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March 19, 90


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David McAlexander
You're in the Navy Now: Life After CMC
Ensign David McAlexander '87, USN, returns to the Athenaeum on April 2 to share some of his experiences in flight training. He will also address the challenges faced by the U.S. Navy in the changing world of the '90s.

David majored in political science/economics at CMC, and wrote his thesis on naval strategy in the Pacific. He received his commission after attending Aviation Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Florida, where he was designated a Distinguished Naval Graduate. He currently flies the E-2C Hawkeye with VAW-116, based aboard the U.S.S. Ranger and NAS Miramar.

For those interested in gathering background information, David recommends reading maritime strategy in Proceedings magazine, and consulting the works of strategist Alfred Thayer Mahan.

Please use the enclosed coupon, if you wish to join David McAlexander for the reception and dinner prior to his 7:00 address.



January 15, 90

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The Naked Truth: Advertising's Image of Women

The ad shows a casually dressed man, one hand in his pocket, the other holding onto the leg of a scantily clad woman lying on her back at his feet. The caption reads: "Cotler's Pants-For the Right Stance."

It is only one of many slides to be shown by Jean Kilbourne, an expert on sexism in advertising, during her Athenaeum visit. Dr. Kilbourne, a visiting scholar at Wellesley College, discusses how advertisements are often a powerful form of cultural conditioning. Specifically, she will address the stereotypes of the demented housewife, the fierce and unfeeling man, the playboy, the superwoman, the seductive little girl, and the male sex object. Dr. Kilbourne's presentations have delighted audiences at colleges, community groups, and businesses nationwide.

Dr. Kilbourne comes to the Athenaeum with a message: "Advertising does serve to sell products, but advertising also serves to sell values. It offers products as a solution to life's problems. It tells us that happiness can be bought."

Return the enclosed reservation form, if you wish to attend the dinner and reception before the 7:00 address.

January 31, 90

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The Tradition Continues

Once again it's time for the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum's annual Clambake. Chef Robert is preparing a plethora of delectable seafood dishes, including cioppino, steamed clams, fresh swordfish, and clam chowder. The evening also features a dessert table. To join us for a night of feasting and fun, please return the enclosed coupon. The tradition continues at 6:00.

March 19, 90

Vol. 05 , No. 08   

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International CMC Student Panel

You are cordially invited by the Athenaeum partake of a second evening of cultural insights and international dining. This panel will be composed of CMC international students Craig Berman '92, Andrew Moloko '95, Oliver Juergens '92, and Victor Rabinovich '93.

Andrew and Craig will remark on how their lives have been influenced by apartheid, how they assess the changes occurring in South Africa, as well as what they predict for the future there. Victor, from Medellin, Colombia, will share his views concerning the war on drugs and will tell how the illicit cocaine trade has affected his family, city, and homeland. Oliver will comment about the possible reunification of Germany and will discuss cultural differences he has experienced in West Germany and the United States.

The reception for this special event begins at 5:30, and will be followed by an international banquet, featuring foods from South Africa, Colombia, and West Germany. If you are interested in attending this event, please return the coupon to the Athenaeum.

Religious Freedom and Human Dignity in the Soviet Union

Although the dinner is open to freshmen only, anyone may attend the first address in a new series entitled "The Soviet Union Today and Tomorrow: A Time for New Thinking."' This series is sponsored by the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies, the Keck Center, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Specialists on the Soviet Union will visit CMC throughout the 1989-90 college year, and each will attend an Athenaeum dinner and give a public address in McKenna Auditorium.

John K. Roth is one of Claremont McKenna College's most popular professors. His reputation has traveled far beyond CMC; last year he was selected as Professor of the Year for the United States and Canada by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. As chairperson of CMC's philosophy department and co-administrator of the PPE program, Professor Roth spends countless hours with students in and out of the classroom. His wide-ranging interests are apparent in his teaching and research. He has written 15 books and dozens of articles. Professor Roth graduated from Pomona College, where he first decided to become a teacher because he loved his experiences in a small school. He earned his doctorate in philosophy at Yale University, and has been teaching at Claremont McKenna College ever since.

