Transforming the Debate on Sexual Inequality: From Biological Differences to Institutionalized Androcentrism
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 1992
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to
present Sandra Bem, award-winning psychologist.
Ms. Bern's work on sex-biased job advertising contributed to landmark court decisions under Title VII of
the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and her thinking has
influenced the entire field of gender studies.
Sandra Bem's values have shaped her research and
her family life, and these in turn have shaped the values
of the public and the profession. She was born to two
working parents, and it was always assumed that she,
too, would work. In school, she excelled in sports and
academics, but she never learned to flirt successfully,
and so she came to believe she would never marry. This
solidified her career ambitions.
In college Ms. Bem majored in clinical psychology,
and after applying to graduate schools in her senior
year, she met and later married Daryl Bem, a first-year
assistant professor. Their marriage was to become a
model of egalitarianism, decisions always being made
with both their careers in mind. The marriage has
captured the attention of numerous articles as a successful alternative to traditional marital roles.
Ms. Bem has taught at Cornell University, Stanford
University, and Carnegie-Mellon University. Her
research covers sex roles, androgyny, and the onogeny
of psychosexual identity and maturity. She developed
the Bem Sex Role Inventory (BSRI) and used this for
years of research, based on the assumption that a truly
effective and well functioning person must be androgynous, possessing both masculine and feminine traits.
Sandra Bem's conceptualization and definition of
androgyny changed forever the way masculinity and
femininity are viewed in psychology; perhaps she will
do the same at CMC. Come see this fascinating speaker
by returning the enclosed slip for the 5:30 reception and
6:00 dinner, to be followed by the 7:00 talk.
AIDS: The Political and Economic Implications
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 1992
Since Magic Johnson's announcement, AIDS has
been propelled into the consciousness of America.
Many people are informed about its general medical
aspects; few, however, are aware of the immense
political and economic implications. Those who attended
Theresa Crenshaw's discussion on AIDS will remember
the fundamental role that politics plays. A conservative
administration was reluctant to make the extent of the
danger known, allegedly because of homophobic
attitudes, and the AMA declared AIDS an unreportable
Even now, though President Bush has made the
popular move of placing Magic Johnson on the
Presidential Commission on AIDS, Bush's proposal for
spending on AIDS has disappointed AIDS researchers.
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to
present Shepherd Smith, the president and founder of
Americans for a Sound AIDS/HIV Policy (ASAP). Since
ASAP'S founding in 1987, Mr. Smith has testified on
HIV-related issues before Congress, the Presidential
Commission on the Human Immunodeficiency Virus
Epidemic, and the FDA.
In his testimony before Congress, Mr. Smith stated
"that all areas of AIDS spending are inter-related and
the rapidly escalating Medicaid, Medicare, and AIDS-
related Social Security benefits will lead to serious
discussion of where AIDS/HIV dollars can be best
spent. The various proposals of national health-care
plans are an added dimension."
Join us for this discussion of a fundamental yet largely
ignored topic. Return the enclosed slip to join us for the
5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 talk.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1992
November is only nine months away, and it is hard
to believe that there is an election on the horizon.
E. Spencer Abraham is all too aware of this upcoming
event. As co-chairman of the National Republican
Congressional Committee, he has been working since
1990 to rebuild Republican domination in Congress.
Mr. Abraham, former chairman of the Michigan
Republican Party and head of the Michigan delegation
to the 1984 GOP convention, says he has high hopes for
Republicans in 1992. Owing to reconfigurations resulting from the 1990 census, the expected high number
of Democratic retirements in the House before 1992, and
the cresting wave of Bush's re-election bid, Mr.
Abraham is working to gain seats in potentially
The first step in the battle is to get an early start on
recruitment of candidates, to get a strong grassroots
organization together, and to resuscitate the campaign
committee's finances, which are in deficit after the 1990
elections. Mr. Abraham hopes "we can build a strong,
coordinated sense of teamwork."
Come and get an insider's view of the upcoming
campaign. Mr. Abraham's remarks will begin at 7:00,
preceded by dinner at 6:00 and a reception at 5:30.
Simply fill out the enclosed reservation form, and we'll
see you there.
