April 17, 89

Vol. 04 , No. 09   

The New Politics of a Multiethnic City
MONDAY, APRIL 17, 1989

In June 1985 Michael Woo was elected to the Los Angeles City Council from a district extending from Silver Lake to central Hollywood to Studio City and Sherman Oaks. As the first trained urban planner and the first Asian-American to serve on the city's governing body, he represents a constituency of 198,000 people who speak more than 50 languages and dialects. On Monday, April 17, Councilman Woo presents his unique perspective on "The New Politics of a Multiethnic City."

Councilman Woo is chairman of the Governmental Operations Committee, which is responsible for improving the efficiency of city government agencies. As vice-chairman of the Planning and Environmental Committee, he pioneered the first district-wide ban on mini-malls, for which Los Angeles magazine designated him one of the "Heroes for 1988." A crusader for the city's pedestrians, Councilman Woo proposed a "Pedestrian Bill of Rights" that promotes sidewalk cafes, street vendors and musicians, and safer crosswalks. As former chairman of the Transportation and Traffic Committee, he worked on far-reaching plans to prevent traffic gridlock on city streets.

A Los Angeles native, Councilman Woo attended local public schools and graduated from Cowell College at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He earned his master's degree in city planning from Berkeley in 1975.

Please return the attached coupon to join Councilman Woo at the Athenaeum for a 5:30 p.m. reception and 6:00 dinner and presentation.

Author-Reader Relationships: Nabokov and the Postmodernists

Maurice Couturier, professor of American literature at the University of Nice, France, comes to CMC's Center for Humanistic Studies as the center's third visiting fellow. Earlier visiting fellows were Tamas Ungvari, Budapest, and Peter Freese, Paderborn, Germany.

While here Professor Couturier will meet with colleagues, visit classes, and deliver the third annual spring lectures sponsored by the center. The three-part lecture series, "Changing Communications and the Novel: From Gutenberg and Sterne to Nabokov and Pynchon," is distilled from the major study on which Professor Couturier is at work.

The final lecture in the series on April 19 will be co-hosted by the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Its title is "Author-Reader Relationships: Nabokov and the Postmodernists." The occasion begins with a reception and dinner, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Athenaeum. The lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.

Professor Couturier is considered one of Europe's foremost experts on American postmodernism. He has visited this country often and has taught at Iowa, University of Notre Dame, and U.C. San Diego. Join us to hear this engaging professor by filling out the Fortnightly coupon.

Last Lecture

The Athenaeum is excited to present Prof. Martin Chemers, giving his "Last Lecture," on Thursday, April 20. Professor Chemers, at Claremont McKenna College for only two years, took no time to make an impact on students and faculty here. The Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at CMC, he was recently the recipient of the G. David Huntoon Senior Teaching Award for 1988.

Since receiving his PhD in social psychology at the University of Illinois in 1968, he has taught at the universities of Delaware, Washington, and Utah, where he was chair of psychology. He is an active researcher, and has published numerous scientific articles and books on leadership. His book, Improving Leadership Effectiveness: The Leader Match Concept (1976), has been translated into German, Japanese, Swedish, and Portuguese. He has consulted widely on leadership and organizational practice for such clients as the U.S. Ski Team, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the U.S. Bureau of Mines.

Prof. Martin Chemers will surely make a lasting impression on us, with his "Last Lecture" on Thursday, April 20. To attend the last "Last Lecture," please complete the coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

Why I Celebrate Diversity
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1989

Jim Gould is a professor of international relations at Scripps College and a lecturer whose popularity extends far beyond southern California. He founded the Pomona Valley Council of Churches and the United Nations Association. He has taught international relations at Tufts University, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, and the Claremont Graduate School. Professor Gould is retiring from the Scripps faculty after this semester and will be moving to Cape Cod. Please join us at this lunch sponsored by the Committee for Diversity and Awareness. Use the Fortnightly coupon to make your reservation.

MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1989

Wear your blue jeans, your boots, and your cowboy/girl hat and join the fun at the Athenaeum. Ribs and chicken will be barbecued by Chef Robert and his able assistants. Real back-home beans, corn-on-the-cob, and western desserts will complement a delicious meal. We might even try to find a fiddler to provide entertainment-depends on how the papers go. No matter what, it will be an evening of fun.

Fill out the enclosed coupon to assure your space at this event, which begins at 6:00 p.m. (No reception because cowboys/girls just like to eat.)

Claremont Colleges Debate Union: An Education at USC is No Education at All
Claremont Colleges Debate Union vs. Trojan Debate Squad of USC

0n the evening of Tuesday, April 25, the Athenaeum presents a debate between The Claremont Colleges Debate Union and the Trojan Debate Squad of the University of Southern California. Throughout the debate the Trojans will defend the resolution that "An Education at USC is No Education at All," while CMC takes the negative. This debate promises to be entertaining and enlightening. As a special addition, the evening includes a presentation by graduating senior Julie Spellman, who was recently selected to debate in Japan this summer as a member of the United States Debate Team. Come and enjoy the fun and support our team. Heckling and cheering from the audience are welcomed.