This summer Dr. Roth visited the Soviet Union to attend a conference, "Human Dignity and Jewish and Christian Tradition," in Moscow, where he delivered the keynote address.

His address, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium, is entitled "Religious Freedom and Human Dignity in the Soviet Union."

All freshmen are signed up for the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner preceding Dr. Roth's address. If a freshman is unable to attend the dinner, please stop by the Athenaeum between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. prior to September 11, and let us know. You will not be able to eat in Collins unless you are crossed off the Athenaeum list.

First Woman to the North Pole

As the first known woman to the North Pole, Ann Bancroft is not only an explorer, but also a pioneer. For eight months she endured grueling training to prepare for the 1986 Steger international polar expedition, a two-month trek by dog sled to the North Pole. As if simply enduring 70 degree below zero temperatures and miles of endless fields of ice were not enough, Ann also became the cinematographer and still-life photographer for National Geographic for their article on the Steger expedition.

Ann is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota, where she taught physical and special education. She continues to be an instructor in a variety of outdoor and wilderness activities, including Wilderness Inquiry, an organization that helps disabled and able-bodied individuals enjoy wilderness experiences throughout the year. In 1989 she participated in the "Ski for Peace" delegation to the Soviet Union. She is currently writing a book about her experiences on her expedition to the North Pole.

Ann is presently planning an all-woman expedition to the Canadian Arctic for 1991. Ms. Bancroft's address begins at 7:00, preceded by a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00. Please fill out the dinner reservation in this Fortnightly.

The Uncovering of My Lai

Seymour Hersh arrived at the forefront of investigative journalism with his uncovering of the My Lai massacre in Vietnam and the Pulitzer Prize that went with it. Since then, Hersh has led the way in uncovering hidden political truths in America. On October 6, 1989, Hersh was found innocent of libel against former Indian prime minister Morarji Desai. "It's a terribly important victory for any journalist," Hersh said after the verdict, referring to the support of First Amendment rights. Desai was suing Hersh for $3.5 million, contending he was libeled in Hersh's 1983 best-selling book, The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House (1983).

Mr. Hersh is also the author of Chemical and Biological Warfare: America's Hidden Arsenal (1969), My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath (1970), and Cover-up (1972). Mr. Hersh's most recent book is The Target Is Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew About It (1986), the revealing account of KAL Flight 007 and its aftermath. Seymour Hersh has taken on virtually every power structure in the United States at one time or another. His eye for conspiracy and corruption is as keen as they come.

Despite his achievements, Hersh is not terribly impressed with the influence of his medium. According to Seymour Hersh, "The power doesn't lie with the press, it lies with the people."

Mr. Hersh is part of our on-going series devoted to the Vietnam War. Sign-ups for dinner should have been received before semester break. The talk, open to all, begins at 7:00.

The Heart of the Deal: LBOs and Corporate America

George Roberts, founding partner in the investment banking firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., delivers a talk entitled "The Heart of the Deal: LBOs and Corporate America," on Thursday, November 2, at 4:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium.

Roberts graduated cum laude from Claremont McKenna College in 1966, and earned his law degree from Hastings School of Law. In 1976 Roberts, Henry Kravis '67, and Jerome Kohlberg left Bear Stearns & Co. to form Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. KKR has since become the world's leading specialist in leveraged buyouts. Among KKR's major acquisitions are Safeway Stores, Duracell Batteries, Beatrice Foods, Motel 6, and R.J. Reynolds/Nabisco.

Roberts is a trustee of Claremont McKenna College.

Russia and Eastern Europe in Turmoil: The Future of Western Policies

The Athenaeum joins the Keck Center and the Gould Center in continuing the timely series, "The Soviet Union Today and Tomorrow: A Time for New Thinking."

