Riding on the Storm: The Doors, The Sixties, and Now
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1991
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to
announce the first speaker of the semester, John
Densmore, drummer and one of the founding members
of The Doors. His book, Riders on the Storm: My Life with Jim Morrison and The Doors (1990), has been
touted by Rolling Stone as "the first Doors biography
that feels like it was written for the right reasons and
easily the most informed account of The Doors' brief but
Controversy surrounding The Doors in the sixties and
seventies culminated in the tragic death of the enigmatic
lead singer, Jim Morrison. Last year's release of the film
The Doors resurrected the legend of the band. Oliver
Stone, the director of the film, praised Mr. Densmore
for his "self-experienced insights as a survivor and a
seeker." While the film tends to concentrate on the
tormented psyche of Jim Morrison, Mr. Densmore's
book offers a more holistic perspective of the band.
Mr. Densmore's presentation, "Riding on the Storm: The
Doors, The Sixties, and Now," will include a lecture,
performance, and a video display featuring rare footage
of the band. He will discuss the effect that his
involvement during the sixties had on his value system
and his view of the world, and how he has reconciled
that period of his life with the present.
Dinner will begin at 6:00 and will be available only to
CMC persons; the program will be open to all and will
commence at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium.
American Policy Towards the Soviet Union
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1991
Our second speaker of the semester could not be
more current. Peter Boyle, a leading scholar on
American-Soviet relations, will give his incisive insights
on the dynamic situation in the USSR and what it
means for the United States.
Dr. Boyle was born and educated in Glasgow,
Scotland. He received his Ph.D. in American studies
from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is
now professor of American studies at Nottingham
University. This year he has the honor of being a
visiting scholar at the prestigious Hoover Institute.
Dr. Boyle has edited the letters of both Winston
Churchill and Dwight D. Eisenhower. Presently, he is
completing a book on America-Soviet relations entitled
American Soviet Relations from the Bolshevik Revolution to
the Present. Current events are moving too fast to study
in books, however; Dr. Boyle's appearance will give us
an invaluable opportunity to learn about the history
being created today.
Join us for Dr. Boyle's timely address, "American
Policy Towards the Soviet Union." Please use the
reservation form to sign up for dinner before the 7:00
talk. The question and answer period is sure to be lively
and intense, so come prepared for an exciting evening.
Aristotle and the Habit of Virtue
GEORGE C. S. BENSON P'61
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1991
The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for
Humanistic Studies is proud to announce that
CMC's founding president, Dr. George C. S. Benson,
will be the first participant in this year's continuation of
the series "Public Figures and the Humanities." The
program, begun last year, features public figures'
personal testimonials on the influence that masterworks
of Western literature have exerted upon their professional and private lives. Professor Benson will speak on
the significance of Aristotle's Ethics (340 BC) in American life.
One of the preeminent educators of our time, Dr.
Benson received his B.A. from Pomona College, his
M.A, from the University of Illinois, and his Ph.D. from
Harvard. After earning his doctorate, he worked in
several capacities in education, consulting, and public
service. Besides teaching political science at Harvard,
the University of Michigan, and Northwestern, Dr.
Benson served during World War II as U.S. Army
Lieutenant Colonel in Italy, North Africa, and Austria.
Upon returning to civilian life, he founded Claremont
Men's College in 1946, and served as the college's
president until 1969. Since returning to CMC from the
State Department in the early '70s. Dr. Benson has been
a leader in the reemergence of the study of ethics. He
has authored, among other works, Amoral America (1975) (with
Thomas S. Engeman), Political Corruption in America (1978),
and Business Ethics in America (1982). Professor Benson continues to work closely with the Henry Salvatori Center
for the Study of Individual Freedom in the Modern
World and remains a revered yet highly personable
presence in the Claremont community.
Dr. Benson's address begins at 7:00 p.m., following a
reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. To join us for this
event, please fill out the enclosed reservation form and
return it to the Athenaeum.
