not rigid like many African-based musicians. His loose
approach to traditional beats led me into a serious process of self-discovery where the unconscious became
the conscious," states Drummond.
During his junior year at CMC Drummond was elected student body president. An activist on campus, he
wrote his senior thesis on "Black Power and the Rise of Cultural Imperialism." Drummond, along with a
handful of student musicians and jazz enthusiasts in Claremont, founded the "Jazz Society." Following
graduation, Drummond attempted to combine careers as business executive by day and jazz musician at
night but eventually realized that jazz was his calling. Based in New York for the past 21 years, Drummond
is constantly in demand and has earned the reputation as one of the finest bass players in the world.
Drummond has previously performed at the Athenaeum to large and appreciative audiences. On this
occasion he has assembled a quartet of distinguished jazz musicians to present a concert of original
compositions-a rare and wonderful opportunity that you won't want to miss.
Dinner reservations are for CMC persons only. The performance at 6:45 p.m. is open to all.
Angeles County alone, more than 70,000 minors are currently under the protection of the Department of
Children and Family Services. These children are among the most needy in our society, having suffered
from abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment. Nevertheless, the system meant to protect them frequently cannot
provide for their needs.
Fortunately, foster youth have Nancy Daly Riordan and Andrew Bridge to advocate on their behalf and to
ensure that the well-being of children is of primary concern.
Riordan is an effective and prominent leader in the area of child welfare. She founded United Friends of the
Children, an organization which assists children in foster care and offers scholarships and other services to
them when they emancipate at age 18. She has also helped shape local, state and federal child welfare
Bridge serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Children's Rights, the only nonprofit
organization dedicated to providing legal assistance to children in poverty in Southern California. In his
current position, Bridge works to reform child welfare policy and practice and will help finalize more than
1,000 adoptions of foster children this year.
During their Athenaeum presentation, Riordan and Bridge will offer a critique of the current child welfare
system and discuss necessary reforms. They will also explain the need to replace the instability of foster
care with permanent families and homes.
This program is the first in the Athenaeum series America's Children.
research publications and 20 textbooks, psychology professor Zimbardo says he still has so much to write
that he would have to retire from teaching to get it all done.
Zimbardo has won more than 24 awards, including seven outstanding teaching awards, the most recent in
spring of 1995. Furthermore, he has taught more students, for more credits, in a greater variety of courses,
than any other professor in Stanford's history.
Zimbardo graduated with honors from Brooklyn College in 1954 and received his master's and doctorate
degrees from Yale University. He began teaching at Yale in 1958 and in 1961 moved to New York
University. He has been at Stanford University for the last 27 years.
Since 1970 Zimbardo has been director of the University's Social Psychology Graduate Research Training
Program. He is the founder and codirector of the Shyness Clinic/Shyness Institute, and has also written a
26-part video teaching series called Discovering Psychology, which was aired on PBS (1990).
In addition to his shyness studies, he is best known for his work on the psychology of evil: ways in which
good people can be seduced into doing something evil.
During the 1998-99 academic year, the Athenaeum will be hosting a lecture series entitled "Integrity,
Commitment, Achievement" which will focus on the importance of character education to the individual,
and to society. Professor Zimbardo will inaugurate this series with his lecture "The Psychology of Evil"-
with an eye toward good character development.
Please join the Athenaeum and CMC's chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for what promises to be a provocative
lecture and discussion by an outstanding teacher and scholar.
desire to protect and defend citizens interfere with the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: which
states that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"? This question reverberates
throughout many discussions of public policy today. California Senator Barbara Boxer is a champion of the
Brady Bill and has made gun control a central feature of her reelection campaign this year. Dianne
Feinstein, California's other senator, was a key sponsor of the assault weapons ban. The debate has also
reared its head in the California governor's race, where Democratic nominee Gray Davis has attacked
Republican Dan Lungren for failing to enforce the state's strict gun control laws as attorney general.