An expert on strategic studies and international diplomacy, Robert O'Neill discusses the fast-paced changes in Eastern Europe and responses by Western nations. His talk, titled "Russia and Eastern Europe in Turmoil: The Future of Western Policies," kicks off the second semester's part of this series on the Soviet Union.

Born in Australia in 1936, O'Neill was educated at the Royal Military College of Australia and the University of Melbourne, graduating in engineering. As a Rhodes scholar at Brasenose College, Oxford, O'Neill read philosophy, politics, and economics. Currently a professor of the history of war at Oxford, O'Neill fought in Vietnam as an infantry captain for the Australian Regular Army and served as director of the International Institute for Strategic Studies from 1982 to 1987. In that role he focused on analysis of security problems in developing regions.

In addition to a busy lecture schedule. Dr. O'Neill has edited numerous books on the subject of East- West relations, including The Strategic Nuclear Balance: An Australian Perspective (1974), The Conduct of East-West Relations in the 1980's (1985), and Doctrine, Alliance, and Arms Control (1987). Dr. O'Neill was also commissioned by the Australian government to write a full history of Australia's participation in the Korean War.

Sign-ups are due by Monday, January 15, if you wish to attend the reception and dinner before the 7:00 address.

In Defense of the Republic of Virtue

Two hundred years ago the history of Western Europe and of the modern world was forever changed by the outbreak of the French Revolution. Whether that change was for good or ill remains the subject of keen dispute-both intellectually and politically. To plumb the causes and effects of that momentous Revolution and to weigh its good and bad qualities, the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum joins with the Henry Salvatori Center in launching a series of expert talks on the French Revolution.

"In Defense of the Republic of Virtue" is Katherine Auspitz's theme on Tuesday, February 6. A spirited lecturer, Auspitz has taught at Wellesley College and Harvard University, where she was associate professor and head tutor in social studies. She has written extensively on 18th- and 19th-century France, including a book on The Radical Bourgeoisie: The Ligne de L'Enseignement and the Origins of the Third Republic, 1866-1885 (1982) and her forthcoming study, Exporting Revolution: French and Foreign Jacobins, 1792-1815. Besides her academic credentials-she is a magna cum laude graduate of Radcliffe College, a Fulbright scholar, and a Harvard Ph.D. in government-Auspitz has taken a practical interest in civic virtue by serving as chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Please join us for dinner by filling out the coupon. Dr. Auspitz's address begins at 7:00 p.m.

The Problem of Goodness

The Claremont Philosophy Colloquium and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Dr. John Roth as the next speaker in the Philosophy Colloquium series. Dr. Roth will be sharing his ideas regarding "The Problem of Goodness."

Dr. Roth is well-known to the Claremont community. He was named the 1988 Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching. He received his Ph.D. from Yale University, and has dedicated much time to studying the Holocaust.

Dr. Roth will present a 30-minute lecture, following a 5:30 reception and a 6:00 dinner. After the lecture the floor will be open for an hour of questions and comments from the audience. To join us for the dinner preceding this evening of discussion, please return the reservation form to the Athenaeum.

Dr. Rosemarie Tong
Perspectives on Feminist Thought Concerning the New Reproductive Technologies
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1990 4:30 p.m.
The Claremont Philosophy Colloquium, the CMC Women's Forum, and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to present Dr. Rosemarie Tong. She will speak on "Perspectives on Feminist Thought Concerning the New Reproductive Technologies." Her lecture, beginning at 4:30, will focus primarily on questions and issues concerning surrogate motherhood and in vitro fertilization.

Dr. Tong is presently a professor of philosophy at Davidson College in North Carolina. She is the author of a number of works, including Women, Sex, and the Law (1984), Ethics in Policy Analysis (1986), and Feminist Thought: A Comprehensive Introduction (1989). She was the 1986 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Endowment for the Advancement of Teaching.

Dr. Tong's lecture will begin at 4:30 in the Security Pacific Lounge, and will be followed by a 5:30 reception and a 6:00 dinner. Please fill out the enclosed reservation coupon and return it to the Athenaeum.

