October 11, 99

Vol. 15 , No. 03   

The Origins of Messianism: Social Perspectives

A distinguished scholar of early Judaism and Christian origins, Alan F. Segal is the Ingeborg Rennert Professor of Jewish Studies at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is the author of Two Powers in Heaven: Early Rabbinic Reports About Christianity and Gnosticism (1977), Rebecca's Children: Judaism and Christianity in the Roman World (1986), and Paul the Convert: The Apostasy and Apostolate of Saul the Pharisee (1990). He is currently working on a book examining conceptions of life after death in ancient Judaism and Christianity. Segal's work has been recognized by fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the J. S. Guggenheim Foundation. In the summer of 1988 he became the first Jewish member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas to address the society. With extensive knowledge of comparative religion, rabbinic Judaism, and early Christianity, Segal will examine the origins of messianic thought and the social forces which gave rise to Christianity's identification of Jesus as the Messiah.

Alan Segal's appearance at the Athenaeum is third in the Gould Center's series on the theme of Messiahs and the Millennium.

A Revolution in Congress

What Do We Know About Presidential Elections?
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 1999 12:15 p.m.

Nelson W. Polsby, a leading authority on the United States Presidency and Congress, comes to Claremont as part of the Podlich Distinguished Visitors Program, hosted this year by the CMC government department. In his first lecture, "A Revolution In Congress," Polsby will examine recent trends in Congress by asking: "Where did Newt Gingrich come from? Where has he gone?" In his second lecture, "What Do We Know About Presidential Elections?", Polsby will summarize his four-decade, in-depth study of presidential elections.

Polsby is Heller Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, where he has taught American politics and government since 1967. From 1988-99 he served as director of the Institute for Governmental Studies at Berkeley. He earned his B.A. at Johns Hopkins, his M.A. at Brown, and his Ph.D. at Yale. Polsby is editor of the Annual Review of Political Science, political science editor of The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, former managing editor of the American Political Science Review, and currently serves on editorial boards of four scholarly journals. Having written or edited eighteen books, his works include Congress and the Presidency (4th ed., 1986), Political Innovation in America (1984), The Consequences of Party Reform (1983), Presidential Elections (9th ed., 1996), and The New Federalist Papers (1997).

The Politics of China's Nuclear Policy

The shifting history of relations between the United States and the People's Republic of China has long been a vital component of American foreign policy and also of the complex world of international relations in general. With the advent of the nuclear age and the spread of nuclear arms to the Asian region, the stakes have only risen higher.

In his lecture James Mann will examine how China's nuclear weapons program has impacted the history of diplomacy between China and the U.S., as well as the development of American perceptions of Asia from the 1960s to the present.

A distinguished journalist, Mann has more than ten years of experience reporting exclusively on Asia. He served as chief of the Beijing bureau of the Los Angeles Times from 1984-87 and as a state department correspondent specializing in Asian Affairs in the Washington, D.C. bureau from 1987-94. He is currently serving as a foreign affairs columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Mann received a B.A. in social relations from Harvard College in 1968. He took a leave of absence from Harvard Medical School and embarked on a highly successful career in journalism. Mann's lucid and insightful reporting on one of the most crucial areas in American foreign policy has brought him wide recognition. Mann was a guest scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center from 1996-97, has twice won first place for diplomatic reporting from the National Press Club, and recently received the 1999 Edwin Weintal award for diplomatic reporting.

Mann's acclaimed first book, Beijing Trip: The Short, Unhappy Romance of American Business in China, was published in 1989. His second book, About Face: A History of America Curious Relationship with China from Nixon to Clinton, was published this year.

James Mann's visit to CMC is sponsored by the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies.

Latino Health in California: Window on the Future

David Hayes-Bautista is Professor of Medicine and director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health at the UCLA School of Medicine. Professor Hayes-Bautista's research focuses on the dynamics and process of the health of the Latino population using both quantitative data and qualitative observations. The Center combines these research interests with the teaching of medical students, residents, and practicing providers to manage the care of a Latino patient base effectively, efficiently, and economically.

Hayes-Bautista is coauthor of the book The Burden of Support: Young Latinos in an Aging Society (1988) as well as a more recent study of Latinos utilizing a five-decade database drawn from U.S. Census sources. In contrast to stereotypes of poverty and victimization, Hayes-Bautista found that Latinos, compared to Anglos, had the highest percentage of labor force participation, worked more hours per week, worked more in the private sector, and were more likely to form two-parent families with children.

Professor Hayes-Bautista obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. in medical sociology at the University of California Medical Center, San Francisco. His published works appear in Family Medicine, the American Journal of Public Health, Family Practice, Medical Care, and Salud Publica de Mexico. Professor Hayes-Bautista's lecture is part of the Athenaeum's Healthcare 2020 theme in conjunction with the government department's Organization of Health Care and Public Policy course taught by Professors Fred Lynch and Judith Merkle.

The Limits of the Market Economy with Respect to Public Goods or Why Ecological Economics?

