February 05, 87

Vol. 02 , No. 07   

Afghanistan Today
Monday, February 9, 1987

With the John Brown Cook Association for Freedom which is headed by Professor Alfred Balitzer, we at the Marian Miner Cook Athenaeum are pleased to announce that Khalid Wordak will speak here on Monday, February 9, at 7:00 p.m., following an Athenaeum reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Mr. Wordak, 21, has just returned to the United States after three years of fighting with the Afghan Freedom Fighters. He presently attends the University of Maryland, but will return to Afghanistan in May to resume his post. His father, General Wordak, is commander-in-chief of the National Islamic Front of Afghanistan (NIFA). NIFA is a pro-Western group currently struggling to repel the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan.

"Hawk" or "Commando," as his fellow freedom fighters call him, has been wounded twice in confrontations with the Soviets, once by the KGB and the other time by a strafing Russian MIG aircraft. In his three years of fighting, he has led special forces battalions of up to 30 men. Use the sign-up coupon to reserve space to hear this impressive young leader.

Politics and Public Service
Tuesday, February 10, 1987

Men, Women, and Power
Wednesday, February 11, 1987 12:30 p.m.

Politics and Public Service
Wednesday, February 11, 1987

Few women can match the breadth that characterizes the public service career of Sonia Landau, who visits the Athenaeum February 10-11. In her evening talks on those dates, she assesses the nation's political climate as the 1988 presidential campaign approaches. At noon on February 11, for an occasion co-hosted by the CMC Women's Forum, Ms. Landau draws specifically on her own experiences in a discussion entitled "Men, Women, and Power."

In autumn 1986 Sonia Landau completed a five-year term as a member of the board of directors of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She chaired the board from 1984-86. In addition to those responsibilities, she was the national chairperson of Women for Reagan-Bush '84, and in 1981 she served on the Reagan transition team for the National Endowment for the Arts. The Republican nominee for the U.S. Congress for the 18th Congressional District of New York in 1976, Ms. Landau has also been director of radio and television for the National Republican Congressional Campaign Committee. Married to John Corry, a critic for The New York Times, she is the mother of two daughters. Use the Fortnightly coupons and join us on February 10-11 for Sonia Landau's outlook on politics and public service.

From CMC to Entrepreneurship: Business Opportunities in the 1990s
Thursday, February 12, 1987

Following January visits by Julie Dillon and Al Osborne, the Athenaeum's 1987 series on entrepreneurship continues on Thursday evening, February 12, when "Buzz" Woolley '59, trustee and the father of Michelle Woolley '90, addresses the subject, "From CMC to Entrepreneurship: Business Opportunities in the 1990s."

After working for IBM, Mr. Woolley started a series of businesses, ranging from information processing to real estate development. For the past 12 years, he has headed Girard Capital, a San Diego-based venture capital company that provides financing and management assistance to other entrepreneurs. Girard has aided early stage companies in such fields as computer peripherals, artificial intelligence, advertising, banking, ceramic packaging, and electronic components.

In addition to his business activities, "Buzz" Woolley is on the steering committee for the Technology and Entrepreneurship program at the University of California, San Diego, where he also teaches a course, "How to Start a Business." From the Athenaeum's inception, "Buzz" Woolley has been one of its most generous benefactors, and it is consequently a special privilege for us to have him share his insights with us.

Jelly Roll Jazz Society: Valentine's Day
JAKE PORTER, conductor and saxophone

Returning to the Athenaeum, Jake Porter and his popular band provide the proper dance music to follow an exquisite meal at the Athenaeum's Valentine Party on Saturday evening, February 14, 1987. Served dinner at 7:00 p.m.; please dress accordingly.

Iran Contra Affair
Monday, February 16, 1987 12:30 p.m.

Keck Lecture on International Understanding
Monday, February 16, 1987

Sponsored by the Keck Center for International Strategic Studies, Congressman Lee Hamilton, who was recently chosen to chair the select committee investigating the arms sales to Iran, appears at two Athenaeum events on Monday, February 16. There will be a luncheon discussion at noon, and he will deliver the second annual Keck Lecture on International Understanding at 7:00 p.m. His evening remarks will be preceded by an Athenaeum reception at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00.

Congressman Hamilton took his undergraduate degree at DePauw University and his law degree at Indiana University. First elected to Congress in 1964, he represents Indiana's 9th District and has become the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee. He also chairs the foreign affairs subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East and is vice chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.

Make your reservations early. Congressman Hamilton's Athenaeum appearance promises to be one of the highlights of the spring semester.


Afternoon Tea. Tea and sweets are served in the Athenaeum Library Monday through Friday, 3:00-4:30 p.m. All are welcome.

The Wednesday Lunch. No sign-ups are necessary, so invite your favorite professor to drop in for lunch and conversation on Wednesday at noon.