October 08, 86

Vol. 02 , No. 03   


Chaired by Professor Ronald K. Teeples, the Athenaeum Advisory Committee, which consists of students and faculty, has asked me to reiterate the policy on alcoholic beverages in the Athenaeum. In sum, that policy prohibits the advertisement or sale of alcoholic beverages in the Athenaeum. On special occasions, limited amounts of wine and/or beer-but normally no hard liquor-may be available. No alcoholic beverages are served at lunch. Sponsors, including faculty, who request alcoholic beverages for Athenaeum events must submit written requests in advance to the management and be present until their event has ended. At such events, an alternate, non-alcoholic beverage must be provided also.

On another note, Athenaeum programs are usually organized around lunch or dinner. It is not necessary, however, to sign up for a meal if your schedule permits you only to enjoy the program. To help with your planning, we try to start evening programs at 7:00 p.m., mid-day programs at either 11:00 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Please take advantage of the opportunities at the Athenaeum, even if your schedule does not allow time for a meal here as well.


The Athenaeum's fall program series got off to a terrific start in early September with a jazz concert from pianist Sandy Owen and an exciting evening with sports columnist Scott Ostler. These events were followed by a two-day symposium on political journalism and Dr. Jean Kilbourne's visit, which offered an insightful analysis of American advertising. Presently, the Athenaeum's dinner theater performances of The Importance of Being Earnest (1895) are being enthusiastically received. If this beginning is any indication, the quality of the Athenaeum programming this year will be outstanding.

We want every student to feel at home here. Thus, we have planned a diverse calendar, and we hope it offers something of interest for everyone.

The Athenaeum is not just for scholarly interaction-we have other fun and games here, too. On Tuesday evening, October 14, we salute "the boys of summer" with a Baseball Party, when we welcome everyone for an evening of big-screen television and baseball fare. Our creative cooks are setting aside conventional Athenaeum menus in favor of all-American favorites, including hot dogs, chili, and peanuts in the shell. Use the coupon for your reserved seat.

On Tuesday evening, November 4, Alan Heslop, professor of government and director of the Rose Institute, probes this fall's Election Day results. No reservations are necessary. Just drop in for big-screen television, conversation, and snacks beginning at 8:00 p.m.

American Fiction in the Post WW II Era
Wednesday, October 29, 1986

An Evening with Joyce Carol Oates
Thursday, October 30, 1986

From October 28 through November 1, CMC celebrates the 40th anniversary of its founding. A notable feature of the occasion is a visit by the outstanding American author, Joyce Carol Oates, who speaks at the Athenaeum on October 29-30. This prolific writer has published nearly 20 novels, in addition to numerous collections of short stories, poetry, and criticism. Many of her works exp1ore contemporary America, and the best known include A Garden of Earthly Delights (1967)and Them (1969), which won a National Book Award. Writer-in-residence at Princeton University since 1978, Oates is the recent author of Solstice (1985) and Marya: A Life (1986).

Following a 5:30 p.m. reception and dinner on Wednesday evening, October 29, Oates will speak about American fiction in the post-World War II era. At 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 30, she will meet with students who are reading her works in literature classes. At 7:00 p.m. that evening, again following a 5:30 reception and dinner, she will join CMC literature professors Langdon Elsbree, Robert H. Fossum, and Wendy Owen for further conversation about her writing. Use The Fortnightly's coupons to make reservations for any or all of these special occasions.

The Fitz Roy Region of Patagonia
Wednesday, October 15, 1986

Life After CMC
Thursday, October 16, 1986 12:00 p.m.

A football-playing philosophy major, Michael Graber, took his CMC degree in 1974 and joined the ranks of climbing and skiing adventurers who make their living in the mountains. He made numerous "first ascents" in remote regions of Alaska, one of them so impressive that it is included in the book Fifty Classic Climbs in North America (1979). Michael's jaunts have also taken him to the Amazon jungle, Antarctica, and in 1983 to war-torn Afghanistan. He is a distinguished photographer.

On Wednesday evening, October 15, after a reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m., Michael presents a slide show focusing on his recent expedition to the Fitz Roy region in Patagonia. An account of this trip will appear in Mountain Worlds, slated for publication next spring by the National Geographic Society. Put some mid-term adventure into your life by meeting Michael Graber.

The State of America and the World
Monday, November 3, 1986 4:00 p.m. Bauer Lecture Hall

The State of America and the World
Monday, November 3, 1986

In cooperation with the Office of the Chaplains, the Athenaeum is pleased to announce a twin-bill on Monday, November 3, when the influential scholars Robert N. Bellah and Emil Fackenheim will be with us.

Bellah, the Ford Professor of Sociology and Comparative Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, led the research team that authored Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life (1985), a bestselling study now used extensively in colleges and universities. Fackenheim, formerly at the University of Toronto and now teaching at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is one of the world's leading philosophers. His recent book, To Mend the World: Foundations of Future Jewish Thought (1982), has been widely acclaimed.

At 4:00 p.m. on November 3, Bellah speaks in CMC's Bauer Lecture Hall. Following an Athenaeum reception and dinner at 5:30 p.m., Fackenheim gives his address at 7:00 p.m. No reservations are needed for the talks, but please use the coupon to indicate that you want to attend the dinner.


Halloween Homecoming. This year Halloween occurs on Homecoming eve and during CMC's 40th celebration. Dinner at 6:00 is followed by dancing. Create your own jack o'lantern masterpiece at the tea-time pumpkin carving. Costumes and early reservations are in order.

Sunday Brunch. Mark the end of CMC's week-long 40th birthday party with an Athenaeum brunch on Sunday, November 2. Beginning at 11:00 a.m., the buffet continues until 1:00 p.m. These occasions fill up early, so make your reservation now.

WordsWorth Society. Inspired by Donald McKenna, the WordsWorth Society opened its 1986-87 year with a lunch meeting on Tuesday, October 7. Contact Kris Coel (ext. 4056) or Erin McKenna (ext. 3118) for information about future meetings. The "entry fee" is a word to be shared, along with some commentary-personal, historical, humorous-about it.

Women's Forum. The CMC Women's Forum has begun its second year. Open to both men and women, the forum provides an informal setting for the discussion of issues pertaining primarily to women. The group meets for tea in the Athenaeum every other week at 3:00 p.m. Upcoming programs include an examination of Women Like Us, which examines the careers of the first women to receive MBAs from Harvard. This occasion on October 15 will be followed by an October 28 discussion of the writings of Joyce Carol Oates. Erin McKenna, ext. 3118, has further information.

Humanities Forum. Under the direction of literature professor Wendy Owen, the Claremont Humanities Forum sponsors its first event on Tuesday, October 14. The guest is Sharon Stricker, director of Bright Fires, a creative writing project for women prison inmates in Los Angeles. She will speak in the Athenaeum at 4:00 p.m., with a reception and dinner afterwards at 5:30. All are welcome; reservations are required.

Wednesday Lunch. Remember that the Athenaeum's Wednesday Lunch is "open" -no prior sign-up is required. Invite a faculty member or a student friend to come along.