March 23, 87

Vol. 02 , No. 09   

American Political Scene
Tuesday, March 24, 1987

In 1972 Yvonne Brathwaite Burke became the first woman elected to Congress from California in 20 years, and the first black woman ever elected to the House from her state. Prior to this, Burke served on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, as well as in the California State Assembly.

On Tuesday evening, March 24, the CMC Women's Forum and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum welcome Yvonne Burke.

A native of Los Angeles, Ms. Burke; graduated from Manual Arts High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UCLA and her law degree from USC. Before and after her tenure as representative, Burke practiced law, and she is currently a partner in the firm of Burke, Robinson and Pearman.

Yvonne Burke has received numerous awards for her varied civic and governmental works, and Time magazine selected her as one of America's 200 future leaders. Ms. Burke's experiences in government should provide for an informative and interesting evening at the Athenaeum.

To Be a Writer
Wednesday, March 25, 1987

0n Wednesday, March 25, the Athenaeum welcomes Margaret Coel. A native of Colorado, Mrs. Coel is an historian of the Southwest and a freelance writer with a life-long interest in the unique history, people, and places of the area. The mother of two CMC students, Kris and Lisa, she has written two books: Chief Left Hand: Southern Arapaho (1981) and Goin' Railroading: A Century on the Colorado High Iron (1986). The former was voted the best non-fiction book of 1981 by the National Association of Press Women.

Mrs. Coel's numerous articles on Indians, trains, bridges, and towns have appeared in American Heritage, The New York Times, and the Denver Post. In 1981 she was awarded a Time, Inc. fellowship to the Breadloaf Writers Conference at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Join us at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday for an informal lunch with Margaret Coel, hosted by the CMC Women's Forum, and later that evening for a reception and dinner; Mrs. Coel speaks at 7:00 p.m.

The Killing Fields
Thursday, March 26, 1987

The award-winning film, The Killing Fields (1984), was based on the extraordinary, true story of Dith Pran and his friendship with New York Times correspondent Sydney Schanberg. This story of survival in war-torn Cambodia is a portrait of one man's will to survive.

Eventually reunited with his family and now an American citizen, Dith Pran visits the Athenaeum on Thursday, March 26. A reception and dinner in his honor begins at 5:30 p.m. Because a large audience for Dith Pran's talk is anticipated, the evening's program, which starts at 7:00 p.m., is scheduled for the newly renovated McKenna Auditorium. Use the coupon in this Fortnightly to make your dinner reservations.

(For those who have not seen The Killing Fields or who would like to see the film again, the Athenaeum will provide a VCR screening at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24. Lunch will be available. No prior sign-up is required.)


Spend the evening at the Athenaeum watching the Academy Awards and/or the final game of the NCAA Division I playoffs which will be shown concurrently on big-screen television. Professor Mike Riley will be on hand to comment on the Oscar nominees and winners, .and valuable prizes will be awarded for the best predictions made by students for both events. Prediction forms can be picked up in the Athenaeum office and must be submitted prior to 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 30, when conversation and snacks begin. Feel free to drop in during the telecasts.


Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Wain, Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wain, and The Wain Foundation, the Athenaeum is pleased to announce a symposium, "Encountering Jesus," which will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 31 and April 1.

Recently, scholarship by Jews and Christians alike has focused on the Jewishness of Jesus. Two leading philosophers and theologians will explore this theme in evening discussions on March 31, and April 1. Following a 5:30 pm. reception and dinner on Tuesday evening, Professor Brian Hebblethwaite of Queens' College, Cambridge, England, will address the topic from a Christian perspective in a 7:00 p.m. talk entitled "Incarnational Christology and the Jewishness of Jesus" The next night, again at 7:00 p.m., following the customary Athenaeum reception and dinner, Professor Michael Wyschogrod, chairman of the Department of Philosophy at Baruch College, City University of New York, will offer a Jewish interpretation in his "Jesus and Judaism: Continuity and Discontinuity."

In addition to these presentations, CMC's Stephen T. Davis, professor of philosophy and religion and editor of a forthcoming volume, Encountering Jesus: A Debate in Christology, has organized a panel discussion featuring contributors to his book. They include well-known Claremont scholars John B. Cobb, Jr., John Hick, Rebecca Pentz, and James Robinson. This event begins at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1, in the Childs Lounge.

