March 14, 86

Vol. 01 , No. 08   


"Presidential Politics & Party Realignment in the '80s," a symposium February 25-27, brings outstanding Democrats and Republicans to Claremont McKenna College to discuss prospects for the 1988 presidential campaign. It also presents an ideal opportunity to appreciate two of CMC's most generous benefactors, Mrs. Marian Miner Cook and her husband, the late John Brown Cook. The symposium is co-sponosored by the John Brown Cook Association for Freedom and the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum, demonstrating only one of the many ways in which the Cook family has benefited our college.

Mr. Cook, the former president and chairman of the Reliable Electric Company, graduated from Dartmouth College in 1929 with distinction in physics. He later served as a Scripps College trustee. He cared profoundly for the American republic, its Constitution, the free enterprise system, and sound education. The John Brown Cook Association advances Mr. Cook's ideals by sponsoring a wide variety of speakers at Dartmouth and The Claremont Colleges. For example, under the leadership of Professor Alfred Balitzer, the association recently brought to Claremont Edward Rollins, director of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1984; Mickey Kantor, distinguished lawyer and chairman of the Mondale/Ferraro campaign in California; former Secretary of the Interior James G. Watt; Joe Cerrell, nationally recognized Democratic party campaign manager and consultant; and three leading members of the Afghan freedom fighters movement, including Pier Gailani, the leader of 13 million Sunni Muslims in Afghanistan.

Fittingly, events sponsored by the John Brown Cook Association often occur in the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum. Mrs. Cook has said that the association, founded by her husband, was the source of her interest in CMC. To our delight, that interest grew. She became a valued trustee in 1979, and then provided the leadership that made the Athenaeum a reality.

Her work reaches beyond Claremont, however. A founder of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and vice chairman of the board of governors of the Performing Arts Council for the Los Angeles Music Center, she has also served as a director of the Institute of Nautical Archeology and the California State University and Colleges Foundation. But those of us who are associated with CMC believe that her finest contribution will always be the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum.

Shortly before the Athenaeum opened in September 1983, Mrs. Cook remarked that she and Mr. Cook "had a challenging and exciting life." She added her wish that the Athenaeum would provide Claremont students with "similar intellectual challenges and excitement." Like so many other Athenaeum events that Mrs. Cook's generosity makes possible, the symposium that awaits us should make her wish come true.


Long before the votes were counted on November 6, 1984, Democratic leaders were trying to understand and explain the enormity of their impending presidential defeat. Throughout the country, political analysts, elected officials, pollsters, and journalists began diagnosing the ailment that rendered the party helpless to hold onto its constituent base. Though this process of self-examination occurs every four years, as the defeated party tries to mend its organization, Democratic inquiry has extended beyond traditional analyses of campaign strategies and the presidential nominating process.

Concurrently, Republican leaders have busied themselves with the forecasting, planning, and legwork necessary to maintain the conservative shift in the electorate's voting behavior. The midterm elections in 1986 will serve as a litmus test to determine if the "Reagan revolution" is, in fact, the beginning of national political realignment, or is simply a temporary shift attributable to a charismatic candidate.

Although it is farther down the road, the forthcoming presidential contest is stimulating an impressive amount of attention and speculation. Not since the election of 1968 has there been a presidential contest without an incumbent in the race, and perhaps not even then was the field of candidates so wide open in both parties. Because name recognition, education, and media strategies will play crucial roles in campaign '88, potential candidates and national politicos are already scrambling.

The three-day conference beginning February 25 at Claremont McKenna College brings together six of the leading players in the national political arena, while they examine the causes and significance of the 1984 landslide, discuss the midterm elections, and speculate regarding the upcoming presidential race.

Republicans scheduled to attend are Lyn Nofziger, political consultant to President Reagan; Edward Rollins, manager of the Reagan/Bush campaign in 1984; and Richard Wirthlin, pollster for the Republican party. The scheduled Democratic participants are Robert Beckel, manager of the Mondale campaign in 1984 and political consultant; Patrick Caddell, Democratic pollster and political adviser to President Carter; and Charles Manatt, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

It is noteworthy that Robert Beckel recently joined forces with James Lake and Roger Stone, the chief spokesman and the Northeastern coordinator, respectively, for Reagan's '84 campaign. Their newly established political consulting firm, National Strategies, utilizes their combined prowess and political connections to arrange grass-roots networks to lobby for their clients' issues. The conference provides us with an opportunity to discuss their venture and other political strategies.


What Happened in 1984?
GAINES POST, JR., moderator
Tuesday, February 25, 1986 5:30 pm.

Reception and dinner, followed by a discussion, '"What Happened in 1984?" Participants: Bob Beckel and Ed Rollins. Moderator: Dean Gains Post, Jr.