Returning Decency to the Political Process: Reflections on the Justice Thomas Hearings
JOHN DOGGETT '69
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1992
Few episodes in recent history have aroused as much
controversy as the confirmation hearings of Judge
Clarence Thomas. Every aspect of the committee-room
drama has been criticized, from the witnesses' testimony
to the behavior of the overseeing senators. It reminded
some viewers of the McCarthy hearings. Claremont
McKenna alum John Doggett '69 played a prominent role in
this drama and is returning to his alma mater to describe
Mr. Doggett graduated from CMC in 1969, majoring
in government. As a student he was the founding
president of the Black Students' Union. From here he
continued to Yale Law School, where he concentrated in
litigation. He has been a member of the staffs and acting
directing attorney of civil legal services programs in
Connecticut and California. In addition he has served as
the director of the Legal Services Department of the
State Bar of California. He later received his MBA from
Harvard and has worked in New York, Washington,
D.C., and Denmark.
Currently Mr. Doggett is the president and founder of
International Management Development Center, which
develops and delivers training programs for private and
public sector clients around the world. He specializes in
global competition, competitive analysis, strategic
implementation, and international marketing. He is also
an adjunct assistant professor of international management and marketing at the Graduate School of Business
at the University of Texas in Austin.
Few people escaped the Thomas hearings without a
strong opinion as to who was telling the truth. No doubt
that controversy will spill over into this presentation.
Don't miss the fireworks. Mr. Doggett's speech,
entitled "Returning Decency to the Political Process:
Reflections on the Justice Thomas Hearings," will
commence at 7:00, preceded by dinner at 6:00. Mr.
Doggett will be available for comments at the reception
beginning at 5:30.
Paradise as a Parking Lot: The Automobile Transforms California
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 1992
Traffic has shaped Los Angeles.
Larry Dietz understands traffic and its effects on
the city as few others do. It all began when he was
driving a battered Peugeot reminiscent of Columbo's
famous auto. Not being able to get his heap up to speed
on the highway, Mr. Dietz ended up driving all
over L.A. on surface streets. This gave him a sense
of place which translated into his interest in traffic's
effect on L.A.
Mr. Dietz moved to L.A. in 1964, three years after the
last interurban light rail line was shut down and before
the completion of the 10 freeway through to Santa
Monica. He claims to have "bucolic memories of visiting
L.A. as a very small child in 1945. Traffic was almost
non-existent then, but that may have had much to do
with the gas and tire rationing."
Since then Mr. Dietz has written for the then-L.A
Times Sunday magazine, West, was founding editor of
New West magazine in 1975, and was its automotive
editor when it closed down (by then known as California
magazine) in 1991. In addition he was the West Coast
editor of Playboy, a writer-investigative producer for
Entertainment Tonight, and a columnist for Smart
magazine. Mr. Dietz's first book was entitled Soda Pop:
The History, Advertising, Art, and Memorabilia of Soft Drinks in America (1973).
His newest book deals with the Chandler family and the
development of L.A.; it is tentatively titled The Creation
Please join us for a unique perspective on L.A.'s
highways. Provided he doesn't get stuck in traffic, Mr.
Dietz will be available at the 5:30 reception. Dinner will
begin at 6:00 followed by the presentation at 7:00. Just
fill out the enclosed reservation sheet.
The Ins and Outs of International Law Practice
PERRY LERNER '65 P'89
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 1992
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is pleased to
welcome Perry Lerner, a lawyer with the law firm
O'Melveny and Myers. Mr. Lerner specializes in international tax planning for foreign persons investing in
the U.S. and for Americans and American companies
investing abroad. His work involves foreign and domestic joint ventures, investments in U.S. and foreign real
estate, mergers and acquisitions of U.S. and foreign
companies, intercompany pricing matters, and international financings. He also represents U.S. and foreign high net worth individuals in business and tax planning
From January 1988 to August 1991 Mr. Lerner was the
managing partner of the firm's London office. While in
London, he acted for the developers of the Canary
Wharf project in London's Docklands, U.S. and Japanese investors in U.K. and European real estate, and
U.S. and foreign parties in European mergers and
acquisitions. He advised the Barcelona, Albertville,
Lillehammer, and International Olympic Committees
on the U.S. tax aspects of the Olympic Games. He also
advised several U.S. and foreign clients in connection
with the tax aspects of their overseas activities, including
Bankers Trust, Security Pacific-Hoare Govett, and The
Walt Disney Company.