On the other side, gun ownership advocates accuse detractors of seeking an easy solution to crime, while
trampling on the Constitution in the process. The solution to crime, they allege, does not lie in drafting
The debate persists. The Athenaeum contributes to this discussion by inviting two noted experts from
opposing sides of the argument. John Lott's name and face should be familiar. He has appeared in and on a
variety of different media outlets, from the editorial pages of The Wall Street Journal to NBC's Today. His
recent book More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws (1998), has been praised as an insightful look at the fallacy and inadequacy of
gun control laws, and derided by others who claim Lott's ideas are dangerous, and his facts misleading. He
is the John M. Olin Fellow of Law and Economics at the University of Chicago Law School.
Luis Tolley joined Handgun Control Inc. and the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence in 1987. He led the
successful California statewide effort to ban assault weapons, require handgun safety training courses, and
strengthen the background check for gun buyers. Tolley has a heightened interest in reducing the threat of
gun violence and helping build a community free from the pain of gun violence. He is a former Peace Corps
volunteer and graduate of Oberlin College.
Please join the Athenaeum for what promises to be a heated and passionate debate, exploring the limits of
law and regulation.
Prior to coming to Claremont this year, Camp had been on the faculty at Tulane University, where he won
the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1997. He has been a visiting professor at the Colegio
de Mexico and the Foreign Service Institute, and has carried out research at the Woodrow Wilson Center
for International Scholars at the Smithsonian Institution. Camp has received a Fulbright Fellowship on three
occasions, as well as a Howard Heinz Foundation fellowship for research on Mexico. He is contributing
editor to the Library of Congress and the Handbook of Latin American Studies (1991). Camp also serves on the
Editorial Board of Mexican Studies, and is a frequent consultant to The New York Times, The Wall
Street Journal, National Public Radio, and the BBC. The author of several articles and books, his most recent
work, Crossing Swords: Politics and Religion in Mexico, was published in 1997.
Camp will elaborate on some of his work as the director of the Hewlett Foundation's project on "Democracy
Though Latin American Lenses." Camp's address will focus on prospects for democratic reform in our
neighbor to the south. One of the defining forces in shaping this reform experience is the set of citizen
values unique to Mexico. These values help explain the characteristics which condition the Mexican
political process today. Camp will explain how these qualities foment and obstruct a democratic path.
Specifically, as Mexico moves toward a competitive electoral democracy for the first time in seventy years,
we can obtain a sense of how individual Mexicans-and to some extent how their values-compare with Costa
Ricans, long considered the ideal democratic polity in the region. Please join the Athenaeum as Professor
Camp details the results of a major survey addressing this sensitive and timely issue.
editorial board, Gigot writes his weekly column, Potomac Watch, on timely events within the Beltway.
Since 1994, he has become a familiar face on the PBS News Hour by providing his opinion on a host of
contemporary political issues and by becoming one of their main analysts. Gigot also appears periodically
on NBC's Meet the Press and CNN's Late Edition.
Gigot has been with the Journal since 1980, when he joined the paper's Chicago bureau. In 1982, he moved
to Hong Kong to cover and report on Asia. In 1984, Gigot became the first editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal Asia, contributing commentary to the U.S. and Asian editions of the Journal. That same
year, he won an Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the Philippines. From 1986 to 1987, he
served as a White House Fellow in the White House and the Treasury Department. Gigot has also written
for the Far East Economic Review in Hong Kong, and The National Review in New York. Gigot is a
summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was chairman of the daily student newspaper.
As the first participant in the Athenaeum's Politics 1998 series, Gigot will speak on "The Scandal
Presidency and Its Consequences," elaborating on the fallout in this year's elections and beyond.
Please come to the Athenaeum to meet one of Washington's premiere reporters and prognosticators, who
will analyze the President's problems and their impact on national electoral politics.
national and international attention for his exciting and innovative approaches to solving the problems of
both homeless adults and inner city youths. CMC became involved with Hayes in spring 1997 when
Professor Harvey Wichman and his Environmental Psychology class did a study of the Dome Village which
was founded by Hayes. The class produced a documentary video about the village and reported their
findings in a symposium at the convention of the Western Psychological Association this past spring.
Hayes grew up in Georgia where an atmosphere of spirituality with a strong sense of social justice
nourished his passion for the well-being of all people. Upon witnessing the plight of the homeless in a tent
city in Los Angeles in the winter of 1984, Hayes voluntarily left his comfortable life and joined the
homeless to work with them on their behalf.