For most of the history of our planet, there was a superabundance of natural resources and ecosystem services. As civilization began to develop, the allocation of resources became one of the primary functions of society to help it grow and prosper. The market economy developed in response to this need for an efficient allocation of resources and has performed exceptionally well in this capacity. Now, however, the relative abundance of natural resources and the strength of ecosystem processes is rapidly declining. Consumer goods are becoming superabundant, and ecosystem services are growing scarce. Unfortunately, ecosystem services are often goods that are nondepletable and nonexcludable (such as climate regulation and the ozone layer). Because these goods are nonexcludable, there is no incentive at the market level to work towards their conservation, or to develop substitutes in response to their increasing scarcity. If we want to keep these ecological services intact, we must push for policy that makes industry, agriculture, and consumers pay the real costs of their consumption.

Josh Farley is one of a few pioneers in the emerging field of ecological economics, an interdisciplinary field that studies both market systems and ecological systems holistically. After completing his B.A. in biology at Grinnell, Farley spent 18 months exploring Latin America on his own recognizance. The experience convinced him to shift his focus to international development, and upon his return to the U.S. he earned a M.A. from Columbia University in international and public affairs, with a focus on economic and political development. Upon completing his master's degree, Farley began work on a Ph.D. in agricultural, resource, and managerial economics at Cornell. Frustrated with the neoclassical approach to economics stressed at Cornell, he switched his focus to ecological economics (an emerging discipline he had been exposed to at a conference in Brazil), After successfully defending his dissertation, he journeyed to the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands in Queensland, Australia, where he taught ecological economics and applied research techniques for The SchoolField Studies. When offered the opportunity to work for the Institute for Ecological Economics, the premier institution studying this emerging discipline, Farley returned to the States.

Farley's career is an example of how physical exploration can lead to clarity of internal vision. By actively pursuing answers in nature, he refined his economic vision and his own personal beliefs. It is an honor to welcome Josh Farley as part of our series on Environmental Activism, sponsored by the Roberts Environmental Center.

Moral Leadership in the Age of Globalization

A prerequisite for lasting peace is the realization of democratic ideals, with freedom and equality for all. Oscar Arias is a strong spokesman for those ideals. The importance of his work for peace will extend beyond Central America.

-The Nobel Prize Committee

Dr. Oscar Arias was president of Costa Rica from 1986 to 1990 and won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize. He was the driving force behind the Esquipulas II Accords, which resulted in the Agreement to Establish a Firm and Lasting Peace in Central America. He remains a strong force for peace in the world.

Oscar Arias was born in 1940 in Heredia, Costa Rica. After a short stint at Boston University, he completed his undergraduate study in law and economics at the University of Costa Rica. He was politically active as a student, working for the National Liberation Party (NLP). He completed his graduate work in England at the University of Essex and the London School of Economics. A professor at his undergraduate alma mater, he was appointed the Costa Rican Minister of Planning and Economic Policy in 1972. In 1978 Arias won election to the Costa Rican Congress and he became Secretary General of the NLP in 1981. He won the presidential election in 1986 by 6.5% of the vote.

President Elect Arias did not wait for his inauguration to begin the process of bringing peace to Cold War-torn Central America and in August 1987 the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua joined him in signing the "Arias Peace Plan." The agreement stressed democratic government, political freedom, the rejection of outside interference in internal difficulties, freedom of the press, and the refusal to negotiate with armed groups. It was the vital first step in bringing peace to the region.

Dr. Arias was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize later that year and used the monetary award to establish the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. The foundation focuses on issues of gender equality, civil participation, and demilitarization. Last May Dr. Arias, along with seven other Nobel Laureates and a number of international organizations, proposed an International Code of Conduct on Arms Transfers. This agreement would prevent arms-exporting nations from selling weapons to repressive or aggressive countries.

Dr. Arias will address the topic "Moral Leadership in the Age of Globalization" in honor of the inauguration of CMC President Pamela Brooks Gann.


Leaders in higher education and international affairs will join Claremont McKenna College faculty to examine the unique academic mission of the College at a daylong symposium on Friday, October 22.

The symposium has been organized around the theme "Focusing Liberal Arts: Tradition, Leadership, Innovation" and is a central event in the three-day campus celebration culminating with the installation of Pamela B. Gann as the fourth president of Claremont McKenna College.

"Claremont McKenna College owes much of its success to the vision of its founders, who established a liberal arts college with a core curriculum and focus on preparing students for responsible leadership in business, government, and the professions," says Anthony Fucaloro, dean of the faculty and chairman of the Presidential Inauguration Committee. "This symposium will allow us to bring students and faculty together to explore the mission and share ideas on how to apply it to the challenges of a new generation.

In collaboration with the inauguration committee, the symposium (schedule below) has been coordinated by a task force of CMC faculty chaired by James Nichols, professor of government. Symposium panels have been organized by Ronald E. Riggio, Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology and director of the Kravis Leadership Institute, and William Brown, assistant professor of economics. The faculty members on the inauguration committee include Fucaloro; Jay Martin, Edward S. Gould Professor of the Humanities and director of the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies; John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy; and Janet Smith, professor of economics. Each session will include presentations by the panelists followed by a moderated discussion with the audience of faculty, students, and other visitors.



