April 17, 87

Vol. 02 , No. 10   


With pleasure the Athenaeum announces that Mrs. Jil Stark will become the director on July 1, 1987. Her dedication to this place is well known and appreciated by everyone at CMC, and her expertise in event and program planning will benefit us all. After two worthwhile years as Mrs. Stark's predecessor, I look forward to continuing my Athenaeum association in the newly created position of faculty fellow. In that role, I shall help Mrs. Stark to develop the Athenaeum's academic programming.

As the 1986-87 Athenaeum season draws to a close, I want to express gratitude to Keith Barth and Elizabeth Murphy, who provided exceptional service as Athenaeum student managers, and to Carolyn McFerran and Rob Urstein, who performed brilliantly as Athenaeum student fellows. Fortunately, we have able successors for all of these talented persons. In 1987-88, Wendy Ruggles, a mathematics-philosophy major from Gig Harbor, Washington, will work closely with manager David Edwards as the Athenaeum's student director. Their key associate will be student manager Katie Leuba, a psychology-economics major from Phoenix, Arizona. The Athenaeum student fellows for 1987-88 are Stephanie Lum, an economics major from Vacaville, California, and James Van Beek, a government and literature major from Chino, California. We expect outstanding leadership from this student quartet, and the Athenaeum extends congratulations and best wishes to them each and all.


In late April and early May, one experiences a certain anxiety-a storm before the calm, so to speak. Senior thesis, for example, precedes graduation. finals must be taken before going home, and preparations for next year must occur prior to summer vacation.

CMC uses the last weeks of the spring semester as a transition phase, selecting new resident assistants, registering for fall classes, electing class officers, admitting new students, and identifying next year's senior thesis topics. At the Athenaeum, this same time becomes a planning period. Confronting a basically blank program calendar for 1987-88, brainstorming, research, and the establishment of new contacts get under way.

Last spring Rob Urstein and I worked closely with our predecessors, Laura May and Cindy Wayne, to prepare this year's events. In the remaining weeks of the 1986-87 academic year, we will do the same with Stephanie Lum and James Van Beek, our successors as Athenaeum student fellows.

The new student fellows bring to the Athenaeum an abundance of imagination and an impressive combination of talents. They will serve CMC well. My own experience, however, tells me that the Athenaeum fellows can do even a better job if students and faculty alike will share their program ideas with us. If you have suggestions or questions concerning 1987-88 Athenaeum programming, please contact Stephanie, James, Rob, or me in the next few days. Let us know what you would like the Athenaeum to present next year.


Everyone is invited to attend the Athenaeum's Western Bar-B-Que on Thursday, April 23, 1987, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The entire Athenaeum will be open, and a wide variety of food and drink will be served. Music for the occasion will be provided by the Lost Creek Riders, a fine rock and roll band, playing cover tunes from the sixties, seventies, and eighties.

Rustle up some good vittles outside on the patio, where the able-bodied ranch hands, Terri, Jackie, and Kenny, will be preparing bar-b-que specialties. There will be plenty of fun and food for all.

Modernization and the Politics of Extermination
Monday, April 27, 1987

The organized elimination of select populations has grown at a terrifying rate over the last 150 years. From the British exploitation of the Irish potato famine to the Turkish massacres of the Armenians, from the Nazi annihilation of the Jews to the more recent Cambodian slaughters, extermination of unwanted groups has become almost commonplace.

On Monday evening, April 27, the noted scholar, Richard L. Rubenstein, explores these grim realities in a discussion entitled "Modernization and the Politics of Extermination." The Robert 0. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Religion, Florida State University, and president of The Washington Institute for Values in Public Policy, Washington, D.C., Richard Rubenstein is the author of many influential books and essays, including After Auschwitz (1992), The Cunning of History (1975), and The Age of Triage (1983). His talk is at 7:00 p.m. following an Athenaeum reception and dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Japanese Modernization: Lost and Found
Monday, April 4, 1987

These days Japanese-American relations concern us all. On Monday evening, May 4, the Athenaeum provides an opportunity to increase American understanding of Japan when the distinguished philosopher, Kenji Yoshida, speaks about "Japanese Modernization: Lost and Found."

Author and translator of many articles and books, Kenji Yoshida is professor of philosophy at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. His extensive international experience includes stints as a visiting scholar at the University of California, Irvine, and in, 1982-83 at Claremont McKenna College. Professor Yoshida's daughter, Katsura, is a member of this year's senior class at CMC. In addition, Professor Yoshida has worked closely with CMC's director of athletics, Professor John Zinda, to introduce American football in Japanese colleges and universities.

The Athenaeum is pleased to welcome Kenji Yoshida back to Claremont McKenna College, and we look forward to his presentation, which begins at 7:00 p.m. following the customary reception and dinner.


Sunday Brunch. The final brunch of the year will be on Sunday, May 3, from 11:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m.

Afternoon Tea. Take advantage of tea time while it lasts. The final occasion this semester will be on the last day of classes, Wednesday, May 6.

The Wednesday Lunch. This increasingly popular event-no advance sign-ups required-continues through Wednesday, May 6.