Open Forum Lunch
WEDNESDAYS BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 18, 1991
Faculty, bring a student. Students, bring a faculty
member. Join us at Open Forum lunch. As many
as seven students may bring one faculty member;
there must be a faculty member at each of the six
tables. The best lunches are Open Forum lunches
at the Athenaeum. Join good company and share
good food. You may sign up at the Athenaeum
on Wednesday mornings, if you have a faculty
member or vice versa-otherwise, no advance
Dating and Mating
THERESA CRENSHAW P'94
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1991
Dr. Theresa Crenshaw graduated from Stanford
University and the University of California at
Irvine medical school. She then continued her training
at the Masters and Johnson Institute in St. Louis,
Missouri. She founded the Crenshaw Clinic, one of the
largest sex therapy clinics in the nation, in 1975. She
was president of the American Association of Sex
Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT), as
well as founder of the AASECT AIDS Task Force. In
July of 1987 President Reagan appointed her to his
presidential commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
Dr. Crenshaw is president and founder of the
Ehrenborg Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention of HIV infection. She has
worked at the national and grassroots levels to educate
the public about AIDS. Often she works through the
media to reach the people, including appearances on
the "Phil Donahue Show" and "Good Morning,
America," as well as articles in the Saturday Evening Post.
The two AIDS Awareness Day programs she developed
won Golden Mike Awards and an International Gold
Medal in New York.
Her most recent book, Bedside Manners: Your Guide to
Better Sex (1983), was a Book-of-the-Month-Club selection and
an international best-seller. Dr. Crenshaw will present
her talk, "Dating and Mating," this month. Later this
semester she will give a speech titled "Making Commitments."
Join us for an undoubtedly stimulating evening by
returning the enclosed reservation form. Dinner will
begin at 6:00 and remarks will commence at 7:00.
Women As Leaders in the USSR
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1991
Recent events have put the leadership of the Soviet
Union into the international spotlight. Elena
Sverdlova and Tatiana Zabelina will explore the role of
women as political leaders in the USSR.
Originally from Moscow, Mrs. Sverdlova received her
Ph.D. in biology from Moscow State University. She
has been an assistant professor of biophysics there since
1965. From 1966 to 1969 she lived in Washington, D.C.,
while her husband was First Secretary of the Embassy of
the USSR. Her grandfather was the first president of the
Mrs. Zabelina graduated from Moscow State University with a Ph.D. in history. She teaches at the Institute
of Latin America at the USSR Academy of Sciences,
while doing post-graduate research at the Academy's
Institute of the Labor Movement. In addition, she has
taught for ten years at the Institute of the Youth
(Komsomol). Mrs. Zabelina is also a member of the Soviet
Women's Committee and the Women's Commission of
the Soviet-American Society.
Come get their personal insight on the explosive
changes that have dominated the headlines. Return the
enclosed coupon and join us for dinner at 6:00 and
speeches at 7:00.
Female Leadership in the USSR
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1991
The Women's Forum is pleased to welcome Olga
Zatsepina to give a short presentation on her life at
a special tea. Originally from Sakhalin, USSR,
Zatsepina studied English at the Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages, which is now the Moscow
State Linguistics University. She has been teaching
English in the chemistry department at Moscow State
University while doing post-graduate work in the
linguistics department. She is writing her Ph.D. dissertation on the Historical Study of Synonyms in Chemical
Terminology. The tea will begin at 4:00 p.m. We invite
you to attend and discuss Mrs. Zatsepina's life and
Road to Potsdam and After
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1991
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is proud to
welcome Dr. Valentin Berezhkov. Dr. Berezhkov
was the founder of Moscow's most authoritative journal
of American affairs, issued by the Institute for Study of
the USA and Canada. As its editor, he played a
prominent role in the struggle for glasnost and perestroika
in the USSR. Now 70 years old, he has stepped down as
editor and has been named senior researcher of the
Dr. Berezhkov has a Ph.D. in history and has had a
long and spectacular career as a Soviet diplomat. As a
young foreign service officer, he was assigned to Nazi
Germany and served as an interpreter for Molotov with
Hitler. He was also Stalin's interpreter at the Tehran
and Potsdam conferences. Dr. Berezhkov is probably
the only man alive who took part in these conferences
with Roosevelt, Churchill, and Stalin.
He has written numerous articles and books, including Diplomatic Mission to Hitler (1965), With Stalin in
Tehran, Road to Potsdam (1978), History in the Making (1983), and
Problems in Soviet Foreign Policy. Last year, a television
film based on his life and experiences was made in
Moscow, and portions have been shown in the United
Dr. Berezhkov has visited the Claremont Colleges
numerous times for lectures. In 1986 he addressed an
overflowing crowd at the graduate school and stimulated lively discussion. Please join us for dinner and his
lecture by returning the enclosed reservation form.
Southern California: The Beginning of the End or the End of the Beginning?