An Inaugural Symposium Celebrating the Academic Mission of Claremont McKenna College

Friday, October 22, 1999
All panels in Pickford Auditorium

8:30-8:50 a.m. Registration and refreshments in Founders Room

8:50-9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Anthony Fucaloro, Dean of the Faculty
James Nichols, Symposium Chair

9:00-10:15 a.m. LEADERSHIP
Oscar Arias, Former President of Costa Rica with a panel of CMC Faculty

10:45-Noon TRADITION
Thomas Pangle, University of Toronto with a panel of CMC Faculty

1:30-2:45 p.m. INNOVATION
Morton Owen Schapiro, University of Southern California with a panel of CMC Faculty

Anthony Fucaloro, Dean of the Faculty
Carrie C. Chorba, Assistant Professor of Spanish
Margaret Mathies, Professor of Biology
John K. Roth, Russell K. Pitzer Professor of Philosophy


Thursday, October 21, 1999 (Focus: Students and Staff)

7:00 a.m. 5-K Walk/Run for Students, Faculty, and Staff. Registration at Bauer Center.

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Student and Staff picnic at Badgley Garden.
4:00 p.m. Athenaeum Address by Oscar Arias.
8:00 p.m. Evening acoustic concert with Lisa Loeb and Duncan Sheik.
Bridges Auditorium. Tickets available through Huntley Bookstore or Ticketmaster.

Saturday, October 23, 1999 (Focus: CMC and the Future)

10:00 a.m. Campus tours for visitors.
10:30 a.m. Brunch at Collins Dining Hall.
2:00 p.m. Installation of Pamela Brooks Gann as Fourth President of Claremont McKenna College. Bridges Auditorium.

After Installation Afternoon reception and celebration at Badgley Garden.


Monday, November 8, 1999

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, National Marriage Project, Rutgers University,"Marriage and Children: Looking at the Data"

Thursday, November 18, 1999

Walter Zelman, president and CEO, California Association of Health Plans, author of The Managed Care Blues ... and How to Cure Them (1998)

Monday, November 22, 1999

Michael Goldstein, School of Public Health, UCLA, "The Future of Alternative Health Care" (12:15 p.m.)


Monday October 25, 1999

Orville Schell, dean, graduate school of journalism, U.C. Berkeley, "China and Tibet: An Uneasy Relationship"

Wednesday, October 27, 1999 Lunch

Lois Gibbs, founder and executive director, Center for Health, Environment and Justice, "Lessons Learned From Love Canal Applied to the 21st Century"

Wednesday, October 27, 1999

William Crouch '63, former Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Army, Europe

Thursday, October 28, 1999

Liah Greenfeld, Boston University,"The Nature of Nationalism in the Modern World"

Monday, November 1, 1999

Richard Landes, associate professor of history, Boston University, "The Apocalyptic Curve: Anatomy of a Millennial Moment"

Tuesday, November 2, 1999

Victor Davis Hanson, professor of classics, C.S.U. Fresno, "The Countryside and Civilization, Ancient and Modem"

Wednesday, November 3, 1999

Tim Judah, author of " The Serbs: History, Myth, and the Destruction of Yugoslavia" (1997)

Thursday, November 4, 1999

Deborah Buck, violin recital, Stotsenberg Chamber Music Series

Monday, November 8, 1999

Barbara Dafoe Whitehead, National Marriage Project, Rutgers University, "Marriage and Children: Looking at the Data"

Tuesday, November 9, 1999

Loren Finkelstein, director, Free the Planet!, "Environmental Activism"

The Madrigal Feast

A Special Notice to the CMC Community

The Madrigal dinner is back! The Seventeenth Annual Madrigal Feast returns to the Athenaeum featuring the Concert Choir of The Claremont Colleges and the medieval cuisine of the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

There are two dates still open: Thursday, December 2 and Tuesday, December 7. Due to the popularity of the Madrigal, you are encouraged to sign up as soon as possible. Seating is on a first-come basis. The CMC community-students, faculty, and staff-will get a preferential sign-up period through October 20. After that all other Claremont Colleges students may sign up.

Use the reservation coupon to sign up and be sure to include your payment and meal card number when turning in your reservation at the Athenaeum office. If you wish to sit with a group, please turn in a list of all names and meal card numbers with your payment. We have a limited number of tables that can seat 8 or 10 people.

CMC students with meal card $10.00 per person
CMC students without meal card $13-00 per person
CMC faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $15.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students with meal card $13.00 per person
Claremont Colleges students without meal card $20.00 per person
Claremont Colleges faculty and staff (limit two tickets per person) $25.00 per person
Community persons $32.50 per person

Seating for each Madrigal Feast will begin at 6:00 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. and concluding around 9:00 p.m. after the concert following each meal. All guests to the feast are expected to remain for the concert.

Where you sit at the Madrigal is entirely dependent upon when your paid reservation is received. Get a group of friends to sign up to sit together so that you may all have an unforgettable time at the Seventeenth Annual Madrigal Feast at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.