The European Communities' Contribution Toward Global Harmonization of Accounting Standards

The Athenaeum joins the CMC Accounting Program in welcoming Prof. Karel Van Hulle to the campus to present a discussion of "The European Communities' Contribution Toward Global Harmonization of Accounting Standards." Professor Van Hulle will also speak on the general theme of a united Europe in 1992 and the various accounting issues involved in this momentous event.

Professor Van Hulle is an expert in international accounting. He has been a member since 1984 of the Commission of the European Communities, where he works today in the directorate-general with special responsibilities for the harmonization of accounting standards within the European Communities. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the European Accounting Association. Professor Van Hulle has served as guest lecturer at many universities in Europe and the U.S., and he has written several books and articles concerning accounting law and company law in Belgium and the European Communities.

Please return the enclosed reservation form, if you wish to attend the reception and dinner before the 7:00 address.

Every Wednesday, beginning September 13, 1989

Our popular Open Forum lunches begin on Wednesday, September 13. No sign-ups are required, and we prepare a meal for 48 persons on a first-come basis. We do save a few spaces for CMC faculty and administrators, who may call on Wednesday morning if one finds himself or herself free and in need of a delicious lunch and student companionship.

Due to their popularity, Open Forum lunches are open only to CMC persons-so come early to assure yourself a place in line.

The Soviet Union and the Agenda for the 21st Century

Rushworth M. Kidder is the second speaker in the series on the Soviet Union sponsored by the Gould Center, the Keck Center, and the Athenaeum. He is the senior columnist for The Christian Science Monitor, and writes the paper's weekly "Perspectives" column on social issues and trends. Before joining the paper, Dr. Kidder spent ten years as a professor of English at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. He is the author of two books on American poetry, one of which won the 1980 Explicator Literary Foundation Award. Two of his Monitor essays appeared in the American Society of Newspaper Editors' Best Newspaper Writing, 1983.

In addition to his weekly column, Kidder writes major series for the Monitor. Recent series have focused on the social effects of television, marriage in America, international terrorism, and the cultural impact of quantum physics. One of his series, for which he interviewed 22 opinion leaders around the world, grew into a book titled An Agenda for the 21st Century (1987). A sequel, Reinventing the Future: Global Goals for the 21st Century, was published by MIT Press in June. He will offer valuable insight into the Soviet Union, present and future. He speaks at 7:00 p.m. in McKenna Auditorium, and his remarks are preceded by a 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner at the Athenaeum. We hope to see you there.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1989 3:30 p.m.

You are invited to the first in a series of concerts featuring student musicians from CMC. We are fortunate to have two fine violinists in our midst, Shoba Srinivasan and Elizabeth Sollie, who will play Vivaldi and Bach for those of you who come to the Athenaeum for tea and cookies on Thursday, October 19.

Shoba and Elizabeth will begin their program at 3:30-so come to this special tea and enjoy the talents of two of your peers at CMC.

Local Representation

Dan Walters, a long-time California journalist and author of The New California: Facing the 21st Century (1986), will serve on a press panel at the Rose Institute Board of Governors' dinner, following a day-long conference on local representation. Mr. Walters joined the Sacramento Union's capitol bureau in 1975 and eventually became bureau chief. In 1984 he moved to the Sacramento Bee. His column on California politics appears in newspapers throughout the state.

Joining Mr. Walters on the panel is Frank del Olmo. An editorial writer for the Los Angeles Times, Mr. del Olmo received his B.A. in journalism from Cal State Northridge, where he was both overall outstanding graduating senior and outstanding graduating senior in journalism. He received the Pulitzer Prize gold medal for meritorious public service for his series, "Southern California's Latino Community." The dinner is not open for reservations, but individuals are urged to attend the panel discussion, which begins at 7:00.

Flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum and the CMC Aerospace Psychology Laboratory are pleased to announce the arrival of Franklin Chang-Diaz, flight engineer aboard the space shuttle Atlantis, launched on October 18, 1989. The mission launched the Galileo satellite to Jupiter for a scheduled arrival in December 1995. This was Franklin's second shuttle flight-he previously flew on the last successful flight prior to the Challenger accident.

Born in San Jose, Costa Rica, Chang-Diaz was educated at the University of Connecticut and received a doctorate in applied plasma physics from MIT. Chang-Diaz was selected in 1980 by NASA and became an astronaut in 1981. From October 1984 to August 1985, he led the astronaut support team at the Kennedy Space Center. In 1979 he developed a novel concept to guide and target fuel pellets in an inertial fusion reactor chamber. Apart from his interests in space and science, Chang-Diaz was a house manager in an experimental community residence for de-institutionalizing chronic mental patients. He also served as an instructor/adviser with a rehabilitation program for Hispanic drug abusers in Massachusetts.

Please sign up by January 15, if you wish to attend the reception and dinner before Chang-Diaz's 7:00 address.

A Woman's Right to Choose

Eleanor Smeal is well-known throughout the United States as an advocate for women's rights. She is founder and president of The Fund for the Feminist Majority, which is sponsoring the Feminization of Power Campaign, a national effort to inspire unprecedented numbers of women to seek leadership positions, to promote a national feminist agenda, and to heighten awareness of the feminist majority. Smeal has served as president of the National Organization for Women (NOW). She was one of the sponsors of last April's March for Women's Equality/Lives in Washington, D.C.- the largest march in the history of the women's rights movement for keeping abortion safe and legal. In addition, she worked to defeat four statewide anti-abortion referendums, and developed an aggressive legal strategy against the leaders of the anti-abortion movement, with the goal of ending violence and harassment at women's health centers.

Smeal's leadership has been acknowledged by many well-known publications. In 1983 she was chosen by the World Almanac as the fourth-most influential woman in the United States; she was named by Time magazine as one of the "50 faces for America's Future" in 1979; and she was featured as one of the six most influential Washington lobbyists in U.S. News & World Report.

Eleanor Smeal graduated from Duke University and received her master's degree from the University of Florida. She is married to Charles Smeal and has two children.

Her 7:00 lecture follows a 6:00 dinner and 5:30 reception. To join us for the dinner preceding this evening of interesting discussion, please return the enclosed reservation form to the Athenaeum.

The Globalization of Censorship: The Case of Salman Rushdie

The first of the annual spring lectures by the Gould Center's 1990 scholar-in-residence will be given by Jack Miles, editor of the Los Angeles Times' book review section.

The title of Mr. Miles' s lecture is "The Globalizaiton of Censorship: The Case of Salman Rushdie." Salman Rushdie is more than an author whose novel, The Satanic Verses (1988), has succeeded in arousing the ire of Islamic fundamentalists. He is a novelist who seems to be leading the way to a new kind of postmodernism.

This lecture is the first of three to be given by Mr. Miles during his tenure at the Gould Center for Humanistic Studies. The overall title of the series is "The Perils of Pluralism." Following the inaugural lecture, Mr. Miles, who has been a long and careful observer of the American publishing scene, lectures on February 27 on "The Editor as Postmodern Culture Hero, or Book Publishing and the Literary Canon"; and on March 1 he addresses "Simulation and Assimilation." Both of these lectures will be given in the Bauer Center Founders Room, starting at 4:15 p.m.

Since assuming his position at the L.A. Times in 1985, Mr. Miles has succeeded in making the book review section one of the most respected in the nation. Before joining the Times, he was executive editor with the University of California Press at UCLA. He holds a PhD from Harvard University in Near Eastern Languages. He has taught at Loyola University of Chicago, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago, before deciding to begin his career in publishing.

The Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum invites you to attend the 5:30 reception and 6:00 dinner preceding the 7:00 lecture. Please fill out and return the enclosed reservation coupon to the Athenaeum.