Encountering Jesus: Incarnational Christology and the Jewishness of Jesus
Tuesday, March 31, 1987

Encountering Jesus: A Debate in Christology
Wednesday, April 1, 1987 4:00 p.m. Childs Lounge

Jesus and Judaism: Continuity and Discontinuity
Wednesday, April 1, 1987

Thursday, April 2, 1987 Bauer Lecture Hall

0n Thursday evening, April 2, the Department of Black Studies and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum welcome Mr. Derek Walcott to Claremont McKenna College.

Derek Walcott, 1986 winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for poetry, was born on the island of St. Lucia in the British West Indies. When Walcott was less than a year old, his father died, leaving him and his twin brother, Roderick, to be brought up by their mother. Walcott was 14 when one of his poems was published in a newspaper, and four years later he published a book of 25 poems. The money for this project came from his mother, who could little spare it; he hawked the pamphlet throughout the island and was able to repay her.

In 1950 Walcott left St. Lucia and entered the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, where he took his B.A. in 1953. Upon graduation he moved to Trinidad, where he has worked as a book reviewer, art critic, playwright, and poet. His most famous collection, In a Green Night, was published in 1962 and garnered him immediate success at home and abroad. His dramas have received great critical acclaim and have been produced for the London and New York stages. He has recently spent a great deal of time in the United States.

After an Athenaeum reception and dinner, Walcott will read and comment on his poetry in Bauer Lecture Hall at 7:00 p.m.

Scoville Lecture

New Hope for Nuclear Arms Control?
Wednesday, April 8, 1987

Wednesday, April 8, in cooperation with the Keck Center and the Arms Control Association, the Athenaeum hosts the Scoville Lecture to be presented by David L. Aaron. A former Foreign Service officer, Mr. Aaron served on the SALT I delegation during the first Nixon administration. After working on the Senate Intelligence Committee, he held the post of deputy national security adviser on President Carter's National Security Council, and acted as the U.S. arms control specialist at the Carter-Brezhnev summit. A reception for Mr. Aaron begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00 p.m. The lecture is at 7:00 p.m.


Make your reservations early for the Athenaeum's celebrated Sunday brunch to be served this month on April 12. The buffet begins at 11:00 a.m. and continues until 1:00 p.m. The Athenaeum welcomes all CMC students and their personal guests; appropriate dress is required (i.e., no shorts, etc.).

The Sacralization of Culture: the Emergence of High Culture in 19th Century America
Thursday, April 9, 1987

0n Thursday, April 9, the history department and the Athenaeum join forces to present a fascinating look at American culture as they welcome Lawrence W. Levine to Claremont. Levine, the Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley, speaks on 'The Sacralization of Culture: The Emergence of High Culture in 19th Century America."

An American historian at Berkeley for the past 25 years, Levine has distinguished himself as a leader in this important field. In addition to being a MacArthur and Wilson fellow, he won the Chicago Folklore Prize in 1977 for his book Black Culture and Black Consciousness: Afro-American Folk Thought from Slavery to Freedom (1977). Levine has written three other books, including Defender of the Faith: William Jennings Bryan, the Last Decade (1987).

The author of numerous articles on a variety of topics, Levine has been especially noted for his work in black culture. Publications include "Slave Songs and Slave Consciousness," "William Shakespeare and the American People: A Study in Cultural Transformation," (1984) and "Hollywood's Washington: Film Images of National Politics in the Great Depression." (1985)

Reserve your place now for this exciting event.


Applications for Athenaeum student fellow are now accepted. We seek applicants who are enthusiastic, creative, and have excellent research, writing, and communication skills. The fellows' greatest responsibilities are planning Athenaeum events and producing The Fortnightly. Other duties include attending Athenaeum Advisory Committee meetings and weekly staff meetings. In addition, the student fellows distribute flyers, decorate the showcase in the Athenaeum lobby, attend Athenaeum-sponsored events as often as possible, and meet speakers at the airport. Time devoted to this position varies between five and 15 hours per week.

In addition to a stipend, the rewards of the position are numerous. The opportunity to meet fascinating people and to handle managerial problems provides pleasure and challenge.

Applications are available in the Athenaeum office and must be returned no later than April 1. We will contact applicants shortly thereafter to inform them of possible interviews. For further questions please contact Carolyn McFerran or Robert Urstein at x8244.