California's Economy: Do We Have One Left?
ALFRED GOBAR P'93
MONDAY, APRIL 13, 1992
Our series on California closes on the troubling but
pertinent issue of how the recession and other
recent developments have effected the economy of our
state. It will be addressed by Alfred Gobar, an economics consultant of local as well as national prominence;
his biography appears in Who's Who in Orange County,
Who's Who in California, and Who's Who in America.
Mr. Gobar was born on a large cattle and alfalfa ranch
in Lucerne Valley and educated in Whittier through
college. He received his Ph.D. from the University of
Southern California, then taught economics at a variety
of schools including USC and Cal State Fullerton.
Aside from his achievements in academics, Mr. Gobar
is a prominent economic consultant in the business
world. After ten years as a sales engineer, he entered
consulting in 1964 and formed his own firm, Darley-
Gobar Associates, which in 1969 became the second
largest real estate economics consulting firm in the
In 1973 the firm became known as Alfred Gobar
Associates, Inc. and downsized to fifteen people to
provide a higher quality product. This pursuit of high
quality employees has been successful; several members of the staff have also been featured in various Who's
Who publications. Their clients include major entitlement companies, banks, and cities such as San Diego
Please join us for this informative talk; Mr. Gobar will
be giving us his very best due to his "sincere interest in
avoiding embarassing Joe '93 in front of his peers."
Please return the enclosed slip to join us for the 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner, to be followed by the 7:00
Is God Good?
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 1992
Why a loving God allows evil and suffering is one
of the most pressing questions of our time.
The classic statement of the problem follows: Either
God is all-powerful but not all-good, and therefore
doesn't stop evil; or God is all-good but unable to stop
evil, in which case He is not all-powerful.
Many Christians believe that God is completely good,
just, and loving. Such a God, however, stands in stark
contrast to a world in which war, crime, corruption,
oppression, starvation, and abuse are rampant.
The Claremont McKenna College Christian Fellowship cordially invites you to come and hear two of
CMC's own distinguished professors, Stephen T. Davis
and John K. Roth, discuss a question that has been hotly
debated throughout history.
The evening's program will be highly unstructured.
There will an open forum/question-and-answer session
in which audience participation is highly encouraged.
Professor Davis received his Master of Divinity from
Princeton Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from
the Claremont Graduate School before joining the CMC
faculty in 1970. Professor Davis, although more commonly recognized as the Stags soccer coach, is also
currently a pastor at United Presbyterian Church.
Professor Roth received both his M.A. and his Ph.D.
from Yale University and has been a member of the
CMC faculty since 1966. Best known for his studies on
the Holocaust, Professor Roth has travelled as a visiting
professor to institutes and universities around the
world, as well as having been honored with the 1988
Professor of the Year Award for the United States and
Canada by the Council for Advancement and Support
Please return the enclosed slip to make your reservation to join-and participate-with us in the 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner before the panel discussion at
Come and see!
How to Communicate with Power, Polish, and Pizzazz!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15, 1992
Mary-Ellen Drummond knows how to deliver a
polished presentation. She is the recipient of
more than 75 awards for her speaking, training, leadership, and sales accomplishments. She enjoyed a 13-year
career with Bristol Myers U.S. Pharmaceutical Division
where she distinguished herself as a consistent high-achiever and earned the honor of being named
"Representative of the Year."
Since 1979, Mary-Ellen has been actively involved in
public speaking and training. She is a board member of
the San Diego Chapter of the National Speakers
Association and is a member of the American Society for
Training and Development. As a member of Toastmasters International, she founded several successful
clubs and has effectively run hundreds of meetings. She
has been named "Toastmaster of the Year" 11 times,
earned the highest possible title of "Distinguished
Toastmaster" and, in 1989, she ranked in the top 27
speakers in Toastmasters International's worldwide
Mary-Ellen Drummond graduated from California
State University, Fullerton, and went on to training
programs with John Robert Powers and Xerox.
Her speech will cover the basics of public speaking
along with some of the more refined skills of communication. It will also review a broad spectrum of topics,
ideas, information, and techniques that will enhance
every presentation you, the reader, plan to make.
Please join us at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum
for an energetic workshop on learning to communicate.
The reception is at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and speech at
Jelly Roll Jazz Society: Roaring 20s
JAKE PORTER, conductor and saxophone
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 1992
Some would say the Prohibition Era hit the
Athenaeum last year, but on this night, the
Jazz Age will be here in full swing. Break out the
flapper dresses and Charleston hats-this event
will remind you of scenes from The Great Gatsby (1925).