Mr. Lerner graduated from CMC in 1965 and earned a
JD from Harvard Law School in 1968. He is the father of
Marci Lerner, CMC class of 1989, who is currently in law
school in New York.
Please join us for an exciting look at aspects of
international law. Dinner begins at 6:00 followed by Mr.
Lerner's presentation at 7:00. You are also welcome to
the reception at 5:30. Just fill out the enclosed reservation form.
Keeping Political Candidates Out of Jail
CARY DAVIDSON '74
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4, 1992
It is almost impossible for political candidates to stay
out of trouble on the campaign trail. The rules and
regulations one must follow make for a maze of
reporting dates and disclosure requirements. Cary
Davidson has devoted his practice to deciphering the
barrage of restrictions facing prospective candidates.
Mr. Davidson graduated summa cum laude from
Claremont McKenna College in 1974 with a triple degree
in political science, Jewish studies, and public policy.
While he was here he interned in Washington for
Congressman Alphonso Bell. His thesis was "Jewish
Political Fund Raising in Los Angeles." He then went
on to the University of Chicago where he received his
law degree in 1978.
While practicing law in Los Angeles, Mr. Davidson
has attempted to integrate the law and public affairs. He
encourages students and adults alike to involve themselves in the political process. He volunteers extensively,
serving on the boards of Young Executives of America,
the Anti Defamation League, Jewish Community Relations Committee, and he is a long-time member of
Women in Public Affairs. He is also a vice president of
CMC's alumni association.
Please join us for an evening that could keep all
would-be politicians out of jail and all would-be lawyers
rolling in dough. Meet Mr. Davidson one-on-one at the
5:30 reception. Dinner will begin at 6:00, followed by
the presentation at 7:00.
Imaginary Gardens and Real Toads
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1992
Dudley Herschbach, 1986 Nobel prizewinner for
chemistry, got hooked on science when he was
nine and he has been going full steam ever since.
Professor Herschbach loves the many surprises that
chemistry has to offer. Consider the world of biochemistry: "We are basically made up of compounds of
just four principal kinds of atoms (hydrogen, carbon,
nitrogen, and oxygen). But you hook those atoms
together in various ways and you can make this
incredible variety of living things.... It's awesome."
Professor Herschbach described doing science as
"having conversations with nature."
Several times in his scientific life Herschbach has
found that he has been looking at results that were so
thrilling he could not sleep. One example is the time he
invented a technique known as the "cross molecular
beam," which allowed him to measure, for the first
time, the amount of energy needed to bring molecules
together in a chemical reaction.
Professor Herschbach has moved on now to new,
very theoretical work, which he thinks could revolutionize our thinking about the electronic structure of
molecules and atoms.
The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum is excited to
welcome Professor Herschbach who will give us his
insight into the scientific world. The reception begins at
5:30, dinner at 6:00, and lecture at 7:00.
A Word from the Fellows
SCOTT PALMER '93
ELIZABETH PONTEFRACT '93
TYSON ROBERTS '92
Welcome to a new semester. It looks as if things are
progressing very nicely; we're all excited about the
upcoming speakers. Attendance has been fabulous, so we
assume that you like what you see. It is also great to see
attendance rising for the receptions. Students have
dominated the question period after the speech, which
This semester our only request is that we cut down on
people saving seats. It has become a popular habit,
resulting in a flock of napkin-covered chairs, which can be
an intimidating sight. It is a bit uncomfortable to sit down
at a table of napkins with no names or faces to attach to
them. If you would please wait until after you go through
the buffet to choose your seat, it would be much
An aspect of the Athenaeum that currently isn't up to its
full potential is the Open Forum lunch every Wednesday
at noon. They are a great opportunity to get together with
a faculty member outside of the usual formal settings. The
conversations are rarely academic, and the gossip is often
unbelievable. We haven't met too many professors who
aren't flattered to be invited, so make their day and take
them to lunch, on the Ath.
We hope this semester will be as exciting for you as it is
for us. We look forward to seeing you in the future. If you
wish to sit at the head table or introduce a speaker, just
drop a note in our box. Also, if you want to meet the
speaker during the reception, we are more than happy to
pry him or her away for an introduction. If you have any
other comments or suggestions, just call or drop a note in
our box. Here's to another great semester.