October 30, 86

Vol. 02 , No. 04   


For several weeks this faIl, the Athenaeum has been especially fortunate to have Mrs. Jack Stark as its acting manager. She found time somehow in an already hectic calendar to work here on a regular basis during late September and early October. Her presence was a godsend. Anyone who knows the Athenaeum well is aware of how much the place reflects Mrs. Stark's loving care. This autumn she gave us an extra boost of energy and enthusiasm when we especially needed it. Well done, Mrs. Stark, and many thanks to you.

After Harald Bauer submitted his resignation in early August, President Jack L. Stark appointed a search committee to fill the position of Athenaeum manager. The committee worked diligently throughout the late summer and early autumn. A special word of thanks also goes to that group, which included the good judgement of Barbara Condit, Gaines Post, Jr., Jil Stark, Torrey Sun, and Athenaeum student assistants, Keith Barth, Carolyn McFerran, Elizabeth Murphy, and Robert Urstein. Extra credit belongs to Mrs. Condit, assistant to President Stark and director of personnel, who found time in her crowded schedule to carry on the extensive staff work that a search of this kind requires. The committee could not have functioned without her support.

The vacancy attracted applicants from many regions of the country. The committee carefully pared the list, conducted interviews, and made its recommendations to President Stark. We believe that in David Edwards we have a person who will carry on the Athenaeum's tradition of excellence.


We are pleased to announce that Mr. David K. Edwards has succeeded Harald Bauer as the Athenaeum's manager. With distinguished credentials, David comes to us after having ten years of experience at the Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

Mr. Edwards took his bachelor's degrees in hotel and restaurant administration and business administration at Washington State University in 1976. Then he joined the Biltmore as a management trainee and worked his way up to the combined positions of assistant director of food and beverage and director of purchasing. His responsibilities included daily supervision of all the food and beverage outlets in the hotel, as well as oversight for all purchases in a 1,000-room hotel.

David and his wife, Susan, are the parents of two children, John, 3, and Alexandra, who is 18 months old. Presently the Edwardses live in South Pasadena, but they look forward to moving to their new house in Upland this winter.

We are fortunate to have David Edwards to help guide the Athenaeum, and we extend a warm welcome to him and his family.

An Evening of Mime
Thursday, November 6, 1986

0n Thursday, November 6, the Athenaeum will play host to an evening of mime, featuring Thomas Leabhart, professor and resident artist at Pomona College. Interested generally in the arts for some time, Leabhart's attention moved from one art form to another, until, as a graduate student, he saw a mime film. "In that film I saw what movement was supposed to be," says the artist. At that moment Tom Leabhart knew that mime was what he would do.

Under a Fulbright scholarship, Leabhart completed four years of training at Etienne Decroux's Ecole de Mime between 1968 and 1972. He has since performed both solo and ensemble mime throughout the United States, Canada, and western Europe. In addition, Leabhart has taught and lectured widely.

The recipient of Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts Choreography fellowships, Tom Leabhart has served on the Dance Advisory Panel, the Theatre Advisory Panel, and as a site visitor for the National Endowment for the Arts. He is editor of Mime Journal and Mime News, and is currently working on a book entitled Modern and Post-Modern Mime.

Artificial Intelligence: Abstract Concepts and Real Applications

Mind and Action
Monday, November 10, 1986

Voice Communications with Machines: Digital Technology for Speech Synthesis and Recognition
Tuesday, November 11, 1986 11:00 a.m. Galileo Hall

Knowledge-Based Systems: Applications, Potentials, and Limitations
Tuesday, November 11, 1986 4:00 p.m. Bauer Lecture Hall

As co-sponsor with the Henry Luce Foundation, the Athenaeum announces a symposium on "Artificial Intelligence: Abstract Concepts and Real Applications," which will be held at Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College on Monday and Tuesday, November 10-11. Organized by Professors Dean Gillette, William Purves, and John Roth, the conference features three exceptional scholars who will define the "cutting edges" of the field.

After an Athenaeum reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m., Professor Donald A. Norman, professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego, will open the symposium with his 7:00 p.m. address on "Mind and Action."

On Tuesday, November 11, the scene shifts to Galileo Hall, Harvey Mudd College, where James L. Flanagan, director of the Information Principles Research Laboratory at AT&T Bell Laboratories, will speak at 11:00 a.m. on "Voice Communications with Machines: Digital Technology for Speech Synthesis and Recognition." At 4:00 p.m. in Bauer Lecture Hall, Claremont McKenna College, the symposium concludes with a discussion of "Knowledge-Based Systems: Applications, Potentials, and Limitations" by Professor Alice M. Agogino, professor of mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley.

A final opportunity to meet and dine with the participants follows on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. during an Athenaeum reception and dinner. Use The Fortnightly coupons to make reservations for the dinner occasions on the evenings of November 10 and 11.