The Athenaeum will be decked out in style,
including a crystal ball over the dance floor.
During dinner, student performers will be
playing jazz, creating an authentic dinner club
atmosphere. After dinner, members of Jake
Porter's band will take the stage. The Claremont
Colleges Ballroom Dance Team will demonstrate
the Charleston. After that, it's your turn to take
the floor. Dance the Fox-Trot, Charleston, or just
sway your hips to the finest jazz ever to hit The
This is sure to be one of the most popular events,
so don't delay in turning in your reservation slip
for dining and dancing. To maximize our dancing
time, dinner will begin at 5:30.
Literature and Criticism in Contemporary Americana
MONDAY, APRIL 20, 1992
Literary criticism of the last several decades has
become a wilderness of perplexing theories. Structuralism, deconstruction, and new historicism have
eroded the power accorded to the author's imagination
and a reality beyond the arbitrary use of language.
Throughout these controversies Denis Donoghue has
remained one of the most trenchant and sensible voices,
an advocate of literature as a passionate pursuit of the
real and a strong critic of the excesses of poets and
Widely recognized as one of the leading writers on
American literature, Mr. Donoghue gained his perspective from his Irish roots. Born in Tullow, County Carlow
in Ireland, Donoghue took all his degrees from University College, Dublin, and began teaching at Cambridge
University. He was professor of modern English and
American literature at University College. He currently
holds the Henry James Chair of English and American
Letters at New York University.
Donoghue is the author of numerous books, many of
them classics of modern literary criticism. Few students
of modern poetry or American literature are unfamiliar
with Connoisseurs of Chaos: The Ideals of Order in Modern American Poetry (1984), The Ordinary Universe: Soundings of Modern Literature (1968), Ferocious Alphabets (1981), or Reading America: Essays on American Literature (1987). His frequent contributions to The New York Review of Books and The Times
Literary Supplement are often among the most discussed
essays of our time. His recent autobiography, Warrenpoint (1990), has been widely acclaimed as a brilliantly innovative contribution to the genre.
Please join us for what promises to be a provocative
and informative perspective on modern American letters. Return the coupon for a reservation at the 5:30
reception and 6:00 dinner which will be followed by the
lecture at 7:00.
Creativity in the Sciences and the Arts: How Can We Explain It?
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 1992
Psychologists have gained a considerable
understanding in recent years of how people solve
problems. Can this understanding be extended from
routine, everyday problem solving to the kind of
activities, in science and art, that we call creativity? In
the past decade, research has tackled this question,
even to the point of constructing computer programs
that simulate human creativity. Herbert Simon has been
one of the harbingers in this exciting and new research.
Dr. Simon is Richard King Mellon University Professor of Computer Science and Psychology at Carnegie
Mellon University, where he has taught since 1949.
During the past thirty years he has been studying
decision-making and problem-solving processes, using
computers to simulate human thinking. He has published over 700 papers and 20 books and monographs,
including his autobiography, Models of My Life (1991). Dr.
Simon was educated at the University of Chicago, and
his work has been recognized by honorary degrees from
a number of universities.
Mr. Simon was elected to the National Academy of
Sciences in 1967. He has received awards for his
research from the American Psychological Association,
the Association for Computing Machinery, the
American Political Science Association, the American
Economic Association, and the Institute of Electrical and
Electronic Engineers. He received the Alfred Nobel
Memorial Prize in Economics in 1978, and the National
Medal of Science in 1986.
Mr. Simon has been chairman of the board of
directors of the Social Science Research Council and of
the Behavioral Science Division of the National
Research Council and was a member of the President's
Science Advisory Committee.
Please join us for an enlightening speech by Mr.
Simon. The reception begins at 5:30, followed by dinner
at 6:00 and lecture at 7:00.
Shakespeare: Who Is He?
CHARLES de VERE
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 1992
Charles Francis Topham de Vere Beauclerk, Earl of
Burford, is the founder of the De Vere Society at
Oxford. The society's aim was to seek and, if possible,
establish the truth concerning the authorship of the
Shakespeare canon. The society took its name from
Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford, whom a growing
number of people believe to have written under the
pseudonym "William Shakespeare." Lord Burford,
who is descended from Edward de Vere's grandfather,
spoke last year to a standing-room-only audience in the
Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library, the first
anti-Stratfordian to be so honored. This fall, sponsored
by the Shakespeare Oxford Society, he returned to
America for an eight-month speaking tour championing
the Oxford thesis for student audiences across the
Lord Burford's visit to Claremont is particularly
timely. The Oxford thesis has enjoyed a wave of media
coverage in recent years, with prominent articles in the
New Yorker, British Heritage, Smithsonian, National Review, and the Atlantic Monthly, and TV specials on
"Frontline" and "Firing Line." April 22 happens to be
Edward de Vere's 442nd "birthday; April 23 is William
Shakespeare's 428th birthday. Please join us to celebrate
Shakespeare's birthday, whichever one he was. As
always, return the enclosed slip for the 5:30 reception
and 6:00 dinner before the 7:00 presentation. We will, of
course, be serving an Elizabethan dinner.