Hayes believes that caring for the homeless people in missions or traditional shelters is not the best way to
return them to self-sufficiency. He believes that each person needs a place that is his or her own territory.
To that end, Hayes enlisted private finding to develop a community of low-cost dwellings based on the
geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller. This unique community for the homeless is located on the
edge of downtown Los Angeles and provides a nurturant temporary environment to help the homeless return
to productive lives in the community.
This year, Hayes brought his idea for providing suitable living environments for all Americans to President
Clinton and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hayes's goal is to convince the President
to support a National Homeless Plan to help eradicate homelessness in the United States. During his lecture
at the Athenaeum, Hayes will outline this plan and discuss the plight of the homeless worldwide.
people obsessed with what is right and wrong. "
-The Los Angeles Times
Writer, lecturer, and author Dennis Prager is one of America's most respected radio talk show hosts and
commentators. He has been broadcasting on KABC Radio since 1982, from noon to 3:00 p.m. daily. A
fiercely independent man, Prager's opinions on human relations, child rearing, and sex differences are as
engaging, and sometimes controversial, as his views on religion, international relations, and morality.
After graduating from Brooklyn College with a double major in anthropology and history, Prager studied
Marxism for two years at the Russian Institute at Columbia University under Zbigniew Brezinski (who later
served as foreign relations advisor to President Carter). Prager was appointed by President Ronald Reagan
as a delegate to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords. A true Renaissance man, he is also
an amateur musician. He periodically conducts orchestras, and through his writings and broadcasts has
introduced classical music to vast numbers of people.
Prager's most recent book, Happiness Is A Serious Problem: A Human Nature Repair Manual, was published last February by Harper Collins
and immediately appeared on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. He has also coauthored two major
works on Judaism: The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism (1981), now in six languages, and Why the
Jews? The Reasons for Anti-Semitism (1983), regarded by many as the most persuasive explanation of anti-
Prager's lecture is part of the Athenaeum series Integrity, Commitment, Achievement.
HAO HUANG, piano
RICH EAMES, piano
piano man with the "chops" to serve up a musical feast befitting a great American original-all by way of
celebrating George Gershwin's 100th birthday. The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies proudly features
singer Gina Eckstine and pianist Hao Huang in the third program of its American Composers series.
Born September 26, 1898, in Brooklyn to Russian-Jewish immigrants, Jacob Gershowitz (later George
Gershwin) began his musical career as a song-plugger in Tin Pan Alley. In his teens he began to write his
own songs, producing his first hit in 1918 with Swanee. Often "Sullivan-Gilberting" (as Ring Lardner put it)
with his brother Ira, Gershwin composed, between 1919 and 1933, a succession of popular works for the
musical stage, including Lady Be Good! (1924), Strike Up the Band (1927), Funny Face (1927), and Of Thee I Sing (1931). The
pinnacle of this unique collaboration was Porgy and Bess (1935), a folk opera influenced by African-
American idioms. Throughout this spectacular run, Gershwin turned his melodic gifts and pianistic talents
toward creating a synthesis between jazz and classical traditions. This devotion to "serious" composition
resulted in such masterworks as Rhapsody in Blue (1924), the Piano Concerto in F (1925), and the tone poem
An American in Paris (1928).
Gina Eckstine began her singing career at the age of seven, performing with her father, legendary jazz
singer Billy Eckstine. Since then she has shared the stage with such jazz giants as Count Basie and Sammy
Davis. Eckstine has thrilled audiences from Los Angeles to London with her distinctive and powerful voice,
striking stage presence, and versatility. She has performed in all the major hotels and casinos in Las Vegas
and Lake Tahoe, at the Wolftrap Jazz Festival, and on The Tonight Show.
A winner of the Van Cliburn Piano Award, Hao Huang has studied with notable pianists Gilbert Kalish and
Charles Rosen, served on juries of national and international piano competitions, and made four overseas
tours as a United States Information Agency Cultural Ambassador. Huang is a member of the faculties of
Scripps College and Claremont Graduate University.