The Legacy of 1984 for 1988
RICARDO QUINONES P'89, moderator
Wednesday, February 26, 1986

5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner, followed by a discussion, "The Legacy of 1984 for 1988." Participants: Lyn Nofziger and Charles Manatt. Moderator: Dr. Ricardo Quinones. Following the discussion, Rollins and Beckel comment.

Thursday, February 27, 1986

8:15 a.m. Young Republicans and young Democrats meet for breakfast in the Athenaeum with symposium participants.

What Will Happen in 1986 and Thereafter?
ALFRED BALITZER P'88, moderator
Thursday, February 27, 1986

11:00 a.m. Patrick Caddell and Richard Wirthlin address the topic, "What Will Happen in 1986 and Thereafter?" Moderator: Dr. Alfred Balitzer.

3:00 pm. Tea in the Athenaeum library with symposium participants.

What Will Happen in 1988?
ALAN HESLOP, moderator
Thursday, February 27, 1986

5:30 p.m. Reception and dinner, followed by a discussion, 'What Will Happen in 1988?," involving all six participants. Moderator: Dr. Alan Heslop.


Tuesday, March 4, 1986: "Art at the Athenaeum." The walls of the Athenaeum are decorated with an eclectic and priceless art collection, one that combines the work of local artists with that of the masters. On Tuesday, March 4, the Athenaeum closes its doors to other events for a progressive dinner and tour through the Athenaeum. Local artists will describe their work, and members of the art faculty at The Claremont Colleges will comment on some of the more prestigious pieces in the Athenaeum's collection. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and the tour at 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, March 9, 1986: "The Musical Offering." Since the celebration of Mozart's birthday on January 27 was such a success, the Athenaeum presents a festival in honor of another musical genius, Johann Sebastian Bach. Con Gioia, early music ensemble, directed by Preethi de Silva, associate professor of music at Scripps, performs "The Musical Offering," dedicated to and based on a theme by King Frederick the Great. We honor Bach's 301st birthday (March 21) and the 200th anniversary of Frederick the Great's death on this occasion. Dinner takes place at 6:00 p.m., preceded by a concert at 3:00 p.m. in Balch Auditorium.


Thursday, February 20, 1986: Christian J. Posner, MD, PhD, associate clinical professor of medicine, USC School of Medicine, and specialist in cardiovascular disease, discusses the "Newer Cardiac Therapies for the 1980s." Lunch, 12:00 noon, with discussion following.

Thursday, February 27, 1986: "Psychology in the Courtroom." Dr. Carl Davis, associate professor of psychology, University of Iowa, and Dr. Karen Pirnot, partners in the legal consulting firm, Trial Preparation Services, discuss the role of psychologists as legal consultants in matters of jury selection, case preparation, assistance of witnesses, and psychological assessment of defendants. (Their visit is sponsored by the CMC ANOVA Psychology Club.) Dinner, 6:00 p.m., with discussion following.

A Digest of Forthcoming Athenaeum-sponsored Events

February 14, 1986 The Athenaeum Valentine Party, 7:00 p.m.
February 17, 1986 "Free to Choose" series, Part III, 5:30 p.m.
February 19, 1986 "The Wednesday Lunch," 12:00 noon
February 20, 1986 "Newer Cardiac Therapies for the 1980s," 12:00 noon, discussion following lunch
February 24, 1986 "Free to Choose" series, Part IV, 5:30 p.m.
February 25-27, 1986 "'Presidential Politics & Party Realignment in the '80s"
February 26, 1986 "The Wednesday Lunch," 12:00 noon
February 27, 1986 "Psychology in the Courtroom," dinner, 6:00 p.m.
March 2, 1986 Sunday Brunch, 11:00 a.m.
March 3, 1986 "An Evening with Professors Milton and Rose Friedman," reception, 5:30 p.m., with dinner and discussion following
March 4, 1986 "Art at the Athenaeum," reception, 5:30 p.m., with progressive dinner following
March 6, 1986 "'The Wednesday Lunch," 12:00 noon
March 9, 1986 "The Musical Offering," dinner, 6:00 p.m., with concert preceding at 3:00 p.m.


At a recent meeting of the Athenaeum Advisory Committee, it was felt that clarification of the reservation procedures might alleviate some of the congestion in the Athenaeum schedule.

Reservations for dinner at the Athenaeum will not be made more than one month in advance of the event, unless specific arrangements for a speaker necessitate a longer lead time. Also, we ask that faculty not use the Athenaeum as a substitute location for holding class. For supplementary activities, faculty may reserve the Athenaeum up to four times a semester.

Student organizations may use the Athenaeum for functions no more than twice a month or eight times a semester. To assist the Athenaeum office, individual sign-ups are to be returned to the event sponsor, so that a completed reservation sheet can be forwarded to the Athenaeum.