March 21, 88

Vol. 03 , No. 07   


Bring your favorite word and join us at a delectable dejeuner-an hour of delicious intellectual discussion. No sign up required.

Soviet Reforms: Technological Change on Soviet Society

In recent years General Secretary Gorbachev of the Soviet Union has instituted several reforms within Soviet society. Soviet scholar Vitalina Koval addresses the impacts of these reforms and the effects of technological change on Soviet society in a presentation scheduled for Wednesday, March 23, at the Athenaeum. The talk follows a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Koval, whose visit is being sponsored in part by the Keck Center, graduated from Moscow University in 1953. Currently Koval acts as senior researcher for the Institute of the International Labor Movement at the Academy of Sciences in the Soviet Union. She is a specialist on the American labor movement.

Koval, who was born at Syzran, Kubyshevskaya Oblast, U.S.S.R., also frequently lectures on economics, women's role in Soviet society, and Soviet education.

Journey into the Whirlwind

0n Thursday evening, March 24, at 7:00 p.m., Amnesty International of The Claremont Colleges, in cooperation with the Athenaeum, presents Journey into the Whirlwind (1983), a one-woman dramatic monologue adapted and performed by Rebecca Schull. The performance is based on the memoirs of Eugenia Ginzburg, Russian history teacher and poet who served 18 years slave labor under Stalin's regime for the nonviolent expression of her beliefs. In this riveting production Schull becomes Eugenia Ginzburg, offering a powerful depiction of this woman's personal struggle for freedom. This will be the only time Journey into the Whirlwind will be performed in Claremont, and it will be free of charge students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Rebecca Schull has performed her play on two continents. Mark your calendars now, plan on attending this very special evening at McKenna Auditorium, and join us at the Athenaeum after the performance for coffee with Ms. Schull.

Philosophy for Everyone
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1988 12:30 p.m.

We Hold These Truths: Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution
MONDAY, MARCH 28, 1988

Concluding the Athenaeum's Constitution series on Monday, March 28, is Dr. Mortimer Adler, American philosopher and author of We Hold These Truths: Understanding the Ideas and Ideals of the Constitution (1987). Time magazine once praised Adler's ability to explain even the most difficult of concepts by calling him "a philosopher for everyman."

In We Hold These Truths, Adler discusses the principles of human equality, inalienable rights, civil rights, the pursuit of happiness, and the consent and dissent of the governed, especially as these ideas provide the foundation for the Constitution's preamble.

Adler's talk follows a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner, and begins at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Adler will also be the guest speaker at an Athenaeum lunch on March 28. His topic then will be "Philosophy for Everyone." Please use the coupon to sign up for this event.

The Rage Against Reason

As a follow-up to Allan Bloom's address on education in America, philosophy professor Richard Bernstein visits the Athenaeum on Tuesday, March 29, to speak on "The Rage Against Reason." Bernstein received his M.A. and Ph.D. in philosophy from Yale University, and is currently a visiting professor at Frankfurt University. He addressed the current issue 25 years ago in "Undergraduate Education Today: Philosophy," an article he published in the Yale Alumni Magazine in January 1963. This event is co-sponsored by the CMC Philosophy Club. Please sign up for the 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner.


Easter brunch will be served by the Athenaeum on Sunday, April 3. Students and faculty are invited to sign up for the event and celebrate Easter together that Sunday morning, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Early reservations are advised for this brunch, as past brunches have sold out at an incredible pace. Due to its popularity, the event is open only to CMC-associated individuals and one guest apiece. Please remember to turn in your guest's name and meal card number with your own to ensure reservations for both.

Surviving the End: Malamud, Vonnegut, and Pynchon
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 1988 4:00 p.m.

The Center for Humanistic Studies and the Athenaeum welcome Humanistic Studies Fellow and Athenaeum fellow-in-residence, Prof. Peter Freese, who visits Claremont during the latter part of March and early April this year. Freese has been a full professor of American studies at Paderborn University in Germany since 1979.

Author of more than a dozen books on diverse aspects of American life and literature, Freese presents us with three insightful addresses during his stay. His final address will be held at 4:00 p.m. at the Athenaeum, prior to a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner. Please sign up for the dinner with the appropriate coupon in this Fortnightly, but feel free to attend any or all of the addresses listed below.