To sign up for this event please return the attached coupon. The debate begins at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception and dinner.

The Palestinian Perspective

As the concluding speaker in the Athenaeum's series on the Arab-Jew conflict in the Middle East, on Wednesday, April 26, Prof. Rashid Khalidi presents the Palestinian viewpoint.

Given the scope and intricacy of the conflict, only an observer, with a range of experiences can objectively grasp the subtle nuances of the situation. An associate professor of modern eastern history at the University of Chicago, Professor Khalidi has the requisite breadth of knowledge and experience that this topic requires.

Professor Khalidi received his bachelor's in history from Yale and a doctorate in modem history from Oxford University. At various times he has served in departments of political studies, Arab politics, international relations, and history in schools as diverse as Lebanese University, American University at Beirut, Georgetown, and Columbia.

Professor Khalidi has also served as a research fellow for the Institute for Palestinian Studies and as a fellow with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. As the author of numerous books, articles, and papers, he has also aired his Palestinian perspective to many groups in the past few years, including gatherings at Harvard, Berkeley, Princeton, and MIT.

Please return the attached coupon to ensure your place for this presentation. Professor Khalidi's remarks begin at 7:00 p.m., following a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner.

Commencement Preview

George Deukmejian was first sworn into office as governor of California in 1983, and was reelected to a second term by one of the largest vote margins in state history. Claremont McKenna's commencement speaker for the class of 1989, Governor Deukmejian also visits the Athenaeum on Thursday, April 27, for a private dinner with our graduating seniors.

George Deukmejian assumed the duties of chief executive after a distinguished career in elected office, including four years in the state assembly, 12 years in the state senate, and four years as attorney general. During his service to the people of California, he has established himself as an effective legislator, good administrator, and a recognized leader in efforts to fight crime. and improve public safety.

The results of the governor's strong leadership are clear: unemployment has been cut in half; schools are once again teaching the basics, and student test scores are up; dangerous criminals are being sent to state prisons in record numbers; commonsense judges have been appointed to the bench; an historic "workfare" program has been enacted; and there is more protection of the public health from toxic waste than ever before.

A graduate of Siena College in upstate New York, the governor earned his law degree from St. John's University in 1952. He has also been awarded six honorary doctorate degrees.

Seniors, please return the coupon to ensure your place at this dinner given in your honor. The evening begins with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner at 6:00.

This special appearance by our graduation speaker is made possible by a gift from the parent of a current CMC student.


Another year at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is ending, and it has been a rewarding and exciting nine months. Some of the highlights include an unbelievable reading by Richard Wilbur of his poems, a funny and serious address by Norman Cousins, a remembrance by Pierre Salinger, Archbishop Roger Mahony's talk about the homeless of L.A., our ten-day series on Election '88, an electrifying speech by Bruce Babbitt, a political slide show by Paul Conrad, Phi Beta Kappa visitor Richard Streeter's lecture, a sensational visit by Simon Wiesenthal, and an informative discussion with the co-discoverer of the AIDS virus, Dr. Robert Gallo. The first semester ended with our first two speakers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Karen Elliott House and Steven Spiegel.

The second semester began with Jesse Jackson, who drew an overflow crowd to Bridges Auditorium and joined us for a question-and-answer lunch at the Athenaeum. The semester continued with an excellent medical ethics symposium, with riveting addresses by Nien Cheng and Supreme Court Justice Scalia, a ten-day stay by William Styron, as well as more speakers on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (Professor Harkabi, Amnon Straschnov, Rashid Khaladi, David Shipler; and Benjamin Begin, who all added to our understanding of this issue). Henry Kravis and T. Boone Pickens were here to speak on corporate leadership. We hosted a mini-series on Russia with seven Soviet women-all members of the Academy of Sciences, Ron Lehman (President Bush's nominee for the director of the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency), and guitarist Vladimir Frumkin. We also had a number of musical evenings-the popular Madrigal feasts, an evening of fine jazz, a celebration of CMC talents-plus an art display by senior Chris Theodore. A new series, entitled the "Last Lecture," featured CMC professors John Roth, Jack Pitney, and Martin Chemers.

This Fortnightly brings you up to date on our last attractions. We end with a dinner for seniors with California's Gov. George Deukmejian.

This year we hosted 426 different events; our chef prepared meals for 26,977 guests; and more than 30,000 people heard our speakers. This does not count our daily teas, which I hope you have enjoyed.

Don't forget that our programs depend on your good suggestions and contacts. Plans for 1989-90 are beginning, so give me or our fellows, Laura Gilmore and John McIntire, your ideas. Thanks to all of you from all of us at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum for making this past year such a successful one.