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1991
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to
welcome back cultural historian Kevin Starr. Five
years ago, Mr. Starr spoke at Claremont McKenna's
fortieth anniversary. He also presented a California
history series at the Athenaeum. He returns to launch a
series regarding the history and development of Los
Originally from San Francisco, Mr. Starr received his
Ph.D. from Harvard University. He has taught at
schools across the nation, including Harvard and the
University of California at Berkeley. In addition to his
teaching, he was a visiting scholar at the Hoover
As a cultural historian, Dr. Starr enjoys delving into
the social currents of the past. In a sense, history is
gossip about the past. His books are famous for their
encyclopedic detail about the people and the times. His
most recent work is titled Material Dreams:
Southern California Through the 1920's (1990). With his deep
knowledge of the region's past, Mr. Starr will be the
perfect kick-off for this informative series.
Please join us for Mr. Starr's speech entitled
"Southern California: The Beginning of the End or the
End of the Beginning?" Dinner begins at 6:00 and
remarks commence at 7:00. Reservations can be made
by returning the appropriate form.
Classics in the News
SHELBY COFFEY III
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1991
The Gould Center for Humanistic Studies welcomes
Los Angeles Times editor and executive vice president
C. Shelby Coffey to Claremont to deliver the second in
this fall's series of testimonials by public figures on the
continuing importance of great works of Western
literature in their personal and professional development. Mr. Coffey will speak on "Classics in the News."
A graduate of the University of Virginia, Shelby
Coffey was deputy managing editor for national news
and assistant managing editor for features on The
Washington Post before becoming editor of U.S. News and
World Report. Later he served as senior vice president
and editor of the Dallas Times Herald. He came to the
L.A. Times in 1986 as deputy associate editor. Following
a tenure as executive editor of that publication, Mr.
Coffey was named editor and executive vice president
of the Times in 1989.
Mr. Coffey is a health-and-fitness enthusiast as well as
a modern Renaissance man. He has participated in
several major marathons, and ascribes to his rigorous
exercise regimen the equanimity and stamina needed to
stay the course as editor of one of America's preeminent
Shelby Coffey's talk will begin at 7:00 p.m., following
a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. Those who wish
to join us for this event should complete the enclosed
reservation form and return it to the Marian Miner Cook
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1991
The Sunday brunch extravaganza is here! The
first Sunday brunch takes place September
29 at 11:00 a.m. Sunday brunch only comes once
a month, is extremely popular, and fills up
quickly. Return the enclosed coupon as early as
possible, so you don't miss this delectable event.
Sunday brunch is limited to CMC students and
one guest per student. CMC faculty and staff are
invited, of course, and encouraged to attend.
WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to a new semester at the Marian Miner
Cook Athenaum. Our events are planned to be
an extension of your studies at Claremont McKenna
College. I urge you to take the opportunity to hear the
speakers who will be giving addresses every night,
Monday through Thursday, during the fall semester. As
you can see, we are up to date with a number of
speakers addressing current affairs in the Soviet Union.
Our other series cover a wide range of interests from the
Middle East to Southern California.
You are encouraged to contact an Athenaeum fellow if
you would like to sit with our guest at the head table.
Please stop by and see me if you know someone who
would be an interesting Athenaeum speaker. Some of
our most popular guests come to CMC because of
contact by a student or faculty member. These include
Jesse Jackson, Patricia Schroeder, William F. Buckley,
Justice Antonin Scalia, John lrving, and Elie Wiesel.
Each Fortnightly has a reservation form sheet. You
only need to return a form if you plan to eat at the
Athenaeum; eating means that you will stay for the
address. If you are unsure of your plans you may
always attend the talk, which begins at 7:00 p.m. and
ends by 8:00 p.m., without a reservation. We do not
take reservations by phone but you may call us to cancel
a dinner reservation up to 12:00 p.m. the day of the
dinner, thereby enabling you to eat at Collins.
The Athenaeum plans a number of student musical
events. If you wish to participate in a musical tea, please
contact Bonnie Snortum in our office.
All of us at the Athenaeum are here to make your
experience at Claremont McKenna College even more
memorable and intellectually stimulating. Become an
Athenaeum "regular"-visit us for tea, for brunch, for
Open Forum Lunch, for dinner, and to hear a speech.
Become part of the center of CMC where students,
faculty, administrators, community persons, and
special guests relate in a most unique environment.