Tuesday, March 22, 1988

4:00 p.m.
"Destruction and Renewal: The Apocalyptic Imagination in American Literature"
Bauer Commons Room, CMC

Tuesday, March 29, 1988

4:00 p.m.
"From Heat-Death to Chaos: The Entropic Vision in American Literature"
Bauer Commons Room, CMC

Monday, April 4, 1988

4:00 p.m.
"Surviving the End: Malamud, Vonnegut, and Pynchon"
Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum

The Politics of AIDS

Congressman Jerry Lewis (R-Apple Valley) will be joined by Susan McGrievy of the American Civil Liberties Union and Benjamin Schatz, director, AIDS Civil Rights Project, in a panel discussion on legislation, mandatory HIV testing, funding, and other aspects of the politics of AIDS. This event is sponsored by the James Madison Society and the Athenaeum. Please use the coupon to sign for this event, which will begin with a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner.

Keck Lecture on International Understanding: Curing Explosive Disillusionment in America and the World
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6, 1988 7:00 p.m. McKenna Auditorium

In 1963 Life magazine named him one of the hundred Outstanding Young Adults in the United States. He was awarded the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award by the United Way of America in 1982 for his outstanding voluntary service to the nation. And more recently the Reverend Leon Sullivan has been working to overcome the injustice and suffering in South Africa due to apartheid.

On Wednesday, April 6, Sullivan, third annual Keck Center Lecturer on International Understanding, presents an address in McKenna Auditorium at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner.

Sullivan founded the Opportunities Industrialization Center (OIC), a program sponsoring training and retraining skills. Sullivan also founded the Progress Investment Associates and the Progress Non-Profit Charitable Trust to promote social improvement and urban renewal in the Philadelphia area.

Come and meet this truly outstanding individual.

Immunity and Recreational Drugs
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1988 12:30 p.m.

Bruce Heischober, M.D., director of the recovery center at Redlands Community Hospital, discusses how substances such as alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, and designer drugs affect our body's immune system. Are recreational drugs depressing our immunities to the point of lowering our resistance to disease? This lunch (12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.) is sponsored by the Health Education and Outreach Office of Student Health Service. Please return the coupon if you wish to attend this event (or call x3602 for information).

Free South Africa
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 1988 7:00 p.m. McKenna Auditorium

0n Thursday, April 7, Randall Robinson, co-founder of the Free South Africa Movement, presents an address in the Athenaeum. Brigham Young University has called Robinson "a very positive and timely force in the crusade for world-wide human rights."

Robinson is the executive director of Trans-Africa, a half-million dollar, black American lobby for Africa and the Caribbean, which has strongly opposed apartheid. Robinson, a Harvard Law School graduate, has been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service and Humanitarian Awards.

Robinson's visit is being co-sponsored by the Athenaeum and the Intercollegiate Department of Black Studies of The Claremont Colleges. Hear what this dynamic speaker has to say about the outrage of apartheid. A reception and dinner will take place in the Atheneaum; Robinson will speak in McKenna Auditorium.

MICHAEL DEANE LAMKIN, conductor, Claremont Concert Choir

The Athenaeum invites you to partake of a feast inspired by some favorite dishes of this great melting pot called America. On Friday, April 8, the Athenaeum hosts its annual Americana Festival.

The festival features classic American fare-including apple pie, as well as the music of the Concert Choir of Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Pitzer-Scripps colleges.

The Americana dinner scheduled for Friday, April 8, is a special CMC night. Students and faculty members may attend this dinner for $5 apiece and $5 for one guest. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. sharp. Reservations are required, and payment must accompany all reservations. Students are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible, as the event is sure to sell out.


Applications for Athenaeum student fellow are now being 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' tasks include distributing flyers, decorating the showcase in the Athenaeum lobby, attending Athenaeum-sponsored events as often as possible, and hosting speakers. Time devoted to this position varies between five and ten 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 Stephanie Lum or James Van Beek at x8244.


Athenaeum Tea. Tea and sweets are served daily during the weekdays in the Athenaeum library from 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday Lunch. Every Wednesday at noon, lunch is served in one of the Athenaeum's small dining rooms for students and faculty who wish to share a meal and engage in conversation. The lunch is an open forum, and reservations are not required.