Claremont Colleges Debate Union: This House Believes that England is the World's Greatest Nation
Wednesday, November 12, 1986

Wednesday, November 12, the Athenaeum will host a debate between two members of the five-college debate team and two of their British counterparts. The topic is "This house believes that England is the world's greatest nation," and the Claremont team will be arguing the affirmative. The British team consists of two graduate law students, Mark Malcolnson, of the University of Edinburgh, and Gary Bell from Bristol University. Both have impressive resumes and should prove to be formidable opponents. Following dinner at 6:00 p.m., the debate begins at 7:00 and closes with follow-up questions. Use the reservation slip to secure a place.

Economic Justice For All
Thursday, November 13, 1986

In their annual meeting this November, the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States will vote on the final form of a pastoral letter, "Economic Justice for All," which focuses on the American economy. In cooperation with the Office of the Chaplains, the Athenaeum presents a program-Thursday evening, November 13-to examine issues raised by this document.

The featured speakers will be Jerry Shea, director of health care services for the Service Employees International Union, headquartered in Washington, D.C. An active Catholic layman, Mr. Shea will offer the viewpoints of concerned Catholic labor leadership on the bishops' letter. Discussion will follow.

Mr. Shea's talk begins at 7:00 p.m., preceded by a reception and dinner at 5:30. To reserve a place either use the coupon in The Fortnightly or call the Office of the Chaplains, ext. 8304.

The East European Experience and Its Consciousness
Thursday, November 13, 1986

Tamas Ungvari, director of the Hungarian School of Art and Drama and an eminent man of letters in Budapest, is the first visiting fellow of the CMC Center for Humanistic Studies. Professor Ungvari is a scholar familiar with German philosophy and 20th century European thought; he is the translator of many 20th century plays into Hungarian, including those of Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams, Lillian Hellman, and Harold Pinter. He has special expertise in the intellectual background and drama of Bertolt Brecht. In the spring Professor Ungvari will teach a Humanities 20 course, "Rationalism and its Disintegration," as well as a course entitled "Bertolt Brecht and 20th Century Drama." Following dinner on November 13, Professor Ungvari lectures at the Athenaeum on "The East European Experience and its Consciousness." Contact the CMC Literature Department, ext. 3041, to make dinner reservations.


Monday, November 3, 1986

Robert N. Bellah and Emil Fackenheim, influential scholars of sociology and philosophy respectively, come to the Athenaeum to share their views on "The State of America and the World." Bellah will speak in CMC's Bauer Lecture Hall at 4:00 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 and dinner at 6:00 at the Athenaeum. Fackenheim will wrap up the evening with his address at 7:00 p.m. If you missed the sign-up for dinner, feel free to attend the talk afterward.

Tuesday, November 4, 1986

Join Dr. Alan Heslop, professor of government and director of the Rose Institute, for an exciting evening viewing the returns from the mid-term elections on Tuesday, November 4, beginning at 8:00 p.m. A bigscreen television, coupled with Heslop's insightful analysis, should be fun and informative for all. Snacks will be provided, and no sign-ups is required, so just stop by!

Monday, November 10, 1986

"Sexuality and Intimacy: Are They Still Related?" is the topic following dinner at the Athenaeum. James E. and Veronica D. Elias, human sexuality sociologists at the Center for Sex Research, Cal State Northridge, are the guest speakers. The Eliases are researchers, professors, and clinicians in the field of human sexuality. This event is part of a series of presentations marking "Sex and the Single Student Week," sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee and the Student Health Service. For dinner reservations call Rose Cullum, ext. 8222, by Wednesday, November 5; for information regarding the week-long series contact Anjie Burnett at 621-8161.


WordsWorth Society. Come share your favorite word and learn about some new ones at the WordsWorth lunch, which continues November 4. The society, inspired by Donald McKenna, meets every other Tuesday over a noontime lunch.

Women's Forum. The Athenaeum hosts the CMC Women's Forum every other week for tea and discussion. At the next meeting on Wednesday, November 12, Professor Lynn Dumenil discusses "The New Woman: 1920 to the Present." The teas are open to both men and women.

Open Forum. Don't forget that our weekly "Wednesday lunch" is open to all, with no reservations required. Students and faculty are welcome to drop by for lunch and conversation.


The Athenaeum's annual Madrigal dinner is rapidly selling out. A limited number of seats remain available for the evenings of Thursday, December 4, Thursday, December 11, and Friday, December 12.

Until Monday, November 17, the tickets for those dates will be reserved for CMC students, faculty, and staff and their guests. After that date, the remaining tickets go on sale to the public. Act now if you wish to attend the 1986 Madrigal dinner. Tickets are priced: students, $7.00 (with a meal ticket number) or $9.00 (without a meal ticket number); faculty and staff, $18.00.

No Smoking, Please

The Athenaeum Advisory Committee urges that the Athenaeum should be smoke-free. Smoking is permitted in the Athenaeum patio but discouraged inside the building, please.