CMC Senior Art Show
MALUAKA HARRISON '92
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 1992
Reflections of Nature
Over the past four
years we have had
seniors who are art majors show their works
to the college community. This year we invite you
to visit the art project of Maluaka Harrison '92.
Maluaka says her show will be "an exploration
through various means of expressing/interpreting
the importance and significance of the physical
natural world and how it relates to my existence as
a human being." The showing and reception will
be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., no reservations
Women and the Holocaust
MONDAY, APRIL 27, 1992
The term Holocaust brings to mind horrible images of
death and destruction. Even after 50 years, the
"truth" about what really transpired is still being
debated by scholars and politicians. Joan Ringelheim
wants us to remember the suffering of all the people, in
particular the experiences of the women in the
Dr. Ringelheim began her studies at Oberlin College,
then transferred to Boston University where she received her bachelor's degree, as well as her master's
and Ph.D. She has taught philosophy at De Pauw
University, Connecticut College, and Wesleyan University. Course topics she has developed over the years
include prejudice and oppression, guilt and shame,
freedom and responsibility, and feminist theory. Eventually two subjects became the major foci of her teaching
and research: the Holocaust and feminist theory.
In addition to her teaching. Dr. Ringelheim has
received grants from the American Council of Learned
Societies Fellowship, the Center for Humanities at
Wesleyan University, and the New York Council for the
Humanities to continue her research on women and the
Holocaust. In 1983 she was one of the editors of the
proceedings of the conference "Women Surviving: The
Holocaust." She has recently published articles in The
Simon Wiesenthal Annual, Vol. I (1984) and the feminist journal
SIGNS. The latter article will be reprinted with an
additional postscript in Different Voices: Women and the
Holocaust, edited by John Roth and Carol Rittner.
Currently she is working on her own book, entitled
Double Jeopardy: Women and the Holocaust.
Please join us for an interesting perspective, sponsored by Hillel, the intercollegiate women's studies
department, and the Athenaeum. Return the enclosed
reservation slip in order to come to the 5:30 reception
and 6:00 dinner. Dr. Ringelheim's presentation will
follow at 7:00.
Another Athenaeum year is ending and a new one will
begin in September. We already know that Susan
Faludi and Seamus Heaney will be visiting us in 1992-93,
and we are hard at work organizing another election
special which will be topped off with a Maine lobster and
Arkansas rib dinner (if the pollsters are correct) on
Tuesday, November 3.
During this past year we hosted a number of series-
Reflections on Today's U.S.S.R.; Southern California: The
State of the State; Desert Storm-Desert Peace; 499 Years
Ago; Legal Eagles (featuring CMC alumni with legal
backgrounds); AIDS: Its Implications Today; and the very
successful Academic Leaders (made up of eleven major
academic figures). The Gould, Salvatori, and Keck centers
and the John Brown Cook Association brought many
guests which they shared with the Athenaeum. Our
writer-in-residence was Ken Kesey, and we opened our
season with John Densmore from The Doors. We hosted
numerous musical events ending with Ellis Marsalis and
Marcus Roberts at a musical tea.
All our programs are videotaped for public access
television. The twice-a-week program has been very well
received by the viewing audience. Our tapes are also made
available to anyone who wishes to view a program.
The Athenaeum depends on each of you to bring in
your suggestions for our list of over eighty speakers and
programs hosted in this facility. Keep those ideas coming
so that 1992-93 will be the Athenaeum's best year ever!
I thank you for your support, guidance, and enthusiasm
during this past college year. Special kudos go to our three
"Ath fellows," Scott Palmer, Elizabeth Pontefract, and
Tyson Roberts; our student managers, Tobin Lopes and
David Chenoweth; our manager, David Edwards; coordinator, Bonnie Snortum; secretary, Carol Bovett; and chef
of chefs, David Skinner. We have all appreciated the
guidance of the Athenaeum Advisory Committee, chaired
by Sue Mansfield. Due to the efforts of many people at
CMC, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum continues to be
a focal point of the College and the Claremont community.